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Severe Thunderstorm Warning With Hail In Effect for Flagler-Palm Coast Until 1:30 PM

| July 22, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Flagler County from 12:48 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

In Wake of Hurricane Irma’s Messy Evacuation and Fuel Shortages, Study Will Seek Improvements

| June 13, 2018

An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University team is studying Hurricane Irma’s mass evacuation to provide recommendations for a smoother exodus in the future.

The Lord Before the Storms: Flagler Emergency Management Chief Wants Awareness, Not Fear

| June 5, 2018

Jonathan Lord, Flagler County’s new emergency management chief, has been putting his vast state and local experience to work in preparation for hurricane season.

Yet Another Storm Brews With Heavy Rains–and Hurricane Season on Horizon

| May 24, 2018

A massive storm over the Yucatan Peninsula may drench Florida over Memorial Day weekend, days before the start of another hurricane season.

Flagler-Palm Coast Under Tornado Watch Until 6 PM as Line of Storms Approaches

| April 15, 2018

The squall line this afternoon is expected to produce locally heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches, with locally heavier amounts, and winds of 30-40 mph.

Severe Weather and “A Few Tornadoes Possible” in Afternoon for Flagler-Palm Coast

| March 20, 2018

The National Weather Center’s prediction for today projects a potential for severe and damaging weather onto the entirety of Flagler.

Post-Hurricane Initiatives Fall Short of Measures to Prevent Fuel Crises In Next Storms

| March 13, 2018

A strategic fuel-reserve task force and using rail-tank cars to bring fuel into evacuation areas to avoid a repeat of runs on gas stations were among initiatives that failed at this year’s legislative session.

As Snow Flirts With Florida, Flagler Rains Will Yield To 3 Nights of Hard Freezes, and Precautions

| January 3, 2018

Snow fell as far south as St. Augustine today but not quite in Flagler, where officials are cautioning about hard freezes and opening a cold-weather shelter for the next three nights.

Blaming Climate Change, Ex-Emergency Management Chief Warns Floridians of More Intense Storms Ahead

| December 15, 2017

Craig Fugate, a former FEMA and Florida Division of Emergency Management chief, highlighted the need for people in Florida to plan year-round for the six-month hurricane season.

Yet Another Tropical Storm With Potential Florida Landfall Brews Up Concern

| October 4, 2017

Eventual Tropical Storm Nate has the potential to become a hurricane and impact the Florida Panhandle this weekend, and families must be ready, the governor said.

Up to 14 Inches of Rain Fall on Already Drenched Flagler, But Damage Is Limited

| October 2, 2017

Weekend rains dumped from 4 to 14 inches on already-saturated Flagler County, flooding streets, overcoming swales and ditches and soaking some areas more than others.

You Cannot Be Serious: Hurricane Maria Sniffs Around Irma’s Wake

| September 17, 2017

Hurricane Maria is expected to become a major hurricane, with a global forecast seeing it veer away from Florida, but the more accurate European forecast seeing it come closer to the coast.

Conditions Deteriorating Across Flagler: Waters Rise, 22,400 Out of Power, Irma Spins Further East

| September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma’s tropical-storm forces have already drenched Flagler well ahead of peak activity and now are slowing enough to cause worries that the damage will be more severe than anticipated.

Development and Disasters: A Deadly Combination Well Beyond Houston

| August 31, 2017

Scientists warn of more and expanding “bull’s-eyes” as Americans build in parts of the country at ever greater risk because of climate change and severe weather.

Alarming Federal Report On Global Warming Elicits Fears Trump Will Suppress It

| August 8, 2017

The report all but erases doubt that climate change is the result of human activity and that warming will worsen, but it’s awaiting President Trump’s approval and that of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gov. Scott’s Emily Hysterics

| August 1, 2017

Even Tropical Storm/Depression Emily cried foul at Gov. Scott’s, sleazy, opportunistic hyping of what was no more than an overheated summer storm: look at how fast she high-tailed it out of the state.

