The fictional storm made landfall in the heavily populated Hampton Roads region, bringing a 15-foot (0.3 meter) storm surge and up to 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain to some areas within the first six hours. That cut off main routes -- used for escape as well as for rescuers -- in the Hampton Roads area and elsewhere.
MEXICO CITY – Newly formed Hurricane Willa rapidly gained force and grew into a Category 3 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday, and forecasters said it was likely to reach Category 4 status before hitting land by midweek. A hurricane watch was posted for a stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan, while a tropical storm warning was in effect from Playa Perula to San Blas. Hurricane force winds extended out 25 miles from the storm's core and tropical storm force winds were up to 80 miles out. Willa was about 250 miles (400 km) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes at midafternoon with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph). It was moving to the north-northwest at 6 mph (9 kph), but a turn toward the north was likely during the night or Monday.
Delta strengthened back to a Category 2 storm early Thursday and will likely bring hurricane conditions and "life-threatening" storm surge along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Friday. CDT, the storm was located about 450 miles south-southeast of Cameron, La., with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph -- up from 90 mph on Wednesday night. Delta is expected to produce up to 12 inches of rain across areas of the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Valley, while winds could gust up to 100 mph. People in Louisiana are fleeing for the sixth time in the Atlantic hurricane season before the storm is projected to make landfall in the U.S. on Friday. Follow below for more updates on Delta.
WASHINGTON – Barely a week after Hurricane Harvey devastated large swaths of the U.S. Gulf Coast, Americans on the East Coast on Sunday were warily watching the progress of another major storm, Hurricane Irma. For now, those fears are mostly speculative, as the Category 3 storm remains far out in the Atlantic. Its track is, as the Weather Channel described it, "still uncertain and difficult." But some forecasters projected a turn north that could target a large swath of the heavily populated mid-Atlantic region on the East Coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center, in an advisory issued at 11 a.m.
Warnings and watches have been issued for the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to the National Hurricane Center. The government of the Dominican Republic has also issued a hurricane watch from Cabo Engano to its northern border with Haiti as well as a tropical storm watch from south of Cabo Engao to Isla Saona.