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Tropical Storm Humberto dumps rain on hurricane-hit Bahamas

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:51 AM

The tropical storm slows down relief efforts after Hurricane Dorian ravaged parts of the Bahamas

HUMBERTO APPROACHES. A woman walks on the beach as a storm approaches in Nassau, Bahamas, on September 12, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

After Dorian, Bahamas drowning in a flood of donations

Sep 14, 2019 - 11:02 AM

The flood of donations make up a global surge of solidarity that can often be excessive and, at times, useless

DONATIONS. Clothes pile up inside the Embassy Consular Annex of the Bahamas in Washington, DC on September 12, 2019. Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP

Bahamas Dorian toll climbs to 50, as thousands evacuated

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:31 PM

The news comes as the UN's International Organization for Migration reports 'particularly startling' devastation in places like Marsh Harbour in the Abacos, particularly in its shantytowns

EVACUATION. An evacuee looks on from a ferry after leaving Marsh Harbour in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian in Nassau, Bahamas on September 9, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

One week after Dorian, Bahamians struggle amid the ruins

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:40 AM

In the Bahamas, people are still scrambling for shelter, with lucky evacuees beginning to reunite with loved ones but the fate of uncounted others still in doubt

SEEK SHELTER. Haiti's Charge d'Affaires Dorval Darlier tells survivors of Hurricane Dorian, who are waiting for family members to arrive, to leave the port and go to a shelter on September 8, 2019, in Nassau, New Providence. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Amid fears of higher Dorian death toll, islanders vie to leave

Sep 08, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Bahamas residents say conditions on the destroyed islands were brutal in the wake of Hurricane Dorian

DORIAN AFTERMATH. People board a cargo ship for evacuation to Nassau at the port in Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco on September 7, 2019, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Dorian makes landfall near Halifax, Canada as dangerous cyclone

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:26 AM

'We're talking about a very dangerous storm,' says Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Center

IT'S COMING. This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas at 13:40 UTC on September 1, 2019. Photo by HO/NOAA/RAMMB/AFP

Hurricane Dorian's death toll in Bahamas rises to 43 – media

Sep 07, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Health Minister Duane Sands confirms the new toll, which has increased from 30 to 43

EVACUEES. Evacuees from Marsh Harbor arrive at Nassau's port on September 6, 2019, in Nassau, New Providence. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Bahamas fears severe Dorian death toll, as storm lashes North Carolina

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Of the final number killed, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis declares: 'Let me say that I believe the number will be staggering'

SURVIVORS. People shelter inside a church after surviving Hurricane Dorian on September 5, 2019, in Marsh Harbor, Great Abaco, Bahamas. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Dorian strengthens to Category 3 storm as it threatens U.S. east coast

Sep 05, 2019 - 5:34 PM

(UPDATED) The National hurricane Center says Dorian packs maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour, making it a Category 3 storm on the 5-level Saffir-Simpson scale

AFTERMATH OF DORIAN. A handout aerial photograph released by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) on September 4, 2019 shows debris and destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian on the island Great Abaco in the northern Bahamas on September 3, 2019 during a reconnaissance mission launched by personnel onboard RFA Mounts Bay. Photo by Paul Halliwell/Mod/AFP

Pope Francis urges prayers for victims of Hurricane Dorian

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:18 AM

'I would like to ask everyone... to pray for the victims of the hurricanes in the Bahamas, poor people who in one day lost their homes, lost everything and lost their lives,' says the Pope

Pope Francis waves at the crowd next to Mozambican President Felipe Nyusi (R) upon his arrival at the Maputo International Airport on September 4, 2019 on in Maputo, Mozambique. Pope Francis will visit Mozambique from the September 4-6.  GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

Dorian kills 5 in Bahamas, U.S. evacuates southeast coast

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis calls the hurricane, now a category 3 storm, a 'historic tragedy' for the archipelago.

