Current Hurricane Season Updates

Hurricane

Bookmark this Page, as we’ll do our best to keep it current with the most recent news and updates on Hurricanes and their impact, and be sure to also check the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center website as well, as our focus will be mainly on the Caribbean and the all-inclusive resorts in that region.

You’ll find the most current hurricane update info near the top and by scrolling down you can read older information (if you’re a hurricane junkie, LOL).

In a Nutshell: Remember, no matter how bad the storms are, they do pass and all the resorts have plans in place in case you are traveling or there when a storm hits. Resorts on the Caribbean islands – being accustomed to severe weather – know how to build for this, using rebar-reinforced concrete and brick along with roofs that can be replaced quickly. Folks in the tropics work very hard to get back up and running as soon as possible (tourism is their livelihood), so you can be sure they will be greeting visitors within weeks, if not days.

Hurricane Ian – September 2022

Update: 09/29/22 – Hurricane Ian has officially tied with 2004’s Hurricane Charley as the strongest storm to hit Florida’s gulf coast. Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa and as it crossed the state toward Orlando it caused more damage and left roughly two million Floridians without power. Hurricane Ian also destroyed the Pine Island Bridge as well as several portions of the Sanibel Causeway that connects both Sanibel Island and Captiva Island to the mainland. As of early this morning, Ian has been downgraded to tropical storm status with top winds of 65 mph, and is heading northeast across central Florida leaving catastrophic flooding and leveled buildings in its wake. Ian is now expected to emerge over Atlantic waters Thursday and move north toward a possible second U.S. landfall.

09/28/22 – After leaving the entire island of Cuba without power, Hurricane Ian is now officially at Category 4 status, with sustained winds averaging 140mph, and barreling towards the Gulf coast of Florida. Evacuations around the Tampa Bay area continue and a potentially deadly storm surge is expected.

09/27/22 – Hurricane Ian, having strengthened to Category 3 status, has blasted Cuba with top sustained winds of ~125mph, and should make landfall on western Florida – possibly at Category 4 level – sometime early on Wednesday. Officials in low-lying Tampa Bay have been issuing evacuation orders as major flooding is expected as they brace for the worst storm they’ve seen in roughly a century.

09/25/2022 – Tropical Storm Ian has been doing little more than dropping heavy rains and wind throughout the Caribbean but is predicted to achieve “hurricane” status with a major increase in intensity sometime late Sunday or early Monday as it crosses Grand Cayman and parts of Cuba, before it makes landfall in Florida midweek, likely Wednesday. Currently it’s path suggests it will hit the western coast of Florida, where a state of emergency has already been proactively declared. We’ll be watching this one closely!

Hurricane Fiona – September 2022

Update: 09/26/2022 – Ian officially made ‘hurricane’ status early this morning as it approaches the western shore of Cuba. With current sustained winds at 75mph, it’s expected to make landfall late today or in the early hours of Tuesday, and is expected to continue gathering strength over the Gulf of Mexico before hitting the western coast of Florida as early as Wednesday.

09/24/2022 – Hurricane Fiona, which as it moved north became known as a ‘cyclone’, ravaged the eastern coast of Canada on Saturday, leaving behind collapsed homes, washed-out roads, and downed power lines that left nearly a half-million Canadians without power, before it weakened and headed out into the Atlantic.

09/23/2022 – The center of Hurricane Fiona has passed just west of Bermuda and she’s currently heading north-northeast in the Atlantic, with winds reaching 130 miles per hour. Fiona is expected to approach Nova Scotia, on the eastern coast of Canada, later today. The Canadian Hurricane Center issued warnings for “what looks to be a historic storm for eastern Canada.”

09/22/2022 – According to CNN, on Wednesday, Hurricane Fiona strengthened to a Category 4. With a reported 130 mile-per-hour winds and gusts reaching 155 miles per hour, Fiona left behind a trail of destruction in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos, causing at least 5 deaths across the Caribbean, extreme flooding and mudslides, as well as wide-spread power outages and damage to various islands’ fresh water infrastructure which leaves them severely short of clean drinking water.

Fiona arrives almost exactly five years after Hurricane Maria, which caused devastating damage in Puerto Rico. Approximately 1.1 million people are without power — nearly one-third of the population of the U.S. territory. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is assisting in Puerto Rico after President Biden issued a state of emergency on Sunday.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch has been issued for Bermuda, where Fiona is likely to land towards the end of the week. The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory stating, “U.S. citizens in Bermuda wishing to depart the island should depart now, ahead of Hurricane Fiona’s arrival.”

Hurricane Eta – November 2020

According to NOAA, Hurricane Eta made landfall south of Puerto Cabezas (also hit in 2007 by Hurricane Felix) with sustained winds at 140 mph. This is a slow moving storm and traveling at about 5 mph.

Hardest hit were Nicaragua and Honduras as well as Eastern Guatemala and Belize, lesser damage was seen in some areas of Costa Rica and Panama. For the most part southeastern Mexico and El Salvador saw mostly heavy rain and some flooding. Jamaica, Southern Haiti and the Cayman Islands experienced lesser rain and flooding.

Hurricane Delta – October 2020

Hurricane Delta made landfall as a Category 4 and the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula saw life-threatening winds and storm surge along with heavy rain.

According to Accuweather.com, Delta became the 25th tropical storm in 2020 and the first major hurricane to occur in October since 2018’s Hurricane Michael.  Hurricane Delta is also the most extreme in the last 15-years for an October hurricane.

Western Cuba and portions of the Cayman Islands were also affected as Hurricane Delta brought them 2 to 4 inches of rain, causing some flash floods and mudslides.

Hurricane Laura – August 2020

Tropical Storm Marco quieted to a tropical depression while Hurricane Laura gained strength over the warm waters of the Gulf and the Caribbean was battered by both Tropical Storms as Marco weakened and Laura strengthened.  Tourists in Mexico’s Quintana Roo made it through the storms, which also spared its all-inclusive resorts and beaches.

Laura also brought heavy rain and high winds to Puerto Rico causing evacuations due to potential flooding and mudslides. The Dominican Republic and Haiti were also on high alert, especially after recent Hurricane Isaias passed through affecting the area. Tropical Storm Laura brought rain, wind, and disrupted power as she swept through the area.

Hurricane Maria – August 2017

In 2017 Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico and much of the Caribbean, and the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico was just re-opening to tourism in 2022 when they were struck again by Fiona (see above).

Hurricane Maria left many Caribbean islands without power for many months, in the case of Puerto Rico, for years. Heavy rains, flooding, mudslides, and damage to the islands’ fresh water infrastructure also left much of the Caribbean without safe drinking water.

Hurricane Lane – August 2018 (Pacific)

While there are no all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii, we’re including this here for you hurricane junkies as it’s interesting that Lane was the first storm to threaten the Hawaiian Islands in over 26-years.
 
Hurricane Lane began as a Category 5 with winds over 150 miles per hour and landed as a Tropical Storm with winds at about 40 miles per hour and dumping over 4-feet of rain on Hawaii, with much of the damage on the Big Island. This historic rainfall was the 3rd highest at 50-inches compared to 52-inches during Hurricane Hiki in 1950 and the most recorded rainfall of 62-inches in 2017 with Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Even though Lane was downgraded, it still caused major damage with flooding, property damage, washed out roadways in Hawaii and the winds also stirred up brush fires in dryer areas of Oahu and Maui.

RESOURCES:

NOAA National Hurricane Center

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