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In a small Miami suburb, plans to help street flooding are gutted by a DeSantis veto

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MIAMI — The backhoe tearing up a dead-end street in Virginia Gardens on Friday morning marked the beginning of another small win against street flooding, a project backed by state funding last year. A short walk away, an idle neighborhood thoroughfare still drying out from this week’s rains represented the promise of more progress now halted...Read more

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Climate change can amplify big rainstorms, but true fixes are far off for South Florida

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MIAMI — Once again, South Florida was submerged under an unsettling amount of water this week, the kind of totals usually only seen during a tropical storm or hurricane.

An early June system dumped a month’s worth of rain in a single day on Miami and Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. Then it did it again the next day.

Experts say climate ...Read more

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How many homes and cars were damaged by the floods in South Florida? Take a look

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MIAMI — Hundreds of people will be filing claims for water damage to their homes and cars in the coming days as South Florida tries to recover from three days of flooding rain.

And expect for more wet weather over the weekend. Forecasters don’t think the weather will be as bad as during the week, but it’s still a concern for hard-hit ...Read more

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El Niño makes an exit, but La Niña could bring dry conditions back to California

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After a year of dominance, El Niño’s wrath has come to end — but it’s climate-churning counterpart, La Niña, is hot on its heels and could signal a return to dryness for California.

El Niño is the warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation, sometimes referred to as ENSO. The climate pattern in the tropical Pacific is the single ...Read more

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Don't just blame the heavy rain. Climate change made this week's flooding in Florida worse

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Torrential storms, even catastrophic deluges like the one that hit this week, may be nothing new for South Florida.

But climate change has made their impact worse.

Sea level rise has brought the water table closer to the surface, leaving less room for the ground to absorb rainwater. It rendered less effective the ...Read more

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Could a tropical depression form soon in the Gulf of Mexico? What the forecast says

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A disturbance forming in the Gulf of Mexico has a “medium” chance of turning into a tropical depression next week, forecasters say.

The National Hurricane Center expects the disturbance, described as a broad area of low pressure, will form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico late this weekend or early next week. And environmental ...Read more

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Is it over yet? Flood watch in effect -- then there's a change in Miami, Broward forecast

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More rain is in the forecast for South Florida, which was left waterlogged with flooded roads, homes and stalled cars from a disturbance-fueled downpour this week.

A flood watch remains in effect at least through 8 p.m. Friday, with “heavy rain, scattered thunderstorms and “significant and life-threatening flash flooding” possible, ...Read more

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'It needs to stop': Another night of rain could tip South Florida neighborhoods over the edge

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MIAMI — This week’s deluge — more than 20 inches in some spots — overwhelmed drainage systems across South Florida, clogging roads with feet of water and hundreds of stalled cars.

The state and multiple cities declared a state of emergency as floodwater poured into homes and businesses, stopped traffic on Interstate 95 and froze travel ...Read more

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June heat records more than 11 degrees above Las Vegas norms

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Record June temperatures are more than 11 degrees higher than norms for the month, according to the National Weather Service.

The first 12 days have seen an average daily temperature of 105.7 (the average of the daily high and low at the official Las Vegas airport weather station) with 94.6 being the norm.

Saturday may reach 109 with a 104 on ...Read more

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Denver weather: Near-record temperatures before weekend storms bring flooding, hail

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Hot weather continues in Denver Thursday with near-record temperatures before Friday’s waves of storms roll in, bringing with them heavy rain, flooding, hail and damaging winds, according to the National Weather Service.

The Denver area will see a high of 96 degrees Thursday — three degrees less than the hottest June 13 in history, a record...Read more

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Thunderstorms, possible isolated tornado on tap Thursday for SE Michigan, NWS says

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Southeast Michigan is in for scattered thunderstorms and a potential isolated tornado Thursday evening, the National Weather Service said.

The storms will be in motion from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m., NWS Detroit announced on X post.

Winds could pick up to 60 mph or greater as the storms push from west to east at 30-40 mph.

The storms could bring ...Read more

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declares state of emergency for South Florida after torrential rain

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MIAMI — Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in Miami-Dade, Broward and several other Florida counties Wednesday night after a torrential downpour caused life-threatening flash floods that inundated the region.

DeSantis signed an executive order that focused on five counties: Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier, Lee, and Sarasota. The ...Read more

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'We're prepared for the worst': South Floridians weather 'rare' flash flood emergency

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MIAMI — Life-threatening rainfall pummeling South Florida that’s closed I-95 and caused major delays at the region’s two largest airports Wednesday was considered a flash flood emergency — an “exceedingly rare” circumstance classified by forecasters when catastrophic damage is imminent.

Around 3:40 p.m., the National Weather Service...Read more

Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS

Floating cars, closed highways, flooded homes. 'Insane' rainfall deluges South Florida

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An early June deluge has once again turned South Florida’s roads and parks into rivers and lakes, snarling traffic, stalling cars and sending residents sloshing through streets, shoes in hand. And it’s not done yet.

By Wednesday afternoon, the flooding had grown so severe that authorities closed parts of southbound Interstate 95 in Broward ...Read more

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'Life-threatening' flash flooding and heavy rain batter South Florida again

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — South Floridians were warned to stay indoors and off roads as heavy downpours struck the region Wednesday afternoon, bringing “life-threatening flooding” reminiscent of a devastating storm in April 2023.

Emergency responders in Broward were inundated with flood-related phone calls from stranded cars to downed power...Read more

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'Exceedingly rare' flash flood emergency issued in South Florida. Catastrophic damage possible

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MIAMI — Life-threatening rainfall pummeling South Florida that’s closed I-95 and caused major delays at the region’s two largest airports Wednesday is now being considered a flash flood emergency — an “exceedingly rare” circumstance classified by forecasters when catastrophic damage is imminent.

Around 3:40 p.m., the National ...Read more

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'Exceedingly rare' flash flood emergency issued in South Florida. Catastrophic damage possible

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MIAMI — Life-threatening rainfall pummeling South Florida that’s closed I-95 and caused major delays at the region’s two largest airports Wednesday is now being considered a flash flood emergency — an “exceedingly rare” circumstance classified by forecasters when catastrophic damage is imminent.

Around 3:40 p.m., the National ...Read more

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First third of June 2024 hottest in Las Vegas history

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LAS VEGAS — The first week of June is off to the warmest start in Las Vegas weather history. And after a few days of slight respite, it’s getting warmer.

The first nine days of June show an average temperature (the average of the low and high each day at the Las Vegas airport) at 93.7 degrees, which is 9.4 degrees warmer than normal, ...Read more

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Hurricane center tracking system drenching South Florida. Chance of strengthening low

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MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is tracking a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that could blossom into a tropical depression as it crosses Florida, but not before dropping nearly a foot of rain in some spots.

While forecasters give the “large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms” a pretty low chance of strengthening by ...Read more

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Study: Southern California is most disaster-prone region in U.S.

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According to a new national ranking of 3,200-plus U.S. counties, Southern California rates as the single most disaster-prone region in the country.

Quakes, fires, floods, droughts, rising seas, deadly surf, heat waves, cold snaps, hurricanes (kinda) and beetles that devour trees all hit our region more frequently, and often with more intensity,...Read more