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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited Florida this weekend, on a trip likely intended to boost his profile as a potential presidential candidate. Instead, the scandal-plagued Republican arrived in the Sunshine State under a cloud. On Saturday Dawn Zimmer, the Democrat mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, claimed in a television interview that two of Christie’s close aides had threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds from her city if she continued to oppose a major property development plan backed by the Governor.

Hurricane warning for Haitian quake refugees

Authorities have urged hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in crowded tent camps to seek new shelter as Hurricane Tomas roars across the Caribbean with Haiti on its potential path.

Rupert Cornwell: Why 9 out of 10 Americans love statistics

Out of America: The US obsession with numbers is a symptom of the nation's desire to predict and control everything – from baseball to hurricanes

Mexico: Hurricane aids crocodiles' escape

At least 280 crocodiles have escaped from a Mexican refuge near the Gulf of Mexico after heavy flooding caused by Hurricane Karl, Mexican media said yesterday.

Hurricane Karl kills two as it heads for Mexico

Authorities in central Mexico were on alert this morning for possible mudslides and flooding as the remnants of Hurricane Karl pushed inland hours after the storm swept onto the Gulf coast and killed two people.

Traveller's Guide: French Caribbean

With their distinctive Gallic flavour, the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, St-Barts and St-Martin offer a unique take on the tropics, says Jane Anderson

Bess Cummings: One of the last survivors of the sinking of the SS City of Benares in 1940

Bess Cummings was one of the last survivors of the sinking of the SS City of Benares, which was torpedoed by a U-Boat in 1940 with 400 passengers and crew onboard, including 90 children.

Tropical Storm Hermine heads for Mexico-Texas coast

Tropical Storm Hermine formed in the southwest Gulf of Mexico today and strengthened slightly as it moved towards the coast of northeast Mexico and southern Texas, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

Hurricane Andy breezes past Brown despite the elements

Hurricane Earl was in the air but it was Hurricane Andy who swept through Arthur Ashe Stadium here yesterday.

Hurricane threatens US holiday islands

Visitors and some residents were evacuated from low-lying holiday islands off the North Carolina coast yesterday as Hurricane Earl bore down on the US eastern seaboard, churning up dangerous swells.

Ocracoke Island cleared as hurricane nears

Tourists on a holiday island in North Carolina were ordered to board ferries and head for the mainland today as powerful Hurricane Earl threatened to sideswipe the US East Coast.

Hurricane Earl threatens US Coast after hitting Caribbean

Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled toward the US coast early today after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines.

Obama joins New Orleans to remember Katrina’s victims

Barack Obama flew in to New Orleans to promise that the federal government would continue to help the city back on to its feet, after the twin ravages of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Hurricane Katrina: Caught on Camera, Channel 4<br/>Big Brother, Channel 4

Documentary-makers must piece fragments into an unforgettable story, but this time, old hands fail

American graffiti: How New Orleans' residents used spray paint to voice their feelings about Hurricane Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on New Orleans five years ago, photographer Richard Misrach toured the city to catalogue its residents' reactions, graffitied on cars, trees &ndash; anything, in fact, that hadn't blown away

The Unluckiest City in America

Five years ago it was Katrina. Then came the BP oil disaster. David Usborne visits the beleaguered citizens of New Orleans
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