DORIAN. A man crosses the street in the pouring rain in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 2, 2019. Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP

13,000 houses damaged in 'catastrophic' Bahamas hurricane – Red Cross

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:56 PM

There is no immediate word on casualties in the low-lying islands

DORIAN. This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas at 13:40 UTC on September 1, 2019. AFP PHOTO / NOAA/RAMMB/HANDOUT

Bahamas, Florida in path of 'dangerous' Hurricane Dorian

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:33 AM

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Dorian 'has strengthened to an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane' on a 5-level scale

PREPARING FOR DORIAN. A business owner puts plywood over the windows of his office building as he prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on August 30, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Trump denies report he wanted to nuke hurricanes

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) In a new swipe at news media, Donald Trump slams the story, calling it 'fake news'

TRUMP ON HURRICANES. US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Braced for Barry: New Orleans girds for 'extreme' storm

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump declares a state of emergency in response to a request from the Louisiana governor

PREPARING FOR BARRY. Sandbags line store front of a barber shop in preparation for tropical storm Barry in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 11, 2019. Photo by Seth Herald/AFP

Hurricane Willa slams Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Forecasters warn that even at Category 3, the major storm still has the potential to unleash deadly flooding and landslides

WILLA. Workers use tape to protect windows from Hurricane Willa, before its arrival in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 23, 2018. Photo by Rashide Frias/AFP

Mexico braces for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Willa now has maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center

Satellite image for Hurricane Willa as of 03:00 UTC (11 am Manila time) October 23, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Dangerous Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexico

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The monster storm is 340 kilometers (210 miles) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, packing top sustained winds of 230 kilometers per hour

HURRICANE WILMA IS COMING. Tourists enjoy the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 21, 2018, where Hurricane Willa is expected to land next October 23. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Trump questions climate change during hurricane damage tour

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Donald Trump, a longtime climate change skeptic, says he does believe the climate is shifting, but argues that any worsening may not be permanent

VISIT. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour damage from Hurricane Michael in Lynn Haven, Florida, October 15, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17

Oct 13, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warns that he expects the toll to rise

GONE. Claire mourns as she sees the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 12, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

IN PHOTOS: The aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Oct 13, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Hurricane Michael is the most powerful storm to hit Florida's northern Panhandle area in more than a century

GONE. Claire mourns as she sees the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida on October 12, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Search teams comb debris for victims of deadly Hurricane Michael

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Florida Governor Rick Scott says the storm caused 'unbelievable devastation' and the priority for the moment is looking for survivors among residents who failed to heed orders to evacuate

SEARCH ONGOING. Members of the South Florida Search and Rescue team search for survivors in the destruction left after Hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 11, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

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

Florida girds for 'extremely dangerous' category 4 hurricane

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The National Weather Service appeals: 'Hurricane Michael is an unprecedented event and cannot be compared to any of our previous events. Do not risk your life, leave NOW if you were told to do so'

People look out to the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Michael approaches October 9, 2018 in Panama City Beach, Florida Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm with winds over 100 miles per hour on Tuesday as Florida's governor warned it could bring "total devastation" to parts of the southern US state. The storm -- currently located over the Gulf of Mexico -- is sweeping toward the Florida coast at around 12 miles (19 kilometers) per hour and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it "life threatening" storm surges and heavy rainfall, the National Hurricane Center said.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Hurricane Michael strengthens, Florida panhandle braces

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:00 AM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Michael is now packing winds of 120 miles per hour as it aims for the Florida panhandle, the finger-shaped strip of land on the Gulf of Mexico

GAS UP. Drivers line up for gasoline as Hurricane Michael bears down on the northern Gulf coast of Florida on October 8, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Evacuations ordered as Florida braces for Hurricane Michael

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for parts of Bay County, which includes the popular Panama City beach resort, and areas in nearby Gulf and Franklin counties

Satellite image of Hurricane Michael as of October 9, 2018. Image from NOAA

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

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BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Florence death toll jumps to 31 as flooding wreaks havoc

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'This is an epic storm that is still continuing. This is a monumental disaster for our state,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

FLORENCE. A church is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence on September 17, 2018, in Conway, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Florence 'unloading epic amounts of rainfall' in North Carolina

Sep 16, 2018 - 12:12 AM

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warns residents against returning home because of the dangers posed by rising floodwaters

FLOODed. Flood waters from the Trent River inundate a park in Pollocksville, North Carolina on September 14, 2018 during Hurricane Florence. Photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Florence turns deadly, unleashing 'catastrophic' floods on Carolinas

