2018 Atlantic hurricane season News

Michael Strengthens to a Category 4 Hurricane

Hurricane Michael, with winds strengthening to 145 miles an hour, is poised to be the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. since 2004, with a life-threatening surge and the potential to cause $16 billion in damage. Michael is about …

Florida in State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Michael

Tropical Storm Michael, on the verge of becoming a hurricane, is chugging toward the Florida panhandle on a path that may miss Gulf of Mexico oil platforms, but will bring driving rain and high winds to the region’s agricultural and …

As Hurricane Season Picks Up, LSU-Based Call Center Ready to Combat Disaster Fraud

Hurricane Florence is the first major hurricane of the 2018 season, and with Gordon now a tropical depression dumping several inches of rain on the Southeast, it’s safe to say hurricane season is in full gear. Forecasters are predicting three …

Tropical Storm Gordon Forecast to Strike Gulf Coast as a Hurricane

New Orleans is on edge and some offshore energy workers have been evacuated as Tropical Storm Gordon heads for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast. It’s expected to become a hurricane Tuesday, and threatens to spread flooding rains into the …

Atlantic Could See up to 7 Hurricanes in 2018 Storm Season

With four storms already in the books, the Atlantic is expected to produce a total of nine to 13 named storms during the six-month hurricane season that ends Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. That’s down from …

Early Start to Hurricane Season May Not Result in Many Storms

The Atlantic hurricane season may have gotten off to an early start this year, but it’ll probably end with a whimper – at least when it comes to the total number of storms. Twelve named storms are likely to form …

Cities Still Await 2017 Aid as New Hurricane Season Starts

Allen Owen, the mayor of Missouri City, Texas, wants to do more to protect his town from the next disaster. But the city hasn’t gotten any of the roughly $1 million in federal disaster funds he said it’s owed after …

CoreLogic: 6.9M Homes Face Hurricane Storm Surge Damage Risk, $1.6T in Potential Reconstruction Costs

More than 6.9 million homes along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts are at potential risk of damage from hurricane storm surge inundation with a total reconstruction cost value (RCV) of more than $1.6 trillion (Table 1), according to CoreLogic, a …

As Hurricane Season Begins Critics Ask if FEMA is Ready

With just a week to go before hurricane season, top jobs at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency remain vacant and critics say that will make it harder for the government to respond to disasters. FEMA lacks a second-in-command and …

Puerto Rico Ramps up Disaster Preparedness as Hurricane Season Nears

Federal and local officials said Thursday that they are stockpiling radios, food, water and generators in Puerto Rico and demanding rigorous emergency training to prepare the U.S. territory for dealing with any catastrophic storm as the Atlantic hurricane season approaches. …