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Tunisia floods kill at least 4, cause major damage

Sep. 23, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Severe floods have struck northeastern Tunisia, killing at least four people and damaging homes, bridges, roads and fields. Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed visited the town of Nabeul, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of the capital, on Sunday, a day after heavy rains hit the...

The Latest: Tropical Storm Kirk moving west across Atlantic

Sep. 22, 2018 11:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11 p.m. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the eastern Atlantic but does not currently pose any threat to land. In a Saturday night update, the National Hurricane Center said Kirk...

Travel still dangerous in flooded areas of North Carolina

Sep. 22, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Travel remained dangerous Saturday in southeastern North Carolina, where the governor warned of "treacherous" floodwaters more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, and urged residents to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders. Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of...

After Florence, what to know about your insurance coverage

Sep. 22, 2018 8:34 AM EDT

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, thousands of people in the Carolinas are still waiting to return to their homes. Those who have are assessing the damage. Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates insured wind and storm surge losses for Florence between $1.7 billion and $4.6 billion. The exact...

New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits

Sep. 21, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or other...

High winds, tornadoes wreak havoc across southern Minnesota

Sep. 21, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Several tornadoes struck southern Minnesota as severe storms packing powerful winds and heavy rain left a trail of destruction overnight, the National Weather Service said Friday. The extreme weather late Thursday damaged homes and businesses, and turned a small airport upside down,...

Hotplates, heaters to be given residents after gas disaster

Sep. 21, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Hotplates and space heaters will be distributed to thousands of Massachusetts residents who were left without natural gas following a series of gas explosions and fires, officials announced Friday. The parent company of Columbia Gas, meanwhile, set a Nov. 19 deadline by which it...

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

Sep. 21, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. After last weekend's high winds and rain that was measured in feet, followed by...

Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence

Sep. 21, 2018 12:10 AM EDT

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — With Florence's floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are finally getting a chance to take stock of the destruction from the wind and floodwaters. When rivers spilled from their banks this week, many were forced to...

Mexico commemorates victims of deadly quakes

Sep. 19, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's wounds remained open Wednesday as victims, relatives and rescuers marked the Sept. 19 anniversaries of last year's earthquake that killed more than 360 people and the devastating 1985 temblor that left at least 9,500 dead. With reconstruction slow from the 2017 quake, relatives...