windstorm News

California Winds Easing After Sparking Fires, Power Outages

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A windstorm that fanned brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power focused its remaining energy Wednesday on the southern end of the state, where forecasters warned of the additional threat of heavy rain …

Trump Approves Emergency Aid For Iowa After Storm

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he approved federal disaster aid for Iowa after a hurricane-force storm hit last week, causing widespread damage in towns and farms and leaving thousands without power. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said on Sunday …

Lexington Insurance Wins Texas Battle of Hurricane Harvey Deductibles

In a case of competing deductibles, a federal appeals court has sided with an insurer and against the owner of two Houston office buildings, holding that a larger windstorm deductible applied to flood damage caused by Hurricane Harvey rather than …

NIST Leads Federal Windstorm Initiative

Congress recently designated the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to be the lead agency for the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), giving it the primary responsibility for planning and coordinating the collaboration of federal agencies charged with …

Weather Service Confirms Mississippi Windstorm Was a Tornado

A little more than four years after a powerful tornado destroyed most of Smithville, Monroe County residents are cleaning up from another twister. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert “Bunky” Goza said no one was killed or injured during …

2 Killed by Gale-Force Winds in Spain

Two people have been killed in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia as winds reaching up to 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) ripped off roof tops and tore down walls and trees. The regional government said a man and a …

2 Arkansas Counties Get Disaster Declarations for Farmers

U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers in two Arkansas counties that suffered losses and damage due to high winds and hail that occurred on Oct. 7. Responding to requests from Gov. Mike Beebe, …

Insurers Sued by New Jersey Transit Over Sandy Damage Payment

New Jersey Transit is suing its insurers for more help paying to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The agency filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month claiming that Lloyds of London and other insurance companies capped payments after Sandy …

Wisconsin City Cleans up Damage From Powerful Wind

Kenosha, Wis., continues to recover from winds that reached up to 100 mph over the weekend, ripping up trees and knocking out power. Yards are littered with broken trees and branches felled by the straight line winds. Ann Bailey tells …

Coalition Calls for Natural Disaster Mitigation Strategy

With tropical storm season underway, the BuildStrong Coalition, a group of national business and consumer organizations, corporations and emergency management officials dedicated to stronger building codes, in order to protect homes and buildings from the devastation of natural disasters, renewed …