ABC News - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didnt and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. State officials are assuring the islands are ready and people should prepare but not panic. Tourists wonder whether their flights and activities would be disrupted and tried to get in some last-minute beach time before the surfs up, but ugly. And residents are making bottled water tougher to find than a cheap fruity cocktail. "Everybody says this is the last day of good weather, so we came down to the beach," said Shonna Snodgrass, a tourist in Waikiki visiting from Stafford, Virginia.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
KOMO News - A Coast Guard crew rescued a man in heavy fog Sunday after his vessel burst into flames in the waters off Neah Bay. Rescuers responded to the scene, about three miles north of Neah Bay, after Coast Guard watch standers in Seattle received a mayday call on VHF-FM channel 16 from the operator of the 25-foot pleasure craft Dawn Trader around 11 a.m. The man reported that the vessel was on fire and he was donning a survival suit and abandoning ship into his life raft. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Port Angeles and rescue boat from Neah Bay were launched in response.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
HawaiiNewsNow - Four adults and four children traveling to Molokai from Oahu Sunday afternoon were forced to abandon ship when boat they were in sank in the Kaiwi Channel. "We knew it was going to go down so we just started getting anything that we really needed like life jackets and I put my fins on and we all jumped in the water and the boat went over," said Jeff Kozlovich. The group left Sandy Beach Park around 1:30 p.m. They brought along three kayaks and the plan was to kayak back to Oahu on Monday. They were 12 miles west of Molokai when their 21-foot vessel got hit by rough waters.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Phys.org - Colorado State University researchers continue to predict a below-average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin in 2014, citing exceptionally unfavorable hurricane formation conditions in the tropical Atlantic combined with the likely development of a weak to moderate El Niño event. The below-average prediction is largely due to strong vertical wind shear, dry mid-level air and cool sea surface temperature anomalies in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean.The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project team is calling for a total of 10 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, June 1 to Nov. 30.
Monday, August 04, 2014
CNN - Newly formed Tropical Storm Bertha was barreling toward the Lesser Antilles early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. After forming late last night, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was churning through the Atlantic at 20 mph. Bertha was located about 170 miles east of Barbados, the hurricane centers 5 a.m. advisory sad. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Barbados, Dominica and St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
Friday, August 01, 2014
WAVY - Two women were hospitalized after a jet ski exploded in Virginia Beach Friday evening. Bat. Chief Amy Valdez told WAVY.com emergency crews were called to the single jet ski accident in the 800 block of Spigel Drive, which is near the Lynnhaven River. One person received “traumatic” injuries and the other victim went to the hospital with burn injuries, Valdez said. Witnesses told WAVYs Jason Marks the explosion happened as the two women were trying to start up the jet ski.
Monday, July 21, 2014
NBC News - Typhoon Neoguri battered Japans Okinawa islands with sustained winds of 120 mph Tuesday, paralyzing transport and forcing the U.S. military to move 61 aircraft from Kadena Air Base. More than 86,000 households were without power, broadcaster NHK reported as the "once in a decade" storm generated waves up to 46 feet high. At least eight people were injured, including an 83-year-old woman who climbed a ladder to check her roof and fell, hitting her head.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
FOX News - Hurricane Cristina has rapidly strengthened to a major Category 4 storm off Mexicos Pacific coast. The hurricanes maximum sustained winds increased to near 145 mph Thursday morning. The hurricane reached Category 4 strength just hours after becoming a Category 3 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some additional strengthening is possible during the day but weakening is expected to begin Thursday night. Cristina is centered about 250 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest near 8 mph.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Guardian - A Japanese oil tanker has exploded off the countrys south-west coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the countrys coast guard has said. Four others were severely injured in the accident on Thursday. Fire gutted the middle of the Shoko Maru the 998-tonne tanker, based in the western city of Hiroshima, was left leaning over in the water after the accident and was being doused by firefighting ships. Seven people were rescued, four having suffered severe burns, the public broadcaster NHK reported. A search was under way for the missing man, the tankers captain, it said.
Friday, May 30, 2014
MotherJonese - Usually, people living in the United States dont pay much attention to hurricanes in the eastern Pacific, the other basin where megastorms that can affect North America are formed. Mostly, these storms wallop Mexico, or travel harmlessly out to sea. So, given the standard myopia of the media, we rarely hear much about them. But this year, perhaps, we ought to be paying more attention. The eastern Pacific hurricane season started on May 15, and already, with its first storm, it has set an ominous record.
Thursday, May 29, 2014