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Va. Code Changes Postpone Move-In Dates
After hurricanes and tornados leveled homes across Florida and parts of the mid-Atlantic during the 1990s, building code officials and the construction industry agreed on stricter standards that would make new houses strong enough to withstand high winds -- namely 90-mph gusts for 3 seconds.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Fickle Storm Defies Forecasts
The computer models could not agree. The ocean buoys clocked offshore winds that were hurricane force. One forecaster said the storm's track would be "everything." Special reconnaissance flights probed the northbound system for clues.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Hokies Calm 'Canes
Zabian Dowdell scores 17 points as Virginia Tech to defeat ACC rival Miami, 71-58, Saturday night.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Northeast Digs Out Slowly After Snowstorm
For some, the storm -- which National Weather Service forecasters called one of the five most potent to strike New England in a half-century -- was a dangerous nuisance. For others it was a rare opportunity for a frosty frolic in downtowns that became ghost towns.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Hurricane Scientist Leaves U.N. Team
A federal hurricane research scientist resigned from a United Nations-sponsored climate assessment team, saying the group's leader had politicized the process.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Guiding Disaster Aid in The Post-Sept. 11 Era
Michael D. Brown is a startling sight in coat, tie and polished leather shoes. Much more familiar is Brown in muddy work boots and navy windbreaker emblazoned in gold with the letters FEMA.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Southeast Florida: An Open and Shut Coast
"There's not a hotel room within 60 miles of here," said Jackie Ducketts, manager of the Vero Beach Inn in Vero Beach, Fla. Although the hotel was up and running -- barely -- during a late-October visit, it was housing emergency workers only.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
After Ivan, A Jammin' Comeback
In the lobby bar of the Ritz-Carlton in Montego Bay last Saturday, Carl Simpson upended a glass of rum punch, looked at the cloudless sky and strolled out to a stretch of white sand for a mid-afternoon sprawl in the sun.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Come December: Hurricane Who?
The worst view on Grand Bahama may be the first: The pink stucco tower of the international airport greets arrivals with a gap-toothed stare, with several windows missing and plywood plugs galore. Far worse, the entire domestic terminal behind it is little more than neatened-up rubble.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Gas and Produce Prices Drive Increase in Consumer Index
Consumers paid sharply more for fruits, vegetables and gasoline last month, the government reported yesterday, suggesting that inflation may be stirring again after being dormant for several months.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Payroll Growth Jumps, Helped By Hurricanes
U.S. job growth surged in October as builders, temporary agencies and other employers boosted their payrolls, in part to repair widespread hurricane damage in the Southeast, the government reported Friday.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Weather Service Tempers Its Isabel Critique
Conservative predictions by the National Weather Service during Hurricane Isabel, communication breakdowns within the agency and confusing bulletins led D.C. area officials to underestimate the tidal flooding headed their way during the storm, according to a report released yesterday.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Immigrants' Protected Status Extended
The Department of Homeland Security Monday announced an 18-month extension for Hondurans and Nicaraguans who were granted temporary U.S. residence after a devastating hurricane in their homelands.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Hurricanes Leave Huge Economic Footprint
The four hurricanes that recently struck the southeastern United States left a lingering imprint on the national economy by pushing up oil prices, wiping out jobs and disrupting shipments of fruits and vegetables to grocery stores.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Oil Closes Above $50
Oil prices closed above $50 a barrel for the first time Friday as concerns linger about damage to oil production in the Gulf of Mexico from Hurricane Ivan.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Jeanne Gives Region a Going-Over
The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne punched through the region yesterday, wringing out a soaking rain that caused widespread flooding and road closures.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Bush Urges Supporters to Help Floridians
President Bush's campaign called on 6 million supporters nationwide Tuesday to "set partisanship aside" and contribute to hurricane relief in Florida as he and Democratic challenger John F. Kerry prepared to fly into the storm-ravaged swing state for the fall's first presidential debate.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Fla. Residents Assess Hurricanes' Damage
VERO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 28 -- Janet Hettinger waited more than two days to return home to this city's barrier island only to be told she couldn't go inside. Hurricane Jeanne's winds caused too much damage.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Florida Fears Massive Flooding
Hurricane Jeanne's rains dumped about 166 billion gallons of water on three counties in central Florida, and as far as Anna Marie Amidon, 81, was concerned on Monday, it might have all fallen directly on her.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM
Jeanne Heads Toward Virginia
After leaving a trail of devastation across the Caribbean and delivering another blow to hard-hit Florida, Jeanne was downgraded today to a tropical depression as it tracked toward southwestern Virginia.
04/23/2005 12:33 PM