- Tropical Storm Chantal expected to reach hurricane strength before hitting Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti
- The next hurricane serious hurricane threat to the U.S. may not be Hurricane Katia, but a new low-pressure system that developed in the Gulf of Mexico that the National Hurricane Center says is likely to become a tropical cyclone in the next two days. The unnamed storm has a good chance of threatening U.S. states on the northern Gulf Coast -- potentially areas hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Hurricane Katia Likely to Become Major Atlantic Storm; Projected Path Uncertain, U.S. Strike Possibility RemainsHurricane Katia is likely to become a major storm this weekend, and an eventual threat to the U.S. has not been ruled out. The National Hurricane Center said Thursday Katia, now about 1,000 miles east of St. Lucia in the Carribbean, is on a projected path to be well east of the Bahamas and south of Bermuda by Sept. 6. Katia has winds near 75 miles per hour, and the storm is moving west at 20 miles per hour.
- During the summer and fall of 1780, at least 27,000 people perished from hurricanes -- an all-time record -- in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the newly-formed U.S.