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Tropical Storm Sally Drenches South With ‘Historic’ Flooding

Tropical Storm Sally unleashed “historic” flooding across Florida and Alabama, where it made landfall earlier Wednesday, and will likely cause as much as $8 billion in losses and damages even as its winds weaken. Rain is falling by the foot …

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 …

Energy Firms Tally Hurricane Damage, Plot Restarts as Laura Races North

U.S. energy companies on Thursday were organizing crews and beginning to review offshore Gulf of Mexico platforms and assess damage to coastal operations as Hurricane Laura took its fierce winds inland. The storm hit Louisiana early Thursday with 150 mile-per-hour …

Laura Strengthens to Category 4, Threatens Refineries

Five major oil refineries that produce 10 percent of the U.S. supply lie within a zone where catastrophic damage is expected from Hurricane Laura, according to a blog posted by Enki Research on Wednesday afternoon. The hurricane was forecast to …

Hanna’s Rain Remains Biggest Threat to Virus Hot Spot Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — South Texas braced for flooding Sunday after Hanna roared ashore as a hurricane the day before, bringing winds that lashed the Gulf Coast with rain and storm surge to a part of the country trying to …

Tornado Spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor Damages Florida Homes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor damaged homes and a school in central Florida but the storm spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael, authorities said Saturday. The Polk …

Flooded Mississippi a Threat as Hurricane Season Heats Up

NEW ORLEANS — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water …

CoreLogic Says 7.3 Million Homes, $1.8 Trillion at Risk from Hurricane Storm Surge

The Atlantic hurricane season, which begins Saturday, puts 7.3 million homes at risk with an estimated reconstruction cost of $1.8 trillion, CoreLogic said in its 2019 Storm Surge Report. That’s 300,000 more homes and $200 billion more in reconstruction costs …

Officials Develop Multi-Prong Approach to Protect Texas From Hurricanes

State and federal officials on Friday recommended a plan to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes – particularly the Houston area – with a barrier system made up of floodwalls, floodgates and seawall improvements that could cost up to $31 …

S.C. Coastal County’s New Flood Map May Already be Outdated

A South Carolina county is getting new flood maps for the first time in 14 years, but it’s possible they’re already out of date. The Post and Courier reports Charleston County’s new flood maps won’t include data from floods of …