Summer rains bring historic flooding across the U.S.

Summer rains bring historic flooding across the U.S.

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) --An exceptionally strong August storm dumped five to eight inches of rain on Detroit Monday night before moving east, drenching Long Island with 13 inches.
Aileen Graef

Missing cat turns up on Facebook years after hurricane

BLACKWOOD, N.J., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A New Jersey woman whose cat disappeared during a hurricane said she spotted the feline on Facebook alive and well more than two years later.

Eastern U.S. grapples with rain, flooding; Western U.S. bakes

ALBANY, N.Y., July 3 (UPI) -- Many of the same communities in upstate New York devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 are flooded again, the governor said.

Possible link seen between hurricane, earthquake aftershocks

SALT LAKE CITY, April 22 (UPI) -- Aftershocks of a magnitude-5.8 earthquake that rattled Virginia in 2011 may have been triggered by Hurricane Irene, researchers say.

1,100 dams in N.Y. a significant hazard

ALBANY, N.Y., April 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says there are more than 1,100 dams considered high and significant hazards in upstate New York.

Cuomo puts N.Y. utilities on notice

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put the state's power utilities on notice that they will be held accountable for their Hurricane Sandy performance.
Sandy: U.S. death toll at least 39

Sandy: U.S. death toll at least 39

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Sandy, now a post-tropical cyclone, was blamed for at least 39 U.S. deaths and its capacity for damage was nowhere near over, officials said Tuesday.
Cuomo: 'Extreme weather' needs new reality

Cuomo: 'Extreme weather' needs new reality

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters when inspecting the World Trade Center the state needs to rebuild for a "new reality" due to "extreme weather events."
'Frankenstorm' closes in

'Frankenstorm' closes in

It was a very rare development in New York: Stock markets closed Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, which is being billed as the perfect storm.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Hurricanes can impact water quality

Hurricanes can impact water quality

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The water quality of U.S. lakes and coastal systems could be degraded if hurricanes intensify in a warming world, researchers at Yale University say.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.
By United Press International

Derecho more damaging than Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Power outages reported in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic states from a rare June 2012 windstorm were worse than Hurricane Irene in 2011, a report said.
Report: U.S. homes at storm surge risk

Report: U.S. homes at storm surge risk

SANTA ANA, Calif., June 7 (UPI) -- Four million homes on U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm-surge damage with more than $700 billion in property exposure, a report says.
Irene retired as hurricane name

Irene retired as hurricane name

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- The hurricane name "Irene" has been retired because of the damage Hurricane Irene caused in the Caribbean and on the U.S. East Coast in 2011, scientists say.

Hundreds of tacos delivered to Conn. mayor

EAST HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- An immigration advocacy group delivered hundreds of tacos to a Connecticut mayor who made an allegedly racist remark about Hispanics.
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Hurricane Irene
This NASA image taken on August 22, 2011 by astronaut Ron Garan on the International Space Station shows Hurricane Irene as it passed over the Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center said Irene is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches across Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Southeastern Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands. Isolated maximum amounts of rainfall may reach up to 20 inches. The storm is expected to make U.S. landfall Saturday morning in the Carolinas. UPI/NASA

Hurricane Irene was a large and powerful Atlantic hurricane of the 2011 season that left extensive flood and wind damage along its path through the Caribbean, the United States East Coast and as far north as Atlantic Canada in 2011. The ninth named storm, first hurricane and first major hurricane of that season, Irene formed from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave that showed signs of organization east of the Lesser Antilles. It developed atmospheric convection and a closed cyclonic circulation center, prompting the National Hurricane Center to initiate public advisories on the tropical cyclone late on August 20, 2011. Subsequent convective organization occurred as it passed the Leeward Islands, and by August 21, it moved very close to Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The next day Irene made landfall at hurricane strength near Puerto Rico, where high winds and intermittent torrents caused significant property damage.

Irene tracked just north of Hispaniola as an intensifying Category 1 hurricane, skirting the coast with heavy precipitation and strong winds that killed several people. After crossing the Turks and Caicos Islands, the hurricane quickly strengthened into a Category 3 major hurricane while passing through The Bahamas, leaving behind a trail of extensive structural damage in its wake. Curving toward the north, Irene skirted past Florida with its outer bands producing tropical-storm-force winds. It made landfall over Eastern North Carolina's Outer Banks on the morning of August 27, and moved along southeastern Virginia, affecting the Hampton Roads region.

After briefly reemerging over water, Irene made second U.S. landfall near Little Egg Inlet in New Jersey the morning of August 28, becoming the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since 1903. Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made its third U.S. landfall in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, New York, at approximately 9:00 a.m on August 28. Considerable damage occurred in eastern upstate New York and Vermont, which suffered from the worst flooding in centuries.

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