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World Warms to Climate Change Treaty, But Europe, Not U.S. Is Setting the Standard

| September 17, 2015

December’s UN conference on climate change in Paris may lead to a treaty as a consensus has emerged that it’s also about economic challenges like poverty, sustainable development, and the wellbeing of future generations.

Degraded Erika No Longer Severe Threat to Flagler, Though State of Emergency Still in Effect

| August 29, 2015

Though a state of emergency remains in effect in Flagler, Erika has degenerated into a tropical depression and moved wide west of the Florida Peninsula.

The Climate Pope’s Message: Reversing Global Warming is Humanity’s Responsibility

| June 23, 2015

If we do not change our behavior quickly, we may well lose the environmental stability upon which our planet – and our lives – depends. This is the main message of the pope’s encyclical.

With Florida Overdue for a Hit, Hurricane Season Begins on a Tide of Pessimism

| May 28, 2015

NOAA predicts a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with between six to 11 tropical storms, but Florida’s insurance officials say the state’s nine straight hurricane-free seasons can;t last much longer.

Don’t Tell Rick Scott: Pope Francis Wants Action on Global Warming, Steaming Conservatives

| May 7, 2015

Pope Francis’s call for action against global warming has many conservatives in the US up in arms, but his message is a matter of morality, argues Jeffrey Sachs.

Southwest Palm Coast Records a Low of 25 as Cold Snaps Power for Over 800 Customers

| February 20, 2015

The lowest temperature in the county was reported at Eagle Rock, sinking to 24. Despite a cloudless sun, temperatures were still around 40 in Palm Coast at mid-morning, with winds strong enough to make it feel more like in the lower 30s.

Freeze Watch Issued for Flagler-Palm Coast From Wednesday Night to Thursday Morning

| February 17, 2015

The cold front will remain in place until Friday, bringing overnight lows below freezing and daytime highs of only 50 Thursday and Friday. Warmer weather will return Thursday.

Southwest Palm Coast Tops Rainfall Totals With 5”, But No Flooding Issues This Time

| November 26, 2014

Palm Coast and Flagler County weathered the latest front of very heavy rain well from Tuesday to Wednesday as up to 5 inches of rain fell in parts of the city and the county, but with no reported flooding or water damage.

Tornado Watch Cancelled for Flagler-Palm Coast, Schools Cancel Outdoor Activities, Games and Practices

| November 17, 2014

A broad band of severe weather is bearing down on Flagler County and Palm Coast, where a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued until 3 p.m., and a tornado watch will remain in effect until 6 p.m.

Flooding Damage to 36 Homeowners Totals $380,000 as Calm Returns to Region

| October 1, 2014

After two days of torrential rain in places and a maximum-recorded reading of 16 inches in central Palm Coast, two days of calm have restored normalcy to the city’s sewer system, lifting restrictions on water usage and ending cases of isolated flooding.

34 Homes Report Damage in Latest Flooding Totals as Rain Resumes; Graham Swamp Overflows

| September 29, 2014

After 36 hours of calm, the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory, in effect until 1:30 p.m., and a flood watch through this evening for Palm Coast, Bunnell, Flagler Beach and the rest of Flagler County, with rain aggravating flood-prone conditions from the weekend.

15 Inches of Rain In Heart of Palm Coast; B-Section Pounded; Wastewater Systems Strained

| September 27, 2014

15 inches of rainfall had been reported at Palm Coast Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway by 9:35 this morning, with the third flood warning issued in 18 hours, valid through 1:15 p.m.

Palm Coast Flooding Closes a Few Streets in B and W Sections; Damage Minimal So Far; Flood Warning Extended

| September 26, 2014

Damage has been minimal and no injuries related to flooding have been reported, though lightning struck a house and triggered a house fire–the location has not been specified–and a person was struck by lightning.

Relax: There May Be Some Rain, But No Sandbag-Begging Flooding Likely in Flagler

| September 24, 2014

Despite television images of flooded roads and some flooded homes in parts of coastal Volusia County, Flagler’s emergency management director says residents should not be alarmed by what they see there or expect it replicated here.

Flagler Emergency Official Cautions of Heat Indices Reaching 108 Through Friday

| August 20, 2014

Today through Friday the heat index is hitting unusually high levels and will range from 102 to 108 in Flagler County, especially inland, prompting weather and emergency officials to caution residents and vacationers to stay out of the heat if possible, or take safety measures when in the heat.

