Puerto Rico Won't Have Full Power Back Until May — 8 Months After Hurricane Maria Hit
The island's governor had promised to restore power to 95% of residents by December, but officials now say the island won't be fully up and running until much later.
Here’s What Happened In The Hours After Hurricane Harvey Hit A Chemical Plant, According To A Staff Log
A staff log obtained by BuzzFeed News gives a tense account of what happened in the days after Hurricane Harvey drowned the Arkema chemical plant outside of Houston.
He Was Shot And Left Paralyzed, Then Two Hurricanes Came: One Man's Awful Year
“I just want this year to be over with."
A Texas Woman Died From A Devastating “Flesh-Eating Bacteria” After Harvey
Two others were reportedly hospitalized. The state health department said that there have not been widespread reports of skin infections.
These Employees Worked Through Hurricanes For Minimum Wage
Through hurricanes Harvey and Irma, despite risks, workers prepared food, manned cash registers, and cleaned hotels for the country’s lowest legal pay.
Houston Medics And Police Sue Arkema Over Chemical Plant Blasts
The suit claims that Arkema did not warn first responders that fumes from the explosions could be toxic.
These Harvey Victims Blame Army Engineers, Not The Storm, For Flooding Their Homes
"We were so happy it wasn’t raining anymore. But the water got higher and higher.”
Harvey Survivors Tell Us Which Keepsakes They Were Most Heartbroken To Lose
From ultrasound photos to custom convertibles, some things just can't be replaced.
A Drag Scene Rises From Harvey's Destruction, And With It, A Sense Of Normality
“The whole point of a drag show is to make people forget about what’s going on outside."
Prisoners Face Horrifying Conditions, Limited Drinking Water After Harvey Pounds Texas
“I see on television that animals are getting treated better than these guys."
Houston's Undocumented Community, Hit Hard By Harvey, Faces An Uncertain Future
"We’re pretty much on our own," said one undocumented Houston resident who came to the US as a child.
The Mother Of A DREAMer Who Died Trying To Rescue Harvey Victims Will Now Be Able To Attend His Funeral
Rita Guillén had been blocked from entering the US when her son went missing last week. On Tuesday, she was reunited with her grieving family.
This LGBT Center Is Hoping To Prevent People From "Falling Through The Cracks" In Houston
“I think a lot of the Houston community just started relying on each other.”
Beyoncé And Other A-List Celebrities To Headline A Harvey Relief Telethon
In 2012, NBC raised $23 million with a telethon for Superstorm Sandy relief.
This DREAMer And His Friend Drowned Trying To Rescue Houston Flood Victims
Alonso Guillén and Tomas Carreon, both born in Mexico and brought to the US as children, were killed while attempting to rescue residents caught in the storm.
One Family Begins To Rebuild After Flood Waters Recede In Texas
"We're not at the hospital. We're not at the funeral home. We are blessed for that."
This Immigrant Community Is Returning Home To Deal With The Damage That Harvey Wrought
"This was my some kind of dream, you know. I brought my family here."
Harvey Wrecked Up To 1 Million Cars In Houston. Now Residents Are Struggling To Live Without One.
“If I don't get to work, I don't get money."
Harvey Damaged 13 Toxic Waste Sites. It Could Take Years To Know The True Health Risks.
"They're not going to get cancer tomorrow — they may get asthma in three months," one researcher said.
This Family Lost Everything During Katrina. Then Harvey Came For Their New Home.
LaTanya Stewart never returned to her New Orleans home after it was destroyed by Katrina. While much of Houston was in the midst of recovery Saturday, she went back to her new home for the first time to find the damage Harvey had wrought.
This Group Of Women Is Helping To Fix The Hair And Spirits Of Houston Evacuees
"You might have gone through the storm but you don't have to look like you went through the storm," a volunteer stylist said.
Houston's Historically Black Neighborhoods Are Struggling After The Storm
"When you think about it, it just hurts because this is so typical for our end of town."
On Patrol With The Rescue Rangers As They Work To Rescue Storm Victims
Scores of volunteers from Louisiana are working around the clock this week saving people, their pets, and whatever possessions they can — even as their own homes faced Harvey's wrath. "There’s not always gonna be somebody for you to rescue. But you never know unless you try."
