Pilots aboard Hurricane Hunter plane chasing a winter storm experience strange phenomenon

Pilots aboard Hurricane Hunter plane chasing a winter storm experience strange phenomenon

An experienced hurricane hunting crew chasing a winter storm came across a far different discovery this past weekend. In what is know as St. Elmo’s fire, footage of the forking electric discharge was captured on Saturday by pilots as the spectacle flashed throughout the cockpit. The video, captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aircraft Operations Center (AOC), was taken as pilots flew across the Atlantic Ocean amid thunderstorms. NOAA deployed the hunters…

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Pilots aboard Hurricane Hunter plane chasing a winter storm experience strange phenomenon

An experienced hurricane hunting crew chasing a winter storm came across a far different discovery this past weekend. In what is know as St. Elmo’s fire, footage of the forking electric discharge was captured on Saturday by pilots as the spectacle flashed throughout the cockpit. The video, captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aircraft Operations Center (AOC), was taken as pilots flew across the Atlantic Ocean amid thunderstorms. NOAA deployed the hunters…

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Judge: Army Corps not responsible for Harvey flooding damage

Judge: Army Corps not responsible for Harvey flooding damage

Updated 2:34 pm CST, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods from floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston. A federal judge ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was not liable for damages to thousands of Houston homes that were inundated by two federally owned reservoirs in the days following Hurricane Harvey because they would have flooded regardless. U.S. Judge…

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Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Army Corps For Post-Harvey Flooding

Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Army Corps For Post-Harvey Flooding

A neighborhood along Eldridge Parkway in Houston was flooded by water released from the Addicks Reservoir in August 2017. A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers isn’t liable for flood damage to thousands of Houston homes after the agency cracked open the gates on two massive dams in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. In a brusque, 19-page ruling that granted the government’s request to dismiss the case, U.S. Judge Loren…

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Federal judge dismisses suit against Army Corps for post-Harvey flooding

Federal judge dismisses suit against Army Corps for post-Harvey flooding

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers isn’t liable for flood damage to thousands of Houston homes after the agency cracked open the gates on two massive dams in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. In a brusque, 19-page ruling that granted the government’s request to dismiss the case, U.S. Judge Loren A. Smith of the Court of Federal Claims said the homes downstream of the dams, called Addicks and Barker,…

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NC State study finds levees are at risk with frequent flooding

NC State study finds levees are at risk with frequent flooding

By Mandy Mitchell, WRAL reporter Raleigh, N.C. — New research out of North Carolina State University is showing how the United States’ aging levee system could have hidden dangers inspectors may not be able to see. Researchers chose to use the levee in Princeville as a case study. Princeville was nearly destroyed during Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and suffered heavy damage during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. “With the climate change, this kind of flood events…

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Soggy neighborhoods under flash-flood warning in Mississippi

Soggy neighborhoods under flash-flood warning in Mississippi

By ROGELIO V. SOLIS, Associated Press RIDGELAND, Miss. — Forecasters expected more heavy rains in parts of the flood-ravaged South on Tuesday, prolonging the misery for worried people who still can’t get back into homes surrounded by water. Some of the hardest-hit areas were under a flash flood watch, as the National Weather Service said as much as 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain, and even more in some spots — was expected to fall…

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Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options In A Storm

Many Tornado Alley Residents With Disabilities Lack Safe Options In A Storm

John High has diabetes, which led to his leg being amputated below the knee two years ago. He’s been using a wheelchair since then, and hasn’t gotten used to having to work out solutions to everyday problems — such as getting in and out of the shower in the small rental house he shares with his son in Norman, Okla. But when he hears a tornado siren blaring out its high-pitched warning he feels a…

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How Warming Winters Are Affecting Everything

How Warming Winters Are Affecting Everything

Winters are warming faster than other seasons across much of the U.S. While that may sound like a welcome change for those bundled in scarves and hats, it’s causing a cascade of unpredictable impacts in communities across the country. Temperatures continue to steadily rise around the globe, but that trend isn’t spread evenly across the map or even the yearly calendar. “The cold seasons are warming faster than the warm seasons,” says Deke Arndt, chief…

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Parents, ponies and pucks at PNC: Hurricanes host clinic for daughters, parents

Parents, ponies and pucks at PNC: Hurricanes host clinic for daughters, parents

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Taking advantage of a teacher work day in Wake County, the Hurricanes got girls and parents on the ice together. There were a few spills but way more smiles. The Hurricanes recently employed Alyssa Gagliardi to weave more women’s hockey into the community. “It was mostly just to make sure people were having fun. I think just to be able to have a parent and their daughter out there on the…

