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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

March was the driest on record in Florida. Can the Everglades cope?

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MIAMI -- In the Everglades, it's all about the water.

The fragile ecosystem hasn't seen much rain during this unseasonably dry season and by the time summer arrives, sea grass could be dying and the rich peat soil that supports life could be collapsing.

"One of the meteorologists at the district characterized the month of March as showing '...Read more

Governor says South Carolina faces 'new disaster' after tornadoes kill 9

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- "We have a new disaster on our hands now," Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday.

The governor was speaking Monday at one of his regular news conferences to update the state on the coronavirus outbreak. But South Carolina suffered another blow early Monday when heavy storm winds and tornadoes struck the state from the Upstate to the...Read more

New York, East Coast face power-outage threat from deadly storm

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New York and the rest of the U.S. East Coast face a day of shaking trees and the threat of broken power lines as a deadly storm that hammered the South and Midwest over the weekend rolls toward large cities.

The storm unleashed a deadly string of tornadoes on at least seven states from Texas to North Carolina, knocking out power to hundreds of ...Read more

Why Dorian won't be retired as a hurricane name this year

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Hurricane Dorian razed the northern Bahamas, splintering homes and feeding them to the sea before turning its fury on North Carolina, where it made landfall Sept. 6 as a Category 1 cyclone.

But Dorian's name won't be retired this year as is the tradition with deeply devastating storms because the group that oversees the ...Read more