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Hawaii’s Post-Storm Disaster Request Denied by FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency late last week denied Hawaii’s request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle. Iselle made landfall over the Big Island’s isolated and rural Puna region nearly three weeks ago, knocking down trees and power …

Calls For Warning System Hastened by California Quake

The earthquake that jolted California’s wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state’s effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for …

Settlements Against Uninsured New Mexico Rail Service Reach Nearly $8M

New Mexico’s commuter rail service has received a free ride while taxpayers have shelled out nearly $8 million to settle damage claims against the Rail Runner Express, according to state records. The Rail Runner, until last month, didn’t pay premiums …

Crop Damage Assessment Underway in Hawaii

Farmers on the Big Island of Hawaii are assessing damage to crops after Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall last weekend. “It was pretty clear to us that the papaya farmers took the highest amount of damage,” Richard Ha, president of …

Fitch: Hawaii Storms Shouldn’t Hurt Cat Bonds

Insured losses stemming from two Hawaii hurricanes won’t break the bank, in large part because both storms diminished in intensity or avoided a direct hit. Fitch Ratings concluded in a review of the situation that outstanding catastrophe bonds including the …

Hurricane Julio Downgraded To Category 1 Storm As It Struck Hawaii

Hurricane Julio weakened Sunday night as it neared Hawaii, where a rural swath of the Big Island was still coping with power outages and downed trees in the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle. On the island of Kauai, rescuers found …

Lightning Strikes Spark Wildfires Across Oregon

A Southern Oregon wildfire destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state. The Moccasin Hill fire began Sunday near the ranching town of Sprague River, about 25 …

Report: $100M in Losses from Southern California Quake

The moderate earthquake that struck Southern California in spring did more damage than people may think – and a bigger quake on that fault could be more devastating than a “big one” on the region’s infamous San Andreas Fault, a …

Wisconsin Tornado Caused $1M Damage To Colfax Schools

A weak tornado that struck Wisconsin last week caused more than $1 million in damage to Colfax schools and the district’s athletic complex. The Chippewa Herald reported the tornado touched down briefly twice Friday before reaching the building housing the …

Iowa Farmers Face Damage, Replanting After Floods

Area farmers are dealing with damage to their crops and fences after all the recent heavy rain and flooding. Farmers in northwest Iowa, southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska face significant work ahead because of the flooding on the Big …