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Ireland Facing Worst Storm in 50 Years

Former Hurricane Ophelia became a Category 3 farther east than any other

(Newser) - Ireland is pretty much closed for business Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia begin lashing the island. Though no longer a hurricane, Ophelia could be the most powerful storm to hit Ireland in 50 years, with heavy rain and high gusts of about 90mph, report the AP and the... More »

These 10 Cities Better Hope They Avoid a Hurricane

The damage would be brutal: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Florida may be the place to go for sunshine, but it's the place to escape if a hurricane hits. The state is home to a number of the US cities that are "vulnerable to the greatest damage" at the hands of a hurricane, reports 24/7 Wall St , which... More »

Something Insane Just Happened Over the Pacific

3 major hurricanes recorded in region over the weekend

(Newser) - Weather history has been made, folks. As long as we've been keeping records, there have never been three Category 4 hurricanes swirling in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time. But that's just what happened over the weekend. Hurricanes Ignacio, Jimena, and Kilo were each... More »

Obama 'Not Worried' About Sandy's Effect on Election

But 'millions of people' will be affected

(Newser) - President Obama is assuring Americans that there has been "extraordinarily close coordination" between state, local, and federal officials in the response to Hurricane Sandy, he said in a press conference this afternoon. But "millions of people are going to be affected," he cautioned. "The most important... More »

Hurricane Sandy Might Soak Halloween

Forecasts are split right now, but it could be a bad nor'easter

(Newser) - This much is clear: Hurricane Sandy is belting the Caribbean today, and it will start dousing southeastern Florida tomorrow. What happens after that is key: Computer models are split on whether Sandy turns out to sea or heads up the East Coast, report USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor... More »

For Some in Plaquemines, No Power in Sight

Hurricane Isaac hardly the first disaster to strike Plaquemines Parish

(Newser) - Sad sights litter the road as people return by boat to southern Louisiana: scattered steel drums, warped telephone poles, stranded cattle, a shrimp boat on its side. But residents devoted to the country life and independent spirit of Plaquemines Parish—a stretch of marshy land at the state's southeastern... More »

UN Scientist: Blame Extreme Weather on Climate Change

Dire warnings heard at first congressional hearing in two years

(Newser) - Get used to droughts, hurricanes, heat waves, and wildfires, scientists warned Congress today, because the extreme weather is a result of global warming. The comments were made to the Senate's environmental committee during the first hearing on the subject in more than two years, reports the Guardian . "There... More »

Weakened Hurricane Bud to Hit Mexico

Storm expected to make landfall near Puerto Vallarta today

(Newser) - Residents of Mexico's central Pacific coast have been warned that this Bud's for them. Hurricane Bud, the first Pacific hurricane of the season, has weakened to a Category 2 storm and is headed in the direction of the tourist city of Puerto Vallarta, where swimming has temporarily been... More »

Expect Up to 3 Major Hurricanes This Year

Forecast calls for normal year, less severe than recent years

(Newser) - Hurricane forecasters say this looks to be a pretty standard year for the Atlantic, with one to three major hurricanes expected in the six-month season that begins June 1. Some specifics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration :
  • Expect nine to 15 named storms, meaning winds reach at least 39mph
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Tropical Storms Nate, Maria Form

Nate expected to hit Mexico, while Maria churns in Caribbean

(Newser) - Irene, Katia, and Lee all made not-so-nice headlines, and unfortunately there’s more where they came from: Tropical Storms Nate and Maria are currently taking shape in the Caribbean and Atlantic. Nate, formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico, is expected to drop anywhere from 2 to 8 inches of... More »

Hurricane Katia Weakens to Category 1

Forecasters say the storm will miss US coast

(Newser) - Hurricane Katia has weakened to Category 1 early this morning, after building to Category 2 on Sunday , its winds decreasing to 90mph, reports the AP . Katia is not expected to hit land, but its storm surge could affect the US East Coast, Bermuda, and parts of the Bahamas, according to... More »

Irene Lands in NJ, Big Apple Braces

'Time for evacuation is over,' says Bloomberg

(Newser) - Barely a hurricane but massive and packed with rain, Irene lumbered onto the New Jersey shore this morning on its way toward pummeling New York, which the AP reports turned eerily quiet as the city hunkered down. The National Hurricane Center said the center of the huge storm reached land... More »

6 Die, 1.9M Lose Power as Irene Drenches Virginia

Hurricane Irene works her way north

(Newser) - Hurricane Irene is here, unloading a foot of rain on North Carolina and Virginia and ripping power lines from poles and snapping trees in half. Six people are dead and nearly 1.9 million customers are already without power, reports AP . NYC's mass transit system has been shut down,... More »

Hurricane Irene Has 'Historic Potential'

Giant storm appears to be heading toward New York City

(Newser) - As Hurricane Irene continues to grow as it crosses the Bahamas and approaches the East Coast , the storm is on track to become historically huge, reports CBS News —and it could end up ranking among the likes of 1991's Hurricane Bob or 1954's Hurricane Carol. Based on... More »

Hurricane Igor on Course for Direct Hit of Bermuda

(Newser) - Hurricane Igor is on a collision course with Bermuda. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 2, but experts believe it could regain strength on its way to Bermuda to once again reach Category 3 status. The Bermuda Weather Service has likened Igor to Hurricane Fabian, which hit the... More »

Hermine Lashes Texas, Mexico

Flood warnings issued as tropical storm moves north

(Newser) - Flood warnings have been issued as Tropical Storm Hermine today made landfall in northeastern Mexico, where heavy rains triggered landslides that cut off small communities and destroyed dozens of dwellings, the AP reports. The storm crossed the Rio Grande and roared into the border region, reeling from Hurricane Alex earlier... More »

Hurricane Forecaster Sees 'Hell of a Year' Ahead

Look out, Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Just what the Gulf Coast needs: a prediction that the Atlantic is in for a "hell of a year" in hurricanes. A leading forecaster tells Reuters that a shift in weather patterns over the last month suggests the season will be busy. "The numbers are going to go... More »

Ex-NBA Player to Haitians: 'Use Condoms'

Paul Shirley snidely offers 'kudos to poorest in hemisphere'

(Newser) - Former NBA player and sometimes ESPN contributor Paul Shirley tells Haitians to "use a condom once in a while" and snidely offers "kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere" in an open diatribe posted on the Flip Collective . Shirley, who played for the Phoenix Suns,... More »

Lightning Predicts Hurricane Intensity: Study

It may be useful in hurricane forecasting

(Newser) - A day before the gustiest part of a hurricane hits, nature sends a warning sign via lightning, researchers tell USA Today. A study of Category 4 and 5 storms yielded a strong correlation between the hurricanes’ intensity and lightning, making the latter a powerful gauge for places that don’t... More »

Kyle Drenches Maine, Guns for Canada

Landfall expected in Canada tonight or tomorrow

(Newser) - Hurricane Kyle soaked Maine this weekend and continued churning toward Canada, the AP reports. Maine's coastal areas, which have already absorbed 5.5 inches of rain, expect to get winds as high as 60mph and waves up to 20 feet. The state enacted its first hurricane warning in 17 years,... More »

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