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2005-12-21 14:30:00

By Michael Christie MIAMI -- Hurricane Katrina was weaker than previously thought when it came ashore near New Orleans on August 29 and smashed the levees protecting the city from floodwaters, U.S. forecasters said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center's revised estimate of Katrina's intensity could be important because the levee system was supposed to withstand the weaker storm that turned into the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history and one of the deadliest with more than 1,200...

2005-11-30 15:00:48

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Meteorologists used up so many Atlantic storm names during the 2005 hurricane season that they may have to create a new back-up list in case supplies are exhausted in future busy years, U.S. forecasters said. Meteorologists said the busy 2005 season was part of a natural cycle of heightened Atlantic hurricane activity that could last for decades. Hurricane names are chosen by the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization. Representatives of...

2005-11-30 15:00:00

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Meteorologists used up so many Atlantic storm names during the 2005 hurricane season that they may have to create a new back-up list in case supplies are exhausted in future busy years, U.S. forecasters said. Meteorologists said the busy 2005 season was part of a natural cycle of heightened Atlantic hurricane activity that could last for decades. Hurricane names are chosen by the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization. Representatives of the 26...

2005-11-18 16:40:00

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Gamma, a record 24th cyclone in an Atlantic hurricane season that has barely paused for breath, formed off the coast of Honduras on Friday and was expected to curve toward south Florida by the beginning of next week. Gamma, named like its two predecessors Alpha and Beta from the Greek alphabet after the official list of 2005 storm names was exhausted, was 40 miles north of Limon, Honduras, and 190 miles east-southeast of Belize City, Belize, by 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT),...

2005-10-29 10:44:28

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta churned off Nicaragua's jungle coast on Saturday and hundreds of Miskito Indians in this sleepy port moved into shelters to escape its howling winds and pounding rains. Beta, the 23rd named hurricane of an unrelenting Atlantic-Caribbean season, the most active since record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, whipped up winds of 80 mph/130 kph as it inched toward Central America. Barefoot fishing families...

2005-10-24 05:05:34

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - A strengthening Hurricane Wilma lashed southern Florida on Monday as it raced toward the densely populated Miami area after pounding Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and killing 17 people on a rampage through the Caribbean. At one point the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic, Wilma weakened after hammering Cancun and Cozumel for three days with punishing winds and rains, destroying homes and ruining luxury hotels. But the vast...

2005-10-24 02:56:46

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - A strengthening Hurricane Wilma lashed southern Florida on Monday as it raced toward the densely populated Miami area after pounding Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and killing 17 people on a rampage through the Caribbean. At one point the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic, Wilma weakened after hammering Cancun and Cozumel for three days with punishing winds and rains, destroying homes and ruining luxury hotels. But the vast...

2005-10-24 01:50:24

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - A strengthening Hurricane Wilma lashed southern Florida on Monday as it raced toward the densely populated Miami area after pounding Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and killing 17 people on a rampage through the Caribbean. At one point the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic, Wilma weakened after hammering Cancun and Cozumel for three days with punishing winds and rains, destroying homes and ruining luxury hotels. But the vast...

2005-10-22 16:27:54

MIAMI (Reuters) - A record-breaking 22nd named tropical storm formed in the Caribbean on Saturday and could bring life-threatening floods and mudslides to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the U.S National Hurricane Center said. The storm was called Tropical Storm Alpha, the first time the hurricane center has resorted to using the Greek alphabet since it began naming tropical cyclones in 1953. The 2005 hurricane season has had so many storms that all the storm names preassigned for...

2005-10-22 04:11:56

By Greg Brosnan PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (Reuters) - Massive Hurricane Wilma clobbered Mexico's Caribbean beach resorts on Saturday, threatening heavy damage and loss of life as it meandered slowly into the Yucatan peninsula. Winds of 125 miles an hour (220 kph) howled in off the sea, knocking over houses, upturning trees and trapping thousands of tourists in cramped shelters. The storm was downgraded to a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, from a Category 4 on Friday and a...