I really haven't read any of this thread... but here's my opinion.
If gun hits don't count then what's next? Mask hits? Pod hits? Arm Hits?!
I feel that if you are hit anywhere on your person or equipment (and it breaks) you are out.
An temporary alliance formed between the ocean and the sky with the goal of killing people. The ocean's ability to attack the land is limited, so it lends the sky some of its water and energy so it can assault people farther inland then it normally could. Hurricanes are far more powerful then the storms the sky creates on its own. They are just another reason the ocean must be destroyed