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Tropical Storm Humberto dumps rain on hurricane-hit Bahamas

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:51 AM

The tropical storm slows down relief efforts after Hurricane Dorian ravaged parts of the Bahamas

HUMBERTO APPROACHES. A woman walks on the beach as a storm approaches in Nassau, Bahamas, on September 12, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Dorian kills 5 in Bahamas, U.S. evacuates southeast coast

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis calls the hurricane, now a category 3 storm, a 'historic tragedy' for the archipelago.

DORIAN. A man crosses the street in the pouring rain in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 2, 2019. Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP

Braced for Barry: New Orleans girds for 'extreme' storm

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump declares a state of emergency in response to a request from the Louisiana governor

PREPARING FOR BARRY. Sandbags line store front of a barber shop in preparation for tropical storm Barry in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 11, 2019. Photo by Seth Herald/AFP

Hurricane Willa slams Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Forecasters warn that even at Category 3, the major storm still has the potential to unleash deadly flooding and landslides

WILLA. Workers use tape to protect windows from Hurricane Willa, before its arrival in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 23, 2018. Photo by Rashide Frias/AFP

Mexico braces for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Willa now has maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center

Satellite image for Hurricane Willa as of 03:00 UTC (11 am Manila time) October 23, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Florence 'unloading epic amounts of rainfall' in North Carolina

Sep 16, 2018 - 12:12 AM

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warns residents against returning home because of the dangers posed by rising floodwaters

FLOODed. Flood waters from the Trent River inundate a park in Pollocksville, North Carolina on September 14, 2018 during Hurricane Florence. Photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Florence turns deadly, unleashing 'catastrophic' floods on Carolinas

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:31 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Despite the downgrade the National Hurricane Center says Florence continues to cause 'catastrophic' flooding and severe rains over North and South Carolina

NOW A TROPICAL STORM. Neighborhoods are flooded after the storm surge from Tropical Storm Florence flooded the Neuse River on September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Florence smashes into US east coast, rescuers scramble

Sep 14, 2018 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 am (1115 GMT) on Friday, September 14

HURRICANE FLORENCE. Storm clouds are seen over the 2nd ave pier as the force of Hurricane Florence is beginning to be felt on September 14, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, United States. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Over a million told to flee as Hurricane Florence stalks U.S. East Coast

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Florence, now a Category 4 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, 'is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane' through Thursday, September 13

HURRICANE FLORENCE. This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 12:15:31 UTC on September 10, 2018, shows Hurricane Florence off the US east coast in the Atantic Ocean. Photo by Lizabeth Menzies/NOAA/RAMMB/AFP

U.S. Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Nate proves weaker than expected

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:21 AM

(4th UPDATE) Hurricane Nate weakens rapidly overnight after making landfall twice as a Category One storm

BILOXI,MS-OCTOBER 7, 2017: The eye of Hurricane Nate pushes ashore at a category 1 storm in Biloxi, Mississippi October 7, 2017. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Maria could produce a 'dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves' that would raise water levels by 4 to 6 feet

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma's path

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma's destructive passage

Norma reaches hurricane strength in Pacific near Mexico – NHC

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Tropical Storm Norma is likely to churn toward the Los Cabos resort area

HURRICANE MAX. Residents wade through a street flooded by the intense rains of Hurricane Max in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on September 14. Photo by Francisco Robles/AFP

Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

Category Two Hurricane Irma forms in eastern Atlantic – U.S.

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:54 PM

UPDATED Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days says the Miami based National Hurricane Center

HURRICANE IRMA. Image from the National Hurricane Center at

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Nicole heads toward Bermuda

Oct 13, 2016 - 11:58 AM

UPDATED US National Hurricane Center: On the forecast track the core of Nicole will pass over or near Bermuda on Thursday October 13

Hurricane Matthew lashes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Oct 07, 2016 - 6:16 PM

3rd UPDATE Emergency services are on lockdown and millions of people are urged to evacuate Matthew hit Haiti as a Category Four hurricane but weakened as it approached the US mainland

Commuters make their way past an electric board in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Second hurricane, Nicole, forms south of Bermuda – US monitor

Oct 07, 2016 - 2:49 AM

Nicole packs 130 kilometer per hour 80 mph winds and is set to strengthen slightly in the coming 24 hours triggering swell and rough conditions in Bermuda although no hurricane warning has been issued at this stage

HURRICANES. Image from the US National Hurricane Center.

Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba brace for Hurricane Matthew

Oct 02, 2016 - 3:42 PM

3rd UPDATE Cuban President Raul Castro personally oversees emergency operations in the city of Santiago just hours before the hurricane is expected to hit

HURRICANE MATTHEW. This NOAA-NASA GOES East satellite photo shows storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean on October 1, 2016. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Powerful Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Jamaica, Haiti

Oct 01, 2016 - 1:29 PM

3rd UPDATE Matthew weakens into a still dangerous Category 4 hurricane says the US National Hurricane Center

HURRICANE MATTHEW. This NOAA GOES East satellite visible image released September 30, 2016 shows Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea at 1845 UTC on September 29, 2016. NOAA/AFP

Hurricane Newton crashes into Mexico resort

Sep 07, 2016 - 12:24 AM

The powerful storm packs 145 kilometer 90 mile per hour winds as it makes landfall before dawn at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula

NEWTON,. This NASA-NOAA GOES West satellite photo taken 1500 UTC September 5, 2016 shows Tropical Storm Newton (now Hurricane Newton) off the western coast of Mexico. Photo by NASA-NOAA GOES Project/ AFP

Hermine crashes holiday weekend on US East Coast

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:32 AM

Downgraded to a tropical storm Hermine could be near hurricane intensity by Sunday says the National Hurricane Center

AFTERMATH. Peter Stafani, owner of the Cedar Cove resort, surveys damage to what had been the bar area of his property left behind by the winds and storm surge associated with Hurricane Hermine which made landfall overnight in the area on September 2, 2016 in Cedar Key, Florida. Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

Hermine downgraded to tropical storm, lashes Florida coast

Sep 02, 2016 - 4:28 PM

UPDATED Hermine made landfall as a Category One hurricane around 1:30 am local time 0530 GMT near St Marks just south of Tallahassee

STORM SURGE. A person wades through the storm surge from Hurricane Hermine past Bo Lynns Grocery on September 1, 2016 in Saint Marks, Florida. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Hermine strengthening as it churns for Florida

Sep 01, 2016 - 9:01 PM

UPDATED This is life threatening This hurricane is strengthening says Governor Rick Scott

PREPARING FOR HERMINE. Dale Barstow pulls his boat from the water ahead of tropical storm Hermine on August 31, 2016 in the Shell Point community near Saint Marks, Florida. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

TS Madeline targets Hawaii as Hurricane Lester tears across Pacific

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Hurricane Lester is likely to weaken in the next days but Tropical Storm Madeline is expected to strengthen into a hurricane

This August 27, 2016 NASA satellite image shows Tropical Storm Madeline (14E) in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Storm Madeline picked up speed as it headed towards Hawaii on August 28. Tropical Storm Madeline is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane by August 29, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / NASA / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Hurricane Gaston gains strength in the Atlantic

Aug 28, 2016 - 12:27 PM

UPDATED There are no coastal watches or warnings so far but Gaston is expected to strengthen further

GASTON AT SEA. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Storm Gaston in the Central Atlantic Ocean on Aug 25, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. EDT (16:15 UTC) Credits: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Storm Gaston expected to become hurricane again – US monitor

Aug 27, 2016 - 9:27 PM

The 5 day forecast predicts however that Gaston will switch directions on Tuesday and move northeast back into the open ocean away from the US mainland

This NOAA image taken by GOES East on August 24, 2016, shows weather disturbance Invest 99L to the west near Puerto Rico and Tropical Storm Gaston to the east. NOAA / AFP

