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NOAA scientists forecast less active Atlantic hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season will be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October. Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven ...

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NRF downgrades retail sales forecast after sluggish start to 2014

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation has lowered its retail sales forecast for 2014 because of slow growth recorded during the first half of the year, but said sales are expected to grow significantly faster over the next five months. NRF forecasted in January that retail sales would grow 4.1 percent in 2014 over 2013, but today’s revision lowers the ...

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Could new terminology increase storm forecast accuracy?

Emergency management officials and meteorologists are hoping adding some new storm-warning terminology will help increase the accuracy of weather forecasts. The Storm Prediction Center intends to broaden its advance warning system for severe weather after finding that days it labeled with a “slight risk” turned out to be pretty nasty. State emergency managers say they’re already attuned to bad weather, ...

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Weather threat moves into state; Halloween could be spooky

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service is predicting a rather spooky Halloween for a large part of the state, and trick-or-treaters are being warned to stay alert. The NWS has issued a flash flood watch that begins at 10 a.m. this morning and runs through the evening hours. The forecast calls for heavy rainfall — up to one to ...

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Entergy reports decreased profit; gives 2014 forecast

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corp. said day that its third-quarter profit fell 29 percent on higher costs, and it gave a 2014 forecast with midpoint below analysts’ expectations. Shares of the power generating and distribution company fell $2.05, or 3 percent, to close at $66.06. Net income fell to $239.9 million, or $1.34 per share, compared with $337.1 million, or ...

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Tropical storm brews in Atlantic; expected to become hurricane

GULF OF MEXICO — Tropical Storm Humberto has formed in the Atlantic, south of the Cape Verde Islands and could eventually become a hurricane. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 40 mph. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Humberto is expected to strengthen and could become a hurricane on Wednesday. A tropical storm warning is in ...

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More rain expected in parts of Coast that saw weekend flooding

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Forecasters say there could be more rain this week in parts of south Mississippi hit with flash flooding over the weekend. Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused flooding in areas including Long Beach, Gulfport and Biloxi. Authorities said some areas of Gulfport recorded more than 6 inches of rain Sunday. William Harold, a Gulfport resident, said ...

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Tropical Storm Erin forms in Atlantic; forecast to strengthen

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 40 mph with additional strengthening forecast during the next few days. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern Cape Verde Islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava. The storm is centered ...

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Gulf gets first named storm; Fla. bracing for landfall

GULF OF MEXICO — The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Andrea, formed yesterday over the Gulf of Mexico and was expected to bring wet weather to parts of Florida’s west coast over the next few days. Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for a swath of Florida’s west coast starting at Boca Grande, an island to the ...

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Forecasters predict higher, later river crest at Vicksburg

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is now predicted to crest Friday at 44 feet in Vicksburg. The forecast is a foot higher and a day later than predicted last week. Forecasters tell the Vicksburg Post the updated projection is based on rainfall amounts in areas near tributaries that feed the Lower Mississippi. The river was 43.4 feet at Vicksburg ...

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