More Hype Than Fury as Tropical Storm Emily’s Effects on Flagler Mirror Summer Storms

| July 31, 2017

Emily is not expected to be much more than an irritating soak with maximum winds of 45 mph. Those winds are expected to weaken as the storm crosses the state.

Rainy Season Douses Fiery Florida and Soaks Flagler, Where Drought Index Is Down to 72

| June 21, 2017

After months of drought conditions that helped fuel nearly 2,500 wildfires across the state (but only a handful in Flagler), Florida has quickly moved deep into its rainy season.

Drought Relief: Rains Drench Flagler and Surrounding Counties, Reducing Parched Conditions

| June 8, 2017

Three days of recurring rains ended, or at least significantly reduced, drought conditions that have been taxing the region, leading to water restrictions, brown lawns and heightened fire dangers.

Flagler Depleted as 2017 Hurricane Season Begins; Tax Holiday This Weekend on Emergency Supplies

| June 1, 2017

For Flagler County, a season a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms is beginning even as costly and exhausting recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew have a long way to go.

Funnel Cloud Reported Just North of Marineland; Severe Storm Watch Until 11 PM

| May 24, 2017

A small, brief funnel cloud touched down over the Intracoastal just north of Marineland this morning, scampered over A1A then dissolved over the ocean.

Marginal Risk of Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Wednesday Afternoon in Flagler-Palm Coast

| February 15, 2017

The weather center’s simulation of the storm front, issued Tuesday, places the most active parts of the storm above Flagler County at 3 p.m. Wednesday. That can change with subsequent simulations.

All Storm Warnings and Watches Cancelled: “We’ve Dodged A Couple of Real Big Bullet”

| January 22, 2017

Much of Palm Coast and Flagler County have a 30 percent chance of experiencing a tornado, as half the county is in a high-risk zone for very severe weather Sunday evening. The weather system spawned tornadoes across the Deep South, killing at least 15 people so far.

Free “Storm Spotters” Class On Dec. 12 At Emergency Operations Center

| December 6, 2016

Participants are eligible to become volunteer storm spotters and assist Emergency Services and the National Weather Service by reporting potentially hazardous weather events.

Not a Storm Too Soon, Worst Hurricane Season In 11 Years Ends as Flagler Continues Recovery

| December 1, 2016

Florida ended its 2016 hurricane season Wednesday, marking the first time in more than a decade that the Sunshine State was hit by a hurricane–and the closest Flagler County came to a direct hit in decades.

Not What Flagler’s Battered Beaches Need: Elevated “Super-Tide” Again Places Properties and Dunes in Danger

| November 4, 2016

A super-tide expected Saturday along the beaches, with 5 to 7-foot breakers and water levels 1 to 1.5 feet above tide levels, concerns county officials who have been scrambling to protect breached dunes and properties damaged by Hurricane Matthew.

FPL Overpromised: Thousands of Flagler’s Residents Still Without Power; Gov. Scott Due in Flagler Beach in Late Morning

| October 9, 2016

Some 17,000 Flagler customers remained without power Monday morning, and schools were closed. Gov. Rick Scott was to make an appearance in Flagler Beach with various officials.

Florida Highway Tolls Lifted, Some Hospitals in Volusia, Brevard and Duval Evacuate

| October 5, 2016

Highway tolls were lifted in counties with evacuation orders as Florida continued Wednesday to prepare for the arrival of the slow-moving, powerful and deadly Hurricane Matthew.

The Climate Change Debate is Over: Seas and Temperatures Are Rising Dangerously

| September 21, 2016

Increasing major storms and rising sea levels have long been predicted by climate models, and now they’re coming true. Time for deniers to concede defeat and become part of the solution, argues Todd Larsen.

Heavier Rains Than Hermine Expected In Next 24 Hours Over Flagler-Palm Coast

| September 13, 2016

The unnamed tropical wave churning off the coast of Central Florida is expected to bring more rain and heavy thunderstorms over Flagler County in the next 24 hours than did Hurricane Hermine.

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