September 13, 2013 9:17 AM
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. - About 100 firefighters are on the boardwalk in two Jersey shore towns trying to control hot spots after a boardwalk rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy was reduced to smoldering remains by a fire.
Officials say 300 to 400 firefighters were there Thursday when the fire raged... more »
August 23, 2013 6:47 PM
A year ago, New Jersey was bracing for Hurricane Sandy, a weekend storm never experienced since 1871 and Hurricane Hazel. As noted in a previous column, August is one of the worst months for storms in Louisiana. Also on this date in 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall 20 miles southwest... more »
April 30, 2013 8:09 AM
NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut. That's according to a study by the nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central. It says that's equivalent to having Central Park covered 41 feet high... more »
February 22, 2013 9:09 AM
MANTOLOKING, N.J.- New Jersey has reached another milestone in its recovery from Sandy.
The borough of Mantoloking is allowing residents to move back in Friday. It's the last storm-ravaged shore town to do so - 116 days after the superstorm struck.
It's not a mad rush. The winter population of the barrier... more »
February 4, 2013 2:39 AM
NEW YORK - Of all the images of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, the pictures that linger for victims are the warped, stained ones that sat on their walls and shelves. But volunteers scattered around the world are about to start digitally mending Sandy victims' personal photos. A group called Operation Photo... more »
January 31, 2013 2:19 PM
NEW ORLEANS- The NFL says Jennifer Hudson will join the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing "America the Beautiful" before Sunday's Super Bowl game. The chorus features 26 children from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in a Dec. 14... more »
January 29, 2013 8:01 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a $50.5 billion emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims. Congress gave the measure its final approval late Monday. Obama signed it Tuesday night, minutes after returning to the White House from a visit to Nevada. It took Congress three months after... more »
January 29, 2013 5:17 AM
NEW YORK - Some of the people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in the New York City area may now face the choice of rebuilding higher, or paying considerably more for insurance. Under new flood maps released Monday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, twice as... more »
January 29, 2013 2:43 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he'll sign a $50.5 billion emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. Obama chided lawmakers for taking their time to approve the funding even as he commended them for providing the long-awaited aid. Conservatives concerned about adding... more »
January 28, 2013 10:08 AM
WASHINGTON - Three months after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the densely populated Northeast, the Senate is nearing a vote on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help storm victims recover. Some conservatives are complaining the bill will add to the nation's debt. But Northeast lawmakers in both parties... more »
January 25, 2013 5:17 AM
WASHINGTON - The Senate is set to vote Monday on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Northeast lawmakers from both parties hope to win Senate approval of the measure and send it to President Barack Obama, who has said he would sign it.... more »
January 23, 2013 2:56 PM
HARTFORD, Conn.- Students at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school where 20 classmates were shot dead by a gunman last month won't have to make up days they missed after the massacre. The state Board of Education on Wednesday granted a waiver shortening their school year from the mandatory 180 days... more »
January 17, 2013 10:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state committee convened this morning to see how Louisiana schools could be better protected in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut.
Members of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security gathered at 10 a.m. to look over security procedures already in... more »
January 16, 2013 10:20 AM
WASHINGTON - Families of the victims of last month's shooting attack at a Connecticut elementary school have been invited to the White House today to see President Barack Obama outline an effort aimed at reducing gun violence. Obama's ideas include bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines --... more »
January 16, 2013 4:37 AM
WASHINGTON - The political tempest stirred up by Superstorm Sandy appears to have moved on after wreaking havoc among House Republicans divided over how much aid to allocate to the victims of the storm.
