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Scientists now say Hurricane Michael was a Category 5

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MIAMI -- With a little over a month to the start of hurricane season, scientists have upgraded last year's beast -- Hurricane Michael -- from a Category 4 to a rare Category 5.

Michael, which devastated Florida's Mexico Beach when it made landfall on Oct. 10, becomes the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States as a Category 5 ...Read more

Snowfall totals in Chicago miss breaking almost 60-year-old record by narrow margin

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CHICAGO -- The last time it snowed this much in Chicago so late in the season, John F. Kennedy was president.

O'Hare International Airport's official snow measurement for Sunday came in at 5.3 inches, which made it the second snowiest day on record so late in the season.

The snowiest day on record so late in the season was set on April 16, ...Read more

Two children killed by falling tree during powerful Texas storms

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LOS ANGELES -- Two children were killed and dozens of people were injured Saturday during strong storms in eastern Texas, local media reported, citing authorities.

The children, age three and eight, were killed when a tree fell on the car they were traveling in near Pollok, about 161 miles southeast of Dallas, Angelina County Sheriff's Office ...Read more

Hurricane season isn't here yet, but the names for 2019 storms have been released

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Hurricane season is still months away, but there are already names for the potential storms in 2019.

The 21 names shared by the National Hurricane Center are for tropical cyclones that will form in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

The 2019 hurricane season will begin on June 1 and ...Read more

Another hurricane season forecast released: What can we expect?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A below-average hurricane season appears likely for the Atlantic this year, according to a forecast released Thursday by Colorado State University.

The university, a respected center for the study of tropical weather, predicts five hurricanes this season, a decrease from the eight last year and well below the 10 seen in...Read more

AccuWeather's early prediction for the 2019 hurricane season is in: Here's what it says

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- AccuWeather issued one of the first predictions for this year's Atlantic hurricane season Wednesday, with a forecast that calls for five to seven hurricanes.

That number of storms would represent a slight decline from last year, which produced eight hurricanes, including Hurricane Michael, which struck the Florida ...Read more

Cholera cases multiply in Mozambique after cyclone flooding

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MAPUTO, Mozambique -- A total of 139 cases of cholera have been confirmed in Mozambique in the wake of cyclone Idai, a high-ranking employee of the Health Ministry told state broadcaster Mozambique on Thursday.

A day earlier, authorities had confirmed just five cases of the waterborne disease in the flood-ravaged country.

A total of five ...Read more

Flood-struck Mozambique confirms 5 cases of cholera after cyclone

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MAPUTO, Mozambique -- Authorities in flood-ravaged Mozambique confirmed five cases of cholera on Wednesday, after aid groups warned of a possible outbreak of the waterborne disease in the wake of cyclone Idai.

National Director of Medical Assistance Ussene Issa confirmed the cases of cholera to dpa by phone, saying all five were reported in the...Read more

Could more powerful hurricanes threaten tropical forests?

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MIAMI -- When Hurricane Maria sacked Puerto Rico, it did more than take thousands of lives, pulverize houses and dismantle infrastructure. It shredded the island's tropical forests at an unprecedented rate.

The fierce Category 5 storm, the 10th most intense on record packing ferocious 155 mph winds when it roared ashore, felled trees at twice ...Read more

Cyclone death toll climbs in Mozambique

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The death toll has risen in Mozambique, the country hardest hit by Cyclone Idai, a government minister said Sunday.

Environment Minister Celso Correia said 446 people were confirmed dead, up from 417 a day earlier. As rescue operations continue these numbers may increase, he said.

"We mapped areas at risk and the good news is that we are ...Read more

Scale of destruction from Cyclone Idai remains unclear as deaths toll tops 600

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BERIA, Mozambique -- The number of dead from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi rose to at least 615, the United Nations said Saturday, citing official figures from the national governments.

The death toll in Mozambique reached 417, Environment Minister Celso Correia said, while the number of dead in Zimbabwe was 139. In Malawi, 59...Read more

Scale of destruction from Cyclone Idai remains unclear as deaths toll tops 600

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BERIA, Mozambique -- The number of dead from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi rose to at least 615, the United Nations said Saturday, citing official figures from the national governments.

The death toll in Mozambique reached 417, Environment Minister Celso Correia said, while the number of dead in Zimbabwe was 139. In Malawi, 59...Read more

Flooding forces evacuations in northwest Missouri towns; rivers haven't crested yet

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some northwest Missouri residents were forced from their homes Friday as widespread flooding continued along the Missouri River, causing numerous levee breaches and devastation to homes and farmland.

The National Weather Service cautioned that significant flooding would continue Friday, with many of the highest crests ...Read more

Cyclone lays waste to large parts of Mozambique

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MAPUTO, Mozambique -- "Total destruction," is how one resident of Beira described the Mozambican city in the aftermath of cyclone Idai.

"Not even photos can accurately show the extent of destruction. Fallen trees, destroyed houses," engineer Imran Abdul Sacur told dpa on Tuesday in the capital Maputo, where he had travelled to pick up essential...Read more

New storm expected to bring scattered showers across Ventura and Los Angeles counties

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LOS ANGELES -- More rain is expected to hit Southern California as a new storm system starts to make its way into the region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters say rain is expected to begin overnight in some parts of mountain areas in Ventura and Los Angeles counties as the weather system moves southward from ...Read more

Nearly 1,500 pulses of lightning recorded off Southern California coast in 5 minutes

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LOS ANGELES -- A band of thunderstorms that stretched from southern Kern County past the Channel Islands was producing a dramatic lightning show Tuesday night in the Southern California sky.

In one five-minute stretch alone, shortly after 8 p.m., the National Weather Service recorded 1,489 pulses of lightning off the coast, 231 over Santa ...Read more

FEMA ready for devastation in Alabama, despite administrator's recent resignation

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WASHINGTON -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is ready to assist Alabama residents recovering from devastating tornadoes, even though the agency's administrator resigned less than a month ago.

A cluster of tornadoes ripped through the Southeast Sunday. The most vicious storms upturned Lee County in Alabama with 170 mph winds, ...Read more

Tornado leaves behind trail of destruction

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BEAUREGARD, Ala. -- Julie Morrison and her husband, Eric Sward, had just finished their Sunday lunch of steak, biscuits and gravy and were watching "Law & Order" when a friend texted urging them to take cover. Then an emergency alert blasted from Eric's phone.

Tornado.

The wind was already howling, so the couple dashed to the guest bathroom ...Read more

Wildfire in California no longer stifled by wet winters, scientific report finds

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For centuries, a wet winter in California would significantly have tamped down the chances that a large wildfire would break out the following summer and fall.

However, heavy rain and snowfall no longer protects the state from massive conflagrations in the same way, according to research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National ...Read more

Just chillin': LA never hit 70 degrees this February

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LOS ANGELES -- Home restaurant's sprawling outdoor patio, set under a canopy of large trees, was designed to take advantage of California's temperate climate and typically sunny skies.

But this February has been so cold that the restaurant in Los Angeles' Los Feliz section scrambled to set up extra heaters outside the Craftsman-style house to ...Read more