How the Government Is Failing Americans Uprooted by Natural Disaster

Climate change is creating a growing class of displaced Americans, and the federal government is struggling to decide how to help them.

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This State Champion Girls’ Basketball Team Practiced on a Dirt Court

A Louisiana high school lost its gym when a hurricane tore through town. Practicing on a dirt court, the girls’ basketball team adopted a defiant motto: No gym, no problem.

#basketball, #coaches-and-managers, #hicks-la-high-school, #hicks-la, #hurricane-laura-2020, #interscholastic-athletics, #weather

For Many Storm Victims, a Long Wait to Get Insurance Payments

As the impact of extreme weather intensifies, getting reimbursed by insurers becomes increasingly challenging.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #florida, #homeowners-insurance, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana

Three Months After Hurricane Ida, Residents Are Still Waiting for FEMA Housing

As storms and fires become more severe, disaster housing policy has failed to keep up, leaving people displaced for months on end.

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3 Weeks After Hurricane Ida, Parts of Louisiana Remain Dark

As businesses and schools have reopened in New Orleans, ongoing power outages in communities just beyond the city put recovery out of reach.

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Why Louisiana’s Electric Grid Failed in Hurricane Ida

Much of the state, including New Orleans, lost power for days because many of Entergy’s electrical poles and towers were not built to withstand a major hurricane, energy experts said.

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Hurricane Ida Offers a Glimpse of the Dystopia That’s Coming for All of Us

Louisiana is no longer an outlier. 

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Devastated by Disasters, Lake Charles Is Still Waiting for Help

The Louisiana city, hobbled by two hurricanes, a winter storm and a flood, has struggled to translate sympathy into financial support. It is a challenge other cities could soon face.

#federal-aid-us, #floods, #hunter-nic-1984, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la

Just in Time for Pool Season: A Chlorine Shortage

A fire at a chemical plant and a pandemic-driven boom in the construction of backyard pools are the causes of a nationwide shortage of chlorine tablets, experts say. Panic buying could make it worse.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hurricane-laura-2020, #lake-charles-la, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #stockpiling, #summer-season, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #united-states

A Deluge Unleashes Floods in a Louisiana City [Video]

Lake Charles, which had been hit by Hurricanes Laura and Delta, has had some of the worst of recent storms that have dumped more than a foot of rain in Louisiana.

#floods, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-laura-2020, #lake-charles-la, #louisiana, #national-weather-service

A Deluge Unleashes Floods in a Louisiana City Still Reeling From 2 Hurricanes

Lake Charles, which had been hit by Hurricanes Laura and Delta, has had some of the worst of recent storms that have dumped more than a foot of rain in Louisiana.

#floods, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-laura-2020, #lake-charles-la, #louisiana, #national-weather-service

The Greek Alphabet Will No Longer Be Used to Name Hurricanes

Nine Greek letters were pressed into service in last year’s busy Atlantic hurricane season. Officials said they left people confused.

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A Year of Watching Earthly Beauty Burn

From orbit, satellites send tragic evidence of climate change’s destructive power. This film covers 10 days, Sept. 7-16, 2020, a period of intense fires activity in North and South America.

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The 2020 Hurricane Season in Rewind

There have been 30 named storms and 13 hurricanes this year, the most active Atlantic season on record.

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Tropical Storm Eta Forms, Tying a Record Set 15 Years Ago

Eta became the 28th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, matching a record set in 2005.

#caribbean-area, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-zeta-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #tropical-storm-eta, #weather

Tropical Storm Zeta Churns Toward Louisiana

The state already has been slammed by Hurricanes Laura and Delta, which hit the coast during the tumultuous 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

#florida-panhandle, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la, #louisiana, #tropical-storm-zeta

After 2 Hurricanes, Lake Charles Fears Its Cries for Help Have Gone Unheard

The city was shredded by Hurricanes Laura and Delta. But the needs of Lake Charles have been overlooked in a year of disaster and unrest.

#hurricane-delta, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la

Hurricane Delta Brings Floods and Destruction to an Already Battered Louisiana

The storm made landfall some 20 miles from where Laura touched down a few weeks ago, intensifying the devastation the state has experienced during a brutal hurricane season.

#baton-rouge-la, #floods, #hurricane-delta, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lafayette-la, #lake-charles-la, #louisiana

Hurricane Delta Heads Toward Louisiana

Schools have been closed and several parishes are under either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #hurricane-delta, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #mississippi, #national-hurricane-center, #weather, #wind

After Storms, They Built Higher. They Dread Doing It Again.

The deep bonds residents have for their coastal community have been tested by three epic hurricanes. Many wonder whether it’s time to leave.

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Tropical Storm Beta Draws Warnings in Gulf Coast States

The storm is headed for the Texas and Louisiana coasts, another blow for states in the Gulf that have been hit by five other storms this hurricane season.

#floods, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-sally-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #national-hurricane-center, #texas, #tropical-storm-beta

Hurricane Sally Is a Slow-Moving Threat. Climate Change Might Be Why.

Scientists say that climate change, which has also contributed to the wildfires on the West Coast, helped intensify a storm that is unleashing a deluge in Mississippi and Alabama.

#alabama, #floods, #global-warming, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-sally-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mississippi

As Hurricane Sally Looms, the Gulf Coast Braces Itself Yet Again

Forecasters expect the storm to make landfall on Tuesday with potentially lethal storm surge and powerful winds.

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I Take Back Everything I Said About Southwest Louisiana

My hometown may be soul-crushing, but it didn’t deserve this.

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Snapped Poles, Shredded Roofs: A Long Road to Recovery After Laura

Hurricane Laura ravaged southwestern Louisiana, leaving weary residents to assess the toll and map a way forward. Some communities may be four weeks away from even getting power back.

#buildings-structures, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la, #louisiana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wind

Trump Visits Storm-Ravaged Lake Charles, a Louisiana City Still Without Power

President Trump met with state and local officials in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura devastated the region. Many people still have no electricity or running water.

#carbon-monoxide, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la, #louisiana, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #trump-donald-j

In One Louisiana City, a Police Shooting, a Pandemic and a Hurricane

In Lafayette, La., frustration and fatigue set in after storms, a pandemic and now a fatal police shooting that some residents believe is being overshadowed.

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Hurricane Laura Was Powerful, but Louisiana Was Prepared

In 2005, Hurricane Rita leveled some coastal communities in southwest Louisiana, forcing changes to building codes and attitudes. As Laura approached, the region was ready.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-rita, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana

Hurricane Laura Passed, but Disaster Still Looms for Texas

We survived Hurricane Laura, but the Gulf Coast needs better surge protections for the next one.

#global-warming, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Hurricane Laura Carves Destructive Path Across Louisiana

Although the storm surge was less than projected, Laura was responsible for at least six deaths and extensive property damage.

#hurricane-laura-2020, #louisiana, #texas

Hurricane Laura Topples Confederate Statue That Survived Protests

Officials voted two weeks ago to keep the monument on courthouse property in Lake Charles, La., but Hurricane Laura toppled its statue from the base.

#black-people, #confederate-states-of-america, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hurricane-laura-2020, #lake-charles-la, #monuments-and-memorials-structures

Laura Hits Petrochemical Region, and a Factory Goes Up in Flames

The hurricane rolled over a coast studded with oil, gas and chemical plants. Other storms have caused the release of toxic substances, often affecting minority communities.

#environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #port-arthur-tex, #sasol-ltd, #texas