GULF OF MEXICO
Scientists have found oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in fishes' livers and on the deep ocean floor
Researchers use Atlantic mackerel for bait on long-lining fishing sampling expeditions in the Gulf of Mexico.. C-IMAGE Consortium, CC BY-NDOver the decade since the Deepwater Horizon spill, thousands of scientists have analyzed its impact on the Gulf of Mexico. The spill affected many different parts of the Gulf, from coastal marshes to the deep sea. At the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem, or C-IMAGE at the University of South Florida, marine scientists have beenews.yahoo.com
Mystery solved: Beachgoers see odd giant structure float by Palm Beach County's coast
The VB 10,000, the largest lift vessel built in the U.S., is a catamaran-style heavy-lifting barge with four cranes that had been working for a year to remove the Golden Ray cargo ship that capsized in September 2019.news.yahoo.com
WAAD Thursday for storms but it only slowly gets better afterwards
Late Wednesday night the squall line of storms that have been racing eastward along the northern Gulf of Mexico, continues to hold together. This is very unusual, typically we see significant weakening. And we might still, just as the storms are coming through Jacksonville Thursday morning. Even if it does weaken, there will still be a very high possibility of another round of possible thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.
Eye Opener: Hurricane Nicholas slams the south
Nicholas has made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, putting parts of Texas and Louisiana under threat of major flooding. Also, the youngest astronaut on SpaceX’s upcoming all-civilian crew pens a note to self. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.news.yahoo.com
Tropical Storm Nicholas takes aim at Gulf Coast as wildfire threat continues in West
Tropical Storm Nicholas is taking aim at Louisiana and Texas, which are still recovering from previous storms. Meanwhile, President Biden is visiting several western states hit hard by wildfires. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli joins CBSN's Tanya Riviero with the latest on the forecast.news.yahoo.com
In Hurricane Ida's wake, satellite images show oil slicks in Gulf of Mexico
Hurricane Ida appears to have caused a sizable oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is visible from space. Satellite images show oil slicks on the water near the East Timbalier National Wildlife Refuge near Louisiana.space.com
Nursing home evacuees in Louisiana put in warehouse as Ida approached
Health officials in Louisiana say seven nursing home residents died, with five of the deaths storm-related, after they and hundreds of others were moved to a warehouse as Hurricane Ida approached. One nurse said the living conditions were dangerous and unsanitary. Correspondent Jessi Mitchell reports.news.yahoo.com
Divers identify broken pipeline as source of Gulf oil spill
Divers at the site of an ongoing oil spill that appeared in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida have identified the apparent source as one-foot diameter pipeline displaced from a trench on the ocean floor and broken open. Talos Energy, the Houston-based company currently paying for the cleanup, said in a statement issued Sunday evening that the busted pipeline does not belong to them. The company said it is working with the U.S. Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies to coordinate the response and identify the owner of the ruptured pipeline.news.yahoo.com
The controversy surrounding ivermectin
Doctors are being pushed by some of their patients to prescribe Ivermectin, despite it being an "unproven" medication for COVID-19. Arthur Caplan, the director of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Grossman School of Medicine, joins CBSN's Lana Zak to explain why this drug is dangerous and how some doctors are feeding into misinformation.news.yahoo.com
Ida Updates: Nuclear plant loses offsite electrical power
The Waterford nuclear plant in Killona, La., had shut down protectively on Saturday in anticipation of Hurricane Ida. The plant has maintained safe shutdown conditions with power from emergency diesel generators, the nuclear agency said. On Sunday night, grid operators requested that the River Bend nuclear power plant in St. Francisville, Louisiana, reduce power because of load demands.news.yahoo.com
Resident hopeful 'Brad Pitt' house will outlast Ida
As Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana Sunday, a resident in New Orleans says he feels confident in the construction of Lower 9th Ward home, a neighborhood that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago. (Aug. 29)news.yahoo.com
Louisiana residents prepare for Hurricane Ida as it nears landfall
Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 storm. It's hitting exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the state. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli joins Lana Zak on CBSN with the latest on what to expect.news.yahoo.com
Interior postpones March oil leases onshore and offshore
The Interior Department said Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 that it is postponing onshore and offshore oil lease sales planned for next month in line with President Joe Biden's executive order on climate change. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)NEW ORLEANS – The Interior Department said Friday that it is postponing onshore and offshore oil lease sales planned for next month in line with President Joe Biden's executive order on climate change. The onshore sales were postponed to confirm the adequacy of underlying environmental analyses, said Interior spokesperson Melissa Schwartz. AdLow interest and small attendance at offshore lease sales covering different parts of the Gulf of Mexico prompted President Barack Obama's administration to combine them. “Canceling this huge offshore Gulf oil auction helps protect our climate and life on Earth," said Kristen Monsell of the Center for Biological Diversity.
A new whale species discovered in the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale is listed under the Mammal Protection Act. A new whale species has been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA Fisheries scientists published a paper showing that the Bryde’s (pronounced “broodus”) whale is actually a new whale species. The discovery comes after decades of research on endangered Bryde’s species living in the Gulf of Mexico. He was the first researcher to recognize that Bryde’s whales (now Rice’s whales) are present in the Gulf of Mexico,” NOAA said.
