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Before-and-after satellite photos reveal devastation left by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael — the fourth Category 4 storm to pummel the United States in 14 months — snapped pine trees like toothpicks, washed neighborhoods into the sea, and shredded the hangars off an Air Force base.  Before the storm’s 155 mph winds struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, storm scientists predicted Michael would be...CONTINUE READING
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Photos show widespread destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida panhandle as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, causing widespread and sometimes catastrophic damage.  So far, two people have died as a result of the storm. SEE ALSO: Watch from the cockpit as storm hunters enter Hurricane Michael’s eye As Michael, now a tropical storm, moves toward the...CONTINUE READING
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Watch as Florida man experiences eerie calm inside Hurricane Michael’s eye

When the steep-walled eye of Hurricane Michael passed over Stefan Melendez Wednesday afternoon, he stepped into the temporarily tranquil Florida environment and saw blue skies above. Melendez captured the footage during a Facebook Live video, soon after Category 4 Hurricane Michael — packing 155 mph winds — became the third-strongest cyclone to make landfall in...CONTINUE READING
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Watch from the cockpit as storm hunters enter Hurricane Michael’s eye

U.S. Air Force pilots spent the cloudy night crossing through the violent winds of Hurricane Michael.  On their sixth pass, the pilots entered the storm’s eye during daylight, capturing footage of the 150-mph hour storm’s steep eyewalls.  Hurricane Michael is making history Wednesday as the first Category 4 storm ever to hit the Florida Panhandle,...CONTINUE READING
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Watch Hurricane Michael roll in from these live beach cams

Hurricane Michael is drawing closer to the Florida coast. The Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday.  As the storm approaches, you can monitor real-time conditions along its path using a slew of live webcams, although they may cut out periodically if conditions get particularly bad.  In the r/Florida subreddit, users...CONTINUE READING
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Watch as a cruise ship gets battered by Hurricane Michael

Once again, rough weather has disrupted what should have been a leisurely cruise. The outer bands of Hurricane Michael tossed a cruise ship around, jostling hundreds of vacation-goers in the Gulf of Mexico. Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas ship was caught up the roiling seas just off the coast of Isla de la Juventud,...CONTINUE READING
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Remarkably warm oceans spawned 2017’s massive hurricanes

There’s no doubt that hurricanes are complicated beasts with complex origins.  But following the Atlantic’s extremely active 2017 hurricane season, a group of scientists at Princeton University’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory have identified a connection between the six major hurricanes — with winds over 110 mph — that churned in the ocean, three of which...CONTINUE READING
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How flocks of birds got trapped inside the eye of Hurricane Florence

In 1969, researchers spotted a black and white sooty tern in Michigan. This hardy seabird, however, had little business visiting the Midwest. The saltwater species usually spends its life in the tropics, more than 1,000 miles away.  Hurricane Camille — one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history — had trapped and carried the...CONTINUE READING
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NASA video shows massive scale of Hurricane Florence from space

On Friday morning, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, bringing extreme winds, surging seas, and huge amounts of rain to the coast. While forecasters have been keeping a close eye on the storm from the ground, the International Space Station watched the slow-moving hurricane make landfall from above.  SEE ALSO: Stunning astronaut photos show...CONTINUE READING
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The Atlantic Ocean is packed with storms. What’s going on?

The Atlantic Ocean is alive. Including Hurricane Florence, there are currently four named storms — tempests with winds of at least 39 mph — churning in the Atlantic. This ties the record for the most named storms in the Atlantic at any one time.  And there could be more: There’s yet another collection of thunderstorms...CONTINUE READING
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