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Helping Business Weather the Storm

by Daphne Thompson, on Feb 25, 2019 3:14:11 PM

Just about every type of weather happened somewhere in the US over the past weekend. Heavy rains, tornadoes, blizzards, flooding, and even a typhoon near Guam caused, and continue to …

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by Mike Eilts, on Jan 9, 2019 1:35:54 PM

It’s no secret that bad weather can play havoc on the aviation industry. According to a 2016 study in Physical Geography, the weather was a cause or contributing factor in …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 29, 2018 2:03:10 PM

It's been a busy year, and many can probably name at least a few of the hurricanes that impacted the US. So, how many did we have and how strong …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 24, 2018 12:20:02 PM

Super Typhoon Yutu has made landfall on the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Currently tracking north of Guam, Yutu has winds of near 180 mph, stronger than Hurricane Michael …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 22, 2018 2:38:31 PM

Hurricane Willa is now a category 5 storm with winds of 160 mph. While currently in the Pacific Ocean and expected to hit the west coast of Mexico, its remnants …

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by David Moran, on Oct 15, 2018 1:53:02 PM

Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday and continued to move across the Southeast through early Friday, bringing a path of destruction in its wake. Just after …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 10, 2018 2:19:44 PM

Hurricane Michael entered the Florida Panhandle as a strong category 4 storm, and catastrophic damage is expected. Not only will there be long-term power outages and flooding, but the wind …

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by David Moran, on Oct 9, 2018 3:09:55 PM

Michael became a hurricane late Monday morning and is expected to intensify rapidly before making landfall on Wednesday. It took 400 miles and fewer than 70 hours to evolve from …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 8, 2018 2:02:03 PM

A hurricane is currently approaching the Gulf Coast. Intensifying quickly over the weekend, Michael is now a Cat 1 with maximum winds of 75 mph. Further strengthening is expected before …

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by David Moran, on Oct 5, 2018 2:02:39 PM

Many factors determine whether a tropical system intensifies or weakens. One of the primary factors is sea surface temperatures. While water temperature alone does not govern whether a storm will …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 25, 2018 1:34:55 PM

Super Typhoon Trami is currently heading for Japan. This massive cyclone has winds equivalent to that of a Cat 4 hurricane. There are numerous small islands in its path, including …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 13, 2018 3:39:22 PM

Water, water, everywhere; this may end up being the true story of Hurricane Florence. While now a category 2 hurricane, the damage from this storm is expected to come from …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 12, 2018 2:14:17 PM

As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, locations from the Outer Banks southward to Charleston will feel the effects of this category 3 storm. The threat from inland flooding and …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 11, 2018 2:08:19 PM

Hurricane Florence will bring life-threatening storm surge along a significant portion of the North Carolina Coast from the South Carolina border northward to Albemarle Sound. Along with this, inland flooding …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 10, 2018 1:51:55 PM

Florence has once again become a major hurricane and may intensify further. Wind speeds are currently more than 130 mph which makes it a solid category four hurricane. Impacts from …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 6, 2018 1:33:08 PM

Have you ever wondered why a hurricane goes where it goes? What makes it move in one direction as opposed to another? Why do some curve or make loops and …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 4, 2018 1:44:38 PM

Tropical Storm Gordon formed over the holiday weekend and is now sitting in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane, Tropical Storm, and Storm Surge warnings are now in effect for the …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 6, 2018 2:42:49 PM

The Pacific Ocean is very active right now. Currently, there is one major hurricane, one hurricane, one tropical storm, and one disturbance that has a good chance of being named …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 2, 2018 2:30:35 PM

Hurricane Hector formed today as a Category 1 storm and is expected to be a major hurricane by this weekend. Hector's forecasted path could bring it very near the Hawaiian …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 8, 2018 11:27:45 AM

It's hurricane season, and that means people on the coast need to be on the look-out for storms developing over the ocean. However, not all hurricanes affect people. Take, for …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 5, 2018 1:28:31 PM

