National Hurricane Center News

Counting Deaths After a Hurricane Difficult

How many people died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria? It’s a question that has been debated since the powerful storm slammed into the island and devastated the U.S. territory last year. It’s also raised questions about how officials go …

Harvey’s 5-Day Rainfall in Texas Unprecedented in U.S.

The U.S. has never experienced the amount of rainfall across such a vast area as that brought by Hurricane Harvey when it struck Texas, according to a report released this week. More rain fell over a five-day period, and on …

Florida Makes Few Changes for Upcoming Hurricane Season

Florida’s governor and Legislature promised a dizzying array of fixes following the devastation of last year’s hurricanes. But heading into a new storm season, the state has enacted only a few changes – the largest aimed at protecting seniors in …

Gulf Coast Meteorologist to Lead National Hurricane Center

A meteorologist who aided emergency response efforts along the Gulf Coast after the 2010 oil spill has been tapped to lead the U.S. government’s hurricane forecasting hub in Miami. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that Kenneth Graham …

Irma Strengthens to a Cat 5 Hurricane, Threat Grows for Florida

Florida declared a state of emergency before a possible hurricane strike after Irma strengthened to become a Category 5 storm on its approach to the Caribbean. Irma’s maximum winds rose as high as 175 miles an hour (280 kilometers an …

Cindy Disrupts Business as States Warned of Catastrophic Flooding

Tropical Storm Cindy has halted service at a major oil terminal in the Gulf of Mexico, prompted some evacuations at rigs and platforms and put states from Texas to Florida on notice for life-threatening floods. Cindy was 200 miles (322 …

Storm Bonnie Could Dampen Holiday Cookouts Off Southern Coast of U.S.

A storm that would be named Bonnie threatens holiday cookouts and celebrations along the U.S. coast from North Carolina to Georgia over the Memorial Day weekend. If the low-pressure system now northeast of the Bahamas develops, it will become the …

Hurricane Patricia, Stronger Than Katrina, Bears Down on Mexico

A hurricane stronger than Katrina in 2005 and Andrew in 1992 is poised to hit Mexico’s biggest ports and holiday resorts within hours. Hurricane Patricia, the strongest ever recorded in the Eastern Pacific or Atlantic Basin, is forecast to go …

Joaquin Jumps to Category 3 Hurricane, Could Hit East Coast

Joaquin became a major hurricane as it tears toward the Bahamas and government forecasters said they can’t rule out a strike on the U.S. East Coast as early as Sunday. The 10th storm of the Atlantic season had top wind …

Wind Shear, Dry Air Curb Atlantic Storm Activity at Season Peak

The day during the Atlantic hurricane season when a tropical storm or worse is most likely to be swirling around the basin may come and go with a whimper. The best the Atlantic probably will come up with by Thursday, …