Tag: Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Plot to Steal Florida Hurricane Aid Leads to Indictments

Two former city officials in Lynn Haven, Fla. and three business executives have been indicted on charges that they conspired to fraudulently take $5 million meant for hurricane disaster aid from the federal government. The federal grand jury’s 35-count indictment — which includes charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering […]

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As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers

VIRGINIA BEACH. — Glimpsed from a kayak on West Neck Creek, this swampy piece of land, a pocket of red maple and loblolly pine tucked behind growing subdivisions, doesn’t look like the stuff of existential debate. But this is where Virginia Beach, squeezed between the clamor for new housing and the relentlessness of flooding worsened […]

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In the Blue Holes of the Bahamas, Secrets of Hurricanes Past

Katrina. Harvey. Maria. Dorian. In recent years, hurricanes have killed thousands of people and caused billions of dollars in damage. But getting a handle on how frequently these destructive storms have pummeled the planet is tough because records stretch back only about a century and a half. Now, researchers have assembled a 1,500-year history of […]

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Tropical Storm Nestor Leaves Path of Damage in Florida Panhandle

Tropical Storm Nestor spawned a string of tornadoes that damaged homes, uprooted trees and overturned vehicles as it moved inland over the Florida Panhandle from the Gulf of Mexico on Friday before it was expected to head to the North Carolina coast, forecasters said. The outer bands of the tropical storm wreaked havoc in Florida […]

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As Tropical Storm Nestor Forms, New Orleans to Use Explosives to Topple 2 Cranes

Emergency crews in New Orleans on Friday were preparing to demolish two cranes that are teetering over a partially collapsed hotel project near the French Quarter, with fears that high winds from Tropical Storm Nestor could topple the cranes onto critical infrastructure and historic buildings. To prepare for the emergency demolition, which is scheduled for […]

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Why Is a Secretive Billionaire Buying Up the Cayman Islands?

One humid Tuesday in July, I summited the highest point on Grand Cayman, an eight-story dump known affectionately by the locals as Mount Trashmore. From the top of the foul mound — a collection of almost every piece of garbage discarded on the island since it went all-in on financial services in the 1960s — […]

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Typhoon, Cyclone or Hurricane? Different Names for the Same Storms

When a tropical storm pummeled Japan on Saturday with gusts of up to 135 miles per hour, forcing millions to evacuate their homes, it was called Typhoon Hagibis. But the storm that carved a path of destruction across the Bahamas in September was Hurricane Dorian. And when the most powerful storm to hit Bangladesh in […]

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What to Know as Typhoon Hagibis Nears Japan

ImageCommuters in Tokyo on Friday night as Typhoon Hagibis approached Japan.CreditKevin Coombs/Reuters Typhoon Hagibis barreled toward Japan on Saturday, its outer bands lashing the country’s eastern coast as cities and evacuation centers braced for landfall. The Japan Meteorological Agency said early Saturday afternoon that sustained winds from the typhoon had been measured at about 100 […]

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Hurricane Chasers: An Immigrant Work Force on the Trail of Extreme Weather

CALLAWAY, Fla. — They arrived by the hundreds last year after Hurricane Michael sliced through the Florida Panhandle, packing 160-mile-per-hour winds that snapped pine trees in half, mangled steel posts, ripped off roofs and upended people’s lives. Without electricity, potable water or reliable accommodation, a rapid-response labor force got to work carting away the wreckage. […]

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In Houston, a Rash of Storms Tests the Limits of Coping With Climate Change

After Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, Houston jumped to the front of the pack in adapting to the threat of climate change. It passed tougher building codes, offered more buyouts for flood-prone homes and budgeted billions of dollars in new funding for flood control. It even poached a well-regarded urban planner from Los Angeles to […]

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Hurricane Lorenzo Has Broken Records in the Atlantic

Storms this strong don’t typically make it this far east. But Lorenzo has not been a normal storm — it has been a record-breaker. Lorenzo was a tropical storm last Monday, tracing a northwesterly route from the coast of West Africa. By Wednesday, it was a hurricane. And on Saturday night, it gained Category 5 […]

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Tropical Storm Karen Could Loop Toward the Bahamas and Florida

Tropical Storm Karen, which was headed north into open water on Wednesday, is expected to perform a loop-de-loop, cross back over its own track and swing west toward the Bahamas and Florida. The storm, which soaked Puerto Rico, was about 155 miles north of the island on Wednesday morning, sailing in the general direction of […]

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Imelda’s Toll in Texas: Flooding, Deaths and Fears About a Bridge

As the remnants of the former Tropical Storm Imelda moved north on Friday, residents in southeast Texas were assessing the damage from a storm that unexpectedly brought an onslaught of rain and flooding and became one the top 10 wettest storms in United States history. The unrelenting rain took many residents by surprise. The storm […]

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Texas Hit by ‘Catastrophic Flooding’ From Imelda; Hundreds in Need of Rescue

Tropical Depression Imelda continued to deluge southeast Texas on Thursday, pounding some areas with up to 35 inches of rain and causing devastating flooding that shut down highways, forced chaotic evacuations and left stranded residents waiting for rescue by boat or by air. The storm, which passed over Houston on Wednesday, slammed the area around […]

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Tropical Storm Imelda Approaches Houston

Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall in southeastern Texas on Tuesday afternoon and began moving slowly toward Houston, as schools canceled classes and forecasters warned of heavy rain and “life-threatening flash flooding.” Heavy rain was already falling in parts of Houston on Tuesday evening. The National Hurricane Center said that Imelda was expected to dump six […]

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The Bahamas’ Big Need Is Tourists, It Says

The first sign that something is amiss at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island comes before even stepping inside: The Bahamian flag perched on the roof is flying at half-staff. The nation’s flags, even the one above the luxury 3,800-room water park and hotel, have been lowered in honor of the 51 people who died […]

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All Was Quiet at the Birmingham Weather Office. Until a Trump Forecast Brought a Storm.

CALERA, Ala. — It had been a sleepy Sunday morning in the National Weather Service’s office outside of Birmingham. The hot temperatures in the forecast were not out of the ordinary for the waning days of summer. There was a faraway tropical storm that the office was keeping an eye on — one with the […]

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Bahamas, Still Reeling From Dorian, Braces for Tropical Storm Humberto

NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas, still reeling from a hurricane that leveled businesses and left many thousands homeless, was bracing for yet another storm on Saturday that could further batter the same islands that were devastated less than two weeks ago. The new storm, Tropical Storm Humberto, was not expected to be as destructive as […]

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Trump’s Dorian Tweet Whips Up a Fight Over a Science Powerhouse

SILVER SPRING, Md. — On Friday morning in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., government scientists in khakis and sensible shoes bustled to work — beneath a towering bronze sculpture of a hand releasing seabirds — heading for a small scientific agency caught up in a political mess triggered by President Trump’s tweet about Hurricane Dorian. […]

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Cruise Ships, Long Contentious in Bahamas, Offer Lifeline After Dorian

At 76, disabled, with half the roof of her Grand Bahama home blown off and facing the prospect of months without electricity, Myrtle Cartwright decided she had to leave. Ms. Cartwright escaped in luxury: On Friday, she boarded Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration with about 1,200 other Hurricane Dorian survivors and headed for Palm […]

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Potential Tropical Storm Threatens Bahamas Rescue Efforts

A potential tropical storm is brewing in the Atlantic and by late Friday could threaten areas of the Bahamas recently devastated by Hurricane Dorian, forecasters warned. The new storm is not expected to pack nearly the destructive power of Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane that killed at least 50 people and left widespread damage across […]

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