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Hong Kong shuts down in preparation for powerful typhoon
HONG KONG (AP) -- A powerful typhoon forced offices and schools to close and canceled hundreds of flights in Hong Kong, where residents were hunkering down as the storm brushes past....

Hurricane Kenneth weakens to Category 2 off Mexican coast
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hurricane Kenneth blew up quickly into a monster Category 4 storm Monday, but then lost strength as it moved over the Pacific far from Mexico's coast. It posed no threat to land, but the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey continued to slog across the Caribbean Sea, threatening to drench parts of Central America....

Tropical Storm Harvey heads toward eastern Caribbean
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) -- Shops and government offices are closing early in Barbados and flights have been canceled as Tropical Storm Harvey approaches the eastern Caribbean....

Tropical Storm Gert forms in the Atlantic Ocean
MIAMI (AP) -- A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean has formed into Tropical Storm Gert but it's not expected to make landfall....

The Latest: Franklin weakens to tropical storm over Mexico
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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Latest on Tropical Storm Franklin (all times local):...

Iraq announces mandatory official holiday due to heat wave
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi government has announced a mandatory official holiday due to a heat wave....

Insurer: Miami is more vulnerable to hurricanes like Andrew
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MIAMI (AP) -- Almost 25 years have passed since a Category 5 hurricane struck south of Miami, and the city's vulnerability to catastrophic storm damage has grown exponentially, according to a new insurance underwriters' analysis....

The Latest: Forecast predicts busy Atlantic hurricane season
MIAMI (AP) -- The Latest on the Atlantic hurricane season (all times local):...

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