October 18, 2018

Dreaded ‘cone of uncertainty’ will shrink for the coming hurricane season

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By Jenny Staletovich, Tribune News Service From CantonRep National Hurricane Center will provide more precise data and expand advisories MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center plans to shrink the dreaded “cone of uncertainty” during the upcoming season based on an improving forecast record. The Miami-based center made the announcement Monday, along with a series of […]

Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate now ‘officially retired’

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By Travis Fedschun From Fox News The names of four deadly hurricanes that caused significant amounts of damage to the United States and Caribbean last year are being retired, officials announced Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate are being taken off the list by the […]

2017 was costliest year ever for U.S. weather disasters

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BY CNN WIRE From WTVR The year 2017 was the costliest year ever for weather and climate disasters in the United States, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday, totaling $306 billion. The previous record year, 2005, saw $215 billion in disasters. Highlighted by a string of hurricanes that pounded the southeastern US coast […]

Photos: 2017 disasters

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Photos: The disasters we lived through in 2017 By Kainaz Amaria and Eliza Barclay From VOX In 2017, there were at least 16 natural disasters that each racked up over $1 billion in losses — one record-breaking catastrophe after another that made this year, by some counts, the most expensive disaster year in American history. […]

CARICOM Secretary General says despite the storms, Caribbean achieved much in 2017

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CMC From Nation News GEORGETOWN − Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, Friday said 2017 will be remembered for the various events that had a lasting impact on the 15-member regional integration grouping, none more so that the damage caused by the hurricanes that swept through the Lesser Antilles. In a Christmas message LaRocque […]

2017 hurricane season finally ends: How bad was it? Will the future bring worse?

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By PHIL MCCAUSLAND From NBC News Those living in the Caribbean and on the coasts can breathe a small sigh of relief for now: The 2017 hurricane season came to a close on Thursday. The billions of dollars in historic devastation it left behind remains a lasting problem for many, however. While analysts continue to […]

4 ways drones are saving lives

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By Gavin Hobbs Drones have received quite a bit of publicity and media attention since 2012, when the first consumer drone was unveiled at an electronics show in Las Vegas. Of course, the history of drones far precedes 2012, and actually begins as early as 1898, according to Fortune magazine. Unfortunately, much of the press […]

UM to accommodate faculty, students displaced by hurricanes in Caribbean islands

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From The Miami Hurricane The University of Miami will allow graduate students and faculty from the storm-ravaged Caribbean to continue their research in Miami until their respective institutions are reopened. The university has agreed to provide the opportunity for free, allowing the displaced faculty and students’ home institutions to keep tuition revenues. The university will […]

Royal Caribbean faces class action lawsuit for endangering passengers during Hurricane Harvey

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By Nedra Rhone From Talk of the Town AJC Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd. is facing a class action lawsuit which alleges that the company’s failure to issue a timely cancellation of a cruise scheduled to depart from the Port of Galveston during Hurricane Harvey put passengers at risk and caused them financial harm. The lawsuit […]

The ‘Red Cross was not there’: Texas official blasts the agency’s response after Hurricane Harvey

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By Justin Elliott, Jessica Huseman, Decca Muldowney, ProPublica From Business Insider This story was co-published with The Texas Tribune. The Red Cross’ anemic response to Hurricane Harvey left officials in several Texas counties seething, emails obtained by ProPublica show. In some cases, the Red Cross simply failed to show up as it promised it would. […]