With the start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially here, you may be thinking back to last year's destructive storms. Some were so bad that the names were retired. Tropical …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 1, 2018 2:45:28 PM

Today, June 1, marks the official beginning of Hurricane Season in the Atlantic. Last year was pretty rough for many, and Puerto Rico has yet to recover from Hurricane Maria …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 19, 2017 1:52:36 PM

As 2017 comes to an end, let's look back at some of the significant weather events we blogged or socialized about this year. From blizzards to wildfires to hurricanes, it …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 17, 2017 1:46:06 PM

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season will officially end on November 30. From Arlene to Rina, it has been an active few months. Let's take a look at the storms that …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 19, 2017 1:31:06 PM

One day the sky is clear blue and another day clouds are there to create a beautiful sunset. Clouds can also have a negative connotation when associated with a thunderstorm or …

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by Stephen Strum, on Oct 5, 2017 2:40:28 PM

As of early October, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has produced 14 named storms, 8 of which have reached hurricane strength, and 5 of those major hurricane status (Category 3 …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 4, 2017 2:30:12 PM

Alright, which one of you ordered another hurricane? It may still be Atlantic Hurricane Season, but most of us are worn out from the seemingly constant barrage of damaging tropical …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 28, 2017 2:53:26 PM

For many, it is starting to feel like fall. Snow has already been reported in northern states. But for those on the coast, they still need to be worried about …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 20, 2017 2:00:43 PM

As the eyewall of Hurricane Maria moves off the coast of Puerto Rico, they are being left with record-setting flooding. While most have concentrated on the damage to be caused …

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by Jim Southard, on Sep 19, 2017 11:42:12 AM

At the halfway mark of the hurricane season on September 1, the Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) stood at about 30. The average ACE accumulated by this date (averaged over the …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 18, 2017 2:26:31 PM

It's the question of the day: Will Hurricane Maria follow Irma's path? Not much more than a week ago, Hurricane Irma caused massive devastation in the Caribbean Islands. Now, we have another …

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by Jim Southard, on Sep 13, 2017 2:22:24 PM

Hurricane Irma may be gone, but it will certainly be a storm for the record books. Not only was it one of the most powerful hurricanes seen in the Atlantic …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 9, 2017 2:11:02 PM

Check out live streams of Hurricane Irma. Keep in mind, some streams may become unavailable throughout the day as the storm moves. To track the storm, download our RadarScope app …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 9, 2017 10:32:00 AM

With Irma bearing down on the South Florida coast, many people are beginning to compare this storm against one of the Atlantic’s previously strongest hurricanes, Andrew. Hurricane Andrew is the …

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by Mike Eilts, on Sep 8, 2017 8:34:51 PM

When I first meet people from outside the weather world and tell them I work for WDT, a private weather company, I often get the question, what does a weather …

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by Chris Kerr, on Sep 8, 2017 4:31:21 PM

Irma remains a significant Category 4 hurricane late this afternoon with sustained winds around 155 mph. The sheer size of Irma is quite menacing, and spatially the hurricane covers an …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 7, 2017 2:59:04 PM

Everyone has been paying attention to Hurricane Irma as she approaches Florida and the East Coast. However, western states are more worried about wildfires. The weather is currently as diverse …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 6, 2017 3:06:27 PM

On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, the US braces for impact from a second major hurricane in as many weeks. With Hurricane Irma likely to make an impact somewhere on …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 5, 2017 1:23:26 PM

If you're reading this article, chances are pretty good you've heard of Hurricane Irma. She reached Category 5 this morning, the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds of …

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by Jim Southard, on Sep 1, 2017 9:43:15 AM

September 1 marked the halfway point in the Atlantic hurricane season – at least according to the calendar. That means we still have three more months to go. Typically, activity …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 31, 2017 2:10:02 PM

