Hurricane Isaias track shifts west and closer to Florida as it crosses Bahamas
MIAMI — Hurricane Isaias’ potential path has once again shifted west, upping the chances of a landfall along the southeast coast of Florida — possibly as a tropical storm — on Sunday.The 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center showed a storm that is slowing down and getting better organized, despite a struggle against higher wind shear, as it passed through the warm waters of the central Bahamas.The latest projection showed Hurricane Isaias scraping along the coast near Riviera Beach Sunday at 2 a.m. with 80 mph winds and 100 mph gusts, triggering a round of upgraded hurricane warning...
Record Saharan dust plume cloaks Caribbean as health warnings issued
MIAMI — Scientists have been monitoring atmospheric dust on the easternmost Caribbean island of Barbados since 1965. The plume currently drifting over the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico is like nothing they’ve ever seen.In Haiti, fully cloaked this week under a cloud of hot Saharan dust, residents reported the panoramic view of the capital, Port-au-Prince, had vanished. The gray haze also has brought a particular smell, like stepping into a wood shop. With the declining air quality, health agencies throughout the Caribbean have urged residents to take precautions and stay indoors if they ha...
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In prisoner swap, Iran releases US veteran in exchange for scientistWASHINGTON — A U.S. military veteran, Michael White, who had been held by Iran for two years, has been released and is on his way home, his family and President Donald Trump said on Thursday.He was set free after US-Iranian scientist Majid Taheri was released by U.S. authorities, officials in Tehran said.“I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely on his way home,” Joanne White, Michael’s mother, said in a statement released by the family’s lawyers.Trump tweeted to confirm the release: “I am to h...
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New hurricane season forecast raises chance of US landfall
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A pessimistic hurricane season forecast was released Thursday, saying the odds have increased for landfall by a major hurricane in the Caribbean or United States.Colorado State University, one of the most prominent centers for hurricane forecasting, raised the predicted number of hurricanes from eight to nine. The number of expected named storms, those of at least tropical strength, climbed from 16 to 19.“We have slightly increased our forecast for the 2020 Atlantic basin hurricane season and believe that the season will have well above-average activity,” stated a repor...