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For Some in Plaquemines, No Power in Sight

Hurricane Isaac hardly the first disaster to strike Plaquemines Parish

(Newser) - Sad sights litter the road as people return by boat to southern Louisiana: scattered steel drums, warped telephone poles, stranded cattle, a shrimp boat on its side. But residents devoted to the country life and independent spirit of Plaquemines Parish—a stretch of marshy land at the state's southeastern... More »

UN Scientist: Blame Extreme Weather on Climate Change

Dire warnings heard at first congressional hearing in two years

(Newser) - Get used to droughts, hurricanes, heat waves, and wildfires, scientists warned Congress today, because the extreme weather is a result of global warming. The comments were made to the Senate's environmental committee during the first hearing on the subject in more than two years, reports the Guardian . "There... More »

Weakened Hurricane Bud to Hit Mexico

Storm expected to make landfall near Puerto Vallarta today

(Newser) - Residents of Mexico's central Pacific coast have been warned that this Bud's for them. Hurricane Bud, the first Pacific hurricane of the season, has weakened to a Category 2 storm and is headed in the direction of the tourist city of Puerto Vallarta, where swimming has temporarily been... More »

Expect Up to 3 Major Hurricanes This Year

Forecast calls for normal year, less severe than recent years

(Newser) - Hurricane forecasters say this looks to be a pretty standard year for the Atlantic, with one to three major hurricanes expected in the six-month season that begins June 1. Some specifics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration :
  • Expect nine to 15 named storms, meaning winds reach at least 39mph
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Tropical Storms Nate, Maria Form

Nate expected to hit Mexico, while Maria churns in Caribbean

(Newser) - Irene, Katia, and Lee all made not-so-nice headlines, and unfortunately there’s more where they came from: Tropical Storms Nate and Maria are currently taking shape in the Caribbean and Atlantic. Nate, formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico, is expected to drop anywhere from 2 to 8 inches of... More »

Hurricane Katia Weakens to Category 1

Forecasters say the storm will miss US coast

(Newser) - Hurricane Katia has weakened to Category 1 early this morning, after building to Category 2 on Sunday , its winds decreasing to 90mph, reports the AP . Katia is not expected to hit land, but its storm surge could affect the US East Coast, Bermuda, and parts of the Bahamas, according to... More »

Katia Swells to Category 2

Storm churning northwest in the Atlantic

(Newser) - The National Hurricane Center says that Katia has "rapidly" intensified into a Category 2 hurricane. Hurricane specialist Robbie Berg said earlier today that Katia has cycled on and off between tropical storm and hurricane status while moving across the open Atlantic. But as of 11am today, Katia had sustained... More »

As States Take Stock, Irene's Toll Hits 44

Upstate New York, Vermont still wrestling with flooding

(Newser) - The full measure of Hurricane Irene's fury came into focus today as the death toll passed 44, while Vermont contended with what its governor called the worst flooding in a century, and streams also raged out of control in rural, upstate New York. At the same time, nearly 5... More »

Irene Lands in NJ, Big Apple Braces

'Time for evacuation is over,' says Bloomberg

(Newser) - Barely a hurricane but massive and packed with rain, Irene lumbered onto the New Jersey shore this morning on its way toward pummeling New York, which the AP reports turned eerily quiet as the city hunkered down. The National Hurricane Center said the center of the huge storm reached land... More »

6 Die, 1.9M Lose Power as Irene Drenches Virginia

Hurricane Irene works her way north

(Newser) - Hurricane Irene is here, unloading a foot of rain on North Carolina and Virginia and ripping power lines from poles and snapping trees in half. Six people are dead and nearly 1.9 million customers are already without power, reports AP . NYC's mass transit system has been shut down,... More »

Hurricane Irene Has 'Historic Potential'

Giant storm appears to be heading toward New York City

(Newser) - As Hurricane Irene continues to grow as it crosses the Bahamas and approaches the East Coast , the storm is on track to become historically huge, reports CBS News —and it could end up ranking among the likes of 1991's Hurricane Bob or 1954's Hurricane Carol. Based on... More »

Hurricane Igor on Course for Direct Hit of Bermuda

(Newser) - Hurricane Igor is on a collision course with Bermuda. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 2, but experts believe it could regain strength on its way to Bermuda to once again reach Category 3 status. The Bermuda Weather Service has likened Igor to Hurricane Fabian, which hit the... More »

Hermine Lashes Texas, Mexico

Flood warnings issued as tropical storm moves north

(Newser) - Flood warnings have been issued as Tropical Storm Hermine today made landfall in northeastern Mexico, where heavy rains triggered landslides that cut off small communities and destroyed dozens of dwellings, the AP reports. The storm crossed the Rio Grande and roared into the border region, reeling from Hurricane Alex earlier... More »

Hurricane Watch Issued for Texas, Mexico

Hermine likely to hit hurricane status before making landfall

(Newser) - A hurricane watch has been issued today for the coasts of Texas and Mexico in the Gulf as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches. The hurricane watch covers the area from Rio San Fernando, Mexico, northward to Baffin Bay, Texas. Hermine's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50mph. Additional strengthening is... More »

Earl Fades Off Into Canada

Storm glanced off Mass., weakened quicker than expected

(Newser) - The remnants of Hurricane Earl took aim at Nova Scotia early today after a brush with the Northeast that was far less intense than feared, dumping heavy, wind-driven rain on Cape Cod cottages and fishing villages accustomed to heavy storms. The worst of the damage amounted to a few hundred... More »

Hurricane Earl: Warning Issued for Massachusetts Coast

Storm's winds swirling at 145mph

(Newser) - Hurricane Earl barreled toward the Eastern Seaboard today as a powerful Category 4 storm with winds swirling at around 145mph. Forecasters were trying to pinpoint how close the strongest winds and heaviest surge would get to North Carolina's fragile chain of barrier islands, as the National Hurricane Center in Miami... More »

Hurricane Warning Issued for NC

Outer Banks empties out as East Coast readies

(Newser) - A hurricane warning has been issued for the North Carolina coast as powerful Hurricane Earl bears down on the East Coast, while a hurricane watch now extends into Delaware. Visitors have been evacuating Ocracoke Island in ferries and told to leave neighboring Cape Hatteras in North Carolina's Outer Banks, and... More »

Hurricane Forecaster Sees 'Hell of a Year' Ahead

Look out, Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Just what the Gulf Coast needs: a prediction that the Atlantic is in for a "hell of a year" in hurricanes. A leading forecaster tells Reuters that a shift in weather patterns over the last month suggests the season will be busy. "The numbers are going to go... More »

Ex-NBA Player to Haitians: 'Use Condoms'

Paul Shirley snidely offers 'kudos to poorest in hemisphere'

(Newser) - Former NBA player and sometimes ESPN contributor Paul Shirley tells Haitians to "use a condom once in a while" and snidely offers "kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere" in an open diatribe posted on the Flip Collective . Shirley, who played for the Phoenix Suns,... More »

Lightning Predicts Hurricane Intensity: Study

It may be useful in hurricane forecasting

(Newser) - A day before the gustiest part of a hurricane hits, nature sends a warning sign via lightning, researchers tell USA Today. A study of Category 4 and 5 storms yielded a strong correlation between the hurricanes’ intensity and lightning, making the latter a powerful gauge for places that don’t... More »

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