September 10, 2008 |
A weakened Hurricane Ike toppled dozens of dilapidated buildings in Havana on Tuesday as the storm that killed scores in a weeklong blast through the Caribbean moved into the Gulf of Mexico on a course for Texas. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center here projected that the storm, which weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with 75-mph winds as it exited Cuba during the afternoon, would track westward to strike near the Texas-Mexico border by the weekend, bypassing most of the U.S. oil industry's drilling operations in the gulf.
November 9, 2008 |
Powerful Hurricane Paloma slammed into southern Cuba as authorities scrambled to move hundreds of thousands of people to safer ground. It made landfall near Santa Cruz del Sur as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, but weakened into a Category 2 with 110-mph winds and torrential rains, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
April 28, 2002 |
If a major hurricane hits Florida, most of the state's counties won't have enough shelter space in wind-resistant public buildings to handle the number of people who seek it, a study says. Sixty of the state's 67 counties have shortages of space in shelters built to withstand Category 4 and 5 hurricanes, which have winds of more than 130 mph, according to a study by the state's Division of Emergency Management.
August 30, 1985 |
More than 125,000 persons from Florida to Louisiana fled their homes and headed inland Thursday as fast-growing Hurricane Elena swept toward the Gulf Coast with 95-m.p.h. winds and high tides. Forecasters warned that the hurricane would strike land early today with winds of up to 100 m.p.h. and 12-foot storm tides. The governors of Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida declared a state of emergency in two dozen counties along the Gulf Coast, where up to 10 inches of rain were forecast.
September 15, 1999 |
He's bald, 64 years old and has a face that even he says "is made for radio." But when a major hurricane threatens the East Coast, Jerry Jarrell is perhaps the most-watched man on television. As director of the National Hurricane Center, Jarrell is often in the eye of the television camera, explaining to anxious residents who want to know exactly where the storm will strike. And he often doesn't know. "It's taking an awful track," Jarrell said Tuesday in a voice ravaged by a cold and overuse.
September 28, 2005 |
Meteorologists examining the conditions that spawned hurricanes Rita and Katrina say there is a strong likelihood that another intense hurricane will occur in October. And while late-season storms tend to track eastward toward Florida or don't make landfall at all, the experts don't rule out the possibility of another major storm targeting the battered Gulf Coast.
August 28, 2004 |
A tropical depression formed over the Atlantic southeast of Charleston, prompting tropical storm watches south to the Georgia-Florida state line. The storm, which forecasters said could become Tropical Storm Gaston, was expected to come ashore in the Carolinas late today. Meanwhile, Hurricane Frances gained strength and became a major hurricane with 115 mph winds far out in the Atlantic.
September 14, 2006 |
Tropical Storm Helene developed from a depression over the Atlantic while Gordon strengthened into a powerful Category 3 hurricane, forecasters in Miami said. Helene had top sustained winds near 40 mph, just above the 39-mph threshold for a tropical storm. It was the eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Gordon became a major hurricane when its top sustained winds jumped to 120 mph, up from 110 mph earlier in the day, forecasters said.
December 25, 2005 |
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Orleans levee officials joined forces in July 1985 to protect the city from a long-feared hurricane, the two agencies could not agree on how to proceed. It was the beginning of a dysfunctional partnership that ushered in two decades of chronic government mismanagement. Corps engineers wanted to install gates in front of the city's three main internal canals to protect against violent storm surges from Lake Pontchartrain.
September 19, 2006 |
Hurricane Helene continued to gain strength as a Category 3 storm, potentially threatening Bermuda at the end of the week, while a hurricane watch was issued in the Azores as Hurricane Gordon churned in the Atlantic. It was too soon to tell whether Helene would hit Bermuda, but the storm, with top sustained winds of 115 mph, was expected to be near the island Thursday night or Friday, said Hugh Cobb, a forecaster with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.