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In Puerto Rico, a 'Humanitarian Emergency'

Hurricane Maria has knocked out power that may not be back for six months

(Newser) - Hurricane Maria moved toward the Turks and Caicos islands early Friday as a weakened but still extremely dangerous Category 3 hurricane. The storm has left a trail of devastation behind it and caused at least 32 deaths on Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, where the entire electrical grid was knocked... More »

Officials: Puerto Rico 'Destroyed' by Hurricane

Entire island is under a flash flood warning

(Newser) - "Once we're able to go outside, we're going to find our island destroyed," Puerto Rico Emergency Management Director Abner Gomez Cortes warned after Hurricane Maria lashed the island Wednesday, destroying hundreds of homes and turning roadways into rivers. The National Weather Service has issued a flash... More »

Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria: 'Total Devastation'

Puerto Rico could be without electricity for up to 6 months

(Newser) - Puerto Rico could be without electricity for four to six months after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday, the mayor of San Juan tells NBC News . A spokesperson for the governor's office who describes the situation as "total devastation" adds to CNN : "We are... More »

Hurricane Maria Plows Into Puerto Rico

Storm makes landfall as a Category 4, one of the strongest in living memory for the island

(Newser) - Puerto Rico is braced for what is expected to be its fiercest storm in almost a century. Hurricane Maria made landfall Wednesday morning near the town of Yabucoa as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane packing winds of around 155mph, according to the National Hurricane Center , per USA Today ... More »

Hurricane Maria Leaves 'Mind-Boggling' Devastation

Storm now threatens Puerto Rico

(Newser) - Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm Monday night, causing what the Caribbean nation's prime minister calls "mind-boggling" damage. In a Facebook post , Roosevelt Skerrit said the storm had left "widespread devastation" and torn the roofs off many homes, including his own. "My... More »

Irma Has Devastated Florida's Citrus Crop

Flooded groves are full of dropped fruit

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma has made things a lot tougher for Florida citrus growers already reeling from the impact of a disease that has cut harvests by 70% since 2005. The state's eastern seaboard is perhaps the best grapefruit-growing zone in the world, and growers estimate that this year's harvest... More »

Eyes Turn to Difficult-to-Predict Hurricane Jose

One model gives it a 25% chance of hitting US next week

(Newser) - Those already battered by one or two hurricanes don't want to hear that misfortune comes in threes. Following in the wake of Harvey and Irma late Monday, Hurricane Jose was a Category 1 storm near the southeast tip of the Bahamas, centered about 400 miles north-northeast of Turks and... More »

Fading Irma Still Proves Deadly

4 killed in Southeast; Navy ships to help hard-hit Florida Keys

(Newser) - Irma moved into the Southeast on Monday as a tropical storm, not a hurricane, but it was still deadly: Authorities say there were at least three storm-related deaths in Georgia and one in South Carolina, along with flooding in cities including Jacksonville, Fla., and Charleston, SC. Police in Georgia say... More »

Branson Shares Pics From 'Unforgiving' Irma

And asks for help in rebuilding British Virgin Islands after hurricane devastation

(Newser) - Richard Branson and his staff are OK after Hurricane Irma, but much of the Caribbean is not. Fortune reports on Branson's most recent blog post , titled "Recovering From Hurricane Irma," which he notes he penned from Puerto Rico, not from the private island where he rode out... More »

Irma Hits Tampa as a Category 1 Storm

Weakened storm still packs a punch

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm and could lose hurricane status by the end of Monday—but authorities warn that it is still very dangerous and the true extent of its destruction is still unclear. The AP reports that the 400-mile wide storm, which hit the... More »

Irma's Predicted March Through Florida Is Unusual, Dangerous

Hurricane predicted to go straight up the state to the Georgia border

(Newser) - Current predictions show Hurricane Irma moving straight up Florida from the Keys to the Georgia border "like a giant buzzsaw," USA Today reports. And that's not normal and could be devastating. Historically, hurricanes have approached the state at an angle. And the two recorded Category 5 hurricanes... More »

Trump Warns of Irma, Backs Fundraising of Predecessors

'Be safe and get out of its way,' he says of hurricane

(Newser) - President Trump is telling Americans to follow the advice of government and law enforcement officials and get out of the path of Hurricane Irma, which could hit Florida late Saturday or early Sunday before making its way to Georgia. "Nothing is more important than the safety and security of... More »

Downgraded But Deadly, Irma Leaves Trail of Destruction

Florida making final preparations

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma continued to leave a trail of destruction behind it in the Caribbean early Friday, slamming into the Turks and Caicos Islands, where communication was cut off and widespread damage feared. The storm was later downgraded from a Category 5 storm to a Category 4 storm with maximum winds... More »

Scientists Have Never Seen 3 Hurricanes Line Up Like This

Irma, Jose, Katia pose unprecedented triple threat

(Newser) - Scientists say it's a triple threat like nothing they've observed before: three hurricanes lined up in the Atlantic basin, all poised to make landfall on the same day. Irma, Jose, and Katia are all churning in the area, with Irma expected to hit the Bahamas as a Category... More »

In Wake of Irma, FEMA May Turn to the Waffle House Index

'If a Waffle House is closed because there's a disaster, it's bad'

(Newser) - Want to know how a community is weathering a disaster? Look no further than Waffle House. The Southern diner chain is at the heart of an informal government test—the Waffle House Index—to find out how municipalities are dealing with hurricanes, tornadoes, and more. "The Waffle House test... More »

Irma Prompts Largest Ever Evacuation of Miami-Dade County

Meanwhile, the impact of the Category 5 hurricane depends on a right turn

(Newser) - "If you live in any evacuation zones and you're still at home, LEAVE!" the AP quotes Florida Gov. Rick Scott as saying. "We can't save you once the storm hits." With Hurricane Irma continuing its path toward Florida, Miami-Dade County expanded evacuation orders Thursday... More »

A 1935 Florida Hurricane 'Sandblasted' People to Death

Inside the Great Labor Day Hurricane

(Newser) - The strongest landfall in US history was the Great Labor Day Hurricane, whose 185mph winds walloped Florida's Upper Keys in 1935. The Sun Sentinel in August 2015 took a look back at the deadly storm on its 80th anniversary, opening with this ominous line: It "was so powerful... More »

Billionaire's Wine Cellar Keeps Him Safe Amid Irma

'Very, very fortunately it held firm,' writes Richard Branson from Caribbean

(Newser) - He promised to ride out Hurricane Irma on his private island in the Caribbean, and billionaire Richard Branson did just that. In a blog post , Branson said he and his crew made it through the night safely on Necker Island, his 74-acre retreat in the British Virgin Islands. "We... More »

All Eyes on Irma: Who's Keeping Tabs

What you need to know to stay in the know

(Newser) - Expect Hurricane Irma to dominate the news cycle over the next few days—meaning it may be difficult to sort through the deluge to find the specific, accurate info you need. The New York Times notes that the proliferation of news, especially on social media, can offer "misleading ... individual... More »

6 Smartest Things to Do Before Irma Hits

Bryan Norcross is an expert, especially when it comes to Florida hurricanes

(Newser) - The last Category 5 hurricane to hit Florida was Hurricane Andrew, and Bryan Norcross emerged from it as a South Florida hero. As the Washington Post reported last month in a look back on the storm's 25th anniversary, the meteorologist offered advice to South Floridians for 23 consecutive hours... More »

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