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.

Hurricane anchor system receives patent

Colligo Marine recently received a U.S. patent for its hurricane anchor system. The Colligo system allows for the placement of three anchors on a swivel and three lines back to the boat. The boat can then swing on the anchors without fouling chains and lines. The minimum breaking strength for this system is more than 30,000…more

2008 hurricane season one for the record books

The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season produced a record number of consecutive storms to hit the United States and was the fourth-most active since record-keeping began in 1944, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There were 16 named storms this season, which ended Sunday, including five major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. For…more

Experts speculate on cause of unexpected waves

Dock workers in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, were recently surprised by what has been called rogue waves that hit shortly before low tide. In 15 minutes, the water rose 12 feet before receding. It occurred three times, according to a report in the Boston Globe. The National Weather Service says it’s a rate phenomenon that baffles…more

Hurricane Ike gains strength over Gulf

Hurricane Ike, currently a Category 2 storm, is expected to increase to a Category 3 over the next day or two as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas. The National Hurricane Center reported this morning that the center of Ike was about 575 miles east of Brownsville, Texas, and about 270 miles south-southeast…more

Tropical Storm Hanna heads for Mid-Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center this morning issued a tropical storm warning for Hanna that extends from Altamaha, Ga., north to Sandy Hook, N.J. At 8 a.m., the center of the storm was located about 115 miles east of Melbourne, Fla., and about 425 miles south of Wilmington, N.C. Hanna is moving northwest near 18 mph,…more

Gustav not as bad as feared for most of Gulf Coast

Hurricane Gustav didn’t pack the punch some had feared when it hit the Gulf Coast yesterday, sparing New Orleans and surrounding areas the level of damage sustained when Hurricane Katrina came ashore in August 2005. Gustav moved past the New Orleans area Monday, leaving the city’s levees and floodwalls with minimal damage, according to several…more

Tropical Storm Gustav expected to become a hurricane soon

The center of Tropical Storm Gustav was moving west of Jamaica this morning, and the National Hurricane Center is warning “interests through the Gulf of Mexico” to monitor the storm’s progress. As of 8 a.m., Gustav was moving west-northwest near 8 mph and is forecast to turn toward the northwest by tomorrow and move near…more

Tropical storm making its way to the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf Coast is preparing for Tropical Storm Gustav, which is currently projected to make landfall Tuesday in Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center. However, the potential track area stretches from Texas to the Florida Panhandle. As of this morning, maximum sustained winds had increased to nearly 70 mph, with higher gusts. A storm…more

WeatherBug adds boat section to Web site

WeatherBug, a provider of live, local weather information for consumer and professional users, launched a beach and boating section on its desktop application and Weatherbug.com Web site. The new section is sponsored by Take Me Fishing, which encourages people to rediscover the joys of boating and fishing. WeatherBug’s beach and boating section includes detailed weather…more

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