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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:40 p


"Forecasters monitoring weak tropical systems in Gulf, Caribbean and Atlantic"

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

21 JULY 2020

Though the typical peak of hurricane season is still several weeks away, forecasters Monday were monitoring a trio of weak tropical systems in the Gulf, Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean.

The first system, a weak low-pressure area, formed over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"The associated shower and thunderstorm activity is currently disorganized, and little additional development is expected before the system moves inland over Texas tonight or Tuesday," the hurricane center said.

Although this system is not a significant concern, Weather.com said "it could enhance rainfall near parts of the upper Texas and Louisiana coasts."

The second system is a tropical wave now spinning over the Bahamas and Cuba, the hurricane center said.

Once the wave moves into the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, more favorable conditions for tropical development are forecast, AccuWeather said.

However, at this time, meteorologists believe the system will not have time to ramp up to a hurricane and the chance of a tropical storm developing from it is 10-20% and for a tropical depression to evolve from it is between 20-30%, according to AccuWeather.

Just like the first system, parts of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf coasts could see enhanced showers and thunderstorms from this system late in the week, Weather.com warned.

The third disturbance is a tropical wave in the central Atlantic Ocean that's has a low chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm, the hurricane center said.

If any of the systems become a named tropical storm, it would get the name Gonzalo.

So far this year, six tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic Basin, with the most recent being Tropical Storm Fay 10 days ago.

Fay soaked portions of the northeastern U.S. with heavy rain.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Forecasters monitoring weak tropical systems in Gulf, Caribbean and Atlantic

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Post by thelivyjr » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:40 p


"Tropical Storm Isaias bears down on Puerto Rico, could hit Florida on weekend"

By Ben Kesslen

July 30, 2020, 9:22 AM EDT

Tropical Storm Isaias bore down on Puerto Rico Thursday morning — bringing high winds, flash-flood warnings and, in some areas, up to 8 inches of rain — and could hit Florida over the weekend.

The storm will produce “potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides” in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, and the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said in an early Thursday morning report.

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands should expect “tropical storm conditions” throughout the morning, as the storm heads west Thursday and Friday, the hurricane center said.

The islands should expect three to six inches of rain, and up to eight inches in “isolated” areas, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service said the U.S. Virgin Islands, eastern Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola might see rivers flood, as well as urban and small streams.

“Life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” are forecasted in places where Isaias will pass through, it said.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, with some higher gusts.

The winds extended outwards up to 345 miles, the weather service said.

The storm was forecast to be near the central Bahamas on Friday night and to approach the northwest Bahamas or southern Florida on Friday night and Saturday.

As it travels northwest up the Caribbean Sea, Isaiah is expected to hits parts of eastern Cuba and south Florida on Friday and over the weekend, the hurricane center said.

“It is too soon to determine the location or magnitude of those impacts,” the center said on Thursday, telling residents to monitor the system, prepare their households, and follow the forecast in the next few days.

Ben Kesslen is a reporter for NBC News.

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:40 p


"Florida battens down for Tropical Storm Isaias which will move up U.S. East Coast - The storm is expected to move near Florida on Saturday afternoon through Sunday before heading north along the U.S. East Coast."

By Phil Helsel and Minyvonne Burke

Aug. 1, 2020 02:59

July 31, 2020, 11:36 PM EDT / Updated Aug. 1, 2020, 5:22 PM EDT

Florida battened down on Saturday as Tropical Storm Isaias barreled toward the state before its expected move up the U.S. East Coast.

With maximum sustained winds of 70 mph the storm was downgraded form a hurricane Saturday afternoon.

It was forecast to move over the Straits of Florida Saturday night before approaching the southeast coast of Florida early Sunday.

Isaias was forecast to "re-strengthen to a hurricane overnight," the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

Hurricane warnings remained in effect for Boca Raton, Florida and Northwestern Bahamas.

Isaias was expected to remain at hurricane strength Monday, the center said.

Florida is already fighting the coronavirus pandemic and one county official in South Florida said Friday it was hard to imagine that they were now dealing with a storm.

"It's just kind of been the way 2020's going so far, but we roll with it, right?" Howard Tipton, administrator for St. Lucie County, which is north of Palm Beach County, said at a news conference.

