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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

National Hurricane Center News

Bonnie Again Becomes Tropical Storm

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Bonnie returned to tropical storm status after weakening earlier this week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday. The first tropical storm to reach the United States this year, Bonnie was 285 miles (460 kilometer) off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Winds were gusting around 40 miles per hour (65 kph). Forecasts called for some weakening over the next 48 hours, and Bonnie was expected to degenerate into a post-tropical low by Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said. (Reporting By Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru)

Hurricane Patricia weakens to a tropical storm over Mexico

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Patricia, one of the strongest ever hurricanes, weakened on Saturday to a tropical storm over Mexico after slamming into the country as a very powerful hurricane on Friday evening, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Mowing down trees, flooding streets and battering buildings, Hurricane Patricia plowed into western Mexico as a Category 5 storm before grinding inland, where it rapidly lost power in the mountains that rise up along the Pacific coast. The storm's maximum winds were now 50 mph (80 kph), the Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Depression Detected in Southern Caribbean

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said Wednesday that a tropical depression had formed in the Atlantic Ocean and was about 975 miles east of the Windward Islands in the southern Caribbean. As of 11:00 a.m. EDT Tropical Depression 4 was moving to the west at a rate of 23 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour (55 kph) and some strengthening is possible in the next 24 hours, the NHC said. The National Hurricane Center forecast showed that Tropical Depression 4 was expected to attain hurricane strength within 48 hours and was on track to reach the Caribbean island of St. Lucia as a hurricane within 72 hours. St. Lucia is about 300 miles southeast of the island of St. Croix, home to a giant 545,000 bpd Amerada Hess Corp.

Hurricane Joaquin to Impact Bahamas

Hurricane Joaquin will bring high winds and a storm surge to the Central Bahamas through Thursday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. The major hurricane, located about 65 miles (105 km) southeast of San Salvador with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 km/h), is expected to strengthen in the next day or so, the NHC said. A major hurricane is classified as packing winds of 111 miles per hour (179 km/h) or higher, corresponding to Category 3 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5, according to the NHC. Reporting by Arpan Varghese  

Hurricane Franklin Makes Landfall in Veracruz, Mexico

Hurricane Franklin made landfall on the eastern coast of Mexico in the state of Veracruz, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Thursday.   Franklin, a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, is located about 70 miles (115 km) north-northwest of Veracruz with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (140 kmh), the NHC said.   The hurricane is expected to weaken rapidly as it moves farther inland during the next several hours, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.   Reporting by Apeksha Nair  

Irma Strengthens to a Category 5 Hurricane

Irma on Tuesday intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.   Hurricane Irma is about 270 miles (440 km) east of Antigua and packing maximum sustained winds of 175 mph (280 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.   Irma, which is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days, will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night and early Wednesday, the NHC said.   Reporting by Swati Verma 

Hurricane Maria Regains Category 5 Strength

Hurricane Maria has intensified and regained its Category 5 hurricane strength, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday.   Maria, which made landfall in Dominica as a Category 5 storm on Monday night, is about 205 miles (325 km) southeast of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (260 km/h), it said.   The hurricane is expected to move towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday, the Miami-based weather forecaster added. Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala 

GoM Rigs Evacuate for Storm

In preparation for Hurricane Gustav, evacuations have begun of offshore oil and gas rigs and platforms in the .  Reports said the storm may become the strongest to hit the region in almost three years. Transocean Inc., has begun suspending operations in the Gulf. Royal Dutch Shell Plc was reported to be taking aking logistical arrangements. According to the National Hurricane Center, Gustav may strengthen as the storm's center moves back over water and approaches eastern . Source: Bloomberg

NOAA to Use New Hurricane Wind Scale

(Credit: NOAA)

NOAA's National Weather Service will use a new hurricane scale this season called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The scale keeps the same wind speed ranges as the original Saffir-Simpson Scale for each of the five hurricane categories, but no longer ties specific storm surge and flooding effects to each category. Herbert Saffir, a consulting engineer, and Robert Simpson, who was director of the National Hurricane Center from 1967 through 1973, developed the original scale which was a useful tool to convey the threats of tropical cyclones.

NHC Report on Hurricane Katrina

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) released its 42-page report on Hurricane Katrina , which struck Florida and then the Gulf Coast in August. In summary, it states that Katrina was an extraordinarily powerful and deadly hurricane that carved a wide swath of catastrophic damage and inflicted large loss of life. While the majority of the report focuses on meteorological issues and impacts ashore, the report notes some of the impact on offshore rigs and marine traffic on the Mississippi River. Source: HK Law

Arthur Becomes Atlantic's First Hurricane of 2014

Source: NOAA

Storm Arthur became the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. Arthur was about 190 miles (305 km) south-southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina with maximum sustained wind of 75 mph (120 kph), NHC said. (Reporting by Anupam Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Alison Williams)

