Weather & Natural Disasters Hurricanes

  • Sept 21- More than 54,000 homes and businesses in the Carolinas were still without power on Friday, a week after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on Sept. 14, according to local power companies. That figure is down from a peak of over 2.2 million customers who were affected by the storm in several Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England states over...

  • Sept 21- Duke Energy Corp said it shut down a North Carolina natural gas plant due to flooding as the deluge of water continued in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed more than 40 people. Hurricane Florence brought several feet of rain to parts of North Carolina over a period of days, and the historic level of storm flooding is not expected to...

  • Sept 21- Duke Energy Corp said it shut down a North Carolina natural gas plant due to flooding as the deluge of water continued in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed more than 40 people. Hurricane Florence brought several feet of rain to parts of North Carolina over a period of days, and the historic level of storm flooding is not expected to...

  • Floodwaters topped a dike at Sutton Lake which led to breaches at the lake's south end, causing it to flow back into the river. Coal ash may have flowed into the Cape Fear River, raising fears of possible contamination.

  • Sept 21- Duke Energy Corp said it shut down a North Carolina natural gas plant due to flooding as the deluge of water continued in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed more than 40 people. Hurricane Florence brought several feet of rain to parts of North Carolina over a period of days, and the historic level of storm flooding is not expected to...

  • Farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. 

    Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago.

  • Sept 20- More than 84,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina were still without power on Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Florence which hit the state's coast on Sept. 14, according to local power companies. That figure is down from a peak of 2.1 million total customers who were affected after the storm passed through several Southeast and Mid-Atlantic...

  • Puerto Rico's population has been shrinking for the last decade due to its fiscal crisis. A year after Hurricane Maria, the exodus is a growing problem for the island. 

  • RODANTHE, N.C., Sept 20- When Florence was raging last Friday on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the hurricane tore a 40- foot chunk from a fishing pier that juts into the ocean at the state's most popular tourist destination. The privately owned Rodanthe pier has already undergone half a million dollars in renovation in seven years and the owners started a new round...

  • President Donald Trump greets people while helping hand out meals with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (L) at a distribution center at Temple Baptist Church while participating in a tour of Hurricane Florence recovery efforts in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018.

    President Donald Trump pledged to be with and comfort families who are trying to recover from the losses in Hurricane Florence. The death toll is up to at least 37 in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia since Florence made landfall on Friday.

  • Lucila Cabrera, 86, sits at the porch of her house covered by plastic tarps over a damaged roof by Hurricane Maria, a year after the storm devastated Puerto Rico, near Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, September 18, 2018. 

    As Puerto Rico approaches the one-year anniversary of the storm's landfall, Torres and others brace for a new adversary: developers emboldened by Maria's destruction and out to reshape neighborhoods. 

  • NEW YORK— Many small business owners whose companies were hit by Hurricane Florence are embarking on an uncertain path to recovery. While these owners are still trying to assess the damage to their companies, and what they'll get from their insurers, they also need to reach out to customers, vendors and employees to maintain those relationships.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 18- North Carolina estimated on Tuesday that 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 hogs died in Hurricane Florence, exceeding the number killed in the state's last major hurricane two years ago. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in Matthew,"...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 18- North Carolina estimated on Tuesday that 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 hogs died in Hurricane Florence, exceeding the number killed in the state's last major hurricane two years ago. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in Matthew,"...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's government is suing insurance companies that officials say have not responded quickly enough to claims filed after Hurricane Maria hit nearly a year ago. Ricardo Rossello said Tuesday that the lawsuits aim to prevent companies from dropping claims because they have allegedly expired. The lawsuits also seek $2.6 billion...

  • Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

    North Carolina's poultry sector suffered the loss of at least 3.4 million chickens and turkeys as a result of Hurricane Florence, and swine losses are now estimated to be about 5,500 hogs, according to the state's agriculture agency.

  • Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

    About 1.7 million chickens have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped at least 60 farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to a major poultry producer. 

  • Sept 18- Insured losses from winds and storm surge spurred by Hurricane Florence will range from $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion, catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide said on Tuesday.

  • HURRICANE FLORENCE INSURED LOSS ESTIMATE DOES NOT INCLUDE IMPACT OF ONGOING FLOODING FROM FLORENCE- AIR WORLDWIDE.

  • HURRICANE FLORENCE INSURED LOSSES FROM WIND, STORM SURGE WILL RANGE FROM $1.7 BLN TO $4.6 BLN- AIR WORLDWIDE.