Biden halts oil and gas leases on US land, water for 60 days
In the closing months of the Trump administration, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years. That stands to undercut President-elect Joe Biden's plans to block new drilling on public lands to address climate change. Its effect could be further blunted by companies that stockpiled enough drilling permits in Trump's final months to allow them to keep pumping oil and gas for years. Oil and gas extracted from public lands and waters account for about a quarter of annual U.S. production. But there are other ways an ambitious Biden administration could make it harder for permit holders to extract oil and gas.
Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species
The previous analysis, in 2007, also estimated that “such a large spill was extremely unlikely,” the lawsuit noted. The chance of such a spill is even higher now, the lawsuit said, because "Gulf drilling is moving into deeper waters, which increases the possibility of a catastrophic well blowout and extremely large oil spill." He predicted the litigation will be lengthy because both the report and suit cover a huge area and many species. It will be largely a battle of experts, he said, but allegations about ignoring large spills are a strength of the suit. The suit said NOAA underestimated the largest spill likely.
Tropical Storm Iota forms, could follow Eta's deadly path
Hurricane experts were closely watching the Caribbean, where Tropical Storm Iota formed Friday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Iota could bring dangerous wind, storm surge and as much as 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rainfall to northern Nicaragua and Honduras. The storm was located about 350 miles (560 kilometers) south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). Iota is a record-setting 30th named storm of this year’s extraordinarily busy Atlantic hurricane season. Earlier, firefighters in Tampa had to rescue around a dozen people who got stuck in storm surge flooding on a boulevard adjacent to the bay.
Tropical storms warnings dropped as Eta passed over Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Eta was barely handing onto tropical storm strength as it was moving over Jacksonville at 10 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. As the NHC put the center of the storm 10 miles southwest of Jacksonville and it was moving north-northeast at 15 mph. By 1 p.m., the storm’s sustained winds were down to 40 mph as it was moving off the coast near Fernandina Beach and moving to the north-northeast at 15 mph. By 4 p.m. Eta was 90 miles south-southwest of Charleston, South Carolina. Greater Jacksonville was forecast to see gusts up to 40 mph and bands of tropical rain, but winds nor rainfall didn’t reach near those totals for most of the area.
Rain, wind, some power outages as Eta nears
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Wind gusts overnight prompted a few hundred power outages across Northeast Florida as Tropical Storm Eta swept over the state, but there were minimal reports of damage impacting residents here. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, a few outages in Jacksonville left a couple dozen customers without power, according to JEA. Clay Electric reported there were three dozen customers in the dark in Clay County, along with over 170 in Putnam County and more than 300 in Alachua County. TRACKING THE TROPICS: Interactive map | Choose your view of radar/camerasTropical Storm #Eta Advisory 48A: Center of Eta Moving Across North Florida. Eta briefly gained hurricane strength Wednesday morning in the Gulf of Mexico, but weakened significantly before reaching the coast.
Tropical Storm Eta races off Carolinas after soaking Florida
One death in Florida was linked to the storm, along with some scattered flooding and forecasters said the tropical storm was on a path offshore of South Carolina that would eventually take it further out to sea. That came amid a combination of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico being carried up by a cold front that had pushed Eta across Florida earlier. Earlier Thursday, Eta was in the Gulf of Mexico when it slogged ashore near Cedar Key, Florida. Before that first brush with Florida, Eta first hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane and killed at least 120 people in Central America and Mexico, with scores more missing. A 29th named system, Tropical Storm Theta, was centered late Thursday about 440 miles (705 kilometers) south of the Azores and moving east.
Tropical Storm Eta races off Carolinas after soaking Florida
Residents clear debris from a flooded street in the Driftwood Acres Mobile Home Park, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Davie, Fla. Tropical Storm Eta was squatting off western Cuba on Tuesday after drifting away from South Florida, where it unleashed a deluge that flooded entire neighborhoods and covered the floors of some homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tropical Storm Eta raced off the Southeast Atlantic seacoast late Thursday, spreading heavy rains and gusty winds around the Carolinas only hours after blustering across north Florida. One death in Florida was linked to the storm, along with some scattered flooding and forecasters said the tropical storm was on a path offshore of South Carolina that would eventually take it further out to sea. A 29th named system, Tropical Storm Theta, was centered late Thursday about 440 miles (705 kilometers) south of the Azores and moving east.
Eta remains a tropical storm as Florida prepares for 2nd hit
Residents clear debris from a flooded street in the Driftwood Acres Mobile Home Park, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Davie, Fla. Tropical Storm Eta was squatting off western Cuba on Tuesday after drifting away from South Florida, where it unleashed a deluge that flooded entire neighborhoods and covered the floors of some homes and businesses. Subsequently, a tropical storm warning was issued for the same general area. The storm has been in the Gulf of Mexico since crossing over South Florida on Sunday. Ron DeSantis issued an expanded emergency declaration to include 13 counties along or near the Gulf coast, adding them to South Florida counties.