Ophelia could become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength in the Atlantic Ocean this season, tying a record set in the late 1800s. Earlier this year NOAA predicted more hurricanes than usual this season. The National Hurricane Center expects Ophelia to reach hurricane strength by Thursday.
Hurricane Maria's center went right over Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning as a powerful category 4 hurricane with sustained winds around 145 mph. Here's what Puerto Rico residents and visitors posted on Snapchat as the storm passed over the island.
Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico early on Wednesday, bringing extreme wind and rain to the region, local media reported. The National Hurricane Center warned that Maria would hit the southeastern Puerto Rico after passing over the Caribbean island of St Croix. A hurricane warning also remained in effect for the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season had 15 named storms by Oct.9 — five of which were major hurricanes. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate have been the season's most notable, causing major flooding across the Texas and much of the Gulf coast and damage to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands, Florida and the southeast. Here's a look at all of the records this season's already broken, as well as how it compares to the Atlantic's most active season.
Hurricane Maria has regained Category 5 strength overnight into Tuesday. Officials in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe said the French island near Dominica probably would experience heavy flooding and warned that many communities could be submerged. The storm was located early Tuesday about 65 miles west-southwest of Guadeloupe.
Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler belted out her 1983 hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in a duet with pop band DNCE during the solar eclipse Monday. Tyler performed on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas as the ship passed into the eclipse's path of totality at about 3 p.m.
At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 others injured when a van rammed into a crowd in Barcelona’s popular Las Ramblas district on Thursday, August 17. Police said the attack, in addition to another that night in the seaside town of Cambrils, was an act of terror. Joe Cooke told Storyful that he heard gunshots and then took out his phone to record as everyone ran for cover. He was filming just 250 meters away from where the van attack began on Las Ramblas boulevard.
British police appealed on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, for help in tracing a jogger who appeared to push a woman into the path of an oncoming bus on a busy west London street. Closed circuit TV footage showed the male runner jog past one man on Putney Bridge on May 5, 2017, before knocking into the 33-year-old victim. As she tumbled to the ground, her head and upper body fell into the path of an oncoming bus which managed to swerve out of her way.
A Vancouver police officer scolded a mother for leaving her children, ages 3 and 6, in a hot car while she grocery shopped on the afternoon of July 3. Police said they received multiple emergency calls about two children, who were said to be in distress while alone inside the locked car as the alarm also went off. The mother was reportedly inside the grocery store for 20 minutes.
A man was knocked down by a bus before miraculously getting up and walking into a bar. The 53-year-old man said he is lucky to be alive after being struck by the double-decker as he crossed the road in Reading, England.
Surveillance video shows a motorist using her car to chase a cyclist and ram him into a tree after an argument over her use of a cellphone while driving. The woman, Justine Henshaw-Bryan, 25, has been sentenced to three years in jail for causing serious injuries to the cyclist in London of last year.
A little girl sat on the edge of a dock in Canada, and watched a sea lion who popped his head out of the water to take a look at the tourists. Seconds later, the sea lion pulled her into the water. A man immediately jumped in to rescue the girl. Both walked away unharmed.
From Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to former campaign director Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's allies have business and personal connections to Russia. As Congress and the FBI look into Russia's involvement with the 2016 election, those connections are increasingly under a microscope.