Hurricane Irene is the first hurricane of 2011 season. Irene is heading for Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and maybe Florida, say forecasters.
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.
As Tropical Storm Emily heads for Haiti, aid groups scramble to prepare relief efforts for the more than 600,000 people still in makeshift housing after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.
Forecasters say tropical storm Emily poses a more immediate threat to the Dominican Republic and Cuba, but it could become a minimal hurricane off the east coast of Florida this weekend.
Tropical Storm Don's maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 50 mph with only slight strengthening expected before it reaches the coast of Texas late Friday or early Saturday.
Russian guards of honor attend a ceremony to inaugurate a monument dedicated to World War I Russian soldiers in Paris, France.
Oil, stocks, and the economy faltered this week, with oil poised to drop in the lead-up to an OPEC meeting.
With Haiti recovering from an earthquake and cholera outbreak as hurricane Tomas hit, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told the Monitor, 'It’s just piling on us, just making bigger and bigger problems.'
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians lack access to clean water in Port-au-Prince, a situation expected to worsen after tropical storm Tomas makes landfall on Friday.
Some 1.3 million Haitians in the capital's tent cities have nowhere to go as potential hurricane Tomas approaches, even as 120,000 homes sit vacant and easily repairable.