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Florida gears up for Tropical Storm Emily
by Staff Writers
Miami (AFP) July 31, 2017

The US state of Florida braced Monday for a tropical storm as authorities declared an emergency in some areas and warned of heavy rainfall and possible flash floods.

The storm, named Emily, formed in the Gulf of Mexico overnight Sunday and was expected to pass quickly overland for the Atlantic Ocean by Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Governor Rick Scott declared an emergency in 31 of the state's western counties, while local weather authorities warned of gusty winds, lightning, and possible floods after rainfall of three to five inches (seven to 13 cm) in some areas.

"#TropicalStormEmily has made landfall and it is important that families remain vigilant as heavy rain and flooding is expected," said Scott, adding there were currently no evacuation plans.

As of 2 pm local time (1800 GMT) the storm was 30 miles (50 km) southeast of Tampa advancing at 10 mph (15 kph), with storm-force winds extending outward up to 60 miles (95 km).

The US Coast Guard, meanwhile, reported that it rescued two fishermen who were found clinging to a range in Tampa Bay after their boats engine died and they began taking on water.

"Emily is forecast to move offshore of the east-central Florida coast Tuesday morning," the NHC said.

Emily is the fifth named storm to be formed in the Atlantic this hurricane season, which began June 1 and will end on November 30. In contrast, the North Pacific has already recorded nine named storms, five of which were hurricanes.

Taiwan hit by second storm after Nesat injures 111
Taipei (AFP) July 30, 2017
Taiwan was hit Sunday by its second major storm in two days after Typhoon Nesat battered the island, leaving at least 111 injured while causing flooding and widespread power outages. Much of the island came to a standstill on Saturday after Nesat made landfall in the eastern county of Yilan, whipping up massive waves of over 49 feet (15 metres) and dumping up to 23 inches (58 centimetres) of ... read more

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