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Report: Nuclear Plant Failed to Prevent Flooding During Ida

Operators of the Millstone nuclear power complex in Connecticut were too late in activating storm protection protocols when the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the East Coast in September, resulting in minor flooding at the plant, federal regulators said Friday. …

California County Hopes Artificial Intelligence Can Mitigate Wildfire Risk

At this time of year, periodic rain showers on the north coast of California give way to months of daily sunshine and a wildfire risk that grows in severity until the next fall rains arrive. In Sonoma County, a new …

Kentucky Governor Tours Flooded Counties, Promises Help

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear reiterated his promise to seek federal disaster relief on Friday while touring several flooded counties in Eastern Kentucky, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. “What I saw was the worst flash-flooding that I’ve seen in …

Emergency Experts Contemplate What FEMA Should Do Next

Perhaps no single federal agency has been tested as much by 2020 as the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It has been a year of disaster. In addition to Covid-19, it was the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, and wildfires …

Seward Area Hit by Severe Flooding Due to Heavy Rain, Winds

KENAI, Alaska — The Seward area of Alaska experienced severe flooding as heavy rain and high winds hit the area over the weekend, officials said. Heavy equipment operators spent Friday and Saturday repairing berms along area waterways that were damaged …

Free Interactive Maps Plot Fires and Other Disasters in Real Time

On Wednesday afternoon, the Hillsborough River at Morris Bridge Road north of Tampa, Florida, was flowing at more than 3,020 cubic feet per second. The surface of the river was at 31.48 feet above sea level and dropping after cresting …

Hurricane Victims Frustrated with Slow Housing Recovery

SPRING LAKE, N.C. — The heating and air conditioning in Carrie Johnson’s home — damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — still wasn’t fixed when Hurricane Florence flooded her house last September. Now, her home of over 50 years is …

U.S. Hurricane Season Is Unnecessarily Dangerous

Forecasters are expecting this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season to be roughly average, with about 14 named storms including six full-fledged hurricanes. Last week, the government finally dealt with the fallout from 2018, enacting a $19.1 billion relief package to …

IBM-Backed Project Creates Wi-Fi Network For Natural Disasters

About the photo: Hardware from Project OWL, an IoT software solution that keeps first responders and victims connected in a natural disaster, at their work space in Brooklyn, New York on May 2, 2019. Photographer David Williams/Bloomberg. From a cramped …

No Panic in Hawaii After False Alarm about Missile Attack

Newswise — When Hawaiians received a false alarm text message that said “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill,” in January 2018, the result was not panic, according to new research from the …