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August 30, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jose fizzled out Monday after becoming a tropical storm. Now comes Katia, heading toward the Caribbean from halfway between Africa and South America. It's estimated to become a hurricane by late Wednesday or early Thursday and a major Category 3 storm by Sunday morning, when it's projected to be east-northeast of Puerto Rico, according to the National Hurricane Center. Computer models suggest it could continue on a northerly path toward the East Coast, but stop predicting a thousand miles from the Carolinas.
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August 31, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Atlantic is brewing up another major hurricane likely take a northward track. Tropical Storm Katia could turn into a hurricane today, and a major hurricane - a Category 3 with winds of more than 110 miles per hour - by Sunday morning. But relax. At least through Labor Day. So far, there's little reason to fear that Katia could be another Hurricane Irene, which killed more than 40 people, knocked out power to more than 2 million, and dumped record-busting rains that has caused widespread flooding for days throughout the Northeast.
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September 16, 2004 | By Anthony R. Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If the forecasts for Ivan hold, this would be the first time in 19 years that the United States has been hit by two major landfalling hurricanes in the same season. Charley made landfall as a major hurricane last month, and Ivan would be the second. (Frances, the hurricane in between Charley and Ivan, had winds of 105 m.p.h., making it less than a major hurricane.) It also appears that the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts will have at least two - and perhaps three - more anxious weeks as potential tropical storms gather steam off the West African coast, said Gerald Bell, a hurricane specialist at the government's Climate Prediction Center.
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December 8, 2007 | By Anthony R. Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 2008 hurricane season is likely to be less kind to the United States than the one that ended officially last week, according to forecasters at Colorado State University. For next season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, they foresee 13 named storms - those with winds of 39 m.p.h. or better - one fewer than this year. But the forecasters, Philip Klotzbach and William M. Gray, warn of a high likelihood that at least one major hurricane, with winds of 111 m.p.h. or more, will make U.S. landfall, which did not happen this year.
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September 1, 2005
SEEING events in New Orleans unfold, what is in place in our area that would help if a Category 3 or higher hurricane were to hit the Jersey shore? It has been at least 40 years since we had a major hurricane. This is an alarming prospect. Many communities are built up, and there's a lack of information posted for evacuation and help. A storm surge of 25 feet would most likely affect the few roads available to evacuate New Jersey's barrier islands. Information should be readily available to the public, especially during vacation season.
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October 17, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last tropical storm to form in the Atlantic was Philippe on Sept. 24 - more than three weeks ago. But it's too soon to say no more threat till next year, according to the National Hurricane Center. "It is way to early to declare the hurricane season as being over," said meteorologist and spokesman Dennis Feltgen. "We still have about six weeks left, as the season ends on Nov. 30. " The next tropical storm could already be forming in the south-central Gulf of Mexico, between the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida.
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October 24, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The season's 17th tropical storm, Rina, formed off Honduras on Sunday, and today quickly became a hurricane, with sustained winds of 75 m.p.h. Rina is expected intensify by Wednesday into a major hurricane with winds of at least 111 m.p.h. but diminish in force somewhat as it nears Cancun, Mexico, by Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The resort city is at the northeastern tip of southern Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, which juts into the Gulf of Mexico. The last tropical storm, Philippe, developed Sept.
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August 24, 2011 | BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIAMI - Officials and residents from Florida to the Carolinas stocked up on supplies, dusted off evacuation plans and readied for the worst as Irene, the first hurricane to threaten the U.S. in three years, churned over tropical waters yesterday after cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean. Federal officials warned the storm could flood streets and knock down power lines as far north as New England. Irene lost some of its punch yesterday afternoon and was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane as it lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands, but the storm is likely to regain strength and become a major hurricane before making a U.S. landfall.
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November 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tammy, Vince and Whitney are the only names left. Subtropical Storm Sean formed overnight between the Bahamas and Bermuda, moving the 2011 hurricane season into a tie with 1969 as the sixth most active on record, with 18 named storms. And the season officially continues through the end of November. By early afternoon, Sean had transformed into a volatile tropical storm, but still was considered unlikely to add the year's total of six hurricanes, three of which were major.
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August 25, 2011
FORECASTERS' worst fears are being realized as Hurricane Irene continues to grow in strength - swelling to a Category 3 storm overnight and shifting closer to land - raising fears that it will carve a potentially deadly path of destruction along the Eastern seaboard when it makes landfall later this week. The Category 3 designation means that the storm has sustained winds of more than 115 miles per hour, and the hurricane remains on path to become a Category 4 storm, with winds in excess of 131 mph, by week's end, National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.