Study Reveals Severe Tornado-Awareness Gap in Palm Coast Despite Ready Warnings

| July 31, 2014

More than half Palm Coast residents warned of December’s tornado took no safety precautions afterward, a new study finds, alarming officials about an apathy they say must be countered, though Palm Coast’s response to the study has been more muted than another city’s where tornado awareness is far more heightened.

Tropical Storm Arthur Strengthens Toward Hurricane As It Veers Off Flagler’s Worry Path

| July 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur is strengthening into a hurricane, but is veering off the coast. Still, severe rip current dangers remain on beaches, and some periods of heavy rain are expected between Wednesday night and Thursday, but no impacts on the holiday weekend.

20% Chance of Florida Landfall Predicted as Calmer Hurricane Season Begins Sunday

| May 30, 2014

For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 8 to 13 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Flagler and Palm Coast Until 7 p.m.

| April 29, 2014

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville issued a severe thunderstorm warning shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday for Flagler County and Palm Coast, among other areas in Northeast Florida, effective until 7 p.m.

Flagler-Palm Coast Under Tornado Watch Until 5 PM Saturday

| March 29, 2014

The National Weather Service placed Palm Coast and Flagler County under a tornado watch Saturday through 5 p.m., along with five other counties along a broad southwest to northeast band of severe storm activity.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Flagler Through 3 PM, Watch Through 5 PM

| February 21, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeast Flagler County and southeast St. Johns County, in effect through 3 p.m. Friday. Palm Coast and Flagler Beach are included in the warning.

December’s Palm Coast Tornado Focus of Emergency Alert Survey in CodeRED Study

| February 3, 2014

The City of Palm Coast is participating in a new University of Missouri-Columbia research study regarding emergency tornado notification–and asking residents who were in Palm Coast on Dec. 14, when the tornado struck, to take part in the survey and help improve emergency response and safety measures.

Eulogy For a Tornado: Palm Coast Memorializes December Twister in Numbers and Kudos

| January 22, 2014

With a dramatic video narrated by Mayor Jon Netts and a line-up of presenters, the Palm Coast City Council heard and watched a recap of the December tornado that ripped through the city’s B, C and F Sections, with nearly final costs to property owners and to the city’s bottom line.

Preparing For the Next Hurricane: Flagler Firefighters Join Statewide Rescue Exercises

| January 8, 2014

A seven-member team from Flagler County Fire Rescue is taking part today in statewide disaster-preparation exercises in Palm Beach County, honing skills that could be used locally or whenever a disaster strikes in the state, and a statewide response calls on Flagler to offer assistance.

Temperatures Fall Less Than Feared, to 28 in Palm Coast; Freeze Warning Renewed Tonight

| January 7, 2014

Tuesday night and Wednesday morning a light freeze is still expected locally, especially in the northern part of the county, with low temperatures in the upper 20s or low 30s inland again exposing plants and pets to cold hazards, and the duration of sub-freezing temperatures expected to last between four to six hours.

Palm Coast and Flagler Prepare For Hard Freeze Warning Ahead of Coldest Night in Years

| January 6, 2014

A hard-freeze warning is in effect for Palm Coast and Flagler County overnight Monday to Tuesday, with temperatures falling to the mid-20s in Palm Coast and the teens inland. Wind chill will make temperatures feel much lower. Residents must take precautions to protect themselves, their animals and affected vegetation. A local homeless shelter will be open all night.

Palm Coast’s B-Section Residents Awake to Tornado’s Wreckage; Severe Damage Is Limited; City Ready to Help

| December 15, 2013

Residents of Palm Coast’s B-Section awoke Sunday to a morning soggy with the wreckage of Saturday night’s tornado. One resident, who was hosting a birthday party for her 12-year-old son, compared the tornado to “a front on steroids.”

Possible Tornado Touches Down in Palm Coast, Damaging Homes in B and C Sections and Downing Power Lines; No Injuries Reported

| December 14, 2013

Heavy winds, possibly a tornado, struck portions of Palm Coast’s B and C Sections at around 7:20 to 7:25 p.m. Saturday evening, damaging several homes, downing power lines and closing streets.

Spared Again: Florida Makes It Through 8th Straight Hurricane Season Without Major Hit

| November 26, 2013

The pre-season forecast for the June-through-November storm season for the Atlantic and Caribbean was for 12 to 18 named storms, with between six and 10 reaching hurricane status. Saturday was the last official day of this year’s hurricane season.

Hurricane Marco Rubio: How To Protect Yourself

| October 22, 2013

2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States, and 10 of the past 15 years have been the hottest on record globally. A minority of climate-change deniers nevertheless have a disproportionate hold on Congress, explaining virtual inaction on that score. Here’s a solution next time a hurricane hits.



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