Hurricane Lili

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Packing 110 mph wind, Hurricane Lili gained strength and churned Wednesday toward the Gulf Coast, where residents braced for the second major storm in a week.

About 330,000 people in Texas' Jefferson and Orange counties were told to evacuate early Wednesday after a tidal surge of more than 9 feet was expected to pound the surf.

Evacuations were ordered Wednesday along the low-lying areas southwest Louisiana.

Lili, which was expected to make landfall Thursday, entered the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday as a Category 2 hurricane with wind of 110 mph. Forecasters said it could strengthen to Category 3, with wind up to 130 mph, on Wednesday.

Earlier, Lili barreled through the Caribbean, killing seven people in Jamaica and St. Vincent and driving tens of thousands of Cubans from their homes.

Forecasts showed Lili heading for the middle of Louisiana's coast, and officials warned that areas could be inundated with as much as 20 feet of water.


Category

Wind (mph)*

Description

Tropical Depression

38 – less

An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation.

Tropical Storm

39-73

An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation.

Hurricane

74-higher

An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface.

* Winds must be held for a 1-minute average at 33 feet above the surface.


Hurricane Names
Names for the next six years

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Allison

Arthur

Ana

Alex

Arlene

Alberto

Barry

Bertha

Bill

Bonnie

Bret

Beryl

Chantal

Cristobal

Claudette

Charley

Cindy

Chris

Dean

Dolly

Danny

Danielle

Dennis

Debby

Erin

Edouard

Erika

Earl

Emily

Ernesto

Felix

Fay

Fabian

Frances

Franklin

Florence

Gabrielle

Gustav

Grace

Gaston

Gert

Gordon

Humberto

Hanna

Henri

Hermine

Harvey

Helene

Iris

Isidore

Isabel

Ivan

Irene

Isaac

Jerry

Josephine

Juan

Jeanne

Jose

Joyce

Karen

Kyle

Kate

Karl

Katrina

Kirk

Lorenzo

Lili

Larry

Lisa

Lee

Leslie

Michelle

Marco

Mindy

Matthew

Maria

Michael

Noel

Nana

Nicholas

Nicole

Nate

Nadine

Olga

Omar

Odette

Otto

Ophelia

Oscar

Pablo

Paloma

Peter

Paula

Philippe

Patty

Rebekah

Rene

Rose

Richard

Rita

Rafael

Sebastien

Sally

Sam

Shary

Stan

Sandy

Tanya

Teddy

Teresa

Tomas

Tammy

Tony

Van

Vicky

Victor

Virginie

Vince

Valerie

Wendy

Wilfred

Wanda

Walter

Wilma

William

When winds reach 39 mph, the storm is given a name. Names alternate between male and female names. Each list is reused every six years, although hurricane names that have resulted in substantial damage or death are retired.


Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Level

Winds (mph)

Description

Example

1

74-95

No real damage to building structures.

Irene: 1999

2

96-110

Some roofing material, door, and window damage.

Bonnie: 1998

3

111-130

Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings. Terrain may be flooded well inland.

Keith: 2000

4

131-155

More extensive damage with some complete roof structure failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach areas. Terrain may be flooded well inland.

Andrew: 1992

5

155 +

Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. Flooding causes major damage to lower floors of all structures near the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas may be required.

Camille: 1969

Source: National Hurricane Center (www.nhc.noaa.gov) contributed to this report.


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