Trump Greeted Enthusiastically In Lake Charles, Louisiana During Pit Stop
“I think it’s great. It’s a chance to see how much everybody here in Louisiana supports him,” a Lake Charles native said.
This Family Has Escaped Harvey Flooding Three Times
“The last days, I was fighting all the time to save my kids’ lives.”
First Responders Dodge Hazards Beneath The Surface As Flooding Swallows Houston Neighborhood
Emergency response teams from across the US have converged on flood-ravaged Houston to rescue residents still stranded after days of historic rainfall.
This Paramedic Who Rescued Harvey Victims May Be Deported If Trump Ends DACA
“It was like getting an extra kick to the face when you’re already down.”
Flood Conditions Get Worse For Beaumont Evacuees: "I Couldn't Cry More Tears If I Tried"
"It looks like a war zone."
These Maps Show The Vulnerable Houston Neighborhoods That May Need Most Help Rebuilding From Harvey
Rising floodwaters don’t discriminate between rich and poor. But when it comes to recovering from disaster, wealth makes a huge difference.
The National Weather Service Is Warning People To Watch Out For Fake Forecasts
Meteorologists say it's not yet known if Hurricane Irma will impact the US.
The Cost Of Harvey's Destruction Is Estimated At Up To $108 Billion
Moody’s Analytics increased its estimate of damages from Harvey "to reflect the storm’s wider path" after its second landfall.
A Texas Man Returned Home To Play His Piano In A Flooded House And It Has People Emotional
The powerful video has inspired many, including singer Vanessa Carlton, to see the "beauty in the suffering."
Black Lives Matter Is Bringing Food To Victims Of Harvey, But People Are Sharing A False Story About BLM Blocking Relief Efforts
Black Lives Matter Houston is actively providing relief, but a story claiming the opposite has been shared to millions of people.
Pleas For Help Continue In East Texas As Residents Start To Realize How Much Damage There Is
"This, it just breaks my heart. The devastation that happening here is just unfathomable."
These Poignant Aerial Images Show What Texas Looked Like Before And After Harvey
The photos show entire swaths of land completely under muddy water in the aftermath of Harvey's deadly destruction.
"I’m Devastated": Houston Residents Return Home To Ruin As Floodwaters Recede
While firefighters went door to door in search of those still in need of rescue, evacuees returned home to pick up the pieces in the wake of Harvey’s wrath.
Katrina Was Just A Curtain-Raiser
Years before Hurricane Katrina, I reported on the New Orleans' growing vulnerability. But Harvey shows that New Orleans was the canary in the coal mine for coastal cities.
Hospitals In Houston Are Preparing For A Massive Surge Of People In Desperate Need Of Medical Care
Tropical storm Harvey has begun heading east, but healthcare workers across the city are preparing for a medical fallout that could last months.
Shelters And Hospital Forced To Evacuate As Flooding Cripples Beaumont And Port Arthur
In Beaumont alone, the running water supply was compromised, forcing the evacuations of shelters and a hospital.
Damage From Harvey Has Already Caused Millions Of Pounds Of Toxic Pollutants To Be Released Into The Air
The explosions and ensuing fire at the Arkema chemical plant early Thursday are just the latest in a wave of damage, disruptions, and pollution at industrial facilities along the Texas coast after Harvey.
Joel Osteen Is Now A Hilarious Meme After He Was Criticized For His Response To Harvey Victims
"I support the innkeeper's decision to turn away Mary and Joseph. It's an inn, not Labor and Delivery!"
Houston Texan J.J. Watt's Harvey Fundraiser Has Raised More Than $28 Million
"The most difficult times bring out the best in humanity."
Here’s Where Houston’s Calls For Help Were The Loudest
People in Houston desperate for rescue turned to social media when official lines were clogged. Here's where seemingly most of the city's posts were coming from.
Meet The Veterans Who Set Up A Volunteer Rescue Operation After Harvey
After Harvey slammed into Houston late last week, a group of veterans from across Texas descended on the region to save lives. By Wednesday, their ranks had swollen to more than 200.
Woman Takes Charge Of Volunteer Rescues As Floods Ravage Texas Town
Complete strangers used what they had to make dozens of rescues in Orange and other small communities along the Texas–Louisiana border Wednesday as they waited for officials to arrive.
