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TRENTON, N.C. | Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

TRENTON, N.C. — When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florence from a powerful Category 4 storm to a Category 2 and then a Category 1, Wayne Mills figured he could stick it out. He regrets it. The Neuse River, normally 150 feet away, lapped near his door in New Bern, North Carolina, on Sunday even as the … Continue reading TRENTON, N.C. | Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

WASHINGTON | US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind

WASHINGTON — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind. Storms in the western Pacific generally hit with much higher winds and the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind

WASHINGTON | A warmer world makes hurricanes wetter and more intense

WASHINGTON— A warmer world makes for nastier hurricanes. Scientists say they are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster. Their storm surges are more destructive because climate change has already made the seas rise. And lately, the storms seem to be stalling more often and thus dumping more rain. Study after study shows that climate … Continue reading WASHINGTON | A warmer world makes hurricanes wetter and more intense

WASHINGTON | AP Explains: How hurricanes unleash lethal storm surges

WASHINGTON  — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence’s monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren’t walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a hurricane’s winds pushing relentlessly on the shore, they are more like domes of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP Explains: How hurricanes unleash lethal storm surges

WASHINGTON | AP Explains: How storm surges build up, destroy and kill

WASHINGTON— Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence‘s monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren’t walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a hurricane’s winds pushing relentlessly on the shore, they are more like domes of high … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP Explains: How storm surges build up, destroy and kill

WASHINGTON | Storm to be ‘exceptionally bad news’ if it hovers offshore

WASHINGTON— Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land the murkier its future gets. Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever increasing accuracy where it will hit and who will get walloped. But not Florence. That’s because the weather systems that push and pull a storm disappear as Florence nears … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Storm to be ‘exceptionally bad news’ if it hovers offshore

WASHINGTON | Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

WASHINGTON— To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients — and Florence has them all. Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm. Check. A wind pattern that allows a storm to get strong and stay strong. Check. Higher … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

WASHINGTON | Word detectives: Science may help finger opinion columnist

WASHINGTON — Language detectives say the key clues to who wrote the anonymous New York Times opinion piece slamming President Donald Trump may not be the odd and glimmering “lodestar,” but the itty-bitty words that people usually read right over: “I,” “of” and “but.” And lodestar? That could be a red herring meant to throw … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Word detectives: Science may help finger opinion columnist