Atlantic hurricane season News

Hurricane Names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate Retired

The names of hurricanes that killed hundreds of people in 2017 and helped cause more than $215 billion in damage have been retired, never to be used again for the Atlantic. Say good-bye, and good riddance, to Harvey, Irma, Maria …

National Hurricane Center Updates Irma Death Toll in US, Caribbean

The death toll from Hurricane Irma‘s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains, plus 85 fatalities indirectly linked to the storm, according to a …

Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Raised Again

Researchers again boosted the number of storms the Atlantic may produce before the hurricane season ends as a missing Pacific El Nino and warm waters present favorable storm conditions. As many as 16 named storms may form in the Atlantic …

Federal Budget Cuts May Hurt Hurricane Predictions

Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes – which has lagged behind storm track forecasting – could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, says the retiring chief of a team of U.S. hurricane …

Many Coastal Homeowners Remain Unfamiliar With Hurricane Deductibles

Almost five years after Superstorm Sandy, one third of homeowners in several coastal states are still unaware of hurricane deductibles and how they work, a new Insurance Research Council (IRC) poll has found. The findings come as the National Oceanic …

Sandy Nightmares Worry NYC Planners, Barrier May Come too Late

The warming Atlantic Ocean has raised the risk of another Hurricane Sandy. And still, trillions of dollars of real estate and infrastructure near the shores of New York City and northern New Jersey remain vulnerable to devastation. A storm-surge barrier …

El Nino Not Likely, Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Looms

Forecasters again lowered the odds of El Nino forming by year’s end, a scenario that may mean more Atlantic hurricanes at a time when federal agencies charged with predicting and responding to natural disasters lack top administrators. The updated forecast, …

Florida’s Dry While Rest of U.S. is Wet

Spring dumped so much rain on the U.S. that most of the country is drought-free for the first time in decades. But in parched Florida and Georgia, wildfires have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of forests and pastureland. There’s …

New Base for ‘Hurricane Hunter’ Planes on Schedule for Storm Season

The new home base for the U.S. government’s “hurricane hunter” aircraft is on schedule to open before the Atlantic hurricane season begins, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport officials said. The city was awarded a 10 year lease to house the planes. …

I.I.I.: 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Most Active in 4 Years

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season concluded yesterday with 15 named storms generating seven hurricanes, three of which were considered major ones, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it was the busiest …