El Nino: When will it start raining in California?

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--One of the strongest El Nino winters ever recorded since modern records first began in 1950 continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, federal scientists reported Thursday.

So, with the likelihood for a wet winter increasing across drought-parched California, residents staring at empty reservoirs and dead lawns are asking: "When ...Read more

After destruction in Bahamas, relief efforts commence as Joaquin threatens Bermuda

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MIAMI -- Having battered the central and southern islands of the Bahamas, Hurricane Joaquin continued to veer away from the East Coast on Sunday night and out toward the North Atlantic -- brushing by the British territory of Bermuda, and buffeting the island with wind and rain.

The storm had weakened after its destructive pass over the Bahamas....Read more

Weather system deluges eastern US coast as hurricane threat eases

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The southeastern U.S. coast was likely to be spared the wrath of Hurricane Joaquin, but rainfall from a low pressure system drenched several states Saturday.

Flood warnings were posted in several coastal states.

One of the worst hit was South Carolina, which the U.S. National Weather Service said was at "high risk for ...Read more

Hurricane Joaquin aims north away from land

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- After pummeling the Bahamas, Hurricane Joaquin now is aiming north and likely out to sea.

If the system holds to the latest forecast track, it wouldn't threaten any other land areas, although it could come close to Bermuda on Sunday.

At 8 p.m. EDT on Friday, Joaquin was 795 miles southwest of Bermuda, crawling ...Read more

Rain, wind cause Jersey Shore flooding

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ATLANTIC CITY -- The Jersey Shore was pounded with winds and high surf at high tide Friday afternoon, but officials said the event produced localized flooding typical with nor'easters and not the dangerous situation they had feared.

Still, the storm exposed vulnerable areas still not rebuilt post-Sandy, such as the inlet end of Atlantic City, ...Read more

Joaquin, still a Category 4, continues moving north

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Hurricane Joaquin continued moving slowly toward the northwest on Friday as it battered the central Bahamas with 130 mph winds.

At 8 a.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center said Joaquin was starting an expected change of course that appeared increasingly likely to steer the dangerous Category 4 storm away from the Carolinas and the heavily ...Read more

Hurricane Joaquin hits Category 4 strength as it batters Bahamas

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Hurricane Joaquin intensified into a dangerous Category 4 storm on Thursday, battering the Bahamas 130 mph winds, National Hurricane Center forecaster said.

At 2 p.m. Eastern, the storm was located about 70 miles south of San Salvador on the western edge of the central Bahamas.

"They are under the gun," said Bahamas National Emergency ...Read more

Bahamas beginning to feel powerful Category 3 winds of Hurricane Joaquin

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Hurricane Joaquin began battering the Bahamas early Thursday with powerful winds topping 120 mph, National Hurricane Center forecaster said.

At 8 a.m., the storm was located about 10 miles north of Samana Cays. Forecasters warn the rapidly strengthening storm could grow even stronger over the nest day, with 140 mph sustained winds possible over...Read more

Joaquin expected to become major hurricane

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Joaquin could strengthen to a major hurricane over the next three days, but National Hurricane Center forecasters say it is too soon to tell whether the slow-moving storm will head toward the U.S. coastline or back out to sea.

At 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, the storm was located 215 miles east, northeast of the central Bahamas ...Read more

Conditions continue to gather steam for El Nino in Pacific Ocean

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As summer turns to fall, the El Nino conditions brewing in the Pacific Ocean continue to grow, increasing the chances of a wet winter in drought-stricken California, federal scientists reported Thursday.

There is now a 95 percent chance that El Nino conditions will continue through the end of this year -- up from 85 percent in June and 50 ...Read more

El Nino likely to slow rest of hurricane season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Flexing its atmospheric muscle, an unusually potent El Nino already has made for a significantly slower than normal hurricane season, keeping most of the systems weak and short-lived.

It likely will slow down the remainder of the storm season, Mike Halpert, deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...Read more

Hurricane specialist discusses difficulties with Erika forecast

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Did the National Hurricane Center flub Tropical Storm Erika's forecast?

James Franklin, the center's top hurricane specialist, said Monday the forecast errors were considerably larger than normal, particularly when the system was four and five days away from a possible hit on South Florida. But, he said, officials noted...Read more

Three powerful Pacific hurricanes churning at the same time make weather history

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For a time over the weekend, three powerful Category 4 hurricanes churned in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time, an event that is believed a meteorological first in the ocean region and another sign that the forces of El Nino are stirring up weather anomalies -- and the jitters in Hawaii.

Hawaii on Monday appeared to have ...Read more

Erika winds down, no longer threatens Florida

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South Florida and the rest of the state are off the hook.

Tropical Storm Erika dissipated into an open wave Saturday while in the Caribbean near Cuba. Strong wind shear and the system's interaction with the mountainous areas of Hispaniola led to the storm's disintegration.

Unless Erika makes a comeback, it likely will be business as usual for ...Read more

Erika heads toward southwestern part of Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida prepared for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Erika this weekend, although the projected path of the storm continued to veer toward the southwestern part of the state.

The region remains within the storm's possible routes as it heads north, with Erika expected to come closest to South Florida late ...Read more

Erika weakens, aiming for South Florida

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Even as Tropical Storm Erika continued to dump heavy rain in the northern Caribbean, forecasters say the storm could weaken, still packing strong tropical storm force winds but no longer becoming a hurricane.

If it makes landfall in Florida early Monday, forecasters say Erika will likely be strong tropical storm with winds of about 60 mph.

At ...Read more

Strengthening Erika causes fatal mudslides in Dominica, heads toward Hispaniola

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MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Erika, which unleashed deadly mudslides in Dominica on Thursday, has taken a turn toward Hispaniola, setting up a collision with the island nation that could decide what happens in South Florida.

At 8 p.m. EDT, Erika was located 145 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Erika ...Read more

Erika strengthens as its center shifts south

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MIAMI -- The center of Tropical Storm Erika shifted to the south early Thursday, signaling a possible turn that could prove more threatening to South Florida.

At 11 a.m. EDT, Erika was located 125 miles west of Guadeloupe with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Erika had slowed slightly to 16 mph on its westward course and had dumped nearly ...Read more

Erika building as it approaches Leeward Islands

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MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Erika may hit the Leeward Islands as early as Wednesday night as its treks across the Caribbean and could impact South Florida by Monday.

At 11 a.m., Erika had sustained winds of 45 mph, with tropical storm force winds extending 105 miles. The storm had slowed slightly to 17 mph and was located 285 miles east of Antigua....Read more

Tropical Storm Erika expected to strengthen as it approaches Caribbean

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Tropical Storm Erika, which formed on the heels of Hurricane Danny on Monday, is expected to steadily grow as it bears down on the Caribbean and could become a hurricane in four days, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Tuesday.

The storm, located about 640 miles east of the Leeward Islands at 2 p.m., was moving northwest at about 20 mph...Read more