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Hurricane center targets surge in preventable post-storm deaths

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricanes are terrifying and deadly forces, but experts are growing more concerned by the amount of deaths tallied up after a storm is passed, as they’ve observed indirect death totals increasing in recent years.

“Now we’re seeing more people dying after the storm,” said Michael Brennan, the Branch Chief at the ...Read more

National Hurricane Center begins daily grind of tropical outlooks

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The tropics may be quiet, but forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are listening.

The NHC began its daily tropical outlooks on Sunday, two weeks ahead of the official start of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1-Nov. 30.

Updates come at nhc.noaa.gov at 2 a.m., 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern ...Read more

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Texas faces another day of high heat, straining power grid

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The Texas power grid operator is asking homes and businesses to conserve energy this weekend as high heat drives up demand for electricity.

Temperatures in Dallas are forecast to hit 96 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Houston will be 92 degrees. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the state’s ...Read more

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Texas faces another day of high heat, straining power grid

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The Texas power grid operator is asking homes and businesses to conserve energy this weekend as high heat drives up demand for electricity.

Temperatures in Dallas are forecast to hit 96 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Houston will be 92 degrees. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the state’s ...Read more

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Texas faces another day of extreme heat, straining power grid

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The Texas power grid operator is asking homes and businesses to conserve energy this weekend as a heat wave drives up demand for electricity.

Temperatures in Dallas are forecast to hit 96 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Houston will be 92 degrees. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the state’s ...Read more

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Hurricane forecasters getting ready early for unofficial start of season this weekend

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MIAMI — As every Floridian knows, June 1 is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. But it unofficially starts on Sunday at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

For the second year in a row, forecasters will start sending out formal tropical weather outlook two weeks ahead of the official start of the six-month season. It’s ...Read more

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North America has cut air pollution, seen more storms. NOAA study suggests a connection

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MIAMI — Over the last 40 years, North American cars and power plants have gotten cleaner. They spewed far less pollution into the atmosphere, a difference visible by satellites.

But a new paper from NOAA published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances suggests that the cleaner air may have had an unintended effect — more hurricanes.

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Hurricane center tracking first tropical wave of 2022

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ORLANDO, Fla. — It may only be Mother’s Day and not yet hurricane season, but the National Hurricane Center is tracking the first tropical wave of 2022.

In its Sunday morning tropical update, forecasters said the first tropical wave of the season was emerging off the west coast of Africa.

“Currently, clusters of moderate to strong ...Read more

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Chicago weather: 3 tornadoes confirmed during Saturday night storms

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CHICAGO — Saturday’s severe weather spurred at least three verified tornadoes in northern Illinois that have been confirmed by meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s Chicago office, agency officials said Sunday.

No one was injured as a direct result of those tornadoes, all of which were considered “weak” when using the ...Read more

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Hurricane organization retires 'Ida' and announces name replacement

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The name Ida will never again be used to label a hurricane.

“Ida” was retired Wednesday from the list of tropical storm names during the World Meteorological Organization’s annual hurricane conference due to the overwhelming damages it caused last year — the third busiest storm season on Atlantic record.

Last year, ...Read more

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April storms make small dent in California's drought, but it's not enough

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LOS ANGELES — The late-season burst of snow and moisture that blanketed Northern California in April helped make a small dent in drought conditions, experts said, but the majority of the state is still far below where it needs to be as it heads toward the hot, dry months of summer.

Several storms arrived weeks after the final snow survey of ...Read more

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How recent rains affected California's drought and wildfire season

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — After the driest January, February and March in Northern California’s recorded history back to 1849, rains this past week finally brought some relief — and real benefits — across the Bay Area and other parts of the state.

But the wet weather was kind of like receiving wrinkle cream for your birthday, experts said ...Read more

Florida researcher predicts 22 named storms, 5 major hurricanes in 2022

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SARASOTA, Fla. — Tampa Bay residents have a tendency to brush aside concerns about hurricane season as annual forecasts arrive each spring.

Bob Bunting understands why so many are carefree: A major hurricane hasn’t struck the region in more than 100 years. But Bunting, a hurricane researcher and chief executive officer for the Climate ...Read more

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Hurricane expert pitches end to category 'wind' scale during Orlando conference

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ORLANDO, Fla. — During the this week’s National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, a Colorado State University professor proposed a better a way to predict the damages of a devastating hurricane — do away with the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

Hurricane specialist, Philip Klotzbach, spoke Tuesday at Orlando’s Rosen Centre hotel about ...Read more

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Officials now say 8 tornadoes in SC last week, almost the state yearly average in 1 day

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — At least eight tornadoes struck South Carolina on Tuesday last week, approaching the state's yearly average in a single day.

The National Weather Service of Columbia states that five counties suffered damage from the twisters, one of which reached powerful EF-3 status, meaning it generated winds between 136 and 165 mph. The ...Read more

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2022 hurricane season: New forecast predicts 9 hurricanes for above-average year

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Another busy hurricane season appears likely, with an above-average numbers of storms predicted this year, according to a forecast issued Thursday by Colorado State University.

The forecast called for nine hurricanes, where an average season has seven. Of these, the forecast says to expect four to be major hurricanes, ...Read more

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AccuWeather predicts another busy hurricane season for 2022

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ORLANDO, Fla. — After two years of alphabet-depleting hurricane seasons, 2022 looks to be more of the same, according to predictions from weather site AccuWeather.

In its early season predictions released Wednesday, the site expects to see 16 to 20 named tropical systems. That’s just shy of last year’s 21 names and much lower than 2020′...Read more

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Oh Hail No! How to prepare if a hailstorm is on the way

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hail is a possibility amid strong and severe thunderstorms, which puts a lot of valuables in danger. So what can you do about it?

Emily Klaus with the National Weather Service provided some information on hail and what you can do to keep yourself and your belongings safe.

WHAT IS HAIL?

It's not frozen rain, as when that ...Read more

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Early spring heat wave shatters temperature records across California

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LOS ANGELES — California’s record-dry start to the year is converging with record-high temperatures as an early spring heat wave settles over large swaths of the state.

Multiple temperature records were shattered Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, including some that were nearly a century old.

In Santa Rosa, a sweltering ...Read more

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Houston braces for flooding and tornadoes as west Texas wildfires burn

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Texas firefighters gained the upper hand over historic wildfires as violent weather closed in on urban centers and residents in some regions sought shelter from tornadoes.

The largest cluster of blazes that erupted last week in Eastland County, in the central part of the state, was 60% contained as of late Monday, the Texas A&M Forest Service ...Read more