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Tornadoes ripped through the Miami Valley late Monday night, leaving dozens injured and many without homes. Emergency responders have been performing search and rescue operations Tuesday morning.

Updated at 12:41 p.m. ET

Several tornadoes touched down in highly populated areas of Dayton and other Ohio communities late Monday night, causing catastrophic damage. The storms devastated dozens of buildings and trees. One death has been reported, officials said Tuesday morning.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

The Senate approved a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Thursday that includes money for states impacted by flooding, recent hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as money for communities rebuilding after wildfires.

The measure passed overwhelmingly — 85-8.

Hurricane Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico, and climate change is partly to blame, according to a new study.

The worst rain fell in the mountainous central part of Puerto Rico, from the northwest to the southeast. That part of the island is rainy under normal conditions. In an average year, it gets more than 150 inches of rain.

When Maria hit in 2017, it dropped nearly a quarter of that annual rainfall in just one day.

It’s been 45 years since an outbreak of dangerous storms produced nearly 150 tornadoes across the U.S. and Canada over a 24 hour period.  Reports say during one short period more than a dozen tornadoes were on the ground simultaneously. The storms claimed the lives of hundreds of people and injured thousands more. It was a day in 1974 that Xenia residents never forgot. 


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It all started with Cindy Gaillard.

The denizens of Opera Columbus asked Cindy, an award-winning WOSU TV producer, about ideas for an opera with a local setting. Cindy suggested the great flood of 1913, which devastated Franklinton in March of that year, leaving horrible destruction and nearly 100 deaths. 

The Tri-State has a new tool to help pets and their owners during a disaster.

Recovering from Hurricane and Flood Damage

Sep 20, 2017
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How do community members and locals of areas affected by hurricanes and flooding begin to pick up the pieces and start over? Today we examine the recovery process in wake of the hurricane disasters, looking at The National Flood Insurance Program, policy and flood insurance.

New Challenges for Japanese Automakers

Apr 7, 2011

Honda is Ohio’s largest manufacturer and one of the state’s largest employers. It and its workers face an uncertain spring because of the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated Japan. Because some crucial suppliers of Honda parts have been damaged by the disaster, Honda’s assembly plants have cut production. Honda employees in Marysville and East Liberty are working half shifts. Honda has also cut production in other countries.

A conversation with PBS personal finance expert Suze Orman about creating a plan for financial security in the current economic climate. Her latest book is called The Money Class.

Floods in Pakistan / Amsterdam USA

Aug 19, 2010

The worst floods in Pakistan’s history, the humanitarian crisis unfolding and the emergency response, with McClatchy Newspapers senior correspondent Jonathan Landay and ActionAid Pakistan communications officer Jazeria Malik speaking to us from Pakistan. Two documentary filmmakers journey across the US in search of Amsterdams in "Amsterdam Stories USA," with Rob Rombout and Rogier van Eck.