TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Colin was gaining speed and strength Monday on its way to striking Florida with threatening rains that could cause flooding along much of the state’s Gulf coast.
A large portion of Florida’s western and Panhandle coast was under a tropical storm warning when the National Hurricane Center announced that a quickly moving depression had become a named storm.
NEW ORLEANS — Residents of a vulnerable Louisiana island town were ordered to leave Friday as Tropical Storm Karen tracked toward the northern Gulf coast, weakening but poised to be the first named storm to hit the U.S. in what has so far been a quiet hurricane season.
Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle ordered the evacuation of his barrier island community, where the only way out is a single flood-prone highway.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A deadly storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains that caused millions of dollars in damage.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The strongest storm system to threaten the United States in a decade roared toward Florida on Thursday, forcing thousands from their homes and prompting dire warnings from forecasters and public officials alike.
Floridians hunkered down Thursday as pelting rain and punishing wind began to pummel the state, the first sting of a deadly hurricane expected to grind its way up the coast overnight and through most of the day Friday.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun to recall employees idled by the three-day-old government shutdown as the Gulf Coast braces for potentially damaging tropical storm Karen, the White House said on Thursday.
“FEMA has begun to recall currently furloughed employees necessary to serve functions of the agency that protects life and property as they prepare for potential landfall of Tropical Storm Karen,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing.