Natural disasters

Anastacia Makey, 43, far right, looks at her phone as she and her family sits on cots with other residents inside a church that was opened up as a shelter as they wait out Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Hurricane Dorian intensified yet again Sunday as it closed in on the northern Bahamas, threatening to batter islands with Category 5-strength winds, pounding waves and torrential rain. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Associated Press
September 01, 2019 - 9:46 pm
McLEAN'S TOWN CAY, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, its record 185 mph (297 kph) winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters. Dorian slammed...
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Jerry and Patricia Perkins shudder their home on the barrier island in Vero Beach, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in preparation for the possibility of Hurricane Dorian making landfall. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Associated Press
September 01, 2019 - 6:30 pm
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two days after storm shutters started going up and people waited in long lines for gas and food in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, the parking lot of a Home Depot a short drive from the beach in central Florida was nearly empty as the sun peeked out behind scattered clouds...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, park visitors walk near the entrance to the Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run ride during a preview of the Star Wars themed land, Galaxy's Edge in Hollywood Studios at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Anticipated to make landfall in Florida early next week, Hurricane Dorian couldn’t come at a more inopportune time for Disney World, which on any given day can host more than 300,000 visitors. The theme park just opened its most anticipated land in decades: “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Associated Press
August 30, 2019 - 11:21 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Force is strong with Disney and Star Wars, but it may be no match for Hurricane Dorian. Expected to make landfall in Florida early next week, Dorian couldn't come at a more inopportune time for Walt Disney World: It just opened "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," its most...
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Store shelves are empty of bottled water as residents buy supplies in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, in Doral, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2019. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian could hit the Florida coast over the weekend as a major hurricane. (AP Photo/Marcus Lim)
Associated Press
August 29, 2019 - 10:24 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Florida residents picked the shelves clean of bottled water and lined up at gas stations Thursday as an increasingly menacing-looking Hurricane Dorian threatened to broadside the state over Labor Day weekend. Leaving lighter-than-expected damage in its wake in Puerto Rico and the...
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This GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at 14:20 UTC and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Dorian, right, moving over open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to grow into a potentially devastating Category 3 hurricane before hitting the U.S. mainland late Sunday or early Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia. (NOAA via AP)
Associated Press
August 29, 2019 - 3:04 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The college football season opener for Boise State and Florida State will kick off a few hours sooner and a little further inland with discounted ticket prices because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian. Officials announced Thursday that the game will be played Saturday at...
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A woman poses for a photo backdropped by ocean waters and a Puerto Rican national flag, after the passing of Tropical Storm Dorian, in the Condado district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The Hurricane Center said the storm could grow into a dangerous Category 3 storm as it pushes northwest in the general direction of Florida. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Associated Press
August 28, 2019 - 10:14 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Dorian caused limited damage in the northern Caribbean as it left the region Wednesday night, setting its sights on the U.S. mainland as it threatened to grow into a dangerous Category 3 storm. Power outages and flooding were reported across the U.S. Virgin...
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In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, retired nurse Tim Thomas, who assisted in a surgery in the parking lot of Watsonville Community Hospital after the facility lost power following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, poses during his visit to Lodi, Calif. California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Talk of scaling back the standards upsets Thomas, who was thrown to the floor during the earthquake. "To not make provisions to have the hospitals keep pace with the rest of the infrastructure doesn't make any sense to me" says Thomas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 04, 2019 - 10:43 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California hospital spent $72 million on a building designed to do two things after an earthquake: stay standing and stay open. But when a pair of strong earthquakes struck the region last month, the hospital couldn't use it. Structurally, the building was OK...
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In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, retired nurse Tim Thomas, who assisted in a surgery in the parking lot of Watsonville Community Hospital after the facility lost power following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, poses during his visit to Lodi, Calif. California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Talk of scaling back the standards upsets Thomas, who was thrown to the floor during the earthquake. "To not make provisions to have the hospitals keep pace with the rest of the infrastructure doesn't make any sense to me" says Thomas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 04, 2019 - 10:41 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back some earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Most hospitals in the earthquake prone state have met a 2020 deadline for standards designed to keep hospital buildings from collapsing in...
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August 04, 2019 - 4:50 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese authorities say around 500 firefighters are combating a wildfire that started in a central area some 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Lisbon, the capital. Portugal's civil protection agency said Sunday the firefighters were supported by over 100 firefighting...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2018 file photo, lava from an open fissure on Kilauea volcano shoots high above a tree in Pahoa, Hawaii. A small pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano for the first time in recorded history, possibly signaling a shift to a more explosive phase of future eruptions. The United States Geological Survey says that after a week of questions about a green patch inside Kilauea's Halemaumau crater, researchers were able to confirm the presence of water on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
August 03, 2019 - 12:54 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time in recorded history, a pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, a development that could signal a shift to a more explosive phase of future eruptions. After a week of questions about a mysterious green patch at the...
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