When Harvey struck the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, he caused much damage. Not only were people affected in the direct area, but flooding has destroyed thousands of …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 30, 2017 3:13:37 PM

Founded in 1836 where the Buffalo Bayou met White Oak Bayou, Houston has faced many floods. Not long after being established, the settlement flooded. Initially swamp land, people began to …

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by Stephen Strum, on Aug 29, 2017 1:43:55 PM

After seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, you might want to find a safer place to live than the hurricane prone Gulf Coast. While both the Gulf and East …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 28, 2017 2:55:34 PM

Rain continues to fall in the Houston Metro area as Harvey moves very slowly towards the Gulf of Mexico where he may re-strengthen and have another landfall near Galveston. Many neighborhoods …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 26, 2017 3:27:00 PM

Harvey struck the Texas coast last night as a Category 4 hurricane. The peak gust recorded during landfall was 132 mph at Port Aransas. While Rockport, Texas took the brunt of …

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by David Moran, on Aug 25, 2017 2:05:11 PM

Hurricane Harvey is currently 80 miles southeast of Corpus Christi and continues to move to the northwest at 10 mph. Harvey is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi late …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 25, 2017 10:50:47 AM

Check out live streams of Hurricane Harvey. Keep in mind, some streams may become unavailable throughout the day as the storm reaches land. Also, learn more about Hurricane Harvey here …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jul 31, 2017 10:17:12 AM

When a tropical storm or hurricane approaches, many immediately worry about the winds. You will see residents and business owners boarding up windows as they anticipate wind damage. However, there …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 21, 2017 1:18:47 PM

The end of Tropical Storm Cindy is drawing near. She is currently causing heavy rain and flooding in the Gulf states. This rain will continue even after landfall, which expected …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 20, 2017 1:51:39 PM

The tropical system in the central Gulf of Mexico has acquired enough tropical characteristics to be declared Tropical Storm Cindy with winds of 45mph. Heavy rainfall is already occurring in the coastal …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 19, 2017 4:24:39 PM

If you live in, or have assets along the Gulf Coast, now is the time to start watching the weather closely. A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, known as …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 13, 2017 3:51:53 PM

The Atlantic Hurricane Season seems to be starting early this year. On April 20, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) named Arlene as the first tropical storm of the season. She was …

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by Daphne Thompson, on May 25, 2017 3:02:56 PM

With Atlantic Hurricane season beginning on June 1, do you know why we name hurricanes? The strategies used to get the job done have changed multiple times since the foundation of …

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by Stephen Strum, on May 15, 2017 1:55:40 PM

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is fast approaching, and so it is a good time to look at the factors that influence overall levels of hurricane activity. There are several …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Apr 19, 2017 1:19:34 PM

It may be only April, however, the Atlantic tropical season has begun a bit early. Subtropical Depression One was officially designated by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) today. Does this …

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by Stephen Strum, on Mar 16, 2017 2:46:06 PM

One of the main drivers in global weather patterns is Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO), which is a large propagating area of tropical convection (showers and thunderstorms) that has a strong …

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by Stephen Strum, on Dec 27, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season was an above average season that concluded with 15 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. This fit neatly into our preseason predictions of …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 16, 2016 1:12:02 PM

That's snizzle fo shizzle! No, I have not lost my mind. Yes, snizzle is an actual weather term. However, it's not the only weather word out there that people don't think …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Nov 22, 2016 2:02:54 PM

Otto became a hurricane today. With Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ending on November 30, Otto should make landfall on Thanksgiving, November 24, in Central America. Satellite images show the system is becoming more …

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by Chris Kerr, on Oct 31, 2016 11:12:11 AM

The Mediterranean Sea is not a region of the world that you typically think of as being a tropical cyclone hotbed. Over this past weekend a cyclone with both tropical …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 18, 2016 10:16:14 AM

Do we need a new hurricane rating scale that accounts for flooding? It is a question that the Governor of North Carolina is asking. His concern is raised by the …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 12, 2016 1:24:01 PM

