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NYC to hire forecaster, beef up warnings after Ida flooding

Sep. 27, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is planning to hire a private weather forecaster, design more systems to catch and drain water and issue earlier and more aggressive warnings to residents under a new plan to respond to heavy rainfall like the deadly deluge Hurricane Ida dropped on the city...

Hurricane Sam, small but mighty, swirls offshore in Atlantic

Sep. 27, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sam was a powerful Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday but was centered well offshore and posed no threats to land, though it could generate dangerous rip currents. Sam is located about 800 miles (1,290 kilometers) southeast of the...

Small earthquake shakes southwest Virginia

Sep. 27, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Va. (AP) — A small earthquake shook southwestern Virginia on Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.6 happened around 9:37 a.m. It was centered about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) north of Lafayette,...

New this week: 'Sopranos' prequel, Jon Stewart and Carlile

Sep. 27, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Jake Gyllenhaal teams up with director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Nic...

Strong quake hits Greek island of Crete; 1 dead, 20 injured

Sep. 27, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong, prolonged earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8 struck the Greek island of Crete on Monday, killing one person and injuring 20, while damaging homes and churches and causing rock slides near the country's fourth-largest city. ...

Monsoon rain may worsen floods in Thailand, Bangkok prepares

Sep. 27, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Seasonal monsoon rains may worsen flooding that has already badly affected about a third of Thailand, officials said Monday as flood gates and pumping stations were being used to reduce the potential damage. A tropical storm over the weekend swept through...

Scientists: Spanish volcano has entered 'low activity' phase

Sep. 27, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — A Spanish island volcano that has buried more than 500 buildings and displaced over 6,000 people since last week lessened its activity on Monday, although scientists warned that it was too early to declare the eruption phase finished and...

Drought cuts into grape production for region's vineyards

Sep. 27, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — For the first time, Pointe of View Winery at Burlington called off its annual Grape Harvest Festival this year. Wineries and vineyards in western North Dakota struggled with drought, and some parts of the state were dealt a blow with a late spring...

Cyclone floods parts of India's east coast, knocks out power

Sep. 27, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A cyclone flooded parts of India's eastern coast with heavy rains and uprooted thousands of trees and power poles, knocking out electricity, before weakening to a deep depression Monday. Heavy rains lashed the town of Kalingapatnam in Andhra...

Battered Grand Isle closes to all but locals, camp owners

Sep. 26, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Grand Isle officials say that the narrow barrier island is closed to all but people who live there or those who own camps there as residents try to recover from Hurricane Ida's devastating impacts. In a posting on the...