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Crooked contractor sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud during Hurricane Harvey

Crooked contractor sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud during Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON — A building contractor who ripped off dozens of people after Hurricane Harvey was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced. Benjamin Wood, 36, pleaded guilty to stealing $180,000 from 26 different victims, including homeowners, workers and suppliers. After the storm ravaged the area, Wood was able to dupe dozens of people into paying him for work he never did.  Sheila Hansel, the consumer fraud prosecutor who…

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Storm Dennis punishes UK, northern Europe with damaging winds and flooding rain

Storm Dennis punishes UK, northern Europe with damaging winds and flooding rain

Rescue and recovery efforts continued across parts of northern Europe Monday in the wake of Storm Dennis which ripped through the region over the weekend. The storm is to blame for at least two deaths, devastating flooding and travel delays. Dennis swept through Ireland and the United Kingdom and into north-central Europe, spreading damaging wind gusts and areas of heavy rain. Many of these locations were still recovering after receiving the wrath of Storm Ciara…

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Building contractor pleads guilty to stealing $180K from Hurricane Harvey victims

Building contractor pleads guilty to stealing $180K from Hurricane Harvey victims

A building contractor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty  to stealing $180,000 from 26 Hurricane Harvey victims. Benjamin Wood, 36, was arrested and indicted in 2019 for aggregate theft, KPRC reported. Wood has been known to take advantage of his workers, suppliers and his clients, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday. Harris County investigators were able to combine…

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Report: Why Are San Antonio's Mobile Home Parks Disappearing?

Report: Why Are San Antonio's Mobile Home Parks Disappearing?

Mobile home parks are closing at an alarming rate in San Antonio, and a new report highlights the reasons behind these closures that threaten an already vulnerable population. Often used as examples in class commentary, mobile home parks are also a unique part of Americana. They are the subject of country songs and poor-taste jokes about tornadoes. But these homes offer affordability not found elsewhere in the San Antonio real estate market. The report is…

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Floods put Mississippi capital in ‘precarious situation’

Floods put Mississippi capital in ‘precarious situation’

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Flooding in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo: CBS News) JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — People in and around the Mississippi capital of Jackson are bracing for more flooding as the rain-swollen Pearl River continues to rise. In a suburb of Jackson, John and Jina Smith were rowed to their home to check on flood damage and discovered about a foot and a half of water was inside. Jina Smith said they packed…

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Mississippi braces for near-record flooding

Mississippi braces for near-record flooding

By ROGELIO V. SOLIS and REBECCA SANTANA JACKSON, Miss. — Authorities in Mississippi were bracing Sunday for the possibility of catastrophic flooding in and around the state capital of Jackson as water levels rise precipitously in a river swollen by days of torrential rain. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said water from the rain-swollen Pearl River would continue to rise throughout the day, and he warned the state is facing a “precarious situation that can turn…

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Mississippi braces for near-record flooding over days of torrential rain

Mississippi braces for near-record flooding over days of torrential rain

JACKSON, Miss — Authorities in Mississippi are bracing for the possibility of catastrophic flooding around the state capital of Jackson as water levels rise precipitously in a river swollen by days of torrential rain.  Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday to amass the resources necessary to cope with the cresting of the Pearl River, which runs in the area around the state capital of Jackson.  The river is expected to crest…

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Shooting investigation underway in Florence, one victim found at local hospital

Shooting investigation underway in Florence, one victim found at local hospital

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Shooting background (Photo: MGN Online) FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — Police in Florence are investigating a Saturday afternoon shooting near downtown Florence. Around 4:21 p.m, officers from the Florence Police Department responded to the area of Walnut Street and Jarrott Street in reference to multiple reports of shots fired. – Advertisement – While in the area officers were notified that a victim from this incident was dropped off at the hospital….

