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Cleanup resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away

Sep. 15, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

MCLEAN'S TOWN, Bahamas (AP) — Jeffrey Roberts lifted a mustard-yellow curtain from the ground to hunt for passports and other documents at the place where his family's home stood before Hurricane Dorian blasted into Grand Bahama Island. What was underneath was sodden and unrecognizable. He shuffled across...

Fire destroys house, damages another in Vermont island town

Sep. 14, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

NORTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — Fire officials in Vermont say fire damaged two houses in the northwestern part of the state, totally destroying one of them. WCAX-TV reports multiple fire crews battled the fires in North Hero early Saturday morning. They say all five fire crews from Grand Isle County and one from...

Owners of burned out Vermont general store ponder future

Sep. 14, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

BENSON, Vt. (AP) — The owners of what was once a beloved general store in the Vermont town of Benson don't know yet whether they are going to rebuild after a fire destroyed the structure. The Rutland Herald reports Robin Marzella-Tillman, who bought the 157-year-old store with her husband, James Tillman in...

NC governor seeks Hurricane Dorian disaster declaration

Sep. 13, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is seeking a federal disaster declaration for 13 counties affected by Hurricane Dorian. Cooper made the request to President Donald Trump's administration Friday. If approved, money would be available to help with the cost of debris cleanup, repairs or...

High winds, not tornadoes, blamed for Michigan storm damage

Sep. 13, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says high winds, not tornadoes, are believed to have caused storm damage earlier this week in Michigan. Crews made the determination after surveying storm damage Thursday in the western Michigan city of Grand Rapids and surrounding Kent County. No...

Bahamas tackles massive clean-up after Dorian, 1,300 missing

Sep. 12, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — Pastor Jeremiah Saunders stood in the golden afternoon sun and barely blinked as he debated what to pick out from the ruins of the church he built 22 years ago in the seaside village of High Rock on the eastern end of Grand Bahama island. A black-and-blue necktie floated in a pool...

South Dakota flooding prompts evacuations, school closures

Sep. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Crews in Madison had to evacuate residents by front-end loader as floodwater swept through the South Dakota city. Madison Police Sgt. Aaron Talich says up to 30 homes were evacuated Thursday morning. A creek that flows through the center of Madison is back in its banks. But...

Storms bring damaging winds, possible tornadoes to Michigan

Sep. 12, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain, high winds and possible tornadoes to parts of Michigan, damaging buildings and leaving tens of thousands without power. No injuries were reported in the storms Wednesday. The National Weather Service says a possible tornado was reported in...

Disaster loans available in Louisiana parishes hit by Barry

Sep. 12, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana businesses and homeowners with damage from Hurricane Barry are eligible for disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The state homeland security office announced Thursday that the SBA approved Gov. John Bel Edwards' request for the aid. The...

Tornado hits South Dakota hospital: 'All are safe and sound'

Sep. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

When the warning sounded shortly before midnight that a tornado could be approaching, the clock turned into a stopwatch for staff members working the night shift at a behavioral health center at a Sioux Falls hospital. "We had 10 minutes to wake up 102 residents, get them to the center of the building," said...