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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 »

10 Most Powerful Hurricanes Reveal Disturbing Trend

4 have occurred since turn of the century

(Newser) - This year's hurricane season is expected to be relatively tame, but it's no time to get complacent. Some of the worst storms in recent decades have hit during "slower hurricane seasons," notes 24/7 Wall St. in an introduction to its list of the biggest hurricanes since... More »

2018 Hurricane Season May Be Busier Than Normal

7 hurricanes, including 3 major ones, are in the forecast

(Newser) - It may seem like we just said goodbye to Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but the new hurricane season is near its official start of June 1. With that, Colorado State University is out with its annual Atlantic forecast, and the season looks to be a little busier than usual, reports... More »

They're FEMA's Elite Rescuers, Yet Some Do Little Rescuing

Bureaucracy, too much gear, and other inefficiencies are marring response efforts

(Newser) - They're called the "national Swiss Army knife of emergency response," teams of highly trained first responders sent by FEMA across the US when disaster strikes. But when hurricanes pummeled Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico last summer, many of the thousands deployed via the agency's National Urban... More »

Ireland Facing Worst Storm in 50 Years

Former Hurricane Ophelia became a Category 3 farther east than any other

(Newser) - Ireland is pretty much closed for business Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia begin lashing the island. Though no longer a hurricane, Ophelia could be the most powerful storm to hit Ireland in 50 years, with heavy rain and high gusts of about 90mph, report the AP and the... More »

3rd US Hurricane in 6 Weeks Is Just Hours Away Now

Gulf Coast hunkers down as Nate is expected to make landfall Saturday night

(Newser) - Gulf Coast residents scrambled to finalize storm preparations as Hurricane Nate raced swiftly over the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, gaining added strength as forecasters said it would smash into the US coast during the night. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the core of the Category... More »

Hurricane Maria Threatens Battered Caribbean Islands

Storm could make a direct hit on Puerto Rico

(Newser) - A strengthening Hurricane Maria swirled toward the eastern Caribbean early Monday, with forecasters warning it probably would be a major storm by the time it passed through the already battered Leeward Islands later in the day. Maria grew into a hurricane Sunday, and forecasters said it was expected to become... More »

Irma Regains Category 4, Bears Down on South Fla.

Winds at 130mph as massive storm shifts slightly west, throwing forecasters curveball

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma regained strength as it closed in on the Florida Keys early Sunday and forecasters monitored a crucial shift in its trajectory—just a few miles to the west—that could keep its ferocious eye off the southwest Florida coast and over warm Gulf water. The hurricane re-strengthened to... More »

Hurricane Irma Starting to Get Seriously Scary

Winds have hit 185 in Atlantic, as Florida eyes evacuations

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma has grown into the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in more than a decade, roaring toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday on a path that could eventually take it to the United States, per the AP . The US National Hurricane Center said the Category 5 Irma... More »

These 10 Cities Better Hope They Avoid a Hurricane

The damage would be brutal: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Florida may be the place to go for sunshine, but it's the place to escape if a hurricane hits. The state is home to a number of the US cities that are "vulnerable to the greatest damage" at the hands of a hurricane, reports 24/7 Wall St , which... More »

No Longer a Hurricane, Matthew Heading Out to Sea

After dropping staggering amounts of rain on North Carolina

(Newser) - A deteriorating Matthew was stripped of hurricane status Sunday morning and began making its slow exit to sea after unloading more than a foot of rain on North Carolina, flooding homes and businesses as far as 100 miles inland. What will go down as one of the most potent hurricanes... More »

Something Insane Just Happened Over the Pacific

3 major hurricanes recorded in region over the weekend

(Newser) - Weather history has been made, folks. As long as we've been keeping records, there have never been three Category 4 hurricanes swirling in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time. But that's just what happened over the weekend. Hurricanes Ignacio, Jimena, and Kilo were each... More »

Dueling Storms Wallop Mexico From 2 Sides

21 killed as Ingrid, Manuel hit country with 1-2 punch

(Newser) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel continued to deluge Mexico's southwestern Pacific shoulder with dangerous rains while Hurricane Ingrid —now weakened to a tropical storm—made landfall today on the country's opposite coast in an unusual double onslaught that authorities say has caused at least 21 deaths.... More »

Sandy 2nd-Costliest Hurricane in US History

It caused $50B in damage, second only to Katrina

(Newser) - The National Hurricane Center says Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern US in 40 years and the second-costliest in the nation's history. The center released a report today that attributes 72 deaths in the US directly to Sandy, from Maryland to New Hampshire. That's... More »

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