Weather

NY Gov Declares Emergency Over “Bomb Cyclone”

The New York Post reports: Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday declared a state of emergency for the entirety of New York in preparation for the massive storm that’s forecast to wallop the northeast over the holiday weekend. The measure will go into effect at 6 a.m. Friday when Winter Storm Elliott — dubbed a “once-in-a-generation” weather event by the National …

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8000+ Flights Canceled As Holiday Storm Worsens

The Daily Beast reports: Airlines have canceled more than 5,000 flights for Thursday and preemptively nixed more than 3,200 for Friday as extreme winter weather sweeps the nation right before Christmas, according to tracking website FlightAware, spelling trouble for people trying to rush home for the holidays. Airports in Chicago and Denver have been hit hardest, with around 25 percent …

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2000 Flights Canceled As Winter Storm Bears Down

Forbes reports: More than 1,250 flights have been canceled on Thursday and another 700 nixed on Friday, according to data from FlightAware, an app that provides real-time, historical, and predictive flight tracking data. Cancellations are expected to climb over the coming days. As of early this morning, a combined 249 flights are canceled Thursday out of Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway …

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Blizzard Conditions Likely To Snarl Holiday Travel

AccuWeather reports: Meteorologists warn an expansive snowstorm is set to unfold across parts of the center of the country before the end of the week and jeopardize holiday travel plans ahead of the Christmas weekend. The timing of this cross-country winter storm could not be worse, as millions rush to finish their shopping or embark on their holiday travels. Ahead …

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Airlines Issue Travel Waivers Ahead Of “Bomb Cyclone”

CNN reports: Key US airlines have issued travel waivers ahead of what’s forecast to be a brutal “bomb cyclone” of wintry weather in the Midwest and other regions later this week. The important aviation hub of Chicago is forecast to be one of the cities hit the hardest, with the National Weather Service warning of the potential for a blizzard. …

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Arctic Freeze To Imperil Holiday Travel For Eastern US

The New York Daily News reports: An Arctic air mass will descend upon the U.S. this week with plenty of precipitation and dangerously low temperatures, making for potentially nightmarish holiday travel conditions, forecasters say. As last week’s mega storm wound down before the first day of Chanukah, the possibility of a white Christmas for the eastern half of the country …

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“Brutal” Winter Storm Snarls Air Travel Nationwide

USA Today reports: A brutal winter storm packing wind gusts of up to 80 mph was marching toward the nation’s interior Monday, threatening to pound a swath of the nation with snow measured in feet and wind gusts approaching 80 mph. Almost 15 million people in more than a dozen states faced foul weather warnings or watches Monday. Blizzard or …

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NY Gov Activates National Guard For Storm Assistance

Buffalo’s NBC affiliate reports: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Saturday on Channel 2’s Daybreak that she has activated the National Guard to assist Western New York in managing the storm. Hochul emphasized that more snow is coming and there is a “temporary lull.” The main concern is keep the main roads open so that first responders can get through in …

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Upstate NY Sees Over 6FT Of Snow In “Historic” Storm

CNN reports: A historic snowstorm is slamming western New York state Saturday with over 6 feet of snow in some places, closing roads, triggering driving bans and canceling flights the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday. Extreme snowfall “will produce near zero visibility, very difficult to impossible travel, damage to infrastructure, and may paralyze the hardest-hit communities,” the Weather Prediction Center …

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NY Gov Declares Emergency On “Major” Snowstorm

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Kathy Hochul and other state and local officials held a news conference in Buffalo on Thursday morning to urge New Yorkers to stay home until 7 p.m. Friday, when dangerous whiteout conditions are expected in an 11-county region stretching from the banks of Lake Erie to Watertown, north of Syracuse. “What we’re talking …

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Hurricane Nicole Makes Florida Landfall Overnight

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Hurricane Nicole made landfall on Florida’s east coast just south of Vero Beach in Indian River County and is now headed inland up into Central Florida. The center of the massive storm is projected to carve a path toward Florida’s Gulf Coast, but with tropical-storm-force winds stretching out 450 miles, the dangers from the storm continue …

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Nicole Reaches Hurricane Strength Off Palm Beach

Orland’s NBC affiliate reports: Tropical Storm Nicole officially became Hurricane Nicole Wednesday afternoon as it crept closer to Florida’s east coast. According to WESH 2 meteorologists, Nicole’s path had shifted slightly southward overnight into Wednesday. However, experts emphasize that tropical storm force winds extend hundreds of miles from the center of circulation. No matter where it eventually makes landfall, the …

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Nicole To Make Landfall Near Palm Beach As Hurricane

The Palm Beach Post reports: Palm Beach County has ordered evacuations of zones A and B ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole. Nicole is forecast to reach the coast of Florida Wednesday night as a Category 1 hurricane with a landfall between Boca Raton and Sebastian. Palm Beach County is already feeling wind gusts to 39 mph at Palm Beach International …

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Florida Sees Evacuation Orders And Airport Closures

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Thousands of Floridians are under evacuation orders as a strengthening Tropical Storm Nicole is forecast to become Hurricane Nicole before making landfall on Florida’s east coast early Thursday morning, and hurricane warnings are now in place. As of the 4 p.m. NHC advisory Tuesday, Nicole is located about 285 miles northeast of the northwestern Bahamas and …

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Hurricane Warning Issued For Florida’s East Coast

AccuWeather reports: A hurricane warning was issued along the central part of Florida’s east coast on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Nicole churned across the Atlantic and showed signs of further strengthening as it tracked toward the storm-weary state. AccuWeather meteorologists expect this sprawling storm to take a turn and hit Florida’s east coast — as a hurricane — later this …

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DeSantis Declares Emergency Over Potential Hurricane

Orlando’s Fox affiliate reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency for 34 Florida counties Monday as the state prepares for potential impacts from Subtropical Storm Nicole this week. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center said the storm will approach the Florida coast as a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday. The order was issued out of an …

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Enter Nicole: Hurricane Center Names Storm Off Florida

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Subtropical Storm Nicole formed Monday morning in the Atlantic Ocean with a projected path that could bring it to Florida’s east coast near hurricane strength, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of 8 a.m., the system was located about 520 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph moving north-northwest …

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Florida May See Hurricane Watch As Soon As Tomorrow

The Palm Beach Post reports: Areas of the Bahamas and east coast of Florida could be issued hurricane or tropical storm watches or warnings as early as Monday with an unusual late-season system taking aim at the Sunshine State. Gov. Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Sunday to monitor the Atlantic weather disturbance and to warn …

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Damage From Hurricane Ian Expected To Exceed $50B

CNN reports: The devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian likely caused more than $50 billion in damages — and also dinged overall US economic output, economists say. Initial damages from the deadly storm are estimated to be in the range of $45 billion to $55 billion in Florida and at least several billion dollars in South Carolina, according to Laura Ratz, …

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Hurricane Ian’s Death Toll In Florida Now At Least 100

CNN reports: The number of people killed in Florida by Hurricane Ian rose to at least 100 on Monday, days after the storm made landfall at Category 4 strength, decimating coastal towns and leaving rescue crews searching for survivors while communities face the daunting task of rebuilding. At least 54 people died in Lee County alone, Sheriff Carmine Marceno said …

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