July 8, 2008 |
Hurricane Bertha became a "major" hurricane in the open Atlantic, with sustained winds near 120 miles per hour. The second named storm of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season was heading west-northwest in the direction of Bermuda when it became a Category 3 storm, the National Hurricane Center said. It is unlikely Bertha will steer south into the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico, but a forecaster said this should be a wake-up call for Floridians to prepare for storm season.
November 8, 2008 |
Hurricane Paloma pounded the British Caribbean territory of the Cayman Islands after strengthening into a dangerously powerful storm, posing a serious threat to storm-battered Cuba. Businesses, schools and offices closed down in the Caymans, a major financial center, while residents shuttered homes and visitors tried to flee as the late-season storm hurtled northward. Paloma gathered power menacingly fast as it neared Grand Cayman Island and it became a major hurricane -- Category 3 on the five-step scale of storm intensity -- with top sustained winds of 115 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
June 27, 1986 |
Hurricane Bonnie struck the Gulf Coast with 85 m.p.h. winds Thursday, killing two people and bringing heavy rain that generated tornadoes, destroyed homes and knocked out power to thousands. But the first hurricane of the season weakened not long after it came ashore near the Texas-Louisiana border. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm later in the day and hurricane warnings that had been posted for a 270-mile strip of coast stretching into Louisiana were discontinued.
August 30, 1985 |
Hurricane Elena mushroomed into a potential killer in the Gulf of Mexico today and poised its 100-m.p.h. winds and 12-foot tides for a Labor Day weekend assault on the beach resorts of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Florida Gov. Bob Graham, saying he feared "the needless loss of thousands of lives," ordered a door-to-door evacuation of seven Florida counties seen as the most likely target of Elena, a 300-mile-wide storm marching slowly north toward an expected landfall early Saturday.
August 23, 2011 |
Hurricane Irene grew into a Category 2 storm that is forecast to strengthen as it moves toward the Bahamas and possibly the Carolinas and the Northeast U.S. Irene's maximum sustained winds remained at 100 miles per hour, up from 80 mph yesterday. It may become a major hurricane later today, according to an advisory. The storm's winds may increase to 111 mph, according to a statement yesterday. "I don't see any roadblocks to intensification over the next four or five days," said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
June 26, 1986 |
Bonnie, the season's first hurricane, battered the Gulf Coast today with rain and wind up to 85 m.p.h., killing at least two people, knocking out power and flooding low-lying areas before losing its punch over land. Bonnie was downgraded to a tropical storm at mid-morning after about 20,000 beachfront residents and offshore oil workers along the Gulf Coast fled inland.