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2006-08-30 10:54:50

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto weakened over Florida on Wednesday, coming ashore as a rainstorm instead of a dreaded hurricane and bringing relief of Americans who remember the fury of Hurricane Katrina a year ago. With its winds flagging as it limped northward over the Florida peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center later stripped the cyclone of tropical-storm status and downgraded it to a tropical depression. Ernesto, the 2006 Atlantic hurricane...

2006-08-30 08:10:23

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto fizzled out over Florida on Wednesday, coming ashore as a rainstorm instead of a dreaded hurricane and bringing relief to Americans who still have memories of the fury of Hurricane Katrina a year ago. Ernesto, the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season's fifth storm, could regain some strength after it emerges off northeast Florida and curves back into land between North and South Carolina later this week, forecasters said on Wednesday....

2006-08-30 06:25:00

By Tom Brown MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Ernesto packed little punch after coming ashore in Florida as a rainstorm instead of a dreaded hurricane, but forecasters on Wednesday said it could still pose a threat to the U.S. mainland. Ernesto, the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season's fifth storm, could regain some strength after it emerges off northeast Florida and curves back into land between North and South Carolina later this week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Ernesto failed to revive as...

2006-08-30 06:14:25

MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center on Wednesday placed a hurricane watch on North Carolina and reduced the alert for the Georgia coast to a tropical storm warning, as Tropical Storm Ernesto swept up the Atlantic Coast. The center said that at 5 a.m. (0900 GMT) a hurricane watch was in effect from the Savannah River northward to Cape Fear, North Carolina. Ernesto's maximum sustained winds were 46 mph (74 kph) with gusts to 57 mph (119 kph) as it moved north northwest...

2006-08-29 19:46:33

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - The threat Tropical Storm Ernesto posed to Florida diminished on Tuesday as it failed to gain strength over warm waters, but forecasters issued new hurricane alerts for the U.S. East Coast later in the week. Ernesto, the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season's fifth storm, could regain hurricane strength after it emerges off northeast Florida and curves back into land between Georgia and North Carolina, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters...

2006-08-29 17:02:27

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - The threat Tropical Storm Ernesto posed to Florida diminished on Tuesday as it failed to gain strength over warm waters, but forecasters issued new hurricane alerts for the U.S. east coast later in the week. Ernesto, the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season's fifth storm, could regain hurricane strength after it emerges off northeast Florida and curves back into land between Georgia and North Carolina, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. But Ernesto...

2006-08-29 12:00:00

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto bore down on south Florida on Tuesday but forecasters said there was only a small chance it would regain hurricane strength before barreling into the state's most populous areas. Residents of Miami and Fort Lauderdale formed long lines at gasoline stations, emptied stores of batteries and other supplies and filled sandbags on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which flooded most of New Orleans, killed about 1,500 people and caused...

2006-08-29 05:15:40

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto began intensifying on Tuesday as it left Cuba and headed over open water toward south Florida where forecasters said there was a chance it could come ashore at hurricane strength. On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which battered the U.S. Gulf Coast and swamped New Orleans, a state of emergency was in effect in Florida as Ernesto approached. Residents stocked up on supplies, tourists were ordered out of the Florida...

2006-08-29 02:27:23

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto was moving toward south Florida on Tuesday -- the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina -- after soaking Cuba with heavy rain. Florida residents lined up for supplies with the approach of Ernesto, which could strengthen over the warm waters of the Florida Straits. But the storm was expected to pack less than hurricane strength when it hit -- possibly in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area, home to about 5 million...

2006-08-28 09:01:25

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto pelted southeastern Cuba with heavy rain but diminished winds on Monday as it moved over the island on a path toward Florida's densely populated Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ernesto's winds dropped to 45 mph as it moved onshore in eastern Cuba, down from hurricane strength at 75 mph on Sunday. But the storm, which had become the year's first hurricane on Sunday, could become a...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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