August 27th, 2012
07:35 AM ET

Monday's live events

Tropical Storm Isaac could make an impact on the U.S. Gulf Coast in the coming days.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the storm.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage - Tropical Storm Isaac tracker

12:00 pm ET - Alabama, Florida briefings on Isaac - The governors of Alabama and Florida will hold separate briefings on Tropical Storm Isaac.  For Alabama, the briefing will focus on the state's preparations for the storm, while Florida's will focus on Isaac's impact.

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Tropical Storm Isaac forms in Atlantic, could become hurricane
Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become a Category 2 hurricane by the weekend.
August 21st, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Tropical Storm Isaac forms in Atlantic, could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Isaac formed in the Atlantic Ocean and churned toward the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday afternoon, and it could become a  Category 1 hurricane by Thursday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Isaac was 500 miles east of Guadeloupe in the Leeward Islands and moving west at 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph, just beyond the threshold for a tropical storm. It would become a hurricane if winds reach 74 mph.

Tropical storm watches and warnings cover much of the Leeward Islands as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Conditions are favorable for strengthening as the storm enters the northern Caribbean Sea, forecasters said.

It could become a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds above 95 mph, as it approaches Cuba on Saturday.

Forecasters caution that the forecast track is uncertain and the storm could be anywhere from the Bahamas to the north and the Cayman Islands to the south on Saturday.

It is still too early to tell what, if any, effects the storm will have on the U.S. mainland, but there are several computer models that bring the storm into the Gulf of Mexico, while others move the storm further east.

With roughly 50,000 people headed for Tampa, Florida, for the Republican National Convention August 27-30, there is heightened interest in the future path of the storm.

August 9th, 2012
07:38 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Tropical Storm Ernesto

12:45 pm ET - Obama talks economy - President Obama continues his campaign swing through Colorado today with two events.  The first one will be in Pueblo, followed by a speech in Colorado Springs at 3:30 pm ET.

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August 8th, 2012
07:40 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage: Tropical Storm Ernesto

9:25 am ET - Romney in Iowa - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney begins his day in Iowa, where he will participate in a campaign event in Des Moines.

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Tropical Storm Ernesto expected to make landfall as a hurricane
Ernesto is expected to bring areas in Belize, the southern Yucatan Peninsula and northern Guatemala up to 12 inches of rain.
August 7th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Tropical Storm Ernesto expected to make landfall as a hurricane

Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to reach hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday night.

The Mexican government extended a hurricane warning north to the city of Tulum on Tuesday as the storm churned in the Caribbean.

Neighboring Belize issued a hurricane warning for its entire east coast.

In Nicaragua, government officials said they were evacuating about 1,500 people in coastal areas and had banned boats from setting sail.

As of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, the storm was about 220 miles (350 kilometers) east of Chetumal, in Mexico, the National Hurricane Center reported. Ernesto was moving west-northwest at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.

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August 3rd, 2012
10:48 AM ET

Tropical Storm Ernesto enters Caribbean, could be hurricane in days

Tropical Storm Ernesto hit parts of the Windward Islands on Friday morning, bringing rain and occasionally robust gusts as forecasters predicted it could become a hurricane in the central Caribbean Sea by the end of the weekend.

The storm’s center passed over or nearly over St. Lucia in the eastern Caribbean and was about 90 miles west of the island shortly before 11 a.m. ET, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Ernesto - with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and faster gusts - was moving west at about 21 mph.

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August 2nd, 2012
05:34 PM ET

Tropical Storm Ernesto moves toward Caribbean Sea

Tropical Storm Ernesto has formed in the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to head into the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday.

The storm's center was about 295 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving west at about 22 mph, and should be near the Windwards by early Friday, the center said.

Track Tropical Storm Ernesto 

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. The warnings mean that tropical storm conditions are expected there within the next 24 hours.

Rainfall of 2 to 3 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches, are possible across the Windward Islands through Friday, the center said.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph, and some slight strengthening is expected from now to Saturday, according to the center.

The Windward Islands are the southern portion of the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela and southeast of Puerto Rico

Emilia expected to become major hurricane in Pacific
Hurricanes Daniel, left, and Emilia are shown in an infrared image on Monday morning.
July 9th, 2012
06:17 AM ET

Emilia expected to become major hurricane in Pacific

Hurricane Emilia formed in the eastern Pacific early Monday and is expected to become a major hurricane sometime Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

At 2 a.m. PT, the Category One storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph was about 760 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California and moving west-northwest at 12 mph, forecasters said.

Emilia is strengthening rapidly and is forecast to become a Category Two storm later on Monday and a Category Three, or major hurricane, with maximum sustained winds above 111 mph, on Tuesday, the hurricane center said.

