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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.

All Quiet On the Hurricane Front Half-Way Through Season, But Don’t Relax Yet

| August 21, 2013

Federal emergency managers held a news conference Wednesday to reinforce the message that Florida is just entering the thick of hurricane season in late August and September even though so far the 2013 hurricane season has been a breeze in Florida.

Severe Weather Alert for Palm Coast and Rest of Flagler Until 7 PM

| August 14, 2013

The National Weather Service issued a significant weather advisory for the county and , along with southeastern Putnam and northeastern Marion, in effect until 7 p.m. as Flagler emergency dispatchers have summoned all district volunteer firefighters to their stations to assist with numerous issues such as downed power lines and trees.

Tropical Storm Dorian Graying His Way West But Florida Not Yet in His Picture

| July 25, 2013

Thursday morning Tropical Storm Dorian was closer to its nursery grounds in Africa than to either North or South America, but it was making a beeline west for the northern part of the Antilles, which it is forecast to reach by early next week. It’s too early to speculate about a threat to Florida.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for Palm Coast and Flagler Until 1:30 PM

| July 22, 2013

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for all of Flagler County from 12:36 to 1:30 op.m. Monday. The warning is also in effect for eastern Putnam and all of St. Johns counties.

Tropical Storm Chantal Is Depressed: More Soggy Than Worrisome Weekend for Flagler

| July 10, 2013

Tropical Storm Chantal is on track to skirt the east coast of the Florida Peninsula this weekend, passing offshore of Flagler County, but as a tropical depression. The National Hurricane Center’s forecast so far raises few alarms about the storm’s severity, except for heavy rainfalls in the Antilles.

Tropical Storm Andrea: Flagler Under Storm Warning as Gov. Scott Takes Shots at Obama

| June 6, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea is here to stay for a few hours. Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who seldom misses an opportunity to attack the Obama administration, on Thursday named–and blamed–President Obama as the reason why a potential response to storm emergencies needing National Guard personnel would be delayed.

Flagler Emergency Director Warns: Forget Hurricane Predictions. Just Be Prepared.

| June 4, 2013

As forecasters predict a busy hurricane season–18 named storms, nine hurricanes, four major ones–Flagler’s Emergency Operations Director Troy Harper warned against basing preparedness on predictions and actively developing a disaster plan instead, whether at home or in one’s business.

Flagler and Palm Coast Rainfall Totals Soak Up to 11.75 Inches in One Area

| May 4, 2013

The heavy rainfalls of the last 48 hours in Flagler County, with more expected before rain tapers off during the weekend, ease drought conditions that have persisted over the region, and lower fire dangers. Rainfall totals broken down from across the county are included.

Palm Coast Cited Among Florida Cities Most Vulnerable to Climate Change in Latest Review

| January 22, 2013

The federal National Climate Assessment just released names Palm Coast among four Florida cities vulnerable to sea level rises and other vulnerabilities to climate change. Flagler County has no comprehensive initiative locally to frame long-term climate-change policy collectively.

Flagler Braces For A Few Strong Storms and Winds; Homeless Shelter Open Friday and Saturday

| December 20, 2012

The National Weather Service and Flagler County Skywarn have issued alerts about possibly severe weather and damaging winds Thursday evening as a line of storms moves rapidly through the area, ahead of a cold front. The Cold Weather Shelter is opening its doors this weekend.

Flagler County Escapes Damage from Severe Storms; Tornado Reportedly Strikes South Volusia

| December 10, 2012

Unfounded rumors of tornadoes aside, Flagler County sustained only some strong winds for a brief period as strong storms surged through the area late Monday afternoon, and less than 1 inch of rain, says Troy Harper, Flagler’s emergency management director. No actual tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down.

Pickering Report: Driest November Since at Least 1994, Ending Active Hurricane Season

| December 3, 2012

Rainfall amounts for the year in Flagler County still remain near normal even though it has been dry this past month, according to ECO’s Bob Pickering, while NOAA recaps an active hurricane season with 19 named storms, 10 of them hurricanes.

Global Warming and Hurricane Sandy’s Wake-Up Call

| November 10, 2012

The frightening consequences of climate disruption that scientists have warned us about for decades are already here. Sandy is only the latest and most devastating incident in a pattern of extreme weather that’s become impossible to ignore, argues the Sierra Club’s Michael Brune.

Hurricane Sandy: Flagler May Get Lashed By Winds and Rip Currents But Little More

| October 24, 2012

Hurricane Sandy became the 10th hurricane of the season Wednesday as it approached Jamaica and Cuba, but Flagler will only feel side effects from its tropical-storm winds, at most 25 to 35 mph, this weekend.

Isaac, Now a Category 1 Hurricane, Makes Louisiana Landfall With Huge Storm Surge

| August 29, 2012

Isaac became a Category 1 Hurricane Tuesday. The vast, slow-moving hurricane is combing with high tides to produce enormous storm surges as Isaac threatenes New Orleans and coastal areas stretching to Florida’s Gulf coasts.

Lessons from a Storm: How to Prepare for Hurricanes

| August 25, 2012

From living through Hurricane Andrew at Ground Zero 20 years ago to rebuilding a home and a business in its wake, Frank Gromling shares lessons learned and advice for Flagler County and Florida residents, applicable in any hurricane emergency.

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