NOAA currently forecasts the paths of storms five days ahead. But scientists hope to identify storm systems sooner and better predict when one is poised to intensify – thereby improving hurricane preparedness.
Hurricane Richard did no major damage to Belize as it weakened into a tropical storm. It is moving into southeastern Mexico.
Oaxaca, Mexico, was inundated with heavy rain Monday night, causing a hill to collapse and swallow the rural town of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec.
Hurricane Igor, now a Category 1 hurricane, blew through Bermuda on a northeast track. High winds and flooding knocked out electricity to 30 percent of the residents. Most tourists fled the island before Hurricane Igor arrived.
Clouds form a tropical storm over Havana during dawn over Havana, Cuba, on Friday.
Hurricane Karl has ramped up to a Category 3 storm with winds of 120 m.p.h., and is bearing down on Vera Cruz, Mexico. Mexican authorities are evacuating oil platforms in the Gulf and residents are preparing for Hurricane Karl's arrival.
Amphibious vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps take part in a mock landing operation in the sea off Incheon, west of Seoul, on Wednesday. The operation marked the 60th anniversary of the landing operations by US-led United Nations troops during the 1950-1953 Korean War.
Hurricane Julia became a Category 4 storm Wednesday. Tropical storm Karl is expected to reach hurricane status by the time it makes landfall in Mexico Saturday morning. Igor could brush Bermuda by Sunday.