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.
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.
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.
With a deluge of rain in the forecast for the next several days and Hurricane Joaquin threatening the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, towns along the New Jersey shore are preparing for a one-two punch they fear could bring major flooding.
Three years after Hurricane Sandy took a fateful left turn in the Atlantic and plowed into the New Jersey coast, marinas and boatyards are still recovering from the physical and financial hammering they were dealt. Waterfront communities along the Gulf Coast, Florida and north to the Carolinas routinely have to brace for tropical storms and…more
Although Tropical Storm Erika delivered nothing but a soaking in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, the storm caused significant damage to the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island of 289 square miles in the Caribbean.
Tropical Storm Erika has killed at least 12 people on the small island of Dominica and Florida boat owners have hauled boats and are bracing for the worst, as the storm is expected to hit the state by early next week.
The Coast Guard is issuing a caution to mariners and recreational boaters in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as Tropical Storm Erika nears.
Further flooding was possible in eastern Texas today as Tropical Storm Bill advanced into the country along the Gulf Coast.
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