Tag: severe weather

Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Completely Without Power

Puerto Rico is completely without power after Hurricane Maria made landfall early Wednesday as a dangerous Category 4 storm, the first to strike the island since 1932. Early Thursday, Maria was a Category 3 hurricane nearing the Dominican Republic. In Puerto Rico, the hurricane ripped trees from the ground and caused widespread flooding, and more…

Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall in Puerto Rico as a CAT4

UPDATE: Hurricane Maria made landfall Wednesday morning as a strong Category 4 storm in southeast Puerto Rico, near the city of Yabucoa, the National Hurricane Center said. At landfall, Maria had sustained winds of 155 mph, just 2 mph short of Category 5 status. It was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in…

Irma Weakens To Tropical Storm Leaves Nearly 6 Million W/O Power

Nearly 6 million Florida residents were without electricity Monday morning—one of the biggest outages in U.S. history—as Hurricane Irma continued its record-breaking roar northward. As of 5 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said that even though Irma had dropped to Category 1 strength, there is still a danger of “life-threatening” wind, rain, and storm surge…

Florida Braces For Hurricane Irma As It Barrels Through Caribbean

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Thursday warned residents of South Florida to be prepared for evacuation as Hurricane Irma, now a Category 4 storm, makes its way north. Irma pummeled the Turks and Caicos Islands Thursday night and early Friday with sustained winds of up to 155 miles per hour after raking the Dominican…

Hurricane Irma Nears Category 5, Florida and Puerto Rico Prepare

The National Hurricane Center warned of an “increasing chance” Hurricane Irma will affect the U.S. East Coast, as the intensifying Category 4 storm prompted emergency preparations in Florida and Puerto Rico. As of Tuesday morning, Irma was 320 miles east of the Leeward Islands with winds clocking 150 mph—just 7 mph away from reaching Category…

Report: Trump To Request $6 Billion In Emergency Harvey Funding

President Trump reportedly plans to request about $6 billion in emergency funding on Friday to deal with the fallout in flood-ravaged Texas. Two administration officials cited by Bloomberg late Thursday said the president is also considering tying the funding request to a measure increasing the U.S. debt limit in a bid to prevent a default.…

At Least 20 Dead, 13,000 Rescued In Texas As Harvey Lands In Louisiana

Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall again Wednesday morning, this time near Cameron, Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing more rainfall to Louisiana after causing unprecedented flooding in Texas. Two new deaths were confirmed in Houston on Wednesday morning, raising the official storm death toll to 20, Texas officials said. In Houston, the main shelter…

FEMA Predicts 30,000 Texans Will Need Shelter In Harvey Aftermath

At a news conference Monday morning, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said that Tropical Storm Harvey will likely drive at least 30,000 people to temporary shelters as record floodwaters inundate Houston and a widening area of Texas. “This disaster’s going to be a landmark event,” Long said. More than 30 inches of rain have fallen in…

Potentially ‘Catastrophic’ Harvey Now Category 4 Hurricane

UPDATE: Potentially ‘Catastrophic’ Harvey Now Major Category 4 Hurricane A South Texas children’s hospital has begun airlifting its sickest infants out of the path of Hurricane Harvey and several counties have ordered mandatory evacuations amid fears the “life-threatening” storm due to hit Friday as a Category 3 will wreak devastation. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE…

Tropical Storm Harvey Strengthens As It Approaches Texas

BREAKING: UPDATE… Harvey is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE LIVESTREAM Tropical Depression Harvey in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico strengthened into a tropical storm on Wednesday, with top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. Now-Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to continue growing more powerful as…

Tropical Storm Emily Forms In The Gulf Of Mexico Off Coast Of Florida

Tropical Storm Emily formed Monday morning just west of Tampa, and is expected to move inland across the state, the National Hurricane Center said. Emily’s maximum sustained winds increased to near 45 mph as of 8 a.m. ET. Little change in strength is forecast until landfall occurs later Monday. Tropical-storm force winds extend up to…

National Weather Service Warns Of Powerful Northeast Snowstorm

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and New York starting Monday evening, as a powerful late-winter nor’easter approached, threatening to dump up to 18 inches of snow in some areas, with parts of Massachusetts possibly getting up to two feet of snow on Tuesday. Much of…

Report: 18 Dead in Southern Storms, Tornadoes [VIDEO]

At least 18 people have been killed in the last two days in sweeping storms that have hit Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. Tornadoes hit Georgia early Sunday morning, killing at least 15 people and injuring two dozen. Others died in Mississippi from tornadoes. More tornado watches have been issued for Monday in the Southeast…

Widespread Ice Storm Coats Midwest This Weekend

A major ice storm plus freezing rain will make for dangerous conditions across the Midwest this weekend, stretching as far as Texas and Washington, D.C. One motorist has already been killed by the storm, which is expected to lay down a glaze of ice up to an inch thick that will make travel difficult and…

Death Toll Rises To 7 In Eastern Tennessee Wildfires [VIDEO]

Authorities in Tennessee confirmed Wednesday that at least seven people have been killed in the wildfires that have swept through Sevier County. More than 700 homes and businesses have been destroyed, and the fire has likely burned at least 15,000 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains. Investigators believe the fire was caused by embers from…

