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June 7th, 2013
07:06 AM ET

Tropical Storm Andrea expected to churn up East Coast- Nick Valenica reports

Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to churn up the Eastern Seaboard, bringing heavy rain, flooding and the possibility of isolated tornadoes from Florida to Maine.

Nick Valenica reports live from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

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June 4th, 2013
05:44 AM ET

Wildfires raging in three states – Stephanie Elam reports


Helped by higher humidity, firefighters battled back a wind-whipped wildfire in Southern California, clearing the way for many evacuated residents to return home.

The Powerhouse Fire is burning in the Palmdale area north of Los Angeles. It has destroyed some six homes, threatened as many as 1,000, and grew to more than 32,000 acres as of late Monday, according to Lisa Lugo with the Angeles National Forest.

Three people have been injured since the fire started last week, though it was not immediately clear how.

"So far things look much better than they did yesterday," incident commander Norm Walker told reporters.

READ MORE: Firefighters gain ground against Southern California wildfire

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June 3rd, 2013
06:57 AM ET

Three stormchasers killed while following tornado in Oklahoma – Indra Peterson reports


 A group of men who devoted their lives to hunting powerful storms died in the middle of the chase.

Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and Carl Young were killed Friday while following a tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma, relatives told CNN on Sunday. Their work tracking tornadoes was featured on the former Discovery Channel show "Storm Chasers."

They were among at least nine people that state officials reported killed in storms that struck Oklahoma on Friday night. On Sunday, Oklahoma City Fire Department officials told CNN that searchers had found the bodies of as many as five additional victims, but state officials could not be immediately reached to confirm whether the statewide death toll had increased.

READ MORE: At least 16 people are dead across Oklahoma

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June 3rd, 2013
06:15 AM ET

Tragedy along tornado alley; damage and recovery – Ed Lavandera reports


Oklahoma had barely started clearing the rubble from a monstrous tornado two weeks ago when another rash of twisters plowed through this ill-fated swath of Tornado Alley.

At least 16 people are dead across the state from a vicious storm that spawned at least five tornadoes there late Friday, officials said Monday.

And the death toll may rise further.

Authorities will resume their search Monday for six people still missing, including four who sought shelter in storm drains, Oklahoma City Fire Chief Keith Bryant said.

READ MORE: Death toll in Oklahoma rises to 16; hunt for 6 missing continues

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March 6th, 2013
06:34 AM ET

Winter storm moves East, hitting Washington D.C. today – Joe Johns reports


A storm that set snowfall records in Chicago arrived in Washington, D.C. early Wednesday. It filled the sky with flakes, but with temperatures well above freezing, little of the white should accumulate for long.

Just west of the nation's capital, it could dump up to 20 inches of snow but may turn into a mix of rain and snow as it nears the Atlantic Ocean, the National Weather Service said.

The federal government has closed offices for Wednesday. Emergency personnel will be expected to work as well as those equipped to work from home. D.C. schools will also be closed.

On "Early Start," this morning, CNN's Joe Johns reports from Virginia with the latest on the storm as it moves east.

READ MORE: Snow storm that plastered Chicago reaches DC

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March 6th, 2013
06:07 AM ET

Winter storm heads to D.C., over 1,000 flights cancelled – Shannon Travis reports


A storm that set snowfall records in Chicago arrived in Washington, D.C. early Wednesday. It has triggered over 1,000 flight cancellations to and from airports in its path.

Just west of the nation's capital, it could dump up to 20 inches of snow but may turn into a mix of rain and snow as it nears the Atlantic Ocean, the National Weather Service said.

The federal government has closed offices for Wednesday. Emergency personnel will be expected to work as well as those equipped to work from home. D.C. schools will also be closed.

Washington suburb Arlington, Virginia, has readied snow plows and trucks in case of major snowfall.

Airlines have canceled flights to and from Washington's Dulles airport ahead of the storm's arrival. United has canceled 650 flights nationwide, most of them involving Dulles, U.S. Airways 350 and American 20.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Shannon Travis reports on the latest in how the winter storm is wreaking havoc on travel.

READ MORE: Snow storm that plastered Chicago reaches DC

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March 5th, 2013
07:11 AM ET

Chicago gears up for severe snowfall – Jennifer Delgado reports

From CNN Wires:

The storm sweeps over Chicago Tuesday and is expected to leave 5 to 11 inches of snow, according to the CNN Weather Center. Local hardware stores have put snow blowers, shovels and bags of salt on prominent display.

The winter system will reach the nation's capital Wednesday, bringing either rain or snow to the area before rolling off shore.

One weather model predicts that the snow won't make it that far, said CNN Meteorologist Ivan Cabrera. Another says Washington, Philadelphia and Boston could see a foot of snow.

The D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, is prepared to deploy 4,000 trucks and snow plows, CNN's Weather Center said.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jen Delgado reports on the latest track of the storm.

Read More: Frosty swath brings snow from Dakota to D.C.

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January 31st, 2013
05:51 AM ET

Extreme weather moves further East, wreaking havoc on South – Miguel Marquez reports


(CNN) - Powerful winds and a tornado spawned by a 1,000-mile-long storm system pounded communities in northwest Georgia on Wednesday, overturning dozens of vehicles and trapping residents.

The tornado caused significant damage in Adairsville, Georgia.

One person died in that town and another died in Tennessee, authorities reported. At least 17 people were injured in Georgia, two critically.

The Adairsville death marks the first person killed by a U.S. tornado in 220 days, a record for most consecutive days without such a fatality, said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.

This morning on "Early Start," Miguel Marquez reports on the damage from these severe storms.

Read More: High winds, tornado trap Georgia residents, turn over cars

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January 25th, 2013
06:14 AM ET

Deep freeze continues as dangerous ice expected across Tennessee – Jennifer Delgado reports


(CNN) - Exposure to subfreezing temperatures has left at least three people dead in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois, according to authorities.

The National Weather Service forecasters urged caution early Friday as they warned "bitterly cold conditions" were expected to continue across much of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast into the weekend.

Widespread light snow showers were expected across the upper Great Lakes region and across the Ohio Valley before moving later in the day across the eastern United States, according to the weather service.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service predicted 1 to 4 inches of snow for areas in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic regions on Friday with the Carolinas and Tennessee Valley getting freezing rain beginning early in the morning.

The snow was expected to move later in the day into the eastern United States. It was not good news in portions of New York and New Jersey, where homes destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in places such as Staten Island and Far Rockaway, Queens, lacked basic utilities needed to restore heat.

With temperatures plummeting, warming centers were opened in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other areas, according to various emergency management officials.

This morning on "Early Start," meteorologist Jennifer Delgado reports live from Nashville, TN on the bitter cold gripping the nation.

READ MORE: Bundle up, forecasters warn, as arctic blast hits eastern US

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December 21st, 2012
05:36 AM ET

Illinois Department of Transportation's Carmen Iacullo warns people to be cautious on wet expressways: 'freeze-back will occur'

Many are bracing a severe snowstorm in the Midwest today. CNN is tracking it for you this morning. Carmen Iacullo is from the Illinois Department of Transportation. He has the latest on conditions during the storm and joins “Early Start” live from Chicago this morning. 

“Right now the temperatures are under freezing,” Iacullo says. “So we’re watching for freeze-back conditions. The fact that the temperatures didn’t decline until after midnight helped out a lot with the snowfall.”

Iacullo warns that travelers need to be careful on the road. “Chicago expressways are still wet and people need to be cautious as freeze-back will occur.” Iacullo adds that there have fortunately been no deadly accidents.

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