Storm Tracker

All Hands and Hearts effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. We are committed to tracking and responding to natural hazards, storms and disasters around the world including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, and more. For more than fifteen years we have used our volunteer-powered model to mobilize volunteers from around the world, to come early and stay late.

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Latest Storm Updates

September 14, 2021 - 09:16:07 (UTC) Tropical Storm Nicholas - Update 2

Heavy rainfall will impact areas from the upper coast of Texas, across Louisiana, southern Mississippi and regions even further through Thursday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue along the Louisiana coast into this afternoon. Our teams plan to continue providing Ida relief, weather permitting. We will continue to track Nicholas as it moves east.

September 13, 2021 - 11:00:00 (UTC) Tropical Storm Nicholas - Update 1

Tropical Storm Nicholas is making its way to the Texas Coast. Heavy rainfall will impact portions of Texas and Louisiana coasts through the middle of the week. Nicholas is forecast to approach the middle Texas coast as a strong tropical storm by this evening, and could be near hurricane intensity at landfall. We will continue to track its movements along the coast.

September 9, 2021 - 08:28:32 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 16

Northeast Impact – The assessment team moved through New Jersey and found that nearly every town surveyed showed some signs of having been affected by Ida. The streets show clear signs that homeowners, city officials and local groups have already begun the muck and gut and debris removal process. We are continuing our assessment of the impact of Hurricane Ida in the Northeast.

Louisiana – Our teams have started our relief work in Ponchatoula and LaPlace, and have already completed one chainsaw worksite. Three teams are currently working in the field; a veteran chainsaw team, a gut and debris removal team, and a team still focused on assessments. We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an initial start date as early as Monday, September 13. If you, or someone you know is interested, learn more about our Hurricane Ida Relief program or apply to volunteer.

September 9, 2021 - 06:26:09 (UTC) Hurricane Olaf - Update 1

International Operations – Tropical Storm Olaf has been upgraded to a hurricane and is expected to strengthen as it nears the coast. Hurricane winds could extend as far as 25 miles from the eye of the storm and winds are expected to start hitting the penninsula by this afternoon. Heavy rainfall is expected. The team will closely track the movements of Olaf as it progresses.

September 9, 2021 - 06:19:58 (UTC) Typhoon Chanthu - Update 2

International Operations – Super Typhoon Chanthu is now a major category 5 storm with sustained winds of 161mph and gusts to 195mph. Current track predictions place landfall within 45 hours near Batanes in the Phillipines as a Category 4 with the track then shifting north to pass over the south of Taiwan into Southern China with roughly  4 million households within the affected area.

September 9, 2021 - 05:20:00 (UTC) Tropical Cyclone Conson - Update 2

International Operations – Tropical Cyclone Conson has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm and has now passed over the Philippines and is continuing to heqad towards Vietnam and Southern China. The storm is not expected to make landfall in the next 48-72 hours but there is currently uncertainty about the predicted storm track and this may change quickly. Storm surge and a possibility of storm force winds in affected areas but no major population centres currently in predicted path. We continue to track the storm as it progresses.

September 8, 2021 - 04:12:00 (UTC) Typhoon Chanthu - Update 1

The team is closely tracking Typhoon Chanthu as it is rapidly gaining speed, heading towards Taiwan and the southern coast of China, with the potential to impact the China, Taiwan, and northern Vietnam. Wind speeds have been reported at up to 145 miles per hour, the equivalent of a Category 4 Atlantic Hurricane.

September 8, 2021 - 12:19:00 (UTC) Tropical Cyclone Conson - Update 1

Our team is monitoring Tropical Cyclone Conson as it is moving across the Philippines, an area in which we have worked in the past. Conson made landfall in the Philippines and is making its way north towards China’s Hainan island.

September 8, 2021 - 08:09:00 (UTC) Mexico Earthquake - Update 1

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake (originally recorded at 7.4, and then downgraded) at a depth of 20 km occurred in Mexico at 21:47 local time last night, September 7, with an epicenter approximately 15km from the city of Acapulco. The earthquake, though shallow and causing prolonged shaking, is not reported to have caused any major damage. The earthquake was felt over 230 miles away in the capital Mexico City and power outages are reported to be affecting about 1.6 million people. The team will continue to monitor news sources, local government, and coordination agencies to understand if any significant damage does get reported. The current All Hands and Hearts team in Mexico felt shaking but are all reported safe.

September 7, 2021 - 06:09:00 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 15

Northeast Impact  –  Throughout Queens and Staten Island, New York, our assessment team found localized pockets of basement and first floor flooding with the greatest needs appearing to be housing and financial assistance. Across the Hudson River, Ida broke rainfall records in Newark, New Jersey, as it received 8.41 inches of rain in one day on September 1. Due to the widespread damage, the assessment teams have moved into New Jersey to assess the impacts of Ida.

Louisiana – Our team in Louisiana continues to connect with community partners to identify groups of potential volunteers and to provide relief for partners in need of additional assistance. Final preparations are underway at base, as Team Leaders build out their tool kits for the volunteers arriving next week. Starting tomorrow we will be deploying our first teams to begin working in the communities of Ponchatoula and LaPlace focusing on chainsaw, tarping and gutting operations. We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an initial start date as early as Monday, September 13. If you, or someone you know is interested, learn more about our Hurricane Ida Relief program or apply to volunteer.

September 4, 2021 - 04:24:42 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 14

New York  –  Our teams in New York continue to assess the impacts of Ida in the Northeast and are connecting with organizations on the ground to better understand the needs of the communities.

