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Hurricane that hit Louisiana in 2020 was Category 3, not 2

May. 11, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, which swept through southeast Louisiana at the tail end of the 2020 hurricane season, has been upgraded to a major, Category 3 storm at Louisiana landfall, according to a federal report released Tuesday that underscored the intensity of the already...

Pacific season's 1st named storm weakens to depression

May. 10, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane system weakened into a tropical depression Monday as it headed away from Mexico's southwestern coast toward open seas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that Andres, which had become a...

8 years after Sandy, $230M Hoboken flood plan gets kickoff

May. 06, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — More than eight years after Superstorm Sandy pushed the Hudson River over its banks and left Hoboken residents without power or water for days, the New Jersey city officially kicked off a large-scale flood prevention project Thursday that it hopes will be a national...

Ahead of Biden visit, Louisiana senator presses disaster aid

May. 05, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is asking President Joe Biden, ahead of his Thursday visit to Louisiana, to back disaster aid to help the state with recovery from the 2020 hurricanes. Louisiana's Republican senior senator and Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff...

Louisiana House wants parishes to help pay state levee debt

May. 03, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers in the state House want New Orleans and four neighboring parishes to come up with a plan to help the state pay off a hefty debt to the federal government for upgrades made to the region's flood protection system after Hurricane Katrina. ...

Hurricane debris cleanup done on Louisiana state roadways

May. 02, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Eight months after Hurricane Laura devastated southwest Louisiana, the state transportation department has finished removing storm debris from state roadways. The Department of Transportation and Development said it wrapped up removal of 1.4...

Puerto Rico groans under pandemic as health, economy suffer

May. 02, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico seemed to be sprinting toward herd immunity this spring before people began letting their guard down against COVID-19 and new variants started spreading across the U.S. territory. Now, a spike in cases and hospitalizations has...

Honoring Kathleen Blanco: Former gov's stock still rising

May. 02, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s political reputation has been in a state of recovery, and impetus for the turnaround seems to be coming from the places she called home. Here’s how newfound affection for the state’s 54th governor, who died in...

Hurricane Sally damage gets repaired at Florida cemetery

May. 01, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — By the end of the day Monday, 37 tombstones and historical markers at downtown Pensacola’s St. Michael’s Cemetery were repaired and restored after sustaining varying amounts of damage during Hurricane Sally in September. Monday marked a...

Pastor of disaster: Minister weathered tornado, hurricane

May. 01, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) — You could call the Rev. Louis Johnson the pastor of disaster. In fact, he’s working on his Ph.D. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and he’s planning to write his dissertation on church emergency preparedness. ...