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2008-09-04 09:30:00

Tropical Storm Ike intensified into a hurricane on Wednesday while Tropical Hanna threatened to do the same. Hanna's heavy rainfall has already put parts of Haiti underwater, stranding residents. President Rene Preval warned of an "extraordinary catastrophe" equaling or surpassing a storm that killed more than 3,000 people four years ago. Forecasters predict Hanna will move across the northern Bahamas, and strengthen into a hurricane on Thursday before hitting the U.S. near the North Carolina...

2008-09-04 09:00:03

U.S. forecasters described Hurricane Ike as "extremely dangerous" as it spun over the Atlantic Ocean Thursday tracking towards the Caribbean. At 5 a.m., the storm was a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph, about 550 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported. "It is too early to determine what land areas might eventually be affected by Ike," the report said. "This is an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson...

2008-09-02 12:00:02

Hurricane Hanna resumed a west-southwest trek as it advanced on the Bahamas at midday Tuesday, U.S. forecasters in Miami said. A hurricane warning was in effect for central and southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, while a tropical storm warning was posted for the northern coast of Haiti, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.. Hanna's center was about 20 miles east-northeast of Great Inagua Island and about 370 miles southeast of Nassau with sustained winds of 70...

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2008-09-02 09:15:00

Hurricane Hanna stalled a second time early Tuesday on its westward advance on the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters in Miami reported. A hurricane warning was in effect for central and southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. At 5 a.m. EDT, Hanna's center was about 35 miles east-northeast of Great Inagua Island and about 395 miles southeast of Nassau with sustained winds of 80 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Hanna, the eighth named Atlantic storm of the season, was...

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2008-08-28 09:05:00

Government offices in Jamaica closed as Tropical Storm Gustav gained strength and headed toward the island on Thursday. Jamaican post offices, schools and tax offices closed their doors as the storm made its way toward the Gulf of Mexico oil fields. "It was not raining heavily, so I decided to go out to work, but my employer said that I should go back and prepare for Gustav just in case it develops into a hurricane," said Trevor Bryan, a Kingston welder. Emergency officials on the lush,...

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2007-08-21 06:55:00

TULUM, Mexico -- Hurricane Dean plowed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico on Tuesday as a roaring Category 5 hurricane, heading for the ancient ruins and modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula. The eye of the storm made landfall about 4:30 a.m. EDT near Majahual, a popular port with cruise liners located about 40 miles east-northeast of Chetumal and the Belize border, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Dean packed winds near 165 mph and was moving west-northwest near...

2006-08-31 18:27:17

Corrects location of Howard's Pub in fifth paragraph to Ocracoke Island from Hatteras Island. By Gene Cherry RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto dumped heavy rain on North and South Carolina as it closed in on the U.S. East Coast near hurricane strength on Thursday, and forecasters warned it could trigger life-threatening floods and tornadoes. Ernesto, which sloshed through Florida Wednesday after briefly becoming the Atlantic storm season's first hurricane...

2006-08-31 18:27:55

By Gene Cherry RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto dumped heavy rain on North and South Carolina as it closed in on the U.S. East Coast near hurricane strength on Thursday, and forecasters warned it could trigger life-threatening floods and tornadoes. Ernesto, which sloshed through Florida Wednesday after briefly becoming the Atlantic storm season's first hurricane near Haiti, had sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (113 km per hour), just short of the 74 mph...

2006-08-31 10:01:45

MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for a portion of coastline from South Carolina to North Carolina on Thursday as Tropical Storm Ernesto gained strength over the Atlantic. Ernesto's maximum sustained winds had reached 60 mph (95 kph) by 11 a.m. (1500 GMT), below the 74 mph (119-kph) threshold for it to be classified as a hurricane, the Miami-based center said, adding that no significant further strengthening was expected before landfall.

2006-08-30 16:46:25

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - Ernesto plodded across Florida on Wednesday, soaking a state relieved that the once-menacing cyclone had fizzled a year after destructive Hurricane Katrina. With its winds flagging as it limped northward over the Florida peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center stripped Ernesto of tropical-storm status and downgraded it to a tropical depression. Ernesto, the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season's fifth storm, could regain some strength when it moves off...


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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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