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In this photo provided the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, an old rail car is dumped into the ocean a few miles off shore from Point Lookout, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The debris will be used to create an artificial reef that will attract fish and other marine life. (Darren McGee/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

The end of the line is watery for reef-to-be rail cars

Sep. 16, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

WANTAGH, N.Y. (AP) — Barges dumped old rail cars into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday as part of New York's efforts to build artificial reefs that attract fish and divers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke from the stern of a moving boat as barges began to drop steel rail cars that weighed as much as 21 tons (19...

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship during a special ceremony to mark its launch in Plymouth south west England, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Dignitaries, seafarers and scientists gathered in Plymouth, England, on Wednesday to mark the 400th anniversary of the departure of the Mayflower, the ship that carried a group of Puritan settlers to a new life across the Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/Susie Blann)

High-tech UK-US ship launched on 400th Mayflower anniversary

Sep. 16, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, England (AP) — With a splash of Plymouth gin, the U.S. ambassador to Britain officially launched a ship named Mayflower on Wednesday, 400 years to the day after a wooden vessel with that name sailed from an English port and changed the history of two continents. Unlike the merchant ship that...

Technicians check the hull and interior of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship at its launch site for it's first outing on water since being built in Turnchapel, Plymouth south west England, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.  The autonomous ship aims to cross the Atlantic from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Ma, USA,  in April 2021, to become be the first totally autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic ocean without any help from the outside. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

400 years later, a new Mayflower will sail without humans

Sep. 15, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, England (AP) — The Mayflower is taking to the water in Plymouth harbor. It’s not the ship that left this southwest England port 400 years ago carrying Pilgrim settlers to America. The sleek vessel being readied Tuesday for its official launch has no passengers, no crew — but like...

Nikita Pero of Gulfport, Miss., walks with her son Vinny Pero, 2, on the beach along the Gulf of Mexico in Biloxi, Miss., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Hurricane Sally is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast sometime through the night and morning. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Sally's threat: 'Potentially historic' floods, fierce winds

Sep. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) — Hurricane Sally, one of four storms churning simultaneously in the Atlantic, moved closer to the Gulf Coast on Monday with winds of 100 mph (161 kph) and heavy rain as forecasters warned of “potentially historic” flooding and governors declared states of emergency....

TS Teddy becomes 4th active named storm in Atlantic basin

Sep. 14, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Teddy formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday morning and is the fourth active named storm in the Atlantic basin, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Forecasters said Teddy was located more than 1,400 miles (2,260 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles. The storm...

Peter Padfield sits in his garden in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020. In 1957 Padfield was a crew member on the sailing ship the Mayflower II, a replica of the square-rigged English merchant vessel that carried a group of dissatisfied Protestants across the Atlantic Ocean in 1620. (AP Photo/Stefan Cottrell)

Ex-sailor's film shows Mayflower II's colorful 1957 voyage

Sep. 14, 2020 3:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The sea voyage that changed Peter Padfield’s life more than six decades ago started with an act of chance. In 1956, Padfield was third officer aboard a British cruise liner in Sri Lanka when he stumbled across a magazine in a ship wardrobe. A story inside introduced Padfield to a new...

This satellite photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Sally, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at 2050 GMT. Sally churned northward on Sunday, poised to turn into a hurricane and send a life-threatening storm surge along the northern Gulf of Mexico. (NOAA via AP)

Sally set to become hurricane and threaten U.S. Gulf Coast

Sep. 13, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) — Tropical Storm Sally slowed down Sunday as it churned northward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, increasing the risk of heavy rain and dangerous storm surge before an expected strike as a Category 2 hurricane in southern Louisiana. “I know for a lot of people this storm seemed to...

This Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 image provided by NOAA shows the formation of Tropical Storm Sally. The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 as it approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast. (NOAA via AP)

Paulette rolls toward Bermuda; Sally threatens Gulf Coast

Sep. 13, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Residents of Bermuda were urged to prepare to protect life and property ahead of Hurricane Paulette, while Tropical Storm Sally threatened to intensify into a hurricane as it approached the U.S. Gulf Coast. Paulette gained hurricane status late Saturday and was expected to bring storm surge,...

Tropical depression nears south Florida, set to intensify

Sep. 11, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression that is expected to reach near hurricane intensity early next week formed Friday off south Florida, threatening heavy rains as it neared the peninsula. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression 19 was centered at 11 p.m. EDT about 20 miles (40...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2020, file photo, a firefighter watches a brush fire at the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley, Calif. La Nina, which often means a busier Atlantic hurricane season, a drier Southwest and perhaps a more fire-prone California, has popped up in the Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday, Sept. 10. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Q&A: La Nina may bring more Atlantic storms, western drought

Sep. 10, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

La Nina — which often means a busier Atlantic hurricane season, a drier Southwest and perhaps a more fire-prone California — has popped up in the Pacific Ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that a La Nina, the cooler flip side of the better known El Nino,...