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This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Zeta, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at 2110 GMT (5:10 p.m. ET). (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR via AP)

Zeta likely hurricane before hitting Yucatan, heading for US

Oct. 26, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. Zeta, which on Sunday became the earliest ever...

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Zeta, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at 2110 GMT (5:10 p.m. ET). (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR via AP)

New storm Zeta a hurricane threat to Mexico, US Gulf Coast

Oct. 25, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Newly formed Tropical Storm Zeta gradually strengthened Sunday in the western Caribbean and forecasters said it would likely become a hurricane before hitting Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and the U.S. Gulf Coast in coming days. Zeta was the earliest named 27th Atlantic storm...

Boat sewage pumpout grants will help keep state waters clean

Oct. 25, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is awarding $37,500 in matching grants to help make state coastal waters cleaner. The grants funded under the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act will help communities invest in boat sewage pumpout facilities...

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss returns in pandemic: ‘This is normal’

Oct. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Sarah Watkins stepped into the small circle outlined on the Florida sand Saturday and launched a 1-pound dead fish into the air in hopes of breaking her past record. Thump! The fish landed following a toss of 89 feet, or 1-foot shy of a personal best of 90 feet. Watkins was in the...

Georgia county could charge to park at two beachside lots

Oct. 24, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia county is studying whether to charge parking fees at two beachside lots. The Brunswick News reports that a study estimates a fee for out-of-county visitors could raise more than $300,000 a year for Glynn County's government. A 2014 study found that about 80% of cars...

Navy unit to detonate ordnance found on North Carolina beach

Oct. 24, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Navy unit has confirmed that an object discovered on a North Carolina beach is live military ordnance, and it plans to detonate it. The National Park Service said in a news release that the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit from Norfolk, Virginia, placed the 100-pound...

A woman, right, has a meal, inside a restaurant's outdoor tent Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, in Kew Gardens in the Queens borough of New York.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easing restrictions slightly in some coronavirus hot spots in New York City, but adding them in areas along the Pennsylvania border as the state recorded more than 2,000 new infections in a single day for the first time since mid-May. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Latest: Mexico's Chihuahua border state back in lockdown

Oct. 23, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua returned to the highest level of alert and lockdown Friday after coronavirus cases jumped there and hospitals began to fill up. The Chihuahua state government declared the return to the “red” level of alert Friday, which closes...

Crews continue clean up from oil spill along Delaware coast

Oct. 23, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Response crews are continuing a cleanup operation from a small oil spill discovered earlier this week along Delaware’s southern coast. Officials said Friday that more than 125 people have been involved in the cleanup effort led by the state environmental agency and the Coast...

Virginia state officials lay out plan to address rising seas

Oct. 23, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia state officials have laid out a plan to protect the state’s coastal communities from sea-level rise that could inundate land and roads and threaten property in the decades ahead. Gov. Ralph Northam joined other state and local officials on Thursday to unveil the...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020 file photo, lounge chairs fill an empty beach in Cancun, Mexico. In a bill approved unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2020, Mexico’s Senate has voted to levy fines of up to $47,000 against hotels, restaurants or other property owners who restrict access to the country’s beaches. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz, File)

Mexico enacts law to guarantee public access to all beaches

Oct. 21, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Property owners in Mexico are being required to allow access through their land for the public to reach beaches that do not have access roads, under a law enacted Wednesday. The Environment Department said land owners would be compensated for access. The law also establishes fines of up...