(Miami, FL-AP) – Hurricane Dorian is making landfall in the Bahamas as a “catastrophic” Category 5 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center says the extremely dangerous storm is packing top winds of over 180 miles per hour as it pounds Great Abaco today.
Dorian is expected to move closer to Florida’s east coast by late Monday through Tuesday. Forecasters say the hurricane is now less than 200 miles east of West Palm Beach and is tracking to the west at seven miles per hour.
A hurricane watch and storm surge watch are in effect along the Florida coast from Deerfield Beach to the Brevard County Line.
(Palm Beach County, FL-AP) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is recommending that residents prepare for the worst ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
Speaking today in Palm Beach County, DeSantis recommended that residents have at least seven days’ worth of food, medicine and water in the event of a power outage. DeSantis says the latest forecast shows that Dorian is a much slower-moving storm than originally expected and the potential for flooding is high.
DeSantis says the state is making sure assisted living and nursing facilities have complied with rules about preparing for the storm.
(Miami, FL-AP) — Hurricane Dorian is expected to be a category three hurricane by the time it reaches Florida. The National Hurricane Center says Dorian will gain a lot of strength over the next few days as it heads towards Florida’s east coast.
It’s expected to make landfall in the Sunshine State late Sunday or early Monday. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for Florida. He urged people to prepare for the worst, saying they need to have at least a week of food and water on hand.
(New Orleans, LA-AP) — The storm system churning in the Gulf of Mexico is now Tropical Storm Barry. According to the National Weather Service, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles-per-hour and could possibly become Hurricane Barry by this weekend.
Barry is located about 95 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and tracking models show it moving towards Louisiana. Dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and wind conditions are expected across much of the north-central Gulf Coast.
Watches and Warnings are in place along the Gulf Coast.
(Washington, DC-AP) — Flooding is causing major problems in the DC region. Up to four inches of rain fell over the area in under an hour this morning, causing flash flooding in downtown DC and surrounding suburbs.
Fire crews responded to dozens of high water rescues to pull commuters from stalled vehicles on flooded roads.
Videos on social media showed water pouring into the basement of the White House, and parts of Constitution Avenue were shut down due to high water.
(Dayton, OH-AP) — At least one person is dead and several are injured after multiple tornadoes hit Ohio last night. The mayor of Celina, a town located about 60 miles north of Dayton, confirmed one death and seven other injuries after a twister struck.
The National Weather Service says several destructive tornadoes touched down near Dayton, injuring several. There is extensive damages to homes and roads and mass power outages throughout state.
Tornadoes also struck in several other states including Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, and Oklahoma.
(AP) – FEMA is on the way to Jefferson City, Missouri after a violent tornado was confirmed in the state capital late Wednesday night. There are reports of possibly catastrophic damage and people trapped in the rubble of buildings.
Some three hours southeast of Jefferson City, three people are dead after a tornado ripped through Golden City. And most of the St. Louis area is under a tornado watch with some areas under different warnings.
(AP) — Thunderstorms that brought a swarm of tornadoes to the Plains over the weekend could bring more severe weather today. According for forecasters, thunderstorms could cause strong twisters and other dangerous conditions in parts of the southern Plains.
More than 150-thousand homes and businesses across Texas and Iowa lost power over the weekend due to the storms, and a possible tornado in a small town about 40 miles north of Lafayette, Louisiana damaged a gas station and other buildings.
High winds in the same area moved a home onto a highway.
(New York, NY -AP) — NBC’s Today Show weatherman Al Roker is in Utqiagvik the northern most city in Alaska, which many consider to be Ground Zero for climate change. In his reports, Roker talks to scientists who are leading research about how climate change is happening now.
Roker says researchers are optimistic we’ll be able to reduce the production of greenhouse gases, which is causing climate change at an accelerated rate. In his second report Tuesday morning, Roker looks at how climate change is already effecting residents of Utqiagvik and how it might be a cautionary tale for the rest of us.
(AP) – A state of emergency has been declared in Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin as devastating floods in the Midwest have killed three. Hundreds of people have been forced out of their homes as the historic flooding has washed over the Missouri and Mississippi river basins.
Heavy rain and melting snow are swelling the Missouri River out of its banks in Nebraska and Iowa. The river is more than two feet over its previous record and topping levees in southwestern Iowa. Much of Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha is underwater.
The Air Force says floodwaters aren’t expected to recede until Thursday at the base that’s home to strategic nuclear forces.