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Coroner investigating apparent homicide in Florence County

Coroner investigating apparent homicide in Florence County

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Florence County Sheriff’s Office is looking for this person in connection with a homicide, Feb. 14, 2020. (Credit: FCSO) FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — The Florence County Coroner’s Office and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a suspicious death Friday morning on Linfield Circle off of Alligator Road in the Effingham community. Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken said they’re treating the death as a homicide. – Advertisement…

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Hurricanes take Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics

Hurricanes take Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — Frigid air and bitter temperatures are nothing new for Carolina Hurricanes players. “We were really cold but we had a lot of fun,” said Hurricanes defenseman Jake Gardiner. “I talked to Ketih with Special Olympics North Carolina and we just came up with a plan to promote the polar plunge,” said Gardiner. “Some of my teammates were nice enough to come and help out, and it was a fun day.” RELATED:…

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Houston Plans For Resiliency In A New Era Of Environmental Risk

Houston Plans For Resiliency In A New Era Of Environmental Risk

From Texas Standard: With six major flooding events and disaster declarations in each of the past five years, Houston is facing a new normal when it comes to risk from a changing environment. Now, the city is looking to create what Mayor Sylvester Turner calls a “resilient city” with a new, 186-page master plan. Marissa Aho is the city of Houston’s Chief Resilience Officer, and she says a resilience strategy, as opposed to merely a…

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Limited inventory: Carolina Hurricanes ticket sales surge

Limited inventory: Carolina Hurricanes ticket sales surge

By Kasey Cunningham, WRAL reporter Raleigh, N.C. — It’s Valentine’s Day, Carolina Hurricanes fans are wearing red for tonight’s face off against the New Jersey Devils for a home game at PNC Arena. Fans hoping to attend games this year may want to consider buying tickets early — the Canes’ website reads: Limited inventory This event is popular. With attendance and ticket sales up 35% from last year, the stands are likely to be packed….

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Between President Trump's Border Wall And The Rio Grande Lies A 'No Man's Land'

Between President Trump's Border Wall And The Rio Grande Lies A 'No Man's Land'

A visit to the now-defunct Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course in Brownsville, Texas, is a cautionary tale of how Trump’s border wall can create dead zones. The clubhouse is shuttered, par signs are fading, and the once-manicured greens are fields of weeds. In 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, working with the University of Texas at Brownsville, built a security fence on the southern edge of the campus that effectively walled off the popular golf…

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Homeowners return back to norm after tornado rips through neighborhood

Homeowners return back to norm after tornado rips through neighborhood

Most homes repaired after tornado destroys portions of neighborhood during Hurricane Dorian. (Photo: Lakeeda Johnson / WWAY) CAROLINA SHORES, NC (WWAY) — Rebuilding is moving along for some residents of The Farm at Brunswick after last year’s tornado spawned during Hurricane Dorian. After going door to door and speaking to many of the homeowners they expressed how thankful they are to be finally getting back to the normal. – Advertisement – The storm caused severe…

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2011 Bastrop County wildfire: $5M settlement reached in case against tree company

2011 Bastrop County wildfire: $5M settlement reached in case against tree company

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas — A $5 million settlement has been reached after a tree-trimming company was accused of causing the 2011 Complex fire in Bastrop, the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. Bastrop County, Bastrop ISD, Smithville ISD and Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2 filed the suit in 2018 against the Asplundh Tree Expert Company for allegedly diverting crews away from a tree-trimming operation along Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative power lines. Drought conditions caused…

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Gusty thunderstorms roll through southeastern U.S. a week after severe weather outbreak

Gusty thunderstorms roll through southeastern U.S. a week after severe weather outbreak

With a severe weather outbreak barely in the rear-view mirror, another round of heavy and gusty thunderstorms is rattling the southeastern United States on Thursday. Storms that broke out one week ago, on Thursday, Feb. 6, produced nearly 200 incidents of severe weather, including more than a dozen tornadoes in the Southeast, according to the Storm Prediction Center. The severe weather was part of a multiple-day outbreak that left a trail of destruction over the…

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Storms bring rain and gusts to Triangle, but no severe weather so far

Storms bring rain and gusts to Triangle, but no severe weather so far

By Elizabeth Gardner and Zach Maloch, WRAL meteorologists Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle is under a level 1 threat for severe storms Thursday before much colder temperatures move in. After two days of chilly weather, though, springlike temperatures will return. A line of storms moved through the Charlotte area around 10 a.m. By lunchtime, the storms arrived in the Triangle, bringing rain and some gusty winds, but fortunately no severe weather, lightning or hail. “It’s…

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Stay Weather Aware | Threat of severe weather Thursday

Stay Weather Aware | Threat of severe weather Thursday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One week after multiple tornadoes caused major damage across the Charlotte area, the Carolinas will again face the threat of severe weather Thursday. A line of storms will push east Thursday morning before continuing toward eastern North Carolina in the afternoon. Fortunately, the overall threat is low, especially compared to last week’s outbreak that saw eight confirmed tornadoes around the Charlotte area.  “This is nothing like that,” said First Warn chief meteorologist…

