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.

Marina gains grant for Hurricane Ike damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently awarded more than $7.5 million to Texas for repair and replacement work at Port Arthur’s Pleasure Island Marina in the wake of Hurricane Ike. The storm surge from Ike damaged the marina, and the money will help restore docks at the marina to their pre-storm condition, function and capacity;…more

Tropical storm could brush South Florida

The National Hurricane Center is telling residents and businesses in South Florida to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Emily as it heads toward the United States. The storm is expected to skirt Florida’s east coast, starting early Saturday. Emily, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles an hour, was about 105 miles south-southeast of…more

Tropical Storm Emily still on course for Florida

Early projections from the National Hurricane Center show Tropical Storm Emily brushing Florida’s east coast, beginning early Saturday morning. Emily, with maximum sustained wins of 50 miles per hour, was about 145 miles south-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as of early Wednesday. The poorly organized storm is heading westward, according to the hurricane center.…more

Tropical Storm Emily could touch Florida

Tropical Storm Emily – the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season – could affect Florida by the weekend, according to projections from the National Hurricane Center. Emily, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles an hour, is still poorly organized, the hurricane center said in its latest advisory. As of this morning, the…more

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

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