Tropical Storm Lee formed in the waters off Louisiana on Friday, threatening a drenching along much of the Gulf Coast over the Labor Day weekend with up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain in some spots.
Hurricane Irene opened its assault on the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday by lashing the North Carolina coast with wind as strong as 115 mph and pounding shoreline homes with waves. Farther north, authorities readied a massive shutdown of trains and airports, with 2 million people ordered out of the way.
Hurricane Paula, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (160 kph), swiped at the island of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres overnight during its northward trek. Late Wednesday morning, the storm was centered about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Cabo Catoche on the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Tropical Storm Nicole dwindled into nothing for Floridians Wednesday afternoon. Initial forecasts predicted torrential rains and gusty winds, but Nicole ended up re-forming farther East and delivering what amounted to just another rainy day. The storm never wound up hitting the state.
Powerful Hurricane Earl spun toward the East Coast on Wednesday, driving tourists from North Carolina's vacation islands and threatening to bring damaging winds and waves all along the Atlantic seaboard through Labor Day weekend.
Federal officials urged U.S. residents to prepare for possible evacuations and islanders in the Turks and Caicos hunkered down in their homes Tuesday as Category 4 Hurricane Earl howled over open seas toward the East Coast of the U.S.
Bonnie has weakened to a tropical depression with winds near 35 mph after crossing Florida on Friday, July 23. Forecasters with the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was over the Gulf just off Naples late Friday.
Ethanol-added gasoline can damage the inner workings of electric generators. With hurricane season in full swing, many owners of generators may need to make repairs to the engine's carburetors to get the machines running again.
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