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    (CNN)Hurricane Isaias slammed into North Carolina Monday night, bringing coastal and inland flooding with the storm that is expected to keep moving up the coast.With wind speeds maxing out at 85 mph, Isaias strengthened back into a Category 1 hurricane before reaching land near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, around 11:10 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. Howling wind and water washing across in "one to two foot swells" closed a bridge in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Monday night, the Sunset Beach Police said on Facebook. A hurricane warning was in effect from the South Santee River area in South Carolina to Surf City, North Carolina, meaning hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, NHC said.Storm surge...
    Hurricane Isaias has regained strength and is now set to barrel up the entire East Coast, bringing with it wind and the potential for flooding. Isaias spent some time at hurricane strength before weakening to a tropical storm after departing the Bahamas. On Monday, the system restrengthened into a Category 1 hurricane packing 75 mph sustained winds as it moved north-northeast at 16 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 p.m. update. The storm is expected to make landfall near the border of North and South Carolina Monday night. Parts of the Carolinas are under hurricane warnings while nearly the entire coastal stretch from South Carolina to Maine has been put under a thunderstorm warning, as Isaias...
    People enjoy the waves on the closed beach in Miami beach, Florida, USA, 01 August 2020. Hurricane Isaias weakened and lost intensity after passing over the Bahamas and it still on course to arrive off the coast of Florida Saturday night, according to the National Hurricane Center. Photo: EFE / EPA / CRISTOBAL HERRERA-ULASHKEVICH / EFE The storm tropical Isaiah weakened in recent hours on its final approach to the southeast coast of Florida, where it will arrive this Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km / h). Isaías, which became a Category 1 hurricane as it passed through the islands of the Caribbean, where it left heavy rains this Saturday...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Coast Guard is urging the commercial and recreational maritime community in the Tri-State area to practice hurricane preparedness as Isaias has the potential to affect the region.AccuWeather is forecasting Isaias to potentially impact the Tri-State area as a tropical storm on Tuesday. Potential hazards include high surf, dangerous rip currents, heavy wind, heavy rainfall, and coastal flooding.RELATED: Where is Isaias now and what can we expectCaptains of the Port for New York and Long Island Sound are encouraging boaters to be proactive and prepared ahead of impending heavy weather."We are closely monitoring Hurricane Isaias and preparing for potential impacts to the region's Marine Transportation System," said Capt. Jason Tama, Sector Commander for Sector New York....
    Trump returning from playing golf at his Sterling, Va. course on August 1. Patrick Semansky, AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Hurricane Isaias is expected to make landfall sometime tonight near southeast Florida after causing landslides, power outages, and widespread flooding in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. There’s still the risk that it strengthens again to a Category 2 storm, and the eastern coast of Florida faces a dangerous storm surge of anywhere between 2 to 4 feet. This is the exact situation that disaster experts have been dreading from the beginning of the pandemic: A climate disaster while a state is battling an alarming number of COVID-19 cases....
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – President Donald Trump has approved a request made by Governor Ron DeSantis for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the counties in the path of Hurricane Isaias. The emergency declaration will help the state respond quickly to any impacts from the storm by providing federal reimbursement assistance through FEMA. At a news conference at the state’s Emergency Operations Center of Saturday morning, Desantis said the state’s east coast can expect impacts from the storm. “Right now they say it is off the coast, but this stuff is all, you know, very much in flux. And even if the eye of the storm stays off the coast, there, of course, are going to be impacts when you’re...
    TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) — President Donald Trump took a trip to Tampa on Friday, a state critical to his reelection prospects but currently in the midst of two storms. Hurricane Isaias approaching from the east and a record number of COVID-19 cases. During his visit to Belleair, near Tampa, President Trump said Florida’s COVID-19 case numbers are improving, but “we remained concerned about Florida about Miami and a certain area of Miami in particular.” Florida reported 257 new coronavirus deaths on Friday, the highest daily count so far and the fourth record day in a row. Trump delivered a campaign speech with Florida sheriffs that continued his effort to pin a surge in crime in some of the nation’s largest cities...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Tri-State Area is preparing for possible impact from Hurricane Isaias. The Category 1 hurricane is expected to hit Florida's east coast as early as Saturday night. Heavy rains associated with Isaias may begin to affect the Carolinas and possibly our weather by early next week.Meteorologist Jeff Smith says Isaias could bring the New York City and Tri-State area a good soaking as early as Monday night into Tuesday.Governor Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to ensure they are prepared for the storm.On Friday, Cuomo directed state agencies to prepare and pre-deploy emergency response assets as Isaias continued to gain strength and move closer to the Florida coastline.RELATED: For weather updates wherever you go, please download the...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – With Hurricane Isaias on their ‘radar’, Broward Mayor Dale Holness said the county is prepared. “We have shelters that are on the ready,” Mayor Holness said. “Thirty-four shelters, if we need to open them, we will.” At a Friday afternoon news conference at the Emergency Operations Center in Plantation, the Mayor said Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport remains open, but that could change depending on weather conditions.  Port Everglades is now closed, as are COVID-19 test sites.  Those testing locations will open on Tuesday. Some Broward residents began preparing Friday for whatever the storm will bring. Some residents in Hallandale Beach loaded up on free sandbags, compliments of the city. They’re getting ready for expected rain....
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power and caused flooding and small landslides across Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday, then strengthened into a hurricane late in the night while moving toward the Bahamas and U.S. East Coast. The storm’s rain turned several streets into fast-flowing rivers and toppled trees and some telephone and electrical cables in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from previous hurricanes and earthquakes. The National Guard rescued at least 35 people, including two newborns. Authorities in the northwest town of Rincon reported a woman missing after floodwaters swept her away when she tried to drive across a bridge. Government workers in the Dominican Republic had used loudspeakers to...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power and caused flooding and small landslides across Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday, then strengthened into a hurricane late in the night while moving toward the Bahamas and U.S. East Coast. The storm’s rain turned several streets into fast-flowing rivers and toppled trees and some telephone and electrical cables in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from previous hurricanes and earthquakes. The National Guard rescued at least 35 people, including two newborns. Authorities in the northwest town of Rincon reported a woman missing after floodwaters swept her away when she tried to drive across a bridge. Government workers in the Dominican Republic had used loudspeakers to urge...
    (CNN)Tropical Storm Isaias is now a hurricane.With maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, Hurricane Isaias is moving northwest from about 80 miles east-southeast of Great Inagua Island, according to the National Hurricane Center. Central and southeastern Bahamas are under a Hurricane Warning, while the east coast of Florida including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach have a Tropical Storm Watch in effect. Track the storm hereRainfall will be the main concern over the next few days. South and east-central Flrodia could see 2 to 4 inches with isolated totals of 6 inches, NHC said.Read MoreFace mask and hand sanitizer added to hurricane preparedness checklistDominican Republic, northern Haiti, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos could see 4 to 8 inches....
    (CNN)Isaias -- the ninth named storm of 2020 -- formed Wednesday over the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.The storm is delivering 50 mph sustained winds extending outward up to 345 miles, and currently sits about 155 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico, NHC said. Get updates on the storm and check your local forecastIsaias is forecast to make landfall over southern Dominican Republic before noon Thursday and then reach near Florida over the weekend. There is uncertainty where and how strong the storm will be when it nears FloridaRead MoreForecast models are split. Some models show a weak storm hitting the West Coast of Florida, while others show a much stronger storm lashing the East side of...
    Hurricane Hanna left several bouts of destruction in its path, from excessive flooding to damaged buildings, in wake of its landfall on Saturday. The National Weather Service also reported that the end of the Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi had collapsed. The category 1 storm made landfall on Padre Island at 5 p.m., Saturday. As of 10 a.m., Sunday, KSAT 12 meteorologists reported that the storm has weakened to a tropical storm. The storm is expected to linger in South Texas through Sunday, producing flooding rains. KSAT 12 meteorologists report the most extreme impacts from the storm will be felt in and around the Rio Grande Valley area. RELATED: Hanna continues to bring flooding rains, tropical storm conditions to...
    (CNN)The National Hurricane Center and other NOAA agencies are among those essential organizations that are trying to protect their employees from Covid-19 so they can keep working and putting out life-saving information for American families. The problem isn't so much with normal, day-to-day operations, but rather with big events, when staffing at National Weather Service (NWS) offices can often double or triple what it normally is. "Normal staff for our office is about 2-4 people depending on the shift, but during big events such as tornado outbreaks and tropical systems our staff could surge to 7-8 people," explains Kyle Thiem, meteorologist at NWS Atlanta office. Yet adding more people into an enclosed space creates problems in a world with Covid-19....
