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  • What to do if you're caught in a rip current

    What to do if you're caught in a rip current

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:14:06 GMT
    A warning if you're hitting the beach this summer -- rip currents could be a problem. Rip currents can carry away even strong swimmers, so don't take chances when red flags are up and/or life guards aren't on duty. Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes.
    A warning if you're hitting the beach this summer -- rip currents could be a problem. Rip currents can carry away even strong swimmers, so don't take chances when red flags are up and/or life guards aren't on duty. Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes.
  • Cristobal to churn surf along Jersey shore

    Cristobal to churn surf along Jersey shore

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:14:52 GMT
    Swimmers and lifeguards are facing a high risk for rip currents along New Jersey beaches. The National Weather Service says Hurricane Cristobal is predicted to pass well to the southeast of the New Jersey coast on Wednesday night. Long period swells will spread out from the storm, churning up the surf along Jersey shore beaches.
    Swimmers and lifeguards are facing a high risk for rip currents along New Jersey beaches. The National Weather Service says Hurricane Cristobal is predicted to pass well to the southeast of the New Jersey coast on Wednesday night. Long period swells will spread out from the storm, churning up the surf along Jersey shore beaches.
  • Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii

    Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-08-08 16:49:58 GMT
    The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened and was on track to pass north of the islands. Tropical Storm Iselle's eye crossed onto the Big Island about 5 miles east of Pahala with winds at 60 mph. Iselle is the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years.
    The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened and was on track to pass north of the islands. Tropical Storm Iselle's eye crossed onto the Big Island about 5 miles east of Pahala with winds at 60 mph. Iselle is the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years.

COPAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- The National Weather Service is looking into whether a tornado touched down in a rural eastern New York county during a series of severe thunderstorms that rumbled across the upstate region.

Weather service meteorologists tell Albany-area media outlets that witnesses reported a possible twister just before 5 p.m. Tuesday near Copake in Columbia County, on the Massachusetts border 40 miles southeast of Albany. No injuries or major damage was reported.

Powerful thunderstorms rumbled across upstate New York into Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, knocking down trees and power lines. National Grid reported about 12,000 customers without power in central New York, mostly east and south of Syracuse.

About 3,000 customers remain without power Wednesday morning.

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  • Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

    Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:54 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:54:40 GMT
    Public officials and safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize marijuana laws. It's not clear, though, whether those concerns are merited. Researchers are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking. 
    Public officials and safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize marijuana laws. It's not clear, though, whether those concerns are merited. Researchers are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking. 
  • Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

    Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:06:06 GMT
    A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund.
    A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund.
  • Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

    Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:28:47 GMT
    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.
    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.

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