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.

New Jersey marine businesses hope for post-Sandy rebound

South Jersey marinas and boat dealers were just beginning to rebound after the recession when Hurricane Sandy hit in October, making this selling season an important one. At Grassy Sound Marina in Middle Township, Debbie Mooers, who owns the marina with her husband, Jim, expects a decent boating season — the 75 rental slips were…more

Sandy removed from hurricane name list

The name Sandy was retired from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee because of the extreme effects it caused in places ranging from Jamaica and Cuba to the Mid-Atlantic United States in October 2012. Storm names are reused every six years for both the Atlantic…more

Fish survive in tsunami-swept boat found in U.S.

Scientists are baffled as to how a group of small fish native to Japan survived a journey across the Pacific after they were found on a boat swept away by the 2011 tsunami and washed up last month on the coast of Washington state. The batch of striped beak fish — five in all —…more

Sandy-damaged Cleveland marina cancels season

Hurricane Sandy might be just a bad memory for most marine businesses, but two Midwest marinas are still cleaning up from the October storm, and one of them is throwing in the towel for the 2013 season. Edgewater Public Marina in Cleveland recently let customers know that it will be closed for the 2013 season…more

Researchers predict active Atlantic hurricane season

Meteorologists with Colorado State University are predicting 18 named storms during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, with nine expected to become hurricanes and four of those major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. “The tropical Atlantic has anomalously warmed over the past several months and it appears that the…more

National Weather Service revises storm warning practices

Due to the experience of Hurricane Sandy, the National Weather Service is changing the way it handles post-tropical cyclones, which are closed areas of low pressure that were once designated tropical cyclones but no longer qualify. The first of these changes gives the NWS the option to continue issuing formal advisories on post-tropical cyclones when…more

Hurricane Sandy webinar set for Tuesday

The Association of Marina Industries and BoatUS are holding the last of three webinars to offer advice on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy. The third and final webinar, “Securing Boats in the Water,” will be held at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday. After suffering through the devastating hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, many Florida…more

Massachusetts says residents’ coastal barriers are illegal

Residents in one Northeast town pummeled by winter storms and flooding are taking matters into their own hands. The problem — their solution is not only expensive, it’s also illegal. In the aftermath of a recent series of devastating storms, some property owners on Plum Island in Newbury, Mass., are shelling out tens of thousands…more

Web page offers updates on Sandy-damaged facilities

Waterway Guide, BoatUS and the Association of Marina Industries are joining forces to give boaters access to current updated information about marinas, facilities and inlets along the storm-affected coast of New Jersey and New York. More than 200 marinas and other facilities have responded to the Superstorm Sandy Resource Page. Waterway Guide, BoatUS and the…more

New Jersey show brings out buyers after Sandy

Some of the boats sold at the Feb. 21-24 New Jersey Boat Sale and Expo were replacements for boats lost in Hurricane Sandy. That’s according to Melissa Danko, executive director of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, who told Trade Only Today that sales were better at this year’s show than last year, the…more

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