Storm Lester becomes a hurricane in the Pacific – US monitor

Aug 27, 2016 - 1:00 PM

There are no coastal watches or warnings because Lester is moving west into the Pacific says the US National Hurricane Center

This NASA-NOAA GOES West satellite image shows Tropical Storm Lester in the Pacific Ocean off of Mexico on August 25, 2016 at 1445 UTC. The storm is heading towards the Pacific, and has strengthened into a hurricane on Friday. NOAA-NASA GOES Project / AFP

Tropical Storm Earl hits Mexico, maintains intensity

Aug 05, 2016 - 5:34 PM

After sweeping into the southern Mexican state of Tabasco around 7 pm 0000 GMT Friday Earl is expected to maintain strength

TROPICAL STORM EARL. A handout picture made available by the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) shows members of the national army emergency and rescue team (UHR) working at a fallen bridge damaged after strong rains hit the region, following the passage of Tropical Storm Earl, in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala, August 4, 2016. Photo by CONRED/EPA

Patricia grows into major hurricane threatening Mexico

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:54 AM

The US National Hurricane Center says preparations should be rushed to completion as Patricia increases ominously from a category two to a category four storm in the 5 level Saffir Simpson scale

HURRICANE PATRICIA INCOMING. Waves break on the beach in Boca de Pascuales, Colima State, Mexico, on October 22, 2015. Photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

Hurricane Olaf forms in the eastern Pacific

Oct 18, 2015 - 5:40 PM

The storm is currently located some 2 780 kilometers west southwest of the southern tip of Mexico s Baja California peninsula

OLAF. This image obtained from NASA shows Tropical Storm Olaf in the eastern Pacific far from land and could become a hurricane on October 18, 2015, US forecasters say. AFP Photo

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Sep 30, 2015 - 12:29 PM

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Tropical storm Joaquin strengthens, Hurricane Marty downgraded

Sep 30, 2015 - 7:52 AM

At 2100 GMT Joaquin is located 405 miles 650 kilometers east of the northern Bahamas with top sustained winds of 65 miles 100 kilometers per hour the Miami based National Hurricane Center NHC says

TROPICAL STORM MARTY. Fishermen protect their boats during heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Marty, in the port of Acapulco, Mexico, September 29, 2015. Photo by Francisca Meza/EPA

Hurricane Gonzalo makes direct hit on Bermuda

Oct 18, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Thousands of terrified residents were plunged into the dark as Hurricane Gonzalo made a direct hit on Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo bears down on the Bahamas

Oct 16, 2014 - 8:16 AM

The hurricane center declares the storm a Category 3 on the five point Saffir Simpson scale meaning its high winds would wreak devastating damage if it touches land

On Oct. 15 at 11:15 a.m. EDT NOAA's GOES-East satellite saw Gonzalo had tightly wrapped bands of thunderstorms spiraling into the center of its circulation. Image Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

Powerful Hurricane Odile lashes Mexico

Sep 14, 2014 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED The narrow Baja California peninsula is hit especially hard with mountainous areas in some western states expected to see up to 38 centimeters 15 inches of rain from the storm

This NOAA GOES-West image taken Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. EDT shows Tropical Depression 16E (left) is about 10 times smaller in comparison to Tropical Storm Odile (right). Image Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

Hurricane Marie becomes powerful category 5 storm off Mexico

Aug 25, 2014 - 7:44 AM

6 Mexican states brace for heavy rain and dangerous waves

TROPICAL TRIO. Remnants of storm Lowell, Tropical Storm Karina, and Hurricane Marie are seen from space, 24 Aug 2014. NASA/NOAA's GOES Project

Hurricane Arthur heads north after US East Coast landfall

Jul 04, 2014 - 7:03 PM

The National Hurricane Center said Arthur is headed northward off the coast as it moves toward the mid Atlantic region toward New England and Nova Scotia Canada

