Alberto slowly strengthens as it churns toward Florida Panhandle

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Subtropical storm Alberto, slowly strengthening as it drew closer to the Gulf Coast, set off new tropical storm warnings Sunday stretching just north of Naples up past the tip of Florida's Panhandle.

Forecasters expected the storm to approach the northern Gulf Coast by Sunday night or Monday.

The National Hurricane Center said Sunday afternoon...Read more

New tropical storm warnings issued for Florida's west coast, northern Gulf coast

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MIAMI--Tropical storm warnings were issued Saturday for areas along Florida's west coast and the northern Gulf Coast, as forecasters expect Subtropical Storm Alberto to strengthen as it churns north over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The storm is forecast to approach the Gulf Coast on Monday, although heavy rain and tropical storm conditions will ...Read more

State of emergency declared across Florida for subtropical storm Alberto

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties Saturday as Subtropical Storm Alberto moved north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Only the western tip of Florida's Panhandle was in the projected path of the storm but the governor urged all Florida residents to be prepared for severe weather.

"The track of these ...Read more

Wind and storm surge watches issued for Florida as Alberto moves north

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Wind and storm surge watches were posted across the Florida Gulf coast Friday as Subtropical Storm Alberto continued northward.

The western tip of Florida's Panhandle was at the center of the projected impact zone and while Alberto's strongest winds were expected to stay well offshore until then, forecasters cautioned that storm's path ...Read more

Hurricanes of the future may look a lot like Harvey: stronger, slower, much wetter

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MIAMI -- The rain started even before Hurricane Harvey made its way across the Gulf of Mexico and settled atop Texas. It kept coming, overflowing curbs, climbing up staircases, trapping people on roofs and makeshift rafts and drowning dozens.

The record-breaking 60 inches of rain from Harvey last year forced forecasters to add new colors to ...Read more

Five to nine hurricanes predicted in 'near-average' 2018 season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- We can expect five to nine hurricanes this season, with up to four reaching major hurricane strength, according to a season outlook released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The forecast for hurricane season, which officially begins June 1, calls for a near-normal to above-normal season. ...Read more

Forecasters call for more normal, but still active, Atlantic hurricane season

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MIAMI -- The looming Atlantic hurricane season will likely be active but not nearly as punishing as last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

During a briefing for the annual preseason forecast, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Neil Jacobs said the agency expects to see 10 to 18 named storms, five to nine ...Read more

Coldest April in 20 years across the United States, feds say

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PHILADELPHIA -- Temperatures in the contiguous United States were 2.2 degrees below 20th-century averages last month, making it the coldest April in 20 years, according to the government analysis released Tuesday.

Nationally, it was the 13 coldest April, with Iowa and Wisconsin registering their frostiest on record.

Generally, overnight ...Read more

April in Chicago among coldest in 130 years

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CHICAGO -- Chicago area residents woke up to snow on the ground Thursday, the latest reminder that winter weather's grip is delaying so many spring rites of passage, from Major League Baseball games to bridge-lifting season on the Chicago River downtown – the parade of boats heading for slips offering the surest sign of warm weather ahead.

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Dreaded 'cone of uncertainty' will shrink for the coming hurricane season

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MIAMI -- The National Hurricane Center plans to shrink the dreaded "cone of uncertainty" during the upcoming season based on an improving forecast record.

The Miami-based center made the announcement Monday, along with a series of other changes intended to improve how hurricane forecasters convey warnings to the public. Along with the shrinking...Read more

One person killed as strong storms cross NC; thousands without power

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Severe weather across North Carolina on Sunday killed at least one person, according to news outlets, and Duke Energy crews were working Monday morning to restore electric service to more than 31,000 customers.

Two storms, reported as tornadoes, toppled trees and ripped apart homes in Greensboro and Reidsville.

The Triangle ...Read more

Final numbers on Maria in Puerto Rico: $90 billion in damage, some Category 5 winds

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Maria, the sixth fastest intensifying hurricane on record, likely slammed parts of mountainous Puerto Rico with fiercer winds than previously reported, the National Hurricane Center said Monday in a final assessment of the lethal storm.

Maria struck the island's southeast coast Sept. 20, lingering for nearly eight hours and ...Read more

94 degrees? Monday may be the hottest day of the year so far in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- It's only April but it's going to feel like summer for the next couple of days in southern California, the National Weather Service said Monday.

A high-pressure system is bringing potentially record-breaking heat across the Southland, where temperatures from Long Beach to Camarillo on Monday will be anywhere from 15 to 20 degrees...Read more

Battered areas see new hurricanes on horizon

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Regions still recovering from 2017's devastating hurricanes are scrambling to prepare for the new hurricane season, which is just two months away and expected to be busier than average.

Houston has changed building regulations, Florida is seeking federal assistance and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Puerto ...Read more

Yosemite Valley to reopen after storm brought flooding to parts of Northern California

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After an intense tropical storm caused flooding in roads and rivers throughout Yosemite Valley on Saturday, the national park reopened to vehicles and visitors on Sunday afternoon.

Park crews were working to clear water, rocks and debris from roads early Sunday morning, and officials warned of delays along several routes. Park services, ...Read more

Rain pelts Northern California, flooding the Merced and Truckee rivers

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A large tropical storm dumped rain over Northern California, drenching the Bay Area and causing some flooding in the Yosemite Valley and the Lake Tahoe area Saturday.

The Merced River reached its flood stage at 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The storm that started Friday dropped more than 3 inches of rain in the Yosemite ...Read more

Incoming storm brings risk of flooded rivers — and first test of Oroville Dam's spillway

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The creeks, streams and rivers leading snowmelt out of the Sierra Nevada will likely flood this weekend as a powerful storm moves over Northern California and dumps inches of rain from the coast to the Nevada border.

The "atmospheric river," as the plumes of water vapor are called, is loaded with warm tropical moisture that will accelerate ...Read more

How busy will hurricane season be in 2018? This forecast has good news and bad news

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MIAMI -- Get ready to batten down the hatches. Again.

In a preseason forecast issued Thursday, Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project predicts the upcoming hurricane season that begins June 1 will again be busy, although not as bad as the brutal 2017 season. The forecast calls for seven hurricanes, three hurricanes at Cat 3 ...Read more

All-day snow forecast to drop 6-8 inches in Minneapolis area

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Slick, sloppy and slow. Snowy, too. Very snowy.

A morning rush hour more typical of January was underway Tuesday in Minneapolis, and it's likely to be like that all day as an early spring storm pounds the Twin Cities and much of southern Minnesota.

The evening commute could be tough, too, as snow will fall all day and won't stop...Read more

Santa Barbara awakens to emergency alert as storm soaks Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- A second and final day of heavy rains began pummeling Southern California early Thursday morning as Santa Barbara County residents awakened to emergency phone alerts and calls to evacuate wildfire burn areas.

"Flash flood watch in effect for SB County," read the 5:19 a.m. alert. "Leave now if you are still in evac/burn areas."

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