Gulf Coast News

Gulf Coast Prepares for Tropical Storm Hermine as Possibility of Hurricane Looms

Florida is being warned to prepare for arriving Tropical Storm Hermine, which is expected to dump heavy rain, bring strong winds and the possibility of isolated tornadoes across parts of the state, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. …

Officials on Gulf Coast Have ‘Unanswered Questions’ on BP Settlement

Gulf Coast officials worry that their communities won’t get their fair share of Alabama’s $2.3 billion portion of the BP oil spill settlement. Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft told Alabama’s Press Register that members of the Gulf Coast Recovery Council …

Tornadoes Strike in Texas

Christmas Day along the Gulf Coast was filled with severe thunderstorms that brought drenching rains, high winds and damaging tornadoes while the nation’s midsection dealt with freezing rain, sleet and snow that made for a sloppy and sometimes dangerous trek …

Tiny Gulf Coast Town Struggling with Ike Recovery

Every spring, Karen Littlejohn boxes up her family’s winter clothes in their FEMA trailer, shuttles them to a tiny, dank room at church, places them beside the other contents of her life, and thinks, “Next winter we’ll have a house. …

Gulf Coast Told to Keep Eye on Possible Storm

A low-pressure system pushing northwest through the Gulf of Mexico has a strong chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next two days and threatening U.S. states on northern coast of the gulf, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday. …

Mississippi Property Insurance Rates Leveling Off: Chaney

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says property insurance rates in Mississippi have leveled off for the time being. Chaney told a meeting of the Gulf Coast Business Club that more carriers have entered the insurance market but many of them …

One Year Later, Gulf States Still Grappling with BP Oil Disaster

When a BP oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last April, killing 11 workers, authorities first reported that no crude was leaking into the ocean. They were wrong. The disaster that captivated the world’s attention for …

BP Puts Gulf Oil Disaster Cost at $19 Billion So Far

BP Plc has so far spent $19 billion on last year’s disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill and believes the uncertainty over the ultimate total has decreased, a company executive said Tuesday. BP, operator of the Macondo well, which ruptured …

BP Oil Spill Claims Chief Feinberg to Face Florida Lawmakers

The man in charge of paying BP claims for the Gulf oil spill will soon face a Florida legislative committee to answer questions about how the compensation scheme is going. Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer who is overseeing the Gulf Coast …

Judge Finds Claims Fund Chief Feinberg Not Independent of BP

The administrator of BP Plc’s $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Gulf oil spill is not independent and the oil company must refrain from calling him “neutral,” a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Carl Barbier also ruled …