"We don't get to determine the cards that we're dealt."

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that a request he sent to President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration was approved, and "the state of Florida is fully prepared."

DeSantis, who has urged residents to have seven days' worth of food, water and medicine on hand ahead of the storm, said that while he doesn't “anticipate hospitals needing to evacuate patients," one small hospital in Brevard County moved its COVID-19 patients to another location.

NASA on Saturday said that despite the weather "conditions are 'Go'" for the scheduled return Sunday afternoon of astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who departed for the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Endeavour spacecraft in late May.

NASA said in a statement that they could splash down at a primary landing site off the coast of Pensacola or at an alternate site off of Panama City.

Both are in the Gulf of Mexico.

Miami-Dade County meanwhile ordered parks, beaches, marinas and golf courses closed through at least Saturday.

Palm Beach County, which was under an earlier hurricane warning, said it was opening four shelters and one for animals Saturday morning.

The shelters are for residents of mobile or manufactured homes and other housing deemed substandard.

Florida Power & Light Company said it activated its emergency response plan and recruited around 2,000 people from 10 states to help restore power.

The utility expects a large part of its coverage area to feel the storm's effects.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez on Saturday morning told residents to stay home and that high winds and flooding were expected in some areas of South Florida by mid-afternoon.

Authorities in North Carolina ordered the evacuation of Oracoke Island, which was slammed by last year’s Hurricane Dorian, as well as that of Holden Beach, and Ocean Isle Beach.

Cape Lookout National Seashore said it would close at 5 p.m.

The Bahamas evacuated people in Abaco, who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian, and those on the eastern end of Grand Bahama.

The storm knocked shingles off roofs and tumbled trees as it carved its way through the archipelago.

Even if it does not make landfall, the storm is relatively large and its effects could extend beyond its center.

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedre Beach, Florida, where there is the possibility of life-threatening inundation from storm surge.

Residents in these areas should follow the advice given by local emergency officials.

On Thursday, while still a tropical storm, Isaias toppled trees, destroyed crops and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where hundreds of thousands of people were left without power and water.

Officials reported that a man died in the Dominican Republic when he was electrocuted by a fallen electrical cable.

More than 5,000 people were evacuated, and more than 130 communities remained cut off by floodwaters.

Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.

Minyvonne Burke is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

The Associated Press and Dennis Romero contributed.

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Post by thelivyjr » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:40 p


"Tropical Storm Isaias expected to lash Carolinas with 'life-threatening storm surge' - 'Preparations should be rushed to completion,' the National Weather Service warned Monday morning - Isaias heads toward Carolinas, raising concerns about flooding"

By Elisha Fieldstadt

Aug. 3, 2020, 10:15 AM EDT

Residents in the Carolinas were advised to prepare for "life-threatening storm surge" as Tropical Storm Isaias crept up the coast and was expected to make landfall with the force of a hurricane by Monday night.

"Isaias is forecast to regain hurricane strength before it reaches the coast of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina, and hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning by this evening."

"Preparations should be rushed to completion," the National Weather Service warned Monday morning.

"There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along portions of the immediate coastline and adjacent waterways of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina coast."

Those areas could expect up to 8 inches of rain, flash flooding and possible tornadoes.

Isaias was expected to make landfall near the border of the Carolinas between 10 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm.

Meteorologists worried the landfall would coincide with the high tide.

Coastal areas north of the Carolinas could also expect possible "flash and urban flooding, high winds, dangerous storm surge, coastal flooding, life-threatening surf, rip currents, and severe thunderstorms with tornadoes to portions of the Eastern U.S.," the weather service said.

About 59 million people were under a tropical storm alert Monday, stretching from Florida to Maine.

Most of those areas were also under flash flood watches, as heavy rainfall was predicted.

The storm had already dropped heavy rain on Florida's east coast even though it had been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon.

Last week, the storm uprooted trees, destroyed crops and homes and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

One man died in the Dominican Republic.

In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floods that swept away one woman, whose body was recovered Saturday.

Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday.

Officials there opened shelters for people in the Abaco Islands to help those who have been living in temporary structures since Hurricane Dorian devastated the area, killing at least 70 people in September 2019.

Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

Associated Press contributed.

