Florida hospital damaged by Hurricane Irma to be demolished

Florida hospital damaged by Hurricane Irma to be demolished

Workers are preparing a Florida hospital for demolition more than a year after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Florida Hospital Oceanside spokeswoman Lindsay Cashio tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that preparations have begun but the demolition won’t be complete until summer. The hospital on Florida’s Atlantic Coast sustained wind and water damage and one of its exterior walls was compromised by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The hospital, which sits across A1A from the…

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Barton Springs Pool set to reopen Tuesday

Barton Springs Pool set to reopen Tuesday

AUSTIN,Texas (FOX 7 Austin) – The city’s Parks and Recreation Department announced Sunday that Barton Springs Pool will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 5a.m. after shutting down earlier this week because of heavy rains and flooding. Deep Eddy and Barton Springs pools will resume normal operating hours beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2.   Park officials want to remind visitors to use caution when swimming, no lifeguards will be on duty, so swim at your own risk. 

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Miami coach Richt retires after Hurricanes finish season 7-6

Miami coach Richt retires after Hurricanes finish season 7-6

Miami coach Mark Richt has announced he will retire, a stunning decision made after three years leading his alma mater and with five years remaining on his contract. Richt says he told Miami athletic director Blake James of his decision Sunday. He says the decision was his. Miami struggled to a 7-6 record this season, falling to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Hurricanes have lost nine of their last 16 games going back to…

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It's Easy For Migrants To Get Sick; Harder To Get Treatment

It's Easy For Migrants To Get Sick; Harder To Get Treatment

Tucked in the corner of an old school gym, adults and children regularly line up in front of Dr. Bert Johansson. They are migrants, waiting for treatment at a pop-up clinic in El Paso, Texas. The clinic doesn’t look like much — it’s no more than a circle of folding chairs around a table spread with medical supplies. Yet, for migrants recently released from federal processing facilities, this clinic could mean the difference between life…

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Top Stories of 2018, No. 1: Hurricane Florence

Top Stories of 2018, No. 1: Hurricane Florence

The slow-moving hurricane dropped between 23 and 30 inches of rain across the area during a 4-day period WILMINGTON – Nearly four months after Hurricane Florence arrived, the Cape Fear region is still pockmarked by the impacts of its winds, rains and floods. It’s in the blue tarps dotting the roofs of downtown Wilmington, visible from the deck of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. It’s in the tall escarpments carved into many area beaches. And…

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Top Stories of 2018, No. 1: Hurricane Florence drenches, disrupts Wilmington region

Top Stories of 2018, No. 1: Hurricane Florence drenches, disrupts Wilmington region

The slow-moving hurricane dropped between 23 and 30 inches of rain across the area during a 4-day period WILMINGTON – Nearly four months after Hurricane Florence arrived, the Cape Fear region is still pockmarked by the impacts of its winds, rains and floods. It’s in the blue tarps dotting the roofs of downtown Wilmington, visible from the deck of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. It’s in the tall escarpments carved into many area beaches. And…

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LCRA plans to lower lakes for repairs

LCRA plans to lower lakes for repairs

AUSTIN,Texas (FOX 7 Austin) – The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes LBJ and Marble Falls for the first 8-weeks of 2019. During that time, property owners along the Colorado and Llano Rivers can begin repairing and rebuilding from the heavy rain and flooding earlier this year. Sunday through Feb. 23, lake LBJ will be dropped 4 feet and lake Marble Falls will be lowered 7 feet. Residents will have time to remove debris…

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Blackwood earns 1st shutout, Devils top Hurricanes 2-0

Blackwood earns 1st shutout, Devils top Hurricanes 2-0

Rookie goalie MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 37 shots for his first shutout and Pavel Zacha scored short-handed as the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Saturday. It was the second straight victory for Blackwood, giving the Devils their first two-game winning streak since Nov. 13-15. Andy Greene added an empty-netter to seal the win. Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves for the Hurricanes who have lost four of their last five. Zacha broke a…

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“It’s day to day”: 2018 comes to a close, Florence recovery nowhere near over

