Super Typhoon Mangkhut is the most powerful tropical cyclone in the world, with 170 mph winds, and is set to cross over the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Macau over the next few days.
The Global Disaster and Alert Coordination System said that as many as 43.3 million people could be affected by the storm, which is now causing power outages and flooding in Guam. Mangkhut is expected to sweep across the northern Philippines on Friday as the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, but will likely weaken before reaching Hong Kong and Macau. The agriculture secretary of the Philippines warned that with the harvest season nearing, Mangkhut could cause up to $25 million in damage to crops on the island of Luzon.
It's a busy storm season in the Atlantic and Pacific. Hurricane Florence, headed for the Carolinas, is a Category 3, while Tropical Storm Barijat is now passing Hong Kong to the south. Tropical Storm Olivia is bringing at least 15 inches of rain to some parts of Hawaii, and Hurricane Helene, a Category 1, is west of Cabo Verde and expected to stay over the open ocean, The Washington Post reports. Catherine Garcia
Tropical Storm Chris will likely strengthen to a hurricane off the East Coast overnight, and forecasters are warning swimmers and surfers in South Carolina to take precaution.
Current conditions could create currents in Georgetown and Horry counties that sweep people into rip currents or piers and jetties, CBS News reports. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, and is expected to travel northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. On Monday evening, the National Hurricane Center said Chris was about 215 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Catherine Garcia
At least six people were killed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia due to the intense winter storm that hit the East Coast.
In North Carolina, three people were killed, including two men whose pickup truck slid off a road and into a creek on Wednesday night, authorities said. One person died in South Carolina and two others in Virginia — a 75-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a snowplow and a young girl was killed while sledding down a driveway.
Called a "bomb cyclone" because its fast drop in atmospheric pressure was akin to a winter hurricane, the massive storm system also caused the cancelation of more than 4,000 flights to and from the U.S. Heavy snow and high winds were reported all along the East Coast, with parts of southern New Jersey receiving almost 17 inches of snow and flooding reported in Boston. Over the weekend, the Northeast can expect extremely cold air — wind chills are forecast to hit minus 15 in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, and could drop to minus 40 in parts of New England and western New York, ABC News reports. Catherine Garcia
Maria was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday, and it is about 125 miles east-northeast of Barbados, headed toward the eastern Caribbean at 15 miles per hour.
"Maria has strengthened to a hurricane and could be near major hurricane intensity when it affects portions of the Leeward Islands over the next few days, bringing dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards," the National Hurricane Center said. There is now a hurricane warning in Martinique, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Guadeloupe.
There are two other storms in the Atlantic — Jose, a Category 1 that could cause "dangerous surf and rip currents" along the U.S. East Coast over the next few days, and Lee, which was downgraded Sunday from a tropical storm to a tropical depression. It is expected to weaken even further over the next several days. Catherine Garcia
Hurricane Harvey, now a Category 1 with 85 mph winds, is gaining strength, and by the time it hits the middle Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday, it's expected to be a Category 3, with winds of at last 111 mph, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday night.
Harvey could make landfall in Corpus Christi, where Mayor Joe McComb has issued a voluntary evacuation order; it is now about 250 miles southeast of the city, moving 10 mph. Traffic is backed up going out of Corpus Christi, as residents try to leave before the storm, and the shelves at many grocery stores are empty, CNN reports.
Rainfall from Harvey "will cause devastating and life-threatening flooding," the National Hurricane Center said, as it will likely linger over the state. Forecasters are expecting Harvey to bring 15 to 25 inches of rain along the Texas coast and may cause flooding in Louisiana as well as Texas. The last hurricane to make landfall in Texas was Ike in 2008; 21 people died in the storm. Catherine Garcia
A tornado swept through Tulsa early Sunday, sending 30 people to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries.
Most of the people injured were inside or outside of restaurants that were closing, authorities said. National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Teague told The Associated Press the tornado had wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph, and not long after, two tornadoes with winds of 65 to 85 mph were seen on radar east and northeast of Tulsa. Power poles were damaged, signs were ripped off, and a TGI Fridays suffered major damage from the tornado, and for a brief time, more than 17,000 customers were without power. Catherine Garcia
In southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday, at least seven tornadoes hit in six parishes, including a twister that struck in New Orleans.
Dozens of people were injured, five seriously, and homes and businesses were damaged, including NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility. Material engineer Jonathan Simeral told CNN he "dove into a bathroom" after colleagues said they saw the tornado approaching. "The lights went out and you could hear stuff falling from the ceiling," he said. "Debris flying, you could hear it hitting the windows."
A preliminary survey by the National Weather Service found that the tornado that hit the New Orleans East neighborhood was at least an EF-2, with winds of 111 to 135 mph. Severe weather is predicted to continue from the central Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. Catherine Garcia
As Hurricane Matthew heads toward Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, governors on Wednesday either ordered or strongly encouraged nearly 2 million people along the coast to evacuate.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm, now a category 3, was centered about 400 miles southeast of West Palm Beach, Florida, at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, and moving northwest. As the hurricane passed through the Bahamas, it was a category 3 with sustained winds of 120 mph, and it is expected to be close to Florida's Atlantic coast by Thursday evening. At least 25 deaths in the Caribbean have been blamed on the hurricane, as well as extensive damage in Haiti.
The last time a hurricane of category 3 or higher hit the U.S. was in October 2005, when Wilma made landfall in southwest Florida with 120 mph winds. It left five people dead, caused an estimated $21 billion in damage, and left thousands without electricity for more than a week. Catherine Garcia