Latest Hurricane Harvey News

Houston skyscrapers may have worsened Hurricane Harvey rain

Nov. 14, 2018 1:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Humans helped make recent devastating U.S. hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find. Hurricane Harvey snagged on the skyscrapers of Houston, causing it to slow and dump more rain than it normally would, one study found. The city's massive amounts of paving had an even...

Houston seeks $2B more for Hurricane Harvey housing recovery

Oct. 18, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials are preparing to request an additional $2 billion from Congress to provide more assistance to residents whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The request comes as lawmakers also consider aid for victims of recent hurricanes Florence and Michael, which devastated...

Officials finish clearing Houston waterways after Harvey

Oct. 13, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — More than a year after Hurricane Harvey's destructive flooding, officials say they've finished removing downed trees and other storm debris that had blocked the Houston-area's 22 watersheds. The Harris County Flood Control District said Friday that it's removed about 40,000 tons (36,290...

Despite hurricane, at-risk Houston students made gains

Oct. 2, 2018 12:52 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — In the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Principal Jonathan Trinh feared the worst for his Houston high school. He took in a hundred new pupils displaced by the storm, his students' overwhelmingly low-income families were struggling with lost jobs and other distractions, and Trinh...

Harris County to spend more than $14M on flood plain maps

Sep. 26, 2018 2:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Harris County has earmarked $14.5 million for updated flood plain maps more than a year after deluges from Hurricane Harvey swamped parts of Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports commissioners Tuesday accepted $6.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. The county will add $8...

Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

Sep. 19, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Eager to show heart in a moment of crisis, President Donald Trump handed out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words in the Carolinas on Wednesday as he surveyed the wreckage left by Hurricane Florence. With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction...

Correction: Tropical Weather-Disaster Maps story

Sep. 19, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Sept. 18 about Facebook disaster maps, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of Facebook's public policy research manager and the last name of Direct Relief's director of research and analysis. Their names are Laura McGorman and Andrew Schroeder, not...

'Up in the air': If displaced by storm, where to call home?

Sep. 19, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As the pounding rains from Hurricane Florence finally ended, Lutrice Garcia left the shelter where she had spent several nights on a cot and tried to head home. But floodwaters from overflowing Crooked Creek covered the road and an emergency responder told her water was seeping...

Feeling your pain: Presidents tread tricky disaster politics

Sep. 19, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The politics of natural disasters can be tricky for a president. Long before President Donald Trump tossed paper towels to storm-stricken Puerto Ricans and denied Hurricane Maria's official death toll, his predecessors struggled to steer the nation through life-and-death emergencies. To...

Florence's water, not winds, will be the long-term problem

Sep. 18, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

Like Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina before it, most of Hurricane Florence's damage will not be from the wind but the water. Yes, some people died when they were crushed by trees felled by Florence's winds as it swept across the Carolinas and some homes were destroyed. But most of Florence's victims died in the...