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:31 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Despite the downgrade the National Hurricane Center says Florence continues to cause 'catastrophic' flooding and severe rains over North and South Carolina

NOW A TROPICAL STORM. Neighborhoods are flooded after the storm surge from Tropical Storm Florence flooded the Neuse River on September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Florence smashes into US east coast, rescuers scramble

Sep 14, 2018 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 am (1115 GMT) on Friday, September 14

HURRICANE FLORENCE. Storm clouds are seen over the 2nd ave pier as the force of Hurricane Florence is beginning to be felt on September 14, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, United States. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

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U.S. coast battered by wind, rain as Hurricane Florence closes in

Sep 14, 2018 - 8:54 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Reports say coastal streets in North Carolina are flooded and winds have bent trees to the ground as the storm prepares to make landfall at some point on Friday, September 14

FLORENCE. Rain begins to fall as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence make landfall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on September 13, 2018. Photo by Alex Edelman/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

More than 1 million told to flee as Hurricane Florence stalks US East Coast

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Residents scramble to flee en masse as the menacing Category 4 storm packing winds of 220 kilometers per hour bore down on the East Coast of the United States

HURRICANE FLORENCE. This NASA handout photo shows a view from the International Space Station of Hurricane Florence off the US east coast in the Atantic Ocean on September 10, 2018. Photo by Ricky Arnold/NASA/AFP

Over a million told to flee as Hurricane Florence stalks U.S. East Coast

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Florence, now a Category 4 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, 'is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane' through Thursday, September 13

HURRICANE FLORENCE. This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 12:15:31 UTC on September 10, 2018, shows Hurricane Florence off the US east coast in the Atantic Ocean. Photo by Lizabeth Menzies/NOAA/RAMMB/AFP

150,000 Filipinos warned of Hurricane Florence in U.S.

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Filipinos in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina can be affected by Hurricane Florence. Take note of the hotline in case of emergencies there.

TROPICAL STORMS. This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 13:30 UTC on September 9, 2018, shows (L-R) Tropical Storm Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac, and Tropical Storm Helene in the Atantic Ocean. Photo by NOAA/AFP

No Filipinos severely affected by Hurricane Lane in Hawaii – DFA

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs continues to check on the situation of the 375,000-strong Filipino community in Hawaii

HURRICANE LANE. A large home on the coast is hit by waves from Hurricane Lane on August 24, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kat Wade/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

Hurricanes, heat waves, fires ravaged planet in 2017

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:27 PM

The world is currently on track for its third warmest year in modern times

HOTTER THAN EVER. Wildfires consumes an entire forest. Photo from Wikicommons

Puerto Rico governor orders review of Hurricane Maria deaths

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The official review will look at all deaths on the island since the storm, no matter what the death certificate in each case says, Governor Ricardo Rossello says

HURRICANE DAMAGE. In this file photo, a man surveys a house that was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Manati, Puerto Rico on October 6, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Big changes for Florida with mass Puerto Rican immigration

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:35 AM

Since Hurricane Maria struck, at least 212,000 people have traveled from Puerto Rico to Florida – mainly central Florida

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE. Cristina Sanchez, 43, waits to board a flight to Orlando, Florida at a Luis Munoz Marin International Airport terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 30, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Nov 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York estimates in a report released last month that about 114,000 to 213,000 Puerto Rican residents will leave the island annually 'as a result of Hurricane Maria'

LEAVING. People wait in a line to check-in for flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017, as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Puerto Rico 'heartbreaking' 5 weeks post-storm

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:57 AM

Not only are there medication shortages, but the lack of power make long-term care difficult at home for those with chronic conditions

WEEKS AFTER. An aerial view of houses affected by the passing of Hurricane Maria in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, October 23, 2017. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

More than 73,000 Puerto Ricans flee for Florida after Hurricane Maria

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:47 PM

The governor also reports that Florida schools have registered more than 3,500 students displaced from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, also affected by the hurricane

FLEEING. In this file photo, people wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Former U.S. presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appear together, praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more

UNITED. (L-R) Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on October 21, 2017. Jim Chapin/AFP

The week in photos: October 14-20, 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:29 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world