Alberto Becomes First Named Storm of 2018, Targets Gulf Coast

By Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) -- Meet Alberto, the first named storm of 2018. The sub-tropical storm off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is expected to bring heavy rain to western Cuba and much of Florida early next week, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday. Alberto will probably have little impact on Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas platforms as it … [Read more...]

‘Extremely Active’ 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Comes to a Close – Here’s the Full Season in One Four-Minute Video

Thursday marked the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June 1 to November each year. The 2017 season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including six major hurricanes (greater than Cat 3) – including the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years. According to NOAA, 2017 marked the seventh most … [Read more...]

Ophelia May Become Ireland’s Strongest Storm Since 1961

By Kelly Gilblom, Peter Flanagan and Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) -- Category 2 Hurricane Ophelia is threatening everything from farms to a golf course owned by the family of U.S. President Donald Trump as it heads for Ireland. Ophelia’s top winds were 100 miles (155 kilometers) an hour by 3:40 p.m. London time on Friday, reaching the second level of the five-step … [Read more...]

Ophelia Becomes 10th Hurricane of 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Ophelia has become the 10th hurricane of the 2017 season as it continued to strengthen over the eastern Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday posing no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said in an update today. The NHC upgraded Ophelia to a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as of its 5 p.m. ET update. Ophelia is centered over the far eastern … [Read more...]

Tropical Storm Nate Threatens Oil Rigs as It Targets U.S. Gulf Coast

By Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Nate has formed off of Nicaragua, threatening to inundate Central America, shut oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and damage cotton and citrus crops across the U.S. South. Nate was about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, with top winds of 40 miles per hour, the U.S. National … [Read more...]