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Weather Floods

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 19- Hurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength storm to rage over the Caribbean this month, killed at least one person in Guadeloupe and barreled toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after devastating the small island nation of Dominica. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. forecasters said. Just to the north of...

  • Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storms on record, hit several islands in the northern Caribbean before barrelling into Florida's Gulf Coast, causing further destruction. Residential flood loss from Hurricane Irma is expected to be between $25- $38 billion, Corelogic said, adding that the figure included storm surge, inland and flash flooding in...

  • PONCE, Puerto Rico, Sept 18- Hurricane Maria, the second Category 5 storm to hit the Caribbean this month, plowed into the small island nation of Dominica on Monday with roof-ripping fury on a collision course with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later this week. Less than 90 minutes later, the center of the storm, described by the NHC as "potentially...

  • PONCE, Puerto Rico, Sept 18- The fourth major Atlantic hurricane of the year plowed into the small Caribbean island of Dominica on Monday as a rare, Category 5 storm and will likely bring its roof-ripping winds, torrential rain and pounding surf later in the week to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Less than 90 minutes later, the center of the storm, described by...

  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, flew over hundreds of miles of Florida farmland to view the damage. Putnam said the citrus crop in southwest Florida is particularly devastated. Florida is the nation's largest juice producer.

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, Sept 15- More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the U.S. Coast Guard shows. Harvey slammed ashore in Texas on Aug. 26, unleashing...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Business owners who are trying to get back on track after hurricanes Harvey and Irma now face a different sort of challenge: trying to recoup lost income from their insurers. "I think the whole thing is a rip-off," said Thomas Arnold, an optometrist in Sugar Land, Texas. Business interruption policies typically require "direct physical damage" as a...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, Sept 15- More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the U.S. Coast Guard shows. Harvey slammed ashore in Texas on Aug. 26, unleashing...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in August and industrial output recorded its biggest drop since 2009 as Hurricane Harvey disrupted activity, suggesting the storm could dent economic growth in the third quarter. "Hurricane Harvey's fingerprints were all over the August retail sales and industrial production reports this morning,"...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, Sept 15- More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the U.S. Coast Guard shows. Harvey slammed ashore in Texas on Aug. 26, unleashing...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Business owners who are trying to get back on track after hurricanes Harvey and Irma now face a different sort of challenge: trying to recoup lost income from their insurers. "I think the whole thing is a rip-off," said Thomas Arnold, an optometrist in Sugar Land, Texas. Arnold says he pays $1,083 per month for coverage.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Business owners who are trying to get back on track after hurricanes Harvey and Irma now face a different sort of challenge: trying to recoup lost income from their insurers. "I think the whole thing is a rip-off," said Thomas Arnold, an optometrist in Sugar Land, Texas. Arnold says he pays $1,083 per month for coverage.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 14- Hurricane Max was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday evening, bearing down on a region with the popular tourist resorts of Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. Max's maximum sustained winds decreased to 70 miles per hour on Thursday evening, and the storm was about 80 miles east of Acapulco, the National Hurricane Center in Florida said.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 14- Hurricane Max, a Category 1 hurricane, touched down on Mexico's west coast on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, bearing down on a region popular with tourists that includes resorts like Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. In the state of Guerrero, home to some of Mexico's major tourist resorts, Max could dump as much as 20 inches of...

  • The demand for lumber, generators, cleaning supplies and appliances for households and home improvement retailers such as Lowe's and Home Depot in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas as a result of damages from Hurricane Irma will fill trailers and containers not already claimed by shipments for the holiday shopping season. This magnified it, "XPO...

  • A car gets towed while men walk in the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston, Texas on August 30, 2017.

    The U.S. federal flood insurance program estimates it will pay out $11 billion for flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.

  • With floodwaters nearing knee height, Arlene Estle fled to the upstairs of the Houston house where she's lived for 50 years and raised four children. It was many hours later before her son-in-law arrived by boat to rescue her. Her flooded home didn't fare so well.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- Tax-policy writers in the U.S. House of Representatives are considering legislation to bring tax relief to businesses and individuals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the top House lawmaker on tax issues said on Tuesday. Representative Kevin Brady, Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said staff was working...

  • Sept 12- Energy infrastructure companies in the Caribbean and southeastern United States were beginning to restart on Tuesday after shutdowns due to Hurricane Irma. Irma was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday and would likely dissipate Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center said. Buckeye Partners LP said it aims to resume normal...

  • McDonald's suffers worst one-day decline in over a year

    It seems that heavy rainfall and record flooding in Texas and Florida is putting a damper on McDonald's third-quarter results.