Latest Tropical cyclones News

Trial on Harvey plant fire resumes after COVID-19 delay

Sep. 24, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A trial in which a chemical manufacturer is facing charges over a fire at its suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017 resumed on Thursday following a six-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French...

Alabama coastal towns delay beach reopening after Sally

Sep. 24, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s largest beach towns are delaying the reopening of their beaches because the cleanup from Hurricane Sally is taking longer than expected. Officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach said the beaches won’t reopen until Oct. 2 rather than this Saturday as...

Florida wildlife refuge takes in 120 animals after hurricane

Sep. 24, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — An animal refuge in the Florida Panhandle has taken in about 120 animals that were either injured of displaced by Hurricane Sally, which pummeled the area with wind and rain on Sept. 16. There are opossums, raccoons, gray foxes, fawns, eastern ground squirrels and flying squirrels,...

Louisiana utility says Hurricane Laura repair costs at $1.4B

Sep. 24, 2020 6:07 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana utility says the cost to restore electricity and repair power lines damaged in the state during Hurricane Laura is now up to $1.4 billion. Entergy Corp., the New Orleans-based utility serving many of the areas affected by the Aug. 27 storm, said Tuesday that power has been...

Cars get stranded on high flood waters on Houston Ave. exit from Interstate 45 during Tropical Storm Beta Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Beta continues slow trek, bringing rain to several states

Sep. 23, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A weakened Beta continued its slow trek across several Southern states on Wednesday, bringing rainfall to parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi after having flooded homes and roadways in Texas. Houston began drying out on Wednesday after some parts of the metro area got nearly 14...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 23, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Sept. 22 The Advocate on the damage done by Hurricane Laura: After hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, there were discussions — well, call them bitter disputes — among property owners, insurance companies and the government over what would be...

This Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, satellite image released by NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) shows Tropical Storm Dolphin moving northbound toward Japan's Pacific coast. Japan's Meteorological Agency reports that the storm could reach Japan later his week. (NASA via AP)

Storm heads to Tokyo area, residents urged to prepare early

Sep. 23, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A tropical storm in the Pacific Ocean is slowly approaching the Tokyo region Wednesday, and officials are urging residents to take precautions early from expected heavy rain and gusts. Tropical Storm Dolphin headed north over waters south of the Hachijo island, packing sustained winds of up...

Disaster food stamp applications for Laura end Wednesday

Sep. 22, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Wednesday is the last day for people in the 21 parishes damaged by Hurricane Laura to apply for disaster food stamp aid. The program, called the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, provides food assistance to eligible households that don't regularly receive food...

Eight-year-old Cam'ron Maltie, left, and Adrian Murray, 4, look at the their flooded front lawn during Tropical Storm Beta, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Houston. Their family has been living in the home for a year and didn't know the neighborhood flooded. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Beta weakens to tropical depression, stalls over Texas coast

Sep. 22, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Beta weakened to a tropical depression Tuesday as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas farther inland. Beta, which made landfall late Monday as a tropical storm just north of Port O’Connor, is the first storm named for a...

Bill Merrell, a professor in the Marine Sciences Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston and a former president of the school, sits along Galveston Bay as he talks about the Ike Dike project Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Galveston, Texas. The Ike Dike is a coastal barrier that, when completed, would protect the Houston-Galveston region including Galveston Bay from hurricane storm surge. The project was conceived by Merrell in response to the extensive surge damage caused by Hurricane Ike in September of 2008. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Close call with storm renews debate over Houston barrier

Sep. 22, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region's petrochemical facilities, possibly triggering an environmental...