AccuWeather News

False Alarms Shake Confidence in Public Alert System

Weather junkie John Grosso knew it was highly unlikely a monster wave was barreling toward the Connecticut coast. Still, when a tsunami warning appeared out of the blue on his phone Tuesday, he felt a twinge of fear. His co-workers, …

U.S. Weather Service Test Became False Tsunami Warning on East Coast

A tsunami warning was erroneously sent Tuesday to some mobile phones along the East Coast and other coastal locations, less than a month after a false notification of a missile attack in Hawaii was sent by that state’s emergency service …

Extreme Rainfall Could Cost South Asian Cities Up to $215B Annually by 2030

As global attention focused on hurricanes Harvey and Irma, more than 41 million people across South Asia battled floods and displacement. From Afghanistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east, floods could cost South Asia — home to a …

Storm Watch Issued for North Carolina as Puerto Rico, Markets Weigh Maria’s Economic Costs

Storm watches have been issued for North Carolina as the U.S. is threatened by a hurricane for the fourth time in a month. Tropical storm watches, meaning winds of at least 39 miles (63 kilometers) per hour could reach the …

East Coast Watching Effect of ‘Zombie’ Storm Jose on Maria’s Path

Hurricane Maria continued its thunderous roll northward as forecasters struggled to pin down a trajectory. Whether the storm makes landfall again could be determined by a zombie. That’s what former Hurricane Jose will soon be in the meteorological vernacular, a …

Category 4 Hurricane Nicole Lashes Bermuda with Winds & Flooding Rain

Hurricane Nicole, which has become a Category 4 hurricane, will continue to lash Bermuda with winds and flooding rain through Thursday, according to a report issued by AccuWeather. As a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of between 130 and …

New Forecasting, Damage Assessment Tools Track Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew rolled toward Florida earlier this week, the meteorologists at Verisk Analytics were tracking its every move. They weren’t just plotting the usual meteorological stuff, though, and making the usual forecasts: wind speed, rainfall, sea-swell. They also were …

Update: Earl Weakens from Hurricane to Tropical Storm as It Crosses Belize

Tropical Storm Earl* will continue to weaken as it crosses Belize after coming ashore early Thursday with drenching rains and hurricane-strength winds, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Earl was 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Belize City with top …

Update: Tropical Storm Earl Set to Become a Hurricane as It Heads to Belize

Tropical Storm Earl, forecast to grow into a hurricane, may just graze Mexico’s oil-rich Bay of Campeche as it heads west toward the Honduras Bay Islands before making landfall in Belize within the next 24 hours. Earl was 265 miles …

With Hurricane Season About to Open, Forecasters Already Eyeing East Coast

When the Atlantic hurricane season starts next week, the most active area might just be off the U.S. East Coast. At this time of year, passing cold fronts that linger over waters warmed by the late spring sun can trigger …