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In Hurricane-Ravaged Louisiana, Residents Dig Out, Again

LAKE CHARLES, La. — First, Hurricane Laura roared ashore with its staggering, 150 mph (241 kph) winds. Then Hurricane Delta followed, with less wind but with ferocious downpours. The two back-to-back hurricanes in the space of six weeks have left …

Hurricane Delta Makes Landfall in Mexico, Toppling Trees

CANCUN, Mexico — Hurricane Delta made landfall Wednesday just south of the Mexican resort of Cancun as an extremely dangerous Category 2 storm, downing trees and knocking out power along the northeastern coast of Yucatan Peninsula, but without immediate reports …

Few Requests for Help With Graves Damaged by Hurricane Laura

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Laura damaged nearly 1,900 graves in Louisiana, but fewer than 25 families have asked for help with them, officials say. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office has surveyed 127 cemeteries in nine parishes, and found about …

Recovery From Hurricane Sally Incomplete on Alabama Coast

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Alabama’s beaches have reopened, but the state’s coast has hardly recovered fully from the effects of Hurricane Sally last month. Visitors still have limited options for getting to the sand because so many boardwalks and beach …

Arson Closes Wooden Bridge in Mississippi Indefinitely

TUPELO, Miss. — Folks in one Mississippi county will have to find an alternate route home after a fire on one of the few remaining wooden bridges in the area has closed it for at least 30 days. Firefighters from …

Oregon Grieves For Natural Places Wiped Out By Wildfires

DETROIT LAKE, Ore. — Oregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that have been touchstones for generations in a state known for its unspoiled …

Study: Electronics Could Stop 40% of Big Truck Rear Crashes

DETROIT — Safety features such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings could prevent more than 40% of crashes in which semis rear-end other vehicles, a new study has found. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a research group …

Drones Help Insurance Companies Check Damage in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Insurance adjusters who descended on Cedar Rapids after the Aug. 10 derecho storm are using drones to check roofs and asking homeowners with less severe damage to take their own photos. Some of this is due …

Georgia Mayor Charged With Theft After He Damages Excavator

NASHVILLE, Ga. — A south Georgia mayor has been arrested after a contractor alleged the mayor used an excavator without permission and damaged it. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday that it had arrested Nashville Mayor Taylor Scarbrough on …

Home Smashed: For One Family, Hurricane Laura the Third Strike

HACKBERRY, La. — Bradley Beard calls Hurricane Laura his third strike. In 2005, Rita pushed a foot of floodwaters into his white, wooden home in Hackberry, Louisiana, a tiny community in Cameron Parish 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the Gulf …