ARTHUR. A handout satellite image released by the US National Oceanic and Atmispheric Administration (NOAA) on July 4, 2014 shows hurricane Arthur, closing on the coast of North Carolina, USA. NOAA/EPA

Hurricane Raymond threatens hard-hit Mexican coast

Oct 22, 2013 - 11:37 AM

The southwestern state of Guerrero pummeled by Tropical Storm Manuel in September closed schools shut down seaports and evacuated residents

Hurricane, tropical storm combine to kill 20 in Mexico

Sep 16, 2013 - 7:44 AM

Manuel made landfall on the Pacific side while Ingrid a category one hurricane was expected to reach the coast on the Gulf of Mexico on Monday

THREE SYSTEMS. A NASA satellite image taken September 15, 2013 shows three weather systems: (L-R) Tropical Storm Manuel, Hurricane Ingrid, and the remnants of storm Humberto. Image courtesy NASA

Hurricane Ingrid barrels toward Mexico: US forecasters

Sep 15, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Forecasters said Ingrid would likely dump 25 38 cm of rain over a large part of eastern Mexico which could result in flash floods and mudslides

INGRID. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this visible image of then-Tropical Storm Ingrid at 11:55 a.m. EDT on Sept. 13. It has been upgraded into a hurricane. Image courtesy NASA GOES Project

Deadly Superstorm Sandy crashes into US East Coast

Oct 30, 2012 - 8:05 AM

UPDATED Authorities warned the threat to life and property was unprecedented and ordered hundreds of thousands of residents in cities and towns from New England to North Carolina to evacuate their homes and seek shelter

NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast on Monday, Oct. 29 at 9:10 a.m. EDT. Sandy's center was about 310 miles south-southeast of New York City. Tropical Storm force winds are about 1,000 miles in diameter. Credit: NASA GOES Project

U.S. East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy

Oct 29, 2012 - 8:47 AM

Residents of the US East Coast home to 50 million Americans stocked up on emergency provisions as forecasters warned of widespread damage mass power outages and disastrous flooding

NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of the massive Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28 at 1302 UTC (9:02 a.m. EDT). The line of clouds from the Gulf of Mexico north are associated with the cold front that Sandy is merging with. Sandy's western cloud edge is already over the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. (Credit: NASA GOES Project)

Hurricane Isaac makes landfall, New Orleans braces

Aug 29, 2012 - 10:35 AM

Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana and barreled towards New Orleans seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Big Easy

The MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Hurricane Isaac as it approached Louisiana on Aug. 28 at 12:30 p.m. EDT. A large band of showers and thunderstorms stretched from the Carolinas, west over Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and into Louisiana, wrapping into Isaac's center of circulation when it was centered about 100 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

'Isaac' near hurricane force, New Orleans prepares

Aug 28, 2012 - 12:28 PM

UPDATED New Orleans braced for another major storm Monday Tuesday in Manila seven years after Hurricane Katrina swamped the fabled US city of jazz

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Isaac on Aug. 26 at 18:15 UTC (2:15 p.m. EDT) when it was over Florida and Cuba and the MODIS instrument captured this visible image of the storm. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Tropical Storm Isaac could hit Republican convention

Aug 22, 2012 - 10:06 AM

A tropical storm swirling in the eastern Caribbean has raised the remote possibility that this year s Republican National Convention could be more blustery than usual

Courtesy of the US National Hurricane Center.

'Ernesto' upgraded to hurricane

Aug 08, 2012 - 7:41 AM

Ernesto became the second hurricane of the Atlantic season on Tuesday August 7 Wednesday August 8 in Manila as it moved toward the Yucatan Peninsula

Image courtesy of NOAA.

Tropical Storm Beryl heads to southeast US coast

May 28, 2012 - 9:47 AM

Tropical Storm Beryl picked up speed and churned toward the southeastern US coast at near hurricane strength Sunday May 27 casting a shadow over the first big beach weekend of the US summer season