Natural disasters

FEMA chief: Political disputes hurting Puerto Rico relief

WASHINGTON – Political differences are hurting the U.S. government’s response to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday. He did...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Ska Brewing party raises money for hurricane relief

Hurricane Irma’s impact on Ska Brewing Co.’s 22nd anniversary party sparked a relief effort that raised $28,000 for three Florida charities and the La Plata County Open Space Conservancy....

DATE: Sept. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cat 5 Hurricane Maria threatens storm-battered Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria intensified into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm Monday as it surged toward islands in the eastern Caribbean, and forecasters warned it might...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

‘Pray for everybody’: Irma begins its assault on Florida

MIAMI – A monster Hurricane Irma roared into Florida with 130 mph winds Sunday for what could be a sustained assault on nearly the entire Sunshine State, flooding streets, knocking out power to...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Houston’s businesses inching back to work as waters recede

HOUSTON – Bobby Jucker has had it with hurricanes. In 2008, Hurricane Ike tore the roof off his business, Three Brothers Bakery. Now, he estimates, he’s facing $1 million in damage and lost revenue...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Relief comes slowly for coastal towns recovering from Harvey

SEADRIFT, Texas – Some shoreline communities that bore the brunt of Hurricane Harvey still need clean water, electricity and health care more than a week after the winds and rain subsided. Locals...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Billionaire Warren Buffett says hurricane damage will linger

OMAHA, Neb. – Billionaire Warren Buffett says the storm damage in Texas is staggering, but he isn’t sure yet how much insurance companies will have to pay in claims. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Flood insurance policies plunged before Harvey

WASHINGTON – Houston’s population is growing quickly, but when Harvey hit last weekend there were far fewer homes and other properties in the area with flood insurance than just five years ago,...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

National Center for Disaster Fraud gives tips to avoid fraud

The National Center for Disaster Fraud, developed by the U.S. Department of Justice during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, reminds the public to be aware of possible fraudulent activity related...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

More chaos in Houston as floodwaters rise to roof lines

HOUSTON – Floodwaters reached the roof lines of single-story homes Monday, and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey kept pouring rain on Houston after a chaotic weekend of...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters in Houston

HOUSTON – Tropical Storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Hospital officials: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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