FEMA approves Lamont’s request for federal emergency declaration

(WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont announced Friday morning that Connecticut’s request for a federal emergency declaration has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). RELATED: Gov. Lamont applies to FEMA for emergency declaration The request was filed Wednesday morning following Tropical Storm Isaias, which left extensive damage statewide. The approval will allow the state […]

Despite pandemic, South Texans must document storm damage precisely before FEMA steps in

When Gov. Greg Abbott toured the South Texas border region Tuesday he brought along the regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency who Abbott said was here “to see firsthand about the challenges that exist.” But on Wednesday, Hidalgo County officials put out a statement saying FEMA “has NOT arrived” to assist after Hurricane Hanna and that caused some confusion. So where is FEMA? And is the federal agency helping as thousands remain without electricity and homes remain flooded in the Rio Grande Valley? The short answer is yes. But it is very complicated and involves federal statutes and protocol, state guidance and a lot of local self-reporting of damage to document affected areas, which is tricky especially in this low-income border region that is one of the nation’s worst hot spots for COVID-19 right now.

South Texas drenched by cyclone amid surge in virus cases

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets and knocked out power across a region already reeling from a surge in coronavirus cases. Downgraded to a tropical depression, Hanna passed over […]

Hurricane Douglas bears down on Hawaii as pandemic flares

HONOLULU (AP) — The first hurricane to threaten the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is presenting new challenges to Hawaii officials long accustomed to tropical storms. For example, how do you secure enough shelter space when people have to stay at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart from one another? What […]

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden cash-strapped states. “When you look at those executive orders … the […]

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden cash-strapped states. “When you look at those executive orders … the […]

Rabbi hurt in California synagogue shooting admits fraud

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The longtime leader of a Southern California synagogue who was wounded in a deadly attack at the house of worship he founded pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a multimillion-dollar fraud that disguised charitable contributions for personal gain. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for […]

Cleanup from Hanna spurs fear amid COVID-19 surge in Texas

WESLACO, Texas (AP) — As recovery and cleanup efforts got underway Monday in South Texas in the wake of a downgraded Hanna, worried residents confronted the prospect of undertaking the effort amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has left many fearful about their health. Now a tropical depression, Hanna was 65 miles (105 km) […]

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