Latest Hurricane Irma News

Death tolls often rise weeks after storm hits

Sep. 17, 2018 1:40 AM EDT

More than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm. It took years for Hurricane Katrina's death toll to become...

Maria's death toll climbed long after rain stopped

Sep. 15, 2018 2:05 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ramona Gonzalez did not drown when Hurricane Maria drenched Puerto Rico. She did not die in the tempest, or from destruction wrought by the storm's 154 mph (248 kph) winds. Instead, this disabled, 59-year-old woman died a month later, from sepsis — caused, says her...

Hurricane Florence pummels Carolinas without respite

Sep. 14, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

Millions of people in the path of Florence are hunkering down Friday as the monster storm pummels North and South Carolina, bringing catastrophic inundations and forceful, destructive winds. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the slow-grinding storm. SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT AND 'SCARED TO DEATH'...

AP Explains: How hurricanes unleash lethal storm surges

Sep. 14, 2018 12:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence's monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren't walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a hurricane's winds pushing relentlessly on the...

AP Explains: How storm surges build up, destroy and kill

Sep. 13, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence's monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren't walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a hurricane's winds pushing relentlessly on the...

Slaves' descendants have long history of enduring hurricanes

Sep. 13, 2018 12:37 AM EDT

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the television in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials. But when it comes to deciding whether to flee this island where...

Unique Gullah communities have ridden out many hurricanes

Sep. 12, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the TV in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials. But when it comes to deciding whether to flee this island where thousands of...

Florida Keys RV resort reopens a year after Hurricane Irma

Sep. 11, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — A year after Hurricane Irma passed through the Florida Keys, the island chain's largest recreational vehicle resort has formally reopened to visitors. Sunshine Key RV Resort in the Lower Keys marked the reopening Monday of 100 of its 399 RV sites, as well as new resort amenities....

Puerto Rico: 1,400 died from hurricane but toll still at 64

Aug. 9, 2018 2:04 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is estimating in a report to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, though an island official said Thursday that the confirmed toll remains frozen at 64 pending a scientific review due out soon. The government, relying on updated statistics it...

Florida lobster fishermen fear trade war amid Irma recovery

Aug. 3, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Just as they prepare for a crucial harvest in the wake of Hurricane Irma, lobster fishermen in the Florida Keys fear a trade war with China could undermine storm recovery in the island chain. Lobsters are among the seafood and other U.S. goods hit by Chinese tariffs in early July,...