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Cruise Line Passenger Plummets to His Death

Brian Rice died of blunt force trauma, authorities say

(Newser) - Four stories is a long fall—and sadly, Brian Rice didn't survive it. The Carnival Cruise Line passenger died of blunt force trauma Friday after plummeting from the ninth deck to the fifth as the vessel returned to Miami, People reports. Medical staff on Carnival Horizon rushed to his... More »

Dorian to America: Here I Come

The hurricane eyes Florida while building toward Category 3

(Newser) - For the Caribbean, it was bad but not crushing. For Florida, it's time to worry. That's the gist of Hurricane Dorian news Wednesday after the Category 1 storm caused flooding and power outages across Caribbean islands—including Puerto Rico—and grew closer to a Category 3 while churning... More »

British Woman Set on Fire in Barbados Dies

Unknown intruder attacked Natalie Crichlow

(Newser) - A British woman visiting relatives in Barbados was murdered by an unknown intruder who strangled her, doused her in a flammable liquid, and set her on fire, relatives say. Natalie Crichlow, a 44-year-old London resident, was in the Caribbean country to look after her disabled brother, the BBC reports. Her... More »

Officials: Scientology Ship Quarantined Over Measles

Nearly 300 people are stuck on the Freewinds docked in St. Lucia

(Newser) - On the Freewinds cruise ship, there's one person currently being kept in isolation with the measles—while nearly 300 others are being kept on board at a port in St. Lucia. The 440-foot-long ship has been quarantined since Monday due to a female crew member's measles diagnosis, meaning... More »

American Tourist Killed Hotel Worker: Police

Connecticut man says he killed in self-defense

(Newser) - An American banker visiting the Caribbean is accused of killing an employee at a five-star hotel—but insists it was done in self-defense, CNN reports. Gavin Hapgood, 44, was arrested and charged with manslaughter on the island of Anguilla after the April 13 incident. A Hapgood rep says the hotel... More »

Man Is Crossing Atlantic in Barrel Stocked With Wine, Foie Gras

Jean-Jacques Savin set 'sail' Wednesday from Spain's Canary Islands, headed to the Caribbean

(Newser) - So far, Jean-Jacques Savin's barrel is "behaving well." Hopefully it will continue to do so, as the barrel—actually a large "barrel-shaped orange capsule," per the BBC —is transporting the 71-year-old Frenchman on a monthslong journey across the Atlantic Ocean. The former pilot, park... More »

US Alleges British Sailor Sank Boat to Hide Wife's Murder

The FBI first picked up Lewis Bennett on a smuggling charge that's since evolved

(Newser) - Prosecutors say a British sailor initially arrested on charges he was smuggling gold and silver coins while on a voyage to Cuba now includes murder charges. The FBI believes Lewis Bennett killed his wife, Isabella Hellman, as they plied the Atlantic last year, the Guardian reports. After Bennett was rescued... More »

John Cleese Is Totally Over the UK

Monty Python, 'very disappointed' with the UK and its media, is leaving for the Caribbean

(Newser) - He's an icon of British comedy, but John Cleese won't be living in Britain anymore. The Monty Python comic is leaving the UK for Nevis, a Caribbean island, because he's "very disappointed" with his native land, he told BBC Two's Newsnight Tuesday. In particular, it'... More »

Hurricane Beryl Is Tiny, Unpredictable

Storm expected to be downgraded before making landfall

(Newser) - The first Atlantic hurricane of the season is tiny but a bit of a puzzle. Increasing in strength from a tropical storm overnight, Hurricane Beryl is 1,100 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and moving westward, where it's expected to hit a vertical wind shear that will likely... More »

Huge 7.6 Quake Strikes Caribbean Sea

No major damage reported after one of region's strongest quakes on record

(Newser) - A massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea Tuesday night—but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage after what was one of the strongest earthquakes on record in the region. The US Geological Survey says the quake hit 25 miles off the coast... More »

Beyonce Song Will Benefit Puerto Rico

It's her first release since giving birth

(Newser) - Beyonce is out with a new single and music video , her first since giving birth to twins in June, and it's all to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The song is a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente,"... More »

Hurricane Maria Threatens Battered Caribbean Islands

Storm could make a direct hit on Puerto Rico

(Newser) - A strengthening Hurricane Maria swirled toward the eastern Caribbean early Monday, with forecasters warning it probably would be a major storm by the time it passed through the already battered Leeward Islands later in the day. Maria grew into a hurricane Sunday, and forecasters said it was expected to become... More »

Branson Shares Pics From 'Unforgiving' Irma

And asks for help in rebuilding British Virgin Islands after hurricane devastation

(Newser) - Richard Branson and his staff are OK after Hurricane Irma, but much of the Caribbean is not. Fortune reports on Branson's most recent blog post , titled "Recovering From Hurricane Irma," which he notes he penned from Puerto Rico, not from the private island where he rode out... More »

Billionaire's Wine Cellar Keeps Him Safe Amid Irma

'Very, very fortunately it held firm,' writes Richard Branson from Caribbean

(Newser) - He promised to ride out Hurricane Irma on his private island in the Caribbean, and billionaire Richard Branson did just that. In a blog post , Branson said he and his crew made it through the night safely on Necker Island, his 74-acre retreat in the British Virgin Islands. "We... More »

Irma Leaves 'Heart-Wrenching' Devastation in Caribbean

In Puerto Rico, the power could be out for 6 months

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma continued to sweep through the Caribbean with devastating force early Thursday, knocking out power to an estimated 1 million people in Puerto Rico. The storm didn't make landfall on the island, but the National Hurricane Center says it could still get up to 20 inches of rain,... More »

Hurricane Irma Leaves Path of Destruction in Caribbean

At least 1 death reported

(Newser) - More than 600,000 people are without power and nearly 50,000 without water on Puerto Rico as Hurricane Irma and its 185mph winds begin to batter the island, the AP reports. Fourteen hospitals are using generators after losing power, and trees and lights posts are strewn across some roads.... More »

Monstrous Irma Batters Caribbean Islands

Devastating storm made landfall early Wednesday

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma slammed into islands in the northeast Caribbean with devastating force early Wednesday, damaging buildings and sending debris flying with winds estimated at 185mph. The National Weather Service says the eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm and the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, passed over the island of... More »

Irma Is So Strong That Earthquake Detectors Are Going Off

Low-pitched hums 'gradually becoming stronger'

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma is now the fiercest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded—and it is so powerful that it is setting off devices designed to measure earthquakes. British seismologist Stephen Hicks says the Category 5 storm has been registering on a Caribbean seismometer for some time. "What we're seeing in... More »

Hurricane Irma Sees 'Remarkable' Speed Increase

Hurricane Irma could hit Caribbean by Tuesday, but US impact unclear

(Newser) - As Texas still deals with the devastation from Harvey , another weather system churning in the Atlantic, and moving west toward the US, has some worried. CNN reports on Irma, currently a Category 3 hurricane that experienced "rapid intensification" from Wednesday into Thursday, meaning its wind speed ramped up at... More »

Gitmo Evacuated Amid Fiercest Atlantic Hurricane Since 2007

Gitmo evacuated as storm heads north

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew became the strongest Atlantic hurricane since 2007's Felix when it briefly became a Category 5 storm Friday—and it is nowhere near finished yet. The storm, now a Category 4, is dumping torrential rain on Jamaica and parts of Cuba and could do its worst damage when... More »

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