How the cold affects the U.S. tornado forecast

How the cold affects the U.S. tornado forecast

 Aerial image shot by a drone shows a Home Depot store in Dallas, Texas, that was obliterated after a destructive nocturnal tornado ripped through the area on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (SevereStudios / John Humphress) A cold snap brought jarring temperature swings to as many as 200 million Americans accustomed to higher temperatures at this time of year. AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures plunged as many as 60 degrees in just 24 hours in some cities. The Arctic…

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'Miracle' dog rescued from Hurricane Dorian rubble meets adopted family

'Miracle' dog rescued from Hurricane Dorian rubble meets adopted family

The breathtaking footage was difficult to see and hard to forget. Video showed an emaciated dog carefully being carried away from hurricane debris by an emotional volunteer after having been trapped for nearly a month beneath an air conditioner. He lived only on rainwater from a mud puddle that his outstretched neck could hardly reach — he survived and the dog next to him did not. Big Dog Ranch Rescue from Loxahatchee, Florida, spent weeks…

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Tropics are quiet as last month of hurricane season starts

Tropics are quiet as last month of hurricane season starts

NEW ORLEANS — The tropics are fairly quiet right now. Subtropical Storm Rebekah continues to churn in the NE Atlantic near the Azores. It should lose its tropical characteristics today and become post-tropical.  There is a cluster of showers and storms about 1000 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It has a low chance to develop into something in the next 2 days. After that, wind shear will be too strong for any development. …

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Severe weather disrupts Halloween

Severe weather disrupts Halloween

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Severe weather is having a major impact on Halloween trick or treating in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.  A line of storms could produce damaging winds, hail, and an isolated tornado. “The timing could not be worse for Halloween trick-or-treating,” First Warn Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich explained. There is a medium-to-high chance of seeing some form of severe weather across the entire region. The line of storms is moving from…

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LIVE: Severe weather on Halloween night

LIVE: Severe weather on Halloween night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Severe weather is having a major impact on Halloween trick or treating in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.  A line of storms could produce damaging winds, hail, and an isolated tornado. “The timing could not be worse for Halloween trick-or-treating,” First Warn Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich explained. There is a medium-to-high chance of seeing some form of severe weather across the entire region. The line of storms is moving from…

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WATCH LIVE: Panovich says timing could not be worse for severe weather during trick or treating

WATCH LIVE: Panovich says timing could not be worse for severe weather during trick or treating

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Severe weather could have a major impact on Halloween trick or treating in Charlotte and across the Carolinas Thursday.  First Warn Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says it won’t be a washout Thursday, but the a line of storms will moving through the area will likely bring severe weather to the Queen City. “The timing could not be worse for trick or treating tomorrow,” Panovich said. “I really think the evening hours will…

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Pablo weakens to become a tropical storm in the Atlantic

Pablo weakens to become a tropical storm in the Atlantic

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hurricane Pablo has weakened to become a tropical storm, as it moves over the far north Atlantic Ocean. Right now, tropical-storm-force winds are extending up to 60 miles from Tropical Storm Pablo’s center. As of the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Pablo was about 710 miles northeast of Lajes Air Base in the Azores and packing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. It’s moving north at 14 mph. A…

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Pablo becomes a hurricane as it moves away from the Azores in the Atlantic

Pablo becomes a hurricane as it moves away from the Azores in the Atlantic

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pablo has become a hurricane — the sixth of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows Pablo far away from the U.S. — about 535 miles northeast of Lajes Air Base in the Azores and packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, with higher gusts.  Tropical-storm-force winds are extending out up to 80 miles from Pablo’s center. Pablo is currently moving toward the north-northeast…

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Tropical Storm Pablo speeds away from the Azores in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Pablo speeds away from the Azores in the Atlantic

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tropical Storm Pablo is accelerating away from the Azores. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows Pablo about 245 miles east of Lajes Air Base in the Azores and packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph — with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds are extending out up to 80 miles from Pablo’s center. Pablo is currently moving toward the northeast at 29 mph. The system is expected to turn toward…

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Tropical Storm Pablo gets stronger in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Pablo gets stronger in the Atlantic

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tropical Storm Pablo has strengthened a little more and is expected to pass near or over the eastern Azores Saturday night. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows Pablo about 55 miles south-southwest of Santa Maria Island in the Azores and packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph — with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds are extending out up to 45 miles from Pablo’s center. Pablo is currently moving toward…

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Tropical Storm Pablo stronger in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Pablo stronger in the Atlantic

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A small tropical storm formed Friday in the northeast Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Storm Pablo is about 205 miles south-southwest of the Azores and moving toward the east at 16 mph. The National Hurricane Center expects Pablo to pick up speed and head toward the northeast late Saturday and Sunday. Pablo will pass near or over the Azores by Saturday night, meteorologists say. At this point, Pablo is packing maximum sustained winds…

