• Mudslides from rains kill 6 in southern Mexico

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Heavy rains brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Trudy have caused mudslides and flooding in southern Mexico that left at least six people dead. Raul Miliani, deputy secretary of Civil Protection in Guerrero state, told a news conference Sunday that five of the dead were killed in the municipality of Ometepec, 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of Acapulco, where part of a water-soaked mountainside collapsed and a raging river swept away a 70-year-old man. The sixth person died in Tlacoachistlahuaca, a municipality near the border with Oaxaca state. Miliani said states of emergency have been declared in 36 municipalities, and that 4,075 people were evacuated to shelters.

  • 3 La. tornadoes confirmed from Monday storm

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    MONROE, La. (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms three tornadoes struck Louisiana as a storm system moved across the state Monday. The most severe of the twisters, which stayed on the ground for nine miles, started at 11:16 a.m. west of the West Monroe city limits. It moved through that city and into Monroe before lifting off at 11:27 a.m. Peak winds were 125 mph and its path was as wide as 300 yards. Minutes earlier, a second tornado touched down in western Ouachita Parish, damaging houses along its 0.8-mile path before lifting off over Cheniere Lake. Wind strength was 90 to 100 mph and width was 225 yards. Surveyors also found evidence of a third tornado south of Mansfield. Its winds, estimated at 95 mph to

  • Gonzalo deals glancing blow to Newfoundland

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    ST. JOHNS, Newfoundland (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo struck a glancing blow to Newfoundland before racing out into the North Atlantic Sunday after earlier battering Bermuda without causing any deaths or serious injuries. Gonazalo passed southeastern Newfoundland early Sunday, dumping heavy rain but the fast-moving storm left little trace besides pounding surf. The Canadian Hurricane Centre said about 1.9 inches (4.8 centimeters) of rain was recorded at St. John's International Airport on Sunday morning. Meteorologist Chris Fogarty said the province "dodged a bullet." "It pretty much tracked exactly where we thought it would and the winds over land were quite gusty and very heavy rainfalls but ... things stayed quite

  • Utility offers Pilger free trees after tornado

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    PILGER, Neb. (AP) — A utility is offering free trees to Pilger residents to help the northeast Nebraska town recover from a devastating June tornado. Black Hills Energy set up a website where Pilger residents can apply for the trees that volunteers will plant in early November. Roughly three-quarters of Pilger, which had about 350 residents, was heavily damaged or destroyed by the June 16 storm. The trees from an Arbor Day Foundation program will be 5-feet to 6-feet-tall when planted. An online tool can help people decide the best place to plant the trees. The trees offered include Bur Oak, Swamp White Oak, Northern Catalpa, Water Birch and Serviceberry. Each resident can receive one free tree by applying

  • Hawaii hit by winds, rain as hurricane veers west

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles while generating strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings and lured surfers with high waves. The center of the powerful Pacific storm was about 120 miles southwest of Honolulu, and it was losing speed as it churned southwest of the islands, the National Weather Service said. "The intensity of Ana is slowly expected to weaken," said Chris Brenchley, a weather service meteorologist. A tropical storm warning was issued for Kauai and a tropical storm watch remained in effect on Oahu but was lifted for Maui, Lanai and the Big Island.

  • Bermuda clears trees, power lines hit by Gonzalo

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Crews cleared away downed trees and power lines Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered this tiny, wealthy British territory for several hours but caused no deaths or serious injuries. The storm's center crossed over Bermuda late Friday and Gonzalo quickly moved northward over the Atlantic on a track that could take it just off the shore of Newfoundland in Canada early Sunday. More than 18,000 homes in Bermuda were still without power Saturday night, but Premier Michael Dunkley said cleanup efforts were going smoothly. He said the U.S., Britain and other nations have offered assistance. "All hands were on deck and worked very well," he tweeted Saturday night.

  • Oahu residents asked to stay off waves and trails

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — The City & County of Honolulu Emergency Services Department is urging residents and visitors to stay away from shore breaks and off mountain trails as Hurricane Ana approaches. They say severe weather conditions may exceed emergency responders' ability to perform timely rescues. While Hurricane Ana is not expected to directly hit Oahu, it's still expected to impact beaches and shorelines, especially on the island's south and east shores. Residents should beware of dangerous waves on ledges and possible super rip currents. Heavy rains also could cause run off and possible brown water advisories.

  • Contractor sentenced for scamming Sandy victims

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A contractor who took deposits for work that was never done at two central New Jersey homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy has been sentenced to five years in state prison. Monmouth County prosecutors say the sentenced handed down Friday to 59-year-old John Martocci, of Matawan, will run concurrent to a state prison term he is now serving. Martocci had pleaded guilty in July to two counts of theft by deception. Prosecutors say Martocci accepted an $1,800 deposit in November 2013 to repair the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system on a Sea Bright home, then received a $1,411 deposit in January to install a new air conditioning condenser at a Howell home. In both cases, Martocci faile

  • South Florida district calls end to wet season

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — South Florida's water managers say the region's wet season has ended with slightly above-average rainfall. Meteorologists with the South Florida Water Management District say that the region's daily sea-breeze cycle wet-season rains ended Oct. 4. Officials say the seasonal rainfall left water levels in good condition in many areas, which will give water managers more flexibility with the water supply during the dry season. The dry season typically runs from mid-October through mid-May with about 18 inches of rain on average. South Florida remains under the district's year-round landscape irrigation rules that limit residential and commercial landscape watering to two or three days per week

  • 9 more bodies push Nepal blizzard death toll to 38

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week's series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst hiking disaster in the Himalayan nation. The bodies were seen in a remote mountainous area, but the steep terrain made it impossible for the helicopter to land, said Yadav Koirala from the Disaster Management Division in Katmandu. The helicopter was able to pick up three survivors from near where the bodies were spotted in Dolpa district, he said. The latest fatalities were on snowy slopes that would take hours to reach by foot from the nearest point where the helicopter could land.

  • Flood worries have city looking at sewer bond

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In this coastal community, the weather may be campaigning for a city bond issue. Nearly six inches of rain that fell this past week, flooding numerous basements in the city. It came just weeks before residents vote on a $3.5 million bond proposal for part of a planned upgrade to the city's sewer and stormwater systems. City Councilor Tom Blake told television station WMTW (http://bit.ly/1nu0bCA) there are fears that recent flooding may represent a long-term trend. "With climate change and the rise of the tides, we have a lot of people with water in their basements regularly," he said. Fixing his property to prevent more erosion is costing tens of thousands of dollars, Blake said.

  • Memorials held for Ga airmen killed in typhoon

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — Ceremonies are being held to remember three Robins Air Force Base airmen killed by a typhoon in Japan earlier this month. Services for Master Sgt. Daniel Paschal were set for Saturday afternoon in Warner Robins. A funeral mass was held Friday for Senior Master Sgt. James Swartz. And a funeral for Staff Sgt. Joshua Schoenhoff will be held Monday in his hometown of Bourbon, Missouri. The Macon Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1tBu6va ) reports the men were killed during a sightseeing trip to the Japanese coast on Oct. 5 while they were off duty. Four people were swept away by large waves generated from a typhoon well offshore. One person survived.

  • Director named for firm's Mississippi office

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Suzanne Cockroft has joined Butler Snow Advisory Services LLC as director of the firm's Ridgeland office. Firm CEO Matt Thornton says Cockroft has more than 14 years of experience in communications, business development, marketing and brand management. She most recently was with Butler Snow LLP, parent of Butler Snow Advisory Services, in creative and website development, project management, public relations and internal communications, business development and proposal and pricing strategies. Cockroft holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi and a master of business administration degree from Mississippi State University.

  • Quotations in the News

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    "It's the regional office in Africa that's the front line. And they didn't do anything. That office is really not competent." — Dr. Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, after an internal report revealed the World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of the virus in West Africa. ___ "To be struck twice by two different cyclones is unusual, to say the least." — Max Mayfield, a former director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled Bermuda, the second time in a week it was hit by a powerful storm.

  • Nepal official: Most stranded trekkers rescued

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Most of the trekkers stranded by deadly blizzards in northern Nepal have been rescued or moved to safer ground, but efforts to reach those left behind will continue along the popular route where they were trekking, an official said Saturday. At least 29 people were killed this past week in a series of snowstorms and avalanches that struck at the height of the October trekking season. The dead and injured include foreign travelers as well as Nepalese guides and local villagers caught in the storms.

  • Center of Hurricane Gonzalo moves over Bermuda

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The eye of Hurricane Gonzalo crossed over this tiny British territory Friday night, pounding Bermuda with fierce wind and heavy surf as a Category 2 storm that carried the threat of a dangerous storm surge. The storm's top sustained winds remained at 110 mph (175 kph) as its core moved out to sea. It was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north-northeast of Bermuda late Friday and moving north-northeast at 16 mph (26 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. A white haze covered the island as wind uprooted trees and waves slammed into the shore. Strong winds damaged part of the roof at Bermuda's main hospital and caused water damage in the new intensive care unit, police spokesman Dwayne C

  • Ana turns into hurricane off the coast of Hawaii

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The powerful Pacific storm churning toward Hawaii became a hurricane but remained far enough away from the islands to allow tourists to make the most of Friday's remaining sunny weather. The National Weather Service said Friday that Ana became a Category 1 hurricane about 230 miles south of Hilo with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. A tropical storm watch was in effect throughout the archipelago. "Any of the islands could experience tropical storm impacts...so it's important to still prepare and make plans," said Chris Brenchley, a weather service meteorologist. The hurricane was expected to strengthen slightly on Friday and then gradually weaken to become a tropical storm

  • Missouri Memorial to remain open despite storm

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The Battleship Missouri Memorial is expected remain open over the weekend despite a hurricane headed toward Hawaii. The popular attraction will be open for public tours Saturday and Sunday. Any changes will be posted at www.ussmissouri.org . Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is also expected to remain open with regular hours over the weekend. However, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center will close at 2 p.m. Saturday and remain closed Sunday. The visitor center's closure isn't expected to affect access to the Missouri or the Pacific Aviation Museum.

  • Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno. The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is confident it has more than enough reserves in a string of reservoirs downstream from Tahoe to meet water demand 30 miles away in the Reno-Sparks area into next summer. But depending on winter conditions, agricultural users in the high desert east of Reno could face cutbacks on irrigation supplies for crops and livestock in the year to come.

  • Island Air suspending flights because of weather

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — Island Air is suspending some flights this weekend because of a powerful storm heading to Hawaii. The Hawaii Tourism Authority says Island Air will be suspending Maui and Lanai flights starting Saturday afternoon. The airline will suspend all flights on Sunday. Tourism officials say they've been informed some airlines are waiving change fees. Visitors in Hawaii or traveling to the islands in the coming days are advised to confirm their reservations. Ana is now at hurricane strength and is forecast to slowly weaken to a tropical storm on Saturday and into Sunday. The storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding, strong and damaging winds, high surf and coastal inundation across the state fr