A budding tropical disturbance has the potential to strengthen significantly and reach Florida with strong winds, coastal flooding and torrential rainfall on Sunday and Monday.
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.
Hurricanes, large and small, have eluded U.S. shores for record lengths of time.
Boats were damaged on Anna Maria Island in Florida as Tropical Storm Colin moved through the state on Monday.
Tropical Storm Colin is expected to bring heavy rains, potential coastal flooding and a tornado threat to central Florida this evening.
What was apparently the last boat casualty in Connecticut from Hurricane Sandy was removed from a remote spot in Guilford, Conn., where the October 2012 storm stranded it.
Hurricane Patricia, with 200-mph winds that make it the strongest hurricane ever recorded, is expected to make a “potentially catastrophic landfall” in Mexico today, the National Hurricane Center said.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called the effects of Hurricane Joaquin historic, producing “a 1,000-year flood” as torrential rains pummeled the region on Sunday.
Georgia and the Carolinas braced for Hurricane Joaquin Thursday night and this morning and, even though the Category 4 storm is not expected to make landfall in the United States, it is predicted to impact the East Coast from South Carolina to Massachusetts.
The warm and dry summer that much of the country enjoyed lured many boaters — novices and the experienced alike — to the water and encouraged them to extend the season. Now Hurricane Joaquin is churning in the Atlantic and threatening the East Coast, potentially putting thousands of boats at risk.
Hurricane Joaquin was upgraded to a Category 3 storm, packing 120-mph winds as it approaches the Bahamas, and it is expected to intensify to a Category 4 storm by Friday.