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Aquifer Feeding Texas High Plains Rapidly Shrinks

Posted: 08/11/2014 - The chief underground water source for irrigating the agriculture-rich Texas High Plains is depleting at a pace some fear will exhaust it far more quickly than anticipated.

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Tourists Back to Paradise as Hawaii Area Struggles

Posted: 08/09/2014 - Tourists in popular areas of Hawaii got back to their vacations after a tropical storm swept through without widespread disaster, but a large, rural swath of the Big Island has spent more than 24 hours without electricity and is struggling with downed trees blocking roads.

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Monsoon Season Helps Ease Drought in Southwest

Posted: 08/08/2014 - A generous monsoon season has helped ease drought conditions in Colorado and the Southwest but parts of the hard-hit southern plains still have a long way to go.

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Hurricane Iselle Impact on Hawaii Election, Tourists, Transit

Posted: 08/07/2014 - Residents and tourists in Hawaii are bracing for two major storms swirling toward the island chain. Hurricane Iselle is expected to hit the Big Island on Thursday evening, canceling flights and shaking up the final days of campaigns before the state's primary election. Hurricane Julio is following in the Pacific, having strengthened into a Category 2 storm but forecast to pass just north of the islands sometime Sunday morning.

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NOAA’s Updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Calls for an Increased Chance of a Below-Normal Season

Posted: 08/07/2014 - Forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center raised the likelihood for a below-normal season in today’s update to the Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. The update predicts a 70 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 25 percent chance of a near-normal season and only a five percent chance of an above-normal season. The probabilities in the initial outlook issued on May 22 were 50 percent, 40 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

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Forecasters Expect Slower Atlantic Storm Season

Posted: 08/07/2014 - Federal forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season will be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation.

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Formal Notice of Katrina, Rita Claims Denied

Posted: 08/06/2014 - In a postscript to ill-fated damage claims made against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Corps has sent out about 565,000 letters formally notifying victims of those storms that their claims have been denied.

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Tropical Storm Bertha Weakening Even More

Posted: 08/05/2014 - Tropical Storm Bertha continues to weaken as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.

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EPA Hosts Texas Hearing on Oil Refinery Rules

Posted: 08/05/2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding its second and final hearing on proposed new standards for oil refinery emissions as part of a 60-day public comment period.

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Bertha Weakens to a Tropical Storm

Posted: 08/05/2014 - Bertha has weakened to a tropical storm just a day after becoming a hurricane as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.

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Over 30 homes Damaged in California Storms

Posted: 08/04/2014 - Authorities say more than 30 homes have been damaged after flash floods struck Southern California mountains - at least a dozen of them so severely that they're uninhabitable.

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Crews Clearing Debris following California Storms

Posted: 08/04/2014 - Authorities say it could be several hours before roads are cleared and crews are able to reach about 2,500 people stranded after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California.

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6 Wildfires Keep Firefighters Busy in California

Posted: 08/02/2014 - Thousands of federal, state and local firefighters are feverishly attacking six major wildfires in central and far northern California, four of which grew rapidly overnight and prompted evacuations of homes, vacation cabins and recreation areas.

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