State of emergency declared, schools close in Florida as storm preparations begin for Hurricane Michael

The Gulf Coast is preparing for the impacts from Hurricane Michael, which could impact the region at midweek. Michael strengthened into a hurricane on Monday morning. Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered activation of the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee to enhance coordination between federal, state and local agencies...


Tropical storm may aim for Gulf, perhaps flood portions of southern and eastern US next week

A broad area of showers and thunderstorms, currently over the Caribbean Sea, will drift into the Gulf of Mexico and may organize into a tropical depression or storm later this weekend and into next week. Slow-moving and repeating downpours will continue the threat of flash flooding and mudslides into this weekend from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and southeastern Mexico to Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico as well as the U.S. and British Virgin Islands....


Leslie set to become next hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean

As the month of October begins, typically the Atlantic Ocean basin becomes quieter with fewer tropical storms and hurricanes. Long-lived Leslie will be the exception to that rule for the first week in October. AccuWeather meteorologists began tracking the subtropical system, which eventually became Leslie, on Sept. 23. On Sept. 29, Leslie was officially named a tropical storm.During this time, Leslie has not moved much, hovering above the waters of the central Atlantic for the past week. A similar scenario is likely for this first week in October....


Florence brings cottonmouth snakes and historic artifacts ashore

As if the flooding, power outages, storm surges and damaged buildings from Florence weren’t enough, venomous snakes and islands of fire ants have also emerged in the aftermath of the historic storm. While walking along a flooded disc golf course after the storm, Bradley Thomas Dixon, a firefighter from North Topsail Beach, posted a video on Facebook depicting a pair of cottonmouth snakes, also known as water moccasins, hanging out in the sun...


Where is West Nile virus most common across the US this year?

Fall is here and there is an anticipation of cool weather and leaves changing. However, West Nile virus is sticking around for a little while longer. As long as the weather remains warm, mosquitoes can still transmit the disease. West Nile is an arthropod-borne virus (arboviral) disease, a virus transmitted through birds and mosquitoes. Once an infected mosquito bites a human, the disease is transmitted and that person can become infected....



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    6 ways volcanoes benefit Earth, our environment

    The incredible sight of molten lava streaming down a volcano’s sides as voluminous ash plumes gush tens of thousands of feet into the atmosphere will send nearby residents into a panic.It’s for good reason. Volcanic eruptions and related earthquakes have been known to wipe out neighborhoods and claim thousands of lives...


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    Vog vs. laze: What's the difference and why are they so dangerous?

    Two buzzwords associated with the air quality impacts of volcanic activity are "vog" and "laze" - but what is the difference, and what do they mean?Whether volcanic activity occurs in a single eruption or is spread out over the course of weeks or even months, residents of the impacted areas will likely deal with at least one of these air quality hazards...

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    What is a meteotsunami?

    When intense storms move over open water, they can generate a wall of water known as a meteotsunami, an uncommon event that can cause damage along the coast of bodies of water.These events can be difficult to predict and can range from small, almost undetectable waves of water to larger waves that can inundate coastal areas...