In a 241-180 vote Tuesday night, the House approved $50.5 billion in disaster relief for... more »
January 15, 2013 6:35 PM
WASHINGTON - The House has approved a $50.7 billion measure for Superstorm Sandy victims. The 241-180 vote sends the measure to the Senate which is expected to take it up next Tuesday. Northeast lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months. The Oct.... more »
January 4, 2013 3:40 PM
WASHINGTON - The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The bill cleared the Senate following passage earlier Friday by the House. It replenishes the National Flood Insurance Program that was due to run... more »
January 4, 2013 7:22 AM
WASHINGTON - $9.7 billion measure to pay flood insurance claims is set for a vote in Congress, boosting prospects for relief for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. If the House, as expected, approves the flood insurance proposal today, the Senate plans to follow with... more »
January 2, 2013 3:23 PM
NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is blasting fellow Republican John Boehner for the House Speaker's decision to delay a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief and says the inaction is "inexcusable." Christie said Wednesday that the House is playing politics with the $60 billion aid request and it's... more »
January 2, 2013 2:46 PM
WASHINGTON - A New York lawmaker says House Speaker John Boehner has promised votes to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy by Jan. 15. Republican Rep. Peter King says the speaker will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion in flood insurance and another on Jan. 15 for a remaining $51... more »
January 2, 2013 11:04 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling for House Republicans to vote Wednesday on Hurricane Sandy aid "without delay for our fellow Americans." It comes as New York lawmakers are lashing out at a decision by House GOP leaders not to hold a vote in the current Congress. Obama says... more »
January 1, 2013 12:31 PM
NEW YORK - While New York City grapples with rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, developers are pressing ahead with plans to build the world's largest Ferris wheel on the shoreline of storm-torn Staten Island. Sandy's flooding spurred some changes to the nearly $500 million project, which includes an outlet mall and... more »
January 1, 2013 10:39 AM
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Classes are starting Thursday at a repurposed school for students who survived a shooting rampage three weeks ago in Newtown, Conn. Desks have been taken to the new building in nearby Monroe along with backpacks and other belongings left behind in the chaos following the Dec. 14... more »
December 31, 2012 6:47 PM
Today's "Weather News" focuses on archived events in 2012. We identified four episodes of severe weather in our area and the most recent tornado outbreak in Zachary and Baker on December 17th. Hurricane Isaac grabbed our attention on August 28th with the most notable flooding damage in LaPlace. On October... more »
December 14, 2012 12:43 PM
NEWTOWN, Conn. - More information is emerging about the suspect in today's Connecticut elementary school shootings. A law enforcement official identifies him as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. Another official who was briefed on the shooting says the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound -- and that one of the victims... more »
December 12, 2012 3:56 PM
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have quickly cobbled together a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Working from the emergency spending request President Barack Obama made five days ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released draft... more »
December 7, 2012 4:20 PM
WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say President Barack Obama is asking Congress to approve $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Super Storm Sandy in late October. The formal paperwork is expected to be sent to Congress later today or early next week.... more »
December 7, 2012 9:05 AM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.
The Labor Department report offered a mixed picture for the economy.... more »
December 5, 2012 9:57 PM
MIAMI - The National Weather Service is considering changing how it issues hurricane watches and warnings. Spokesman Chris Vaccaro said in an email Wednesday the weather service is considering a proposal to issue watches and warnings for storms that threaten life and property even if they are no longer hurricanes... more »
November 30, 2012 10:37 AM
MIAMI - The 2012 hurricane season has come to an end and it's another one for the record books, above and beyond the destruction of Sandy. There were 19 named storms in what meteorologists consider an above-average year that tied as being the third most-active season since 1851. Even without... more »
November 23, 2012 6:47 PM
NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey residents devastated by Superstorm Sandy are being reunited with lost photographs and objects through social media. There are at least four Facebook pages targeted to New Jersey residents that help connect them with their possessions. People who find lost mementos can post photos of them... more »
November 20, 2012 10:45 AM
NEW YORK - Thanksgiving travelers who have yet to rent a car in the Northeast are out of luck: Superstorm Sandy has created a shortage.
The storm has damaged thousands of cars - including those owned by rental companies. The loss of vehicles has been compounded by rising demand.... more »
November 14, 2012 2:03 PM
NEW YORK - In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, emergency officials are taking another look at a problem that has bedeviled them for a long time: how to get people to comply when they are ordered to evacuate their homes. Despite dire forecasts and explicit warnings, hundreds of thousands of... more »
November 14, 2012 7:49 AM
WASHINGTON - US retail sales fell in October after Americans spent less on a broad range of goods. Superstorm Sandy may have also slowed business at the end of the month.
