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California Braces As Hurricane Hilary Reaches Cat 4

CBS News reports: As of early Friday, Hurricane Hilary was located about 400 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, making it a “major” Category 4, the National Hurricane Center said, adding that it is “large and powerful.” The storm was moving west-northwest at 13 mph, with a turn toward the northwest expected …

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Severe Weather Halts Air Travel Along US East Coast

USA Today reports: More than 1,300 flights in the U.S. are canceled, and another 6,400-plus are delayed as of 6:30 p.m. Eastern with severe weather blanketing much of the East Coast Monday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. The Federal Aviation Administration warned on social media it was anticipating having to pause departures this evening at airports including Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta …

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Largest Power Grid Declares Emergency For Eastern US

Bloomberg News reports: PJM Interconnection LLC has declared a level one emergency for the 13-state eastern US grid and called on all power plants to operate at full capacity Thursday during a heat wave. The largest US grid issued an Energy Emergency Alert level one, meaning it is concerned about being able to maintain adequate power reserves on July 27 …

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Miami’s Record 100°F+ Heat Stretches To 43rd Day

Axios reports: Hot, dangerous conditions that parts of the West, Texas and Florida have endured for weeks will expand across the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. this week — starting in the north-central states and Plains, the National Weather Service warns. Nearly 78 million people were under heat alerts in the U.S. Monday morning, as health officials report a spike …

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Heat Index Breaks Miami Records: 13 Days Over 106°

Axios reports: The weeks-long heat wave affecting a vast swath of the U.S. has been particularly noteworthy in one city that was not the subject of many extreme weather headlines this past week: Miami. The city is typically hot in June and July, but this spring and summer has been a different level of South Florida heat. According to meteorologist …

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90 Million Across US Under Extreme Heat Warning

CNN reports: An already dangerous weekslong heat wave will only worsen this weekend as a heat dome intensifies and reaches peak strength over parts of the Western United States. The heat dome is so formidable the National Weather Service in Phoenix called it “one of the strongest high pressure systems this region has ever seen.” Around 100 heat records could …

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Biden Declares Emergency Over Vermont Flash Floods

ABC News reports: U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in Vermont, where torrential rainfall has triggered life-threatening flash floods. The president’s action frees up federal resources to supplement the state and local response efforts as well as authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts across Vermont. Many rivers in the …

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Flash Floods Tear Through New York’s Hudson Valley

New York City’s ABC affiliate reports: Rain continues to batter an already severely damaged Hudson Valley on Monday morning. Hours of heavy rain produced life-threatening flash flooding across the region on Sunday sparking flash flood warnings and a rare flood emergency. A woman in her 30’s was killed in rushing floodwaters in Orange County. She was trying to escape her …

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Texans Asked To Reduce Power Usage Amid Brutal Heat

The Texas Press reports: Both the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas are urging residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce electricity use as temperatures soar above 100 degrees over much of the state. Temperatures set record highs for June in several Texas cities: 111 degrees in Junction, 115 in Laredo, and 113 in Del …

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Air Travel Nationwide Snarled For Fourth Day [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Disruptions for air travelers continued Tuesday for a fourth day with more than 9,000 flights across the United States delayed or canceled after powerful storms ripped through the parts of the country, including in the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast where many busy hubs are located. Data from FlightAware showed that more than 7,300 flights within, into …

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Hail Storm Injures Dozens At Colorado Concert [VIDEO]

Denver’s NBC affiliate reports: A powerful hail storm crashed down on concertgoers at a Louis Tomlinson show in Colorado on Wednesday night, injuring nearly 100 people including at least seven who were taken to local hospitals. Fans of the English singer and songwriter were forced to run for cover as the massive hail pellets rained down on the Red Rocks …

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Tropical Storm Bret Forecast To Become Hurricane

CNN reports: A tropical storm named Bret has formed over the central Atlantic Ocean and will likely become a hurricane on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said Monday afternoon. The storm now has winds of 40 mph and continues to move quickly to the west, according to the center. The hurricane center first identified the storm as a tropical depression …

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Record Warm Waters Could Spawn Early Hurricane

The Washington Post reports: Waters in the tropical Atlantic Ocean are at their warmest levels on record, which could help fuel an exceptionally early seasonal hurricane by the middle of the week. A tropical disturbance 1,000 miles west of the coast of Africa is predicted to steadily organize over the coming days, with high chances of it becoming a named …

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Researchers Predict 13 Named Atlantic Storms For 2023

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: The 2023 hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and Arlene sits at the top of this year’s list of storm names. The National Hurricane Center moves through an alphabetical list throughout the season. Though hurricane season lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30, storms can form at any time. It is not uncommon for …

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Fort Lauderdale Rainfall Broke Single-Day Record Set During 1980 Hurricane, Schools Still Closed, FLL Open

CNN reports: More storms could strike South Florida on Friday after monumental flooding wreaked havoc on Fort Lauderdale and surrounding communities, closing schools and government buildings and sending hundreds of residents to seek refuge at emergency shelters. Many streets turned into lakes across Fort Lauderdale Wednesday and Thursday when a historic volume of rain exceeding 2 feet inundated the South …

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Flooding Closes Ft Lauderdale Airport, Schools [VIDEO]

The Miami Herald reports: Dozens of flights were canceled Wednesday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after torrential rain and street flooding brought parts of South Florida to a halt. The relentless rain and windy conditions prompted the airport, second largest in the region, to suspend arriving and departing flights, the airport alerted via Twitter around 4:15 p.m. On Wednesday night, …

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At Least 23 Dead, Dozens Hurt In Mississippi Tornado

The Washington Post reports:  A devastating tornado swept through parts of Mississippi overnight, killing at least 23 people, injuring dozens more and wreaking severe damage after wind gusts of up to 80 mph and hail the size of golf balls swept through the state. The severe weather has pummeled homes and caused widespread power outages early Saturday. The towns of …

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Southern California Gets Rare Blizzard Warning [VIDEO]

Axios reports: A rare, powerful winter storm is directing a firehose of moisture at large parts of California, including causing blizzard conditions in the hills and mountains near Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. This storm prompted the first blizzard warnings in L.A. and Ventura Counties since 1989, and the first-ever blizzard warning issued by the Weather Service’s San …

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Mild And Snowless Winter Continues For Mid-Atlantic

Axios reports: Temperatures will sizzle toward record territory for many in the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday. Baltimore and Washington, D.C., could reach 80°F.  The freakishly mild winter in the East has led to a sense of unease. This is February, when Nor’easters normally churn the Atlantic, dumping heavy snow for millions. Instead, the only thing that has been heavy in New …

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Winter Storm Cancels/Delays Thousands Of Flights

Reuters reports: Airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights in the United States on Wednesday as a strong winter storm makes its way through the western and central states. A total of 1,510 flights within, into and out of the United States were canceled by 4:30 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware, which also showed 3,870 flights were delayed. Snow …

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