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Do We Need a New Hurricane-Rating System?

Weather-industry insiders feel that the Saffir-Simpson Scale, which rates hurricane strength on a scale of Category 1 (weakest) through 5 (strongest), is inadequate.

Some say changes need to be made, since the current system doesn't include enough information about the storm, that it only denotes wind speed. It reveals little detail about the tidal surge, which is what actually causes the most deaths and damage.

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Keep Umbrella Handy – It’s Gonna Rain

It's official.  It WILL rain in east Texas tonight and over the weekend.  Plan on it. People who're planning to go to a football game today and tomorrow would be wise to take their rain gear.

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Photo by NOAA via Getty Images
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Experts Call for Better Way to Rate Hurricanes

The Houston Chronicle reports a lot of people in the weather forecasting business say it's time to discard the old "Category 1-5" system of rating the strength of hurricanes.

They say that system -- known as the Saffir-Simpson Scale -- only tells us the storm's wind speed. It says little about the storm's tidal surge which causes the most deaths and property damage.

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NOAA via Getty Images
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East Texas Gets Little or No Rain from Isaac

East Texas just can't catch a break. Even with all the rain Hurricane Isaac is dumping on Louisiana and Mississippi, forecasters at the National Weather Service say some parts of East Texas may not get a drop of that rain.

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Best Chance of Rain from Isaac Will Come Thursday

Hurricane Isaac continues to move inland, ever so slowly, through southeastern Louisiana, bringing with it battering winds with gusts to 100mph and rainfall that could total nearly 20 inches in some locations.

Forecasts have varied greatly as to what we can expect in East Texas, but here's the latest.

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Uncertainty of Isaac Makes for Gulf Coast Danger

Late Tuesday or early Wednesday Isaac is expected to make landfall as a hurricane with winds up to 100mph. That's dangerous enough, but there's another major fear when it comes to this particular storm.

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Gary Williams, Getty Images / NOAA / Carlo Allegri, Getty Images
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The 10 Costliest US Hurricanes in History Left Severe Damage on Our Wallets

Hurricanes cause all sorts of damage, but do you have any idea just how much?

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via Flickr/NASA Goddard Photo and Video
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Tropical Storm Ernesto Crossing the Caribbean

We knew it couldn't last.  We went two full months into hurricane season without a tropical storm anywhere near Texas or Louisiana, but we may not be able to feel safe for much longer.  There's now a storm "out there" that could very well come our way and cause major problems.

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