Haze lingering over Georgia, South Carolina blamed on dust from the Sahara, experts say

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A massive cloud of Saharan Desert dust that spent a week crossing the Atlantic is being blamed for changes in the skies off South Carolina and Georgia in recent days.

The cloud first hit the southern tip of Florida on Aug. 8 and then worked its way up to South Carolina by Aug. 10, according to the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological ...Read more

Tropical wave given 'near 0%' chance of developing into depression, hurricane forecasters say

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There’s almost no chance for the tropical wave in the Atlantic Ocean to develop into a depression, according to forecasters.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday the disturbance in the Atlantic has a near 0% chance of developing in the next five days and a near 0% chance of developing in the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The ...Read more

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Death Valley: A first-hand look at the flood damage

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DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif./Nevada — About 1.3 million people visit the hottest place on Earth each year. On Tuesday, just a handful were at Death Valley National Park.

After a rainstorm Friday dumped 1.46 inches of water on the normally arid desert basin, flushing dirt, rocks and debris over some of the 1,000 miles of park roads, the ...Read more

Tropical wave shows limitations in east Atlantic, hurricane center says

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The tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic is beginning to show its limitations, causing the National Hurricane Center to lower its odds of development.

A wave that emerged off the coast of Africa early Monday is continuing to produce a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde ...Read more

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'We're not leaving,' Biden promises in visit to flood-ravaged Eastern Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — President Joe Biden pledged during a trip to Kentucky that the federal government would be in the state for the long haul to help people in damaged communities recover from historic floods.

Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited Eastern Kentucky Monday and viewed damage from the July 28 floods.

“I promise we’re not ...Read more

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Tropical depression could form in Atlantic by midweek, forecasters say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hurricane season has gotten off to a slow start over the past couple of months, but now forecasters are tracking a disturbance that could become a tropical depression by midweek, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, it was given a 40% chance of developing in the next five days while also upping its ...Read more

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Tropical wave moves off African west coast after weeks of quiet

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center said on Sunday that a tropical wave has moved off the African west coast as the peak of hurricane season approaches.

As of the NHC’s 2 p.m. ET tropical outlook, forecasters gave the system a 40% chance of formation in the next five days.

On Saturday, the NHC began projecting the formation of a ...Read more

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More people in flooded Eastern Kentucky counties eligible for housing, other help

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has approved individual assistance for people in more counties hit by recent flooding in Eastern Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear’s office announced Saturday.

There are now 12 counties where residents are eligible for assistance, according to the release: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, ...Read more

Hurricane center begins tracking potential tropical system after weeks of quiet

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ORLANDO, Fla. — With the peak of hurricane season approaching the tropics may have woken up from their weekslong slumber.

The National Hurricane Center on Saturday began projecting the formation a potential tropical system in the eastern Atlantic Ocean as a tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa over this weekend.

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Slow start? The Carolinas have dodged hurricane season so far. Why that could change

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The 2022 hurricane season has gotten off to a rather sluggish start.

For the first time since 2017, there were no named hurricanes in June or July. And, so far this year, there have only been three named tropical storms at all. Just one of them, Colin, reached the Carolinas.

Colin barely even qualified as a tropical storm. It was so weak that ...Read more

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Flight disruptions swell as storms hit Northeast US airports

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Airlines canceled more than 1,260 U.S. flights Friday as thunderstorms stretched from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic, with threats of flash flooding in some areas by evening. About 5,390 flights were delayed.

The New York and Washington areas were among the most affected by the service disruptions. The Federal Aviation Administration ...Read more

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Biden to tour flood-ravaged Eastern Kentucky on Monday with Gov. Beshear

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to flood-devastated communities in Eastern Kentucky on Monday along with Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife, Britainy, the White House announced Friday.

The president will “visit families affected by the devastation from recent flooding and survey recovery efforts” at ...Read more

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'Shaking, shivering, and shoveling:' Farmers' Almanac predicts chilly Midwest winter

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As much of the U.S. experiences what might be “its hottest summer ever,” the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting another extreme season — winter.

While “frigid temperatures should flow into many areas nationwide,” the long-running publication predicts it will be coldest in Midwestern states, including Kansas and Missouri, and the North ...Read more

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Thousands in Eastern Kentucky still without water. Towns wonder how they'll pay for repairs

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Water and sewer crews from across Kentucky are headed to Eastern Kentucky to help counties and cities restore busted and broken water systems a week after deadly floods knocked out water service to thousands.

Approximately 13,590 customers are still without water, said Gov. Andy Beshear during a Thursday news conference at ...Read more

Hurricane experts still expect more storms than normal as peak of season approaches

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Although tropical storms have been off to slower start this year than anticipated, experts are still calling for the 2022 season to be an above-average year.

Both Colorado State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration called for above-average seasons in their updated August forecasts of what the rest...Read more

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National Guard called into Eastern Kentucky to patrol after 6 people arrested for looting

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Six people have been arrested for looting and stealing in Perry County since flooding struck last week and Kentucky National Guard military police were headed to at least two counties Wednesday in an effort to curb crime.

Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle said six people had been arrested for looting and stealing since last week...Read more

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Boston declares heat emergency through weekend as heat index up to 105 predicted

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BOSTON — Boston is hot right now.

And it’s going to stay that way throughout the weekend, leading Mayor Michelle Wu to declare the second multiday heat emergency of the past few weeks.

Wu on Wednesday announced that the heat emergency will go into effect Thursday, a day when forecasters predict the mercury could tickle the 100 mark.

The ...Read more

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'You just do it.' Health care workers keep working to save patients from E. Ky. floods

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WHITESBURG, Ky. — By 10 a.m. on Monday, Dr. Van Breeding was already on the phone with Colleen Swartz, vice-president of operations at UK HealthCare, begging for supplies.

“I think we’re going to need 5,000 shots of tetanus and Hep A,” he told her. “We’re completely out. The workers all need the vaccine, too.”

As director of ...Read more

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'We're trapped.' Scores of small bridges damaged in record Eastern Kentucky flooding

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CHAVIES, Ky. — For the last few days, Jennifer Myers and William Duff have used her father’s pickup truck to get to their jobs at a nursing home, but he needs it back soon to get to his own job, and they’re not sure what they’ll do after that.

They have a car, a sharp black Dodge Challenger, at their house on a hillside overlooking ...Read more

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Searing heat spotlights West's long-term water woes

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HAYS COUNTY, Texas — Located near the resort community of Wimberly, just 45 miles southwest of Austin, Jacob’s Well has earned a near-legendary reputation as one of the most popular swimming holes in the Central Texas Hill Country. Hundreds come to the artesian spring each summer to dip into blue-green waters that flow from an underground ...Read more