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NOAA's May Hurricane Forecast Is Biggest Ever

It predicts up to 25 named Atlantic storms

(Newser) - It's an ominous pronouncement: "The forecast for named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes is the highest NOAA has ever issued for the May outlook," said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad in a Thursday news conference. NOAA predicts eight to 13 hurricanes and 17 to 25 named Atlantic storms,...

Death Toll Rises to 48 After Hurricane Devastates Acapulco

At least 36 remain missing

(Newser) - At least 48 people died when Category 5 Hurricane Otis slammed into Mexico's southern Pacific coast—most of them in Acapulco—Mexican authorities said Sunday as the death toll continued to climb and families buried loved ones. Mexico's civil defense agency said in a statement that 43 of...

Hurricane Otis Leaves Devastation in Acapulco
Acapulco Hurricane
Left at Least 27 Dead

Acapulco Hurricane Left at Least 27 Dead

Category 5 storm intensified rapidly and devastated Acapulco

(Newser) - The first casualty numbers are in for Hurricane Otis, which slammed Mexico's Pacific coast on Wednesday. At least 27 people were killed and another four are missing, reports the AP . One factor under review: why forecasters weren't able to predict the hurricane would intensify as quickly as it...

Category 5 Hurricane Slams Southern Mexico

Hurricane Otis, now a category 4, to drop up to 15 inches of rain in areas

(Newser) - Hurricane Otis slammed into Mexico's southern Pacific coast as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane early Wednesday, bringing dangerous winds and heavy rain to Acapulco and surrounding towns, stirring memories of a deadly storm in 1997. Now a Category 4 storm, the hurricane was expected to continue to weaken quickly...

Hurricanes Approach From Atlantic, Pacific

Los Cabos resorts prepare for Norma

(Newser) - Residents of Mexico's Los Cabos resorts rushed to prepare as Hurricane Norma headed toward the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula for an expected landfall Saturday, while in the Atlantic, Hurricane Tammy threatened to batter the islands of the Lesser Antilles. Businesses in Cabo San Lucas nailed...

Hurricane Lidia Makes Landfall as 'Extremely Dangerous' Storm

Category 4 storm makes landfall near Puerto Vallarta

(Newser) - Hurricane Lidia made landfall as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm Tuesday evening with winds of 140mph near Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta, the AP reports. The US National Hurricane Center said Lidia's eye appeared to have reached land near Las Penitas in the western...

Lidia Strengthens to Category 4 Off Mexico Coast

Hurricane could continue to strengthen before making landfall near Puerto Vallarta

(Newser) - Lidia became an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane Tuesday with winds of 140 mph as it took aim at Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta. The US National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Lidia could continue to strengthen just hours before making landfall. The hurricane was expected to make...

New England Braces for Effects of Hurricane Lee

Storm could make landfall in Maine Saturday

(Newser) - New England is bracing for heavy rains and wind from Hurricane Lee, which is currently on course to pass just west of Bermuda on a track that will take it toward Maine and Canada's Atlantic provinces. The hurricane, currently a Category 3 storm with winds of up to 115mph,...

Hurricane Lee Is Breaking the Mold, Experts Say

Storm could be the edge of a trend posing increasing threat to inland places

(Newser) - Hurricane Lee is rewriting old rules of meteorology, leaving experts astonished at how rapidly it grew into a goliath Category 5 hurricane. Lee—which just as quickly dropped to a still-dangerous Category 3 and held that strength Saturday—could still be a harbinger as ocean temperatures climb, spawning fast-growing major...

2023 Gets Its First Category 5 Hurricane

Hurricane Lee strengthening, hits wind speeds of up to 160mph

(Newser) - Hurricane Lee whirled through open waters toward the northeast Caribbean late Thursday, becoming the first Category 5 storm of the Atlantic season, the AP reports. Lee was not expected to make landfall although forecasters said tropical storm conditions are possible on some islands. Meteorologists said it was too early...