The Commerce Department says sales dropped 0.3 percent after three months of gains. Auto sales fell 1.5 percent,... more »
November 13, 2012 3:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - A team of three emergency responders from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has traveled to New Jersey to help officials there with their sheltering mission following Hurricane Sandy. The team will remain in New Jersey to provide technical support and advice as long as... more »
November 13, 2012 10:12 AM
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. - Gasoline rationing imposed in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy has ended.
The odd-even rationing began Nov. 3 because some gas stations couldn't get fuel while others didn't have electricity to pump it.
Gov. Chris Christie says gas supplies are plentiful and there are no more... more »
November 12, 2012 10:37 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. - An administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to request at least $30 billion in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly because the details haven't been finalized. The official confirms that the administration will use the money to... more »
November 9, 2012 10:31 AM
UNDATED - People in the Northeast are seeing some progress following back-to-back storms. For the first time in 11 days, almost all of Connecticut's homes and businesses have power. Fewer than 20,000 New York City customers remain in the dark. But power crews still have a lot to do in... more »
November 8, 2012 5:04 PM
NEW YORK - One man who lives along the New Jersey coast says he just had power restored a couple of days ago following the outage caused by Hurricane Sandy -- and how, he's lost it again. A new storm that struck the Northeast yesterday has caused hundreds of thousands... more »
November 8, 2012 8:56 AM
NEW YORK - Areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy are dealing with new outages after a nor'easter left a blanket of snow that snapped storm-weakened trees and downed power lines.
In New Jersey, utilities reported 400,000 power outages early Thursday; 20,000 of those were new. In New York City... more »
November 6, 2012 3:32 PM
NEW YORK - A retail data service says Superstorm Sandy knocked off nearly $4 billion of retail sales last week in the hard-hit Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, nearly 20 percent of the usual total. MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse says Tuesday that the region, which accounts for about 24 percent of retail... more »
November 5, 2012 2:54 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. - More than 400 possible cases of price gouging have been reported in New York before and after Superstorm Sandy. Reports are being investigated in New York City, the Hudson Valley and on Long Island by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Among the reports: The price of a... more »
November 5, 2012 11:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - A fire truck donated to New York in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is headed to the northeast again to help with a different disaster.
Fire Marshal Butch Browning said they were lending the "Spirit of Louisiana" truck to aid in cleanup around... more »
November 5, 2012 10:28 AM
TRENTON, N.J. - Eight states are lending law enforcement power to New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Attorney General Jeff Chiesa swore in more than 200 out-of-state troopers Monday. The troopers, who are on loan from as far away as Mississippi, will handle security checkpoints and conduct patrols... more »
November 3, 2012 10:12 AM
NEW YORK- People here recovering from Superstorm Sandy will receive free gas, on the Federal Government's dime.
Gasoline will be distributed with a 10-gallon per-person limit.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday morning that the U.S. Department of Defense will set up emergency mobile fuel stations around... more »
November 2, 2012 3:59 PM
GATLINBURG, Tenn. - An Appalachian Trail hiker has been rescued from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after calling 911 to say he didn't think he'd be able to make his way out because of snowdrifts up to 5 feet high left by Superstorm Sandy. Park service spokeswoman Molly Schroer... more »
November 2, 2012 3:55 PM
NEW YORK - For the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck at the start of the week, the Manhattan skyline is expected to be mostly lit up tonight. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the utility Con Edison is hoping to have most of Manhattan's outages resolved by midnight. But the progress... more »
November 1, 2012 4:27 PM
NEW YORK - Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy. The storm devastated communities up and down the East Coast. It had already... more »
November 1, 2012 1:18 PM
NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy is gone, the sun is shining, but many folks in the Northeast are still stuck in a transit nightmare. Even though airports, rail lines, buses and even the New York City subway have reopened, most aren't at normal capacity, leaving gigantic lines and gridlocked traffic.... more »
November 1, 2012 10:30 AM
NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy has caused the postponement of the Brooklyn Nets' first NBA regular-season game at Barclays Center, but it won't stop the New York City marathon. The NBA has agreed to reschedule tonight's game between the Nets and visiting New York Knicks. The Barclays Center sits above... more »
November 1, 2012 10:23 AM
NEW YORK - The total economic damage from Superstorm Sandy could run as high as $50 billion, according to new estimates from the forecasting firm Eqecat. The new numbers are more than double the firm's previous estimate.
