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Federal funding approved for winter storms in 5 counties

May. 14, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five West Virginia counties have qualified for federal funding as a result of severe winter storms this year, the state Emergency Management Division said. The counties are Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne, the Federal Emergency...

Border Patrol tent facility in Texas evacuated during storm

May. 13, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

DONNA, Texas (AP) — A compound of tents to detain migrant children and families was evacuated for hours this week when struck by fierce winds in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, authorities said. All migrants at the Border Patrol's holding center in Donna, Texas, were moved to...

Tornado rips off roofs, knocks out power in New Orleans

May. 12, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tornado ripped off roofs, knocked down utility polls and cut off power to thousands in New Orleans early Wednesday, but no serious injuries were reported in what one city official called an unexpected “dry run” for the approaching hrricane season. ...

Hurricane that hit Louisiana in 2020 was Category 3, not 2

May. 11, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, which swept through southeast Louisiana at the tail end of the 2020 hurricane season, has been upgraded to a major, Category 3 storm at Louisiana landfall, according to a federal report released Tuesday that underscored the intensity of the already...

Salem ice storm repair to cost more than $4 million

May. 11, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore (AP) — Officials in Salem, Oregon, say damage from a February ice storm will cost about $4.6 million to repair. The Statesman Journal reports the money will be spend repairing infrastructure and clearing downed trees. As of April 21, a...

Torrential rains prompt flood watches in the South

May. 11, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Flood warnings covered parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday as torrential rains pounded the state. Strong to severe storms were possible Tuesday in much of the southeastern U.S., The National Weather Service said. The storms could...

Pacific season's 1st named storm weakens to depression

May. 10, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane system weakened into a tropical depression Monday as it headed away from Mexico's southwestern coast toward open seas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that Andres, which had become a...

Not keen on green: Organic farm criticized for harming land

May. 10, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without a big food company making promises to deliver products from green, sustainable farms. Turning those promises into reality, though, can be complicated. Take Gunsmoke Farms, a vast property that covers 53...

Tropical Storm Andres forms in Pacific off southwest Mexico

May. 09, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Andres formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico on Sunday, the first named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane system. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Andres was unlikely to pose any threat to land, predicting it would...

Flooding from fire-charred area still threatens Flagstaff

May. 08, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — It's nearly two years since a fire burned nearly 3.1 square miles (8.1 square kilometers) in hills north of Flagstaff but rows of concrete barriers and stacks of sandbags remain in place in neighborhoods along a wash. That's because heavy storm...