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Potential tropical system could develop in southwestern Caribbean Sea

After a brief pause of activity in the tropics late in the hurricane season, forecasters are now watching for a possible system to develop in the southwestern Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center said Thursday night that a broad area of low pressure could form by the middle of next week and slowly develop as it moves over the southwestern Caribbean. As of 7 p.m. Thursday, forecasters gave the system low odds of developing in the next two to seven days. There have been 19 named storms this Atlantic hurricane season, seven of which were hurricanes. Three of them were major hurricanes,...

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Philippe to become Category 1 hurricane this week; Rina downgraded

Tropical Storm Philippe is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane later this week with top winds of 85 mph, while a weakening Rina was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday. The two neighboring tropical systems had interacted last week in an uncommon phenomenon in the Atlantic. The Fujiwhara Effect is a binary interaction where two tropical cyclones within 345 miles to about 860 miles of each other start to spin around a common point, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The bigger of the two sometimes absorbs the smaller storm, or the smaller storm “will...

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Historic fishing village prepares for Hurricane Idalia’s devastating storm surge

CEDAR KEY — Ahead of Hurricane Idalia’s landfall, expected early Wednesday, residents of this historic, Gulf coast fishing village renowned for its waterfront seafood restaurants and quaint stores were wondering whether their luck was about to run out. On the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, windows were boarded Tuesday, businesses were empty and cars were missing from driveways. A few people on golf carts drove along the island’s roads ahead of the storm — just before an evacuation. Forecasters predicted the storm would strengthen to at least a Category 3 hurricane before landfall, with storm surges...

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Hilary left California desert roads covered in water and mud. Now it’s threatening Oregon and Idaho

By MARK J. TERRILL, JOHN ANTCZAK and JULIE WATSON (Associated Press) CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Hilary, the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years, flooded roads, toppled trees and forced a rescue by bulldozer of more than a dozen older residents trapped by mud in a care home Monday as it marched northward, prompting flood watches and warnings in half a dozen states. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Hilary had lost much of its steam and only vestiges of the storm were heading over the Rocky Mountains, but it warned that “continued life-threatening and locally...

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Powerful Hurricane Hilary heads for Mexico’s Baja. Rare tropical storm watch issued for California

By IGNACIO MARTINEZ and JULIE WATSON (Associated Press) CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Hilary churned off Mexico’s Pacific coast Friday as a powerful Category 4 storm threatening to unleash torrential rains on the mudslide-prone border city of Tijuana before heading into Southern California as the first tropical storm there in 84 years. Forecasters warned the storm could cause extreme flooding, mudslides and even tornadoes across the region. Hilary grew rapidly in strength early Friday before losing some steam, with its maximum sustained winds at 130 mph (215 kph) Frday night, down...

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Two disturbances forecast to emerge off Africa, ending quiet period over Atlantic Ocean

A dormant August stretch of storm activity in the tropics is set to conclude as the National Hurricane Center is forecasting two disturbances off the west coast of Africa. After a week and a half of quietude over the Atlantic Ocean, the 8 p.m. update described one area of low pressure in the east-central Atlantic and another in the eastern area of the body of water. Both systems initially have been given a 20% chance of development over the next week. Of the more centrally located area of interest, the National Hurricane Center wrote: An “area of low pressure could develop by the middle to latter...

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Maui fire deaths surge to 53 and likely to go higher, governor says. Over 1,000 structures burned

By TY O’NEIL, CLAIRE RUSH, JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CHRISTOPHER WEBER (Associated Press) LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — A search of the wildfire devastation on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Thursday revealed a wasteland of obliterated neighborhoods and landmarks charred beyond recognition, as the death toll rose to at least 53 and survivors told harrowing tales of narrow escapes with only the clothes on their backs. A flyover of historic Lahaina showed entire neighborhoods that had been a vibrant vision of color and island life reduced to gray ash. Block after block was nothing but rubble and blackened...

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Relentless rain causes floods in Northeast, prompts rescues and swamps Vermont’s capital

By LISA RATHKE and JOHN MINCHILLO (Associated Press) ANDOVER, Vt. (AP) — Rescue teams raced into Vermont on Monday after heavy rain drenched parts of the Northeast, washing out roads, forcing evacuations and halting some airline travel. One person was killed in New York’s Hudson Valley as she tried to escape her flooded home. Mike Cannon of Vermont Urban Search and Rescue said crews from North Carolina, Michigan and Connecticut were among those helping to get to towns that have been unreachable since torrents of rain belted the state. The towns of Londonderry and Weston were inaccessible, Cannon...

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Destruction in Texas Panhandle: Storm blamed for 3 deaths wrecked mobile homes and main street

By DAVID ERICKSON, SARAH BRUMFIELD and BEATRICE DUPUY (Associated Press) PERRYTON, Texas (AP) — As Sabrina Devers watched what would turn out to be a deadly storm approach her ranch just north of the Texas Panhandle town Perryton, she first spotted golf ball-sized and then softball-sized hail. Then, Devers said, across the high plains toward Perryton, the system spawned a tornado. Once the twister had moved through, Devers drove into into the town to find a path of wreckage local officials estimated was a quarter of a mile (400 meters) wide, and 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) long. The Thursday afternoon...

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