Latest Hurricanes News

Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims

Mar. 22, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The Homeland...

King: Katrina victims only asked for help, unlike Iowans

Mar. 22, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Steve King says he was told that victims of Hurricane Katrina only asked for help, unlike people in his home state of Iowa, who "take care of each other." The Iowa congressman on Thursday told a town hall meeting in Charter Oak he visited New Orleans multiple times after the...

Marines cut training to fund hurricane costs, border mission

Mar. 21, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of unexpected costs, including major hurricane damage repairs and unplanned deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border, are forcing the Marine Corps to cancel training exercises and will degrade combat readiness, the top Marine general warned. Gen. Robert Neller said in a memo this...

Last customers being reconnected to Puerto Rico power grid

Mar. 20, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews shut down generators Wednesday that have powered an island off Puerto Rico's coast — the last customers to be reconnected to the U.S. territory's main power system 18 months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The Electric Power Authority said it connected an...

Hurricane names Florence, Michael retired by meteorologists

Mar. 20, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The names of two hurricanes that caused widespread devastation from Florida to Virginia last year have been retired. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Florence and Michael will be replaced with Francine and Milton. The new names will first appear during the 2024 Atlantic...

Puerto Rico lures tech developers as hurricane season looms

Mar. 20, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

ISABELA, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the dark and isolating days after Hurricane Maria, people across Puerto Rico invented new ways to communicate: Elderly couples in need of food or water would raise a flag at their home. Neighbors created amateur security systems, banging on pots for a minute each night to...

Sorrow revisited: Re-creating Katrina's muck in New Orleans

Mar. 20, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Patches of black mold on the ceiling. Water marks on the dingy walls. Toys, furniture and a baby grand piano tossed about and covered in a gray muck. The busted floodwall behind the long-abandoned house in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood was mended over a decade ago but the house...

Puerto Rico looks to rebuild with AI, 'internet of things'

Mar. 11, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor said Monday that he hopes a new technology center can help the U.S. territory incorporate artificial intelligence and internet -connected devices as it rebuilds from Hurricane Maria. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the lab located in the northern city of...

Trump surveys devastation, pays respects to tornado victims

Mar. 8, 2019 7:25 PM EST

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Standing near the slab that's all that is left of one family's garage, President Donald Trump on Friday surveyed the devastation wrought by a powerful tornado that ripped through a rural Alabama town, uprooting trees, tearing homes from their foundations and killing nearly two dozen...

Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

Mar. 6, 2019 7:34 PM EST

Rescue crews didn't have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims after a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week: They used heat-seeking drones to let them know whether there was anyone beneath the ruins. In so doing, they joined the increasing ranks of public safety agencies...