Gulf Coast News

Iota Set to Become 30th Named Storm in Historic Hurricane Season

A system swirling across the central Caribbean is expected to become Tropical Storm Iota Friday as it heads toward hurricane-ravaged Central America. Iota is forecast to reach hurricane-strength and approach Nicaragua and northeastern Honduras as early as Sunday night, the …

Louisiana Bracing for 6th Hurricane to Make U.S. Landfall This Year

MORGAN CITY, La. — Louisiana residents still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Forecasters …

Tropical Storm Sally Menaces New Orleans, U.S. Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Sally’s flooding rains are set to reach the U.S. Gulf coast late Monday as the storm grows into a hurricane, making landfall somewhere between New Orleans and Alabama and potentially causing as much as $4 billion in losses …

Hurricane Laura Approaches Gulf Coast Forcing Tens of Thousands to Evacuate

Hurricane Laura was bearing down on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday, threatening fierce winds and storm surge from San Luis Pass, Texas to Ocean Springs, Mississippi and prompting thousands to evacuate before an expected Thursday landfall. The storm strengthened …

Hanna’s Rain Remains Biggest Threat to Virus Hot Spot Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — South Texas braced for flooding Sunday after Hanna roared ashore as a hurricane the day before, bringing winds that lashed the Gulf Coast with rain and storm surge to a part of the country trying to …

Houses in Hurricane Strike Zones are Built Back Bigger

A study of hurricane-hit areas of the United States has revealed a trend of larger homes being built to replace smaller ones in the years following a storm. The research, led by the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom …

Study Finds Greenhouse Gases to Billow on Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Boom

HOUSTON, Jan 14 — A multi-billion dollar boom in petrochemical plants proposed along the U.S. Gulf Coast could pump as much greenhouse gas into the air as 131 coal-fired power plants by 2030, according to a study released on Tuesday …

Florida Timber Farmers Face Tough Choices Year After Michael

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard’s neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty …

Houston Begins Cleanup After Almost 4 Feet of Rain Falls

Imelda’s rains have largely left Houston, but the city and the surrounding region are reeling from the fallout. Much of the area remains flooded, with homes and businesses damaged, hundreds of abandoned cars left on highways, water systems compromised and …

Dorian Sets Course Toward Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Florida

Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to strengthen, potentially approaching hurricane status by the time it gets to Puerto Rico Wednesday, but it won’t pack the same punch as other storms in recent years. Dorian was about 15 miles (24 kilometers) …