Latest Hurricane Michael News

Oil-soaked birds found near oil spill at refinery after Ida

Sep. 09, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana wildlife officials say they have documented more than 100 oil-soaked birds after crude oil spilled from a refinery flooded during Hurricane Ida. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday that a growing number of oiled...

Hurricane Ida power outages, misery persist 9 days later

Sep. 07, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

LaPLACE, La. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Louisiana, most of them outside New Orleans, still didn’t have power Tuesday and more than half the gas stations in two major cities were without fuel nine days after Hurricane Ida slammed into the state, splintering...

After Ida's fury, infrastructure key in preventing misery

Sep. 05, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

Deadly flooding delivered to the Northeast by the torrential rains of what remained of Hurricane Ida has brought a new urgency and a fresh look to how roads, sewers, bridges and other infrastructure must be improved to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. The...

Cleanup boats on scene of large Gulf oil spill following Ida

Sep. 04, 2021 22:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday that cleanup crews are responding to a sizable oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Ida. The spill, which is ongoing, appears to be coming from a source underwater at an offshore drilling lease about...

Searches, sorrow in wake of Ida's destructive, deadly floods

Sep. 03, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Police went door to door in search of more possible victims and drew up lists of the missing as the death toll rose to 49 on Friday in the catastrophic flooding set off across the Northeast by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The disaster...

More than 45 dead after Ida's remnants blindside Northeast

Sep. 02, 2021 22:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A stunned U.S. East Coast faced a rising death toll, surging rivers and tornado damage Thursday after the remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped the region with record-breaking rain, drowning more than 40 people in their homes and cars. In a region that had...

Feds responding to reports of oil, chemical spills after Ida

Sep. 02, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal and state agencies say they are responding to reports of oil and chemical spills resulting from Hurricane Ida following the publication of aerial photos by The Associated Press. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Nick Conger said...

Photos show black slick in water near Gulf oil rig after Ida

Sep. 01, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Photos show what appears to be a miles-long oil slick near an offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida, according to aerial survey imagery released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and reviewed by The Associated Press....

EXPLAINER: How wetlands can help buffer Louisiana storms

Sep. 01, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

A multi-billion dollar system of seawalls, levees, pumps and other flood controls helped shield New Orleans from the surge of ocean water swept up by Hurricane Ida. But Ida also encountered natural barriers like wetlands that act as a “speed bump” and blunt the impact of storms. ...

Florida city makes last Hurricane Michael debris payment

Sep. 01, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city hit hard by Hurricane Michael has approved its final payment for debris removal from that 2018 storm. The Panama City Commission voted Tuesday to pay $2.1 million to Crowder Gulf, the disaster recovery company that handled the...