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Caribbean gets smart to cope with hurricanes

Saint John's - After monster Hurricane Irma annihilated the farm sector of Barbuda in 2017, growers got smart: among other changes, they moved their crops to higher ground.

One week after Dorian, Bahamians struggle amid the ruins

Nassau - One week after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, residents struggled amid the ruins Sunday, with many forced to seek refuge far from their shattered homes as the death toll from the top-intensity storm hit 43 in the islands.

Hurricane Dorian death toll climbs to 43, expected to rise 'significantly'

Marsh Harbour - The death toll from Hurricane Dorian's devastating rampage across the Bahamas rose to 43 and was likely to climb "significantly," officials said, with hundreds missing even as rescuers plucked desperate survivors from the debris.

Puerto Rico mobilizes as potential hurricane approaches

San Juan - Puerto Rico has mobilized thousands of federal agents ahead of what threatens to be the first hurricane to lash the US territory since it was ravaged by Maria in 2017, authorities said Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Dorian gains steam, heads for Caribbean

Miami - Tropical Storm Dorian intensified Monday as it approached the Caribbean on a track that will take it near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic by midweek, possibly at hurricane strength, US forecasters said.

Antigua takes control of troubled Caribbean airline LIAT

Saint John's - A Caribbean airline that helps bind together the region's many island nations has been saved from going under -- at least for now -- by a rescue plan led by the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Prince Charles to make first British royal trip to Cuba

London - Prince Charles will make the first-ever official British royal visit to Cuba in March, his office announced Friday, to mark improving ties between the two nations.

Frenchman sets sail across Atlantic — in a barrel

Bordeaux - A 71-year-old Frenchman set sail across the Atlantic on Wednesday in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, hoping to reach the Caribbean within three months thanks to ocean currents alone.

A year after Irma, Antigua evicts Barbudan storm victims from shelter

Saint John's - Dozens of Barbudans were forcibly evicted Saturday from a shelter on neighboring Antigua, leaving them without a home almost exactly a year after powerful Hurricane Irma devastated their island.

In storm-hit Barbuda, China fills void left by Western 'neglect'

Codrington - Steel drums carry a jubilant rendition of "Guantanamera" over the ruins of Barbuda's capital Codrington, as dignitaries and residents mark the latest bit of progress in the island's grueling struggle to recover from Hurricane Irma.

First Atlantic hurricane puts Dominica on alert

Miami - The Caribbean island of Dominica, ravaged by the deadly passage of Hurricane Maria last year, was again under a hurricane watch Friday as the first such storm of the 2018 Atlantic season moved toward the Lesser Antilles.

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms ahead of hurricane season

Miami - Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the Caribbean on Friday, giving an early kickoff to the Atlantic hurricane season one week ahead of schedule.

US mulls how to shield Caribbean if Venezuela oil cut

Kingston - After preparing Latin American allies for possible US oil sanctions against Venezuela, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the Caribbean on Wednesday to discuss the aftermath of such a move.

Caribbean bloc condemns Trump's 'repulsive' language

Georgetown - The 15-nation Caribbean Community on Saturday condemned US President Donald Trump's use of "repulsive language" to reportedly describe Haiti and African nations.

Dutch St Martin's PM quits after pressure over Irma aid

Den Haag - Dutch Saint Martin's Prime Minister William Marlin announced his resignation Friday after a spat with The Netherlands over aid following a devastating hurricane that hit the Caribbean island.

Dutch to give storm-hit isles 600 mln euros to rebuild

Den Haag - The Dutch government announced Friday it will release 617 million euros ($720 million) to help rebuild its Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma in September.

Branson calls for sustainable rebuilding of storm-battered Caribbean

Washington - British tycoon Richard Branson called Friday for rebuilding the hurricane-thrashed Caribbean with more durable housing and sustainable energy, to limit the damage of future storms.

Hurricane survivors swap Caribbean seas for English peas

Preston - When they signed up to study in the Caribbean they thought they were heading for an island paradise. But when Hurricane Irma devastated Sint Maarten, they ended up being transferred to drizzly northern England instead.

Tropical Storm Nate headed for U.S. Gulf Coast

New Orleans and states from Louisiana to Florida are now bracing for a pounding as Tropical Storm Nate is predicted to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane.

UN chief to visit devastated Caribbean islands

New York - The world's response to the devastation from back-to-back hurricanes in the Caribbean has been poor, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday ahead of a visit to three affected islands.

Machete, origami and reading: life in San Juan a week after Maria

Guaynabo - Alejandro Araujo whiles away the day doing jigsaw puzzles. At night, he sleeps on a hammock on the patio, machete at his side.

Water from a rock: Puerto Ricans cope with hurricane aftermath

- The white pipes carved into the foot of the rain-soaked mountain stick out like needles, and from them flows water.Talk about a cool trick. This is one of the ways desperate and resilient Puerto Ricans are coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The answer to rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid? — Renewables

San Juan - Not only is Puerto Rico in the midst of a humanitarian disaster, but with the Island's electrical grid basically destroyed by Hurricane Maria, now is the time to rebuild a new grid using renewable energy sources.

Anger grows over Puerto Rico relief effort

San Juan - US military and emergency relief teams ramped up their aid efforts for Puerto Rico on Friday amid growing criticism of the response to the hurricanes which ripped through the Caribbean island.

Trump lifts barriers to Puerto Rico hurricane aid

Washington - President Donald Trump eased shipping restrictions on storm-battered Puerto Rico Thursday, as he faced sharp criticism for the painfully slow response to Hurricane Maria.

Trump to visit Puerto Rico amid criticism of storm response

Washington - US President Donald Trump, under fire for his response to the storms that ravaged Puerto Rico, announced Tuesday that he will visit the hurricane-battered island next week.

Conditions growing dire in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

San Juan - Living conditions in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico are growing worse by the day, with tired, bewildered people lining up to buy scarce fuel and food Sunday amid a blackout and little to no telephone service.

Puerto Rico wants US aid after quake but not second-class treatment

San Juan - The calamity of Hurricane Maria could not have come at a worse time for Puerto Rico.The US island territory buckled under the weight of $70 billion in debt and filed for bankruptcy protection in May.

Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

Roseau - The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica appealed for desperately-needed aid and helicopters following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which left the country struggling to survive without water or electricity.

Puerto Rico devastated and powerless after Hurricane Maria

San Juan - On a good day it's a Caribbean paradise but Puerto Rico looked Thursday like it had been to hell and back after suffering the fury of Hurricane Maria.Roads were turned to mucky brown rivers that people ply with kayaks and small boats.
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