Latest Typhoon Maria News

Puerto Rico to hire crews, fix 106K streetlights post-Maria

Dec. 10, 2018 6:19 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's power company said Monday that it plans to hire private firms to repair some 106,000 streetlights across the U.S. territory that remain in the dark more than a year after Hurricane Maria. Carlos Alvarado, technical operations chief for the island's Electric Power...

Report: Maria had $43B impact on Puerto Rico's economy

Dec. 3, 2018 5:03 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A report from Puerto Rico's government says Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the U.S. territory's economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated. The Puerto Rico Planning Board's report says its calculations took into account millions of dollars received so far...

Puerto Rico approves laws for insurance holders post-Maria

Nov. 27, 2018 6:27 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The governor of Puerto Rico overhauled the U.S. territory's insurance laws on Tuesday to help protect policy holders as thousands of claims remain unresolved more than a year after Hurricane Maria. Gov. Ricardo Rossello signed six laws into effect as he stressed that his...

Councilman helps repair homes destroyed by Hurricane Maria

Nov. 26, 2018 4:28 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — For more than a year, Carmen Ortiz Colon's home in the mountains of Orocovis, Puerto Rico, was constantly leaking after Hurricane Maria heavily damaged the property. "It was difficult to keep anything dry, and we suffered a lot those first few months because we did not have...

Flood insurance rebuilds homes with public money repeatedly

Nov. 26, 2018 1:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Floodwaters rose about 15 inches (40 centimeters) into Danielle Rees' home in September when Hurricane Florence drenched this tidewater city on the Pamlico River and overwhelmed a local creek and marshland. The first floor was a sopping mess of gritty, swampy water in three...

Puerto Rico seeks more funds, help from Congress post-Maria

Nov. 20, 2018 5:49 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor is imploring U.S. Congress to increase federal funding and approve several measures to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria, saying that the U.S. territory is still struggling more than a year after the Category 4 storm. Gov. Ricardo Rossello...

Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

Nov. 20, 2018 12:38 PM EST

EL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. In the...

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 raise concerns about Texas Ike Dike proposal

Nov. 12, 2018 3:13 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Rice University researchers are concerned about the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office's preferred $31 billion proposal to protect the Houston-Galveston region from devastating storm surge. A group of Rice professors plan to raise questions about the coastal protection...

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...