BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Disaster recovery workers are seeking more people who need their help after Hurricane Irma struck the Georgia coast in 2017.
Woman defied odds after shooting
LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daniesha Hoskins' quintessential stubbornness was on full display during the nearly two years she spent in hospitals.
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Officials say the Florida Keys will receive $21 million for Hurricane Irma recovery, along with $35 million for affordable housing.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Highway Patrol and other agencies plan to practice reversing lanes for hurricane evacuations.
Troopers say they will not actually reverse any lanes...
Guardsman recalls Hurricane Michael
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Longtime Sarasota-area resident Chris Dillon is no stranger to hurricanes.
Riding out a direct hit from Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base in October tested...
Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires,...
Atlanta teen avoids jail in deaths of 3 pedestrians
CANTON, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta teen has pleaded guilty in the 2017 deaths of three pedestrians in Georgia, where two of them were trying to escape Hurricane Irma in Florida.
Woman gets 1 year, 1 months for FEMA fraud
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for lying on an application seeking disaster relief benefits following Hurricane Irma.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — It was little more than four months ago that one of the most intense hurricanes ever to make landfall in the continental United States devastated large parts of the...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle in October (all times local):
Florida woman accused of scamming Hurricane Irma victims
ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been arrested twice on multiple charges after authorities say she scammed hurricane victims while posing as a public adjuster.
A statement released by the office of Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis says 50-year-old Mary Bruce was arrested Monday in Brevard County and charged with unlicensed practice of public adjusting and grand theft. She was also arrested in January on similar charges.
Bill Clinton pledges help for Caribbean after ’17 hurricanes
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton announced dozens of projects Tuesday aimed at helping Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands recover from a deadly 2017 hurricane season as part of a two-day conference in the U.S. territory organized by his foundation.
US to help Puerto Ricans who lost jobs after hurricanes
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans who lost their jobs after hurricanes Maria and Irma can start applying for disaster unemployment assistance after the U.S. doubled the 26 weeks of benefits, officials announced Wednesday.
The National Employment Law Project estimates that more 10,000 Puerto Ricans are eligible and that lump-sum payments could total nearly $30 million, with overall individual payments ranging from $2,000 to $3,000.
Nursing home where 12 died after storm has license revoked
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has revoked the license of a nursing home where 12 elderly patients died in the heat after it lost power during a 2017 hurricane.
The Agency for Health Care Administration issued its order Friday, saying an administrative law judge correctly concluded the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills "created an unsafe environment" in September 2017 after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning.
Florida hospital damaged by Hurricane Irma to be demolished
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Workers are preparing a Florida hospital for demolition more than a year after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irma.
Florida Hospital Oceanside spokeswoman Lindsay Cashio tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that preparations have begun but the demolition won't be complete until summer.
Report: Inhumane killings, injuries at Puerto Rico’s zoo
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal inspections at Puerto Rico's only zoo have found animals killed inhumanely or for unclear reasons, inadequate veterinary care and a string of other problems.
The reports obtained by The Associated Press span a decade up to its closure in 2017 and show inspectors accusing one former zoo veterinarian of covering up animal deaths, as well as complaining of expired medications, dirty and dilapidated enclosures and the presence of only a part-time veterinarian.
Man gets 8 years for repair violations after Hurricane Irma
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for taking advantage of people who suffered property damage last year during Hurricane Irma.
Collier County prosecutors says 44-year-old Daniel Lawrence Ohleyer was sentenced Monday. He had been convicted of two counts of contracting without a license during a state of emergency, one count of grand theft and two counts of violation of probation.
Survey: Florida Keys population dropped after Hurricane Irma
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — An annual population survey in the Florida Keys shows how many people left the island chain after Hurricane Irma last year.
The Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida found that every Keys city and the unincorporated areas of Monroe County lost residents between 2017 and 2018.
The survey found the overall population in the Keys dropped to 73,940 — a loss of nearly 3,000 people.
Michael offers exposure, and risk, to Gillum in gov’s race
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Crisis is often seen as a test of leadership for elected officials. Hurricane Michael whirled into the Florida governor's race days before it came ashore, and one of the beneficiaries could be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee.
The system slammed into the Panhandle on Wednesday as the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.
Storm offers exposure, risk to Democrat in governor’s race
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Days before it came ashore, Hurricane Michael whirled into the Florida governor's race, and one of the beneficiaries could be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee who spent days in the storm's path.
Lawmakers overturn S Carolina governor’s disaster money veto
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Legislature has restored money to the state budget to help pay for damage from disasters several years ago.
The House and Senate both voted in a special session Wednesday to override Gov. Henry McMaster's veto of millions of dollars to help more than 20 counties with expenses, mostly from a destructive 2014 ice storm and Hurricane Irma passing west of the state in 2017.
Immokalee residents, leaders rebuilding year post-hurricane
IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Debbie Coe sat on a stack of weathered garden pavers and looked out at the dirt plot that used to belong to her Immokalee trailer home.