Eqecat said Thursday that its new estimate for economic losses is between... more »
November 1, 2012 10:21 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dives back into campaigning after three days immersed in managing the federal response to the storm that battered the East Coast. The contours of the presidential race remain much the same, with Obama and Republican Mitt Romney locked in a tight contest and both campaigns... more »
October 31, 2012 12:34 PM
WASHINGTON - President Obama is paying a visit to Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters ahead of his trip to New Jersey to see the damage done by superstorm Sandy. Obama took a motorcade to FEMA's offices to meet with agency chiefs before a planned flight to Atlantic City, N.J., to... more »
October 31, 2012 12:24 PM
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is making it clear that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a role to play in dealing with events like Hurricane Sandy. In a statement released by his campaign today, he says FEMA "plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for... more »
October 31, 2012 11:25 AM
NEW YORK - Air travelers stranded in the Northeast are a little closer to getting home.
Two of New York City's three major airports are open. Flights are slowly resuming at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International. LaGuardia is still closed. Airlines say they are beginning limited... more »
October 31, 2012 7:54 AM
NEW YORK - The death toll from superstorm Sandy is now at least 55 people along the Atlantic Coast.
Meanwhile, communities are slowly recovering from the storm.
In hard-hit New York City, hundreds of thousands of customers are still without electricity, but buses are running and Wall Street... more »
October 31, 2012 7:03 AM
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The search for the captain of a tall ship that sank in the Atlantic during Sandy is in its third day.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill said Wednesday morning that a cutter searched for Robin Walbridge overnight and two C-130 planes would... more »
October 30, 2012 4:20 PM
NEW YORK - With much of the Northeast immersed in the recovery from superstorm Sandy's devastating blow, the NFL and NBA plan to carry on with their schedules.
The New York City Marathon is still hoping that the course will be clear by Sunday and runners will be able... more »
October 30, 2012 3:35 PM
NEW YORK - An official at a New York City hospital says, "Everyone here is a hero." Dr. Bernard Birnbaum, senior vice president at Tisch Hospital, today thanked crews who had worked through the night, evacuating nearly 300 patients floor-by-floor from one of the city's top hospitals after it lost... more »
October 30, 2012 12:30 PM
WASHINGTON - Superstorm Sandy could mean higher gas prices and a slower economy in coming months, though reconstruction will help cushion the economic blow. The storm will end up causing about $20 billion in damages and an additional $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business activity, according to IHS... more »
October 30, 2012 12:29 PM
NEW YORK - The number of dead from the superstorm that struck the Northeast has climbed to 34 -- with many of the victims killed by falling trees. At least 7.4 million people are without power. Lower Manhattan was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot... more »
October 30, 2012 11:40 AM
KETTERING, Ohio - For a third day tomorrow, President Barack Obama will be off the campaign trail. Instead of holding campaign events in Ohio, he'll be at the White House to monitor recovery efforts from the storm that practically shut down New York City and left more than 30 people... more »
October 30, 2012 10:54 AM
UNDATED - Sports emerged practically untouched on a quiet Monday as the superstorm triggered by Hurricane Sandy flooded shore towns in the Northeast and shut down transit and school systems. The World Series ended a day before the storm made landfall. The Monday night football game was in tranquil Arizona.... more »
October 30, 2012 10:39 AM
WASHINGTON - The havoc unleashed by Superstorm Sandy is bringing an unnerving pause to the presidential campaigning as President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney adjust the breakneck pace of the contest's final days to the anxieties and emergency demands sweeping the Eastern Seaboard. Both men and their running mates... more »
October 30, 2012 10:24 AM
NEW YORK - With lower Manhattan still largely without power Tuesday, U.S. stock exchanges tested contingency plans to ensure trading resumes as soon as possible this week after Hurricane Sandy smashed into the East Coast and shut down operations.