Lee May Soon Become 'Extremely Dangerous'

Tropical storm is set to evolve into a Category 4 or 5 hurricane by the weekend in the Caribbean

(Newser) - At the moment, Lee is a mere tropical storm churning its way through the Atlantic. By later Wednesday, however, it could be upgraded to a hurricane, and by Friday, it's expected to transform into an "extremely dangerous" one, reports Axios . "There is high confidence that Lee will...

Florida Braces for the 'Unprecedented' as Idalia Nears
'Unprecedented' Idalia
Barrels Into Florida

'Unprecedented' Idalia Barrels Into Florida

Hurricane made landfall as Category 3 storm along western Big Bend region

(Newser) - Hurricane Idalia briefly strengthened to a dangerous Category 4 storm, then fell back to Category 3 status on Wednesday morning as it made landfall in Florida's Big Bend region, where it threatened to unleash massive rainfall and life-threatening storm surges as high as 15 feet. As it made landfall...

Mandatory Evacuations Ordered in 8 Florida Counties

Hurricane Idalia set to make 'unprecedented' landfall in Big Bend region

(Newser) - Florida residents living in vulnerable coastal areas were ordered to pack up and leave Tuesday as Hurricane Idalia gained steam in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and threatened to unleash life-threatening storm surges and rainfall. Idalia had strengthened to a Category 2 system on Tuesday afternoon, with...

Nearly 50% of Florida Under State of Emergency

State braces for hurricane as another wreaks havoc in Caribbean

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Idalia, brewing off the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and threaten the US soon after. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40mph on Sunday when it was 95 miles from Cozumel, Mexico, and moving northeast at 3mph,...

Hilary Weakens, Speeds Up
Evacuations Precede Hilary

Evacuations Precede Hilary

Hurricane weakens as it picks up speed before reaching California

(Newser) - Hurricane Hilary has not yet made landfall in the US, but California officials already are calling for evacuations. The storm has weakened but accelerated, forecasters said, and probably will be downgraded to a tropical storm by Sunday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. But they still warn of "catastrophic and...

Natural Disasters Hit These States Most

But it's good to be in New England

(Newser) - If it seems like all you're doing lately is reading about wildfires, floods, droughts, tornadoes, mudslides, earthquakes, and on and on and on, well, you're not alone. While it might seem like natural disasters are inescapable, the folks over at WalletHub crunched some data—going back to 1980—...

For First Time in 84 Years, California Faces Tropical Storm
California Braces
for Rare Tropical Storm

California Braces for Rare Tropical Storm

Hurricane Hilary strengthens to Category 4, is expected to weaken before landfall

(Newser) - Hurricane Hilary is bearing down on California and the Southwest, driving the region to brace for heavy rain and strong winds. Hilary grew rapidly to Category 4 strength off Mexico's Pacific coast early Friday and it is expected to continue gaining strength before weakening Saturday. The storm "is...

This Year's Hurricane Season Could Be Brutal

NOAA revises prediction, says there's likely to be an 'above-normal level of activity'

(Newser) - More than two months after the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has revised its prediction that it's likely to be near-normal or below normal. NOAA says there's now a 60% chance of an "above-normal level of activity," with...

This Could Be Atlantic's First June Hurricane in 90 Years
Rare June Hurricane Is Possible

Rare June Hurricane Is Possible

Warmer ocean temperatures in the Atlantic are a factor

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Bret chugged toward the eastern Caribbean on Tuesday as forecasters warned it could strengthen into a rare June hurricane. Bret had maximum sustained winds of 40mph and was moving across the Atlantic Ocean at 17mph, per the AP . It's expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the...

Nicole Moves North After Toppling Florida Homes

Storm killed at least 2, wrecked dozens of buildings

(Newser) - Tropical Depression Nicole was moving through Georgia Friday morning after a day of causing havoc as it churned through Florida as a hurricane and then tropical storm. The rare November hurricane could dump as much as 6 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains, the National Hurricane Center said....

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