Latest Hurricanes News

Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 status

Apr. 19, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992. The announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday...

The Latest: Florida mayor not surprised Michael was a Cat 5

Apr. 19, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael being upgraded to a Category 5 storm (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The mayor of the Florida city that was ground zero for Hurricane Michael says he's not surprised by news that it's been reclassified as the strongest possible storm. Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey...

Colbert donates $400K from book to NC hurricane relief

Apr. 19, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert has donated proceeds from his Hurricane Florence-related book to disaster-relief efforts in North Carolina. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that the comedian sent a check for $412,412 to Gov. Roy Cooper. The governor posted a...

New data shows 4% drop in Puerto Rico population since Maria

Apr. 18, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New Census Bureau data shows Puerto Rico lost nearly 4% of its population after Hurricane Maria — the greatest population drop in the recorded history of the island, according to one demographer. Data released Thursday shows the U.S. territory's population dropped by...

New Mexico led US pecan production after storm hit Georgia

Apr. 15, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico became the national leader in pecan production last year after Hurricane Michael struck down large swaths of Georgia's crop, new U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show. New Mexico produced about 90 million pounds of pecans in 2018 compared to Georgia's 56 million, the...

Infighting stalls disaster aid for Puerto Rico, Southeast

Apr. 11, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after hurricanes devastated the Southeast, Washington infighting has shelved a widely backed disaster aid package that President Donald Trump's allies in Florida and Georgia are desperately seeking. Trump's opposition to aid to Puerto Rico — slammed by back-to-back...

Housing vouchers ending for Hurricane Michael survivors

Apr. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of residents in the county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael faced losing a roof over their heads on Tuesday as housing vouchers allowing them to stay at hotels after the Category 4 storm expired. Around 250 households in Bay County, Florida, faced eviction from hotels since...

The Latest: DHS likens border issues to Category 5 hurricane

Apr. 2, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says in an emergency call with Cabinet members and White House aides that the administration will treat U.S.-Mexico border issues "as if we have been hit by a...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misstates hurricane aid for Puerto Rico

Apr. 2, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is distorting reality when it comes to disaster aid for hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico. In a flurry of angry tweets Tuesday, he argues the U.S. territory has gotten more than its fair share of money to rebuild after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September...

Puerto Rico is rebounding after Hurricane Maria

Apr. 2, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years after a deadly hurricane season, tourists are visiting Puerto Rico in record numbers as the U.S. territory continues to rebuild from Hurricane Maria. A record 1.7 million cruise ship passengers are expected to visit this fiscal year, new hotels have opened,...