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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Puerto Rico is in the dark in wake of Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – It’s already been five days with no lights or air conditioning, and Puerto Rico is looking at many, many more. The power is still out …


House speaker promises aid for Puerto Rico hurricane victims

House Speaker Paul Ryan promised Monday that Washington will make sure that the people of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico will “have what they need.”


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:51 a.m.

Hurricane Maria brings evacuation on North Carolina island

An evacuation is underway on an island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks as Hurricane Maria moves north.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 8:53 p.m.

Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said Sunday that Hurricane Maria’s destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the …


Helen Ubiñas: Amid insanity, lovely acts of kindness

Maybe these acts of kindness aren’t all random. Maybe this is what we do when the world comes undone.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

A day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks …


FEMA isn’t relying on trailers to house hurricane victims

The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 7:50 a.m.

Hurricane Irma damage could be as high as $65 billion

Hurricane Irma’s monstrous 185 mph winds seemed to be the biggest menace as the storm inexorably made its way toward Florida earlier this month.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

The wicked 2017 hurricane season began delivering more punishing blows Tuesday as Hurricane Maria racked across the Caribbean with “potentially catastrophic” winds of 160 mph. To the north, Hurricane Jose …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Cat 5 Hurricane Maria threatens storm-battered Caribbean

Hurricane Maria grew into a Category 3 storm on Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters warned it was likely to …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 8:11 p.m.

Hurricane Max weakens rapidly over southern Mexico

Hurricane Max slammed into Mexico’s southern Pacific coast Thursday, dumping rain on an area east of the resort city of Acapulco before rapidly weakening into a tropical storm as it …


Caribbean families separate to rebuild lives after storm

The shrieks of children playing volleyball and the occasional barking of dogs echoed inside Puerto Rico’s largest convention center, transformed into a shelter for hurricane victims from other Caribbean islands …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 8:37 p.m.

President Trump praises rapid response to Irma in Florida

President Donald Trump met with federal and state leaders in Florida on Thursday as he surveyed damage from Hurricane Irma and praised the rapid response of the recovery effort.


French, British officials view Irma’s damage, vow island aid

French and British officials promised to beef up emergency and long-term aid to their countries’ stricken Caribbean territories after seeing firsthand the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma.


Mexico rescinds its offer to help U.S. recover from Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey was still pummeling Houston, Mexico reached out with an offer of help.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 2:43 p.m.

Hurricane Irma exposes racial tensions on smashed St. Martin

Some black and mixed-race residents of the hurricane-devastated French territory on the island of St. Martin are expressing anger at a perception that white tourists have been given priority during …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 10:06 a.m.

Thousands of students return to school in storm-ravaged Houston

Tens of thousands of children are returning to school Monday in Houston, two weeks after Hurricane Harvey battered the city, flooding homes, sweeping away uniforms and school supplies, and shuttering …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 2:38 p.m.

Aid on way to Irma-battered islands as death toll rises

With ports mended and weather cleared, Caribbean officials struggled Monday to get aid to islands devastated by Hurricane Irma and tried to take stock of the damage caused by the …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 2:34 p.m.

At least 1 dead in Georgia as Irma crosses Southeast

Storm surge and rain flooded coastal communities, winds sent trees crashing onto inland homes and the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta canceled hundreds of flights as Irma’s punch was felt …


Hurricane Irma is sucking the water away from shorelines

Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm.


Trump to residents in Irma’s path: ‘Just get out of its way’

President Donald Trump urged any U.S. residents still in Hurricane Irma’s path Saturday to “just get out of its way” and not worry about possessions, as he monitored the powerful …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts.


Oregon Air National Guard members depart for Florida

Fifteen Oregon Air National Guard members have departed Oregon for Florida aboard a large transport plane to help with rescue operations and re-establish airfields that might be damaged by Hurricane …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

Irma’s victims in the Caribbean brace for another hurricane

A deadly Hurricane Irma scraped Cuba’s northern coast Friday on a course toward Florida, leaving in its wake a ravaged string of Caribbean resort islands strewn with splintered lumber, corrugated …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 2:44 p.m.

Congress sends aid bill, debt hike to Trump

Congress on Friday sent President Donald Trump a massive package of $15.3 billion in disaster aid linked to an increase in the nation’s borrowing authority that angered conservative Republicans who …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 7:40 a.m.

Harvey’s floodwaters give way to steaming piles of garbage

Roiling waters in the streets have given way to steaming piles of garbage on the curbs.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Irma looms as the mythical ‘Big One’ Florida has long feared

They call it the Big One – a mythic, massive hurricane that would obliterate the densely populated southeast coast. And it has long been the stuff of Florida’s nightmares.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

Hurricane aid measure grows to $15 billion as Irma bears down

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, nearly doubling President Donald Trump’s emergency request, and adding a deal between Trump and Democrats …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Nations rush to help islands devastated by Hurricane Irma

French, British and Dutch rescuers rushed aid to a heavily damaged string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least seven people dead and thousands homeless as it …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 5:45 p.m.

Relatively low Harvey death toll is ‘astounding’ to experts

Harvey has so far killed at least 70 people who drowned in floods, got crushed by trees and died during power outages – a surprisingly low toll that experts say …