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April 6, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
We're coming up on the first-year anniversary of Mother Mary's passing. But this isn't going to be a sad column. Nobody hated sob stories more than Mother Mary. You know her well enough to agree, if you've read the stories that Francesca and I have been writing about her for the last six years, in the newspaper and our books. You may even have met her, if you came to one of our signings, where she was happy to monopolize the microphone. I was delighted to have her at signings, because she did a hell of a job. Also, the price was right.
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August 24, 2012 | By Lizette Alvarez, New York Times News Service
TAMPA, Fla. - Plan B is out of the drawer and on the table. Goody bags at receptions around town will be stuffed with umbrellas. And Republican officials are crossing fingers that the "Mitt Romney for President" placards will not be used, in a pinch, as hurricane shutters. The Republican National Convention is only three days away, and Tropical Storm Isaac is threatening to crash the party. The big question is will it just filch a few hors d'oeuvres and clear out, or wreck the entire affair?
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August 23, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Politics ain't pretty, and the latest proof is news there's an outside chance that a hurricane might disrupt next week's GOP convention. Nothing like a tempest at a Tea Party, apparently, to inspire partisan zingers across the Twitterverse. "The upside to a hurricane during the GOP convention - #Occupy protesters finally get a shower," tweets Rick Moore (@RickMoore). "What are all those televangelists who said New Orleans' hedonism and immorality caused Katrina going to say if Hurricane Ivan slams the RNC?"
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November 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tammy, Vince and Whitney are the only names left. Subtropical Storm Sean formed overnight between the Bahamas and Bermuda, moving the 2011 hurricane season into a tie with 1969 as the sixth most active on record, with 18 named storms. And the season officially continues through the end of November. By early afternoon, Sean had transformed into a volatile tropical storm, but still was considered unlikely to add the year's total of six hurricanes, three of which were major.
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October 24, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The season's 17th tropical storm, Rina, formed off Honduras on Sunday, and today quickly became a hurricane, with sustained winds of 75 m.p.h. Rina is expected intensify by Wednesday into a major hurricane with winds of at least 111 m.p.h. but diminish in force somewhat as it nears Cancun, Mexico, by Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The resort city is at the northeastern tip of southern Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, which juts into the Gulf of Mexico. The last tropical storm, Philippe, developed Sept.
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October 17, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last tropical storm to form in the Atlantic was Philippe on Sept. 24 - more than three weeks ago. But it's too soon to say no more threat till next year, according to the National Hurricane Center. "It is way to early to declare the hurricane season as being over," said meteorologist and spokesman Dennis Feltgen. "We still have about six weeks left, as the season ends on Nov. 30. " The next tropical storm could already be forming in the south-central Gulf of Mexico, between the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida.
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August 31, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Atlantic is brewing up another major hurricane likely take a northward track. Tropical Storm Katia could turn into a hurricane today, and a major hurricane - a Category 3 with winds of more than 110 miles per hour - by Sunday morning. But relax. At least through Labor Day. So far, there's little reason to fear that Katia could be another Hurricane Irene, which killed more than 40 people, knocked out power to more than 2 million, and dumped record-busting rains that has caused widespread flooding for days throughout the Northeast.
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August 30, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jose fizzled out Monday after becoming a tropical storm. Now comes Katia, heading toward the Caribbean from halfway between Africa and South America. It's estimated to become a hurricane by late Wednesday or early Thursday and a major Category 3 storm by Sunday morning, when it's projected to be east-northeast of Puerto Rico, according to the National Hurricane Center. Computer models suggest it could continue on a northerly path toward the East Coast, but stop predicting a thousand miles from the Carolinas.
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August 29, 2011 | Will Bunch, Daily News columnist
BY YESTERDAY morning, a new kind of tropical depression moved over Lower Manhattan - reporters who'd promised viewers that Irene would be the storm of the century, but found themselves standing in what looked and felt like a middling rainstorm. "Wow, because this isn't so bad," CNN's Anderson Cooper was quoted telling a weather expert after learning that the peak of Irene's mild fury had passed Manhattan. "It's an annoying rain but it isn't even a sideways rain. " If Cooper - as quoted by Toby Harnden, of Britain's Daily Telegraph in a piece calling Irene "the perfect storm of hype" - seemed surprised at the lack of devastation at Battery Park, that was probably because he'd been watching too much CNN. As the cleanup from Irene's whirlwind weekend visit continues today in Philadelphia and elsewhere on the Eastern Seaboard, the cyclone leaves behind a Category 5 controversy.
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August 26, 2011 | By Mitch Weiss and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
BUXTON, N.C. - As a monstrous Hurricane Irene tightened its aim on the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday, tens of thousands fled North Carolina beach towns, farmers pulled up their crops, and the Navy ordered ships to sea so they could endure the punishing wind and waves in open water. The storm was threatening 65 million people along a shore-hugging path from North Carolina to New England. One of the nation's top experts called it his "nightmare" scenario. The Category 3 storm was packing winds of 115 m.p.h.
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