January 4, 2012 2:30 p.m.
According to the NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell, Senate passed the flood insurance relief bill Friday afternoon.
January 4, 2012 12:10 p.m.
According to Reuters, "The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved $9.7 billion in initial federal funds for victims of Superstorm Sandy, with New York and New Jersey lawmakers still seething over delays in voting on the rest of a $60 billion aid package."
Congress will vote on a bill Friday that would give $9.7 billion to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which has been hard hit with claims in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has warned Congress that the NFIP funds will be depleted by next week if more money is not provided.
The additional funding would allow the program to continue providing insurance payouts to those affected by Sandy.
About 140,000 Sandy-related flood insurance claims have been filed, according to FEMA. Many people, however, have only received partial payouts, halting the rebuilding process.
Hurricane Sandy came onshore on the evening of October 29, 2012, along the coast of southern New Jersey causing billions of dollars in damage.
After a wet September, drier weather will finally arrive in Florida for the new month.
Fall air will erase the record warmth that has been gripping the Northeast, while chilly air is set to charge into the Midwest by week's end.
Locally damaging thunderstorms and flooding downpours may travel across a thousand-mile stretch of the nation through the balance of the week.
Two extreme skiers have been found dead in the wake of an avalanche in southern Chile.
Residents of Japan are facing another tropical threat from strengthening Typhoon Phanfone.
Unusually high water temperatures throughout the North Pacific Ocean have brought sightings of uncommon species to the area as well as concerns from researchers about how it could affect native species.
Nimes, France (1988)
A total of 7.87 inches of rain in 3 hours caused floods and mudslides. Eight persons were killed. Damage totalled $634 million.
Los Angeles, CA (1995)
High reached 101 degrees.
Early season frost resulted in $95 million crop damage.