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Puerto Rico Feels The Full Force Of Maria

Sep 20, 2017

Hurricane Maria made landfall in southeast Puerto Rico this morning, with winds gusting up to 155 miles per hour.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Associated Press reporter Dánica Coto (@danicacoto), who is riding out the storm in Puerto Rico.

Updated at 5 a.m. ET Monday

Irma has weakened since beginning its push up central Florida, but is still a Category 1 hurricane with winds near 75 mph and higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its center is about 60 miles north of Tampa and continues to move along the northwest coast of the Florida peninsula. The NHC says Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical storm this morning and tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon.

Hurricane Irma's punishing winds and life-threatening storm surge have already left an imprint, and there is more catastrophic damage expected to come as Irma takes a projected path up Florida's west coast.

The year 2016 was the warmest on record for the planet as a whole, surpassing temperature records that date back 137 years, according to an annual report compiled by scientists around the globe.

For global temperatures, last year surpassed the previous record-holder: 2015.

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Clean-up from last week's tornado is just about complete in town of Hamburg. The town's department of Emergency Services says the state of emergency will be lifted at noon Wednesday.

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Cleanup efforts are continuing after  three tornadoes touched down Thursday in Southern Erie County and Allegany County.

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Thursday's weather delivered a summer-like day. The temperature reached 85 degrees in Buffalo breaking the old record for that date of 84 degrees setback in 1984. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had the best assignment talking to citizens soaking up the record warmth down at Canalside.      

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

New York State regulators have scheduled public meetings to gather comments from utility customers impacted by the windstorm that knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Western New York earlier this month.

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET

Two of the biggest cities standing in the way of Tuesday's nor'easter, New York City and Philadelphia, have lifted their blizzard warnings as the storm's path has shifted to the west and meteorologists have tempered their forecasts for the major urban areas.

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National Grid and NYSEG continue to work on restoration efforts after the wind storm on Wednesday that brought down power lines, utility poles and trees and caused damage throughout Western New York.

Signs of spring's early arrival can be seen across Western New York, with some flowers and trees starting to bloom. But what impact will the mild winter weather have on the local growing season?


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Buffalo was warm in February. How warm was it? The National Weather Service says the region set a record for the warmest February on record.

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This February has has been a weather roller coaster, with the temperature going from 22 degrees to 71 degrees in just 27 days.

Some areas of the Northeast have been enjoying a mostly snow-free winter, but that's about to change.

Residents have been warned about an approaching powerful, fast-moving storm that could deliver more than a foot of snow in some areas.

The change in weather follows a spring-like day when much of the Northeast was enjoying 60 degree temperatures.

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If this winter has seemed windy, the National Weather Service says you're right - and there's more to come.

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Dozens of elementary students In West Seneca had to remain in their schools for hours after classes ended when Lake Effect storms dumped more than two feet of snow on the area Thursday.

Western New York is waking up to a blast of winter weather that is expected to last through the weekend before any kind of warm-up. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with National Weather Service Winter Weather Program Meteorologist Bob Hamilton for the latest on the advisories and warnings in effect and more.

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In your car heading to work, you may notice not everyone is going with the snow flow. There may be snow flying off the car ahead of you or perhaps only a small portion of someone's rear window scraped. It's an annual event, but there are also annual precautions you can take to protect yourself.

Photo courtesy of Dan Neaverth, Jr.

Severe thunderstorms moved through Western New York Saturday night, resulting in some damage.

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Weekend weather broke local records, but not the kind most Western New Yorkers might think. The sultry temperatures and conditions are expected to be followed by more of the same, but with some added relief for current drought conditions.

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Motorists can look forward to a slow afternoon commute home, with another winter blast coming in.

High winds, power outages in Southern Tier

Dec 29, 2015

A few thousand National Grid customers were without power early today after high winds and icy conditions dealt a blow to the Southern Tier overnight.


A high wind warning is in effect for all of Western New York. Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are expected both Thursday and Friday.

This summer may have had a cool, rainy start, but the second half looks drier and warmer, especially over the next couple days.

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How cold was it in Western New York last month? National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini says February of 2015 will go down in the record books as being not only the coldest February on record, but the coldest calendar month ever in the history of record keeping here in Buffalo

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February is very close to becoming the coldest month ever in Western New York. 


Winter Storm Warning for Western New York

Feb 2, 2015
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The National Weather Service says a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect until 4 p.m. Monday for most of Western New York. That warning extends to 7 p.m. for Niagara and Orleans counties.

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A major winter storm is expected to hit the Northeastern Seaboard.


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Forecasters with the National Weather Service are expecting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be windy rather than white this year. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock about the holiday forecast.

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Heavy snow is expected to hit the region over the next few days in the season's first major snowstorm. 

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