Coast Guard officials say a 570-foot barge carrying containers of chemicals has grounded in Virginia Beach after it broke free Thursday night from a tugboat. Crews are trying to prevent it from striking a fishing pier.
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QuikScat image of a mature North Atlantic extratropical cyclone from
December 1, 2004. The color bar in the upper right indicates wind speed
in knots. The storm’s hurricane-force winds, located to the south of
the center of the low pressure system, are depicted as red wind barbs. Image credit: NOAA
Satellite, Now Entering Its Second Decade, Has Revolutionized Marine Weather Forecast
"June is busting out all over," as the song says, and with it, U.S.
residents along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts begin to gaze warily
toward the ocean, aware that the hurricane season is revving up. In the
decade since NASA's QuikScat satellite and its SeaWinds scatterometer
launched in June 1999, the satellite has measured the wind speed and
wind direction of these powerful storms, providing data that are
increasingly used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center and other world
forecasting agencies. The data help scientists detect these storms,
understand their wind fields, estimate their intensity and track their
Two window washers in Sao Paulo are recovering from a scare Tuesday, after 49-m.p.h winds caused their cart to swing dangerously back-and-forth, nearly 100 feet above ground. Both men were taken to the hospital for minor cuts and bruises.
Thanks to the Detroit News for this one-of-a-kind story...
"Waterford Township -- Two days after Tinker Bell, a six-pound
chihuahua, blew away in high winds at the Dixieland Flea Market, her
owners found her safe and sound about three-quarters of a mile away.
The Rochester couple credits a pet psychic for the discovery."
The fierce wind that ripped through the San Francisco Bay area on Tuesday have left a mark that may take a long time to clean up. The San Francisco Chronicle has done a fantastic job covering the many angles of this big weather story for the Bay Area:
A fierce windstorm swept through the New York City area on Thursday,
toppling trees onto train tracks, hurling garbage cans onto busy
streets and causing a construction worker to die under a collapsed
Late-Breaking: NationalWeatherOnline.com has learned via the National Weather Service that one life was lost in Mountainview, New Jersey (Union County), when wind blew over a tree onto a car there.
From the AP: "Wild wind with gusts sometimes reaching hurricane
force has knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers from
the Great Lakes to the East.
A downed power line forced the closure of Interstate 90 west of Erie, Pa., on Thursday morning.
255,000 customers were without power in Ohio alone. There were also
about 52,000 outages in Michigan, more than 30,000 around Buffalo,
N.Y., and about 80,000 in Pennsylvania. Outages are also reported in
Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Maryland and other states..."