Hurricane Irma

US Provides $277M for Hurricane-Damaged Public Transit

May 31, 2018
Athens-Clarke County Police Department

The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide more than $277 million to help hurricane-damaged public transportation in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The funding announced Thursday is earmarked for response and rebuilding projects related to last year's hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — plus for emergency preparedness.

Harvey made landfall in South Texas on Aug. 25, leading to heavy rain that swamped parts of Houston. Irma and Maria came ashore in September.

Private nonprofit house of worship in Georgia may now be eligible to apply for FEMA Public Assistance to cover Hurricane Irma damage. The Georgia Emergency management and Homeland Security Agency is hosting three applicant briefings. Those wanting to receive aid must participate in a briefing. Applicants can join the briefing by phone or online. The first session will take place Monday, January 29th at 9:30, followed by a 6:30 pm session on Tuesday, January 30th and the final briefing will be held Wednesday, January 31st at 1:30 pm. The sessions last about an hour.

US Hits Record for Costly Weather Disasters: $306 Billion

Jan 8, 2018
AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File

With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion.
The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215 billion in 2005.
Costs are adjusted for inflation and NOAA keeps track of billion-dollar weather disasters going back to 1980.


Months after Hurricane Irma hit the state, Georgians have received tens of millions of dollars in federal and state assistance.

Recovery efforts continue across Georgia three months after Hurricane Irma hit the state. According to a news release from FEMA, the agency, along with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state of Georgia; provided more than $65 million in assistance to individuals, households, businesses, and communities.

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends

Nov 30, 2017

November 30 is  the last day of an intense and destructive hurricane season that included 17 named storms. Although the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season wraps up Thursday, it will be remembered for a deadly trio of storms — Harvey, Irma and Maria — that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and numerous other islands. The storms killed hundreds and caused billions in damage.