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Houston community groups strain to keep feeding and cooling a city battered by repeat storms

Jul. 13, 2024 01:13 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The deafening hum of a generator was a welcome noise Thursday evening at a Houston independent living center where several dozen seniors had lost power in the wake of Hurricane Beryl. Joe and Terri Hackl, who had pulled up with the backup electricity source after...

Hundreds of thousands are still without power in the Houston area. Here's how it happened

Jul. 12, 2024 16:35 PM EDT

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Houston area likely won’t have power restored until next week, as the city swelters in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl. The storm slammed into Texas on Monday, knocking out power to nearly 2.7 million homes and businesses and leaving huge...

Just a Category 1 hurricane? Don't be fooled by a number — it could be more devastating than a Cat 5

Jul. 12, 2024 16:17 PM EDT

Here's a troubling phrase hurricane forecasters hate but often hear: “It's just a Category 1. Nothing to worry about.” Or even worse: “Tropical storm? Just some wind and rain.” But look at Hurricane Beryl, which hit Texas this week as a “mere” Category 1...

Increasingly popular 'parametric insurance' helps farmers and others hit hard by extreme weather

Jul. 12, 2024 09:41 AM EDT

MINDANAO, Philippines (AP) — Joemar Flores, a spindly 28-year-old, gestured across his family’s farmland, nestled between a steep hill and a river, and expressed gratitude for the rice paddies in the distance. They’re still there, producing food and an income for him, thanks in...

Half a million Houston-area homes and businesses still won't have power into next week

Jul. 11, 2024 23:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — About half a million Houston-area homes and businesses will still be without electricity next week, the city's largest utility said Thursday, stoking the frustration of hot and weary residents and leading a top state official to call the pace of recovery from Hurricane Beryl “not...

At least 200 crocodiles crawl into cities as heavy rains hit northern Mexico, near Texas

Jul. 11, 2024 19:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Heavy rains associated with Hurricane Beryl and the earlier Tropical Storm Alberto have led at least 200 crocodiles to enter urban areas in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, across from Texas, state and federal authorities said this week. So far,...

Devastated by record flooding and tornadoes, Iowa tallies over $130 million in storm damage

Jul. 11, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Record flooding and powerful tornadoes ravaged parts of Iowa for weeks this spring, destroying or damaging thousands of homes, closing roads and bridges and costing over $130 million in infrastructure damage, officials said Thursday. The disasters touched...

Families of workers killed in Idaho airport hangar collapse sue construction company

Jul. 11, 2024 16:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The families of two construction workers killed when an airport hangar in Idaho collapsed are suing several companies that were involved in the building process, alleging the businesses recklessly cut corners and used inappropriate materials for the build. The...

Weather service says Beryl's remnants spawned 4 Indiana tornadoes, including an EF-3

Jul. 11, 2024 15:14 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Beryl spawned at least four tornadoes in Indiana, including an EF-3 twister with winds as high as 140 mph (225 kph) that tore through a small city in the state's southwestern corner, the National Weather Service said. The tornado...

Houston keeps buckling under storms like Beryl. The fixes aren't coming fast enough

Jul. 11, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Sharon Carr is frustrated. Like many others who lost power after Hurricane Beryl slammed into the Texas coast earlier this week, she went to a cooling center in Houston to get relief from summer heat while the city's utility company warned that restoring everyone's electricity...