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Tropical Storm Pablo forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Pablo forms in the Atlantic Ocean

A small tropical storm has formed in the northeast Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Storm Pablo is about 325 miles west-southwest of the Azores and moving toward the east-southeast at nearly 10 mph. The National Hurricane Center says it’s expected to keep heading that way tonight before gradually turning toward the northeast and picking up speed. Pablo will pass near or over the Azores this weekend, meteorologists say. At this point, Pablo is packing maximum sustained winds…

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VIDEO: Pummeling waves in Lake Michigan, flooding created by intense storm

VIDEO: Pummeling waves in Lake Michigan, flooding created by intense storm

Waves pummeled the shores of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan early this week as an intense storm system swept across the Great Lakes. Winds howled from the Dakotas through Michigan, and AccuWeather Reporter Blake Naftel witnessed the power of the storm first-hand along the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. Naftel was in Grand Haven, Michigan, on Tuesday morning when 50-mph wind gusts lashed the area. Those strong winds spawned large waves that crashed down on…

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Multiple homes damaged by large fire in Mooresville

Multiple homes damaged by large fire in Mooresville

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Multiple crews are on the scene of a large fire that damaged multiple buildings in Mooresville overnight.  According to firefighters at the scene, first responders were called to a reported fire in the Ashlyn Creek subdivision on Samara Lane, which is off Kistler Farm Road, around midnight Tuesday night. When firefighters arrived, they found multiple buildings on fire. Mooresville Fire Department said some of the homes are expected to be total losses…

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At least one tornado confirmed in Dallas-Fort Worth metro area

At least one tornado confirmed in Dallas-Fort Worth metro area

This is a breaking story that will be updated throughout the night. Severe storms developed in the Dallas-Fort Wort metro area on Sunday night. The system brought hail, lightning and at least one confirmed tornado, first spotted north of Love Field in Dallas around 9 p.m.  A tornado warning is in place for parts of Ellis, Dallas and Collin counties until 10 p.m. Sunday. One warning was issued for northern Dallas County and southern Collin…

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Hurricane Dorian Jeep makes an appearance at Pennzoil AutoFair

Hurricane Dorian Jeep makes an appearance at Pennzoil AutoFair

CONCORD, N.C. — The Jeep made famous during Hurricane Dorian was docked for a few days at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The red Jeep Grand Cherokee is known to many as the Jeep abandoned near the Myrtle Beach shoreline during the height of Hurricane Dorian. It even inspired a hashtag, #JeepWatch2019.  The Jeep was docked at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Pennzoil AutoFair from October 17-19. RELATED: ‘Hey, we found your Jeep on the beach’: Owner did…

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Nestor no longer a tropical storm, will bring rain to DMV Sunday

Nestor no longer a tropical storm,  will bring rain to DMV Sunday

WASHINGTON — Key Points: * Storm is now a post tropical cyclone, but still brings threat of rain, winds and storm surge, and tornadoes* Rain: 2-4 inches. Storm Surge: 2-5 feet*What is left of the storm will track off the NC coast Sunday and may bring some rain and showers to the DMV Nestor has lost its tropical features and is now a post-tropical cyclone as it moves ashore in Florida. This storm is producing…

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Nestor is Now a Post-Tropical Storm

Nestor is Now a Post-Tropical Storm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For less than 24 hours Tropical Storm Nestor was a “technical” tropical storm but now it has been dubbed Post-Tropical extratropical Nestor. It does not have convection (thunderstorm activity) around the low-level center and satellite imagery indicates that the center has merged with a nearby frontal system making this a standard mid-latitude cyclone (low with a warm and cold front).  WCNC The merging with another system is where you have heard the…

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FORECAST: Tropical Storm Nestor Develops

FORECAST: Tropical Storm Nestor Develops

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tropical Storm Nestor has developed over the Gulf of Mexico! It is expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle early tomorrow. Nestor will race along the southeast coast with the strongest winds southeast of Charlotte along with the heaviest rain. TIMING: Clouds will increase Saturday morning with rain developing during the afternoon, but the heaviest showers will be late evening through the early morning Sunday. The Charlotte area will likely see…

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Tropical Storm Nestor Forms in Gulf Of Mexico

Tropical Storm Nestor Forms in Gulf Of Mexico

MIAMI — Forecasters say a disturbance moving through the Gulf of Mexico has become Tropical Storm Nestor. The National Hurricane Center says high winds and dangerous storm surge are likely along parts of the northern Gulf Coast. The system is expected to bring a wet weekend across much of the drought-parched Southeast, where some events were being canceled and officials were trying to calm fears of a hard hit. It is scheduled to reach the…

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Scientists say hurricanes can trigger 'stormquakes' on the ocean floor

