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Weather Floods

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- Estimates of the size of a Hurricane Harvey aid package for Texas and Louisiana rose on Thursday, with one proposal being drafted for $150 billion, while the White House promised to make a request for funding soon to Congress. The Trump administration will make a request to the U.S. Congress shortly for funds to help recovery efforts from Harvey,...

  • Harvey roared ashore late Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in a half-century. Jessica Richard, 24, said she waited out the storm in her home in Port Arthur, about 85 miles east of Houston, until Thursday morning when water on her street rose to waist-depth. At least 38 people were dead or feared dead in six counties including and around Houston,...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- Estimates of the size of a Hurricane Harvey aid package for Texas and Louisiana rose on Thursday, with one proposal being drafted for $150 billion, while the White House promised to make a request for funding soon to Congress. The Trump administration will make a request to the U.S. Congress shortly for funds to help recovery efforts from Harvey,...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 31- Oil refiners and port facilities in Corpus Christi, Texas, were making strides resuming operations from Hurricane Harvey, but Houston and other Gulf Coast energy hubs remained flooded, officials said on Thursday. Power has been restored to all four Corpus Christi- area oil refineries and the Army Corps of Engineers is conducting final surveys of...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 31- Oil refiners and port facilities in Corpus Christi, Texas, are making strides resuming operations but Houston and other Gulf Coast energy hubs are still flooded by Hurricane Harvey, officials said on Thursday. Power has been restored to all four Corpus Christi- area oil refineries and the Army Corps of Engineers is conducting final surveys of the...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- The U.S. Energy Department on Thursday released 1 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and a White House adviser said more could flow after Tropical Storm Harvey inundated Gulf Coast refineries and drove up motor fuel prices. That plant has not been hit by Harvey, which hammered Houston and the Gulf Coast with...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 31- Hurricane Harvey has left major devastation in Texas, but there is another hurricane called Irma out in the Atlantic that could take aim at the United States within the next week or so. Concerns are heightened for residents in coastal regions of the Southern and Eastern United States in the wake of Harvey, which dumped a record amount of rainfall...

  • Harvey roared ashore late Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in a half-century but had been downgraded to a tropical depression on Thursday as it headed inland. At least 37 people were dead or feared dead in six counties including and around Houston, according to local officials. In Beaumont, Texas, about 80 miles east of Houston, doctors and nurses...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- The Trump administration will make a request to the U.S. Congress shortly for funds to help recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, which caused devastating flooding in Texas and Louisiana, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said on Thursday.

  • New insurance law will make it harder for claimants to file lawsuits: Former Texas insurance commissioner

    Bob Hunter, Consumer Federation of America director of insurance and former Texas insurance commissioner, discusses the insurance impact for Texans in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the new law set to go into effect September 1st.

  • How to protect your home from flooding

    There is no way to keep a home dry in five feet of rain, but there are steps homeowners can take to protect their homes from strong rain.

  • In the U.S. energy hub of Houston, which was paralyzed by the storm earlier in the week, firefighters conducted a block-by-block search of homes to rescue stranded survivors and recover bodies. The flooding also caused a series of explosions at a chemical factory northeast of Houston, where officials warned that more blasts were likely to come.

  • BEAUMONT, Texas, Aug 31- Soldiers and police in helicopters and special high-water trucks on Thursday rescued thousands of Texans stranded by floodwater dumped by Hurricane Harvey, which killed at least 35 people as it drenched the Gulf Coast this week. In the U.S. energy hub of Houston, which was paralyzed by the storm earlier in the week, firefighters conducted a...

  • Cleveland Indians' Jay Bruce fundraises for Texas hometown

    Jay Bruce of the Cleveland Indians discusses the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas and how he's raising money for relief for his community.

  • Should the US release energy reserves after Harvey?

    With Hurricane Harvey closing down several Texas refineries and disrupting the Colonial Pipeline, Kevin Book, ClearView Energy Partners managing director of research, discusses the country's reserve supplies of oil and gas.

  • CROSBY, Texas/ BEAUMONT, Texas, Aug 31- Explosions at a chemical plant near Houston posed a fresh worry for storm-battered Texas on Thursday while rescuers searched block by block for survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the death toll rose to 35 people. Portions of the state's southeastern coast, including Beaumont and Port Arthur, remained severely flooded, even...

  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Thursday that gasoline prices are going to rise in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey and he warned that state attorney generals would be on the watch against price gouging at fuel pumps, according to a White House press pool report. "Gas prices are going to go up because of the flooding," Perry told reporters aboard Air Force Two,...

  • BOSTON/ CHICAGO, Aug 30- Fleets of commercial drones are primed to hover over the destruction from Tropical Storm Harvey in an unprecedented test of unmanned aircraft's ability to assess billions of dollars in damage for the insurance industry and accelerate payouts for harried policyholders. Thousands of people have since obtained FAA certificates...

  • CROSBY, Texas/ LAKE CHARLES, La., Aug 31- E xplosions at a chemical plant near Houston posed a fresh worry for storm-battered Texas on Thursday while rescuers searched block by block for survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the death toll rose to 35 people. The explosions in Crosby, Texas, were the latest aftermath of the historic flooding brought by the most powerful...

  • LAKE CHARLES, La./ HOUSTON, Aug 31- The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey drenched northern Louisiana on Thursday as it moved inland, leaving rescuers to search homes around Houston and in the hard-hit southeastern Texas coast for more survivors and victims. The storm killed at least 35 people and its aftermath- including an explosion and dangerous smoke at a...