Latest Natural disasters News

Oregon pins hopes on mass timber to boost housing, jobs

Jan. 27, 2023 21:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Inside a warehouse at the industrial Port of Portland lies what some believe could be the answer to Oregon's housing crisis — a prototype of an affordable housing unit made from mass timber. Once mass-produced at the factory being planned at the port, the...

S. Dakota tribes seek disaster declaration in storm recovery

Jan. 27, 2023 16:36 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s congressional delegation wrote letters to President Joe Biden in support of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations’ requests for a major disaster declaration following winter storms that left six people dead. The declaration would assist the...

Storm Cheneso picks up in Madagascar, more flooding to come

Jan. 27, 2023 07:17 AM EST

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A severe tropical storm which devastated parts of Madagascar this week is set to continue to wreak havoc on the country as it strengthens over the weekend, the United Nations regional weather monitoring service said. The storm has killed 8 people and ten are...

AI wildfire detection bill gets initial approval in Colorado

Jan. 26, 2023 18:18 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A year after the most destructive wildfire in the state's history scorched nearly 1,100 homes, Colorado lawmakers are considering joining other Western states by adopting artificial intelligence in the hopes of detecting blazes before they burn out of control. A...

Heavy snow hits Seoul, traffic resumes on Japan highway

Jan. 26, 2023 05:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cars slowed and stopped on icy roads and bundled-up commuters gingerly navigated snow-covered sidewalks as a snowstorm swept through the South Korean capital of Seoul and nearby regions on Thursday, extending a frigid cold spell that has the country in its grip. ...

Storm system dumps heavy, wet snow on Indiana and Michigan

Jan. 25, 2023 17:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy, wet snow — part of a storm system that spawned tornadoes in the Houston area — has covered roads, vehicles, houses and buildings Wednesday from central and northern Indiana into much of southeastern Michigan. About six inches of snow was expected to...

After 18 years, $1.5B dike repair done at Florida's Lake O

Jan. 25, 2023 14:08 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — After 18 years, a $1.5 billion project was officially completed Wednesday to repair the sprawling dike around Florida's Lake Okeechobee that protects thousands of people from potentially catastrophic flooding during hurricanes. The Herbert Hoover Dike...

Ship sinks between S. Korea and Japan; 2 dead, 8 missing

Jan. 25, 2023 07:44 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ships searching in wind-whipped waters between South Korea and Japan have picked up at least 14 of the 22 crew members from a cargo vessel that sank early Wednesday, killing at least two, officials said. South Korean officials said nine of those rescued...

Tornado causes damage east of Houston; no injuries reported

Jan. 24, 2023 22:44 PM EST

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A powerful storm system took aim at the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado that downed utility poles and power lines, overturned vehicles and ripped roofs off homes and businesses in communities east of Houston. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. ...

Kentucky has 2nd high-ground site to relocate flood victims

Jan. 24, 2023 17:06 PM EST

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — State officials have secured another eastern Kentucky site with higher ground to build new homes for flooding victims. The 50-acre site is just a few miles from downtown Hazard, and the first-phase plan includes 150 new homes, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. The...