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Storm Cristobal ate away the beach of Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island to the huge sand-filled tube at the core of a protective levee, and the Army Corps of Engineers says permits and studies keep it or anyone else from repairing much of the beach until well after hurricane season. State and local officials say the work needs to be done now because it’s hurricane season -- and expected to be an intense one, The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate reported. Two tropical storms formed before the season's official June 1 start, and Tropical Storm Fay, which hit New Jersey last week, was the earliest sixth-named storm on record. “This is an emergency situation....
    (CNN)The Commerce Department Inspector General's office claims department officials are "actively preventing" them from releasing a report regarding National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials' issuance of statements that contradicted with a local National Weather Service statement about Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.A scientific misconduct investigation earlier this month found that NOAA officials violated their ethical standards and scientific integrity policy when they issued these conflicting statements during Hurricane Dorian.In the memo to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Inspector General Peggy Gustafson said the Department is relying on "amorphous claims of privilege" that are preventing the IG's office from releasing their report. She said her office "cannot be expected to blindly divine the position of the Department and interagency stakeholders without specific...
    With one month of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and four named storms already in the books, now is the time to prepare before the stormiest part of the season. The American Red Cross is reminding Americans that preparation is different in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic as COVID-19 cases surge in several states. "Our physical presence may look different, but our missions remain the same," American Red Cross spokesperson Ben Williamson told Fox News on Monday. 2020 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON FORECAST: HERE ARE 3 BIG TAKEAWAYS Part of the physical differences regarding any big storms threatening the U.S. and triggering evacuations in the months ahead will be how storm shelters handle evacuees. According to Williamson, the Red Cross is working to prioritize hotels,...
    MIAMI –– As the East Coast enters hurricane season, residents are beginning to think about the tough choices they may have to make for their safety. One lifelong resident of Miami, 26-year-old John-Paul Rodriguez, said people may have to choose the lesser of two evils. “The last thing we need is another catastrophe ... in my lifetime I've dealt with, I mean, I can't count, but a lot of hurricanes. COVID-19, I mean that is the big worry, right? Do you choose to go to a hurricane shelter and expose yourself to a variety of people? Or do you choose to evacuate,” Rodriguez said. Florida’s Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said the agency is monitoring virus concerns while planning for a...
    When the Department of Justice announced that, after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, it would drop the case before sentencing, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan asked a retired colleague, John Gleeson, to write an amicus brief in opposition to their decision. Gleeson filed that brief on Wednesday, using words like “preposterous” and referring to arguments that “frankly, make no sense.” It was an evisceration of the rationalizations put forward by the attorney general. But it all comes down to this. The reasons offered by the Government are so irregular, and so obviously pretextual, that they are deficient. Moreover, the facts surrounding the filing of the Government’s motion constitute evidence of gross prosecutorial abuse. They reveal an unconvincing effort to...
    As the hurricane season’s third tropical storm churns toward the US coast, forecasters lack some key data that helps them predict a hurricane’s size, speed, and path. Cruise ships and commercial airlines that collect weather information along their routes are now mostly grounded because of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing meteorologists to rely on satellites that are slightly less accurate than direct measurements of the atmosphere. Federal health officials imposed a “no-sail” order on the cruise ship industry because of infections aboard several liners, while air travel has plummeted since many states imposed lockdowns in mid-March. Airlines canceled thousands of flights, according to figures from the Transportation Safety Administration. As a result, weather centers in the US and Europe have seen...
    (CNN)Monday marks the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November 30, and another named storm is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. Nearly all weather entities -- government agencies, institutions, and private companies -- are forecasting for an above-average hurricane season for 2020. Researchers are predictiing up to 19 named storms this hurricane season >>>Two tropical storms, Arthur and Bertha formed in May. The next named storm that develops this season will be Cristobal. "Warmer than normal ocean temperatures in the Atlantic are part of the reason this season kicked off early," CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. "It looks like another system is poised to form this week in the Gulf of Mexico, where ocean temperatures...