Latest Typhoon Maria News

Houston skyscrapers may have worsened Hurricane Harvey rain

Nov. 14, 2018 1:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Humans helped make recent devastating U.S. hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find. Hurricane Harvey snagged on the skyscrapers of Houston, causing it to slow and dump more rain than it normally would, one study found. The city's massive amounts of paving had an even...

Experts warn Puerto Rico at risk amid lack of disaster plan

Nov. 6, 2018 12:05 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — More than a year after Hurricane Maria caught Puerto Rico's government wildly unprepared, officials acknowledge they still haven't come up with a plan to cope with the next such disaster — and it's not clear when they will. The U.S. territory's government insisted for...

Puerto Rico aims to improve fatality reporting post-Maria

Nov. 2, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government announced Friday that it has created a committee to improve how the U.S. territory counts deaths following sharp criticism of how it handled fatalities linked to Hurricane Maria. The announcement comes two months after experts at George Washington...

Islands regain some air, sea access after monster storm

Oct. 27, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

Some airport and shipping access has returned to a U.S. Pacific territory ravaged by a super typhoon, but tens of thousands of residents still without power and sifting through rubble face a long road to recovery. Saipan International Airport reopened with limited service Sunday after Super Typhoon Yutu slammed...

US sends aid to Pacific islands devastated by huge typhoon

Oct. 26, 2018 10:39 PM EDT

The federal government sent supplies to a U.S. territory in the Pacific that was ravaged by a super typhoon as residents of the Northern Mariana Islands dug through crumbled houses, smashed cars and fallen utility poles two days after the deadly storm. Military planes brought in food, water, tarps and other...

Activists demand closure of Puerto Rico zoo after deaths

Oct. 26, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Animal rights activists demanded Friday that Puerto Rico permanently close its only zoo and relocate all animals to sanctuaries following reports of deaths and improper care. The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund and local organizations accused the U.S. territory's...

Typhoon crumbles homes, kills 1 in Northern Mariana Islands

Oct. 26, 2018 12:12 AM EDT

The strongest storm to hit any part of the United States this year crumbled concrete houses, smashed cars and killed at least one person in the Northern Mariana Islands, shocking residents and officials used to riding out monster storms in the U.S. territory in the Pacific. A day after Super Typhoon Yutu slammed...

Category 3 Willa hits Mexico's coast, starts to weaken

Oct. 23, 2018 11:02 PM EDT

MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Willa swept onto Mexico's Pacific mainland with 120 mph (195 kph) winds Tuesday night, hitting an area of beach towns, fishing villages and farms after roaring over an offshore penal colony. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the dangerous Category 3 storm hit near...

Puerto Ricans fight for insurance money a year after Maria

Oct. 23, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

DORADO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of Puerto Ricans have been forced to drain their savings, close their businesses, or resign themselves to living with structural damage as they fight insurance companies over millions of dollars' worth of claims that have gone unanswered or unpaid more than a year after...

Category 4 Hurricane Willa threatens Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct. 22, 2018 10:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A potential catastrophic Hurricane Willa swept toward Mexico's Pacific coast with winds of 145 mph (230 kph) Monday night, threatening a stretch of high-rise resort hotels, surfing beaches and fishing villages. Farther south, Mexican officials reported 12 deaths related to heavy rains...