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It's Official: Irene First Hurricane of Season

Expected to affect Florida, could hit Georgia, Carolinas

(Newser) - The first hurricane of the Atlantic season has officially developed. Irene is currently moving over Puerto Rico; it could eventually rattle Florida and skim Georgia and the Carolinas later this week. First, though, it’s headed toward Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The storm has... More »

Noel Kills 81; Surges to Bahamas

Bahamas brace for storm as Noel gathers strength

(Newser) - Children were torn from parents' arms by surging floodwater as Tropical Storm Noel continued to drench Hispaniola yesterday and churned toward the Bahamas, where it may reach hurricane strength when it makes landfall today. Flooding and mudslides in the Dominican Republic and Haiti pushed the death toll in the region... More »

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