Hurricane Gonzalo Knocks out Bermuda Power

  Power was knocked out to 80 percent of Bermuda's electricity grid due to Hurricane Gonzalo, the island's only power company, Bermuda Electric Light Co., said on Friday evening.   The company reported that about 29,000 customers were without electricity, out of 36,000 metered connections. The eyewall of Hurricane Gonzalo made a direct hit on Bermuda on Friday evening, becoming the strongest storm to hit the tiny Atlantic island chain in a decade, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. (Writing by David Adams; Editing by Ken Wills)  

Matthew Strengthens to a Major Hurricane

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew has strengthened into a Category 4, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday adding that a Hurricane Watch has been issued for Jamaica.   Matthew was located about 465 miles (750 kilometers) southeast of Kingston Jamaica with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.   Some additional strengthening is possible tonight, and some fluctuations in intensity are possible Saturday and Sunday, the NHC said.     (Reporting by Nithin Prasad in Bengaluru; editing by Diane Craft)

T/S Henri Forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Henri, the eighth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, has formed in the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday. The storm was located about 250 miles (405 km) east-southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Henri is moving toward the north at nearly 5 miles per hour (7 kph). "Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours," the NHC added. Reporting by Kevin Jose  

Harvey Likely to Linger off Texas Coast

The center of Tropical Storm Harvey is likely to remain just off the coast of Texas through Tuesday night before moving inland over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.   The storm is not expected to further intensify before its center crosses the coast again within 36 hours or so, the NHC said.   Harvey is now located about 135 miles (220 km) south-southwest of Port Arthur, Texas with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km per hour), it added.   Reporting by Arpan Varghese 

Tropical Storm Otto forms over Atlantic

Image: National Hurricane Center

Tropical depression 16 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Otto east of Nicaragua over the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.   The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), is located about 305 miles (495 km) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.   Additional strengthening is forecast for the next 48 hours, and Otto could become a hurricane during the next couple of days, the NHC added. (Reporting by Harshith Aranya in Bengaluru)

Otto Strengthens into Hurricane, Headed for Central America

Image: National Hurricane Center

Otto, the seventh hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic season, has formed and is located about 305 miles (485 km) east-southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. The system, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/hour), is expected to approach the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Thursday on the forecasted track, the NHC added. Additional strengthening is expected for the next few days until landfall, the Miami-based weather forecasting agency said.

Sandra Could Reach Hurricane Strength

Sandra Image credit NASAGSFC.

Interests in southern portions of the Baja California peninsula have been advised to monitor the progress of Sandra, as Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches may be required for portions of this area later today (25 November). According to the Hurricane Sandra Advisory No.7 issued at 0900 UTC today by the USA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami Fl, the center of Hurricane Sandra was near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 109.0 West. Sandra is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h) and a turn toward the northwest is expected later today, with a turn toward the north on Thursday.

Storm Fay Heads for Bermuda

Subtropical Storm Fay formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday and was headed in the direction of Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), was located 525 miles (845 km) south of Bermuda and was expected to reach the British territory on Sunday morning, the Miami-based center said. (Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Will Dunham)

Danny Strengthens into First Hurricane of 2015 Atlantic Season

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Danny became the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season on Thursday even as the storm remained relatively small and far from affecting any land, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Winds from Danny were gusting up to 75 miles per hour (120 kph), government forecasters said, just attaining hurricane status of at least 74 mph (120 kph) winds. Danny was projected to weaken back into a tropical storm before reaching Puerto Rico on Tuesday morning, according to the Miami-based hurricane center's five-day outlook.

Edouard to be First Major 2014 Atlantic Hurricane

Edouard, a Category 2 hurricane, may become the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season by Monday night although it poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said. The fourth hurricane and fifth named storm of the season had top sustained winds of nearly 105 mph (165 km/hr) as of 0900 GMT on Monday with higher gusts, and was forecast to strengthen further as it headed northwestwards over the central Atlantic. The center of the storm was about 720 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, and was moving toward the northwest at 15 mph (24 km/hr), the Miami-based hurricane center said. "This will curve harmlessly out to sea. It's already far out at sea and should continue to stay out there," NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said late on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Olaf strengthening in Pacific, to Become Hurricane

Cyclone Olaf Courtesy Wikipedia

Tropical storm Olaf is strengthening in the Pacific between Mexico and Hawaii and is likely to become a hurricane by Saturday night or Sunday, but is not expected to make landfall, the National Hurricane Center said. The center said Olaf is forecast to become a major hurricane by Monday. Olaf is located 1,600 miles (2,600 km) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Mexican state of Baja California. At 8 a.m. PDT (1500 GMT) it had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 km/h), the center said.

Hurricane Patricia Strengthens, Heads for Mexico's Pacific Coast

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Hurricane Patricia was gaining strength off Mexico's Pacific coast on Thursday and was expected to land as "an extremely dangerous major" storm near a major shipping port and the tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm, which became a hurricane overnight, had maximum sustained winds of about 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour) as it moved toward the west-northwest at 17 mph (28 kph). Patricia was currently located about 285 miles (460 km) south of the port of Manzanillo, where a hurricane warning had been issued.

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