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, 1999 |
Hurricane Gert may still be a threat to Bermuda, and residents of the Atlantic island need to keep a watchful eye on the storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. "All interests in Bermuda should monitor this storm carefully," John Juiney of the center said. The director of the forecast office in Bermuda said residents were preparing in case the storm hit, but Gert was expected to remain 175 miles south of Bermuda for three days.
August 8, 2002 |
Tropical Storm Cristobal spun harmlessly at sea off the North Florida coast Wednesday as a noted hurricane forecaster said recent climate changes signal an unexpectedly quiet Atlantic hurricane season. Colorado State University professor William Gray, who has had some success in predicting the severity of hurricane activity in the past, lowered his prediction for the current season from 11 named storms, an above-average season, to nine, a below average one.
November 30, 2013 |
With just one storm that made landfall in the United States, this year's Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Saturday as the weakest since 1982. Hurricanes need moist air to form, and the low number of Atlantic hurricanes was due in large part to dry air over the the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and the tropical Atlantic Ocean, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. "This unexpectedly low activity is linked to an unpredictable atmospheric pattern that prevented the growth of storms by producing an exceptionally dry, sinking air and a strong vertical wind shear in much of the main hurricane formation region, which spans the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea," said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, in a statement.
April 4, 2007 |
The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season will probably be "very active" with 17 named storms, including nine hurricanes, five of them major, storm forecasters William M. Gray and Philip J. Klotzbach said Tuesday. They said there was a 74% chance that a major hurricane, with sustained winds greater than 110 mph, would strike the U.S. coast between northern Maine and South Texas. That prediction is higher than the long-term average of 52%.
June 1, 2007 |
Many people along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts still lack a hurricane survival plan and don't feel vulnerable to storms, despite Hurricane Katrina's dramatic damage and pleas from emergency officials for residents to prepare before the season starts, according to a poll released Thursday.
December 4, 2004 |
Hurricane forecasters are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season again next year after one of the most destructive seasons on record. "We believe that 2005 will continue the trend of enhanced major hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin that we have seen over the past 10 years," Colorado State University forecaster William Gray said Friday. Gray's forecast team predicts there will be 11 named storms, with six reaching hurricane status.
December 20, 1987 |
Gov. Bob Martinez drove a 1929 Ford Model A truck Saturday to open the final 33-mile stretch of Interstate 95, a superhighway that began snaking its way from Miami to Maine 32 years ago. "Our North and South are linked," Martinez told the 200 officials at the opening ceremonies. Workers late Friday put the finishing touches on the highway west of here. Work on the $222-million project began in 1985. Rep. Tom Lewis (R-Fla.
July 16, 2005 |
Residents rushed to stock up on emergency supplies and made plans to evacuate coastal areas Friday as Hurricane Emily headed toward Jamaica. Packing winds of 115 mph, the second major hurricane of the Atlantic season was expected to pass very close to Jamaica today, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.