“It’s day to day”: 2018 comes to a close, Florence recovery nowhere near over

Residents in the Stoney Creek neighborhood are still in the beginning stages of Florence recovery. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As we look back on the year, the last few months of 2018 have been unimaginably difficult for so many across the Cape Fear. The Stoney Creek neighborhood in Brunswick County was one of the areas hit the hardest by Hurricane Florence. – Advertisement – “I need whatever help I can get, from…

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SBA's post-Florence relief still available after deadline

SBA's post-Florence relief still available after deadline

StarNews Staff Saturday Dec 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM The Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Wilmington’s Independence Mall offers help to Hurricane Florence survivors. WILMINGTON — The Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Outreach Center is still offering assistance to survivors of Hurricane Florence even after the Dec. 19 deadline, according to a news release from the SBA. Although the physical damage loan deadline has passed, survivors may still apply for a SBA disaster loan, but they should…

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Hurricane’s impact on Florida, Georgia timber farms

Hurricane’s impact on Florida, Georgia timber farms

Strewn in gnarled piles from Florida’s Gulf Coast up through South Georgia, the livelihood of timber farmers is on the ground. And, after the ravaging buzz saw of Hurricane Michael in early October, it will be a while until they begin to bounce back to prominence. Michael’s path carved though a part of the state where Floridians are most reliant on timber. More than 2.8 million acres of timber were damaged by Michael’s powerful 155…

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Powerful hurricane, politics among state’s top 2018 stories

Powerful hurricane, politics among state’s top 2018 stories

Georgia’s contentious race for governor and a hurricane that ruined cotton, pecans, and other crops were among the state’s top stories of 2018. A state law requiring motorists to drive hands-free and a cyberattack on Atlanta’s computer network were also among the Top 10 stories in Georgia for the year. 2018 was also a big year in sports, with Atlanta United winning the Major League Soccer championship among the highlights. $20 for 365 Days of…

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Deadline for Hurricane Harvey Mitigation Grant Program extended until Jan. 31

Deadline for Hurricane Harvey Mitigation Grant Program extended until Jan. 31

HOUSTON – The Texas Division of Emergency Management announced it’s extending the deadline for its Hurricane Harvey Mitigation Grant Program. The state said it will be accepting applications until Jan. 31, 2019. In February, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott announced the availability of hundreds of millions of grant funds that were available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s HMGP, according to a press release. Copyright 2018 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.

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More heavy rain leads to flooding across region to

More heavy rain leads to flooding across region to

Image Gallery 4 PHOTOS FOX 46 Charlotte  CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Rain is the big story once again! Grab your umbrella, you are going need it Friday! Some neighborhoods are seeing light to moderate rainfall this morning, so be prepared for a slower commute and reduced visibilities. Keep an eye out for heavy rain at times today and even a couple of thunderstorms with gusty winds. By the time the rain moves out…

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Where Do Tornadoes Get Their Start? Maybe It's Not All About The Funnel Cloud.

Where Do Tornadoes Get Their Start? Maybe It's Not All About The Funnel Cloud.

From Texas Standard: Where do tornadoes come from? It’s not a riddle or a trick question, although the answer may seem obvious: the sky, right? Evidently, that’s not the case. Tornadoes form from the ground up, not from the sky down – at least that’s the claim made by University of Ohio atmospheric scientist Jana Houser and her colleagues in a recent paper. Houser says the idea that tornadoes might move from ground to sky is not…

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Where Do Tornadoes Get Their Start? Maybe It’s Not All About The Funnel Cloud.

Where Do Tornadoes Get Their Start? Maybe It’s Not All About The Funnel Cloud.

Where do tornadoes come from? It’s not a riddle or a trick question, although the answer may seem obvious: the sky, right? Evidently, that’s not the case. Tornadoes form from the ground up, not from the sky down – at least that’s the claim made by University of Ohio atmospheric scientist Jana Houser and her colleagues in a recent paper. Houser says the idea that tornadoes might move from ground to sky is not new. Researchers have…

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Favorite Visual Stories Of 2018

Favorite Visual Stories Of 2018

[embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] Members of the NPR Visuals team used their skills in photography, illustration, data visualizations and video to tell stories that reflect the world around us. The year was filled with political news as we tracked the 2018 midterm elections. We continued our coverage of Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria significantly damaged the island in 2017. Photographers documented South American migrants who…

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Flood watch continues as Lake Wylie, others, rise. More storms, rain could be coming.

