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Heat waves could kill hundreds more in Seattle as planet warms, researchers say

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SEATTLE -- Hundreds of Seattleites are projected to die in severe heat waves as the globe warms.

How much humans limit greenhouse gas emissions will have a significant impact on just how many people perish, according to a new study published earlier last week in the journal Science Advances.

Researchers used climate-warming scenarios and heat-...Read more

First Hurricane Michael hammered the Panhandle. Now survivors fear fires, floods

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- When Rodney Andreasen first emerged from the wreckage of Hurricane Michael last October, the Jackson County emergency management director realized nearly everything he knew was gone.

The log cabin home he had intended to retire to was lost. The roads in his inland, rural county were choked with fallen trees. The roofing ...Read more

Key hurricane forecast increases number of storms expected

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A prominent hurricane forecast has upped its storm count slightly for the 2019 storm season as questions about the staying power of El Nino swirl.

The updated forecast from Colorado State University is calling for a near average season with 14 named storms, including six hurricanes and two major hurricanes of Category 3...Read more

Welcome to hurricane season. There's already a system developing in the Gulf

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MIAMI -- June 1 is the start of the 2019 hurricane season and nature is giving us notice to prepare already.

Because something is out there.

A broad area over the southern Bay of Campeche is being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.

Preseason Andrea took some of the thunder out of a low pressure system developing Saturday by becoming ...Read more

Monthlong deluge sets record for wettest May in Chicago history

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CHICAGO -- It's official: It's been the wettest month of May in recorded history in Chicago. And although the city will get a bit of a respite from the rain Friday, forecasters say this summer is expected to be colder and wetter than usual.

With 8.25 inches of precipitation measured at O'Hare International Airport from May 1 through 7 a.m. ...Read more

This month expected to be wettest May in Chicago since start of city records in 1870

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CHICAGO -- It's no surprise May has been a waterlogged mess in Chicago, with severe thunderstorm alerts almost daily and weeks of flooded streets and swollen rivers.

But if you're wondering if the area has actually received more rain than usual this month or whether your vitamin D-deprived brain is playing tricks on you, it's the former. The ...Read more

In wild run of weather, tornadoes set US record

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For 12 consecutive days, the government's Storm Prediction Center has logged reports of at least eight tornadoes daily, a destructive and impressive streak that constitutes a record -- at least for now.

"The fact that it's been persistent is unusual, but not unprecedented," said Bill Bunting, chief of the forecast operations branch at the storm...Read more

Hidden by rain, tornado tore damage path of 40 or 50 miles in Kansas; 2nd hit Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The trail of damage left behind by tornadoes that tore through the Kansas City area Tuesday night will be investigated by survey teams from the National Weather Service offices in Topeka and Pleasant Hill.

The teams left early Wednesday morning to survey the area where the storms passed through, and will work toward ...Read more

11 reported injured, widespread damage reported after tornado hits Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a tornado ripped through northeastern Kansas Tuesday evening, at least 11 people were reported injured in Douglas County, several homes were damaged and more than 13,000 were without power.

In Lawrence police reported large trees down, along with power lines and debris along roads on the southeastern edge of the city. ...Read more

Military bases preparing for this hurricane season are still reeling from the last

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WASHINGTON -- More than 150 members of the North Carolina National Guard gathered in Raleigh this month, with the damage from Hurricane Florence in 2018 still on their minds.

On a 40-foot map of the state, they began moving North Carolina's guard units around like chess pieces, to set the order of battle for the next major storm.

"We go ...Read more

Kansas, Missouri governors activate National Guards, request help for flooding

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The governors of Kansas and Missouri are calling for help as the two states recover from several rounds of severe weather that brought flooding and tornadoes.

The Missouri National Guard was activated Monday afternoon to help respond to flooded areas. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson posted on Twitter: "As our state continues to ...Read more

'Here we go again': Is latest spate of tornadoes a new normal in Missouri and Kansas?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Perched in front of his laptop in his Wichita, Kan., home, meteorologist Mike Smith watched on his screen Wednesday as one tornado after another, five in a single day, touched down with devastating force.

The first was in Kansas, followed by another that cut through tiny Golden City, Mo., killing three people. Then, as the ...Read more

'We were all shaking': Missouri tornado leaves dozens injured, 100 in shelters

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Shingles, insulation and tree branches were scattered all over Neftali Angel's yard along Adams Street on Thursday morning.

His house, a block away from Capitol Region Medical Center, was mostly unharmed, but parts of his roof sat on his neighbor's car.

"We have no idea where this came from," he said, pointing to a 5-...Read more

NOAA's official forecast calls for 4 to 8 Atlantic hurricanes this season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A federal hurricane forecast issued Thursday calls for a near-normal season this year, with four to eight hurricanes and up to 15 storms powerful enough to be given names.

The forecast represents a potential decrease from the eight hurricanes seen last year and possible sharp decline from the 10 that appeared in the ...Read more

Joplin tornado sheared off her leg. Now Missouri woman just faced another twister

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Leona Rice was in church when the 2011 Joplin tornado descended with hellish winds, smashing the building to splinters, shearing off her left leg and killing four of her church-going friends.

On Wednesday, eight years later to the day, Rice, 74, was in church again, this time in her nearby hometown of Carl Junction, Missouri, when the tornado ...Read more

Violent tornado hits Jefferson City, Mo.: 'A lot of devastation,' mayor says

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A "large and destructive tornado" hit Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday, cutting a swath of damage through part of the state capital, according to authorities.

The violent tornado was confirmed over the city at 11:43 p.m., moving northeast at 40 mph., according to the National Weather Service.

By 12:52 a.m. Thursday the storm ...Read more

This early storm in the ocean now has a name. But there's no need for hurricane anxiety

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MIAMI -- Hurricane season doesn't start until June 1, but there's already a named storm churning in the Atlantic.

Don't worry. South Florida is in the clear.

In fact, so is the rest of the U.S.

On Monday evening, hurricane forecasters gave it a name: Subtropical Storm Andrea. The disturbance, about 300 miles southwest of Bermuda, is the first...Read more

Chicago narrowly misses breaking 112-year-old record for late-season snow

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CHICAGO -- Though Saturday's late-season snowfall dumped as much as 6 inches of snow in parts of northern Illinois and about 2.5 inches in Chicago, the storm that featured heavily across social media didn't break any records in the city, meteorologists said Sunday.

The official city snowfall totals are tallied at O'Hare International Airport, ...Read more

Weather service declares winter storm warnings as rare late snowstorm aims for Chicago area

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CHICAGO -- The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for much of northern Illinois, including the Chicago area, cautioning that a storm this weekend could dump 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow Saturday afternoon into early Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts of up to 40 mph from the north could reduce ...Read more

Scientists now say Hurricane Michael was a Category 5

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MIAMI -- With a little over a month to the start of hurricane season, scientists have upgraded last year's beast -- Hurricane Michael -- from a Category 4 to a rare Category 5.

Michael, which devastated Florida's Mexico Beach when it made landfall on Oct. 10, becomes the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States as a Category 5 ...Read more

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