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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 »

Hurricane Patricia Looks Massive From Space

Astronaut Scott Kelly is tweeting words of caution for Mexico

(Newser) - Record-setting US astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted words of warning to Mexico—as well as two truly scary photos of Hurricane Patricia—from aboard the International Space Station Friday, WTVR reports. "Hurricane Patricia approaches Mexico," he writes in one tweet . "It's massive. Be careful!" "... More »

How Hurricane Patricia Grew So Insanely Powerful

It went from tropical storm to the Pacific's most powerful hurricane ever in just 2 days

(Newser) - Hurricane Patricia—the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere—is scheduled to cut a swath of destruction along the west coast of Mexico Friday evening, the Los Angeles Times reports. Two days ago, it was a mere tropical storm. So how did it undergo what experts call "... More »

'Monster' Hurricane Nearing Mexico May Be 'Catastrophic'

Patricia most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded in Western Hemisphere

(Newser) - Hurricane Patricia may turn out to be "the most devastating storm to ever hit Mexico," and millions of residents have been told to prep for a "worst-case scenario," reports NBC News . It's the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere, with maximum sustained... More »

Search for Survivors of Sunken Cargo Ship Ends Tonight

But one dad is 'still optimistic'

(Newser) - The Coast Guard plans to end its search for 33 missing crew members from a US cargo ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin, officials told family members Wednesday. The Coast Guard said it will end its search for survivors from the El Faro on Wednesday evening, according to... More »

What Could Happen Even If Joaquin Doesn't Hit

Storm staying out at sea so far, but it will probably still rain hard on land

(Newser) - Hurricane Joaquin remains a Category 4 storm that's currently battering the Bahamas, but the East Coast may dodge one bullet this weekend if the storm keeps to its offshore path, and CNN report. Tracking maps show Joaquin solidly out in the Atlantic and set to keep veering... More »

Hurricane Joaquin Is Stumping Forecasts

It could hit the US as early as this weekend, or not all

(Newser) - Hurricane Joaquin, currently hanging out somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, just ramped up to a Category 4 storm, the AP reports, with winds up to 140mph expected over the next 24 hours. But experts still have no idea where along the East Coast it will make landfall, or even if... More »

New Hurricane on Track for East Coast Next Week

But too early to predict specifics about Joaquin

(Newser) - The Bahamas braced Wednesday for a brush with Hurricane Joaquin, which was on a projected track that would take it near the East Coast of the US early next week. The storm is expected to belt the Bahamas hardest on Thursday, and the US National Hurricane Center long-term forecast showed... More »

We Still Have No Idea Who 30 Katrina Victims Are

Money allocated by FEMA to help identify bodies has dried up

(Newser) - Cleaning up after a massive hurricane is a difficult affair, but a decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and claimed what Live Science reports is an estimated 1,833 lives, 30 bodies have yet to be identified. WWL-TV arrived at that number after making a public records request to... 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 »

Hottest Month Recorded in 135 Years: Last Month

It beat out the previous hottest month, July 2011

(Newser) - If you lost some water weight in July, you can probably credit the blazing temperatures: Last month was the hottest month the planet has seen since record keeping began in 1880, according to the NOAA. The combined average temperature over land and sea reached 61.86 degrees, 1.46 degrees... More »

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