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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica’s reefs, piece by piece

Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Hurricane on track for Florida after strike in Caribbean

Hurricane Dorian posed an increasing menace to Florida as it pushed over open waters Thursday after leaving limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019

Puerto Rico braces for rain, power outages as Dorian nears

Tropical Storm Dorian dumped rain on the Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean on Tuesday, gathering power on a path to brush past Puerto Rico’s southwest coast and hit the …


Scientists wrap up deep-water probes in Caribbean waters

A rarely seen shark embryo. Corals up to 7 feet high. Sponges with sharp edges.


Jamaica takes aim at the trash crisis ruining paradise

Relief from the scourge may be in sight for Jamaica, which is among at least 20 Caribbean and Latin American nations banning – or in discussions to ban – the …


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018

Beryl weakens to tropical storm en route to Caribbean

Beryl weakened to a tropical storm Saturday but is still expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend on its way to the …


Caribbean spring break: Ideas, prices, post-hurricane news

Each Caribbean island offers a different vibe, from relaxing on the beach to adventures, shopping and dining.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017

Cat 5 Hurricane Maria threatens storm-battered Caribbean

Hurricane Maria grew into a Category 3 storm on Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters warned it was likely to …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017

New storm Maria a growing threat to Irma-slammed Caribbean

The hurricane-battered islands of the Caribbean are facing yet another storm threat: Forecasters said Sunday that Tropical Storm Maria is likely to hit the Leeward Islands as a strengthening hurricane …


Caribbean families separate to rebuild lives after storm

The shrieks of children playing volleyball and the occasional barking of dogs echoed inside Puerto Rico’s largest convention center, transformed into a shelter for hurricane victims from other Caribbean islands …


Florida took wise storm precautions

True, destruction was not as dire as predicted, but better to prepare for the worst than gamble with the lives of residents and visitors and those charged with protecting them.


French, British officials view Irma’s damage, vow island aid

French and British officials promised to beef up emergency and long-term aid to their countries’ stricken Caribbean territories after seeing firsthand the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017

Europe leaders view devastated Caribbean islands as locals struggle

France’s president, Britain’s foreign secretary and the Dutch king are visiting Caribbean territories hammered by Hurricane Irma, where residents have accused European governments of insufficient preparation or slow response to …


Hurricane Jose stays at sea; Caribbean cleans up after Irma

Caribbean island residents emerged from bunkers and shelters to begin surveying and cleaning up the damage from Hurricane Irma Sunday as the trailing Hurricane Jose passed farther north of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma lashes Cuba; Jose poses threat elsewhere

Irma collapsed buildings and battered Cuba with deafening winds and relentless rain Saturday, while a second hurricane, Jose, threatened to lash already-reeling islands elsewhere in the Caribbean.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Irma lashes at Puerto Rico, leaves tiny Barbuda devastated

Hurricane Irma blacked out much of Puerto Rico as the dangerous Category 5 storm raked the U.S. territory with heavy wind and rain while staying just out to sea, and …


Powerful Hurricane Irma bears down on Caribbean islands

The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history bore down on the islands of the northeast Caribbean late Tuesday, following a path predicted to then rake Puerto Rico, the …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017

Powerful Hurricane Irma bears down on Caribbean

Hurricane Irma grew into a dangerous Category 5 storm, the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in over a decade, and roared toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday on …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Tropical Storm Don lashes southeast Caribbean with heavy wind, rain

Tropical Storm Don began lashing the southeast Caribbean with heavy rain and wind on Tuesday as it approached the region after forming in the Atlantic Ocean.


Brewing Caribbean storm could become tropical cyclone in two days

A low pressure system churning across the Caribbean has about a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next two days, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Monday.


Woman killed by jet-engine blast at popular Caribbean tourist attraction

A tourist on the Caribbean island country of St. Maarten was killed Wednesday after a blast from a jet that was taking off nearby knocked her down, police said.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy threatens Gulf Coast; Bret in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Cindy formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico and began churning heavy rain bands toward the northern Gulf Coast, where Louisiana shuttered flood gates and parts of three …


Administration warns Congress: Zika money running out

The Obama administration warned Congress Wednesday that money to fight the Zika virus is on the verge of running out amid political stalemate on Capitol Hill.


Consider Grand Bahama for a quiet island getaway

It’s one of the main islands of the Gulf Stream-warmed Bahamas archipelago of 700 islands, cays and inlets sprawling across the waters off southeastern Florida. Our February trip saw temperatures …


World’s deepest known undersea volcanic vent found

Scientists using a remote-controlled submarine have discovered the deepest known volcanic vent and say the superheated waters inside could contain undiscovered marine species and perhaps even clues to the origin …