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 center’s 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 WAVY’s 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 Japan’s 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 Mexico’s Pacific coast. The hurricane’s 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 country’s south-west coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the country’s 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 tanker’s captain, it said.
Friday, May 30, 2014
 
MotherJonese - Usually, people living in the United States don’t 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
 
Insurance Journal - The upcoming Atlantic hurricane session will be one with a higher chance for tropical development close to the U.S. coast, according to the latest expert forecast. At the same time, there should be below normal tropical activity, particularly in the deep tropics.WeatherBELL Analytics in New York said it is making no changes from its early April forecast of 8-10 named storms, 3-5 hurricanes and 1-2 major hurricanes, with a seasonal ACE (Accumulated Cyclonic Energy) index 75-90 percent of normal.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
 
WPRI - The cleanup will continue Monday after a massive fire involving six boats at the Rhode Island Yacht Club in Cranston. While some were sleeping on their boats, the flames quickly spread late Saturday night, trapping two people. “Some people were woken up by other members, so hats off to them for saving lives,” Craig Forbes, Treasurer of the RI Yacht Club said. When fire crews arrived just after 11 p.m., they were greeted to “a wall of flames,” according to the Deputy Fire Chief.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
 
Florida Today - Melbourne Police Sgt. Brian Wical and James Roy Hartman, a former Melbourne police officer, face charges of burning a boat and fraudulently collecting more than $45,000 in insurance money. Wical, 38, and Hartman, 40, turned themselves in Tuesday at the Brevard County Jail Complex, where they were booked and released.Wical faces charges of arson, false and fraudulent insurance claim, burning to defraud the insurer and filing a false report to a law enforcement authority.
Monday, March 24, 2014
 
Reuters - A group of passengers suing Carnival cruise lines for damages after an engine fire left their ship adrift for days are asking the company to pay $5,000 a month for the rest of their lives for medical bills and mental anguish. A lawsuit brought by 33 passengers of the ill-fated 2013 voyage could change how cruise lines insulate themselves from legal actions, according to maritime legal experts.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
 
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