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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:40 p


"Tropical Storm Isaias batters East Coast, knocks out power for nearly 3 million"

By Associated Press

Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 5:28 p.m. ET

WINDSOR, N.C. — At least four people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.

Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park.

Authorities said two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City.

More than 15 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph.

At 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, the storm’s center was about 65 miles west of New York City, where winds forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down.

As Isaias sped northward at 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center warned of potentially life-threatening flooding around Philadelphia and other points along the I-95 corridor.

Two people died after a tornado demolished several mobile homes in Windsor, North Carolina.

Emergency responders finished searching the wreckage Tuesday afternoon.

They found no other casualties, and several people initially feared missing had all been accounted for, said Ron Wesson, chairman of the Bertie County Board of Commissioners.

He said about 12 people were hospitalized.

Sharee and Jeffrey Stilwell took shelter in their living room about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as the tornado tore through Windsor.

Sharee Stillwell said their home shook “like a freight train.”

“I felt like the house was going to cave in,” said Jeffrey Stillwell, 65, though once the storm passed, the couple found only a few damaged shingles and fallen tree branches in the yard.

The mobile home park less than 2 miles away wasn’t so fortunate.

Aerial video by WRAL-TV showed fields of debris where rescue workers in brightly colored shirts picked through splintered boards and other wreckage.

Nearby, a vehicle was flipped onto its roof.

“It doesn’t look real; it looks like something on TV."

"Nothing is there,” Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters, saying 10 mobile homes had been destroyed.

“All my officers are down there at this time."

"Pretty much the entire trailer park is gone.”

In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing a man inside, police said.

A woman in Mechanicsville, Maryland, died when a tree crashed onto her car during stormy conditions, said Cpl. Julie Yingling of the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office.

Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast.

Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Many homes flooded in Ocean Isle Beach, and at least five caught fire, Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT-TV.

Before making landfall late Monday, Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and battered the Bahamas before brushing past Florida.

On Tuesday, forecasters expected it to remain a tropical storm on a path into New England.

“We don’t think there is going to be a whole lot of weakening."

"We still think there’s going to be very strong and gusty winds that will affect much of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast over the next day or two,” hurricane specialist Robbie Berg told The AP.

Tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 2.8 million customers losing electricity across multiple states, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports.

In Suffolk, Virginia, near the coast, multiple homes were damaged by falling trees and city officials received reports of a possible tornado.

Motorists in the Philadelphia area had to be rescued as roads suddenly flooded.

The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles.

Most of the significant damage Tuesday seemed to be east and north of where the hurricane’s eye struck land in North Carolina.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday that Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties along the state’s southeast coast were among the hardest hit with storm surge, structure fires and reports of tornadoes.

Deputies on North Carolina’s Oak Island had to rescue five adults and three children after the storm hit, causing damage along the beachfront and knocking electricity and sewer facilities offline, authorities said.

In North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the storm sent waves crashing over the Sea Cabin Pier late Monday, causing a big section to collapse into the water as startled bystanders taking photos from the pier scrambled back to land.

“I’m shocked it’s still standing,” said Dean Burris, who watched from the balcony of a vacation rental.

The Hurricane Center had warned oceanside dwellers near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line to brace for storm surge up to 5 feet and up to 8 inches of rain.

Eileen and David Hubler were out early Tuesday cleaning up in North Myrtle Beach, where 4 feet of storm surge flooded cars, unhinged docks and etched a water line into the side of their home.

“When the water started coming, it did not stop,” Eileen Hubler said.

They had moved most items of value to their second floor, but a mattress and washing machine were unexpected storm casualties.

“We keep thinking we’ve learned our lesson,” she said.

“And each time there’s a hurricane, we learn a new lesson.”

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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:40 p


"Powerful storm with 100-mph winds leaves path of destruction across Midwest"

By Associated Press

Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 6:33 p.m. ET

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest on Monday, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it turned toward Chicago.

The storm known as a derecho lasted several hours as it tore across eastern Nebraska, Iowa and parts of Wisconsin, had the wind speed of a major hurricane, and likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado, said Patrick Marsh, science support chief at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

It’s not quite a hurricane.

It has no eye and its winds come across in a line.

But the damage it is likely to do spread over such a large area is more like an inland hurricane than a quick more powerful tornado, Marsh said.

