Hurricane Ian death toll expected to surpass 50 as rescuers search door-to-door for survivors

The tragic death toll from Hurricane Ian’s historic assault on Florida is expected to soon surpass 50, officials said late Saturday morning. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, who oversees flood-ravaged Fort Myers, said the number of confirmed deaths reached 35 in his jurisdiction alone. With assistance pouring in from around the state and country, Marceno said more than 600 stranded survivors were rescued from their homes so far. … Continue reading Hurricane Ian death toll expected to surpass 50 as rescuers search door-to-door for survivors

Satellite images show ‘apocalyptic’ Hurricane Ian approaching Florida

Daunting satellite images show bolts of lightning sparking around the massive, swirling eye of Hurricane Ian — as the “apocalyptic” storm approaches Florida Wednesday after already knocking out power in Cuba. The timelapse by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came as more than 2.5 million people in the Sunshine State have been urged to evacuate before the eye is expected to hit there late Wednesday. Other … Continue reading Satellite images show ‘apocalyptic’ Hurricane Ian approaching Florida

Hurricane Danielle strengthens, Tropical Storm Earl churns in the Atlantic

A quiet August has turned into a busier September with two named disturbances traveling through the Atlantic Ocean. Danielle became the first Atlantic hurricane of the season on Friday after August finished with no named storms for the first time in decades.  Hurricane Danielle is harmlessly spinning over the Central Atlantic and is nearly a thousand miles from the nearest landmass.  After weakening to a tropical … Continue reading Hurricane Danielle strengthens, Tropical Storm Earl churns in the Atlantic

Ida to hit New Orleans as Category 4 hurricane, powerful enough to rival Katrina

Hurricane Ida is expected to grow into a Category 4 storm by the time it makes landfall near New Orleans on Sunday — the 16th anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Crescent City as a Category 3 storm.  “The forecast track has it headed straight towards New Orleans. Not good,” said Jim Kossin, a senior scientist with The Climate Service. With the city … Continue reading Ida to hit New Orleans as Category 4 hurricane, powerful enough to rival Katrina

Flash flood in Tennessee leaves at least 22 dead, including baby twins ripped from dad’s arms

A catastrophic flash flood in Tennessee has left at least 22 people dead — including infant twins swept from their father’s arms — and dozens more missing, officials and kin said Sunday.  “Things are moving fast, and we are finding people left and right,” said Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rob Edwards to the New York Times. Among the fatalities were 7-month-old twins, identified as Ryan and Riliegh by … Continue reading Flash flood in Tennessee leaves at least 22 dead, including baby twins ripped from dad’s arms

Henri closing in on New York area with hurricane-strength force

Tropical Storm Henri is barreling towards the New York area with hurricane-strength winds and potential storm surges that have already shut down local beaches and prompted severe weather warnings along Eastern Long Island. Henri is expected to hit the Hamptons as early as 7 a.m. Sunday, packing winds up to 75 mph and heavy rains through much of the region. Officials throughout the Northeast urged residents in … Continue reading Henri closing in on New York area with hurricane-strength force