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2011-08-15 11:55:00

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As hurricane season ramps up, MyWeather.com is offering critical information to those at risk of tropical storms and hurricanes by revealing the science behind the storms and by debunking common myths. MyWeather also has launched a new hurricane tracking feature for its popular website, as well as its iPhone and Android apps, that will let users view and interact with the projected forecast path of any active hurricanes, tropical storms or...

2010-09-02 10:06:00

WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Blu Homes, Inc. today announced that its Blu and mkDesigns homes are designed to withstand wind loads of up to 120 mph. The company has now released an extended upgrade option that will withstand 180 mph winds with its specialized reinforced steel structures. Blu|Homes and mkDesigns products are built with safety and durability in mind, utilizing a heavy gauge steel frame that allows families living on the Gulf Coast, Caribbean, Florida, and coastal...

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2010-08-05 10:53:07

A Colorado State University study said on Wednesday that the forecast for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season calls for nine more hurricanes by November. The predictions include major ones with winds topping 110 miles per hour.  The prediction for the June-November hurricane season includes 18 named tropical storms, three of which have already hit the region. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray, CSU scientists, confirmed an earlier study that called for 10 hurricanes this season. ...

2010-05-18 13:05:00

KANSAS CITY, Kan., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- As seasonal severe weather conditions intensify throughout the Midwest, many people wonder how they can protect their homes from hail associated with strong storms. Sometimes reaching the size of softballs, hail can destroy a standard roof in less than 10 minutes. "Being safe and secure comes as a result of selecting the right building products for your home," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes®. "There...

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2010-01-08 14:56:16

It's a good thing that Cyclone Edzani is far away from land and will stay that way this weekend, because it's a powerful cyclone. In fact it's a Category 4 cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson scale generating waves almost as tall as a three-story building! On January 8 at 10 a.m. ET (1500 UTC), Cyclone Edzani had maximum sustained winds near 155 mph! That's 135 knots or 250 kilometers per hour, and it has higher gusts. Edzani's powerful hurricane-force winds extend out 40 miles from its center,...

2008-09-12 17:03:37

As Hurricane Ike races toward Texas, it is pushing a mound of water in front of it that could inundate parts of the Gulf coast with up to 25 feet of water. The surge involves some incredible feats of physics, and in many hurricanes it's the leading cause of death. Galveston Island, Texas, destroyed at least once before by a major hurricane in 1900, began to see the Ike-related water creeping up along its beaches Thursday and by Friday, parts of the city of Galveston were flooded by the...

2006-08-24 09:05:00

By Jim Loney MIAMI -- With solid concrete walls and roofs and laminated glass windows protected by storm shutters, a house can be built to withstand nearly any hurricane. But very few are. Even in the most vulnerable U.S. coastal areas, virtually no one builds homes or buildings to survive a Category 5 hurricane -- a monster storm with winds higher than 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour) that can crush ordinary houses. It costs too much. "There's a cost associated with every degree of wind...

2005-12-21 14:30:00

By Michael Christie MIAMI -- Hurricane Katrina was weaker than previously thought when it came ashore near New Orleans on August 29 and smashed the levees protecting the city from floodwaters, U.S. forecasters said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center's revised estimate of Katrina's intensity could be important because the levee system was supposed to withstand the weaker storm that turned into the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history and one of the deadliest with more than 1,200...

2005-10-18 10:31:09

NEW YORK (Reuters) - All seven major weather models predicted Hurricane Wilma, the 12th hurricane of the season, could strengthen into a Category 3 storm before entering the Gulf of Mexico and heading for Florida's Gulf Coast later this week. The models show the storm, now in the Caribbean, was moving northwest to the waters between Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba, where it will likely turn northeast toward the south-central Gulf Coast of Florida. Wilma will probably...

2005-09-25 13:31:00

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The brutal 2005 hurricane season may have more unpleasant shocks in store for coastal areas reeling from an almost unprecedented run of vicious storms, including deadly Hurricane Katrina and this weekend's powerful Rita. "We're still in the peak of the season here, that goes for another month or so. (It) makes me think that not only will we have more storms and hurricanes, but we could have another major hurricane or two," said Max...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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