U.S. markets will be closed for a second day, but... more »
October 30, 2012 8:11 AM
NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy is winding down and inching its way inland, leaving at least 17 people in seven states dead and more than 7 million power outages in its wake. New York was one of the hardest hit areas when an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater - 3... more »
October 29, 2012 10:18 PM
NEW YORK- What was Hurricane Sandy is now Superstorm Sandy and has knocked-out power to a hospital and some 1.5 million people along the East Coast.
New York Mayor Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked residents to only call 911 if "it was a matter of life or death," and implored... more »
October 29, 2012 6:59 PM
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Forecasters say Sandy is no longer a hurricane but is still a dangerous system taking dead aim at New Jersey and Delaware. The National Hurricane Center said Monday evening that Sandy is a post-tropical storm and losing strength but still has sustained winds at 85 mph.... more »
October 29, 2012 5:23 PM
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The Coast Guard says it has found one of the missing crew members of a tall ship that went down off the North Carolina coast, but she is unresponsive. Lt. Mike Patterson said crews are taking 42-year-old Claudene Christian to the hospital. The Coast Guard is... more »
October 29, 2012 4:34 PM
NEW YORK - Whether you call it Frankenstorm, Stormpocalypse or simply Hurricane Sandy, the giant weather system barreling into the East Coast is a favorite topic of conversation on social media from Facebook to Twitter.
As people post updates to friends and family, relay emergency information and lighten the... more »
October 29, 2012 2:42 PM
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Hurricane Sandy is now expected to blow ashore in New jersey or Delaware by this evening -- hours sooner than previously expected. The storm has picked up some forward speed. It's already washed away a part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. And it's threatening to cripple... more »
October 29, 2012 2:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Volunteers, emergency responders and others from Louisiana are heading to the northeast to put their experience with hurricanes to use as Hurricane Sandy nears landfall.
Both Entergy and DEMCO utility companies have hundreds of line workers either on their way or prepared to join crews from... more »
October 29, 2012 2:29 PM
NEW YORK - Emergency workers are at the scene of a crane that's dangling off a 65-story building in New York City. Television images show part of the crane hanging off the luxury building on West 57th Street. No injuries are reported. However, streets have been cleared as a precaution.... more »
October 29, 2012 2:27 PM
WASHINGTON - Hurricane Sandy has already caused the cancellation of thousands of flights, stranding travelers. Insurers are expecting to have to pay up to $5 billion. Retailers are expecting smaller sales. But for the overall economy, damage from the storm is expected to be limited, and analysts say any economic... more »
October 29, 2012 1:47 PM
WASHINGTON - Hurricane Sandy could complicate Friday's release of the October jobs report, the final snapshot of employment before the presidential election. U.S. Labor Department officials are still hopeful that they can release the report as scheduled. But they acknowledged that the storm could cause a delay. "Our intention is... more »
October 29, 2012 10:30 AM
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard has rescued 14 members of the crew forced to abandon the tall ship HMS Bounty caught in Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina Outer Banks. The Coast Guard is searching for two other crew members. It corrected the total number of crew to 16... more »
October 29, 2012 10:27 AM
NEW YORK - Hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and has taken a left turn toward the East Coast and its date with two other weather systems. An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling it "the worst-case scenario." The storm, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 500... more »
October 25, 2012 1:20 PM
WASHINGTON - Government forecasters say a big storm that they're calling "Frankenstorm" is likely to blast most of the U.S. East Coast next week. The storm is an unusual mix of a hurricane and a winter storm. The worst of it could be focused around New York City and New... more »
October 22, 2012 5:19 PM
MIAMI - Tropical Storm Sandy has formed south of Jamaica and forecasters say the storm is expected to strengthen. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sandy was about 395 miles (636 kilometers) south of Kingston, Jamaica, and had winds of 40 mph (64 kph). It is expected to head... more »