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Some coastal areas in Texas and Louisiana are under a tropical storm warning and forecasters are warning of potential heavy flooding as Tropical Storm Cindy moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning.

Severe weather and flooding has already been reported over the last two days along the Gulf Coast. The storm made landfall early Thursday morning near the Texas/Louisiana border, according to the National Hurricane Center.

127 degrees in California's Death Valley. 124 degrees in Ocotillo Wells in San Diego County. 119 in Phoenix.

Parts of the Southwest and West are suffering through a heat wave, which is bringing problems beyond sweat and bad hair. Here's what's happening:

1. Airplanes can't take off

Nearly 50 flights were cancelled in Phoenix on Tuesday, as NPR's two-way blog reported. In Las Vegas, some airlines changed flights to take off in the morning when it's cooler.

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Flooding in western Broward County forced the popular mall Sawgrass Mills to close its doors Wednesday morning until further notice. Commuters can see barricades and police officers at every entrance point, assuring the premises remain unoccupied.

Severe weather conditions in South Florida are flooding streets and parking lots, affecting commuters and local businesses -- including Sawgrass Mills, one of the most popular destinations in the state.

WLRN called the offices at Sawgrass Mills, where an automated message explained the situation.

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Your phone, if you allow it to do so, can make many different types of noise. Some are light and non-invasive, but some are aimed at getting your attention.

A new Wireless Emergency Alert from the department of Homeland Security could buzz your phone this hurricane season. Hurricane Specialist Jamie Rhome says the new Storm Surge Warning will come from the National Hurricane Center.

“If you’re in this warning area it means you’ve got the potential for life threatening conditions that you need to take action and protect yourself.”

He calls it “beautifully simple”.

After more than two decades, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Hunter planes have a new home. Construction crews are scrambling to get it ready for this week's start of hurricane season.

Hurricane season doesn't officially start until June 1, but preparations are already underway. The National Weather Service outlined some new ways it's warning Floridians about possible danger at a briefing Tuesday in Tampa. 

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Peru is expected to experience another two weeks of highly unusual torrential rains, which have already caused devastating floods along large swaths of its arid coast, destroying homes and crops and killing an estimated 75 people.

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Two of the biggest cities standing in the way of Tuesday's nor'easter, New York City and Philadelphia, have lifted their blizzard warnings as the storm's path has shifted to the west and meteorologists have tempered their forecasts for the major urban areas.

Officials say they are on schedule to open the new home base for the U.S. government's "hurricane hunter" aircraft before the Atlantic hurricane season begins.


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The state tourism industry calls it “Bragging Season”. To the weather community, the three-month period from December to February is referred to as meteorological winter. This year, however, many Floridians are asking themselves “what winter?”

 

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Authorities are still assessing damage in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties after two tornadoes touched ground early Monday morning. 

Two crews from the National Weather Service in Miami inspected damage in South Florida -- one in Miami-Dade County in Hialeah and Miami Springs, the second in Palm Beach County near Palm Beach and Juno Springs. 

Watches and warnings were issued Sunday, but some civilians were caught by surprise as the storm crept up on them early Monday morning. 

Updated 4:30 a.m. ET Monday:

In southern Georgia, near the border with Florida, severe weather turned deadly in the early hours of Sunday morning. At least 18 people were killed as the area was racked with storms, according to local officials.

Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for seven counties in the state.

Otto On Its Path To Become First Hurricane To Land In Costa Rica Since 1842

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A rare late November Hurricane has formed in the southwest Caribbean just eight days before the end of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Hurricane Hunters flew into the storm Tuesday afternoon and found maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and a well defined eye. Otto is now the latest hurricane on record to form in the Caribbean Sea.

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Late-season Tropical Storm Otto has formed in the southwestern Caribbean and forecasters say it could become a hurricane in the coming days.

 

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) as of 1 p.m. EST Monday and was nearly stationary about 305 miles (495 kilometers) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua. It also is about 175 miles (285 kilometers) east-southeast of San Andres Island.

The federal emergency management agency, is urging Floridians with Hurricane Hermine and Matthew-related damage to file their flood claims.

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