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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.

CODE ORANGE Air Quality Alert issued again

CODE ORANGE Air Quality Alert issued again

A Code Orange Air Quality Alert is in effect for Atlanta today.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division has issued the warning which means the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Under Code Orange conditions the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease.

You should limit outdoor activities during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest.

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

Bertha now tropical storm, and weakening

Bertha now tropical storm, and weakening

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Bertha continues to weaken as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.

The storm's maximum sustained winds decreased to near 50 mph (85 kph) Tuesday evening with even more weakening expected over the next two days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Bertha is centered about 415 miles (665 kilometers) northwest of Bermuda and is moving north-northeast at about 21 mph (33 kph).