Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Caribbean Sea during a 10-hour training mission.
A pair of Tu-160 bombers arrived at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said they were escorted by Venezuelan fighter jets during part of the training mission on Wednesday to practice interaction.
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A Maine Coast Guard crew seized 12,000 pounds of cocaine and rescued three sea turtles during a patrol through the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.
The Portland Press Herald reports the cutter Campbell returned to Kittery on Friday after breaking up six smuggling trips and detaining 24 suspects during an 80-day patrol. Officials say the cocaine seized is valued at $209 million.
Crew members also saved three sea turtles that were caught in fishing gear.
MIAMI (AP) — A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has ended the search for a cruise ship crew member who apparently went overboard in the Caribbean Sea.
Coast Guard rescue crews searched unsuccessfully for the 37-year-old from the Philippines in rough seas south of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Coast Guard said Thursday that its crews covered an area of about 1,200 square nautical miles in the effort.
UN court lays down Costa Rica, Nicaragua maritime borders
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice laid down definitive maritime boundaries Friday between Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean and a small land boundary in a remote, disputed wetland.
As part of the complex ruling, the United Nations' highest judicial organ ruled that a Nicaraguan military base on part of the disputed coastline close to the mouth of the San Juan River is on Costa Rican territory and must be removed.
NTSB: Design flaw caused small plane crash, killing 2
MIAMI (AP) — Investigators say a design flaw caused a single-engine plane heading from New York to Florida to crash into the Caribbean Sea, killing both occupants.
The Latest: Scott declares storm emergency in 29 counties
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Weather-Florida (all times local):
Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 29 counties in north Florida and the Panhandle as Tropical Storm Nate approaches the Gulf coast.
The governor said in a news release Thursday that the order helps ensure that federal, state and local governments can work together easily and make sure storm-related resources are provided without delay to local communities.
Gov. Scott urges Panhandle residents to monitor Nate
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott is urging residents in Florida's Panhandle to keep an eye on Tropical Storm Nate, which formed off the coast of Nicaragua and is expected to approach the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Scott was in Pensacola on Thursday morning, meeting with city and emergency management officials.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says strengthening is likely as the storm moves over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday.
Illinois National Guard sends plane in advance of Irma
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois National Guard is preparing to help out again with another potentially damaging hurricane.
A Sunday National Guard statement says it has dispatched a C-130 aircraft to the U.S. Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Caribbean.
Hurricane Kenneth weakens to Category 2 off Mexican coast
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Kenneth blew up quickly into a monster Category 4 storm Monday, but then lost strength as it moved over the Pacific far from Mexico's coast. It posed no threat to land, but the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey continued to slog across the Caribbean Sea, threatening to drench parts of Central America.
Hurricane Kenneth powers up in Pacific far off Mexico coast
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Kenneth formed far off Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday and quickly grew into a major storm, while people in the Caribbean kept watch for the possible reemergence of a tropical storm.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Kenneth was a Category 3 hurricane by Sunday night, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph). It said the storm could intensify a bit more over the next day but should begin weakening by late Monday or early Tuesday.
Tropical Depression Harvey heads through Caribbean
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Harvey weakened into a depression as it moved through the Caribbean Sea on Saturday on a projected course that would have it approaching Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula early next week.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey was centered about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north-northwest of Curacao and was heading west at 22 mph (35 kph). The storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph).
Tropical Storm Harvey moves across eastern Caribbean islands
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Authorities in the eastern Caribbean warned residents to stay indoors as Tropical Storm Harvey brought heavy winds and rain to the area Friday on a path expected to take it to Central America next week.
Harvey was expected to cross through St. Vincent and the Grenadines and then over the Caribbean Sea. A tropical storm warning was also in effect for Martinique and St. Lucia.
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter is home in Kittery, Maine, after seizing more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine valued at nearly $70 million.
The Campbell returned Sunday after wrapping up a two-month patrol in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Officials say the Campbell's crew successfully disrupted three narcotics-smuggling operations.
Here is a year-by-year review of local storm activity since 1851, as compiled by the National Hurricane Center:
A tropical storm skirted the northwest Gulf at 60 mph, moving east and dissipating at the Louisiana-Mississippi line.
The World Meteorological Organization on Monday retired Matthew and Otto as Atlantic storm names.
Cutter returns home after confiscating $90M worth of cocaine
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A Coast Guard cutter homeported in Kittery, Maine, is back from a 49-day patrol in which it confiscated $90 million worth of cocaine.
The Tahoma returned Friday from a deployment to the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea that included the use of a helicopter and crew from Florida.
Venezuelan Fishermen Fall Victim to Pirates
Matthew strengthens into Category 5 hurricane in Caribbean
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 5 storm late Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center called it the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since Felix in 2007.
Matthew's center was projected to reach Jamaica on Monday. Evan Thompson, director of the National Meteorological Service, said the first effects of the storm may be felt as early as Saturday.
Tropical Storm Matthew lashes islands of eastern Caribbean
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Tropical Storm Matthew lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean with heavy wind and rain Wednesday night as it gained strength and headed west into open waters.
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — A group of migrants from Venezuela has been detained off the coast of the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, authorities say.
Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard spokesman Roderick Gouverneur said all 21 migrants remained in custody Monday.
The boat carrying the migrants was detected around midnight Friday about 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of the island in the southern Caribbean Sea, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Authorities found 20...
4 p.m. update: The chances that a disturbance in the Atlantic nearing the Caribbean Sea will become a tropical wave rose Saturday but remain moderate at best, even through Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.