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Worst Storm in 50 Years Kills 3 in Ireland

Hurricane Ophelia's remnants still dangerous

(Newser) - The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia slammed into Ireland with wind gusts of up to 80mph on Monday, killing at least three people, grounding planes, shutting schools, and causing widespread power outages. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar urged people to stay indoors until the storm passed. Tens of thousands of homes... More »

Storm Ophelia Could Be a Record-Breaker

By Thursday, it could be 10th consecutive storm to become hurricane

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Ophelia is becoming better organized far out in the eastern Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane sometime Thursday, reports the AP . As the 10th consecutive storm to reach hurricane strength, it would break a record more than a century old, per the Miami Herald . The National... More »

Look Out, Gulf Coast, Another Hurricane May Be On the Way

New Orleans in particular is preparing for Nate

(Newser) - The Gulf Coast might get another hurricane this weekend. Tropical Storm Nate formed off the coast of Nicaragua on Thursday and was being blamed for five deaths in that country as it spun north toward a potential landfall in the US in days. The forecast track showed the storm could... More »

Coast Guard Report: Captain to Blame in El Faro Sinking

Capt. Michael Davidson underestimated hurricane, overestimated ship

(Newser) - A Coast Guard report released Sunday says the primary cause of the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro , which killed all 33 aboard, was the captain underestimating the strength of a hurricane and overestimating the ship's strength. The report says Capt. Michael Davidson should have changed the... More »

Puerto Ricans Are Running Out of Cash

Residents struggling to survive amid post-hurricane shortages

(Newser) - First, Hurricane Maria knocked out power and water to Puerto Rico. Then diesel fuel, gas, and water became scarce. Now, it's money. The aftermath of the powerful storm has resulted in a near-total shutdown of the US territory's economy that could last for weeks and has many people... More »

Storm's Humanitarian Crisis, Death Toll Grow in Puerto Rico

'Without a doubt the biggest catastrophe in modern history for Puerto Rico'

(Newser) - A humanitarian crisis grew Saturday in Puerto Rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power, or phone service following Hurricane Maria's devastating passage across the island, the AP reports. A group of anxious mayors arrived in the capital to meet with Gov. Ricardo Rossello to present a... More »

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 Continues to Strengthen, Hits 175mph

It's expected to remain a category 5 when it hits US Virgin Island, Puerto Rico

(Newser) - Category 5 Hurricane Maria's maximum sustained winds have increased to 175mph, the AP reports. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane took the reading Tuesday evening as the storm was about 70 miles southeast of St. Croix. Maria is moving west-northwest at... 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 »

Photos: Floridians Get First Glimpse of Damage

It affected every part of Florida, some worse than others

(Newser) - Florida residents braced for days for Hurricane Irma, which encompassed nearly the entire peninsula as it marched north through the state. When day broke, many got their first glimpse of the storm's destruction. Some expressed relief that they'd appeared to have dodged a bullet. Others were clearly shaken... 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 »

National Guard Couple Tie Knot During Irma

They missed original ceremony due to deployment

(Newser) - Lauren Durham had a poofy white dress and plans for an intimate beach wedding on the second weekend of September. Instead she got married in fatigues, sans makeup, in a vast hangar filled with rescue vehicles and paramedics just hours before she would rush into a hurricane to try to... 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 »

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