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LOUISIANA: Hurricane Warning, Bracing For Flooding

The Associated Press reports: Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defenses . National Guard troops and rescue crews in high-water vehicles took …

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LOUISIANA: Hurricane Watch, State Of Emergency

Yahoo News reports: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Wednesday ahead of a storm forecast to hit the state later this week. Edwards warned that the low-pressure system currently in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to produce storm surge, hurricane-force winds and up to 15 inches of rain throughout the state. Louisiana already began experiencing …

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Warmer Than Miami: Alaska Heat Sets All-Time Record

Axios reports: Anchorage, Alaska, saw sizzling temperatures on Thursday, hitting 90ºF degrees and toppling the city’s all-time record-high temperature by 5 degrees, as well as the daily record of 77ºF for July 4, according to Weather.com. Why it matters: The Arctic region has pushed into an entirely new climate. The last 6 years have been the warmest Alaska has experienced …

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6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern California

The Los Angeles Times reports: An 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California Thursday, the largest temblor to hit the region in decades. The quake was centered in the Searles Valley, a remote area of San Bernardino about 100 miles from Los Angeles. It was unclear of the temblor caused major damage or injuries. The quake was the largest in Southern …

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Late Day Thunderstorms May Imperil Trump’s Ego Rally

The Washington Post reports: The Independence Day weather forecast is threatening to put a damper on President Trump’s “Salute to America” event on the National Mall. A spokeswoman for the Department of the Interior said the agency expects Thursday’s events “to take place rain or shine.” But with a chance of storms in the Washington, D.C., area, it’s unclear whether …

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Scientists: June Was Hottest Month In World History

The Independent reports: June was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, the EU’s satellite agency has announced. Data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the EU, showed that the global-average temperature for June 2019 was the highest on record for the month. The data showed …

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Freak Hailstorm Buries Mexican City In Feet Of Ice

The Washington Post reports: It’s summer in Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous towns, which made what happened there over the weekend all the more surprising. Sunday morning, residents woke to their roads, yards and even cars buried under more than three feet of icy slush from a freak hailstorm that had blanketed the city. Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro said …

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France Records Highest Temperature In History [VIDEO]

AccuWeather reports: The extreme heat wave that is suspected in killing several people this week set an all-time high in France on Friday. Relief is on the horizon but not before the heat strengthens its grip across Europe this weekend. The highest temperature ever measured across France in the entirety of record keeping was set on Friday afternoon. Temperatures soared …

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Record-Breaking Heat Wave Sweeps Europe [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Record-shattering temperatures are scorching much of Europe this week as searing heat from northern Africa overspreads the normally mild continent. Germany broke its all-time heat record for June on Wednesday when the temperature soared to 101.5 degrees in Coschen, which is about 65 miles southeast of Berlin, according to the German meteorological service. Authorities in Germany also …

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Missouri: Major Tornado Rips Through Capital [VIDEO]

CNN reports: A tornado hit the Missouri capital as people slept late Wednesday night — part of a deadly spring storm system that has ravaged the central United States over the past several days, unleashing twisters, drenching rain, flash flooding and hail. At least 29 tornadoes have been reported over the past 24 hours, mostly in Missouri and Oklahoma, the …

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Australia Braces For Twin Category 4 Cyclones [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Thousands of Australians have been forced to evacuate their homes in preparation for two potentially devastating cyclones. Over the weekend, Cyclone Trevor will hit the north while Cyclone Veronica will strike the country’s west coast. Destructive winds are expected, while heavy rains and large waves threaten to cause severe flooding. Experts say a “severe impact” is likely …

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California’s “Glory Hole” Sucks In Record Rainfall

The Guardian reports: Some say it looks like a a toilet being flushed; in more generous interpretations, it is a beautiful inverted fountain. In a rare occurrence, the water level in the Lake Berryessa reservoir, 75 miles north of San Francisco, has risen so much that it is pouring into a 200ft-deep circular pipe constructed in its corner. The 72ft …

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Punxsutawney Phil Predicts An Early Spring [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog did not see his shadow on Saturday, predicting spring this year will arrive early. Members of Punxsutawney Phil’s top hat-wearing inner circle revealed their forecast at sunrise on Saturday, as the Midwest and East Coast recovered from this week’s dangerous Arctic blast. The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says …

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Polar Vortex Spawns State Of Emergency Declarations

The Weather Channel reports: The polar vortex is gripping the Midwest Wednesday with the coldest Arctic air in a generation, forcing widespread school and government office closures, leaving tens of thousands without power, and in a rarity, prompting the U.S. Postal Service to suspend delivery to a widespread swath of the region. The break in the polar vortex brought a …

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Life-Threatening Polar Vortex To Clobber Midwest

AccuWeather reports: The coldest weather in years will put millions of people and animals throughout the midwestern United States at risk for hypothermia and frostbite to occur in minutes during the final days of January. On Tuesday night, widespread lows under 30 below zero will grip much of North Dakota, eastern South Dakota and Minnesota. Temperatures in Chicago can drop …

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Thousands Of Flights Cancelled Due To Massive Storm

The New York Times reports: The Great Plains were digging out, the Great Lakes were being walloped and the Northeast was bracing for impact on Saturday as a huge snowstorm raced across the Northern states. The storm, which complicated travel and busted plans for the three-day weekend across much of the country, caused problems from Kansas, where the governor declared …

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NYC Braces For Weekend Of Subzero Arctic Chill

The New York Post reports: A fast-moving storm will dump an inch of snow an hour on the city starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and possibly into Sunday and then an arctic blast will turn the Big Apple into a treacherous tundra, Accuweather meteorologist Tom Kines warned late Thursday. “Everything white or slushy will become a glacier,” Kines said. Arctic …

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Arctic Blast Forecast Imperils Macy’s Parade Balloons

The Weather Channel reports: Another blast of cold air is expected to bring one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record for some Northeast cities. A strong area of high pressure from the Arctic Circle will descend southward across Canada and into the Northeast, sending temperatures plummeting toward levels you might expect on New Year’s Day, not Thanksgiving Day. New York …

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FLORIDA: More Than 1000 Still Missing After Hurricane

Reuters reports: More than a thousand people were still missing on Wednesday a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities across the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 27. Teams made up of hundreds of volunteers with the Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue organization were searching for more than 1,135 people in Florida who lost contact with friends and family, Matthew Marchetti, the group’s …

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FLORIDA: Death Toll Rises As Searchers Find Bodies

The Associated Press reports: Search-and-rescue teams began finding bodies in and around Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, an official said Friday as the scale of the storm’s fury became ever clearer. But he gave no details on the number of dead. The death toll across the South stood at 13, not counting any victims discovered …

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