Here's The Email Apple CEO Tim Cook Just Sent About Hurricane Harvey
"Because Texas is home to more than 8,700 of our coworkers, the storm’s impact is felt by all of us," Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an email to employees.
Some Texas Flood Victims Are Losing Or Abandoning Their Dogs And The Photos Are Heartbreaking
But thanks to heroic rescuers, many of the pups are OK.
Demand For Shelter In Houston Subsides, So Residents Won't Be Sent To Other Cities, Officials Say
Shelter capacity in Houston, once in critically tight supply, was at the point Wednesday that officials said residents would not need to be shipped to other cities.
Houston Police Officers Say They Lacked Training And Equipment For Hurricane Harvey
Officers told BuzzFeed News that many had not gone through flood training, had no access to boats, and were unable to respond to an untold number of emergency calls due to not enough high-water vehicles.
15 Moments From The Houston Flooding Devastation That Will Remind You The World Isn't All Bad
Normal people became everyday heroes.
Houston’s Urban Sprawl Meant Harvey Was A Disaster Waiting To Happen
Houston is one of the least densely populated of the US's great cities, and has sprawled into floodplains because of lax building rules. That needs to change, experts say.
People Are Slowly Trickling Into Dallas's New Mega-Shelter For Harvey Survivors
"We just want to tell people we're ready for them."
Groceries Are Running Low In Houston, And People Are Starting To Worry
Supermarkets across Houston have closed as Harvey continues to batter the region. The ones that remain open are running out of fresh food.
At Least 70 People Have Been Confirmed Dead As A Result Of Harvey
The massive storm that pummeled Texas has killed a veteran police officer, a family of six, and a retired high school football coach, among others.
Joel Osteen's Megachurch Says It Didn't Open Its Doors To Houston Evacuees Because The City Didn't Ask It To
Hundreds of evacuees and volunteers filled Lakewood Church within hours of its doors opening for relief efforts, leaving many still wondering what took so long in the first place.
Social Media Saved Harvey Victims In Texas — But That's Not Really A Plan
Twitter and smartphones didn't exist when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Hurricane Harvey showed their potential — and how much remains to be done.
Facebook Ditched The Red Cross For Hurricane Harvey Relief
Facebook, which partnered with the Red Cross during past disasters, is now steering users to donate to a little-known charity called the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Congress Puts Fixing Federal Flood Insurance Program On “Backburner” As Harvey Drenches Texas
Members of the Senate say talks about reforming the federal flood insurance are still on hold, but one Texas House Republican has a different idea.
House Republicans Say They Can Avoid A Fight Over Harvey Relief Funding
September will be busy and hectic for Congress, but House Republicans think they can send aid to Texas without the drama that came after Sandy.
Here Are The Health Hazards In Houston’s Floodwater
From floating fire ant colonies to leaking car batteries to sewage, public health experts are expecting storm-related health effects to last months.
A Houston Police Officer Drowned While Driving To Work During Storm Harvey
Houston's police chief confirmed that the 60-year-old officer died on Sunday after he became trapped by floodwaters.
Some Government Veterans From Katrina Are Crowdsourcing Rescue Requests From Harvey Victims
"This community of complete strangers has come together and we are literally saving lives," one of the creators of Harvey Rescue said.
30 Heartbreaking Pictures Of Animals Affected By Harvey
As floodwaters continue to rise in Houston and surrounding areas, animals that are unable to fend for themselves are at the mercy of rescuers.
Undocumented Residents In Storm-Ravaged Houston Remain Nervous About Seeking Help
Officials have repeatedly said they will not ask anyone seeking help about their immigration status, but fears remain.
Melania Trump Wore Stilettos On The Way To Texas And People Lost Their Minds
The first lady later changed into a sporty ensemble, including a "FLOTUS" hat and tennis shoes.
Christians Are Calling Out Joel Osteen For His Hesitancy To Open His Megachurch For Tropical Storm Victims
After mounting pressure from both followers and non-followers of the celebrity pastor and his famous church, Osteen finally issued a statement claiming he and Lakewood Church will house victims of Tropical Storm Harvey "once the cities and county shelters reach capacity."
Here’s Why We Didn’t See Harvey’s Torrential Rain Coming Sooner
“It definitely did intensify quickly — and in fact quicker than most of us expected,” said one expert.
