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Future Hurricanes Could Form Where We Don't Expect

Climate change could move formation of tropical cyclones into the mid-latitudes

(Newser) - Climate change won't just make hurricanes more intense, it'll expand where they occur in an unprecedented fashion, or so says a new study published in Nature Geoscience . "This research predicts that the 21st century's tropical cyclones," meaning hurricanes and typhoons, "will likely occur over...

Hurricane Nicholas Makes Landfall in Texas
Hurricane Nicholas
Slams Into Texas

Hurricane Nicholas Slams Into Texas

Up to 20 inches of rain could hit parts of Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast on Tuesday, bringing the threat of up to 20 inches of rainfall to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-battered Louisiana. Nicholas touched down on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula,...

Tropical Storm Gains Strength Off Texas Coast

Nicholas could hit state as hurricane

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Nicholas gathered strength Monday and threatened to blow ashore in Texas as a hurricane that could bring up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-battered Louisiana. Nearly all of the state’s...

Levees Passed Big Test in New Orleans

But residents elsewhere had to be rescued from rising floodwaters

(Newser) - The damage done by Hurricane Ida is still being assessed—but levees and other flood protection measures strengthened in New Orleans since Katrina hit 16 years ago appear to have passed the test. The Flood Protection Authority said that as of Monday morning, water had not "overtopped" any of...

Images Emerge of Ida's Damage
Images Emerge
of Ida's Damage

Images Emerge of Ida's Damage

Hurricane 'came in and did everything that was advertised, unfortunately'

(Newser) - Hurricane Ida "came in and did everything that was advertised, unfortunately," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday as images of damage caused by one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the US mainland emerged. Rescuers set out in hundreds of boats and helicopters to reach...

Al Roker Defends His Hurricane Coverage

Viewers say 67-year-old is too old to be out in such storms, and he responds, 'try to keep up'

(Newser) - One of the reporters out in the storm as Ida pummeled Louisiana on Sunday was 67-year-old weatherman Al Roker. As Mashable notes, social media clips of Roker, including one from NBC all but boasting that he was being "pummeled by waves" as the storm bore down on New Orleans,...

All of New Orleans Loses Power as Ida Rolls Through

Power is out as hurricane is downgraded to a tropical storm

(Newser) - The entire city of New Orleans was without power Monday morning thanks to Hurricane Ida. The weather system is now over Mississippi, having been downgraded to a tropical storm 16 hours after making landfall in Louisiana, reports the AP . Despite the downgrade, storm surges, winds, and heavy rain pose a...

New Orleans Prepares for a Major Hurricane

Ida makes landfall in Cuba and is forecast to reach Louisiana on Sunday

(Newser) - Now a hurricane, Ida made landfall in Cuba on Friday and was on track to cross the Gulf and hit Louisiana hard Sunday as a Category 3 storm. "The forecast track has it headed straight towards New Orleans. Not good," said a senior scientist with the Climate Service,...

'Ida Certainly Has the Potential to Be Very Bad'

Louisiana declares emergency as tropical storm approaches

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Ida prompted a hurricane watch for New Orleans and an emergency declaration for the state of Louisiana as it pushed across the Caribbean toward an anticipated strike on Cuba Friday. Ida could be near major hurricane strength by the time it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, which forecasters...

Henri Weakens but Remains Dangerous
Henri Makes Landfall
in Rhode Island

Henri Makes Landfall in Rhode Island

Heavy rain has begun in Northeast, and storm's winds are reaching 70mph

(Newser) - Now a tropical storm, Henri hit the coast of Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon, with high winds that knocked out power to thousands of homes and rain that has brought flash flooding to the Northeast. Even as a tropical storm, Henri had wind gusts up to 70mph, the AP reports,...

Millions Warned That Henri Is Officially a Hurricane

The storm could weaken before making landfall Sunday

(Newser) - Henri is a hurricane now, upgraded from tropical storm Saturday morning. The National Hurricane Center had already warned that the storm could increase in intensity and hit New England. The storm’s sustained winds now exceed 74mph and it could ramp up even more, though “some weakening is expected...

New England Prepares for Hurricane's Direct Hit

Henri is a tropical storm now but could gain strength over the weekend

(Newser) - In a time of rare weather events, New England is preparing for another one: a hurricane. On Friday, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for much of New England, saying Tropical Storm Henri probably will become a hurricane and hit the Northeast coast over the weekend, NPR reports....

Tropical Storm to Quickly Follow Haiti Earthquake

Grace likely to hit devastated island

(Newser) - Even as rescuers and loved ones still search rubble for signs of life, Haitians are bracing for another disaster that could pile onto a death count that's already surpassed 300 in the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake . Per NBC News , Tropical Storm Grace looks likely to batter the ailing...

Elsa Could Hit Florida as a Hurricane

NHC says storm surge could hit Tampa area

(Newser) - The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Elsa is strengthening and could became a hurricane before making landfall along Florida’s Gulf coast early Wednesday. In addition to damaging winds and heavy rains, the the National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening storm surges, flooding, and isolated tornadoes. A hurricane warning...

Storm Warning Extended as Elsa Nears Florida

Storm expected to hit state's Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Florida's Gulf Coast has been placed under a tropical storm warning, with forecasters warning that Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to impact the Florida Keys late Monday and move across or near the coast Tuesday and Wednesday. The warning has been extended as far north as the Tampa Bay...

First Hurricane of the Season Has Already Broken a Record

Elsa is earliest E-named Atlantic storm

(Newser) - Florida may soon feel the wrath of Elsa—and it's going to be windy, not icy. Hurricane Elsa, which was preceded by Tropical Storms Ana, Bill, Claudette, and Danny, is the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season and the earliest E-named storm on record, reports AccuWeather . The...

Biden Doubles Budget for Extreme Weather Planning

FEMA funds community preparations before disasters hit

(Newser) - With wildfires, floods and other weather-related disasters steadily worsening, President Biden doubled the budget for communities trying to mitigate the destruction through preparation. The added $500 million will make for a total of $1 billion in a Federal Emergency Management Agency program that distributes money to do things like move...

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....

On the Heels of One Category 4 Storm, Another Rages in

Iota runs aground in Nicaragua 15 miles away from where Eta made landfall on Nov. 3

(Newser) - In a one-two punch, Hurricane Iota roared ashore as a dangerous Category 4 storm along almost exactly the same stretch of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful Hurricane Eta 13 days earlier, the AP reports. Iota had intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm...

Hurricane Season's 30th Storm Is Strongest Yet

Iota expected to bring catastrophic damage to Central America

(Newser) - Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened Monday into a Category 5 storm that is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by a powerful Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago. Iota has intensified over the western Caribbean on approach to Nicaragua and Honduras, the...

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