Category: Caribbean News

Fire at Cuba Oil Facility Spreads as 3rd Tank Ignites

HAVANA — A deadly fire that began at a large oil storage facility in western Cuba spread today after flames enveloped a third tank that firefighters had tried to cool as they struggle to fight the massive blaze. At least one person has died and 125 are injured, with another 14 reported missing ever since […]

Tropical Wave Now Has A 40% Chance of Becoming Severe Weather: NHC

MIAMI — With the peak of hurricane season approaching the tropics may have woken up from their weeks-long slumber. The National Hurricane Center began projecting the formation a potential tropical system in the eastern Atlantic Ocean as a tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa over this weekend. The NHC […]

Cuba Fire Rages at Fuel Storage Port; Mexico, Venezuela Sending Help

HAVANA — A massive oil-fed fire burned for a second day on Saturday near Cuba’s supertanker port in Matanzas, as Mexico and Venezuela sent teams to help fight the inferno and Cuba accepted a U.S. offer of unspecified “technical advice.” On Friday evening, lightning struck one of eight storage tanks at the facility 60 miles […]

Tropical Wave Coming Off Africa Has A 30% Chance of Becoming A Tropical Storm: NHC

MIAMI — The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season may have started slow — there have only been three named storms so far — but forecasters warned activity is still expected to be above normal. The National Hurricane Center currently is watching three tropical waves, including one in the Caribbean. Another tropical wave is expected to move off Africa’s coast later today. The National […]

UK Court Convicts Chairman of Failed Harlequin Group For $274M Carib Fraud

LONDON — The chairman of failed luxury Caribbean hotel and resort developer Harlequin Group was convicted on Wednesday of defrauding $274 million from more than 8,000 investors in Britain. David Ames was found guilty by a jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court of two counts of fraud by abuse of position, the UK Serious Fraud […]

As Peak Season Approaches, NHC Watches 4 Tropical Waves, CSU Monitors Ocean Temperatures

MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is monitoring four tropical waves in the Atlantic basin, including one in the western Caribbean. No new tropical cyclones are expected during the next five days as the busiest period of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches. There have been four occasions in the past 30 years when the Atlantic has had no named storms between […]

A Deadly Tropical Disease Pops Up On The U.S. Mainland For First Time

The bacteria can cause severe illness SAN JUAN — The bacteria behind the potentially fatal disease melioidosis has been found in United States soil for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week. Historically, the bacteria, called Burkholderia pseudomallei, has been seen primarily in Southeast Asia and northern Australia, where most cases of […]

CBP and Coast Guard Respond To Haitian Smuggling Venture That Resulted In 5 Deaths In Mona Island

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard and other law enforcement partners rescued 68 Haitian migrants Thursday after smugglers dropped them off near the shores of Mona Island. Five other Haitian migrants perished during the smuggling event. “Transnational criminal organizations continue to recklessly endanger the lives of individuals they smuggle for […]

Royal Caribbean’s Loss Narrows As Customers Splurge Onboard

MIAMI — Cruise operator Royal Caribbean Group on Thursday reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss as bookings rebounded and travelers splurged on cabanas, spa treatments and watches while onboard. The world’s second-largest cruise line operator is the latest company to report good results as travelers, free of restrictions related to COVID-19, spend heavily on rental cars, airline […]

Coast Guard Takes 68 Haitian Survivors To Mayaguez After Deadly Illegal Voyage

SAN JUAN — Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier completed the transport of 68 Haitian survivors to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Friday, who were abandoned offshore of Mona Island by smugglers Thursday morning. Among the survivors, there are two minors.  Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine units also transported five deceased persons to the […]