Hurricane Matthew’s 100mph Winds Lash the Florida Coast

Hurricane Matthew dropped to Category 3 strength overnight, but still managed to bring sustained winds of about 120 miles per hour to Florida’s central Atlantic coast. Some 600,000 residents were reported without power early Friday morning, Gov. Rick Scott announced at a press conference. The deadly storm’s eyewall had approached within five miles of the…

Gov. Rick Scott: 1.5 Million In Florida Under Orders To Evacuate

Hurricane Matthew is approaching South Florida on Thursday morning. They warned that the strongest storm in the Caribbean in nearly a decade may cause “immense human suffering” and “loss of life” if precautions are not taken. National Weather Service officials said the storm, which is expected to return to Category 4 strength, was moving west…

Hurricane Matthew May Hit Florida As Category 4 [VIDEO]

Officials were bracing for Hurricane Matthew to hit Florida, as the storm was expected to regain Category 4 strength before making landfall. At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Matthew was located about 65 miles northwest of Cuba and was making its way north. The storm has killed nine people so far and left a damaged Haiti, still…

Hurricane Matthew Strikes Haiti, Heading To Florida [VIDEO]

Hurricane Matthew touch ground in Haiti Tuesday morning and is on the road to Cuba and the US. On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of Haitians huddled in evacuation shelters as 145 mile per hour winds lashed the impoverished island nation, killing at least three people and prompting cruise ships to change course. The governors of…

Hurricane Matthew: ‘Deadly’ Floods Expected In Jamaica And Haiti

Hundreds of Guantanamo Bay employees were evacuated as Hurricane Matthew tore through the Caribbean on Sunday with 145 mile-per-hour winds. The fierce storm is expected to slam Jamaica and Haiti on Monday, with the first effects already felt Sunday night and meteorologists warning of rainfall totals of as much as 40 inches. The U.S. National…

At Least 8 Tornadoes Hit indiana, Ohio [VIDEO]

A tornado outbreak occurred in Indiana and Ohio Wednesday afternoon and evening. Authorities declared a state of emergency in Howard County, Indiana, after an EF3 tornado clobbered the town of Kokomo. Damage is still being assessed across the midwest on Thursday morning after a series of tornadoes tore paths across Indiana and Ohio. Miraculously, only…

Obama Heads To Flood-Devasted Louisiana [VIDEO]

President Obama on Tuesday is visiting neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that have been devastated by floods that killed at least 13 people and damaged 60,000 homes. Republicans have criticized Obama for not cutting short his Martha’s Vineyard vacation last week to visit the flood zone. White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday defended Obama’s…

California Wildfires Destroy Homes And Force Hundreds To Evacuate

Firefighters are battling a 3,000-acre wildfire in Northern California that destroyed at least 175 buildings and forced about 1,400 residents to flee their lake community, authorities said Monday. The fast-moving Clayton fire broke out late Saturday afternoon off Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road, forcing the entire community of Lower Lake — located more than…

6 Dead in Louisiana Flooding, 10,000 in Shelters [VIDEO]

The federal government has declared a major disaster in southern Louisiana after massive flooding killed six people, destroyed homes, and left 10,000 in shelters, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. The four parishes hit the hardest in flooding that began Friday include Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge, and Livingston. Nearly 20,000 people have been pulled…

Tornado Kills 51 In China’s Jiangsu [VIDEO]

Extreme weather events have killed 51 people in eastern China and injured dozens more, state media say. Official news agency Xinhua reports that a tornado accompanied by torrential rain and hailstorms hit the province of Jiangsu on Thursday afternoon. Homes in Yancheng city were flattened, it adds. CCTV showed overturned vehicles, snapped street light poles…

Tropical Storm Colin Heading Toward Florida’s Gulf Coast [VIDEO]

The Nationals Hurricane Center reports of a tropical storm approaching Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Tropical storm warning was sent to the western Florida before the Center announced that the storm has been named, Colin. As it approaches the coast, Colin, has been increasing in speed and force. It is forecasted that the storm will produce…

Five Ft. Hood Soldiers Dead After Truck Overturns in Floods [VIDEO]

Five soldiers died and four more remain missing after an Army truck overturned Thursday during major flooding in Fort Hood, Texas. An additional three troops were recovered and are in stable condition. The service members are part of the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, and the 1st Cavalry Division.…

Violent F4 Tornado Strikes Oklahoma [VIDEO]

Garvin and Murray counties in central Oklahoma are under high alert Monday afternoon as a powerful F4 tornado touched down and began to wreak havoc throughout the rural area. Local news video of the twister showed the powerful storm ripping through power lines and rural homes after hitting the ground in Wynnewood. The tornado comes…

Canada’s Fort McMurray Wildfire Could Double in Size [VIDEO]

Authorities are concerned that the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray in western Canada could double in size by the end of Saturday. Over 88,000 people have already evacuated the area due to the blaze. Residents were ordered to evacuate on Tuesday once the fire reached city limits. Evacuees have been led in different directions by…

Kansas Wildfire Burns, Severe Storms Strike Indiana, Florida [VIDEO]

About one inch of snow fell on parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Easter Sunday and officials say the precipitation provided a boost to their efforts to contain a wildfire described as the largest in Kansas history. The fire began last week in Oklahoma and spread north to Kansas. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of…