Entries in Hurricane (6)


From Haiti to the Florida Keys, Bracing for Isaac

Satellite image of Isaac on August 24, 2012. NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team(NEW YORK) -- As hundreds of thousands of people in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, hunkered down in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac to make landfall Friday night, a storm watch was issued for the Florida Keys.

Already Friday, Isaac had started to blast parts of the island of Hispaniola -- shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic -- with winds that are expected to reach 50 to 60 m.p.h. Downpours also could dump nearly two feet of rain in places.

Nearly 400,000 people are still living in makeshift tent cities in Haiti, more than two years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the region.

Aid workers Friday made a frantic last-minute effort to warn refugees, many of whom did not know a massive storm was on the way.

“The flimsier of these tents will be the first to go like kites into the sky,” said Bill Horan of the nonprofit group Operation Blessing International. “There’ll be people screaming, children terrorized.”

In addition to fears of flash flooding, those in the area were concerned about the spread of disease.

And in the Keys, locals were stocking up on supplies to brace for the first major storm to approach Key West in seven years. Isaac, said to be twice the size of a typical hurricane, is now just 48 hours out.

In Miami, big retailers were sold out of water, and people along the Keys were installing hurricane shutters and tying up boats.

Many tourists in the Keys told ABC News they intended to stay through the storm. Monroe county officials said Friday that since Isaac should still be a tropical storm when it reaches the Keys, they had decided not to issue a visitor evacuation.  Schools and government offices, however, will be closed Monday.

Isaac, which was originally feared to be headed toward the GOP convention in Tampa, will now likely bring heavy rain there with winds of up to 50 mph, but not the hurricane-force wind, rain and flooding that was originally predicted.

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Tropical Storm Carlotta Forms Off Mexico's Pacific Coast

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A storm system off the Pacific coast of Mexico -- strengthened from a tropical depression to a tropical storm overnight -- is on track to become a hurricane when it makes landfall on Friday.

As of Thursday morning, Tropical Storm Carlotta is moving northwest at 10 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, but that's expected to change soon.

"Right now we are expecting it to reach at least Category 1 hurricane strength before it nears the coast of Mexico on Friday morning, but certainly Category 2 intensity is not out of the question," Stacy Stewart from the National Hurricane Center in Miami says.

The National Hurricane Center says a hurricane watch is in effect for the south-central coast of Mexico, from Barra de Tonala to Punta Maldonado.  Heavy rainfall could impact tourism along the Mexican Riviera, including popular hot spots like Acapulco.

"Right now most of the computer models we have indicate that the storm will slow down and possibly stall in the general vicinity of Acapulco and of course that would just keep the heavy rainfall ongoing much longer than if the storm would just move through and get out of the area," Stewart says.

That could lead to flash flooding and mudslides, she adds.

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Category 3 Hurricane Jova Headed for Southwest Mexico

NOAA/National Weather Service/ National Hurricane Center(MIAMI) -- Mexicans are bracing for Hurricane Jova on Tuesday as the category three storm inches closer to the Southwestern part of the country.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicts Jova will make landfall near the tourist hotspot of Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding areas by Tuesday evening.  As of early Tuesday morning, the storm was about 150 miles southwest of Manzanillo and moving north-northeast at about 6 mph.

Jova has maximum sustained winds of around 115 mph but it could fluctuate in strength as it makes its way towards the Mexican coastline.  The National Hurricane Center says the storm "is expected to reach the coast of Mexico near major hurricane strength."

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Tropical Storm Katia Forms off West African Coast

NOAA/National Weather Service/ National Hurricane Center(MIAMI) -- Hurricane Irene has come and gone, and now another storm is threatening to take her place and become the latest hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season.

Originally a tropical depression, the storm picked up strength off the West African coast overnight to become Tropical Storm Katia on Monday.

Katia is currently located over 500 miles west/southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, according to Michael Brennan, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Although "it's a minimal tropical storm," Brennan says Katia could gain some muscle by the end of the week.

"We do expect the system to strength over the next several days.  It could be near hurricane strength by the time we get to late Wednesday, early Thursday," he says.

As for whether the storm poses a threat to the United States, Brennan says it's still too early to tell.

"It's just too far out and the weather patterns are too changeable...once we get beyond four or five days," he says.

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Now a Hurricane, Tomas Bears Down on Caribbean

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MIAMI) -- Tropical Storm Tomas is now a category one hurricane that forecasters predict will dump 4 to 8 inches of rain on the Windward Islands before moving into the Eastern Caribbean.

“We're expecting it to steadily strengthen to a major hurricane…and at that point the storm should be positioned somewhere south of Hispaniola or southeast of Jamaica,” said John Cangialosi of the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is not expected to hit the U.S. mainland, but Cangialosi says it could affect Puerto Rico.

Tomas is the 12th hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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'Richard' Strengthens, Becomes Hurricane

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Tropical Storm Richard strengthened to a category one hurricane Sunday, and continues to inch closer to Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

"Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 85 miles per hour and therefore it is a hurricane," said Dave Roberts at the National Hurricane Center.

Belize has issued a hurricane warning for its coastline.

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