Sep 6, 2008 | 2
The island nations of the Caribbean are bracing for more dangerous weather as Hurricane Ike maintains its strength. As of 11 p.m. EST Saturday, Ike was near or over Turks and Caicos, according to the National Weather Service, and was expected to hit the Bahamas tomorrow, followed by Cuba tomorrow night. The storm remains a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Hanna continues to drench the northeast US, with some areas getting as much as 8 inches of rain. Hanna should roll over Boston late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
And there's a new member of the severe weather family: Tropical Storm Lowell has formed off the coast of Mexico, and is expected to drop 2-4 inches of rain in the country's southwestern mountains before possibly gathering enough steam to turn into a hurricane by Monday morning.
Sep 6, 2008 | 1
Tropical Storm Hanna made landfall on the border of South Carolina and North Carolina this morning. Reuters reports that the storm was not quite at hurricane strength, with top windspeeds of about 60 miles per hour, but had enough force to knock power from about 10,000 homes.
Hanna, which killed more than 500 people in Haiti, will likely flood significant parts of the Eastern Seaboard as it makes its way north. At the time of this posting, its center is over southern Virginia.
Her successor, Ike, following close behind, is expected to pack an even stronger punch. Already a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic, current predictions by AccuWeather have Ike's eye traveling over open ocean between Cuba and Florida at the same level. However, the storm could gather strength and become a Category 4, and even a slight deviation would put the center of the storm over Havana or southern Florida. Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico are also at risk.
Sep 2, 2008
To the folks at NASA, Hanna is the new Gustav. They're putting off transporting the shuttle Atlantis to its launch pad as the newly hyped tropical storm makes its way toward the southeast coast of the United States.
Atlantis was supposed to be moved to its launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center this morning, but NASA spokesman John Yembrick says it won't make the journey until Thursday at the earliest.
Yembrick says the shuttle is expected to lift off as scheduled in October for a Hubble Space Telescope service visit as long as the move happens by this coming weekend.
"It is possible we may have to move it a couple days, depending on when the payload gets to the pad," he says. "If it gets there by Sunday, we should be OK for an Oct. 8 launch, but we'll have to assess that once we're out there."
Aug 26, 2008
This hurricane season's seventh storm, Gustav, has already had a bigger impact than all the storms that preceded it. It hasn't killed anyone or done any damage—though it may unleash flooding and mudslides in Haiti—except to drive oil prices above $117 a barrel (a feat the recent war in Georgia did not even accomplish).
The storm is strengthening, having reached Category 1 status—above 74 mile-per-hour winds—and the warm waters of the Gulf could give it a further boost. Forecasters are predicting it could be as strong as Category 4 by the time it churns through the heart of the oil and natural gas producing platforms in the Gulf—responsible for 20 percent of present U.S. oil production.
Aug 18, 2008 | 1
This hurricane season's sixth storm, known as Tropical Storm Fay, will be the first to hit Florida. And it will likely reach hurricane strength before striking the Florida Keys. Presently churning over Cuba—where it is unleashing 50 mile-per-hour winds and torrential rains—the storm will likely gather strength over the open water between that island nation and the U.S. coast.
Already, Fay has killed at least 50 people in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and, potentially, Cuba. Tourists and residents are leaving Key Largo as the storm hits today.
The National Hurricane Center also expects Fay to move along Florida's east coast, home to cities such as Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.
Aug 4, 2008 | 3
The season’s third potential hurricane looks like it won’t build up enough steam to reach hurricane status, meteorologists said earlier today. But Tropical Storm Edouard continues on a path projected to have it come ashore tomorrow morning near Galveston, Texas. The U.S. Census Bureau has calculated that 5.4 million people living in Texas and Louisiana may feel the effects of the storm, including flooding and power outages.
In a lone bit of good news, oil prices came down a few notches today as forecasters predicted that Tropical Storm Edouard would not threaten Gulf Coast oil rigs and refineries. The nearly $4 drop brought oil prices to a three-month low, with the cost per barrel briefly dipping under the $120 mark, according to the AP.
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