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Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and triggered heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis....

The Latest: Official: Maria now Cat 3 storm off Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local):...

Immigrant hurricane victims turn to churches amid fear

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HOUSTON (AP) -- Places of worship and private charities in Texas and Florida are playing a pivotal role for people in the country illegally as they recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma....

The Latest: Jose weakens to tropical storm off US East Coast

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MIAMI (AP) -- The latest on powerful Hurricane Maria (all times local):...

9th person dies week after Florida nursing home evacuation
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a ninth person has died nearly a week after the evacuation of a Florida nursing home that Hurricane Irma left without air conditioning....

Hurricane Maria thrusts Dominica leader into spotlight
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) -- As Hurricane Maria hammered Dominica with 160 mph (260 kph) winds Monday, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit hunkered down in his official residence and turned to social media to tell of the storm's fury, each post more dire than the previous....

FEMA isn't relying on trailers to house hurricane victims
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than a decade ago....

Hurricane Maria batters Dominica as a Category 5 storm

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Hurricane Maria intensified into a dangerous Category 5 storm and pounded the small island of Dominica as it surged into the eastern Caribbean on Monday night, and forecasters warned it might become even stronger....

Romanian PM visits city at heart of storm that left 8 dead

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose traveled Monday to a western city that bore the brunt of a violent weekend storm that left eight people dead and about 140 injured....

Fierce storms haven't slowed growth along US coastlines

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A new Associated Press analysis shows that rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bull's-eyes on two of the country's fastest growing regions: coastal Texas around Houston and resort areas of southwest Florida....
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