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Florida Timber Farmers Face Tough Choices Year After Michael

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard’s neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty …

Bahamians Struggle To Start Over After Dorian’s Devastation

GRAND BAHAMA, Bahamas — Tanya Fox ignored evacuation warnings three years ago when Hurricane Matthew pummeled the Bahamas _ and survived in a nearby hotel. So when Dorian threatened, she again decided to ride out the monster storm. She was …

Houston Begins Cleanup After Almost 4 Feet of Rain Falls

Imelda’s rains have largely left Houston, but the city and the surrounding region are reeling from the fallout. Much of the area remains flooded, with homes and businesses damaged, hundreds of abandoned cars left on highways, water systems compromised and …

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 …

Barry to Unleash Life-Threatening Floods in Louisiana

Barry weakened to a tropical depression but was set to cause more life-threatening floods through Monday on its march northward. Dangerous flash floods were likely across parts of central Louisiana into far southwest Mississippi on Monday morning. The storm was …

US Won’t Impose Rule to Protect Against Coal Ash Spill Costs

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it won’t require electric utilities to show they have money to clean up hazardous spills from power plants despite a history of toxic coal ash releases contaminating rivers and aquifers. Environmental …

Alaska’s Heat Wave Fuels Dangerous Smoke, Melts Glaciers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s heat wave is driving wildfires and melting glaciers, choking the state’s biggest cities with smoke and bloating rivers with meltwater. In Anchorage, home to about 40 percent of Alaskans, the National Weather Service issued a dense …

Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana Face Flood of ‘Historic Magnitude’

Thousands of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana residents braced for more flooding on Wednesday, and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the Arkansas River may not hold. More than a week of …

Tornadoes Rip Through Kansas After One Killed, Scores Hurt by Ohio Twisters

BROOKVILLE, Ohio — Several tornadoes reportedly touched down on Tuesday evening in Kansas to damage homes, uproot trees and rip down power lines, the National Weather Service said. About 20 tornadoes, including a large rain-wrapped twister near Kansas City, were …

Cost of Buying Out Flood-Prone Homes: $5B and Rising

About the photo: This June 14, 2008 file photo shows floodwaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Weeks after the latest massive floods in the Midwest, voluntary buyouts are again being considered in at least five states –Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and …