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'Weirdest Tropical Storm' Forms Over Florida

Meteorologists have never seen this before

(Newser) - Julia, the tropical storm expected to soak Georgia and South Carolina over the next few days, is probably the strangest storm of the year, forecasters say. Julia strengthened from a tropical system into a tropical storm a few miles west of Jacksonville, Fla., around midnight on Tuesday, marking the first... More »

Florida's Hurricane Drought Could Soon Be Over

Tropical Storm Hermine expected to be upgraded

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Hermine is surging toward Florida and is expected to make landfall as a hurricane by early Friday, reports USA Today . That means an 11-year streak could be broken: Florida has been hurricane-free since Hurricane Wilma claimed five lives in 2005, though it has seen 10 tropical storms since... More »

Tropical Storm Bonnie Forms Near the Carolinas

Heavy rains and winds are expected as the weekend continues

(Newser) - The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed off South Carolina, strengthening from a tropical depression. Forecasters detected 40 mph winds in the storm Saturday afternoon, making it the season's second-named tropical storm, four days before the official start of hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, the... More »

Hurricane Danny Weakens, but Puerto Rico Braces

It's now a category 1, expected to become tropical storm

(Newser) - The drought-stricken northern Caribbean is preparing for heavy rains and wind as a weakening Hurricane Danny approached Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Category 1 hurricane was 600 miles east of the Leeward Islands this morning, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. It was traveling west-northwest at... More »

'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 »

Surprise Tropical Storm Threatens Carolinas

Ana is weeks ahead of season's start

(Newser) - Early surprise Ana muscled up to a tropical storm early today as it plodded toward the Carolinas, threatening to push dangerous surf and drenching rains up against the Southeast coast weeks ahead of the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Ana was centered about 115 miles south of Wilmington,... More »

Vanuatu: Cyclone Has Wrecked Whole Country

President says he doesn't even know if his family is safe

(Newser) - Vanuatu's president says the cyclone that hammered the tiny South Pacific archipelago over the weekend was a "monster" that destroyed or damaged 90% of the buildings in the capital and has forced the nation to start anew. Baldwin Lonsdale, who was attending a UN disaster conference in Japan... More »

Hawaii Hit by First Tropical Storm in 22 Years

Iselle weakens as Hurricane Julio gains strength

(Newser) - Hawaii braced overnight for its first hurricane since 1992's Iniki—but Iselle was downgraded to a tropical storm when it was a few dozen miles away from making landfall on the Big Island. It still packed quite a punch with 70 mph winds, however, and has toppled trees and... 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 »

Tropical Storm Weakens as It Nears Gulf Coast

Karen's winds drop; no chance of hurricane

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Karen continued chugging toward the northern Gulf Coast, with forecasters predicting rain, potential flooding, and a decrease in speed later in the day. The National Hurricane Center reported early today that Karen's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 40 mph, making it a weak tropical storm. It... More »

As Storm Barrels Toward Gulf Coast, FEMA Recalls Furloughed Workers

Tropical Storm Karen is year's first cyclone

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Karen is barreling toward the US , and that means a return to work for some FEMA employees. The furloughed workers have been called back with the cyclone due to hit the coast between Louisiana and Florida. Thanks to the shutdown, however, some weather satellite images "may not... 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 »

Storms Killed Almost 100 in Mexico

Some complain that the government isn't helping

(Newser) - At least 97 people have been confirmed dead in the wake of the tropical storm double-whammy that hit Mexico this week, Mexican authorities announced today—and that's not counting the many still missing. In the small town of La Pintada, for instance, 68 of the town's 800 residents... More »

Storm Maroons 40K Tourists in Acapulco

All fighting for tickets on the few flights out

(Newser) - Probably not the beach holiday they were hoping for: An estimated 40,000 tourists are stuck in Acapulco, after the Mexican resort was flooded and hit with 13 landslides thanks to Tropical Storm Manuel . Some 2,000 have already been evacuated, but the rest are stuck fighting for a coveted... 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 »

'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Ingrid to Drench Mexico

2nd hurricane of the season expected to cause torrential rain and flooding

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Ingrid has a new name: Hurricane Ingrid. Its status was upgraded today, making it the second hurricane of the Atlantic season. Ingrid is currently off Mexico's Gulf Coast, packing winds of up to 75mph, reports the AP . Along with tropical storm Manuel—which is expected to reach... 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 »

Obama Declares Major Disaster Area as Sandy Kills 16

More misery ahead as superstorm heads west

(Newser) - Superstorm Sandy is slowly moving inland, leaving a trail of devastation across the Northeast even as President Obama quickly declared major disaster areas in New York and New Jersey. The storm has killed at least 16 people in seven states, adding to the 69 people it killed in the Caribbean.... More »

5 Reasons Why Sandy Will Be a Superstorm

The moon will affect Sandy's impact, forecasters say

(Newser) - With airlines bracing for chaos and state officials declaring states of emergency , Hurricane Sandy is looking ominous. The AP runs down five reasons why:
  1. Sandy is a massive system that will affect a huge swath of the eastern US, regardless of exactly where it hits or its precise wind speed.
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Isaac Expected to Hit Gulf Coast as Hurricane

But shouldn't be as bad as Katrina

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Isaac is following Hurricane Katrina's path, and is expected to plow into the Gulf Coast as a hurricane tomorrow or Wednesday—Katrina's seventh anniversary. But unlike the 2005 storm, Isaac is predicted to be Category 1, quite a bit weaker, CNN reports. Still, thousands have been... More »

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