Tag Archives: hurricanes

FLORIDA: Death Toll Rises As Searchers Find Bodies

The Associated Press reports: Search-and-rescue teams began finding bodies in and around Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, an official said Friday as the scale of the storm’s fury became ever clearer. But he gave no details on the number of dead. The death toll across the South stood at 13, not counting any victims discovered ...

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Massive Storm Damage In Florida’s Panhandle [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The Category 4 hurricane was the fiercest to hit Florida in 80 years when it came ashore on Wednesday, but its strength waned as it pushed into Georgia. Early on Thursday, it was downgraded to a tropical storm, with top sustained winds diminishing to 60 miles per hour. More than 700,000 homes and businesses were without power ...

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Michael Blasts Ashore Near Cat 5 With 155 MPH Winds

The Associated Press reports: Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Michael tore away tree limbs and sent pieces of buildings flying as it struck the Florida Panhandle with potentially catastrophic winds and towering storm surge. The storm made landfall near Mexico Beach as a Category 4 Hurricane with 155 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center ...

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FLORIDA: “Unprecedented” Michael To Make Landfall At Category 4, Gov Says It’s Too Late To Leave [VIDEO]

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Michael roared down on the Florida Panhandle strengthening into a Category 4 hurricane early Wednesday before it crashes against the region’s white-sand beaches, fishing villages and coastal communities later in the day. The unexpected brute that quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression grew swiftly, rising in days to a catastrophic storm. Around midday it ...

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“Monstrous” Hurricane Michael Reaches Category 3

The Associated Press reports: An estimated 120,000 people along the Florida Panhandle were ordered to clear out on Tuesday as Hurricane Michael rapidly picked up steam in the Gulf of Mexico and closed in with winds of 120 mph and a potential storm surge of 12 feet. Beach dwellers rushed to board up their homes and sandbag their properties against ...

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Hurricane Michael Intensifies Rapidly, Cat 4 Landfall Possible, Evacuations Ordered In FL Panhandle [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Hurricane Michael rapidly intensified on Monday between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba, and is headed for Florida’s Big Bend region — likely coming ashore between Destin and Apalachicola on Wednesday — as a major Category 3 or 4 storm. Hurricane and storm surge warnings are now in effect for parts of Florida, with watches extending west into Alabama. ...

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Hurricane Watch Issued For Florida’s Gulf Coast

The Associated Press reports: A tropical storm off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has rapidly strengthened and could become a dangerous hurricane before an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasters said Monday. By Monday morning, Tropical Storm Michael’s maximum sustained winds were near 70 mph (110 kph). The National Hurricane Center expected Michael to become a ...

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Florence Makes Landfall With 10-Foot Storm Surge

CNN reports: Hurricane Florence has made landfall in North Carolina, but its crawling pace and overwhelming storm surges are setting up hours and hours of destruction and human suffering — with dozens desperately awaiting rescue in one flooded town alone. The Category 1 hurricane, with wind of more than 90 mph and dumping 3 inches of rain an hour, made ...

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Florence Nears Landfall, Storm Surge Begins [VIDEO]

The Weather Channel reports: Hurricane Florence is spreading heavy rain and strong winds into the Carolinas, with landfall possible either overnight tonight or on Friday, kicking off an agonizing crawl through the Southeast into early next week, producing catastrophic inland rainfall flooding, life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds. As of late Thursday afternoon, Florence’s eye was located about 100 miles ...

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Hurricane Florence Forecast To Shift South [VIDEO]

The Weather Channel reports: Hurricane Florence is forecast to move slowly through the Carolinas and Southeast through this weekend and will cause catastrophic inland rainfall flooding, life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds. As of Wednesday morning, Florence was centered more than 500 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving west-northwestward. Florence is being steered toward the coast of the ...

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South Carolina Gov Orders Mass Evacuation Of Coast And Charleston, One Million Affected, Eight Counties

South Carolina’s The State reports: S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced a mandatory evacuation of the South Carolina coast on Monday. Eight counties along the coast would begin evacuating as of noon on Tuesday, McMaster said at a press briefing on Monday. McMaster said he would reverse lanes on four main roads to facilitate the evacuation. As many as a million ...

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Mandatory Evacuations Begin In Advance Of Florence

The Weather Channel reports: As Hurricane Florence’s threat to the Carolinas and Virginia became clearer, authorities and residents ramped up storm preparations Monday – including the first mandatory evacuations. Along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, all residents and visitors on Hatteras Island were ordered to evacuate starting at noon Monday, according to Dare County Emergency Management. The state’s barrier islands are ...

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Florence On Track To Slam Carolinas At Category 4

The Washington Post reports: Hurricane Florence is tracking toward the East Coast with inevitability rarely seen in storms several days away from landfall. While forecasters were careful to cite “high uncertainty” in recent days, their tone changed after watching the storm’s eventual path barely shift from what they had considered to be a worst-case scenario. Monday morning, as the storm ...

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East Coast Warned Of “Major” Hurricane Florence

AccuWeather reports: Florence, currently a Category 1 hurricane, is expected to regain major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher) as it continues to track westward and enters a favorable environment for intensification early this week. Florence became the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season last week, but later weakened due to a zone of strong wind shear ...

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Hurricane Watch Issued For Gulf Coast [VIDEO]

The Weather Channel reports: Tropical Storm Gordon is pushing into the Gulf of Mexico as it continues to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Florida. Gordon will head for a northern Gulf Coast landfall late Tuesday as a strong tropical storm or possibly a Category 1 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center has now issued a hurricane watch from the ...

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Puerto Rico Formally Hikes Hurricane Death Toll By 20X

The Hill reports: The Puerto Rican government acknowledged in a new report in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that more than 1,400 people likely died on the island because of the storm, roughly 20 times the previous number that had been provided. The government on Thursday published a report titled “Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation,” which outlines ...

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Study Concludes That Death Toll For Hurricane Maria Is 70 Times Higher Than Trump Administration’s Figure

The New York Daily reports: The number of people killed in Puerto Rico amid Hurricane Maria is at least 70 times higher than the official government death toll, according to a study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers in the United States and Puerto Rico estimated more than 4,645 people were killed as a result of ...

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New Federal Climate Change Report Contradicts Trump Administration: It’s Real And Humans Are Causing It

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday detailing the growing threats of climate change. The report stands in stark contrast to the administration’s efforts to downplay humans’ role in global warming, withdraw from an international climate accord and reverse Obama-era policies aimed at curbing U.S. greenhouse-gas output. The White House did not seek to ...

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Tenth Hurricane Of Season Ties 124-Year Record

The New York Times reports: With Tropical Storm Ophelia’s transition to Hurricane Ophelia on Thursday, 2017 became the first year in more than a century — and only the fourth on record — in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row reached hurricane strength. Franklin. Gert. Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. Lee. Maria. Nate. Ophelia. Ophelia, far out in the Atlantic, ...

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Hurricane Nate To Hit New Orleans At Category 2

USA Today reports: A swiftly moving Hurricane Nate strengthened in its race toward the U.S. mainland Saturday and is expected to be a Category 2 hurricane when it strikes the U.S. Gulf Coast between southeast Louisiana and Florida around midnight. States of emergency were declared in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as Nate — which has already killed at least 21 ...

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