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'A pretty rare event.' Hail the size of softballs falls in northern Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Hail the size of baseballs, softballs and larger pummeled Burkburnett north of Wichita Falls on Friday evening, ripping through roofs and the windshields of cars, according to the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla., and social media posts.

Randy Bowers, a weather service meteorologist, said the hail was falling in ...Read more

Bay Area heat wave on the way

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Summer doesn't officially begin for another month. But this weekend and into early next week, it's going to feel a lot like summertime in the Bay Area.

After a string of mild temperatures recently and even a few rainy days, Northern California is about to heat up and dry out, with temperatures in the Bay Area expected to climb ...Read more

At least 81 killed as Cyclone Amphan batters India and Bangladesh

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NEW DELHI -- Cyclone Amphan, one of the most powerful storms to hit South Asia in recent years, has claimed at least 81 lives and caused large-scale devastation in India and Bangladesh, officials said Thursday.

Amphan destroyed thousands of homes, uprooted trees, submerged villages and left vast areas without access to drinking water, power and...Read more

NOAA hurricane forecast predicts busy 2020 hurricane season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The federal government's hurricane season forecast, released Thursday, predicts an above-average season, offering little hope of a break from strong storms in an already challenging year.

The forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for six to 10 hurricanes, of which three to six could ...Read more

Michigan will 'hold people responsible' for dam failures, Whitmer says

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Speaking outside Midland High School, where mid-Michigan residents had sought shelter from two dam failures, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought to reassure residents that help was on the way, and that, so far, there were no known casualties.

"What I can tell you, you've already seen from the pictures," she said after taking an aerial tour of the area...Read more

At least 8 dead, millions evacuated as cyclone slams India and Bangladesh

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NEW DELHI -- One of the most powerful storms over the Bay of Bengal in recent years lashed India and Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing at least eight people, forcing more than 3 million to evacuate and leaving a trail of destruction in the region.

The "extremely severe cyclonic storm" Amphan made landfall on the coast of the state of West Bengal...Read more

Michigan town could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday, governor says

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DETROIT -- Urging residents to evacuate and saying downtown Midland could be under nine feet of water by Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer late Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Midland County after the Edenville and Sanford dams breached.

Speaking during a press conference late Tuesday, Whitmer said parts of the city of ...Read more

Bangladesh, India conduct mass evacuation as major cyclone nears

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NEW DELHI -- Authorities in India and Bangladesh evacuated hundreds of thousands of people Tuesday as a powerful cyclone over the Bay of Bengal moved toward the countries' coastal areas.

Cyclone Amphan is forecast to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon.

Meteorologists are warning of large-scale damage from ...Read more

Roads still flooded, rivers close to cresting as Chicago hits wettest May on record

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CHICAGO -- Chicago passed the mark for the wettest May on record early Tuesday, as roads throughout the area remained flooded, especially near swollen rivers and creeks that were at or near cresting, according to forecasters.

With .11 inches of rain through 4 a.m. Tuesday, Chicago's monthly rainfall total hit 8.30 inches, passing the record ...Read more

Strong wind, heavy rain, dangerous surf possible in parts of Carolinas as Arthur nears

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tropical Storm Arthur will bring strong winds and heavy rains to parts of the Carolinas coast, forecasters say.

Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is located about 135 miles south of Morehead City as of 5 a.m. Monday and is moving northeast, according to the National Weather Service. North ...Read more

Strong winds, heavy rain possible in parts of Carolinas as early Arthur aims at coast

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Tropical storm Arthur could bring strong winds and heavy rains to parts of the Carolinas coast, forecasters say.

Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is located about 345 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras as of 11 a.m. EDT Sunday and is moving northeast at about 9 mph, according to the National ...Read more

Tropical Storm Arthur becomes the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tropical Storm Arthur formed Saturday night off the east coast of Florida, becoming the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for most of the North Carolina coast, a region that juts into the Atlantic and receives an outsized share of hits from tropical storms and ...Read more

With a good chance of a named storm, Florida's rainy season has officially begun

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MIAMI -- The National Hurricane Center sent its Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft into a disturbance churning just south of the Florida Keys and the north end of the Bahamas on Saturday morning.

In its 2 p.m. advisory, the center said the low pressure system had become better defined and its associated showers and thunderstorms were ...Read more

Climate change, pollution impacts hurricane formation in the Atlantic, NOAA study says

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MIAMI -- In the last 40 years, the East Coast, including Florida, has been hit by dozens of hurricanes.

New NOAA research suggests human pollution may have increased the likelihood of those Atlantic basin storms, but not in the way you might expect.

A decrease in aerosol pollution over the last 40 years, along with a couple of volcanic ...Read more

Climate change, pollution impacts hurricane formation in the Atlantic, NOAA study says

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MIAMI -- In the last 40 years, the East Coast, including Florida, has been hit by dozens of hurricanes.

New NOAA research suggests human pollution may have increased the likelihood of those Atlantic basin storms, but not in the way you might expect.

A decrease in aerosol pollution over the last 40 years, along with a couple of volcanic ...Read more

First storm of hurricane season likely to form Saturday

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The first storm of hurricane season is likely to form Saturday, bringing tropical-force gusts to South Florida, the National Hurricane Center said in a Friday morning advisory.

The subtropical or tropical storm, which would be named Arthur, is expected to form around the Bahamas from a large patch of stormy weather ...Read more

Hurricane season may start early as system forms over Bahamas

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A patch of stormy weather near the Bahamas could bring an early start to hurricane season, although the system appears to be no threat the United States.

A low-pressure area is expected to form northeast of the Bahamas and has a 50% chance of developing into a subtropical cyclone, a cousin of the more familiar tropical ...Read more

Under the radar, tornado season already the deadliest since 2011; twister confirmed in N.J.

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PHILADELPHIA -- With the annual peak period still to come, 2020 already has secured its position as the deadliest tornado year since 2011, and that does have something to do with what has been happening around here.

Although the coronavirus likely has deprived them of their fair share of attention, since Jan. 1 tornadoes have killed 73 people, ...Read more

Among the 'climate monsters' that afflict California, Megadrought is the most reliable

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LOS ANGELES -- As is appropriate for the state that is home to Hollywood, the climate monsters that bedevil California have names that sound like they came from B-movies -- the Blob, Godzilla El Nino, Megadrought.

One monster in particular, Drought, has more than overstayed its welcome, according to a new study in the journal Science. So much ...Read more

Human activity makes droughts worse — and more likely to happen

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Now we know for sure: Human-caused warming played a critical role in creating the mega-drought that's been drying up the American Southwest for the last two decades.

The drought that struck the Southwestern U.S. from 2000 to 2019 was the second-driest period in the area since at least 800 C.E., reducing rivers to a trickle and causing ...Read more