Parts of the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama were under water Sunday, with an onslaught of torrential rains causing not just extensive flooding but also damage to roads and buildings, local officials said.
Federal authorities reopened about 340 square miles of federal waters off the Florida Panhandle east of Destin to fishing Monday after finding no sign of oil in that area, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced.
About 250,000 gallons of oil have been funneled from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP says. That's less than a third of the 798,000 gallons of crude federal authorities estimate are gushing into the ocean every day.
Hurricane Bill was churning in the Atlantic Ocean early Monday evening with winds of 90 mph (145 kph), and forecasters said the storm -- still far from any shore -- could become a major hurricane by Wednesday.
A man who authorities say defrauded investors and then tried to fake his own death by deliberately crashing his plane in the Florida Panhandle pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of intentionally destroying an aircraft and faking a distress call.
Tropical Storm Fay was in no hurry as it made its way across the northern Florida peninsula Friday, its torrential rains and fierce winds leaving a trail of destruction behind and portending the future for areas in its path.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C., April 15 -- There was no golf today, or not much golf, anyhow. Not in Hilton Head, where the flagsticks were bent like old soldiers in a Veterans Day parade. The wind was nasty, and Peter Kostis of CBS, doing a live standup, looked like one of those Weather Channel storm-chasers, standing at the edge of the Gulf when hurricane season comes through the Florida panhandle.
Locals call this part of the Florida Panhandle "the Forgotten Coast," but spend a weekend in Apalachicola, and you'll never forget it. This unspoiled town of roughly 3,000 residents boasts adorable boutiques, cozy dining nooks and quirky oyster joints. It's the perfect place to hide away for a few days and blend in with the locals.
Hurricane Katrina will make a "big shift" to the west on its way across the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to reach dangerous Category 4 intensity before making landfall Monday afternoon in Mississippi or Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said Friday.
After wreaking havoc on the Alabama and Florida coasts, the remnants of Hurricane Ivan punished the Southeastern United States on Friday, knocking out power to more than a million customers and flooding parts of Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.
With Hurricane Ivan still a couple of days from the U.S. Gulf Coast, the first estimate of insured U.S. losses says this one has the potential to be the most expensive show of an already damaging storm season.
Residents along the Gulf of Mexico began evacuating Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Ivan, a Category 4 storm projected to make landfall somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana on Thursday morning.