Latest Hurricanes News

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

Aug. 14, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing against the levees keeping a city mostly below sea...

AP: States brace for long-term flood fight as damages mount

Aug. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa funneled $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri budgeted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic...

With every new tragedy, another 'strong' campaign

Aug. 8, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In Ohio, a heart-shaped mural with the phrase "Dayton Strong" hangs in front of the bar where a gunman killed nine people. In Texas, "El Paso Strong," written in red, white and blue, adorns homemade banners after a shooter killed 22 at a Walmart. In California, where a gunman killed three...

Fighter jets coming to Air Force base destroyed by Michael

Aug. 6, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Trump administration is confirming that a U.S. Air Force base in the Florida Panhandle that was devastated by Hurricane Michael will be rebuilt so it can house F-35 fighter jets. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Tuesday that squadrons of F-35 fighter jets will be based at...

Puerto Rico governor resigns as promised; successor sworn in

Aug. 2, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigned Friday as promised, clearing the way for veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi to be sworn in as his replacement, a move that threw the U.S. territory into a period of fresh political uncertainty. Rosselló had promised to step...

'Dead zone' reduced by Hurricane Barry but still 8th largest

Aug. 1, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is the eighth largest on record, but Hurricane Barry reduced its size from an expected near record, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Thursday. Every summer, a large underwater area with too little oxygen to sustain marine life forms...

Some of the basics of disaster planning for small businesses

Jul. 31, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Preparing a small business for a disaster like a hurricane or wildfire requires time and attention, but many owners worried about more immediate concerns may never get to do much planning. They should be sure they protect the most critical parts of their operations, starting with employees,...

Weather Service monitoring 2 weakening Pacific hurricanes

Jul. 31, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Weather Service is watching two Pacific hurricanes that could be heading near Hawaii. Category 3 Hurricane Erick intensified as it churned across the Pacific this week, but the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu says it is weakening. Erick will move south of the Big...

Businesses learn hard lessons when not prepared for disaster

Jul. 31, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Carlos Melendez couldn't contact the staffers or customers of his San Juan-based technology firm, Wovenware. Melendez learned a lesson that would help his business during the next storm, that disaster preparedness includes being able to...

Strengthening Tropical Storm Erick on path toward Hawaii

Jul. 29, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two tropical storms were gaining force and pushing westward across the Pacific on Monday, at least one of them on a path likely to take it just south of the Hawaiian Islands at week's end. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Erick was about 1,310 miles (2,110...