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'Surprise' Tropical Storm Hits SC, Beats Season's Start

Ana made landfall in South Carolina

(Newser) - Early surprise Tropical Storm Ana made landfall in South Carolina this morning, a full three weeks before the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Packing slightly weakened 45mph winds, CNN reports that the storm came in just north of Myrtle Beach. The storm is set to further weaken, but... More »

Category 4 Hurricane About to Hit Baja California

Odile's winds strengthen to 135 mph

(Newser) - Hurricane Odile grew into a massive Category 4 storm and took aim at the resort area of Los Cabos today, prompting authorities to evacuate vulnerable coastal areas and prepare shelters for up to 30,000 people. The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Odile was on a track to... More »

Now a Hurricane, Arthur Heads for the Carolinas

Forget those 4th of July barbecues, NC gov says

(Newser) - Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early today, threatening to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics and barbecues. "Don't put your stupid hat on," warned... More »

Hurricane for the 4th? Tropical Storm Arthur Forms

Carolinas likely to be hardest hit

(Newser) - The National Hurricane Center has just officially named its first tropical storm of the season, and it threatens to dump rain on Fourth of July celebrations up much of the East Coast. Tropical Storm Arthur, which is currently about 100 miles southeast of Florida's Cape Canaveral, could even strengthen... More »

Louisiana, Florida Under Hurricane Watch

Tropical Storm Karen forms in Gulf of Mexico

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and the National Hurricane Center says it has a "near 100%" chance of turning into a hurricane or cyclone in the next two days, CNN reports. A hurricane watch is in effect from Grand Isle, La., to Indian Pass,... More »

Dueling Storms Wallop Mexico From 2 Sides

21 killed as Ingrid, Manuel hit country with 1-2 punch

(Newser) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel continued to deluge Mexico's southwestern Pacific shoulder with dangerous rains while Hurricane Ingrid —now weakened to a tropical storm—made landfall today on the country's opposite coast in an unusual double onslaught that authorities say has caused at least 21 deaths.... More »

First Named Storm of Year Hits Florida

Andrea brings 60mph winds, at least five tornadoes

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Andrea brushed its fingers across south Florida today, bringing 60mph winds, heavy rains, end even tornadoes with it. By this afternoon, Andrea's gusts could climb into hurricane-strength territory, CNN reports, though the storm won't spend enough time over the water to become an actual hurricane. At... More »

Hurricane Forecast Doesn't Look Good

70% chance that this year will be more active than average: NOAA

(Newser) - Unwelcome news on the heels of the devastation in Oklahoma: This year's hurricane season could be busier than usual. That from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which today released its annual prediction for the season, which begins June 1 and lasts six months. Federal forecasters say there's... More »

Leslie Becomes Season's 6th Hurricane

Bermuda braces, but no big threat seen to US yet

(Newser) - Forecasters say Leslie has strengthened into the sixth hurricane of the Atlantic season but still remains far from land. Current models show Leslie could speed up and pass over or near Bermuda in the coming days. Swells from Leslie have been affecting the US East Coast, as well as Bermuda,... More »

In One Louisiana Parish, Isaac as Brutal as Katrina

Plaquemines Parish's levees overrun

(Newser) - Today is the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and for residents of Plaquemines Parish, it's deja vu all over again, according to the parish president. Billy Nungesser tells NPR that the parish, located some 95 miles from New Orleans, has already seen damage that rivals, and could even surpass,... More »

Isaac Now Officially a Hurricane

Winds are hitting 75mph

(Newser) - It's Tropical Storm Isaac no more. Forecasters say Isaac has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane with 75mph winds as it makes its way toward Louisiana. The US National Hurricane Center reports that Isaac gained strength as it moved over the warm, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.... More »

Isaac Pelts Fla. Keys

Could hit anywhere from New Orleans to Panhandle

(Newser) - Florida is getting its first taste of Tropical Storm Isaac, with strong wind and rain pelting the Florida Keys beginning this morning as the vast 200-mile-wide storm picks up strength and moves in on the continental US. Isaac's path after the Keys is still uncertain: Forecasters warned he could... More »

Hurricane Emilia Strengthens to Category 4

But storm is still far out in the Pacific, expected to weaken

(Newser) - Hurricane Emilia is moving over the open Pacific as a powerful Category 4 storm but remains far from land. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds today were near 130mph. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was expected to begin a gradual weakening tonight. Emilia is centered about... More »

Weather Service Needs $36M to Avoid Furloughs

5K employees could be put on leave for 13 days this summer

(Newser) - The National Weather service plans to furlough as many as 5,000 employees for 13 days between July and September if a $36 million hole in its budget is not filled. The Weather Service is asking Congress for the money, asserting that the unpaid leave of employees will endanger critical... 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 »

Tropical Storm Alberto Forms Off Carolinas

Year's first storm forms before start of hurricane season

(Newser) - With 12 days left before the official start of hurricane season, Tropical Storm Alberto has formed about 95 miles off the coast of South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. Thus far, Alberto isn't expected to make landfall, but he's got his own tropical storm warning and... More »

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 »

Katia Swells to Category 2

Storm churning northwest in the Atlantic

(Newser) - The National Hurricane Center says that Katia has "rapidly" intensified into a Category 2 hurricane. Hurricane specialist Robbie Berg said earlier today that Katia has cycled on and off between tropical storm and hurricane status while moving across the open Atlantic. But as of 11am today, Katia had sustained... More »

Geraldo Wishes a Hurricane Had Come on 9/11

It might have stopped the terrorists, he reasons

(Newser) - Geraldo Rivera loves hurricanes. Reflecting on his career on Fox and Friends this morning, Rivera waxed romantic about the danger and excitement of covering a hurricane—"It's like war, only no one is shooting at you"—and then let the hosts in on his particularly weird meteorological daydream.... More »

Hurricane Warning Issued for NC

Outer Banks empties out as East Coast readies

(Newser) - A hurricane warning has been issued for the North Carolina coast as powerful Hurricane Earl bears down on the East Coast, while a hurricane watch now extends into Delaware. Visitors have been evacuating Ocracoke Island in ferries and told to leave neighboring Cape Hatteras in North Carolina's Outer Banks, and... More »

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