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  • Hurricane Maria (AL15)

    Maria intensified rapidly during Monday September 18 and made landfall on Dominica (pop. ~72,000) as a Category 5 major hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). Early reports suggest the island has suffered severe damage. Maria also brought hurricane-force winds to the neighboring islands of Guadeloupe (pop. ~400,000) and Martinique (pop. ~390,000), though little damage information is available. Maria has now a borderline Category 4/5 hurricane according to the U....

  • Tropical Storm Norma (EP17)

    RMS MONITORING. RMS will update this summary if Norma causes significant impacts at landfall.. . EVENT SUMMARY. Tropical Storm Norma formed at about 12:00 UTC on Thursday September 14 off the west coast of Mexico. Norma is currently located 300 mi (480 km) south of the tip of Baja California, and 290 mi (270 km) west southwest of Jalisco state, Mexico. Norma is currently a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (80 km/hr) according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)...

  • Hurricane Max (EP16)

    Hurricane Max made landfall about 40 mi (65 km) east of Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico as a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS) on the evening UTC of Thursday September 14. According to the Secretariat of Civil Protection, rainfall from Hurricane Max flooded over 300 homes, particularly around Acapulco (pop. ~700,000). Local press reports indicate that river flooding inundated around 100 homes in the municipality of San Jerónimo and over 150 homes in ...

  • Typhoon Doksuri (21W)

    Doksuri made landfall in Ha Tinh province in eastern Vietnam around 09:00 UTC on Friday September 15 as a typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 km/hr), equivalent to a category 1 storm on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). According to the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority, over 192,000 homes have been damaged from wind and over 11,000 homes have been flooded. Over 800 homes have collapsed. The worst affected areas are Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces. ...

  • Windstorm Aileen/Sebastian (Northwest Europe)

    Windstorm Aileen, the first storm named by the UK Met Office in the 2017-2018 season, crossed the UK on the night of September 12-13. Wales and central England were affected in particular. The Met Office recorded a gust of 74 mph (119 km/hr) in Mumbles Head, south Wales. At the peak of the storm, 60,000 homes in Wales lost power for up to several hours. Over 800 homes lost power in Nottinghamshire and around 700 homes lost power in Lincolnshire. Most power outages have been restored. ...

  • Typhoon Talim (20W)

    Talim was downgraded to a severe tropical storm prior to making landfall near Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, around 03:00 UTC (12:00 local time) on Sunday September 17. At its final observation point prior to landfall, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported Talim to have maximum sustained wind speeds of 72 mph (117 km/hr), equivalent to a strong tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). Prior to landfall, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (J...

  • Chiapas, Mexico Earthquake, Mw8.1

    At 04:49 UTC, September 8 2017 (22:49 local time on September 7), a Mw 8.1 earthquake struck 54 mi (87 km) southwest of Pijijiapan, Mexico (pop. ~50,000), just offshore the southern state of Chiapas, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake had a focal depth of about 70 km. The maximum level of shaking experienced on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) Scale was level VIII (Severe), which was felt by 547,000 people, with more than 28 million people feeling shakin...

  • Major Hurricane Jose (AL12)

    <![CDATA[Major Hurricane Jose bypassed around 55 mi (90 km) northeast of Barbuda, in the northeast Leeward Islands, as a Category 4 major hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). Hurricane force winds did not impact land. Barbuda, Anguila, Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten experienced tropical storm force winds. Jose is expected to maintain Category 4 intensity for the coming days as it tracks northwest well offshore of Puerto Rico into the central western Atlantic.]]>

  • Tropical Storm Lidia (EP14)

    Tropical Storm Lidia, the twelfth named storm of the 2017 East Pacific hurricane season, made landfall over southern Baja California early UTC Friday September 1, as a tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS) with maximum sustained winds of around 63 mph (100 km/hr). The storm tracked along the western coast of Baja California within about 20 mi (30 km) of Cabo San Lucas (pop. ~68,000) and made landfall on the western coast of the peninsula around 40 mi (70 km...

  • Major Hurricane Irma (AL11)

    Major Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key in the Lower Florida Keys at around 13:30 UTC (09:30 local time) on Sunday September 10 as a Category 4 major hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 130 mph (210 km/hr). Irma made a second landfall in Florida at Marco Island near Naples at around 19:30 UTC (15:30 local time) on Sunday September 10 as a Category 3 major hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 115 mph (185 km/hr). Gusts up to 130 mph (210 km/hr) were repo...

  • Major Hurricane Harvey (AL09)

    Major Hurricane Harvey has caused catastrophic and unprecedented inland flooding across southeast Texas and in parts of southern Louisiana, including the Houston metropolitan area (pop. ~6.3 mn). On Wednesday August 30, Texas officials estimated at least 49,000 homes with flood damage. In Harris County alone, officials estimate between 30,000 and 40,000 residential properties have been damaged or destroyed. The full extent of the flooding may not be known for several weeks as the floo...

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