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Solar storm headed for Earth

Solar storm headed for Earth

(USA Today) -- A solar flare that launched off the sun Wednesday afternoon could wreak havoc with communications systems and power systems on the Earth, as well as with satellites in orbit, in coming days.

Forecasters with NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center said the flare already "caused impacts to high-frequency radio communications on Earth today," according to NOAA. "A coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with this event is likely, but further analysis is necessary to determine whether it will produce geomagnetic storming on Earth."

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

What do you need to know to prepare and protect yourself and your family should a disaster occur?

BBB provides important information from Ready.gov and FEMA to help you prepare and protect your family during a disaster.  Although nothing really prepares you for what happens when a disaster strikes, you can take measures to be better prepared.

BBB, Ready.gov and FEMA provide the following tips to prepare and protect your family during a disaster:

Tropical Storm Cristobal expected to stay offshore

Tropical Storm Cristobal expected to stay offshore

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to move northward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast.

The storm's maximum sustained winds Monday morning increased to near 60 mph. The National Hurricane Center says gradual strengthening is expected and Cristobal could become a hurricane in the next few days.

As of 11 a.m. ET, Cristobal is centered about 120 miles east-northeast of San Salvador Island in the Bahamas and is moving north-northeast at 2 mph.

Phoenix-area roadways deluged by flash floods


PHOENIX (AZCentral) -- Heavy wet storms blew through parts of metro Phoenix on Tuesday morning, closing Interstate 17 in a river of mud and trapping motorists, as authorities responded to multiple water rescue scenes involving stuck drivers elsewhere.

Meteorologists say the heaviest of the storms has passed but that rain is expected to fall into the early afternoon, and residents of Black Canyon City, north of Phoenix, were advised to prepare for evacuations from rising waters. A mandatory evacuation order was issued for the River's Edge Trailer Park by 11 a.m. and a shelter at Canyon Elementary School was expected to open by noon.

Rock slides were also reported in the area, according to Yavapai County officials.

The rains, flooding and debris forced authorities to close or restrict traffic on nearly two dozen roadways in Maricopa County on Tuesday morning.

Cold front bringing nicer weather

Cold front bringing nicer weather

A cold front has moved through the Atlanta area and changing our air mass in north Georgia and metro Atlanta.

This front will bring us some drier air and slightly cooler air.  We will have mostly sunny skies Wednesday with afternoon highs up to 87. It won't feel as bad though since the humidity levels will be lower. Thursday will be even better. We are giving in at 11 on the WIZometer with a morning temperature of 66 and an afternoon high of 86 with sunshine. We will stay dry through most of the weekend. A slight chance for rain returns on Sunday. Rain chances will go up Monday and Tuesday.

Will clouds ruin your view of tonight's meteor shower?

Will clouds ruin your view of tonight's meteor shower?

The skies should clear up after midnight for tonight's Perseid meteor shower, typically one of the year's best treats for skywatchers, but the bright moon might dampen the show.

The skies should clear up after midnight and before dawn on Wednesday, according to 11Alive Chief Meteorologist Chris Holcomb. However, the bright moon will make it difficult for people to see the shower.

To find the meteor shower, look in the constellation Perseus, which is just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation, in the northeastern portion of the sky.

Double hurricane threat for Hawaii

Double hurricane threat for Hawaii

A hurricane that beat the odds is poised to roar across Hawaii on Thursday, blasting the island paradise with heavy rains, damaging winds and hammering surf.

INTERACTIVE: Track the tropics