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Death toll rises to 4 after storms ravage parts of KY; state of emergency declared

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A swath of high winds and heavy rain pummeled much of Kentucky over the Memorial Day weekend causing power outages, broad destruction, impassable roads and claiming four lives.

It was part of a punishing weather system that stretched from Texas to West Virginia and has killed at least 21 as it churned toward the East Coast ...Read more

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Storms in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas leave at least 14 dead

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Storms left at least 14 people dead, many more injured and tens of thousands without power Sunday after ripping through parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Seven people, including two children, were killed after a reported tornado tore through North Texas, Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington told news outlets.

The sheriff didn’t specify ...Read more

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Storms in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas leave at least 10 dead

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At least 10 people were reported killed and many more injured by powerful storms that ripped through parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, leaving a trail of shattered buildings and wrecked vehicles.

Rescue workers were scouring the storm debris Sunday in a community of mobile homes north of Dallas and had confirmed five fatalities, according ...Read more

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Forecasts call for an active hurricane season. Could California see another Hilary?

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LOS ANGELES — Near-record ocean temperatures and a strengthening La Niña could spell trouble for the East Coast of the United States, with federal forecasters warning of an 85% chance of above-normal Atlantic hurricane activity this year, and predicting as many as 25 named storms.

“All the ingredients are definitely in place to have an ...Read more

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Hot Atlantic: The hurricane region is already reaching August-like water temperatures

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The brutal heat of May has felt like August in Florida, with heat index numbers topping highs that you’d normally expect at summer’s peak. The phenomenon is occurring at sea, too, and that’s bad news for hurricane season.

Sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean, particularly in the Main Development Region ...Read more

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South Carolina may face above-normal hurricane season in 2024, new NOAA forecast shows. Here's how many storms

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There could be 25 named storms during the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season — the most federal forecasters have ever predicted and a warning shot for South Carolina and other Southeastern states.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted an above-normal hurricane season on Thursday, with between 17 and 25 total named storms. ...Read more

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Extreme weather in NYC leads to flight cancellations, significant travel delays

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NEW YORK — Heavy downpours and damaging winds pummeled parts of New York City Thursday wreaking havoc on travel plans ahead of what’s expected to be a mild Memorial Day Weekend,

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn, as well as part of Queens and the Bronx until 10:45 a....Read more

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More 'feels-like' temps above 100 degrees ahead for Memorial Day weekend in South Florida

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After some record-breaking heat in recent days, the weather in South Florida will stay hot this Memorial Day weekend — with the “feels-like” temperatures expected to rise above 100.

The highs on Saturday and Sunday will be in the 90s, with heat indices reaching the 100s by Saturday in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The heat ...Read more

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Florida's Osceola County warns residents to prepare now for expected active hurricane season

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After the devastation from Hurricane Ian in 2022, Osceola County is preparing for a hurricane season unlike any other and warning residents to do the same.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a very active season that brings 23 named storms and 11 hurricanes — five of which could develop into major storms. The agency ...Read more

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Weather like the deadly Houston windstorm is being fueled in part by climate change

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The winds that roared out of a supercell thunderstorm Thursday night leaving a deadly trail across Houston are on the rise in a warming climate, though researchers are still teasing out the exact relationship between a rapidly heating planet and relatively small-scale weather patterns.

Power remains out for almost 700,000 customers in the ...Read more

California shifting to warmer, drier weather, but wildfire season still expected to be delayed

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LOS ANGELES — After another rainy winter that dragged into springtime, California is finally moving toward a warmer and drier pattern, with temperatures expected to hit typical highs — or above — for this time of year.

"It's feeling kind of spring [or] summery," said Rose Schoenfeld, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard. "We...Read more

Isolated storms today, potentially severe weather tonight

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ATLANTA — Brace yourself for potentially severe storms across metro Atlanta late tonight into Thursday.

It’ll be a warm day, with morning temperatures already in the 70s. It’ll be humid and breezy, but most of us should stay dry through the first half of the day. There’s just a 30% chance of storms through the afternoon.

“But any one...Read more

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3 tornadoes rip through lower Michigan, damaging homes and downing trees and power lines

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PORTAGE, Mich. — At least three tornadoes touched down in Michigan on Tuesday night, one sweeping through parts of St. Joseph County and two hitting Kalamazoo County, knocking down trees and power lines and scattering debris from buildings and homes, according to the National Weather Service.

The St. Joseph County tornado struck Mendon and ...Read more

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Last year's wet winter gave California Central Valley groundwater levels a major boost

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California’s groundwater reservoirs got a major boost during last year’s record wet season, offering a glimmer of hope for the depleted underground aquifer’s that remain in a long-term deficit.

The 2023 water year, which was marked by above average rainfall and a concerted effort to recharge reservoirs, led to the addition of at least 4.1...Read more

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Lula visits southern Brazil with dozens missing in record floods

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Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and key cabinet members arrived Sunday in the country’s south where record-breaking floods have shut down a main airport and submerged neighborhoods, leaving dozens dead and many others missing.

Heavy rains over the state of Rio Grande do Sul caused main rivers to overflow, straining damps and ...Read more

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You're gonna need a bigger number: Scientists consider a Category 6 for mega-hurricane era

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In 1973, the National Hurricane Center introduced the Saffir-Simpson scale, a five-category rating system that classified hurricanes by wind intensity.

At the bottom of the scale was Category 1, for storms with sustained winds of 74 to 95 mph. At the top was Category 5, for disasters with winds of 157 mph or more.

In the half-century since the...Read more

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'Rivers in the sky' have drenched California, yet even more extreme rains are possible

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LOS ANGELES — For years, scientists have said that atmospheric rivers can either make or break the water supplies of thirsty California cities and farms.

For the last two winters, a steady succession of these giant “rivers in the sky” have dumped record-breaking and drought-busting precipitation across the state, while simultaneously ...Read more

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Hurricane center watching blip in Atlantic. No threat but hints at busy season ahead

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MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is already watching something in the Atlantic, and it’s only April.

The low-pressure area in question is a thousand miles away from inhabited land and expected to dissolve in the next few days, but it’s also a reminder that the upcoming hurricane season is poised to be an active one.

The season ...Read more

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In 12 years Texas will be hotter than any year to date, see deadlier wildfires, study says

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A new report on the future of extreme weather in Texas says the state is in store for hotter temperatures, increased severity of droughts and growing wildfire risks.

The report from John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist at Texas A&M University, is an updated 2024 version from his original 2021 report titled, “...Read more

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Get ready for one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, forecasters say

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PHILADELPHIA — The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be destructive and costly and has the potential to be one of the busiest on record.

That's the consensus of several major forecasting services, all of which point to conditions in the tropical Pacific and in the Atlantic hurricane-formation zone that are ripe for a tropical-storm ...Read more