Storms and Hurricanes

Severe storms, particularly along the East and Gulf coasts and Florida, can disrupt and damage marinas, marine industry factories and other facilities. Trade Only follows threatening weather and the damage it causes.

Tropical Storm Don nears Texas coast

Tropical Storm Don is expected to make landfall in south Texas late today or early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Don, with maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour, is about 255 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and 195 miles east of Brownsville. A tropical storm warning is in effect for…more

Tropical Storm Arlene forms in southern Gulf of Mexico

The first named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season has formed over the Bay of Campeche in the southern Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Storm Arlene is slowly organizing and is expected to strengthen today as it moves toward Mexico. As of early this morning Arlene had maximum sustained…more

Boat repairs slow after California tsunami damage

Many boat owners in Santa Cruz Harbor are still waiting to get their boats surveyed and repaired from damage caused by the March 11 tsunami in California. With so many Santa Cruz boaters needing to assess damage and fix their boats, there aren’t enough resources on Monterey Bay to pull all of the boats out…more

NOAA predicts busy hurricane season

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Across the entire Atlantic basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 12 to 18 named storms. Six to 10 of them could become hurricanes, with winds of 74 mph or higher, the agency says.…more

Flooding cancels boat show in Iowa

Mississippi River flooding washed out a boat show in Muscatine, Iowa, that was scheduled for May 13-14. Organizer Dave Moritz told the Quad-City Times that he decided not to hold the fifth annual event because the city’s Riverside Park is still underwater, with sediment covering much of the green space and river levels coming down…more

Hurricane season predictions released

The hurricane forecasting team at Colorado State University is predicting an above-average 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. The team slightly reduced its early December prediction, but still called for an active season, based on current La Niña conditions that are expected to transition to near-neutral conditions during the heart of the hurricane season. The team now…more

Hurricane names dropped from rotation

Two hurricane names in the Atlantic were retired from the official name rotation by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee because of the deaths and damage they caused in 2010. The names Igor and Tomas in the Atlantic would have appeared again in 2016, but will no longer be used. In their place will be…more

California, Oregon harbors clean up from tsunami

The Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor reopened for boat traffic at 5 p.m. Tuesday, less than two weeks after a tsunami struck the California harbor, causing more than $26 million in damage. “NOAA completed the survey and didn’t see any obstructions. That’s why we’re able to lift the safety zone,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Laura Williams…more

Tsunami costs cripple West Coast communities

Damage from Friday’s tsunami is in the tens of millions of dollars and is expected to climb, according to officials in California, Hawaii and Oregon. A California official on Monday estimated that statewide damage from last week’s surge exceeds $40 million. Mike Dayton, acting secretary of the state’s Emergency Management Agency, gave the estimate after…more

Tsunamis highlight the force of water

Water, usually thought of as soothing and caressing, is surprisingly heavy. A typical bathtub holds about 40 gallons of water. That’s 330 pounds. A cubic yard of it, filling what at first glance seems a modest volume of 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet, weighs nearly 1,700 pounds, as much as the Smart…more

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