The region has strategic importance as a hub for logistics, banking and commerce. It is also very close to the United States.
Eta, the 28th named storm of the active 2020 hurricane season, was expected to strengthen as it approached the Florida Keys after bringing catastrophic rainfall to Honduras and Nicaragua.
Forecasters warned of “catastrophic” damage in the region, with winds up to 150 miles per hour and severe flooding expected as the Category 4 storm prepares to make landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.
The storm was expected to strengthen before making landfall on Tuesday, producing as much as 35 inches of rain.
Eta became the 28th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, matching a record set in 2005.
Zeta is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall in the United States on Wednesday. It is the 27th named storm of an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season.
The Black Lives Matter movement has revived a simmering debate about the legacy of colonialism, potentially inspiring change in other Caribbean countries.
“We have a one-two punch that’s going to hit the state of Louisiana,” a meteorologist said.
The governor has declared a state of emergency and some areas of Louisiana have issued mandatory evacuations ahead of Tropical Storms Laura and Marco.
Marco is expected to become a hurricane on Saturday and Laura is forecast to produce heavy rain over several Caribbean islands.
A second potential hurricane is also moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Many islands are open to American travelers. Going could mean bringing coronavirus to places ill prepared to deal with it. Not going could mean deepening economic woes. How do you choose?
The coronavirus is battering Latin American health systems and economies. It is also threatening the region’s fragile political freedoms.
Gonzalo is the earliest named “G” storm since the satellite era began in 1966, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As the region reopens, it faces hurricane season, pandemic-related restrictions and the absence of cruise ships.
Scientists predict this hurricane season will be severe. But countries in the region, with economies burdened by the pandemic and the devastation of past hurricanes, have not been able to fully prepare.
Two prominent firms, Lloyd’s of London and Greene King, have acknowledged their ties to the slave trade and pledged to make amends.
The number of infections is rising faster than ever, but many countries have decided that this is the moment to ease lockdown restrictions.
The large reptiles make decoy nests to distract predators during an oft-ignored behavior following their egg laying, researchers say.
A new study of lizards in countries struck by hurricanes suggests cataclysmic weather can reshape entire species.
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Hundreds of boaters stuck in the Caribbean have converged on the U.S. Virgin Islands, but there are fears that their safe haven comes at a cost for residents.
They are resilient and immunologically cunning in ways we’re continuing to discover.
Even as Covid-19 sickened passengers, the Costa Luminosa was slow to act to prevent infections, despite two previous serious outbreaks on its parent company’s ships.