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Louisiana Coast Still Hurting From Storms, Bracing for More

CAMERON, La. (AP) — Scores of people in coastal Louisiana are still living in campers on dirt mounds or next to cement slabs where their houses once stood. Unresolved insurance claims and a shortage of supply and labor are stymieing …

Heavy Rains in Texas, Louisiana Add to Misery in Flood Zones

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Heavy rain kept pounding parts of Texas and Arkansas before moving over Louisiana on Wednesday, adding to the misery for people whose homes and cars were flooded by an earlier drenching. The prospect of more …

Hurricane That Hit Louisiana in 2020 Was Category 3, Not 2

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, which swept through southeast Louisiana at the tail end of the 2020 hurricane season, has been upgraded to a major, Category 3 storm at Louisiana landfall, according to a federal report released Tuesday that …

Insurers Increase La. Hurricane Payout Estimates By 25%

Insurers have increased their estimates of the cost of the three hurricanes that struck Louisiana by 25 percent since the end of last year, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said. Insurance companies now expect to pay $9.6 billion on claims of …

Severe Storm Damages Buildings in Florida Panhandle

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A cluster of severe storms swept across Southern states early Saturday, leaving at least one dead in Louisiana, bringing down trees and power lines in Mississippi, dropping large hail on a coastal Alabama city and …

Setting Up Mobile Homes After Louisiana Storms is Slow-Going

BATON ROUGE, La. — Six months after Hurricane Laura wrecked southwest Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency still is trying to set up temporary mobile homes for several thousand families who need a place to live, with an estimate the …

Lawmakers: Insurance Disputes Slow Louisiana Storm Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. — Southwest Louisiana lawmakers Wednesday criticized the insurance industry’s handling of claims from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, describing slow responses, low-balled damage estimates and drones used to assess destruction instead of people. “We’re almost four months ago …

Federal Judge in Louisiana Approves Hurricane Lawsuit Plan

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A federal judge in western Louisiana has approved a plan on how to settle thousands of lawsuits expected to be filed against insurance companies over damage from a pair of hurricanes that hit the region six …

30 Named Storms: Record Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A record-setting Atlantic hurricane season that saw the highest number of named storms officially came to a close Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season set multiple records while producing a …

Eta Ties 2005 for the Most Atlantic Storms in a Single Year

Tropical Storm Eta formed overnight in the Caribbean, becoming the Atlantic’s 28th storm of 2020 and tying a 2005 record for the most named systems in a single year in records going back to 1851. Forming southeast of Jamaica, Eta …