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1 dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long says Michael is the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since 1851

AFTER MICHAEL. Damaged buildings and a flooded street are seen after Hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm toll of 3,000 as Democrat plot

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:32 PM

(UPDATED) Trump says the reported death toll of 3,000 was 'done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible'

TRUMP IN PUERTO RICO. This file photo taken on October 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visiting residents affected by Hurricane in Guaynabo, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but the National Hurricane Center stresses it remains 'a life-threatening situation' due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas

BOARDED UP. A sign is seen on a boarded up vacation rentals office near Wrightsville beach, North Carolina on September 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballeron Reynolds/AFP

Residents told to 'get out now' as Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not a storm that people need to ride out. This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

HURRICANE FLORENCE. A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence, on September 11, 2018 in Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Tropical Storm Lane causes 'severe' flooding in Hawaii

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Slow-moving Lane 'will produce excessive rainfall this weekend, which could lead to additional flash flooding and landslides,' says the Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Trump declares emergency as Hawaii braces for hurricane

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:43 PM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Lane remains a powerful hurricane, packing winds in excess of 130 miles per hour, although it has been downgraded to category 3

PREPPING FOR HURRICANE LANE. Donovan Poniatowski, with Hawaiian Dredging keeps look out as plywood boards are hauled to the top of the Koa Building to cover openings and protect the structure from the approaching rains from Hurricane Lane on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kat Wade/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. House approves $36B for disasters including Puerto Rico

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

U.S. Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Nate proves weaker than expected

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:21 AM

(4th UPDATE) Hurricane Nate weakens rapidly overnight after making landfall twice as a Category One storm

BILOXI,MS-OCTOBER 7, 2017: The eye of Hurricane Nate pushes ashore at a category 1 storm in Biloxi, Mississippi October 7, 2017. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

Oct 02, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The Trump administration sends several top officials onto Sunday talk shows with the message that the relief effort is going well, despite complaints that the federal effort in Puerto Rico has fallen short

GONE GOLFING. US President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport on October 1, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey, upon his return from Jersey City where he participated in the trophy presentation of the Presidents Cup golf championship. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

Plume from flooded Texas chemical plant 'incredibly dangerous' – FEMA

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:14 PM

The plant operated by Arkema Inc produces organic peroxides which have a number of commercial uses including plastics pharmaceuticals and construction materials

BROCK LONG. FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks at a press conference regarding rescue operations from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, on August 28, 2017 at the FEMA headquarters in Washington DC. Photo by Paul Handley/ AFP

Texas chemical plant owners 'fully expect' more fires

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:31 PM

4th UPDATE We re anticipating the remaining 8 containers that have not yet started to have product degrade in them for that to start to happen Rennard tells reporters cautioning it was unclear when the containers would burn

BLOCKING CROSBY. A Harris County Sheriff vehicle blocks access on the Crosby Dayton Road which leads towards the Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby, Texas on August 31, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

US landslide death toll rises to 24

Mar 26, 2014 - 1:43 PM

10 more bodies are found 3 days after a landslide crashed into the town of Oso in Washington state

LANDSLIDE. A general view showing the break-away part of a hill, after a mudslide near Oso, Washington, USA, March 25, 2014. Matt Mills McKnight/EPA

Deadly ice storm freezes winter-weary US

Feb 13, 2014 - 8:54 AM

The massive storm – which stretches from Alabama to Virginia – is expected to dump as much as a foot 30 centimeters of snow

FROZEN. Ice clings to a sign in Martinez, Georgia, USA, 12 February 2014, outside of Augusta. Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/EPA

Drilon: Gov’t studying FEMA for new disaster body

Dec 05, 2013 - 2:51 PM

Drilon says government is studying the structure of FEMA for the creation of a permanent disaster agency

Obama travels to tornado-ravaged Oklahoma

May 27, 2013 - 7:21 AM

Obama: When we say that we ve got your back I promise you that we keep our word

'WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.' US President Barack Obama speaks following a tour of the tornado affected Plaza Towers Elementary School on May 26, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

White House race beckons after Sandy's calm

Oct 30, 2012 - 3:48 PM

Now Obama and Romney will have to tip toe back onto the campaign trail resuming their closely fought battle for the White House and showing leadership in a time of crisis without being seen as exploiting suffering for political ends

POLITICAL HURRICANE? US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One October 29, 2012 upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.  AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

U.S. East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy

Oct 29, 2012 - 8:47 AM

Residents of the US East Coast home to 50 million Americans stocked up on emergency provisions as forecasters warned of widespread damage mass power outages and disastrous flooding

NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of the massive Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28 at 1302 UTC (9:02 a.m. EDT). The line of clouds from the Gulf of Mexico north are associated with the cold front that Sandy is merging with. Sandy's western cloud edge is already over the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. (Credit: NASA GOES Project)