PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is asking for a presidential disaster declaration because of property damage caused by a snowstorm and flooding this spring.
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Florence killed 22 people across three Southeastern states, was the ninth most destructive storm in terms of property damage in U.S. history and spawned 44 tornadoes, a...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Years of increasingly deadly California wildfires spurred lawmakers to consider regulations Tuesday that would toughen local governments' requirements for approving...
Massachusetts gas explosions cost utility more than $1B
BOSTON (AP) — The natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts last September have cost Columbia Gas more than $1 billion.
NiSource, Columbia's parent company, said in a financial...
The Latest: Maui brush fire 60 percent contained
WAILEA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a Maui brush fire (all times local):
Maui firefighters say a brush fire is mostly contained.
Officials say the Wailea fire is 60 percent contained Monday after burning 200 acres (81 hectares). Winds that fanned the fast-moving fire have died down and a shelter for evacuations is closed.
Swirling winds estimated at 15 mph (24 kph) to 20 mph (32 kph) made conditions challenging for firefighters.
Lawmakers could face debate over earthquake damage
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are likely to face renewed debate in the next legislative session about how or whether to hold oil and gas companies accountable for property damage caused by earthquakes in Kansas.
Decade since ice storm left 400,000 outages in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's been 10 years since a devastating ice storm hit New Hampshire, leaving more than 400,000 residents and businesses without power.
Emergency management officials said over 200 communities had experienced power loss when the storm hit Dec. 11 and 12, 2008. Some were without electricity for two weeks.
More than 450 schools were forced to close and the state suffered more than $150 million in property damage.
Southern California house fire roasts 3 homes and injures 4
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say that a major house fire early Sunday injured four people and caused significant property damage.
Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya said crews arrived to find two separate homes in flames.
The Latest: Governor declares disaster in 18 Texas counties
LLANO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on flooding in Texas (all times local):
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 18 flood-stricken counties in Central and South Texas.
Tuesday's declaration lifts state restrictions and regulations on any state response to the emergency.
In his proclamation, Abbott notes that severe weather and prolonged flooding that began Oct. 7 "has caused widespread and severe property damage and threatens loss of life."
The Latest: NC commits $400M now for Florence recovery
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a special legislative session in North Carolina designed to approve money to help recovery in communities flooded last month by Hurricane Florence (all times local):
North Carolina legislators are spending $400 million to speed recovery from Hurricane Florence and setting aside another $450 million for upcoming needs, temporarily setting aside the sharp partisanship that's typified government.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to severe weather in the past month that has caused flooding and property damage across much of Minnesota.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in Minnesota (all times local):
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in response to severe weather in the past month that has caused flooding and property damage across much of Minnesota.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana residents who suffered property damage during late-winter flooding are running out of time to seek federal disaster assistance.
Indiana's Department of Homeland Security says Thursday is the deadline to apply for federal aid for the Feb. 14 to March 4 flooding.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers may make it easier for utilities to reduce liability for wildfire damage as the state braces for more severe blazes in the face of climate change.
EASTPOINT, Fla. (AP) — Officials estimate $1.7 million in property damage was lost to a "controlled-burn" fire that blazed out of control and destroyed 36 homes in a tiny Florida Panhandle community.
Weather damages homes in 2 counties, but no injuries
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Missouri counties have reported weather-related property damage amid severe thunderstorms in several parts of the state.
Officials from Jackson and Johnson counties said Tuesday that there had been no reported injuries.
Deputy Raashid Brown of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office says a mid-day storm around Lake Lotawana damaged several homes and caused power outages.
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.
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- Columbus TelegramSBA low-interest loans available for businesses that have lost income because of floodingApril 8, 2019
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says home and business owners in Dewey County who sustained uninsured damage from wildfires can now receive disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Advocacy groups said Friday that Texas is poised to unfairly distribute billions in federal funding provided for housing repairs following Hurricane Harvey's devastation — prioritizing wealthy homeowners over poorer victims in ways that could constitute racial discrimination.
Officials begin storm damage assessment in Virginia
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — State and federal officials are set to begin preliminary damage assessments in areas hit by a tornado that struck central Virginia last week.
