Latest Hurricanes News

Rain clouds hover over mountains during tropical storm Amanda in Barberena, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall on Mexico Gulf coast

Jun. 3, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Campeche on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain on the already soaked region ahead of an expected eventual turn toward the United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The Mexican army evacuated 138 people...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2005, file photo, floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina fill the streets near downtown New Orleans. Two New Orleans universities, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and a government contractor are defendants in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging fraud involving more than $100 million in Hurricane Katrina aid. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Universities, archdiocese named in lawsuit over Katrina aid

Jun. 3, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans universities, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and a government contractor are defendants in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging fraud involving more than $100 million in Hurricane Katrina aid. The 2016 federal lawsuit was unsealed Wednesday by the U.S....

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 3, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ May 31 The American Press on giving the elderly an alternative to nursing homes: The devastating death toll in the nation’s nursing homes has given new emphasis on possible alternatives for the care of the country’s senior citizens. Nationally, the...

FILE - In this April 3, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to supporters cheering from over an outside wall, after visiting a Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) hospital that will be converted to receive COVID-19 patients in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico president kicks off 'new normal' phase amid pandemic

Jun. 1, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Amid a pandemic and a brewing tropical storm, Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador kicked off Mexico’s return to a “new normal” Monday with his first road trip in two months as the nation began to gradually ease some virus-inspired restrictions....

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, an evacuee lies on a cot at an evacuation shelter for people with special needs, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School in Stuart, Fla. Local officials across the South are still scurrying to fix their hurricane evacuation and sheltering plans because of changes needed due to coronavirus and a cratering economy. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Florida rethinks hurricane prep in midst of coronavirus

Jun. 1, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's emergency manager is expressing complete confidence that the state is prepared for a hurricane during the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, but some local directors aren't sharing the same level of certainty. The state has massive stockpiles of personal protection...

FILE - In a Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 photo, homes along the New River are flooded as a result of high tides and rain from hurricane Florence which moved through the area in Jacksonville, N.C. As hurricane season starts Monday, May 31, 2020, most of North Carolina’s coastal counties are grappling with shortfalls or concerns about equipment and resources as they balance the dual threat of tropical weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. All 20 counties in the state’s coastal management zone told the Associated Press that COVID-19 is factoring into hurricane preparations. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virus hurts North Carolina counties' hurricane readiness

May. 31, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

As hurricane season starts Monday, most of North Carolina's coastal counties are grappling with shortfalls or concerns about equipment and resources as they balance the dual threat of tropical weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. All 20 counties in the state's coastal management zone told The Associated Press that...

A man rides a bicycle while holding an umbrella as rain from Tropical Storm Bertha flooded a few streets in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Matthew Fortner/The Post And Courier via AP)

Outbreak means new challenges for SC hurricane preparations

May. 31, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has already been affected by one named storm before the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, but state and county officials say this year's preparations have been a bit different thanks to the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak....

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency head Greg Michel answers reporters' questions during a governor's news conference outside the Governor's Mansion, regarding the current situation of COVID-19 and coronavirus in the state and discussing Mississippi's ongoing response to slow the spread, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi emergency leaders: Add masks to hurricane prep

May. 31, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Emergency management officials in Mississippi say that as coastal states face a double threat from hurricane season and the new coronavirus, people need to add masks and other personal protective gear to their severe weather preparation kits. Shelters will be open, with new guidance...

In Georgia, coronavirus throws hurricane plans into turmoil

May. 31, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Emergency officials in some Georgia coastal counties are nervously bracing for this year's hurricane season amid new dangers posed by the coronavirus to people who would require help evacuating. “If we have to evacuate, it’s going to be a nightmare,” said Ty Poppell,...

Virus adds new concerns to cities as hurricane season begins

May. 31, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As hurricane season begins and the pandemic continues, Virginia's largest city is facing the prospect of having fewer resources to respond to a major storm. Plummeting tax revenues are raising questions in Virginia Beach about how much funding would be available. Money would be needed...