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Hurricane Sally Moving Slowly, and That's Bad

Storm is gathering a huge amount of water to be dumped on land

(Newser) - Hurricane Sally, a plodding storm with winds of 85 mph, crept toward the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday as forecasters warned of potentially deadly storm surges and flash floods with the heaviest downpours dumping nearly 2 feet of rain. Forecasters said the storm's drifting pace made it difficult to... More »

Gulf Coast, Beware: Here Comes Sally

Storm expected to make landfall as a hurricane early Tuesday

(Newser) - Just what the Gulf Coast didn't want: another hurricane. Sally earned the designation Monday with winds of up to 85mph, says the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane early Tuesday in southeastern Louisiana, though it's still too early to... More »

A Family Made It Through the Storm. They Died Hours Later

Slew of generator-caused carbon monoxide deaths in Louisiana, Texas after Hurricane Laura

(Newser) - The death toll from Hurricane Laura has now reached the double digits, and in Louisiana, one family took an especially hard hit. Per the Advocate , the state's health department reports a family of four in Lake Charles succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning, with Lake Charles Fire Chief Shawn Caldwell... More »

In Laura's Wake, 'Tremendous Amount of Damage'

Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas hit hard, though storm wasn't as catastrophic as feared

(Newser) - The remnants of Hurricane Laura mangled buildings and unleashed heavy rain and twisters hundreds of miles inland from a path of death along the Gulf Coast, and forecasters warn of new dangers as the tropical weather nears the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. One of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike... More »

First Death Reported From Hurricane Laura

Louisiana girl, 14, dies when tree falls on her house

(Newser) - Hurricane Laura made landfall overnight and has been punishing the Gulf Coast ever since. One of the first coastal cities hit was Lake Charles in Louisiana, where images of torn-off roofs, damaged buildings, and downed power lines were common, reports the Washington Post .
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National Hurricane Center Has a Dire Warning

It says the storm surge from Hurricane Laura will be 'unsurvivable'

(Newser) - Hurricane Laura is now a Category 4 storm, and it's headed right toward Texas and Louisiana. And the warning that the National Hurricane Center has for some who live in those states is a dire one. It tweeted Wednesday: "Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will... More »

400K Told to Evacuate Ahead of Hurricane

Laura expected to be a Category 3 before slamming into Texas and Louisiana this week

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Marco didn't pack as powerful a punch as feared, but Hurricane Laura is coming in fierce on its heels. The National Hurricane Center is warning that Laura will turn into a "major" Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115mph before it comes ashore on the Gulf... More »

La. Governor on Storms: 'We've Not Seen This Before'

Louisiana braces for 1-2 punch from Marco and Laura

(Newser) - After a day as a hurricane, Tropical Storm Marco brought a surge of high water to the Louisiana coast on Monday. That sets the stage for Tropical Storm Laura to enter the Gulf of Mexico and move toward the same stretch of US coast later in the week, most likely... More »

Marco Is a Hurricane, and It's Not Alone

Tropical Storm Laura is also headed for the US coast

(Newser) - Marco became a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico Sunday on a path toward the Louisiana coast. Tropical Storm Laura battered the Dominican Republic and Haiti and headed to the same part of the US coast, also as a potential hurricane, the AP reports. It would be the first time... More »

Naming Heat Waves Might Save Lives

Coalition says the convention raises awareness of dangerous storms

(Newser) - Putting names to hurricanes works pretty well. Calling a storm Harvey or Wanda raises awareness of the threat, of how hurricanes work, and ensures everyone's talking about the same storm, Grist reports. That could help with heat waves, too, an international coalition of climate, weather, and public health experts... More »

Storm That's Already Set a New Record Churns Toward Fla.

Isaias is the earliest 'I' hurricane of any recorded hurricane season

(Newser) - The earliest "I" storm of any hurricane season is barreling toward the US Southeast, with Florida first in its path. Fox News reports that Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for all of the Florida's counties along the Atlantic shoreline as Hurricane Isaias makes it... More »

2 US States Brace for Extreme Weather

Tropical Storm Hanna set to make landfall in Texas, while Hurricane Douglas heads toward Hawaii

(Newser) - Grappling with spiking coronavirus cases, Texas now has another worry to contend with: extreme weather. The Texas Tribune and KTRK report that Tropical Storm Hanna is heading for the Lone Star State's south-central coast, set to make landfall Saturday. It's predicted Hanna will turn into a Category 1... More »

Hurricanes Are No Longer the Same

A new study confirms what scientists have predicted

(Newser) - Are hurricanes getting worse? That's what climate models have long predicted, and now there's evidence: A new study finds that hurricanes have indeed grown more powerful in recent decades, LiveScience reports. "The trend is there and it is real," lead study author James Kossin tells the... More »

Hurricane Humberto Lashes Bermuda

Another hurricane is approaching Mexico

(Newser) - Hurricane Humberto lashed Bermuda with strong winds Wednesday as the powerful Category 3 storm passed just to the north of the British Atlantic territory, while a newly formed hurricane threatened tourist resorts along Mexico's Pacific coast. Humberto came within about 75 miles of Bermuda before moving away out toward... More »

Dorian Revives Old Falsehoods About Hurricanes

The Associated Press runs down misinformation about the killer storms

(Newser) - The names of hurricanes may change, but one thing seems to stay the same: Misinformation spreads quickly during these dangerous storms, the AP reports. Hurricane Dorian, an extremely powerful Category 4 storm that has brought misery to the Bahamas since making landfall Sunday, is expected to be no different. Here'... More »

Trump: 'I Never Said' We Should Nuke Hurricanes

President denies Axios report of unusual approach to preventing landfall

(Newser) - The man in charge of the world's most powerful nuclear arsenal is denying a report that he suggested using it to control the weather. Sources told Axios that President Trump has repeatedly told national security officials that they should look into bombing hurricanes to prevent them making landfall in... More »

Here Are Your Hurricane Names for 2019

Will a tempestuous weather system be named after you this year?

(Newser) - Every year, a new round of monikers is prepped in advance for that year's hurricanes, and 2019's just made landfall. The United Nations' World Meteorological Organization has posted its list for the soon-to-arrive hurricane season, which USA Today notes kicks off June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.... More »

FEMA Struck by a 'Major Privacy Incident'

Agency disclosed sensitive data of more than 2M disaster survivors, per DHS IG report

(Newser) - Survivors may still be picking up the pieces after the natural disasters that have swept across the country over the past couple of years, and now they have a new issue to contend with: the possibility of identity theft thanks to what the Federal Emergency Management Agency is calling a... More »

Hurricane Michael Reaches 'Extremely Dangerous' Strength

Storm is expected to make landfall as a Category 4

(Newser) - Hurricane Michael is now an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130mph and could become even stronger before it makes landfall in Florida's Panhandle or Big Bend area on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center warns. The center says devastating storm surges of up to... More »

After 'Biblical' Rains, Hawaii Breathes a Sigh of Relief

Hurricane Lane dumped almost 4 feet of rain on some parts of the islands, but moves off

(Newser) - A once-powerful hurricane twisted and drifted away from Hawaii, leaving behind heavily saturated ground on the Big Island and many residents on other islands relieved it didn't wreak more havoc. Firefighters on the Big Island rescued 39 people from floodwaters through early Saturday as the island grappled with the... More »

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