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2006-08-23 17:29:04

MIAMI (Reuters) - Debby, the fourth tropical storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, weakened a bit on Wednesday as it moved over slightly cooler waters and posed no threat to land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Debby had maximum sustained winds near 45 mph (75 kph), down from 50 mph (85 kph) six hours earlier, and was about 610 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands by 5 p.m. (2100 GMT), the Miami-based hurricane center said. It was moving west-northwest near...

2006-08-22 07:25:00

By Jim Loney MIAMI -- If you thought the sight of the great American jazz city New Orleans flooded to the eaves -- its people trapped in attics or cowering on rooftops -- was the nightmare hurricane scenario, think again. Max Mayfield, director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, says there's plenty of potential for a storm worse than Hurricane Katrina which killed 1,339 people along the U.S. Gulf coast and caused some $80 billion in damage last August. "People think we have seen the...

2006-08-21 17:12:34

MIAMI (Reuters) - The fourth tropical depression of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season formed on Monday in the far eastern Atlantic and was expected to become Tropical Storm Debby as it approached the southernmost Cape Verde islands. By 5 p.m. (2100 GMT), the depression was about 250 miles southeast of the islands, and moving toward the west-northwest at 12 miles per hour, the Miami-based U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was too early to predict whether the weather system...

2006-08-09 10:21:22

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is sending a plane to investigate whether a strong tropical wave near the Windward Islands has strengthened into a tropical depression or storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a report Wednesday. The U.S. Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft will arrive in the afternoon at the wave located about 225 miles east of the Windward Islands and moving westward at about 20 to 25 miles per hour, which had become more concentrated on...

2006-08-04 07:15:58

MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Chris was downgraded to a tropical depression as it lost steam en route to Cuba on Friday but forecasters said there was a chance it could regenerate. At 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), Chris' center was about 20 miles south of Grand Turk Island, the capital island of the Turks and Caicos chain, and was moving west at about 13 miles per hour(21 km per hour), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Its maximum sustained winds had dropped to 35 mph (56 kph),...

2006-08-02 17:24:53

By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Chris weakened on Wednesday but still threatened to become the first hurricane of 2006, aimed at U.S. oil facilities in the Gulf of Mexico where monster storms like Katrina wreaked havoc last year, or hurricane magnet Florida. The Bahamas issued a hurricane watch for the Turks and Caicos islands and for the southeastern Bahamas, meaning hurricane conditions could be expected within 36 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center...

2006-08-01 19:48:21

MIAMI (Reuters) - The third tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season bore down on the Caribbean's northern Leeward Islands on Tuesday and could become a hurricane headed for the Gulf of Mexico later this week, U.S. forecasters said. Storm warnings were posted for many of the small northeastern Caribbean islands and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico as Tropical Storm Chris' maximum sustained winds strengthened to 60 miles per hour (97 km per hour), the U.S. National Hurricane...

2006-08-01 05:57:54

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Chris has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, strengthening from a tropical depression, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a report Tuesday. It forecast the storm, packing winds near 40 miles per hour, would reach the Bahamas by the weekend and Florida by early next week. Although the storm will strengthen over the next five days, it will not turn into a hurricane before reaching the Bahamas, the NHC predicted. If the storm crosses Florida and...

2006-07-20 10:44:23

MIAMI (Reuters) - Forecasters issued storm warnings for some of the vacation playgrounds of the northeastern United States on Thursday as Tropical Storm Beryl headed toward the coast of Massachusetts. Beryl, the second cyclone of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, was located 150 miles south-southeast of New York City and 220 miles southwest of Nantucket Island at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Rainfall from Beryl was already affecting Long Island...

2006-07-20 04:07:55

MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a storm warning for the vacation playgrounds of southeastern Massachusetts on Thursday, as Tropical Storm Beryl headed north after sparing North Carolina. The storm, the second cyclone of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, strengthened as it moved over warmer waters in the Atlantic Ocean and its maximum sustained winds were near 60 miles per hour (97 km per hour), the center said in a bulletin. Beryl's center was about 210...


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