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.

Weather Channel founder Frank Batten Sr. remembered

Frank Batten Sr., founder and chairman of Landmark Communications, one of the country’s largest privately held media companies, died Thursday in Norfolk, Va. He was 82. Batten, an avid sailor, was a publishing magnate and visionary who launched The Weather Channel, among many other accomplishments. His Norfolk-based Landmark Media Enterprises – successor to Landmark Communications…more

Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic

Another hurricane has formed in the Atlantic, bringing to six the number of named storms so far this season. Hurricane Fred is growing rapidly in the far eastern tropical Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center reports. The storm is located about 500 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde islands. Fred is moving toward the west-northwest…more

Tropical storm inches up East Coast

Tropical Storm Danny, located this morning about 355 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C., is expected to stay offshore as it moves north up the East Coast this weekend. The center of Danny is expected to pass offshore of North Carolina’s Outer Banks early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of this morning,…more

Storm brewing east of Bahamas

The fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed this morning east of the Bahamas. According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Danny has maximum sustained winds of nearly 45 miles per hour. The storm is located about 445 miles east of Nassau, Bahamas and about 775 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.…more

Two die on East Coast during Hurricane Bill

Hurricane Bill has been downgraded to a tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds nearing 70 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm has been blamed for the deaths of at least two people in the U.S., according to news reports. A 7-year-old girl died in Maine after she and more than…more

Hurricane Bill heads north; swells could affect East Coast

A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch are in effect for Bermuda as Hurricane Bill continues its northwestern course. Meanwhile, interests along the New England coast are being urged to monitor Bill’s progress. Bill is moving toward the northwest at nearly 17 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported this morning. A gradual turn to…more

Watching Hurricane Bill from the waterfront

Boaters and marine businesses throughout the East Coast of the United States are keeping an eye on Hurricane Bill as it moves west toward Bermuda. An advisory this morning from the National Hurricane Center showed the storm, now a Category 3 hurricane, about 380 miles north-northeast of the Leeward Islands and about 695 miles south-southeast…more

Season’s first tropical storm forms in the Atlantic

The first tropical storm of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season has formed off the East Coast of the United States, just days ahead of the official start of hurricane season. As of early this morning, Tropical Depression One was located about 260 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., and 420 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia,…more

Ike among retired hurricane names

Three hurricane names in the Atlantic and one in the eastern North Pacific were retired from the official name rotation by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee because of the deaths and damage they caused in 2008. The names Gustav, Ike and Paloma in the Atlantic and Alma in the North Pacific will not be…more

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

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