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Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

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Satellite image as of October 15, 2:45 pm UTC. Image courtesy of NOAA

Irish authorities say Hurricane Ophelia can damage buildings and provoke ‘dangerous’ sea conditions as well as potential flooding

DUBLIN, Ireland (Oct. 16, 2017) — Britain and Ireland braced Sunday, October 15, for a lashing from Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal’s Azores islands. Continue reading Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

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An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 satellite of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Dominica on Tuesday, the day before it struck Puerto Rico. Credit: NOAA

This hurricane season has broken multiple records already

September 22, 2017 — On top of powerful winds and flooding, there was darkness. It came when the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power after Hurricane Maria’s onslaught Wednesday. The category 4 storm’s winds ripped through Puerto Rico starting around 7 a.m. Eastern time that Continue reading Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

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INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe

GUADELOUPE, France (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria headed towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 19, with the US National Hurricane Center warning of a “potentially catastrophic” impact after the storm battered the island of Dominica and other territories in the eastern Caribbean. Continue reading ‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in ‘potentially catastrophic’ hurricane

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BRACING FOR MARIA. A man and a boy nail a board over a window on September 18, 2017, in Trois-Rivieres, on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Cedrick Isham Calvados/AFP

The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 0115 GMT Tuesday with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says

GUADELOUPE, France (Sept. 19, 2017) — Hurricane Maria strengthened into a “potentially catastrophic” Category Five storm as it barreled into eastern Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma, forcing residents to evacuate in powerful winds and lashing rain. Continue reading Category-5 Maria makes landfall in ‘potentially catastrophic’ hurricane

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma’s path

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Caribbean Islands. NOAA

Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma’s destructive passage

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 18, 2017) — Maria was forecast Sunday, September 17, to surge to major hurricane strength as it nears the storm-battered eastern Caribbean with 85 mile (140 kilometer) per hour winds, the US National Hurricane Center said, on a path similar to that of mega storm Irma earlier in the month. Continue reading Hurricane Maria grows on Irma’s path

Florida Keys facing potential ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Irma aftermath

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People walk through flooded streets the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through Fort Myers, Florida. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Military crews were on standby with body bags for possible fatalities in the Keys while millions remain without power across Florida

September 11, 2017 — The horrific scale of Hurricane Irma’s trail of devastation across Florida was becoming evident on Monday as the remnants of the most powerful storm in Atlantic history limped north into Georgia and a demise over land. Continue reading Florida Keys facing potential ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Irma aftermath

Death toll rises as ‘apocalyptic’ Irma wreaks havoc across Caribbean

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Waves crash against the seawall in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean. Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

At least eight reported killed as unprecedented hurricane continues towards Haiti, Cuba, and possibly Florida, leaving devastation in its wake

September 7, 2017 — The death toll from Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, has risen to eight as the category 5 storm advanced across the northern Caribbean towards the US mainland on early Thursday morning. Continue reading Death toll rises as ‘apocalyptic’ Irma wreaks havoc across Caribbean

Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ Category Five hurricane – NHC

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Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 6, 2017) — Irma picked up strength and has become an “extremely dangerous” Category Five hurricane as it approached the Caribbean on Tuesday, September 5, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center reported. Continue reading Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ Category Five hurricane – NHC

Florida prepares as Hurricane Irma grows into 180mph ‘superstorm’

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Michelle Smith checks her smart phone for news while clutching her dog Sophia as she leaves a Home Depot store with storm preparation supplies in Tampa.
Photograph: Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Caribbean islands face life-threatening conditions as ‘potentially catastrophic’ storm poised to be felt in Leeward Islands on Tuesday

September 5, 2017 — Hurricane Irma expanded into a 180mph “superstorm” on Tuesday as officials warned of life-threatening winds, storm surge and rainfall in several Caribbean islands and Continue reading Florida prepares as Hurricane Irma grows into 180mph ‘superstorm’

US East Coast keeps wary eye on Irma, another powerful hurricane

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Satellite image as of September 4, 12:15 am. Image courtesy of NOAA

Hurricane Irma’s track is still uncertain, but some forecasters say it might target a large swath of the mid-Atlantic region on the US East Coast

WASHINGTON, USA (Sept. 4, 2017) — Barely a week after Hurricane Harvey devastated large swaths of the US Gulf coast, Americans on the East Coast on Sunday, September 3, were warily watching the progress of another major storm, Hurricane Irma. Continue reading US East Coast keeps wary eye on Irma, another powerful hurricane