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Storm indefinitely delays opening of 50th Jazz Fest

Apr. 25, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A storm moving through the area has indefinitely delayed the opening day of the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The National Weather Service said there was an 80% chance of rain Thursday and some storms might be severe. As the sky darkened ominously, about a dozen people...

The Latest: Mayor says uprooted trees 'cut houses in half'

Apr. 25, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

RUSTON, La. (AP) — The Latest on a tornado that tore through Louisiana early Thursday(all times local): 11 a.m. The mayor of a northern Louisiana town hit by a tornado says trees uprooted by the winds "cut houses in half." Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker says he took a helicopter flight over the town of about...

New cyclone begins to make landfall in northern Mozambique

Apr. 25, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A powerful tropical cyclone began to make landfall on Thursday in Mozambique, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and left hundreds dead. Authorities carried out compulsory evacuations in cases where residents resisted warnings to flee. Cyclone...

Mother and son killed in tornado in northern Louisiana

Apr. 25, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

RUSTON, La. (AP) — A tornado killed two people as it tore through the northern Louisiana city of Ruston early Thursday, officials said. The tornado caused severe damage to buildings, vehicles and power lines and forced a local university to cancel classes. Communications director for the Louisiana...

California learns from Florida in wildfire evacuations

Apr. 25, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — With Hurricane Michael strengthening as it took aim at Florida's Panhandle, Mark Bowen and his employees watched the live footage through tears. They weren't looking at increasingly dire storm forecasts last October. They were watching cameras trained on rural Bay County's three main...

Many California towns lack wildfire evacuation plans

Apr. 25, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

PARADISE, California (AP) — Wildfire surrounded Darrel Wilken and the three hospital patients in his car. But instead of evacuating Paradise, they were stuck in traffic along with thousands of others. Cars burned in front of them. Trees, homes and buildings exploded into flames as the gusting firestorm...

Woman, 2 children die in North Texas flash flood

Apr. 24, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A woman and her two young children died Wednesday when the family car was caught in rushing flash flood waters in the West Texas rolling plains. The incident happened about 6 a.m. Wednesday at what's usually a small creek just outside Dublin, Texas, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest...

Puerto Rico gov slams Trump, seeks swifter storm recovery

Apr. 24, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor pledged on Wednesday to lift the U.S. territory from a deep recession by creating more jobs, reversing a migration exodus and implementing a range of incentives as the island struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. During a nearly two-hour state of the...

The Latest: Woman, 2 children die in North Texas flash flood

Apr. 24, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on flash flooding from heavy rain over North Texas and Texas rolling plains (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A woman and her two young children died when the family car was caught in rushing flash flood waters in the West Texas rolling plains. The incident happened about 6 a.m....

Puerto Rico to demolish 16K structures damaged by Maria

Apr. 23, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government says it plans to demolish 16,000 structures that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria nearly two years ago. Officials said Tuesday that they expect to obtain a total of $400 million in federal funds for the project, pending approval by federal...