Daily Record - About 3,000 Superstorm Sandy victims who were either wrongly given storm recovery aid or who were overpaid would not have to repay the federal government under legislation to be introduced next week by two New Jersey Congressmen. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone will introduce identical bills that would prohibit the federal Emergency Management Agency from issuing so-called "clawback" letters demanding repayment of aid it wrongly awarded to homeowners. The law would not apply to cases of fraud.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
NBC Miami - Oceania Cruises said three people died on the cruise ship Insignia when it had a fire in the engine room while docked in St. Lucia Thursday morning. The cruise line said the fire was contained to the engine room and extinguished. Three crew members and two contractors who were working on the ship at the time of the fire were taken to a medical facility on the eastern Caribbean island countr.Oceania said two of the contractors and one crew member died as a result of their injuries.
Friday, December 12, 2014
The Washington Post - For two decades, scientists have kept a close watch on a vast, icebound corner of West Antarctica that is undergoing a historic thaw. Climate experts have predicted that, centuries from now, the regions mile-thick ice sheet could collapse and raise sea levels as much as 11 feet. Now, new evidence is causing concern that the collapse could happen faster than anyone thought. New scientific studies this week have shed light on the speed and the mechanics of West Antarctic melting, documenting an acceleration that, if it continues, could have major effects on coastal cities worldwide.
Friday, December 05, 2014
CBS Miami - There was no party for a mega yacht called “RockStar” after a drawbridge unexpectedly came down on the passing vessel. Chopper 4 was over the scene as the ship was being towed from Fort Lauderdale to Miami.The yacht, which costs a little more than quarter of a million dollars to charter for a week was waiting for a visit from the Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission before it could continue on. The Broad Causeway that connects North Miami with Bay Harbor Islands and Bal Harbour is undergoing tests to make sure the locking mechanism works.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
WPRI - The hurricane season is officially over and it was mostly calm this year, especially here in Southern New England. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that there would be 8-13 named storms; 3-6 hurricanes and 1-2 major storms. For the 2014 season, the predictions were spot on. There were eight named storms, six hurricanes, and two major storms. Although, the seasons first storm was the most significant threat to Southern New England. Hurricane Arthur ruined many Fourth of July barbeques and literally rained on our parades across the region.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Bloomberg - With just about a month left in the eastern Pacifics hurricane season, Mexico is once again the target of a tropical system on its western coast. The latest system, Tropical Storm Vance, was drifting west in the Pacific Ocean with top winds of 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour yesterday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The projected track raised the possibility Mexico will take another tropical hit in the next week. “It isnt out of the question, it is going to take a loop to get there,” said Tom Kines, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Insurance Journal - The assessed value of properties in New York City that lie within Federal Emergency Management Agencys (FEMA) newly proposed 100-year floodplain maps is $129 billion, more than double the value under previous floodplain maps, according to a new analysis. The analysis was published today by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. Stringers analysis showed that under the 2010 floodplain maps, the value of buildings inside the 100-year flood zones was approximately $58.6 billion. better protect homeowners from the effects of flooding on their homes and their insurance premiums. “This new data demonstrates clearly the need for New York to invest in resiliency projects to protect those in the flood zone,” said Stringer.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Seattle pi - Last weekend’s storm caused at least $1 million in damages to the port of Port Orford. Port Commissioner Brett Webb says the fleet based in Port Orford was fishing Monday, but damages to port facilities and the breakwater will make it difficult to maintain operations. One key item damaged was the computerized fuel metering system used to supply the 50-boat fleet. Webb said the port can do a manual override on the computerized fuel metering system in order to pump fuel, but he does not know how they would be able to charge fishermen for the amount pumped.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
FOX 5 Vegas - Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a huge Category 4 storm on Friday and the head of the tiny British territory urged people to seek high ground due to seas that could rise 45 feet (14 meters).The storm was centered about 195 miles (310 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda Friday morning with top sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph) , according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was moving to the north-northeast at 15 mph (24 kph) and was expected to pass near or over Bermuda Friday afternoon or evening.
Friday, October 17, 2014
NBC News - Tropical Storm Ana was headed straight for Hawaii Wednesday morning and was expected to intensify into a hurricane by Thursday night and impact Honolulu. As of 5 a.m. local time (11 a.m. EST) the storm was about 680 miles south east of Hilo, on The Big Island, and about 900 miles from the capital, according to the National Weather Service. Ana had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was moving west at about 9 mph, forecasters said. The storm is expected to turn northwest later Wednesday night or early Thursday and become a Category 1 hurricane, meaning winds of 74-95 mph.
Thursday, October 16, 2014