Disasters

"Trump FEMA Nominee Withdraws After NBC Questions on Falsified Records"

"President Donald Trump's nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Federal Emergency Management Agency withdrew from consideration on Wednesday after NBC News raised questions about a federal investigation that found he had falsified government travel and timekeeping records when he served in the Bush administration in 2005."

Source: NBC News, 09/14/2017

"Utilities in U.S. Southeast Restore Power To Nearly Half Hit By Irma"

"Utilities in the U.S. Southeast returned power to almost half of the homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving about 4.3 million customers in the dark as of midday Wednesday, in one of the biggest restoration efforts in U.S. history."

Source: Reuters, 09/14/2017

"Why Getting the Power Back On in Florida Could Take Weeks"

"As Hurricane Irma rampaged through Florida, snapping power lines and damaging vital equipment, it left as many as 15 million people in the state without electricity, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. While some homes may see power restored within days, utilities said that other customers may have to wait weeks."

Source: NY Times, 09/13/2017

"Harvey's Flooding Blamed In Major Gasoline Spill In Texas"

"Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters triggered a spill of almost a half-million gallons of gasoline from two storage tanks along the Houston Ship Channel, marking the largest spill reported to date from a storm that slammed into the heart of Texas' huge petrochemical industry."

Source: AP, 09/13/2017

Irma US Toll Now 22 As Power Restored To Over 2 Million Fla. Customers

"The death toll from Hurricane Irma has climbed to 22 in the United States following its path of destruction across the Caribbean and through the Southeast U.S. over the weekend, while power has now been restored to over 2 million customers in Florida."

Source: ABC News, 09/13/2017

Hurricane Toolbox, Headlines and More

Check out our guide to reporting on hurricanes like Irma and Harvey, and their aftermath. We've compiled a series of resources, including a hurricane Toolbox and Backgrounder, as well as TipSheets on hurricanes, floodingflood insurance and storm surge, plus more. Plus, get the latest hurricane headlines from EJ Today (subscribe).

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