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Florida Beaches Run Short of Sand
Florida Beaches
Run Short of Sand

Florida Beaches Run Short of Sand

Federal legislation would permit importing sand

(Newser) - Florida beach communities have had to replenish their supplies of sand before, but there's renewed urgency after recent hurricanes. A consultant said Jacksonville's beaches lost about 1.2 million cubic yards of sand to Tropical Storms Ian and Nicole, more than the 2.7 billion pounds brought in...

Florida Braces for Another Powerful Storm

Nicole may hit as a hurricane later in the week

(Newser) - Subtropical Storm Nicole began strengthening and transitioning into a tropical storm early Tuesday as it churned toward Florida's Atlantic coastline, forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm's exact path remains uncertain, but it was expected to make landfall along Florida's coast as a...

'Hometown of Tomorrow' Kept Power on During Ian

Florida's Babcock Ranch, US' 'first solar-powered town,' didn't lose electricity

(Newser) - The stories out of Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian are harrowing and devastating , with a death toll that continues to climb . One town in the western part of the state, however, fared better than most, with Ian serving as a "true test for the community," per...

Who Wants to Give Birth in a Hurricane? No One, but She Did

Cape Coral resident Amanda Mahr's baby is named George, not Ian

(Newser) - Amid the nightmarish news out of Florida in the wake of Ian, a bright spot comes via a 10-pound, 6-ounce package delivered in Cape Coral. The New York Times reports on the plight of 36-year-old Amanda Mahr, and her husband, Matthew, 37, as they hunkered down to ride out the...

As Ian Bore Down on Florida, Political Barbs Continued

Storm didn't stop campaign ads from DeSantis, Demings, Rubio

(Newser) - On the one hand, seeing political ads on TV as a major storm rages outside your window might be a welcome distraction. Or, maybe you won't be in the mood to watch election-season nastiness as your roof shingles are getting ripped off by the wind. Apparently, several Florida politicians...

Now a Category 4, Ian Barrels Toward Florida

Hurricane-force winds, rainfall of up to 18 inches, 'life-threatening' storm surges expected

(Newser) - Hurricane Ian intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm as it approached Florida, and forecasters predicted it would retain top winds of 140mph until landfall Wednesday afternoon. Tropical storm-force winds and rain were already hitting the state's heavily populated Gulf Coast, with the Naples to Sarasota region at...

Hurricane May Be Category 4 When It Hits Florida

Tampa, other coastal areas brace for Ian on Wednesday

(Newser) - Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it approached the western tip of Cuba on a track to hit the west coast of Florida as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday, per the AP . Ian was forecast to hit Cuba and then become an even stronger Category 4 with top...

Florida Is Bracing for a Major Hurricane

State of emergency declared ahead of the arrival of Ian in a few days

(Newser) - Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian gained strength over the Caribbean and was forecast to become a major hurricane soon on a track toward the state, per the AP . DeSantis had initially issued the emergency order for two...

Pacific Has Its First Hurricane of the Season
Hurricane Agatha Makes
Landfall in Mexico

Hurricane Agatha Makes Landfall in Mexico

Forecasters warn of dangerous flooding, winds

(Newser) - Update: Hurricane Agatha made landfall at 2pm PDT Monday west of Puerto Angel, Mexico, bringing maximum sustained winds of 105mph. It's the earliest a Category 2 storm has made landfall on Mexico's Pacific Coast, CBS News reports. The US National Hurricane Center warned the area could face dangerous...

Former Trump Officials Tell 'Too Stupid for Words' Story

They say he asked if China might be launching weaponized storms at US

(Newser) - Rolling Stone is out with a previously untold story about the early days of Donald Trump's presidency. Two former administration officials as well as a third source tell the magazine that Trump, on multiple occasions from the time he took office until at least 2018, asked officials and...

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

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...

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