21 Photos That Show Just How Bad The Flooding In Houston Really Is
And it's still raining.
Thousands Stream Into Evacuation Shelters As Harvey Drowns More Neighborhoods
As heavy rains battered Houston for a third day, thousands of residents have been forced to abandon their homes for increasingly crowded shelters.
Two People Killed, Four Injured In A Shooting At A New Mexico Public Library
A suspect is in custody after the deadly mass shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in eastern New Mexico Monday.
The Guy Who Tweeted The Fake Viral Street Shark Photo Wants You To Know He Regrets Nothing
"Of course I knew it was fake, it was part of the reason I shared the bloomin' thing."
Six Family Members Found Dead Inside Van That Was Swept Away In Houston Floodwaters
Two great-grandparents and four children were swept away on a road in Houston on Sunday, but the van was only spotted Wednesday as waters receded.
Texans Are Sharing Amazing Photos That Demonstrate The Texan Spirit After The Hurricane
"I'm so proud, This is so Texan. Texas got Texas!"
Harvey Has Shut Down 16% Of The Country's Gas Refining Capacity. Gas Prices Are Set To Rise.
Gas prices in the Gulf region are expected to jump by at least 10%.
"I Feel Like We’ve Been Forgotten": In Houston, Stranded Residents Are Their Own First Responders
As government officials struggled to respond to the "unprecedented" disaster Sunday, some residents on the outskirts of Houston had resigned themselves to going it alone.
Hospitals In Houston Prepare To Evacuate After Heavy Rains, Storm Damage
Relentless rainstorms have forced several local hospitals to take precautions against flooding, and even begin evacuating patients.
A Houston Reporter Helped Save A Truck Driver Trapped By Floods
The local news reporter noticed a man trapped in a semi-trailer truck and flagged down sheriff's deputies to rescue him.
Why Wasn't Houston Evacuated Before The "Unprecedented" Storm?
As flood waters rise, authorities in Texas defended their decision not to evacuate residents from Houston and other nearby areas.
This Is How You Can Help People Affected By Hurricane Harvey
At least two people have died after a huge storm crashed into the coast of Texas and swept across the state, causing devastating flooding.
Mexico's Response To Trump Tweet Includes Offer Of Aid For Harvey Recovery
Trump on Sunday morning again said that Mexico would pay for his border wall, even as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to deluge Texas.
Nursing Home Residents Are Rescued From Rising Floodwaters After An Alarming Photo Went Viral
"Things are very bad here."
Harvey Kills Dozens Of People In Texas, Leaving The Coast To Rebuild
These were live updates from Harvey's aftermath on the Texas coast. Go here for previous coverage of the storm and its aftermath.
Texans Are Still Desperately Tweeting For Help As 911 Is Inundated With Calls
"We call 911, they hang up on us. We call 911, the number’s busy," one Houstonian told BuzzFeed News. "I am scared."
These Photos Show The Brutal Aftermath Of Hurricane Harvey
Extensive flooding and damage is seen as of Sunday morning after the hurricane made landfall on Saturday
Here's What President Trump Was Tweeting About During Hurricane Harvey
While watching Hurricane Harvey unfold from Camp David, Trump tweeted regular updates about the storm — as well as comments about Democrats, NAFTA and his promised Mexican border wall.
ICE Left 50 Immigrant Women And Kids Stranded At A Bus Station Before Hurricane Harvey Struck
The buses had stopped running due to the approaching storm.
"We Expected To Come Back To Nothing": Residents Survey The Damage After Hurricane Harvey
After widespread evacuations, some Texas residents returned home to find entire neighborhoods reduced to rubble.
23 Photos Of The Destruction Left Behind By Hurricane Harvey Shortly After It Made Landfall
These photos are updated as of Saturday evening, Aug. 28.
Border Patrol Checkpoints Will Stay Open During Hurricane Harvey Evacuation
The ACLU is worried undocumented immigrants will refuse to leave dangerous areas for fear of running into Border Patrol checkpoints, but the agency says the stops aren't on evacuation routes.
This Hurricane Is About To Be The Strongest To Slam Into The US In More Than A Decade
Forecasters are warning of life-threatening winds and flooding as Hurricane Harvey takes aim at Texas.