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Gulf of Mexico storm threatens oil rigs

Oil companies began evacuating workers from rigs in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday ahead of what US forecasters said could be a powerful and dangerous storm. “Right now we’re giving it a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone sometime in the next 48 hours,” said Dennis…

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…

Oil firms start U.S. Gulf evacuations due to weather

HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc on Wednesday became the first major oil producer to say it was evacuating some workers from Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms because of a tropical disturbance that could become a named storm this week. Later on Wednesday, Anadarko Petroleum Corp joined BP saying…

Irene moves to Canada, US damage estimated at $7bln

The remnants of Irene reached Canada Monday after barreling through the northeastern United States where the storm claimed at least 18 lives and caused estimated economic damage of up to $7 billion. Millions of people were without power along the East Coast after the huge storm — now downgraded to…

New York dodges Irene, 18 killed on east coast

Tropical storm Irene barreled through the northeastern United States, sparing New York city major damage but sparking widespread flooding in several states and claiming at least 18 lives. Millions of people were without power along the coast after the huge storm — downgraded from a hurricane but still packing 50-mile…

NJ Gov. Christie: Hurricane Irene damage could be ‘tens of billions’

NEW YORK — Hurricane Irene is expected to inflict tens of billions of dollars in damage before it concludes a three-day sweep that has left a trail of havoc from Atlantic beach resorts to Manhattan high rises, officials and others said Sunday. Assessments were just starting to come in, but…

Irene cuts power to 2 million customers on East Coast

(Reuters) – More than two million homes and businesses along the East Coast lost power as Hurricane Irene churned northward toward New York City and New England, according to reports from power companies. Irene, packing sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km/hour), was a Category 1 hurricane on…

Hurricane Irene batters New York

Hurricane Irene lashed New York Sunday, shutting down America’s largest city and flooding outlying communities after killing at least nine people along the US east coast. The first hurricane to hit the Big Apple for a generation crashed into Manhattan’s skyscrapers overnight, accompanied by lightning, reports of tornados and near…

Irene kills 3 in NC, shuts NYC down

MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene charged up the U.S. eastern seaboard on Saturday as a weakening but dangerous storm that shut down New York City and threatened to inflict massive blackouts and flooding. From the Carolinas to Maine, tens of millions of people were in the path…

Hurricane Irene surges ashore in North Carolina

Hurricane Irene blasted ashore at Cape Lookout, North Carolina on Saturday, a weakened but still massive category one storm on track to batter major US cities. Sustained winds of 85 miles (140 kilometers) an hour lashed coastal areas as Irene made landfall near the southern end of a chain of…

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