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Governor Who Had Infamous Run-In With Hurricane Is Dead at 76

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, RIP

(Newser) - Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by Hurricane Katrina, has died. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office confirmed Blanco had died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette. She was 76, the AP reports. Blanco had... More »

Scientists Can't Predict Barry's Lasting Damage

Region faces rare confluence of events

(Newser) - Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage—and whether it will be at least partially offset by... More »

Barry Drenches Gulf Coast, but Spares New Orleans

Storm weakens, but could still cause disastrous flooding elsewhere

(Newser) - Weakened but still potent, Barry inundated the Gulf Coast but appeared unlikely to deluge New Orleans as it continued its slow advance. Still, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday urged residents across south Louisiana to stay "vigilant," warning that Barry could still cause disastrous flooding across a wide... More »

Barry Is Making Things Very Wet in Louisiana

One levee is overtopping and residents are being rescued

(Newser) - Barry briefly generated enough wind to become a Category 1 hurricane Saturday as it churned toward the Louisiana coast—but the storm's biggest threat appears to be rain, not wind, USA Today reports. Barry made landfall west of New Orleans just before noon with maximum sustained winds of 75mph,... More »

Barry Is Coming as Gulf Coast Braces

Tropical Storm Barry is expected to make landfall as a hurricane Friday or Saturday

(Newser) - New Orleans was bracing for a likely hurricane Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry formed over the Gulf, the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Barry is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast as a hurricane Friday night or early Saturday, AccuWeather reports; if it does... More »

Mississippi River Could 'Overtop' New Orleans Levees in Coming Storm

City braces for expected hurricane

(Newser) - Louisiana declared a state of emergency Wednesday as a severe storm swamped New Orleans and a possible hurricane was on its way. 's headline for its photo story: "New Orleans underwater." In a separate piece, reports the Mississippi River is expected to rise... 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 »

Hurricane Michael: Even Worse Than We Thought

The NOAA says it was really a rare Category 5 hurricane

(Newser) - Hurricane Michael was "unimaginable." It crushed entire Gulf Coast communities and killed dozens when it struck Florida last October. Now we know it was also the worst hurricane to hit America in 26 years, the BBC reports. Initially designated Category Four, Michael was upgraded Friday to Category Five... More »

Florida to Punish People Who Flee Hurricanes, Leave Pets Tied Up

Bill would make it an offense to abandon dogs during disasters

(Newser) - Leaving Fido to fend for himself outside during a hurricane could soon be a crime in Florida. Senate Bill 1738, which passed the state Senate Agricultural Committee with no opposition last month, makes it a first-degree misdemeanor to leave a dog restrained outside and unattended during a natural disaster or... More »

Hamilton Went to Puerto Rico, With Tears and Its Original Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised title role in emotional special fundraising performance

(Newser) - Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical Hamilton on Friday night to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise thousands of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Miranda took the stage for the first time since his... More »

Sign of 'What the Future Could Look Like' in Remote Hawaii

East Island disappears beneath Pacific waves

(Newser) - Hawaii might've grown a peninsula this year, but it's now lost a whole 11-acre island, and perhaps endangered seals and turtles along with it. East Island, the second-largest islet in the French Frigate Shoals atoll, a few hundred miles northwest of the Hawaiian island chain, has disappeared since... More »

Hurricane Willa Slams Into Mexico's Pacific Coast

Storm lashed penal colony before hitting mainland

(Newser) - Hurricane Willa swept onto Mexico's Pacific mainland with 120mph winds Tuesday night, hitting an area of beach towns, fishing villages, and farms after roaring over an offshore penal colony. The US National Hurricane Center says the hurricane hit as a dangerous Category 3 storm near Isla del Bosque in... More »

Powerful Hurricane Barrels Toward Mexico

Willa, a Category 5 storm, expected to make landfall Tuesday morning

(Newser) - Hurricane Willa grew into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm and swept toward Mexico's Pacific coast with winds of 160mph Monday, threatening a stretch of high-rise resort hotels, surfing beaches, and fishing villages, per the AP . The hurricane was expected to pass over or near the Islas Marias—a... More »

They Stayed to Brave Michael. Now, Dozens Are Missing

Rescue teams are on the hunt in Mexico Beach, one of the cities hardest hit by the hurricane

(Newser) - Chilling news out of Mexico Beach, Fla., where officials have been trying to track down hundreds of people who said they wouldn't evacuate before Hurricane Michael bore down on them. Although there's been just one confirmed death in the city—called the hurricane's "Ground Zero" by... More »

Searches Intensify After Another Body Turns Up

Rescuers continue to seek survivors in Mexico Beach, Fla.

(Newser) - Rescuers intensified efforts Saturday to find survivors who might be trapped amid the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, where one body has already been recovered, tempers are flaring, and power could be out for weeks, the AP reports. Crews with dogs went door-to-door... More »

Florida Coast Now 'Devastated Town, USA'

Air Force base suffered 'catastrophic damage'

(Newser) - The death toll from Hurricane Michael, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the mainland US, now stands at 11 , and authorities fear they will find more bodies as they search devastated communities in the Florida Panhandle and elsewhere. NBC News reports that 1.5 million people were without... More »

'Complete, Total Devastation' in Hurricane Michael's Wake

Some Florida towns now 'unrecognizable'

(Newser) - At least two people are now confirmed dead in one of the strongest storms on record to hit the mainland US—and some communities hit by Hurricane Michael are now unrecognizable. A man in Greensboro, Florida, was killed by a falling tree, authorities say, and an 11-year-girl was killed in... More »

Hurricane Michael Weakens After Killing at Least 1

Storm moves over Georgia after devastating hit on Florida

(Newser) - Hurricane Michael has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm as it moves over Georgia, and while it could be downgraded further by early Thursday, forecasters warn that it remains dangerous, reports Reuters . The storm—the biggest on record to hit the Florida Panhandle and one of the biggest ever... More »

'We Are in New Territory' as Michael Makes Landfall

Based on wind speed, it's 4th strongest hurricane at landfall on record

(Newser) - "We are in new territory," National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook. "The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle." Hurricane Michael is making landfall just within that speed range—the upper end of it.... More »

Florida Braces for 'Monster' Hurricane

Hurricane Michael has undergone rapid intensification

(Newser) - The Florida Panhandle is bracing for Hurricane Michael, which has undergone what forecasters call "rapid intensification" and is now threatening to hit the region as a Category 3 storm Wednesday morning. Gov. Rick Scott called the storm a "monster" Monday night and warned that we "haven’t... More »

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