STUD: Hurricane Kyle

28 09 2008

Kyle strengthened into the Atlantic hurricane season`s sixth hurricane Saturday afternoon, as it continues to march north parallel to the U.S. East Coast. It could side-swipe Cape Cod and the eastern New England coast this afternoon, while bringing gusty winds and battering waves to the rest of the East Coast.

Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect along the coast of Maine from Port Clyde to Eastport, the southern coast of New Brunswick, and the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.

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STUD: Ike

13 09 2008

Large and powerful Hurricane Ike`s fury has come ashore along the Texas Gulf Coast, and is spreading rain, tropical storm and hurricane-force wind gusts across eastern Texas. Eye of Ike is beginning to move away from the Houston area.

If they did not leave, residents along the coast should not venture outside, even in calm weather this morning. Across inland portions of metro Houston, residents should hunker down for Ike`s wrath.Hurricane Ike Satellite ImageHurricane Ike Storm Track MapHurricane Ike Wind Speed Probability MapHurricane Ike Current Status





STUD: Ike Details

11 09 2008

U.S. and Mexican forecasters said Hurricane Ike was gaining size and strength over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after the storm battered parts of Cuba this week.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami upgraded Ike to a Category 2 storm Wednesday afternoon and said it would become a “major hurricane” — a Category 3 storm — by Thursday.

Mexico’s National Meteorological Service said “favourable conditions exist for Ike to reach Category 3″ before landfall.

The storm was expected to slam into Texas or northern Mexico on Saturday. Its most likely target is Corpus Christi, Texas.

Forecasters said in an update at 5 p.m. ET that the eye of the storm was about 375 kilometres north of Cancun, Mexico, and 590 km southeast of the Mississippi River Delta. Maximum sustained winds were said to be about 160 kilometres an hour, with gusts to 195 km/h.

Evacuation could affect 1 million

In Mexico, cities in the coastal state of Tamaulipas were put on alert and began precautionary maintenance work on sewers and canals to ensure rain and floodwaters can quickly drain.

Rescue agencies began setting up emergency shelters for people who may have to flee from the storm.

Officials in Texas began to roll out evacuation plans on Wednesday.

A total of 88 coastal counties have already been declared disaster areas by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to ensure they receive state aid if needed.

Perry has also put 7,500 National Guard troops on standby and drawn up a possible evacuation route.

Officials in Matagorda County, about halfway between Houston and Corpus Christi, began a mandatory evacuation for residents in its coastal areas.

Elsewhere, residents who have special needs were urged to move inland.

In all, officials predicted that one million people in coastal communities in Texas near the Mexican border may be forced to leave their homes.

Texas officials told residents who live in areas likely to be hit by the hurricane to keep an eye on weather reports and fill their vehicles with gas.

“We have a fuel team that is part of the state operation system in Austin,” said Allison Castle, spokeswoman for Perry.

“They are helping to push fuel to hurricane areas. One of the lessons we learned from past hurricanes is we need to have fuel ready,” she said.

On Tuesday, the hurricane churned across Cuba, destroying and damaging homes, killing at least four people and forcing 2.6 million people to seek refuge, according to Cuban state television. It has been blamed for at least 80 deaths in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.

Power had not been completely restored in Havana, the Cuban capital, as of Wednesday morning.





STUD: Hurricane Ike

9 09 2008

Hurricane Ike is becoming stronger as it moves into the warm, Gulf of Mexico waters. The next stop on Ike’s destructive tour could be the U.S. Gulf Coast by the end of the week, possibly as a major 111-mph hurricane.

Ike, even though it is exiting Cuba, will still bring a bit of destructive weather tonight, generally in the form of heavy, flooding rains, damaging winds and battering surf. A bit of Ike`s rain and wind, although significantly less than what Cuba has experienced, will continue across the Florida Keys tonight.

Ike has already produced widespread damage across Cuba since late Monday. The island government is reporting at least four deaths, 18 injuries and widespread destruction to homes, especially across the eastern half of the nation.

Over the weekend, the hurricane was highly destructive in the Turk and Caicos Islands as well as Haiti and the Dominican Republic. More than 300 people dead have been reported in Haiti following the wrath of Ike.

Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for both the western provinces of Cuba and for the Florida Keys from west of the seven mile bridge west to Dry Tortugas.Hurricane Ike Satellite ImageHurricane Ike Storm Track MapHurricane Ike Wind Speed Probability MapHurricane Ike Current Status





STUD: Hurricane Ike

7 09 2008

Hurricane Ike remains a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it makes landfall in eastern Cuba. It came ashore near Punto de Sama, Cuba about 9:45 p.m. EDT.

With a broad circulation, hurricane watches and mandatory evacuations have been ordered in the Florida Keys.

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