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  • 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, Aug 31- Chemical maker Arkema SA said it expected more fires after two explosions hit its flooded plant 25 miles northeast of Houston on Thursday, sickening more than a dozen law enforcement personnel and prompting an evacuation of the surrounding area. The French company said all four of its systems to cool the organic peroxides produced at its...

  • Residential neighborhoods near the Interstate 10 sit in floodwater in the wake of Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

    Even after disasters like Hurricane Harvey, the discounting of flood risk in favor of development continues, ProPublica reports.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 31- Colonial Pipeline, the biggest U.S. fuel system, said on Thursday its main lines east of Lake Charles, Louisiana remain operational, modifying its previous statement that it would suspend service on the lines due to Tropical Storm Harvey. The company said fuel lines between Houston and Hebert, Texas shut due to the storm were expected to return to...

  • 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...

  • Contractors install gutters on a house in the Norton Commons subdivision of Louisville, Kentucky.

    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.

  • Steve Culver cries with his dog Otis as he talks about what he said was the, 'most terrifying event in his life,' when Hurricane Harvey blew in and destroyed most of his home while he and his wife took shelter there on August 26, 2017 in Rockport, Texas.

    Major disasters leave a long, deeply stressful process of rebuilding homes, communities and lives that can amount to a kind of "second disaster."

  • NEW YORK, Aug 31- Colonial Pipeline, the biggest U.S. fuel system, said on Thursday its main lines east of Lake Charles, Louisiana remain operational, modifying its previous statement that would suspend service on the lines due to Storm Harvey. The company said fuel lines between Houston and Hebert, Texas remain down due to the storm, but were expected to return to...

  • COLONIAL PIPELINE SAYS FUEL LINES BETWEEN HOUSTON AND HEBERT, TEXAS REMAIN DOWN DUE TO STORM HARVEY.

  • 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...

  • The University of Houston campus during Hurricane Harvey.

    There's been flooding on the campuses of the University of Houston but no structural damage to buildings, says Renu Khator.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- Contracts to buy previously owned homes unexpectedly fell in July, the fourth decrease in five months as the housing market continues to struggle with a shortage of properties coming up for sale. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, declined 0.8 percent to a...

  • Arkema president: Floods compromised our protection systems

    Richard Rennard, Arkema president provides an update on the fire at its chemical plant.

  • *Europe, Asia traders rush to reroute cargoes to Americas. HOUSTON/ NEW YORK, Aug 31- Tropical Storm Harvey's impact on the energy industry spread worldwide as flooded U.S. refiners and closed fuel pipelines threatened to squeeze national supply, roiling global fuel markets and rerouting millions of barrels of fuel to the Americas to avert shortages.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- The U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday it would release 500,000 barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as Tropical Storm Harvey's disruption of the petroleum industry has spiked motor fuel prices. Harvey shut down about a quarter of the country's refining output after it lashed Houston with record floods before it...

  • 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 or victims. Some 32,000 people were forced into shelters around the U.S. energy hub of Houston since Harvey came ashore...

  • WASHINGTON/ AUSTIN, Texas Aug 31- Two explosions hit the flood-swamped Arkema SA chemical plant 25 miles northeast of Houston early on Thursday, and a sheriff's deputy was taken to a hospital after inhaling fumes, the French company said. Black smoke was billowing from the site, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters at a televised news briefing.

  • A police officer lays down a safety flare while blocking the road leading to the Arkema SA plant which was hit by floods caused Tropical Storm Harvey near Crosby, Texas, August 31, 2017.

    Explosions and fires are expected to continue for days at the flooded-out Arkema chemical plant, Texas congressman Ted Poe says.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- The U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday it would release 500,000 barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as Tropical Storm Harvey's disruption of the petroleum industry has spiked motor fuel prices. The Energy Department "will continue to provide assistance as deemed necessary, and will continue to review incoming...

  • Flooding sparks fire at Arkema chemical plant

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports the latest news on the fire at a chemical plant in Crosby, Texas