Scientists say hurricanes can trigger 'stormquakes' on the ocean floor

WASHINGTON — Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes — and they’re calling them “stormquakes.” The shaking of the sea floor during hurricanes and nor’easters can rumble like a magnitude 3.5 earthquake and can last for days, according to a study in this week’s journal Geophysical Research Letters. The quakes are fairly common, but they weren’t noticed before because they were considered seismic background noise. A stormquake is more an…

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Tropical Storm Melissa forms off Northeast coast

Tropical Storm Melissa forms off Northeast coast

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — Tropical Storm Melissa has formed southeast of New England. The National Hurricane Center says Melissa is currently about 305 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Mass. It’s packing 50 mph winds and chugging to the northeast at 12 mph. Forecasters expect the system to move away from the east coast of the United States and gradually weaken over the next couple of days.  Melissa could lose its subtropical characteristics as early as Saturday…

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Subtropical Storm Melissa forms off US coast

Subtropical Storm Melissa forms off US coast

Subtropical Storm Melissa has formed southeast of New England. The National Hurricane Center says Melissa is currently about 190 miles south of Nantucket, Mass. It’s packing 65 mph winds and chugging along south-southwest at 3 mph. Melissa is expected to turn toward the east-northeast while increasing in forward speed Friday night and into the weekend. Forecasters expect the system to move away from the east coast of the United States and gradually weaken over the…

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Famous Hurricane Dorian Jeep coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway

Famous Hurricane Dorian Jeep coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The famous Hurricane Dorian Jeep, that made its rounds on the internet, is headed to the Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month.  According to the speedway, the red Jeep Grand Cherokee will dry dock at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Oct. 17-19 Pennzoil AutoFair.   According to WMBF, Myrtle Beach Police came across an abandoned SUV near the shoreline in Myrtle Beach at the height of Hurricane Dorian. Police said that someone decided to…

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NC man plans to use lottery winnings to help Hurricane Dorian victims

NC man plans to use lottery winnings to help Hurricane Dorian victims

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh construction worker plans to use his $100,000 winning lottery ticket to help victims of Hurricane Dorian. Jerry Wood bought a Mega Cash scratch-off ticket for $20 on Tuesday at the Quality Food Mart on South Main Street in Wake Forest. After taxes, he took home $70,756. He said he plans to spend part of that helping people on Ocracoke Island, which experienced severe flooding from storm surge during the hurricane….

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Will a 3-year hurricane streak be snapped this October?

Will a 3-year hurricane streak be snapped this October?

October is too early for Christmas sales, songs and decorations. And it should be too late in most places for summer weather, summer wear, and summer hurricanes, right? While the flip flops certainly should be flipped, hurricane season is far from over. Several of the most deadly, destructive hurricanes have struck the United States in October, including Hurricane Michael last year, which has its one-year anniversary on October 10. “Michael and Sandy are the two…

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Tracking the tropics: Hurricane Lorenzo will head toward England

Tracking the tropics: Hurricane Lorenzo will head toward England

WASHINGTON — We’re tracking Hurricane Lorenzo in the tropics. LORENZO:Lorenzo was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane Saturday night. There has never been a hurricane this strong east of 55°W Longitude. The storm will continue to weaken in the next few days. After passing Flores Island (Açores) as a weaker hurricane Wednesday, the storm will then head toward the British Isles, but as a post tropical storm. RELATED: Donations for Dorian: DC community members pack…

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Fall tornadoes could occur in atypical U.S. areas this year

Fall tornadoes could occur in atypical U.S. areas this year

As fall progresses, it’s not typical for the south-central United States Plains to experience an extended tornado season. Tornadoes in October and into November would be more likely to occur along the Gulf coast, but that’s not where the action could be this year. Instead, the Plains may be ground zero in a battle of northern cold fronts and southern warm air, which “could just create a lot of havoc,” according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range…

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Tracking the tropics: Hurricane Lorenzo threatens the Açores

Tracking the tropics: Hurricane Lorenzo threatens the Açores

WASHINGTON — We’re tracking Hurricane Lorenzo in the tropics. LORENZO:Lorenzo was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane Saturday night. There has never been a hurricane this strong east of 55°W Longitude. While this is a historically strong storm, it poses very little threat to any land areas at this time. The storm will continue to weaken in the next few days. The storm will impact Flores Island (Açores) as a weaker hurricane Wednesday. RELATED: Donations…

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Tracking the tropics: Lorenzo Makes History; Becomes Category 5 Hurricane

Tracking the tropics: Lorenzo Makes History; Becomes Category 5 Hurricane

We’re tracking hurricane Lorenzo in the tropics.  RELATED: Donations for Dorian: DC community members pack supplies for those impacted by hurricane RELATED: Weather Forecast for DC metro area LORENZO:Lorenzo was upgraded to a category 5 hurricane Saturday night. This is the strongest a hurricane as ever been east of 55°W Longitude. While this is a historically strong storm, it poses very little threat to any land areas at this time. The storm will continue to…

