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Normal Hurricane Season Means More Storms Now

Agency also rethinks 'normal weather' as temperatures rise

(Newser) - A recordkeeping change has altered expectations for the number of tropical storms in an Atlantic hurricane season. The average number of named tropical storms in a year is now 14, up from an average of 12 before the change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The numbers are based...

Greek Letters Will No Longer Be Used for Hurricanes

WMO says they were too confusing in 2020

(Newser) - The World Meteorological Association's Hurricane Committee meets every year to decide what hurricane names should be retired. This year, they retired an entire alphabet. The WMO decided that the use of Greek letters was too much of a distraction from the impact of the hurricanes themselves, the Verge reports....

Honduras Struggles for Relief After Ravaging by Hurricanes

With thousands living in shelters, COVID-19 fears build

(Newser) - Nearly a month after being hit by the second of two November hurricanes, Honduras is struggling with the widespread loss of homes, farms, businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Many are without power and clean water. People are still being rescued by boat, NPR reports, and cities are swamped by mudslides...

Eta, Now a Tropical Storm, Hits Florida ... for First Pass
Florida Could Be
Hit by Eta Twice

Florida Could Be Hit by Eta Twice

Storm, which could turn back into a hurricane, might 'regroup' and make a second pass

(Newser) - Florida closed beaches and COVID testing sites, shut down public transportation and ordered some evacuations Sunday as Tropical Storm Eta took aim , bringing heavy rains to already flooded city streets after leaving scores dead and over 100 missing in Mexico and Central America. Eta made landfall late Sunday on Lower...

Rare Hurricane Hits Louisiana
Rare Hurricane Strikes the US
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Rare Hurricane Strikes the US

Zeta, nearly a Category 3, lands near New Orleans

(Newser) - Hurricane Zeta slammed into storm-weary Louisiana on Wednesday with New Orleans squarely in its path, pelting homes and businesses with rain and howling winds, knocking out power to thousands, and threatening to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland in a Gulf Coast region already pounded by multiple...

Gulf Coast Braces for Possible Record No One Wants

Zeta could be 11th named storm to make landfall in the US this season

(Newser) - Yet again, the Gulf Coast is bracing as another hurricane roars toward it. Zeta, the 27th named storm of the 2020 season, was upgraded to a hurricane Monday, NBC News reports. It made landfall on the Caribbean coast of Mexico's eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday, the AP reports. It'...

This Is 5th Time on Record We've Had 10 Hurricanes by Now

Thanks to Epsilon

(Newser) - The 10th hurricane of a busy Atlantic storm season is headed toward Bermuda. Hurricane Epsilon became a Category 1 storm late Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center, which describes it as churning some 400 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving west-northwest at 12mph. "Some additional strengthening is possible...

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...

Gulf Coast, Beware: Here Comes Sally
Gulf Coast, Beware:
Here Comes Sally

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...

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...

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...

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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'Potentially Catastrophic' Laura Barrels Toward 2 States
National Hurricane Center
Has a Dire Warning
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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...

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...

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...

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...

We Need to Start Naming Heat Waves, Too: Coalition
Naming Heat Waves
Might Save Lives

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...

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...

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...

Hurricanes Are Getting Worse—and Here's Why
Hurricanes Are
No Longer the Same
new study

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...

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