Category 4 hurricane News

Puerto Rico Home and Business Owners Fight for Insurance Payout After Maria

Thousands of Puerto Ricans have been forced to drain their savings, close their businesses, or resign themselves to living with structural damage as they fight insurance companies over millions of dollars’ worth of claims that have gone unanswered or unpaid …

How Michael Grew Into a 155 MPH Category 4 Hurricane

Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns supercharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida’s Panhandle. Hurricane Michael was barely a hurricane Tuesday morning, with winds of 90 mph. A little over …

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 …

Florence Could Hit With a Punch Not Seen Since Hazel

The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch the Carolinas …

Weakening Hurricane Lane Still Threatens Hawaii With Damage

Hurricane Lane has lost some of its punch as it prepares to brush past Hawaii but still threatens to inflict “tens of millions of dollars” in damages on the islands. The storm weakened to Category 4 hurricane Wednesday – the …

Report Highlights Reasons for Extensive Damage After Harvey

An inconsistent regulatory environment and a lack of awareness by residents of the potential flooding dangers in and around Houston were among the factors that contributed to the heavy damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, according to a report released Thursday. …

Texas Announces $1B for Hurricane Harvey Mitigation Efforts

Texas communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey will be able to apply for more than $1 billion in federal funds that can be used on projects to help prevent or lessen damage from future storms, Gov. Greg Abbott …

Category 4 Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico Hard

Hurricane Maria slammed into southeastern Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm with the potential to inflict $30 billion in damages just two weeks after Irma ravaged the cash-strapped island. Top winds reached 155 miles (249 kilometers) per hour as …

Many Harvey Flood Victims Will Have to Pay Out of Pocket for Home Repairs

Homeowners suffering flood damage from Harvey are more likely to be on the hook for losses than victims of prior storms – a potentially crushing blow to personal finances and neighborhoods along the Gulf Coast. Insurance experts say only a …

South Carolina’s Hurricane History Altered as 1959’s Gracie Now Cat 4

Scientists reviewing old weather data recently changed South Carolina’s hurricane history, making Hurricane Gracie in 1959 only the third Category 4 storm in 165 years to strike the state. That means Gracie, which made landfall near Beaufort, joins Hurricane Hazel …