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.

Researchers predict less-active hurricane season

Meteorologists with Colorado State University predict that the 2012 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have reduced activity, compared with the average season between 1981 and 2010. “The combination of a warming tropical Pacific and a cooling tropical Atlantic are leading us to think that the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will have less activity than the…more

Boat displaced by tsunami is spotted off Canada

A large fishing boat swept away by the tsunami that devastated Japan last year was spotted adrift off British Columbia in western Canada. Jeff Olsson, of Victoria’s joint rescue coordination center, said an airplane contracted by the government spotted the 50-foot-long boat recently about 160 miles west of Haida Gwaii, slowly drifting toward shore, according…more

Tsunami recovery continues for California harbor

A year after a tsunami turned it into a whirl of tidal surges, the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Small Craft Harbor has a long way to go before normal returns to port. On March 11, 2011, the 9.0-magnitude Great Tohoku earthquake, one of the five strongest recorded in history, shifted Toyko, the largest metropolitan area in…more

Hawaiian boat harbor given FEMA grant

A boat harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, damaged by the tsunami spawned by the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan will be getting more than $1.4 million for repairs. Hawaii’s congressional delegation in Washington said this week that the money for Keehi Small Boat Harbor comes from a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according…more

Hurricane Rina could touch Florida’s west coast

Hurricane Rina is headed toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Caribbean beach resorts, the National Hurricane Center reports. Early projections on the center’s website show the storm headed toward Cuba and the west coast of Florida by the weekend and into early next week. It is too soon to know, however, what path the storm will…more


Early haulouts curb Irene’s toll

Fast action by Northeast marinas limits boat damage; BoatUS estimates vessel losses at $500 million Boatyards and marinas along the Eastern Seaboard prepared well and worked long hours in the days leading up to Hurricane Irene’s arrival in late August, softening the blow of the massive storm. “We tracked the weather as we do always,…more

Erie Canal still closed to recreational boats

Storm cleanup in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, which pummeled the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, continues along New York’s Erie Canal. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the canal will be opened between Nov. 24 and Dec. 8 to allow transient commercial and recreational boat traffic to reach their destinations this season. Two…more

Congress spars over emergency funding

The standoff continues today between the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate over emergency funding, holding up a short-term spending measure to keep government running into the new fiscal year that begins Saturday. The measure includes additional money for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers following Hurricane Irene, Tropical…more

Hurricane Katia remains far from East Coast

Hurricane Katia is now a major Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, but the storm is still far from land and no immediate threat to the United States. The major hazard from Katia is rip currents along the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center.…more

Gulf Coast under tropical storm warning

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast as Tropical Depression 13 approaches the area. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, was centered about 210 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River this morning and about 250 miles southeast of Port Arthur, Texas, according…more

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