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Polar vortex death toll rises as record-shattering Arctic blast keeps the Midwest in a deep freeze

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By Katie Mettler, 10-13 minutes Amy B Wang General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news Angela Fritz Extreme weather, natural disasters, climate change Alex Horton General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news January 31 at 12:41 PM MADISON, Wis. — Millions of people across the Midwest are enduring a freeze normally reserved for the Arctic Circle as temperatures dropped to nearly 50 degrees below zero Wednesday. The frightful cold, bottoming out to record lows Thursday , was blamed for several deaths across the region, and fears grew for the most vulnerable populations . In Mt. Carroll, Ill., a trained weather observer reported that temperatures plunged to minus-38 degrees Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. If certified, it would be the state’s lowest temperature on record, supplanting a minus-36 degree day in

Michael strengthens to a hurricane and is forecast to make landfall in Florida as a ‘dangerous’ Category 3 midweek: Capital Weather Gang I The Washington Post

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washingtonpost.com Enhanced infrared satellite loop of Hurricane Michael about to enter the Gulf of Mexico. (weathernerds.org) Hurricane Michael is strengthening as it enters the Gulf of Mexico, and Florida is its target. The storm is expected to become a major Category 3 hurricane by the time it reaches the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday. It will probably be the area’s strongest hurricane in 13 years. “Michael is forecast to be a dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and life-threatening storm surge is possible along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast,” the National Hurricane Center wrote Monday. The storm surge, which is the rise of ocean water at the coast above normally dry land, could reach at least 8 to 12 feet, inundating roads, homes and businesses at the coast. In addition, “heavy rainfall from Michael could produce life-threatening flash flooding from the Florida Panh

Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 3, evacuation orders begin in N.C. Capital Weather Gang I The Washington Post

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washingtonpost.com Hurricane Florence is rapidly intensifying on its path toward the East Coast and is now a Category 3 with 115 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update. Florence is expected to become a strong Category 4 hurricane — nearly a Category 5 — just prior to landfall somewhere on the Southeast or Mid-Atlantic Coast on Thursday night. Computer model forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern South Carolina and the North Carolina Outer Banks, although shifts in the track are still possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs. Given the uncertainty and the time it takes to evacuate, officials in North Carolina have issued mandatory evacuation orders for Dare County and Hatteras Island . With each passing flight into the eye of the storm and every new computer model forecast, it has become increasingly unlikely Florence will tu