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Stories with subject: Natural disasters
  • Emergency managers challenged to educate public 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:42 pm
  • ORLANDO, Florida - Two of the country's top disaster experts have challenged emergency managers and forecasters from Texas to Maine to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards.

  • Idaho sues timber company over N. Idaho wildfire 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:09 pm
  • LEWISTON, Idaho - Idaho officials have filed a lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor contending they're responsible for a wildfire that killed a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter and burned more than 300 acres in northern Idaho.

  • NM town hall yields water recommendations 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:48 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico officials, business leaders and others are hashing out recommendations for improving the way the arid state uses its water and plans for the future.

  • Jackson slide evacuees in limbo during response 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:55 pm
  • JACKSON, Wyoming - Dozens of people who have homes near the slow-moving landslide in Jackson are worried about how they'll get by during the emergency response.

  • Schumer: Don't forget LI's north shore Sandy woes 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:49 pm
  • PORT WASHINGTON, New York - Sen. Charles Schumer says some communities on the north shore of Long Island are still in need of funding to recover from the damage of Superstorm Sandy.

  • Cool, wet spring may ease western Plains drought 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:29 pm
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - A spring forecast of above-average rainfall in parts of the Plains region is raising hopes for a break in drought conditions plaguing much of the area.

  • Landmark Peru eatery coming back from tornado 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:40 am
  • PERU, Indiana - B-K West is more than just a drive-in restaurant to its owner, J.D. Hann. It's a piece of his childhood, a historic Peru landmark, and it's his baby.

  • Sinkhole repaired along US Highway 40 overnight 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:19 am
  • GOLDEN, Colorado - U.S. Highway 40 has reopened after a sinkhole forced an overnight closure for repairs.

  • Poll: Residents sour on NJ's Sandy recovery effort 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:05 am
  • NEPTUNE, New Jersey - A new poll finds New Jerseyans are souring on how the state is handling Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

  • Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:22 pm
  • VALPARAISO, Chile - President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters.

  • Soldier, nephew of 2 missing in slide, found dead 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:40 pm
  • OLYMPIA, Washington - A soldier found dead in the woods near Olympia on Tuesday was the nephew of two presumed victims of last month's devastating landslide in Washington state, the Army said.

  • Northern Ariz. agencies to enact fire restrictions 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:04 pm
  • FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Parts of northern Arizona soon will be under fire restrictions.

  • Report finds faults in US housing effort in Haiti 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:46 pm
  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - An effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short and exceeded costs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday.

  • Fires prompt restrictions, pre-evacuation notices 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:50 pm
  • FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Authorities in southeastern Arizona put residents on notice Tuesday that they might have to evacuate because of a wildfire burning in the Huachuca Mountains. Meanwhile, officials in northern Arizona were preparing to enact fire restrictions about a month earlier than normal.

  • Portable seismographs heading for central Idaho 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:17 pm
  • BOISE, Idaho - Three portable seismographs will be installed in the Challis area in central Idaho to help experts better understand a recent flurry of earthquakes.

  • Texas Crop Report 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:12 pm
  • COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The following reports were compiled by AgriLife Extension Service for the week of April 15:

  • Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 37 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:43 pm
  • EVERETT, Washington - One more victim was recovered from the mudslide that hit the town of Oso, raising the death toll to 37, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday. The person's name has not been released.

  • Storm surge risks get their own graphics, warnings 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:28 pm
  • ORLANDO, Florida - The National Hurricane Center hopes new color-coded maps they're trying out this year will simplify two important points about storm surge for coastal residents: how far from the beach the water will spread and how high that water will rise.

  • Army Corps beach erosion fix would cost $43.4M 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:40 pm
  • FLAGLER BEACH, Florida - The Army Corps of Engineers says it will be expensive to fix beach erosion problems along Flagler County's shoreline.

  • Ex-Grundy firefighter charged in 2 wildfires 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:13 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - A former Grundy firefighter faces charges of starting two wildfires that burned 440 acres in Buchanan County.

  • Dispatcher's dedication shows in tornado's wake 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:55 am
  • LAFAYETTE, Indiana - Almost anyone who learns their house has been severely damaged by a tornado is allowed to clock out and go home, but not Katrina Gutwein, a 911 dispatcher who helped others for nearly two hours after being informed her house was damaged.

  • Could take months to clear mud from Highway 530 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:58 am
  • DARRINGTON, Washington - The Transportation Department says it could take one to three months to clear debris from the mile-long stretch of Highway 530 covered by the Oso mudslide. It blocks direct access between Darrington and the Interstate 5 corridor.

  • E. Ky. park to reopen after fire 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:47 am
  • CUMBERLAND, Kentucky - State officials plan to reopen a park in eastern Kentucky now a wildfire has been contained.

  • NWS confirms first Arkansas tornado of 2014 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:07 am
  • CHARLESTON, Arkansas - The National Weather Service has confirmed Arkansas' first tornado of 2014.

  • Suspect Sandy charity begins distributing dollars 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:17 am
  • TRENTON, New Jersey - A Superstorm Sandy charity that was suspected of fraud has started distributing money nearly a year after a settlement with New Jersey prosecutors.