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February 1, 2014 | By Evan Halper
FREDERICK, Md. - Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such things, considering what he is sure is coming. "Storing enough calories isn't really a challenge," said the rugged 87-year-old Republican, who served 10 terms on Capitol Hill. "The real challenge is vitamins and stuff. " Bartlett is preparing for an epic power outage.
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NEWS
September 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Hurricane Gert may still be a threat to Bermuda, and residents of the Atlantic island need to keep a watchful eye on the storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. "All interests in Bermuda should monitor this storm carefully," John Juiney of the center said. The director of the forecast office in Bermuda said residents were preparing in case the storm hit, but Gert was expected to remain 175 miles south of Bermuda for three days.
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August 8, 2002 | From Reuters
Tropical Storm Cristobal spun harmlessly at sea off the North Florida coast Wednesday as a noted hurricane forecaster said recent climate changes signal an unexpectedly quiet Atlantic hurricane season. Colorado State University professor William Gray, who has had some success in predicting the severity of hurricane activity in the past, lowered his prediction for the current season from 11 named storms, an above-average season, to nine, a below average one.
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November 30, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
With just one storm that made landfall in the United States, this year's Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Saturday as the weakest since 1982. Hurricanes need moist air to form, and the low number of Atlantic hurricanes was due in large part to dry air over the the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and the tropical Atlantic Ocean, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.  "This unexpectedly low activity is linked to an unpredictable atmospheric pattern that prevented the growth of storms by producing an exceptionally dry, sinking air and a strong vertical wind shear in much of the main hurricane formation region, which spans the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea," said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, in a statement.
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April 4, 2007 | Ken Kaye, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season will probably be "very active" with 17 named storms, including nine hurricanes, five of them major, storm forecasters William M. Gray and Philip J. Klotzbach said Tuesday. They said there was a 74% chance that a major hurricane, with sustained winds greater than 110 mph, would strike the U.S. coast between northern Maine and South Texas. That prediction is higher than the long-term average of 52%.
WORLD
March 13, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Japan's magnitude 9.0 earthquake could lead to insured-property losses of nearly $35 billion, making it one of the most expensive catastrophes in history, according to a risk-modeling analysis released Sunday by a U.S. consulting group. The insurance cost of the quake is nearly as much as the entire worldwide catastrophe loss for the global insurance industry in 2010 and could result in higher prices in the insurance market after years of declines, according to the analysis released by Boston-based AIR Worldwide.
NATIONAL
June 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Many people along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts still lack a hurricane survival plan and don't feel vulnerable to storms, despite Hurricane Katrina's dramatic damage and pleas from emergency officials for residents to prepare before the season starts, according to a poll released Thursday.
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December 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Hurricane forecasters are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season again next year after one of the most destructive seasons on record. "We believe that 2005 will continue the trend of enhanced major hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin that we have seen over the past 10 years," Colorado State University forecaster William Gray said Friday. Gray's forecast team predicts there will be 11 named storms, with six reaching hurricane status.
WORLD
July 16, 2005 | From Associated Press
Residents rushed to stock up on emergency supplies and made plans to evacuate coastal areas Friday as Hurricane Emily headed toward Jamaica. Packing winds of 115 mph, the second major hurricane of the Atlantic season was expected to pass very close to Jamaica today, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
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