Officials with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration were to begin evaluating property damage on Monday to determine what programs might be available to support recovery efforts.
SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) — No injuries or property damage have been reported following a 3.1 magnitude earthquake near the Oregon state capital.
The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the earthquake hit about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) southwest of Silverton at 8:45 p.m. Saturday.
Some nearby residents said they felt the earthquake, which also struck near the state capital city of Salem.
ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — St. Peter residents say that a tornado 20 years ago that heavily damaged the city also brought the community together.
The twister reached wind speeds of 175 miles per hour, killed two people, destroyed 200 homes and damaged hundreds of others, Minnesota Public Radio reported. St. Peter sustained more than $120 million in property damage.
Allstate recently released a list of stormiest counties in Texas over the past 10 years, ranking Midland County third.
Collin and Denton counties were ranked first and second, respectively, on the list of highest frequency of wind- and hail-related property damage claims over the past 10 years, a news release from Allstate said.
The list shows El Paso took the number four spot while Lubbock took 12. Ector County was not listed in the top 25 counties Allstate listed in the release.
SBA approves more than $60 million Harvey-assistance loads in Montgomery County
Officials with the Small Business Association say they've approved more than $3 billion in federal disaster loans to Texas businesses and homeowners, with a good chunk of that money being loaned out in Harris and Montgomery counties.
Computer batteries yanked for fire hazard
HP is recalling about 50,000 lithium-ion batteries for notebook computers and mobile workstations in the United States because the batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. The company has already received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500 with one report of a minor injury involving a first degree burn to the hand.
FAIRFIELD — Firefighters in Fairfield prevented a $400,000 property loss Thursday at a home on Stratfield Road.
When firefighters arrived, they saw a concealed fire in an exterior wall next to a fireplace. They saw smoke coming from the exterior as smoke filled the interior. The first crew was on scene within four minutes of the fire being called in.
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Michigan’s aging gas pipelines raise safety concerns
Orion Township — A gas explosion that lit up the sky over Oakland County last month comes after 21 other incidents involving Consumers Energy pipelines in Michigan over the past decade, federal records show.
The incidents caused property damage totaling more than $10 million, according to data the utility reported to to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Poll finds many Harvey victims saying they still need help
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than three months after Hurricane Harvey walloped Texas, many affected residents say they're still not getting help they need and President Donald Trump is getting low marks for his handling of the disaster, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation survey released Tuesday.
Trio of Harris County neighborhoods affected by Harvey flooding to get reappraisals
Property owners in several neighborhoods in The Woodlands Township and Municipal Utilities District 386 that are in Harris County will have their properties reappraised for post-Hurricane Harvey damages and possibly receive refunds.
Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Wyoming Valley in particular, are no strangers to natural disasters. Periodically throughout our region’s history, our homes have been threatened and sadly overcome by raging floodwaters from the Susquehanna and Lackawanna rivers. The incredible devastation wrought by seasonal hurricanes and massive wildfires reminded me recently of our community’s vulnerability to these natural phenomena and the need to be prepared for emergencies. Wildfires along the West...
Rain helps firefighters control massive California wildfires
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California authorities say firefighters made significant progress over the weekend combatting wildfires that devastated the state's famed wine country and nearby areas, killing 42 people and destroying 8,400 buildings.
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said Monday that several days of rainfall helped the firefighters and that authorities are confident most of the wildfires will be contained this week.
Correction: Hurricane Categories-Glance story
In a story about hurricane categories, The Associated Press erroneously reported that at least 1,800 people died in Hurricane Katrina. As many as 1,800 people died, though some estimates are lower. The AP also reported that Hurricane Andrew caused more than $20 billion in damage. Andrew caused $26.5 billion in damage in 1992 dollars (about $50 billion in 2017 dollars), according to the National Weather Service.
Correction: Hurricane Categories-Glance story
In a story about hurricane categories, The Associated Press reported erroneously that storm surges were linked to the Saffir-Simpson scale. The National Hurricane Center removed storm surge from the Saffir-Simpson scale several years ago. Hurricane Ivan was a Category 3, not Category 4, when it made U.S. landfall. Hurricane Andrew killed 65 people, not 55. This story also clarifies the number of deaths blamed on Hurricane Charley. Forty people were killed directly and indirectly by the storm.
