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Hurricane Jova grows in Pacific, threatens Mexico

Hurricane Jova was strengthening as it headed for the southwestern Mexican coast, US meteorologists said Sunday, warning the system would likely grow further in the coming days. The category one hurricane was at 0900 GMT packing maximum sustained winds of up to 85 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour),…

Senate approves billions in disaster aid

WASHINGTON — The US Senate approved $6.9 billion in disaster relief funds over a yearlong period, a measure that faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. By a 62-37 vote, the Senate approved funds for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help communities cope with…

Katia strengthens to hurricane over Atlantic

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Katia strengthened into a hurricane over the Atlantic on Wednesday, while another mass of thunderstorms that could become a named storm this week triggered evacuations of some oil workers from the Gulf of Mexico. Katia had sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and was…

Tropical Storm Gert strengthening, will brush Bermuda

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Gert strengthened slowly on Sunday on a track toward Bermuda and forecasters said the global reinsurance hub could expect increased winds, rain and surf when the storm passed on its eastern side. Gert, the seventh named storm of what is proving as predicted to be…

Tropical Storm Emily may still return to hurricane strength

MIAMI (Reuters) – Thunderstorms from dissipated Tropical Storm Emily moved over eastern Cuba and southeastern Bahamas on Friday and had a 60 percent chance of regenerating into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Authorities in Florida were watching the weather system as…

Tropical Storm Don landfall could bring much-needed rain to parched TX

Tropical storm Don churned across the Gulf of Mexico toward drought-stricken Texas Friday, carrying welcome rain for the agriculture-heavy southwestern’s state’s ranchers and farmers. Officials at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Don is expected to produce rainfall of between three and five inches (7.62 to 12.7 centimeters) in…

High chance major hurricane will hit the U.S. in 2011, forecasters say

MIAMI (Reuters) – The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be above average in activity and there is a more than 70 percent chance of at least one major hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline, Colorado State University forecasters predicted on Wednesday. The 2011 forecast from the respected CSU team followed an active season last…

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