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.

Tropical Storm Karen forms in Gulf of Mexico

A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the southeastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said today. The hurricane watch covers the area from Grand Isle, La., east to Indian Pass, Fla. A tropical storm watch is in effect…more

Agencies remapping East Coast areas Sandy damaged

Three federal agencies have announced plans for remapping parts of the East Coast where Hurricane Sandy altered seafloors and shorelines last year. NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are using emergency supplemental funds that Congress provided to survey coastal waters and shorelines, acquiring data that will update East Coast…more

Couple seek to get Sandy-wrecked sailboat removed

More than nine months after a Staten Island, N.Y., community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, a property owner is left with a constant reminder of the storm — a wrecked sailboat leaning against his backyard bulkhead. The sunken boat, with only its 25-foot mast protruding from the surface, has been an issue for a local…more

Dozier’s Waterway Guide offers Sandy-damage app

Boaters along the New Jersey coast, Long Island and Hudson River have a new free smartphone app that gives them updated map-based information on marinas, boating facilities, waterways and inlets along the heavily trafficked boating corridor. Available for iPhone, iPod and Android phones, the free Sandy Boater’s Guide app is offered by Dozier’s Waterway Guide,…more

Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ could set new record

NOAA is predicting a record-sized “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico this summer — stretching from Texas all the way to Alabama — and some scientists are blaming the demand for ethanol, which is made from corn. The “dead zone” is caused when nitrogen-based fertilizer washes off farm fields in the Midwest Corn Belt…more

New Jersey event plans coastline remap after Sandy

Navionics is partnering with the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, West Marine and other New Jersey businesses to help remap the state coastline that Hurricane Sandy drastically changed. The businesses have organized a three-day event July 19-21 called the Sandy Project to remap affected coastal areas. The project coordinates local boaters in gathering sonar…more

New York mayor unveils storm-protection plan

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed flood walls around much of lower Manhattan, a 15- to 20-foot levee to guard Staten Island and the construction of dunes in vulnerable areas as part of a nearly $20 billion plan that even he called “incredibly ambitious” at its unveiling Tuesday. The mayor said the plan was to…more

New Jersey trade group hands out Sandy relief grants

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey’s Recovery and Relief Fund awarded 20 grants to recreational marine businesses damaged or affected by Hurricane Sandy. The MTA/NJ non-profit was organized to give relief to businesses damaged by the storm, and it continues to accept donations and contributions and seek fundraising opportunities. “There are many marinas and…more

Storm postpones Jersey shark tournament

Tropical Storm Andrea, which is making its way up the East Coast, has caused the postponement of the 33rd Annual South Jersey Shark Tournament by a week. The footprint for what organizers say is the oldest and richest shark tournament in New Jersey will remain the same, commencing with the Captain’s Meeting on June 13…more

VIDEO: Tropical Storm Andrea soaks Florida

The first tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season got a little stronger early Thursday as it headed toward Florida’s western coast, bringing drenching rain to much of the state. A new tropical storm warning also was issued for a swath of the East Coast, according to USA Today. As of 8 a.m. EDT…more

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