As communities rebuild after hurricanes, study shows wetlands can significantly reduce property damage
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Head of House panel seeks tax relief for hurricane victims
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House's tax-writing committee is putting forward legislation to give temporary tax relief to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
As a native of Dallas, the first thing that crossed Pastor Kevin Johnson’s mind after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the southeastern coast of Texas was the safety of family and friends. And after he got the word — his people are well despite experiencing property damage — he jumped into action.
Stretches of the city are beginning to emerge from the waters, but Houston remains bookended on east and west by two looming catastrophes - the San Jacinto waste pits and the Addicks and Barker Dams.
On the west side, two earthen berms have held back a wall of water that, if it breaks free, would create a deluge unseen since Hurricane Katrina submerged New Orleans.
Hurricane damage as measured by Saffir-Simpson scale
The Saffir-Simpson scale of a hurricane's intensity is used to estimate potential property damage and coastal flooding caused by storm surge. The scale is determined by wind speed. Storm surge is an abnormal rise of water above the normal tide, generated by a storm. Flooding from storm surge depends on many factors, such as the track, intensity, size, and forward speed of the storm and the characteristics of the coastline where it comes ashore or passes nearby. Harvey was a Category 4 storm when its eye made landfall in Texas at around 10 p.m. Friday, but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Hurricane damage as measured by Saffir-Simpson scale
The Saffir-Simpson scale of a hurricane's intensity is used to estimate potential property damage and coastal flooding caused by storm surge. The scale is determined by wind speed. Storm surge is an abnormal rise of water above the normal tide, generated by a storm. Flooding from storm surge depends on many factors, such as the track, intensity, size, and forward speed of the storm and the characteristics of the coastline where it comes ashore or passes nearby. Harvey was a Category 4 storm when its eye made landfall in Texas at around 10 p.m. Friday, but has since been downgraded to Category 1.
Hurricane damage as measured by Saffir-Simpson scale
The Saffir-Simpson scale of a hurricane's intensity is used to estimate potential property damage and coastal flooding caused by storm surge. The scale is determined by wind speed. Storm surge is an abnormal rise of water above the normal tide, generated by a storm. Flooding from storm surge depends on many factors, such as the track, intensity, size, and forward speed of the storm and the characteristics of the coastline where it comes ashore or passes nearby. Harvey was a Category 4 storm when its eye made landfall in Texas about 10 p.m. Friday.
Central Michigan University recovers from June flooding
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Flooding in central Michigan that caused more than $100 million in property damage earlier this summer has affected about one-third of Central Michigan University's nearly 130 facilities.
The university is preparing to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester after weeks of recovery work that's estimated to cost millions of dollars. Classes begin Aug. 28.
SBA so far approves $1.3 million in Michigan disaster loans
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Small Business Administration so far has approved more than $1.3 million in low-interest disaster loans for losses stemming from severe storms and flooding in June in central Michigan.
Justice visits flood-damaged areas in West Virginia
MANNINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Residents in northern West Virginia pulled together Sunday to begin cleaning up from flooding as Gov. Jim Justice visited areas to see the damage from recent storms.
Media reported Justice visited Mannington to survey flood damage from Friday and Saturday as well as other areas that were flooded from storms on July 23.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Property damage claims from separate June storms in the Omaha area could top $400 million.
The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2tV97Z4 ) that an estimated 52,000 could be filed from June 16 and June 29 storms.
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Weather officials have confirmed that a tornado touched down in Pennsylvania during Friday's storms, causing some property damage but no reported injuries.
The National Weather Service reports that the EF-1 tornado touched down shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday near Lone Pine in Washington County in western Pennsylvania.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — There have been no reports of property damage from tornadoes in the northern Red River Valley.
Several twisters were spotted Wednesday afternoon west and southwest of Grand Forks, and the National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for parts of the region.
KFGO (http://bit.ly/2sXse14 ) meteorologist Tom Szymanski (shuh-MAN'-skee) says the twisters were small "land-spout" funnels, which aren't associated with classic supercell storms.