National Hurricane Center News

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, …

Storm Surge Gains New Alerts as Atlantic Hurricane Season Nears

As the people of New Orleans, New Jersey and New York know all too well, much of the death and damage caused by hurricanes isn’t from the wind. It’s from the storm surge. When the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season starts …

New Storm Surge Warnings to Begin With 2015 Hurricane Season

If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday. The separate storm-surge warnings will begin with the 2015 hurricane …

New Online Storm Surge Risk Map Unveiled

A new online mapping tool from the National Hurricane Center shows the risks of storm surge from Texas to Maine. The hurricane center launched the interactive map Tuesday. It allows residents along the East and Gulf coasts to evaluate their …

Tropical Storm Hanna Soaks Nicaragua, Honduras

Tropical Storm Hanna made landfall near the Nicaragua-Honduras border Monday, bringing heavy rains to an already waterlogged area. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was forecast to dump as much as 10 to 12 inches (25-30 centimeters) of …

After Los Cabos Landfall Hurricane Odile Weakens

Hurricane Odile, the strongest to hit Baja California Sur in decades, weakened slightly as it battered the Mexican peninsula with high winds and rain. Odile went ashore near the resort city of Cabo San Lucas at about 10:45 p.m. Mexico …

Improved Long Term Forecasts at Heart of National Hurricane Center’s Goals

Advancements in weather prediction tools have allowed the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to introduce two new products, a storm surge flood prediction map and a five day tropical weather graphical outlook map this year. James Franklin, branch chief of the …

North Carolina Arthur Damage Assessments Underway

Hurricane Arthur made landfall before midnight on July 3 near Cape Lookout, North Carolina, as a Category 2 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 100 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. State officials said no casualties have been …