Latest Hurricanes News

Georgia county paying $1.66M in hurricane-related bills

Dec. 9, 2019 11:37 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Coastal Georgia's largest county is paying $1.66 million in bills from a hurricane after state government didn't respond to a request for help. The Savannah Morning News reports that Chatham County commissioners on Friday approved the payment for expenses related to evacuation from...

Roadway reopens on Ocracoke Island 3 months after Dorian

Dec. 5, 2019 5:24 PM EST

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Thursday that N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island will reopen to all traffic, three months after Hurricane Dorian severely damaged the island and it's main road. The September storm destroyed the protected dune line between the...

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

Bahamas counting on sports to aid Dorian recovery efforts

Nov. 26, 2019 3:57 PM EST

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Any concern about whether it was appropriate to be playing sports in the Bahamas while parts of the multi-island nation continue to dig out from devastation following Hurricane Dorian are quickly dismissed by officials. Bahamians not only want the games, they’re...

Above-ground power lines grow in risk as climate changes

Nov. 25, 2019 1:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trees toppling onto above-ground power lines spark wildfires, more than 1,000 of them in the last decade in California alone. The wires snap in blizzards and hurricanes, causing dayslong outages. Everywhere, power poles topple in all kinds of disasters, blocking escape routes. Around the...

Dog, cat and bunny arrive in South Florida from the Bahamas

Nov. 24, 2019 1:05 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — She’s emaciated, dehydrated and probably sad. A street dog nicknamed “Bahama Momma” was one of three animals to arrive at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Sunday (Nov. 17) night on a rescue flight from the hurricane-battered Abaco Islands in...

Wild cows returned home after hurricane

Nov. 23, 2019 5:14 PM EST

CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) — A trio of castaway wild cows have returned home after being found on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where they apparently washed up after swimming for miles to escape Hurricane Dorian ’s storm surge. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the cows were returned...

New Jersey eyes $20M for Sandy recovery in Atlantic City

Nov. 22, 2019 4:33 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is considering spending $20 million on Superstorm Sandy recovery projects in Atlantic City. The state Department of Community Affairs is proposing spending money from its Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program to repair and replace infrastructure...

North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island reopens to visitors Dec. 2

Nov. 22, 2019 12:08 PM EST

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s hurricane-ravaged Ocracoke Island will reopen to visitor early next month. The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that the Outer Banks island will open on Dec. 2. The island was supposed to open to visitors on Friday, but a more recent storm delayed the reopening...

Florida Woman found guilty of Hurricane Irma relief fraud

Nov. 22, 2019 4:20 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been convicted of fraudulently obtaining Hurricane Irma disaster relief money. Court records show that 37-year-old Karen Latrice Houston was convicted by a jury in Tampa federal court this week of three counts of theft of government funds. She faces up to 10 years in...