Emilia posed no threat to land, however, and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

Emilia is the fourth Pacific hurricane of the season. Hurricane Daniel formed Friday and early Monday was a strong Category One storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

Daniel was about 1,270 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja and moving west at 15 mph.

It was expected to weaken to tropical storm status sometime Monday as it encounters colder waters in the Pacific.

Daniel also posed no threat to land.

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Hurricane Daniel forms in Pacific
July 7th, 2012
12:39 AM ET

Hurricane Daniel forms in Pacific

Daniel became the third Pacific hurricane of the season Friday when the storm's winds reached 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 8 p.m. Pacific time, the Category One storm was about 745 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California, the hurricane center said.

The storm was expected to strengthen Saturday as it moved to the west at 12 mph.

But it was expected to encounter colder water and weaken on Sunday, forecasters said.

The storm poses no current threat to land.

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June 27th, 2012
07:53 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law.  Once a ruling is issued, watch CNN.com Live for reaction and fallout to the decision.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Tropical Depression Debby

9:45 am ET - Waldo Canyon wildfire briefing - The wildfire has forced more than 32,000 people in Colorado out of their homes, are firefighters are struggling to contain it.  Officials update the public on the status of the fire.

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June 26th, 2012
08:17 AM ET

Debby's flooding isn't over for Florida

He used sand bags and a water pump, but Chad Mercer couldn't stop floodwaters from rising to his knees inside his Starke, Florida, home.

"I'm laughing about it now, because I've been doing this since six this morning," he told CNN affiliate WJXT Monday night. "Gotta laugh now."

But Tropical Storm Debby proved to be no laughing matter as it wreaked widespread havoc in Florida. The slow-moving storm has killed one person, dumped nearly a foot of rain in some areas and triggered flooding resulting in evacuations, rescues and road and interstate closures.

And Debby isn't finished - forecasters warned the storm could bring another 8 inches of rain to the northern part of the state as it slogs through, headed from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Isolated areas could see a total of 25 inches of rain from Debby.

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June 26th, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law.  Once a ruling is issued, watch CNN.com Live for reaction and fallout to the decision.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Tropical Storm Debby

10:30 am ET - Senate GOP briefing on security leaks - Five Republican Senators speak with reporters on their concerns over recent national security leaks.

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June 21st, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Chris becomes first hurricane of the Atlantic season

Tropical storm Chris has been upgraded to a hurricane, becoming the first named hurricane of the Atlantic season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, which is located in the northern Atlantic, has strengthened during the last several hours. Hurricane Chris' maximum sustained winds are now 75 mph. Chris remains no threat to land as it moves northeast at 20 mph.

Hurricane Chris has been named nearly two months earlier than the average first date of a hurricane in the Atlantic which is August 14, according to Dennis Felton with the National Hurricane Center.

This is also only the third time since record keeping began back in the late 1800s that there have been three named storms so early in the season. Normally storms are not officially named until July 11, Felton said.

June 19th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Tropical Storm Chris forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Chris has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, though forecasters don't expect it to ever threaten land, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of about 5 p.m. ET, the storm was located about 560 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the center.

The storm was moving to the east at 8 mph and was forecast to stay out over the open Atlantic and gradually weaken over the next couple of days as it encounters cooler water.

Hurricane forecasters raise 2012 predictions
Hurricane Irene rages on August 25 in the Caribbean Sea.
June 1st, 2012
02:07 PM ET

Hurricane forecasters raise 2012 predictions

On the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters at Colorado State University have increased their predictions for the number of named storms for the year but are still predicting a below-average number of storms.

Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science are predicting 13 named tropical storms for the season, an increase of three from their forecast released in April. They say five of those storms will be hurricanes (with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or above), an increase from four hurricanes in their April forecast.

The forecast for a major hurricane, a Category 3, 4 or 5 storm with winds well above 100 mph, remains at two.

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May 30th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Beryl strengthens slightly along coastal Carolina

Two days after slamming into northeast Florida, Beryl - slightly strengthened but still a tropical depression - prepared to re-enter the Atlantic on Wednesday, spreading heavy rain and blustery winds along the coast of the Carolinas.

The storm, which came ashore early Monday with 70 mph winds near Jacksonville Beach, Florida, increased its maximum sustained winds from 30 to 35 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

"On the forecast track, the center of Beryl is expected to move off the coast of southern South Carolina later today and move along or just off the coast of South and North Carolina through this evening," forecasters said.

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May 28th, 2012
11:35 AM ET

Weakened Beryl still dumping rain on Southeast

A weakened Tropical Depression Beryl was soaking parts of Florida and Georgia on Monday, leaving thousands in the dark and hindering Memorial Day activities.