"This is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," the 62-year-old said as she wiped sweat and tears from her face on a hot summer day.
A year later and Coe still doesn't have a home to go to.
Hurricane Florence pummels Carolinas without respite
Millions of people in the path of Florence are hunkering down Friday as the monster storm pummels North and South Carolina, bringing catastrophic inundations and forceful, destructive winds. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the slow-grinding storm.
AP Explains: How hurricanes unleash lethal storm surges
WASHINGTON (AP) — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence's monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren't walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a hurricane's winds pushing relentlessly on the shore, they are more like domes of high water that form as the ocean spreads inland. The high water has destructive waves on top, and it comes in addition to normal tides.
Crews mobilized to restore power after Florence
AP Explains: How storm surges build up, destroy and kill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence's monstrous storm surge.
Slaves’ descendants have long history of enduring hurricanes
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the television in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials.
Unique Gullah communities have ridden out many hurricanes
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the TV in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials.
Florida Keys RV resort reopens a year after Hurricane Irma
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — A year after Hurricane Irma passed through the Florida Keys, the island chain's largest recreational vehicle resort has formally reopened to visitors.
Sunshine Key RV Resort in the Lower Keys marked the reopening Monday of 100 of its 399 RV sites, as well as new resort amenities. The resort says the remainder of the sites will return to business by Oct. 1.
Keys resort reopens nearly a year after Hurricane Irma
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Almost a year after Hurricane Irma pummeled the Florida Keys, another major resort is set to resume operations.
Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key formally reopens Thursday after a $50 million project to repair damage caused by Irma. Owners also used the opportunity to enhance the property's appeal to upscale travelers.
Georgia island’s storm prep includes $300,000 for sandbags
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The island that's home to Georgia's largest public beach is setting aside $300,000 to buy sandbags the next time a hurricane or other big storm threatens the coast.
WTOC-TV reports the city council on Tybee Island approved keeping the money in reserve until an emergency is declared. Then city officials can order sand to be trucked in within 24 hours.
Oceanside Florida hospital to be demolished following storm
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A hospital on Florida's east coast is going to be demolished nearly a year after it was shuttered following Hurricane Irma.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Thursday that Florida Hospital Oceanside will be torn down although hospital officials don't know yet what will be built in its place.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is estimating in a report to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, though an island official said Thursday that the confirmed toll remains frozen at 64 pending a scientific review due out soon.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Just as they prepare for a crucial harvest in the wake of Hurricane Irma, lobster fishermen in the Florida Keys fear a trade war with China could undermine storm recovery in the island chain.
Lobsters are among the seafood and other U.S. goods hit by Chinese tariffs in early July, after the Trump administration put tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in almost a decade, a rare and endangered butterfly is flying in the main stretch of the Florida Keys, once again defying the hurricanes and habitat loss that had brought it to the brink of extinction.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field this June, Kenny Chesney flew in a large group of VIP guests to visit with him before performing for some 55,000 fans. They weren't music industry bigwigs.
They were school children and teachers from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Hurricane Irma made landfall last year and caused massive destruction. And they also happened to be his neighbors on the island of St. John.
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ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico.
People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major hurricanes devastated the U.S. territory nearly a year ago.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ivis Brioso walked along the beach with her 3-year-old grandson on a Thursday morning, searching for a place to sit and enjoy the sun.
But a big chunk of sand was missing. The beach dropped off steeply from the level of the nearby walking path, leaving only a narrow strip of sand near the water's edge.
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Thanks to Hurricane Irma, all students in one Florida school system will qualify for free breakfast and lunch through 2022.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government has approved Florida's request for $616 million that will be partially used to repair homes destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Irma last year.
Gov. Rick Scott and Housing Secretary Ben Carson announced the approval Thursday in a conference call.
Irma hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10 as a Category 4 storm, destroying 1,200 homes and damaging 3,000 there.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire initiative has raised $65,000 to support victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria.
The funds from the initiative, called "Through the Storm: Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Carribean," will be split evenly between the Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Diocese of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Some of the funds will be used to rebuild facilities in the impacted dioceses.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A government agency reports that most Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities do not have backup power despite new requirements enacted after a dozen people died in a sweltering center following Hurricane Irma.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide more than $277 million to help hurricane-damaged public transportation in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin islands.
I’m a librarian in Puerto Rico, and this is my Hurricane Maria survival story
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Evelyn Milagros Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico - Humacao
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor and Legislature promised a dizzying array of fixes following the devastation of last year's hurricanes. But heading into a new storm season, the state has enacted only a few changes — the largest aimed at protecting seniors in nursing homes.
MIAMI (AP) — Puerto Rico is working on building emergency management capabilities that would help the Caribbean island withstand future disasters, the head of the U.S. government agency that oversees disaster response said Wednesday, two days before the official start to the Atlantic hurricane season.
Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spoke at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.