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Disaster relief approved for areas affected by August storm

Oct. 19, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Businesses and homeowners in Lancaster, York and surrounding counties affected by flooding in August will be eligible for low-interest federal loans. Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday those areas have been approved for disaster relief to repair damage caused by the severe storms on Aug. 31....

President Trump approves Kansas disaster declaration

Oct. 19, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration for eight Kansas counties hit by storms last month. The declaration issued Friday orders federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts for areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and...

The Latest: Florida firefighter dies; Michael toll up to 35

Oct. 19, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 10:45 a.m. A falling tree has killed a firefighter while he was helping his family clear debris from Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle, increasing the overall storm-related death toll to 35. Fire coordinator Brad Price,...

Trump approves flooding disaster declaration for Wisconsin

Oct. 18, 2018 5:12 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration related to flooding and storms across Wisconsin in August and September. The declaration announced Thursday by the White House makes individuals and businesses in the affected counties eligible for federal disaster...

Millions 'drop, cover, hold on' in earthquake drill

Oct. 18, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions of people have practiced the basic earthquake safety skill of "drop, cover and hold on." Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of the "Great ShakeOut" earthquake drills that originated in Southern California. The event now spans the U.S. and extends around the world. In...

Houston seeks $2B more for Hurricane Harvey housing recovery

Oct. 18, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials are preparing to request an additional $2 billion from Congress to provide more assistance to residents whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The request comes as lawmakers also consider aid for victims of recent hurricanes Florence and Michael, which devastated...

Firefighters who performed rescues after Florence need help

Oct. 18, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

WALLACE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina volunteer fire department which helped save more than 100 people after Hurricane Florence says it could use some help. WITN-TV in Greenville reports the North East Volunteer Fire Department outside of Wallace in Duplin County had 5 feet of water inside its station due...

The Latest: Residents return to devastated Mexico Beach

Oct. 17, 2018 10:00 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach are returning home for the first time since Hurricane Michael to see homes devastated by wind and water and pieces of their lives scattered across the Florida sand. Nancy Register...

West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

Oct. 17, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday. "We're making a large change from a production prototype...

More rain expected amid Central Texas flooding

Oct. 17, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

LLANO, Texas (AP) — A continued threat of flooding is forecast in parts of Central Texas as more rain is expected in the area and dams along the swollen Colorado River release water downstream, officials said Wednesday. National Weather Service forecaster Jason Runyen said the already-saturated area was...