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Still Dangerous, Matthew Plows Up Atlantic Coast

Category 2 storm set to lash Carolinas

(Newser) - Some of the South's most historic cities faced the weakening but still powerful Hurricane Matthew as it plowed north along the Atlantic coast Saturday, flooding towns and gouging out roads in its path. The storm killed at least four people in Florida and knocked out power to more than... More »

Obama: This Is 'Still a Really Dangerous Hurricane'

600K without power in Florida

(Newser) - President Obama is echoing a meteorologist in warning that Hurricane Matthew is no joke. This is "still a really dangerous hurricane," Obama said Friday, per the AP . He urged people not to be complacent after early headlines suggesting the storm isn't as bad expected, noting that people... More »

Matthew Hammers Florida as Southeast Braces

'Devastating' damage predicted

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew's howling wind and driving rain pummeled Florida early Friday, starting what's expected to be a ruinous, dayslong battering of the Southeast coast. The hurricane has not yet made landfall. Its strongest winds of 120mph were just offshore, but Matthew's wrath still menaced more than 500... More »

Haiti After the Hurricane: Situation 'Catastrophic'

More than 100 are reported dead after Matthew barreled its way through

(Newser) - As Florida and the rest of the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Matthew , Haiti is starting to dig out from the storm's devastation. Officials from the island nation reported Thursday that at least 108 are dead so far, with that number expected to rise and "catastrophic" damage... More »

Hurricane Matthew Could Hit Florida Twice

It could do a U-turn after first hit, forecasts say

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew is an unusual storm and authorities in Florida fear it could take a very unusual path: Skimming the state's east coast before veering east, doing a U-turn, and swinging back to hit Florida again. Forecasters say only a few models show this path, but all prediction tracks... More »

Hurricane Matthew Is Even Scary by Satellite

Storm resembles skull in infrared satellite image

(Newser) - An ominous "face" spotted in an infrared satellite image of Hurricane Matthew isn't likely to calm fears as the storm heads toward the US . Noticed by a Weather Channel meteorologist, the gray shape, sort of like a skull—though others say it resembles the Grinch —appeared to... More »

Florida Preparing for 'Direct Hit' From Hurricane

Gov. Rick Scott warns 'massive destruction' is possible

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is warning residents to "prepare for a direct hit" from Hurricane Matthew, expected to arrive on the US coast as soon as Thursday. The "extremely dangerous" storm crossed Haiti and Cuba on Tuesday, killing seven people, and is expected to hit the Bahamas on... More »

South Carolina Plans Mass Hurricane Evacuation

It will impact 1 million people

(Newser) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she plans to issue an evacuation order Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Matthew so that 1 million people can safely and comfortably leave the coast, the AP reports. Haley said at a Tuesday news conference that she will finalize the order Wednesday morning, unless there... More »

Haiti Battens Down for Catastrophic Hurricane

Storm expected to make landfall twice early Tuesday

(Newser) - The towns and villages of Haiti's southwestern peninsula battened down as best they could early Tuesday for a nightlong lashing by life-threatening winds, rains and storm surge unleashed by powerful Hurricane Matthew. The dangerous Category 4 storm ,with maximum sustained winds of 145mph, was also dropping heavy rains on... More »

Gitmo Evacuated Amid Fiercest Atlantic Hurricane Since 2007

Gitmo evacuated as storm heads north

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew became the strongest Atlantic hurricane since 2007's Felix when it briefly became a Category 5 storm Friday—and it is nowhere near finished yet. The storm, now a Category 4, is dumping torrential rain on Jamaica and parts of Cuba and could do its worst damage when... More »

Hurricane Could Bring Flash Floods to American Desert

Newton likely to slam Arizona, New Mexico

(Newser) - Hurricane Newton swept onto the Gulf of California after slamming the resorts of Southern Baja Tuesday and headed on a path expected to take it to the Mexican mainland by Wednesday morning and then on to the US border, with potentially dangerous rains for Arizona and New Mexico, the AP... More »

Hermine Set to Wallop Mid-Atlantic

Forecaster warns it could be a 'freak show' storm

(Newser) - Hermine has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm—but forecasters warn that it is still an extremely dangerous and possibly life-threatening storm that could do a lot more than ruin Labor Day weekend beach trips. It is expected to strengthen to hurricane status again as it moves... More »

First Hurricane Since 2005 Makes Landfall in Florida

Hermine then downgraded to tropical storm

(Newser) - Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida's Big Bend area early Friday as the first hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade. The Category 1 storm hit just east of St. Marks around 1:30am EST with winds around 80 mph, according to the US National Hurricane... 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 »

Hawaii Braces for First Hurricane Landfall in Decades

Madeline could wallop Big Island early Thursday

(Newser) - Preparing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii in years, residents on the Big Island are stocking up on food and water and seeking shelter for their animals. The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning as the storm dubbed Madeline churned west Tuesday toward... More »

Atlantic Could See More Hurricanes Than in Recent Years

NOAA expects four to eight hurricanes in 2016

(Newser) - Residents along the Eastern Seaboard might want to start preparing, mentally at least, for a more hurricane-heavy year than they've had recently. After three years of below-normal hurricane seasons in the Atlantic, 2016 is shaping up to be closer to normal, NOAA reports. There's a 70% chance this... More »

The Atlantic Just Got Its 1st Jan. Hurricane Since 1938

Hurricane Alex could hit the Azores on Friday

(Newser) - For just the fourth time since we began tracking storms 165 years ago, the Atlantic Ocean is experiencing a January hurricane. Hurricane Alex, brewing about 500 miles south of the Azores, became the first named storm of 2016 as well as the first January hurricane formed in the Atlantic since... More »

Texas Flooding Derails Train, Crew Members Rescued

The area had nearly 2 feet of rain in 24 hours

(Newser) - Two crew members had to be rescued when flooding in Texas overturned a 64-car Union Pacific freight train on its way to Houston early Saturday morning, NBC News reports. Navarro County, where the train was derailed around 3:30am local time, had received nearly 2 feet of rain in 24... More »

Hurricane Patricia Moves Inland, Gets Weaker

It hasn't done as much damage as expected, Mexico says

(Newser) - Record-breaking Hurricane Patricia pushed rapidly inland over mountainous western Mexico early Saturday, weakening to tropical storm force while dumping torrential rains that authorities warned could cause deadly floods and mudslides. Patricia, which peaked as the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere , made landfall Friday on a sparsely populated... More »

Hurricane Patricia Hits Mexico, 'Catastrophic' Damage Possible

Winds weaken as hurricane makes landfall, still a Category 5

(Newser) - The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere became slightly less ferocious as it came ashore on Mexico's west coast around 6:15pm local time, CNN reports. According to the AP , wind speeds dropped to 165mph—down from highs around 200mph—as Hurricane Patricia touched down near Cuixmala,... More »

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