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti is still being established, with new deaths and injuries across eastern North America hot off the wires daily. Also greatly affected have been …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 10, 2016 3:48:46 PM

Hurricane Matthew may be gone, but he left catastrophic flooding in his wake. The US death toll currently stands at 20, half of these are from North Carolina. Another five …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 8, 2016 12:18:41 PM

Hurricane Matthew made landfall this morning in South Carolina. The center of this storm will continue to rake the coastline until it moves back into the open Atlantic Ocean. Inland …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 7, 2016 12:02:55 PM

Hurricane Matthew continues to grind along the coast toward the north-northwest parallel to the east coast of central Florida. The core of the storm has stayed just offshore for the …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 6, 2016 1:27:32 PM

As Hurricane Matthew closes in on Florida, trouble is expected. Winds have increased as this powerful storm moves over warm water around the Bahamas. Matthew is once again a Category …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 5, 2016 3:00:44 PM

Hurricane Matthew is still a couple of days away from the US, but it already causing havoc in the US. Evacuations are underway for many from Florida up to the …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 4, 2016 2:23:31 PM

Between Haiti's deforestation and Hurricane Matthew, a major humanitarian crisis is evolving. Rain and high winds continue to batter the country after Matthew made landfall early this morning on the southwest …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Oct 3, 2016 1:01:35 PM

As Hurricane Matthew moves north on Monday, Haiti is in extreme danger from this powerful storm. Intensifying to a Category 5 storm Friday evening, Matthew has remained as a Category …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 30, 2016 3:15:17 PM

The formation of Hurricane Matthew, like other hurricanes, depended on a union of several variables and ranges of requirements. Hurricanes are famously tropical because they require water with lots of …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 29, 2016 1:27:05 PM

Hurricane Matthew has formed and is first ever Hurricane Matthew in the Atlantic. Other storms have been called Matthew, but none have reached hurricane status. The last storm named Mathew, in …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 23, 2016 2:37:50 PM

2016’s hurricane, cyclone and typhoon activity, thus far, has been productive in the eastern Pacific, typical in the North Atlantic and pretty quiet in both the northern Indian Ocean and …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 8, 2016 11:32:25 AM

The course of history was significantly changed for the city of Houston, Texas by a single weather event. Today is the 118 year anniversary of the Great Galveston Hurricane of …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 7, 2016 1:30:30 PM

So far this year, 47 people have died due to rip currents, more than from tornadoes. Often called “rips,” strong currents are funneled because of geological features that work to …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Sep 1, 2016 11:09:22 AM

With tropical storms and hurricanes churning in the oceans, you may be hearing them called Cat 2 or Cat 3 storms. What does that mean and how do they figure …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 31, 2016 1:22:37 PM

The eighth named tropical storm, Hermine, has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Since the names of Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes are chosen by a committee, sometimes it can …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 29, 2016 2:29:43 PM

It's a tropically active time in both the Atlantic And Eastern North Pacific Basins. There are currently two hurricanes approaching the Hawaiian Islands and two tropical depressions near the Contiguous …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 24, 2016 12:48:00 PM

Hurricane disaster dos and don’ts can save lives, when properly applied. Preparing can prevent harm to houses, property and people. Before, during and after a big one hits, making the …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Aug 10, 2016 1:51:43 PM

Have you ever heard of Last Island, Louisiana? This popular island resort is known for white sand beaches, clear water and continuous breezes. You can stay at the Ocean House …

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by Daphne Thompson, on Jun 10, 2016 10:44:58 AM

Have you ever wondered why we name hurricanes? When did it start? Who comes up with the names? Time for your history lesson of the day! The naming of hurricanes …

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by David Moran, on Jun 1, 2016 3:12:56 PM

Today is June 1, which marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters are predicting a near average season this year. According to NOAA, 10-16 named storms are predicted …

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