Hurricane Season News

`Back-Loaded’ Hurricane Season Bearing Down on U.S. Coast

Don’t be lulled by a quiet June and July, the real Atlantic hurricane season is about to kick off. The hurricane season runs from June 1 to the end of November. But the next six weeks — “the season within …

Flooded Mississippi a Threat as Hurricane Season Heats Up

NEW ORLEANS — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water …

Tropical Storm Barry May Form in Gulf of Mexico Later This Week

A tropical storm may loom in the Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday or early on July 11 as a low pressure system moves off Georgia into warm waters, gaining strength and threatening offshore oil and natural gas production. The patch …

U.S. Hurricane Season Is Unnecessarily Dangerous

Forecasters are expecting this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season to be roughly average, with about 14 named storms including six full-fledged hurricanes. Last week, the government finally dealt with the fallout from 2018, enacting a $19.1 billion relief package to …

U.S. Forecasters Predict Near Average 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season

U.S. forecasters expect the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1 to be near average in the number and intensity of storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. The forecasters estimate between two and …

Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Bring 13 Named Storms This Year

There’s a lot of reasons people think 13 is an unlucky number. This year may add another. At least 13 storm systems should reach tropical strength and get a name in 2019, with five becoming hurricanes and two spawning winds …

Hurricane Willa Becomes a Record Third Category 5 Storm off Mexico

Pushed on by warm water, Hurricane Willa exploded from a tropical depression to a Category 5 hurricane in 54 hours, making it the third such storm in the eastern Pacific this year, tying records set in 1994 and 2002, said …

Senate Votes for 4 Month Extension of Flood Insurance Program

The Senate voted Tuesday to extend for four months the program that provides flood insurance for nearly 5 million homeowners and business owners. The bill’s passage by an 86-12 vote averts a scenario in which people living in coastal communities …

Senate Passes $36.5B Disaster Aid Bill; President Signature Next

The Senate passed a $36.5 billion emergency aid measure Tuesday to refill disaster accounts, provide a much-needed cash infusion to Puerto Rico, and bail out the federal flood insurance program. The 82-17 vote sends the measure to the White House, …

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 …