The leftovers from Hurricane Bertha are predicted to hit Sweden on Monday, with forecasters issuing a warning for wayward weather. A thunderous front is predicted to hit Götaland on Monday and head north, meteorologists at Sweden's weather agency SMHI said on Monday. SMHI issued a class 1 warning, meaning there is a risk of damage to societal functions. The east side of Svealand can expect buckets of rain, with Stockholm and Uppsala in particular warned that "abundant rain" and strong winds were on the way. The storm marks the remnants of Hurricane Bertha, which tore across the Caribbean before being downgraded to a post tropical cyclone. It then wrought havoc on the southern reaches of the UK over the weekend. Later on Monday, the rains are expected to move on to northern Sweden. The entire week is predicted to be a wet one, in fact, with cooler temperatures and clouds expected to hang around. … [Read more...] about Stockholm warned as ‘Hurricane Bertha’ nears
By Christopher Elliott Published 9:21 am, Friday, March 30, 2018 Photo: NOAA Via Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 When a hurricane ruins Evan Hasara’s St. Thomas honeymoon, he’s stuck with a $200 American Airline penalty after changing his ticket. Can he get a refund? Does he even deserve one? When a hurricane ruins Evan Hasara’s St. Thomas honeymoon, he’s stuck with a $200 American Airline penalty after changing his ticket. Can he get a refund? Does he even deserve one? Photo: NOAA Via Associated Press Travel Troubleshooter: Did hurricane blow away my refund? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Q: I had to cancel my honeymoon trip to Sugar Bay Resort and Spa in St. Thomas a few days before my departure in October because of Hurricane Irma. I had booked the package through … [Read more...] about Travel Troubleshooter: Did hurricane blow away my refund?
The Atlantic hurricane season will be slightly above-average this year, Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers predicted Thursday. The researchers cited a "relatively low likelihood of significant El Niño" conditions as a main factor. In total, the team believes there will be 14 named storms. Hurricane researchers predict seven of the storms will become hurricanes and three will reach "major hurricane strength with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater." They explained why El Niño patterns are likely to make a difference. "El Niño tends to increase upper-level westerly winds across the Caribbean into the tropical Atlantic, tearing apart hurricanes as they try to form," the researchers said. CSU hurricane researchers believe this season's activity will be about 135 percent of the average season. For reference, last year's hurricane activity — which included one major storm after another — was nearly two and a … [Read more...] about 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be slightly above-average, researchers say
After a record drought that featured no major (Category 3-5) hurricane landfalls in the United States, 2017 roared to life, reminding everyone how powerful and destructive these monster storms can be.The drought lasted more than a decade and ended with not one, but three major hurricanes striking US soil: Harvey, Irma and Maria.Those three storms all rank among the top five costliest in history. With the 2017 season still fresh on the minds of many coastal residents, the question is: What will 2018 bring? Colorado State University forecasts above-average season The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June through November. With the season less than two months away, Colorado State University issued its preliminary seasonal forecast on Thursday.Forecasters expect a slightly above-average season, with 14 named storms. Seven of those are expected to become hurricanes and three are expected to be major hurricanes.Of these storms, CSU predicts a 63% probability of at least one major … [Read more...] about Forecast: 14 named storms this hurricane season
CAYEY, Puerto Rico — Norma Ramos and Helga Marrero stood outside, chatting, as a Thursday afternoon dusk diluted the last bits of blue sky and sunshine in La Merced.Nearly every cement-block house along their meandering mountain road flickered to life as indoor lighting flashed on. A girl ran through the barrio and yelled, “Luz!” Power had returned. But the electrification only went as far as the bakery on the corner, where the linemen piled into bucket trucks and called it a day.For Ramos and Marrero, one more long-suffering day. Who knew how much longer it would be until they, too, could rejoice at flipping a switch?“Sunday,” Ramos said, reaching for a flashlight. “They promised we’d have electricity by Sunday. I guess I can wait. I’ve waited this long.”The neighbors belong to a community along Puerto Rico’s “last mile,” the cluster of communities marking Hurricane Maria’s destructive path across … [Read more...] about In Puerto Rico’s ‘last mile,’ power is still elusive as next hurricane season looms