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Ian swamps southwest Florida, trapping people in homes

Sep. 28, 2022 23:26 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S., swamped southwest Florida on Wednesday, turning streets into rivers, knocking out power to 2 million people and threatening catastrophic damage further inland. A coastal sheriff's...

Ian swamps southwest Florida, trapping people in homes

Sep. 28, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S., swamped southwest Florida on Wednesday, turning streets into rivers, knocking out power to 1.8 million people and threatening catastrophic damage further inland. A coastal...

Water drains from Tampa Bay from Ian's winds, then refills

Sep. 28, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Water driven back by powerful winds drained from Tampa Bay as Hurricane Ian approached Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and some dared to venture out on the exposed bay floor. Ian eventually made landfall as a major hurricane near Fort Myers, about 100 miles...

Salt water creeps toward New Orleans up Mississippi River

Sep. 28, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drought upriver has left the Mississippi River so low and slow that salt water is creeping farther than usual along the bottom toward New Orleans and threatening drinking water, the Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday. The Corps plans an underwater levee to...

New report: Oil spills from offshore transportation way down

Sep. 28, 2022 11:10 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil and natural gas spills from tankers and pipelines in U.S. waters dropped dramatically from the last decade of the 1990s to the one from 2010 through 2019, according to a federal report Wednesday. The amounts spilled and dumped in wastewater from drilling rigs...

Hurricane Ian strikes Cuba, Florida braces for winds, floods

Sep. 27, 2022 22:41 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba as a major hurricane Tuesday, knocking out power to the entire country and leaving 11 million people without electricity, before churning on a collision course with Florida over warm Gulf waters amid expectations it would strengthen into a...

Hurricane Ian nears Cuba on path to strike Florida as Cat 4

Sep. 26, 2022 23:11 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Ian was growing stronger as it barreled toward Cuba on a track to hit Florida’s west coast as a major hurricane as early as Wednesday. Ian was forecast to hit the western tip of Cuba as a major hurricane and then become an even stronger Category 4 with top...

Vulnerable Tampa Bay braces for storm not seen in a century

Sep. 26, 2022 20:28 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It’s been more than a century since a major storm like Hurricane Ian has struck the Tampa Bay area, which blossomed from a few hundred thousand people in 1921 to more than 3 million today. Many of these people live in low-lying neighborhoods that are...

Key West honors Queen Elizabeth at Southernmost Point marker

Sep. 16, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The Southernmost Point marker in Key West, Florida, a landmark delineating the continental United States’ southernmost spot of land, became a memorial to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday when city workers installed a British flag and royal purple banner at the...

Agency OKs nearly $190M in bids from offshore oil lease sale

Sep. 14, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration accepted nearly $190 million Wednesday in bids from an offshore oil and gas lease sale that was held nearly a year ago but rejected by a federal judge. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's action was required by the climate bill that...