Hurricane Season News

Storm Threats Loom Across Atlantic From Gulf of Mexico to Africa

While a tropical storm approaches Bermuda, the threat of more powerful systems is expanding across the Atlantic, from the Gulf of Mexico to Africa. Tropical Storm Paulette probably will become a hurricane on Sept. 13 as it nears Bermuda, possibly …

Florida Seizes on Low Rates for Hurricane Fund as Storms Start

With hurricane season barreling down on Florida, the state is seizing on low interest rates to borrow $2.25 billion for its catastrophe insurance fund. The State Board of Administration Finance Corp. is joining state and local governments that have rushed …

Hurricane Alpha? Amped Up Season Forecast, Names May Run Out

Already smashing records, this year’s hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is about to get even nastier, forecasters predict. In the coming months, they expect to run out of traditional hurricane names and see about twice as much storm activity as a …

Locals Seek Repairs After Storm Ate at Island Levee

NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Storm Cristobal ate away the beach of Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island to the huge sand-filled tube at the core of a protective levee, and the Army Corps of Engineers says permits and studies keep it …

Tropical Storm Fay Leaves About $400M in Insured Losses Behind

Tropical Storm Fay managed to cause about $400 million in insured losses after coming ashore in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 10 with 60 mph wind, even though it was downgraded to a tropical depression only nine hours after …

Skies Go Gray Over Florida, Gulf of Mexico on African Dust Blobs

Summer brings long hot days and afternoon thunderstorms across the U.S. Now you can add African dust to the mix. Two large blobs of dust blown off of Africa’s Sahara Desert are on their way to North America, driven by …

Oil Refineries, Offshore Drillers Face Hurricane Challenges Amid Pandemic

HOUSTON — As oil and gas companies began shutting offshore production before the first tropical storm of the season in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, experts said restarting wells and refineries will take longer and prove more costly this year …

Tropical Storm Lands in South Carolina Ahead of Atlantic Season

The Atlantic’s second storm of 2020 made landfall just east of Charleston, South Carolina, with the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season still almost a week away. Tropical Storm Bertha, with top winds of 50 miles per hour (81 …

Owner’s Latest Claim for Damaged Yacht Hits Shoal in Federal Appellate Court

James Shackleford paid $120,000 for a 65-foot sailboat in 2009, hoping to fix up the vessel and one day sail around the globe. That voyage never happened. Instead, the yacht that Shackleford christened Sea the World was struck by lightning. …

Busy Hurricane Season Does Less Damage, but Leaves Ominous Signs

The Atlantic Ocean has spawned lots of storms this season while doing much less damage than prior years. But warming waters promise trouble ahead. The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30, has been the eighth most-active in named …