Louisiana – We are responding to the need in Louisiana by committing to a three month initial response program. Currently based out of Mandeville, our teams will be focused on the hardest hit areas where there is the greatest need. Starting this week, we are deploying chainsaw, muck and gut, and tarping teams to assist the local community. We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an initial start date as early as Monday, September 13. If you, or someone you know is interested, learn more about our Hurricane Ida Relief program or apply to volunteer.

September 3, 2021 - 06:20:02 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 13

Louisiana –  Our response team continues to grow as team members from across the nation arrive to provide further support. The team is focusing on establishing a longer term base of operations and narrowing down the areas in which there is the greatest need and where we can be of the greatest assistance.

New York – We have deployed two teams in New York; one focused on working with authorities and partners to identify areas with the greatest unmet need, and one focused on assessing the damage to identify potential work types. Assessments and partner communications will continue over the holiday weekend.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

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September 2, 2021 - 06:40:00 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 12

Louisiana – Due to the damaged infrastructure, the full extent of the devastation left by Ida is still unknown. We do know that residents in New Orleans have been without power for almost five days and the heat index is forecast to reach over 100 degrees fahrenheit over the next week. Reports continue to come in, and it is clear that immediate assistance is needed. Additional team members arrived today and deployed to the New Orleans metropolitan area to meet with partners and conduct additional assessments.

New York – We have an assessment team in New York on their way to begin assessing for damages. They plan to meet with partners and media when they arrive.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

Immediate relief is needed. Donate Today or Volunteer with us.

September 2, 2021 - 03:30:00 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 11

U.S. Operations – Ida is near Eastern Long Island, now accelerating northeastward toward Cape Cod. Widespread heavy rainfall will continue to wind down from west to east today across New England. Flood and Flash Flood watches continue across portions of southern New England.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

Immediate relief is needed. Donate Today or Volunteer with us.

September 2, 2021 - 01:39:00 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 10

U.S. Operations – Last night, the remnants of Hurricane Ida rapidly escalated and passed over the northeastern United States, causing historic levels of rainfall in areas which were already saturated by Hurricane Henri in late-August. 

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

Immediate relief is needed. Donate Today or Volunteer with us.

September 1, 2021 - 07:55:19 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 9

U.S. Operations – Before heading into the most impacted areas, the team identified several locations that can be used to restock and refuel. One of the highest priorities is securing a supply line of vehicles and fuel outside of the affectx areas to sustain the team throughout the assessment process. DART is now moving to assess the coastal areas, starting with Jean Lafitte.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

Immediate relief is needed. Donate Today or Volunteer with us.

September 1, 2021 - 01:30:00 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 8

U.S. Operations – We sent two teams towards New Orleans along two different routes to cover more ground and gain a better understanding of the damage done by Ida. One team went west through Laplace and found widespread damage while the other team went east of Baton Rouge and found downed trees and potential roofs that needed tarping. Both teams regrouped and spent the night in New Orleans.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

Immediate relief is needed. Donate Today or Volunteer with us.

August 31, 2021 - 07:49:23 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 7

U.S. Operations – The Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) has boots on the ground in Baton Rouge, assessing the area. They have connected with the New Orleans VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to gain a better understanding of the needs in the communities. Preliminary reports show that the parishes closest to the coast where the eyewall of Ida passed over were the hardest hit.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page.

Immediate relief is needed. Donate Today or Volunteer with us.

August 30, 2021 - 07:33:04 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 6

U.S. Operations – There is a massive need for assistance in the area. More than 2 million people were affected and nearly 1.06 million people are currently without power. All Hands and Hearts has two teams stationed prepared to respond to the immediate needs of Southwest Louisiana following the destruction of Hurricane Ida. Our Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) that was staging in Beaumont, Texas began their journey to the areas most affected by the storm this morning. The goal is to work with local organizations and identify where there is the greatest need and how All Hands and Hearts can be the most effective in supporting relief efforts. Our Hurricane Laura & Delta Team, stationed in San Antonio, Texas will return to Dequincy, LA tomorrow to assess the damage in that area to resume work and provide assistance to the DART. 

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

Immediate relief will be needed. Donate Today or Volunteer with us.

August 29, 2021 - 02:55:06 (UTC) Hurricane Ida - Update 5

U.S. Operations – On August 29th; 16 years to the date from when Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Another Major Hurricane has begun impacting Southeast Louisiana. Major Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana as a Category 4 Hurricane. Ida is currently a category 3 as it makes its way towards Baton Rouge and starting a slow turn towards the east. The majority of the flooding rainfall will occur tonight to tomorrow. 

The city of New Orleans is completely without power at the moment along with 700,000 across the state of Louisiana. Ida also maintained sustained Category 4 winds for 6 hours after making landfall and trekking west of New Orleans. Lafourche Parish is reporting that every road there is currently impassable.

There continues to be reports of catastrophic storm surge, hurricane force winds, and flash flooding occurring across Southeast Louisiana. The extent of the damage won’t be clear until the storm passes over and emergency officials are able to begin surveying the impacted areas at first light.

The storm continues towards the Baton Rouge metropolitan area before an anticipated eastward swing occurs which will take Ida over Mississippi and Tennessee. We continue to monitor impacts as they occur.

For more information, see our Hurricane Ida program page

Immediate relief will be needed. Donate Today or Volunteer with us.

We use information from reputable sources like the National Hurricane Center to make informed decisions regarding our responses to storms around the world.

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