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NICB: Record Number of Vehicles Damaged by Recent Hurricanes

Flooded vehicles have finally stopped arriving at the Royal Purple Raceway east of Houston. Some 23,000 now await processing and retitling to be auctioned off for parts or to be scrapped. That is just one of several insurance industry salvage …

Decisions Still Pending on 3 Florida FEMA Appeals

Florida communities cleaning up and making repairs after Hurricane Irma may expect the U.S. government to reimburse their costs, but an analysis by The Associated Press shows the Federal Emergency Management Agency make take years to pay those bills – …

Death Toll Climbs to 14 for Florida Nursing Home That Lost AC in Irma

Two women who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma have died, bringing to 14 the number of fatalities linked to the home. Cecilia Franco, 90, and Francesca Andrade, 95, died from ailments suffered …

FEMA Head Points to Politics as Reason for Slowed Response in Puerto Rico

The Trump administration’s emergency management director said political infighting in Puerto Rico has slowed the pace of recovery from Hurricane Maria. “Politics between Republicans and Democrats is bad enough – but in Puerto Rico, politics is even worse,” Brock Long, …

FEMA to Release New Coastal Flood Map in Georgia

Experts say a new federal flood map of Glynn County along Georgia’s coast may lower insurance premiums next year – but not the risk of flooding. The updated Flood Insurance Rate Map, drawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will …

Damages from Weaker Nate Could Still Reach $2.5 Billion

Oil companies were heading back into the Gulf of Mexico and working to restore operations after Hurricane Nate fizzled out over the U.S. South on Sunday. While an estimated 93 percent of U.S. oil production in the Gulf was still …

Weakened Nate Brings Rain and Tornado Warnings to South

Hurricane Nate weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday after coming ashore in Mississippi, flooding roads and buildings but sparing the state from catastrophic damages. Maximum sustained winds from Nate, the fourth major storm to hit the United States in …

Tropical Depression Raises Gulf Coast Hurricane Threat

A tropical depression that could grow into a hurricane is forecast to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast late Sunday, potentially shutting down offshore oil and natural gas rigs and dealing another blow to citrus growers. The system off the Nicaraguan …

Safety Stop Off in West Virginia Miner Death

State investigators have concluded that a miner overrode an emergency stop function on a remote-controlled mining machine that crushed him in June, and that warning lights on the machine weren’t working either. Rodney S. Osborne, 32, of Artie, West Virginia, …

Coast Guard Report Points to Captain Errors as Cause of El Faro Sinking

A Coast Guard report released Sunday says the primary cause of the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, which killed all 33 aboard, was the captain underestimating the strength of a hurricane and overestimating the ship’s strength. The …

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