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Aletta becomes first hurricane of 2018 Pacific season

Aletta becomes first hurricane of 2018 Pacific season

World
June 7 (UPI) -- Aletta strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane -- the first of the Pacific hurricane season -- Thursday afternoon off the coast of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said. The center of the storm was located about 455 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. It had 75-mph maximum sustained winds and was moving west-northwest at 6 mph, the NHC's 5 p.m. EDT update said. There were no watches or warnings in place. Forecasters expect the storm to make a turn toward the northwest over the weekend before a westerly turn Sunday or Monday. Aletta should strengthen over the next couple days before weakening back to a tropical storm midday Sunday and a tropical depression midday Tuesday. The NHC said Aletta became a hurricane 19 days before the average date of the f...
U.S. energy sector braces for hurricane season

U.S. energy sector braces for hurricane season

Business
May 25 (UPI) -- While offshore segments were spared, the U.S. energy sector could be in for a rough year with forecasters expecting an above-normal hurricane season. Climate forecasters at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, a division of the Commerce Department, predict a 40 percent chance of an average 2018 hurricane season and a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season. There's a 70 percent chance that as many as four hurricanes of category 3 or stronger will come from this year's Atlantic hurricane season. An average hurricane season produces one to three major hurricanes, characterized by winds stronger than 111 miles per hour. "It only takes one storm to devastate a community so now is the time to prepare," Daniel Kaniewski, the acting deputy administration at the...
Mental health concerns in aftermath of Puerto Rico hurricane

Mental health concerns in aftermath of Puerto Rico hurricane

Health
Locked out of his home and with nowhere else to go, Wilfredo Ortiz Marrero rode out Hurricane Maria inside a Jeep, which was lifted off its wheels by floodwaters in the parking lot. He then endured days without enough food or running water. The lights are back on at his residence for low-income elderly people in the San Juan suburb of Trujillo Alto, and food has started arriving, but he still waits as long as he can each night to leave the company of others in the lobby. Alone in his room, he sometimes starts to shake. "You get really depressed," he said Wednesday. The hurricane that pummeled Puerto Rico two weeks ago and the scarcity-marked aftermath are taking a toll on islanders' equilibrium. The U.S. territory's government counted two suicides among the death toll, which now stands at...
Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

World
Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Hurricane Maria began moving north away from the Caribbean on Friday after lashing many of the islands there over the past week, the National Hurricane Center said.A Category 3 storm, Maria was located 115 miles east-northeast of the Southeastern Bahamas and about 395 miles east-southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. The storm was moving north-northwest at 9 mph, the NHC said in its 5 p.m. Friday advisory.Forecasters added that the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands, Southeastern Bahamas and the Central Bahamas.Storm surge-related water levels were forecast to subside in the Turks and Caicos, and Bahamas as Maria moved north.Maria is not expected to make landfall again in the Caribbean, tho...
'Dangerous' Hurricane Maria now a category four

'Dangerous' Hurricane Maria now a category four

World
Hurricane Maria has intensified into an "extremely dangerous" category four storm as it bears down on the Caribbean, according to forecasters.With maximum sustained winds of 130mph, the National Hurricane Centre says the storm is growing in strength as it approaches land.The eye of Maria is expected to pass near the island of Dominica on Monday evening - and hurricane warnings have been issued.There are also fears that territories battered by Hurricane Irma could face further destruction.Up to 51cm (20 inches) of rain could drench the British and US Virgin Islands on Wednesday night, as well as Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands.Forecasters have warned these conditions could cause life-threatening floods and mudslides, and there is also a risk of a "dangerous storm surge accompanied by la...