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Hurricane Lorenzo isn't a threat to land… for now

Hurricane Lorenzo isn't a threat to land… for now

An intense hurricane is gaining strength over the Atlantic Ocean, but the storm is going largely unnoticed due to its remote location. Hurricane Lorenzo, currently spinning over the central Atlantic, first became a hurricane on Wednesday, but by Thursday afternoon, it had rapidly intensified into a major Category 4 hurricane. On Thursday evening, Lorenzo was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, but AccuWeather Meteorologists believe that it could continue to strengthen and eventually become…

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Terrifying video shows lightning illuminating tornado against the night sky

Terrifying video shows lightning illuminating tornado against the night sky

A confirmed tornado on Tuesday night in Wisconsin caused heavy damage to vehicles and a home. Striking near the Chippewa-Dunn County line, west of Eau Claire, at least three semi-trucks were overturned according to officials. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that the tornado struck near Elk Mound and Wheaton at 7:53 p.m. CDT. In response, Elk Mound High School opened its building as a shelter for any residents who needed it. “In the morning,…

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28 Wild Horses off Outer Banks believed dead after Hurricane Dorian

28 Wild Horses off Outer Banks believed dead after Hurricane Dorian

CEDAR ISLAND, N.C. — A North Carolina wild horse manager says more than half of one herd is thought to be dead after Hurricane Dorian storm surge slammed their island home. Manager Woody Hancock told McClatchy news that 28 of the 49 horses on Cedar Island, between the Outer Banks and the mainland, are suspected dead. He says the herd is lesser-known than the Corolla heard on the northernmost parts of the Outer Banks. That…

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Arizona weather recap: First day of fall brought thunderstorms, heavy rain, and possible tornadoes

Arizona weather recap: First day of fall brought thunderstorms, heavy rain, and possible tornadoes

Thunderstorms, rain, flash flooding, lightning, hail and possible tornadoes greeted Arizonans on the first day of fall. Heavy rain was already falling in areas, especially east of Phoenix, early in the morning Monday. RELATED: Crews rescue mother, child from floodwaters in Mesa Monday morning  After an active morning and afternoon caused flooding north and east of Phoenix, thunderstorms re-emerged out west and moved toward the Valley Monday evening—hitting Valley residents with a second round of…

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Arizona weather: Flash flood warnings in effect across the Phoenix area

Arizona weather: Flash flood warnings in effect across the Phoenix area

The first day of fall brought thunderstorms, rain, and flash flood potential throughout the state. Heavy rain was already falling in areas, especially east of Phoenix, early in the morning Monday. RELATED: Crews rescue mother, child from floodwaters in Mesa Monday morning  After an active morning and afternoon caused flooding north and east of Phoenix, thunderstorms re-emerged out west and moved toward the Valley Monday evening.  The National Weather Service in Phoenix said strong gusty…

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Arizona weather: Flash flood warnings in effect for the west Valley

Arizona weather: Flash flood warnings in effect for the west Valley

The first day of fall brought thunderstorms, rain, and flash flood potential throughout the state. Heavy rain was already falling in areas, especially east of Phoenix, early in the morning Monday. RELATED: Crews rescue mother, child from floodwaters in Mesa Monday morning  After an active morning and afternoon caused flooding north and east of Phoenix, thunderstorms re-emerged out west and moved toward the Valley Monday evening.  The National Weather Service in Phoenix said strong gusty…

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Arizona weather: Strong winds, flooding possible as storms continue around Phoenix

Arizona weather: Strong winds, flooding possible as storms continue around Phoenix

The first day of fall brought thunderstorms, rain, and flash flood potential throughout the state. Heavy rain was already falling in areas, especially east of Phoenix, early in the morning Monday. RELATED: Crews rescue mother, child from floodwaters in Mesa Monday morning  After an active morning and afternoon caused flooding north and east of Phoenix, thunderstorms re-emerged out west and moved toward the Valley Monday evening.  The National Weather Service in Phoenix said strong gusty…

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Arizona weather: Tornado warning for New River, Cave Creek expires

Arizona weather: Tornado warning for New River, Cave Creek expires

The first day of fall brought thunderstorms, rain, and flash flood potential throughout the state. Heavy rain was already falling in areas, especially east of Phoenix, early in the morning Monday. RELATED: Crews rescue mother, child from floodwaters in Mesa Monday morning  By 5:30 a.m. Monday, the National Weather Service Phoenix had already issued a flood advisory for an area of the far East Valley covering Apache Junction and Queen Creek. TRACK THE STORM: 12 News…

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