A tropical storm warning for a large swath of the southeastern Atlantic Coast was canceled as Beryl weakened Monday. However, the National Hurricane Center said tropical storm-force wind gusts remained possible over coastal Florida and Georgia, particularly in rain bands associated with the storm.

As of Monday morning, 3.47 inches of rain had fallen on Keystone Heights, Florida, about 25 miles northeast of Gainesville, according to the National Weather Service. Green Cove Springs, Florida, about 28 miles south of Jacksonville, had gotten 3.35 inches of rain.

Because of Beryl, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown canceled all Memorial Day ceremonies. A Memorial Day event at the Veterans Cemetery in nearby St. Augustine also was canceled, CNN affiliate WTLV reported.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority suspended all bus routes to area beaches.

Twelve flights scheduled to leave Jacksonville were canceled Monday, according to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.

Beryl's powerful winds knocked out power across the region.

Outages in the Jacksonville area were under 20,000 Monday morning, according to Tam Roman with the Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness office, down from about 37,000 overnight.

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NOAA predicts 4-8 Atlantic hurricanes
A satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Irene on August 25, 2011, in the Caribbean Sea.
May 24th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

NOAA predicts 4-8 Atlantic hurricanes

[Updated at 1:19 p.m. ET] A near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is expected this year, with nine to 15 named storms and four to eight hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.

Of those four to eight hurricanes, NOAA expects one to three to be major. The Atlantic's six-month season begins June 1, although it got off to an early start this year, with Tropical Storm Alberto moving through the Atlantic off the U.S. East Coast last week.

NOAA also said it predicts a near-normal season for the Eastern Pacific, estimating a 70% chance of 12 to 18 named storms - with five to nine hurricanes, of which two to five would be major - for that area. The Eastern Pacific's season is May 15 to November 30.

A major hurricane, designated as Category 3 or greater, has winds of well above 100 mph. The weakest hurricanes have top sustained winds of at least 74 mph, and named storms have top winds of at least 39 mph.

NOAA officials said uncertainty over whether the El Nino weather pattern will form made it difficult to be more precise in predicting the Atlantic storm season.

"If (El Nino) develops by late summer to early fall ... conditions could be less conducive for hurricane formation and intensification during the peak months (August to October) of the season, possibly shifting the activity toward the lower end of the predicted range,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

The forecasts do not predict how many of the storms will reach land.

Thursday's predictions came as a strengthening Hurricane Bud, churning in the Pacific, appeared poised to bring heavy rain to coastal southwestern Mexico.

It is extremely rare for an Eastern Pacific hurricane to affect the U.S. mainland, though some do have an influence on Hawaii.

Tropical Storm Alberto broke up in the Atlantic this week and another tropical depression was causing heavy rainfall in southern Florida, Bell said. However, he said the early storms were no harbinger of a more active season than normal.

For the Atlantic, a normal season would produce 12 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. Last year saw 19 named storms in the Atlantic.

The Eastern Pacific's average season produces 15 named storms, with eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes, according to NOAA.

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May 19th, 2012
04:56 PM ET

Tropical Storm Alberto forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, formed Saturday off the coast of South Carolina.

As of 5 p.m., the storm was located about 140 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

It was churning southwest at 3 mph.

No coastal watches or warning were in effect, though a tropical storm watch could be issued for parts of the coast later Saturday, the Hurricane Center said.

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Ex-New Orleans cops get prison time in Danziger Bridge shootings
The shootings happened on Danziger Bridge six days after much of New Orleans went underwater when Hurricane Katrina hit.
April 4th, 2012
07:44 PM ET

Ex-New Orleans cops get prison time in Danziger Bridge shootings

A federal judge Wednesday sentenced five former New Orleans police officers to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for the shootings of unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, prosecutors said.

The shootings occurred on the Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005, six days after much of New Orleans went underwater when the powerful hurricane slammed into the Gulf Coast. The ex-officers were convicted in August on a combined 25 counts of civil rights violations.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt imposed the stiffest sentence on former officer Robert Faulcon, who was handed a 65-year term for his involvement in shooting two of the victims. Former sergeants Kenneth Bowen and Robert Gisevius got 40 years for their roles in the incident, while ex-officer Robert Villavaso was sentenced to 38 years.

The lightest term went to former detective sergeant Arthur Kaufman, who was sentenced to six years for attempting to cover up what the officers had done, according to the U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans.

The men were accused of opening fire on an unarmed family, killing 17-year-old James Brissette and wounding four others. Minutes later, Faulcon shot and killed Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man described by Justice Department officials as having severe mental disabilities and who was trying to flee the scene when he was shot, according to the Justice Department.

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