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Severe weather potential Thursday, hard freeze Friday

Severe weather potential Thursday, hard freeze Friday

Raleigh, N.C. — If you like roller coasters, prepare for an up-and-down next few days when it comes to the weather. After a warm and cloudy Tuesday, Wednesday was much cooler with lots of clouds. On Thursday, temperatures will rise again along with the chance for storms. On Friday, it will get cold again with temps below freezing Friday night and early Saturday. In short, temperatures will jolt us from the 70s to the 20s…

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Threat has ended for areas in Australia devastated by catastrophic wildfires

Threat has ended for areas in Australia devastated by catastrophic wildfires

Seven words captured the continued joy being felt by those fighting fires in the Australian state of New South Wales as days of rain continued to pour down on the wildfire-embattled areas. “The good news just keeps rolling in!” the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) tweeted Tuesday. The NSW RFS noted that a fire that had been burning for 210 days had been declared out. That was on top of a previous…

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70s to 20s: Roller coaster temperatures, severe weather on tap

70s to 20s: Roller coaster temperatures, severe weather on tap

Raleigh, N.C. — If you like roller coasters, prepare for an up-and-down next few days when it comes to the weather. After a warm and cloudy Tuesday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Wednesday will be cooler with a very little chance for rain. On Thursday, temperatures will rise again along with the chance for storms. On Friday, it will get cold again — “cold enough for snow,” Gardner said. But it won’t snow — it…

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Roller coaster temperatures, severe weather risk on tap this week

Roller coaster temperatures, severe weather risk on tap this week

Raleigh, N.C. — If you like roller coasters, prepare for an up-and-down next few days when it comes to the weather. After a warm and cloudy Tuesday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Wednesday will be cooler with a very little chance for rain. On Thursday, temperatures will rise again along with the chance for storms. On Friday, it will get cold again — “cold enough for snow,” Gardner said. But it won’t snow — it…

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Maze: Risk for damaging winds 'minimal' through early evening

Maze: Risk for damaging winds 'minimal' through early evening

By Elizabeth Gardner and Mike Maze, WRAL meteorologist Raleigh, N.C. — Thunderstorms could pop up across central North Carolina through early evening Tuesday, although the risk for damaging winds is minimal, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. “Make sure you have some rain gear to keep you dry,” he said. Winds were measured at up to 30 mph in Raleigh around noon, and the storms bring the possibility of gusts of 40 or 45 mph through…

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Three hurricanes and a fire later, historic site plans weekend open

Three hurricanes and a fire later, historic site plans weekend open

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson remains closed more than month after Florence. (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Historic site plans to open this weekend in time for the 155th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson. Site Supervisor Jim McKee says most repairs from Hurricane Florence are complete and the museum and visitor center should be open to the public on Saturday. He says the lobby…

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Central NC under level 1 risk for severe weather Tuesday afternoon

Central NC under level 1 risk for severe weather Tuesday afternoon

By Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL meteorologist Raleigh, N.C. — Thunderstorms that could be severe in nature will move into the Triangle Tuesday afternoon. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, thunderstorms could move into northwestern counties by 1 p.m. Storms could be in the Triangle by 3 or 4 p.m. and are forecast to move out of central North Carolina around 6 p.m. The area is under a level 1 risk for severe weather, and there is…

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Central NC under severe weather risk, damaging winds possible

Central NC under severe weather risk, damaging winds possible

More rain is on the way for central North Carolina in the coming days, and with it comes a small chance for severe weather. As most places are seeing a big warm-up on Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service has every county in the ABC11 viewing area under a Category 1 ‘marginal’ risk for severe weather on Tuesday afternoon. The @NWSSPC now has every county in our viewing area under a Cat 1 (Marginal) of…

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Triangle under level 1 risk for severe weather this afternoon

Triangle under level 1 risk for severe weather this afternoon

By Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL meteorologist Raleigh, N.C. — There’s a chance for thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon in the Triangle as two systems move toward North Carolina. With an 80% chance of rain by 10 a.m., the morning commute could be wet Tuesday. Following the rain, thunderstorms could move in after 1 p.m., particularly northwest of Wake County. Any storms should move out of central North Carolina around 6 p.m. The area is under a level 1…

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Free trees to Wilmington area residents affected by Hurricane Florence

