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FILE - Boats are piled on each other in the marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.  Hurricane season has already been busy this year, but forecasters say it should get even nastier soon. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday, Aug. 6 increased its forecast for the number of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes this year to far above normal. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

Aug. 6, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

Already smashing records, this year’s hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is about to get even nastier, forecasters predict. In the coming months, they expect to run out of traditional hurricane names and see about twice as much storm activity as a normal year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Appeals court: NOAA can't make rules for offshore fish farms

Aug. 3, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a decision that throws out rules regulating fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico. The law granting authority over fisheries to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does not also let the agency set rules for offshore fish...

In this July 2020, photo supplied by Feeonaa and Neville Clifton, Neville and Feeonaa Clifton are pictured by the San Aotea II fishing boat in the Falkland Islands. The Cliftons, a honeymoon couple who were stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus have managed to get home to New Zealand, Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 by hitching a lift of more than 5,000 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) on an Antarctic fishing boat. (Feeonaa/Neville Clifton via AP)

Stranded by virus, honeymooners hitch home on Antarctic boat

Aug. 3, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand honeymoon couple stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus has managed to return home by hitching a ride of more than 5,000 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) on an Antarctic fishing boat. Feeonaa Clifton said she had never spent...

Luke Beard casts a line into the surf fishing for sharks Monday, July 27, 2020 at Cape Point in Buxton, N.C. Shark fishing has grown in popularity in recent years. Social media posts show anglers posing with their toothy catches. YouTube videos demonstrate techniques and gear. Fishing guides offer charters for catching sharks.  (Jeff Hampton/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Shark fishing from Cape Point exhilarating, tough, dangerous

Aug. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — Fisherman Luke Beard gouged a hook nearly big enough for a pirate onto a large Spanish mackerel. A kayaker then paddled the bait about 300 yards offshore — much further than the average angler could cast. The fishing line was thick. The rod was stout. The reel was wide and hefty....

Isaias causes floods, slides, then grows into hurricane

Jul. 31, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power and caused flooding and small landslides across Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Thursday, then strengthened into a hurricane late in the night while moving toward the Bahamas and U.S. East Coast. The storm's rain turned several...

Scientist seeks return of transmitter from caught mako shark

Jul. 30, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — A shark researcher wants the tracker back from a mako shark he was following that was apparently caught somewhere near Block Island, Rhode Island. University of Rhode Island scientist Bradley Wetherbee tagged the shark off the coast of Maryland in June and tracked its journey...

A man jumps from a wave as Hurricane Hanna begins to make landfall, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas.   The National Hurricane Center said Saturday morning that Hanna's maximum sustained winds had increased and that it was expected to make landfall Saturday afternoon or early evening.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

2020's 1st Atlantic hurricane lashes Texas; floods expected

Jul. 25, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Hurricane Hanna roared ashore onto the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, bringing winds that lashed the shoreline with rain and storm surge, and even threatening to bring possible tornadoes to a part of the country trying to cope with a spike in coronavirus cases. The first...

Sand dollars were masters of their environment when alive

Jul. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C. (AP) — The bright white sand dollars prized by Outer Banks beachcombers and coveted by craft makers were once masters of their sea-bottom habitat. The elements that make a sand dollar so attractive served vital functions for the living creature: the five-pointed star in the center,...

First hurricane of the season forms in eastern Pacific

Jul. 22, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season formed far from land Wednesday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Douglas was centered about 1,785 miles (2,870 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, Wednesday morning with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120'...

Spain searches for migrant boat taking risky Atlantic route

Jul. 22, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities searched Wednesday for a boat reportedly carrying around 60 migrants from western Africa to Spain's Canary Islands, a perilous Atlantic Ocean route that is increasingly attracting migrants wanting to reach European soil. A plane with Spain’s maritime rescue service...