Wintry Mix Hits New York Area

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A Winter Storm Warning is currently in effect for the New York City area, as a system of wintry mix of precipitation is moving east. Snow accumulations will be less in the south.

Northern New Jersey is likely to get more than hakf-foot of snow.

New York City Schools are open, and so are their after-school programs, but field trips have been canceled.

Drivers are being warned to be extra cautious and leave extra time. Alternate side parking regulations have been suspended for snow removal Monday.

Mayor Bill De Blasio issued a severe weather warning and hazardous travel advisory for Monday.

Long Island Railroad, Metro-North, MTA, working on normal weekday schedule as extra crews are keeping platforms clear of snow and ice.

It is advised for riders to take extra time for morning and evening commutes.

Noe I. For Windows of the World

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Tornado Watch for Parts of New Jersey until 10pm: Thursday, June 27 2013

A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of New Jersey until 10 p.m. for the following locations:

ATLANTIC

BURLINGTON

CAMDEN

CAPE MAY

CUMBERLAND

GLOUCESTER

HUNTERDON

MERCER

MIDDLESEX

MONMOUTH

MORRIS

OCEAN

SALEM

SOMERSET

SUSSEX

WARREN

Source: National Weather Service: “TORNADO WATCH 377 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM EDT”

Magnitude 8.0 Earthquake Stucks Off Solomon Islands; Causes Two Tsunamis

Powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific, shortly after 1 am GMT, and causing two tsunamis that killed at least 5 people and damaged more than 80 properties in the area. Tsunami was about 1.5 metres.

The center of the earthquake was off the Santa Cruz Islands, part of the Solomon Islands, north-east of Australia.

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Tsunami warnings were issued in Australia, Hawaii and the places around but were soon cancelled, as citizens had gone to higher ground.

Strong aftershocks were recorded, ranging from strength from magnitude 5.6 to 6.4.

Noe I., Windows of the World

Big Twister Hits Georgia City; Thousands Affected SouthEast

A big tornado ripped through Adairsville, Georgia, overturned cars and killed at least 1, damaging several buildings in the area and leaving at least 12,000 people without power statewide.

The local hospital received 7 people with injuries from the storm. The man killed was inside his mobile home in Bartow County.

Picture: MSNBC

Tornado warnings were issued from Tennessee to northern and western Georgia until Wednesday afternoon.

A 47 year old man was also killed in Tennessee after a tree fell on a shed he was in, the local fire department said.

In Memphis, TN, more than 13,000 families lost power as winds took down power lines.

Noe I., Windows of the World.

Rafael Becomes a Hurricane in the Atlantic

Rafael became a hurricane in the Atlantic on Monday and is expected to pass close to Bermuda late on Tuesday, Hurricane Center in Miami reports.

At 6:45pm on Monday, Rafael had maximum winds of 75 miles per hour and moving north at 10 miles per hour, about 560 miles south of Bermuda, where a tropical storm warning is in effect for the island. Right now at 8pm it’s strengthening and has maximum winds of 85 mph.

Rafael is the ninth hurricane of the 2012 season.

Source: National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Noe I. for Windows of the World.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch, Warnings Follow Excessive Heat Warning in DC

A fast-moving line of dangerous storms has knocked out power to more than 1 million customers in the D.C. area, and one person has died do to a fallen tree.

A day of record-shattering heat ended with severe thunderstorms that rushed through the metro area with strong winds and an impressive lightning display.

Trees are reported down across the area.  The storms produced hurricane-force winds in excess of 80 mph. Gusts of 82 mph were reported in the Reston area.

The National Weather Service reported a tree fell on a car in Springfield, Va., killing one person inside.

Extensive power outages have been reported. As of about midnight., Pepco was reporting 386,550 customers without power in D.C., Prince George’s County and Montgomery County and Dominion Power was reporting 831,912 outages in northern Virginia and 182,636 outages in Shenandoah Valley/Western Piedmont. As of about 11:20 p.m. Allegheny reported 7,781 outages in Montgomery County, 1,021 in Howard County and 12,248 in Frederick County. SMECO was reporting 9,104 outages.

Pepco and Dominion said some customers could be without power for multiple days, which could be very dangerous for some as the heat wave continues through the weekend.

There are several reports of trees and power lines down and roads blocked in the area.

Metro reported a downed tree caused single-tracking between Dunn Loring and West Falls Church.

Metro also reported suspended rail service between Grosvenor and Shady Grove due to a power outage and delays on all lines because of the weather. Blue Line service between Largo Town Center and Addison Road was restored when a power outage was resolved about midnight.

Metrobuses also are delayed, as they are stuck in the same traffic as other motorists dealing with downed trees.

News4’s Shomari Stone reported portable toilets were blown on to Independence Avenue near the Washington Monument, blocking the roadway.

Several severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued with this line of storms. A tornado warning for Allegany and Washington counties in Maryland expired at 9:45 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch expires at 1 a.m. for D.C.; Allegany, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Washington counties in Maryland; and Arlington, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties in Virginia.There is potential for hail, but the biggest threat is strong winds that could knock down trees and cause power outages. These storms have produced major wind damage in West Virginia and Ohio with gusts up to 75 mph. There was also a tornado warning with this line of storms in West Virginia. There have also been many lightning strikes.

The line of storms is expected to be off the coast by 5 a.m.

The high temperature was 104 degrees at Reagan National Airport Friday afternoon, setting a record not only for the day, but for the entire month of June. Last year we set a record with a 102-degree day in June.

The previous June 29 record of 101 degrees was set in 1874 and tied in 1934. In the past 142 years, D.C. has seen the temperature reach 104 degrees only 10 times.

A record was set at Dulles International Airport, too. It’s reached 102 degrees there. The previous record was 95.

The storms aren’t likely to offer the mercury much of a break. We could be in the record heat business again Saturday, and all the rain will make it feel even muggier.

The heat index — which factors in humidity — reached 112 degrees for Washington and got up to 117 in Leesburg, Va.; 112 in Fredericksburg, Culpeper and Manassas in Virginia; 114 in LaPlata, Md.; and 112 in Frederick, Md., according to Storm4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer.

On the Billy Goat Trail, a hiker was overcome by the heat and had to be rescued by boat.

Nine Girl Scouts at an event in Benedict, Md., were taken to hospitals because of heat exhaustion. Several others were taken to the Benedict Fire Department to cool off.

At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, seven children were taken to a local hospital with heat exhaustion. They are expected to be OK.

There’s a chance for more storms Saturday and Sunday. The storms are not expected to be as severe as Friday’s, but Kammerer is not ruling it out because of the heat, which gave Friday’s storms their energy.

Read more on NBC Washington.

Powerful 8.6-Magnitude Earthquake Triggers Tsunami, But Little Damage

A massive 8.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia early today, triggering an Indian Ocean tsunami that alarmed people throughout the region, but caused little damage.

The quake was centered 20 miles beneath the ocean floor about 270 miles from Aceh’s provincial capital.

The tremor was felt in Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, India and Malaysia, where tall office buildings shook for more than a minute, according to the Associated Press.

An 8.2-magnitude aftershock was reported off the coast of northern Sumatra with an epicenter 382 miles from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, around 6:43 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“A significant tsunami was generated by this earthquake,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said today. At its highest, waves tsunami waves rose 3.5 feet.

The tsunami alert was terrifying for people who still have fresh memories of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Indonesia’s islands.

You can read the complete story on Good Morning America.