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The North Carolina coast ahead of Florence

Here’s how to use Zello, the walkie-talkie app people are scrambling to download as Hurricane Florence floods the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence has made landfall in North Carolina. To prepare for the worst, people are downloading a walkie-talkie app called Zello. The app lets people use their phone like a two-way radio in the event of an emergency.

Here’s what could happen to all the Bird and Lime scooters when Hurricane Florence hits

The popular e-scooters will be pulled off the streets before the storm pummels the east coast, according to several companies.
Hurricane Florence approaches the US East Coast in a satellite image taken from space on Wednesday.

NASA recorded ‘a stark and sobering’ video of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station

Hurricane Florence is expected to slam into the Carolinas as an "extremely dangerous major hurricane" as early as Thursday and trigger widespread floods. NASA recorded what it calls a "stark and sobering" video of Hurricane Florence on Wednesday morning.
Satellite imagery shows hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Helene from space on September 10, 2018.

‘Spaghetti models’ show potential paths for storms like Hurricane Florence — here’s what they mean

When you're anticipating big storms like Hurricane Florence, it's natural to want to know exactly where that storm could have an impact. But the "spaghetti models" that you might find shouldn't be used as forecasts, especially if you don't know what you're looking at.
Tropical Storm Gordon is pictured nearing Florida in this September 3, 2018 NASA satellite handout photo.

Tropical Storm Gordon is getting stronger as it eyes Mississippi, and will likely be a hurricane when it makes landfall Tuesday night

Tropical Storm Gordon could strengthen to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico before it makes landfall in Mississippi on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center predicts. Rain totals in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana could range from 2 to 4 inches up to 8 inches in some areas.

We asked 11 climate scientists where they’d live in the US to avoid future natural disasters — here’s what they said

The scientists were careful to note that no city is safe from natural disaster, though a few are less vulnerable than most. Cities like Portland, Tulsa, and Minneapolis ranked among the preferred locations for avoiding climate change today and in the future.
A metering rule is placed beside hailstones after a hail storm hit the city of Zurich July 1, 2012.

Volkswagen blasted unproven ‘hail cannons’ at the sky to prevent storms, and farmers are accusing them of causing drought

A Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico, has incurred the wrath of nearby farmers who say that by firing "hail cannons" that fire shockwaves into the sky to theoretically prevent hail from forming, the automaker is causing a drought. But do hail cannons work?
You should never leave your dog I the car — ever.

10 things not to keep in your car in the summer

A car parked in the sun on an 72-degree day can reach an internal 119 degrees in less than an hour. There are things that you should never leave in a car in the summer, like pets and tech devices, due to the risk of damage from heat. Here are 10 things you should never leave in the car on a hot day.
A child reacts as he watches fireworks during the 4th of July Independence Day celebrations at the National Mall in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2016.

How likely it is to rain on the 4th of July in every US city

NOAA has compiled a map of historic rain probabilities on Independence Day in cities and towns across the US, based on observations from 1981-2010. Real-time forecasts for the Fourth of July predict a similar story for the holiday this year.
Women enjoy a day in the pool in the Queens borough of New York, during a heat wave on July 24, 2016.

A major heat wave is about to fry the East Coast — here’s what’s coming

It's going to be a hot weekend, and meteorologists expect this summer to be a scorching one overall. Temperatures are expected to be much higher than average between July and September.