Free trees to Wilmington area residents affected by Hurricane Florence

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Foundations help restore wildlife by giving away free trees to residents on December 14, 2019 (Photo By: Lakeeda Johnson / WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 500 trees will be given to Wilmington area homeowners on Saturday, February 15. Together with members of the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, Verizon employees will distribute the trees at Legion Stadium on Carolina Beach Road from 9 a.m. to noon, or as long…

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A family divided by Hurricane Dorian, wife and daughters find a home on the NC coast

A family divided by Hurricane Dorian, wife and daughters find a home on the NC coast

By Payton Tysinger and Jilly Kuehn, UNC-CH The Abacos, Bahamas — Elbow Cay is a small island with a tight-knit community, one where, according to the locals, children are the heartbeat. But five months after Hurricane Dorian, the streets where these children walked and clung onto golf carts are lined with mounds of debris. Frank Knowles’ family was split apart by the storm. He is still on the island, working to rebuild their home. His…

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Downpours cause flooding across Deep South

Downpours cause flooding across Deep South

Updated 3:38 pm CST, Monday, February 10, 2020 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Storms stretching across the Deep South dumped heavy rains on Mississippi and Alabama on Monday, causing flash floods that covered roads and forced some schools to close. Dozens of roads were under water in low-lying areas across the Tennessee Valley after a hours of rain, and cars crept along flooded streets in downtown Birmingham. Video showed wakes caused by vehicles traveling on flooded roads…

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Heavy rains, floods, mudslides paralyze parts of Sao Paulo

Heavy rains, floods, mudslides paralyze parts of Sao Paulo

RIO DE JANEIRO — Heavy rains in Sao Paulo brought Brazil’s most populous city nearly to a halt on Monday with floods, mudslides and enormous traffic jams. “Since 3 a.m., in some areas it rained half of what was expected for the month of February,” Sao Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas told the online news portal G1. The Tiete and Pinheiros rivers overflowed, flooding nearby highways and trapping drivers and passengers for hours. Parts of the…

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Minor flooding expected in Pender County this week

Minor flooding expected in Pender County this week

The National Weather Service expects the areas along the Black River and Northeast Cape Fear River to crest in a couple days. PENDER COUNTY — A minor flood warning was sent out Monday morning by the Pender County Emergency Management Team. Areas along the Black River and Northeast Cape Fear River could experience minor flooding next week, according to readings of flood gauges from the National Weather Service and NOAA. The National Weather Service has…

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Charlotte Faces Flash Flooding Risk This Week

Charlotte Faces Flash Flooding Risk This Week

The Charlotte region could see flash flooding this week, with between 1 and 1.5 inches of rainfall expected between Monday evening and Thursday. Meteorologist Sandy LaCorte of the National Weather Service says residents who live in low-lying areas and near rivers should be careful. “We are starting to see some of the area rivers and streams recede,” LaCorte said. “But again, as we have this you know, next round of rainfall come in, it’s not…

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River flooding expected this week in the Cape Fear

River flooding expected this week in the Cape Fear

Flooding forecast on Feb. 10, 2020 for Cape Fear river basin. (Photo: WWAY) CAPE FEAR, NC (WWAY) — Following last week’s heavy rains and with more on the way, some area rivers will experience flooding this week. Areas along the Black River and Northeast Cape Fear River may see minor flooding over the next days. Because of that, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for 1 p.m. Monday until further notice. –…

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Florence Pugh, star of 'Little Women', charms Oscars red carpet as 1st-time nominee

Florence Pugh, star of 'Little Women', charms Oscars red carpet as 1st-time nominee

LOS ANGELES — First-time Oscar nominee Florence Pugh continues to dazzle fans, and this time she’s graced the red carpet in a satin teal gown. Pugh has charmed many as she takes on the 92nd annual Academy Awards, including when she posted the raw moment she learned of her best actress in a supporting role nomination for Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” on Instagram. Pugh played Amy March, sister of protagonist Jo March, in the film…

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Oregon flooding abates; authorities report body found

Oregon flooding abates; authorities report body found

PENDLETON, Ore. — Waters covering roads in flood-hit northeastern Oregon were starting to recede, allowing residents to return and assess the damage from weather that appears to have left one person dead. A woman who had been missing, Janet Tobkin Conley, 62, lived in one of the areas hit by floods and her body was found Sunday by searchers and neighbors, authorities said. She appeared to have been swept away by rushing water, they said….

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