He compared it to a devastating Super Derecho of 2009, which was one of the strongest on record traveled more than 1,000 miles in 24 hours, causing $500 million in damage, widespread power outages and killing a handful of people.

“This is our version of a hurricane,” Northern Illinois University meteorology professor Victor Gensini said in an interview from his home about 15 minutes before the storm was about to hit.

Minutes later he headed to his basement for safety as the storm took aim at Chicago, starting with its suburbs.

Gensini said this derecho will go down as one of the strongest in recent history and be one of the nation’s worst weather events of 2020.

“It ramped up pretty quick” around 7 a.m. Central time in Eastern Nebraska.

"I don’t think anybody expected widespread winds approaching 100, 110 mph,” Marsh said.

Several people were injured and widespread property damage was reported in Marshall County in central Iowa after 100 mph winds swept through the area, said its homeland security coordinator Kim Elder.

She said the winds blew over trees, ripped road signs out of the ground and tore roofs off of buildings.

“We had quite a few people trapped in buildings and cars,” she said.

She said the extent of injuries is unknown and that no fatalities have been reported.

Elder said some people reported their cars flipping over from the wind, having power lines fall on them and getting injured when hit by flying debris.

Dozens of cars at one factory had their windshields blown out.

Buildings have also caught on fire, she said.

“We’re in life-saving mode right now,” Elder said.

Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer declared a civil emergency, telling residents to stay home and off the streets so that first responders can respond to calls.

MidAmerican Energy said nearly 101,000 customers in the Des Moines area were without power after the storm moved through the area.

Reports from spotters filed with the National Weather Service in Des Moines had winds in excess of 70 mph.

Roof damage to homes and buildings were reported in several Iowa cities, including the roof of a hockey arena in Des Moines.

Across the state, large trees fell on cars and houses.

Some semi-trailers flipped over or were blown off highways.

Farmers reported that some grain bins were destroyed and fields were flattened, but the extent of damage to Iowa’s agriculture industry wasn’t immediately clear.

MidAmerican spokeswoman Tina Hoffman said downed trees are making it difficult in some locations for workers to get to the power lines.

In some cases power line poles were snapped off.

“It’s a lot of tree damage."

"Very high winds."

"It will be a significant effort to get through it all and get everybody back on,” she said.

“It was a big front that went all the way through the state.”

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has “both significant and widespread damage throughout the city,” said public safety spokesman Greg Buelow.

“We have damage to homes and businesses, including siding and roofs damaged,” he said.

“Trees and power lines are down throughout the entire city.”

Buelow said residents should stay home so crews can respond to “potentially life-threatening calls.”

Tens of thousands of people in the metro area were without power.

What makes a derecho worse than a tornado is how long it can hover one place and how large an area the high winds hit, Marsh said.

He said winds of 80 mph or even 100 mph can stretch for “20, 30, 40 or God forbid 100 miles.”

“Right now, it’s making a beeline for Chicago,” Marsh said Monday mid-afternoon.

“Whether or not it will hold its intensity as it reaches Chicago remains to be seen.”

But the environmental conditions between the storm and Chicago are the type that won’t likely diminish the storm, Marsh said.

It will likely dissipate over central or eastern Indiana, he said.

What happened is unstable super moist air has parked over the northern plains for days on end and it finally ramped up Monday morning into a derecho.

“They are basically self-sustaining amoebas of thunderstorms,” Gensini said.

“Once they get going like they did across Iowa, it’s really hard to stop these suckers.”

Derechoes, with winds of at least 58 mph, occur about once a year in the Midwest.

Rarer than tornadoes but with weaker winds, derechoes produce damage over a much wider area.

The storms raced over parts of eastern Nebraska before 9 a.m. Monday, dropping heavy rains and high winds.

Strong straight-line winds pushed south into areas that include Lincoln and Omaha, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Barjenbruch said.

“Once that rain-cooled air hit the ground, it surged over 100 miles, sending incredibly strong winds over the area,” Barjenbruch said.

Omaha Public Power District reported more than 55,500 customers without power in Omaha and surrounding communities.

The weather service’s Marsh said there’s a huge concern about power outages that will be widespread across several states and long lasting.

Add high heat, people with medical conditions that require power and the pandemic, “it becomes dire pretty quickly.”

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