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Hurricane Gordon heads toward eastern Azores
MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Gordon sped across the Atlantic early Sunday toward the eastern Azores islands, where a hurricane warning is in effect, U.S. forecasters in Miami said.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Gordon was centered about 390 miles (630 kms) west-southwest of Sao Miguel Island in the Azores as of 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT). It added that Gordon remained a Category 2 hurricane with top sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph) and higher gusts.
The hurricane, which formed on Saturday, was moving toward the east at 23 mph (37 kph).
The hurricane was on a forecast track expected to take it near or over the islands of the eastern Azores early Monday. Forecasters said that while the Gordon was expected to weaken somewhat Sunday, it still was expected to be a hurricane passing near or across the eastern Azores.
Portugal's government, meanwhile, has discontinued a hurricane warning for the central Azores.
Forecasters said Gordon, on an eastward track in the pre-dawn hours, was expected to turn toward the east-northeast later Sunday. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles (55 kms) from the center and tropical storm force winds reached outward up to 125 miles (205 kphs).
Gordon's dangerous surf and ocean swells could reach the central and eastern Azores on Sunday afternoon and heavy rains were expected, the Miami forecasting center said.
Gordon became a hurricane on Saturday even as onetime Tropical Storm Helene swiftly weakened into a tropical depression as it lumbered ashore on Mexico's Gulf Coast and degenerated into a rain storm without reports of significant damage.
Authorities in Mexico had worried Helene's rains could pose a threat to areas where thousands of people are recovering from flooding spawned last week by Hurricane Ernesto. But Mexico's Veracruz state civil defense office said none of the region's numerous rivers had overflowed Saturday.
Posted: Sunday, August 19 2012, 10:09 AM CDT
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Line of storms brings flash floods to OKC area
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The National Weather Service says a slow-moving storm system over central Oklahoma is causing flash flooding.
Forecasters suggested people delay travel in the Oklahoma City area Thursday morning because street closures were expected because of high water.
The area was under a severe thunderstorm warning for a time early Thursday.
The weather service says there is a slight risk severe of thunderstorms into the afternoon in a broad section of western Oklahoma. Hail up to the size of tennis balls and winds of up to 70 miles per hour are possible. There is also a possibility of tornadoes in the risk area.
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