Flood watch continues as Lake Wylie, others, rise. More storms, rain could be coming.

Lake Wylie is up a foot in two days, lakes upstream and downstream are spilling and it isn’t clear yet just how high waters will rise from heavy rain in this basin. On Friday morning, Duke Energy issued a new round of notifications warning residents and recreational users along Catawba River lakes to use caution. Duke manages the 11-reservoir system and uses it for power generation. The latest notifications state a major lake downstream of…

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Stranded woman rescued from rushing water

Stranded woman rescued from rushing water

AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) – Julie Roush Butler says God was with her Thursday morning as she waited for rescue in cold rushing water in northwest Austin. “I don’t know what to say other than I don’t usually ever cross those water crossings but it seemed so not very wide,” Butler said. Palmer Buck, Division Chief with the Austin Fire Department says they got a call around 1 Thursday morning from Butler saying her…

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LCRA lowers lake levels to help homeowners

LCRA lowers lake levels to help homeowners

MARBLE FALLS, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) – Water levels are about to drop over at Marble Falls and Lake LBJ. Following the devastating flooding in October, the LCRA is going to make it easy for victims to make repairs to damaged property along the shoreline. December 30th, Sunday, the LCRA will begin dropping the lake levels at lake Marble Falls and Lake LBJ about 1 foot a day, this will give residents a chance to…

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The Latest: Flooding rains fall in Louisiana, Mississippi

The Latest: Flooding rains fall in Louisiana, Mississippi

The Latest on storms and flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Rain continues to fall in parts of southeastern Louisiana and south Mississippi, prompting calls for residents to avoid flooded roadways and evacuate low-lying areas. The National Weather Service has declared a flash flood emergency for parts of Mississippi including Hattiesburg, citing more than 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain that have fallen in the area. $20 for 365 Days of…

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New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new study reveals something that could affect a woman’s pregnancy. The study shows what storms like Hurricane Florence could mean for your baby. “We’re so busy rebuilding some of the structures, we forget about some of the people who were affected during the hurricane,” said Dr. Michaela Howells, an assistant professor at UNCW. – Advertisement – Howell’s expertise is in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies. Her new study takes a…

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2018 Was A Milestone Year For Climate Science (If Not Politics)

2018 Was A Milestone Year For Climate Science (If Not Politics)

2018 was a hot year — in fact, the fourth warmest on record. The only years that were, on average, warmer were the past three, according to the World Meteorological Organization. It has been warming for decades now. But 2018 brought several major new and markedly more precise reports from scientists about what climate change is doing to the weather and how dire they expect the consequences to be. That didn’t stop President Trump and…

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Hurricane Florence, mauled child, nursing home abuse make up memorable videos on WRAL.com

Hurricane Florence, mauled child, nursing home abuse make up memorable videos on WRAL.com

By Deborah Strange, WRAL Digital journalist The most memorable on WRAL.com throughout 2018 told stories of devastation, tragedy and human perception. The most viewed videos were about Hurricane Florence, which hit North Carolina in December and took homes, land and lives in its path. In one video, WRAL anchor and reporter Brad Johansen explained how he and a WRAL photojournalist, Chad Flowers, were shot at when they found a group of people raiding a Family…

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Farmers still recovering from Florence

Farmers still recovering from Florence

Pender farmer lost 8,000 chickens, all his feed hay WILLARD — Months after Hurricane Florence slow-danced her way across Southeastern North Carolina, farmers are experiencing a slow recovery. Many may not fully recover for years to come. Gary Dale’s Pender County farm experienced severe damage. But Dale is grateful it wasn’t worse. “It has certainly put us behind, work-wise, and we still have repairs,” said Dale, who has been farming since 1980. “But like everyone…

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Environmental Bills To Watch This Texas Legislative Session

Environmental Bills To Watch This Texas Legislative Session

Texas is not a state known for strong environmental protections. The fact is, many green groups head into legislative sessions more concerned about stopping bills that might do harm than supporting bills that might help. With that in mind, here’s a quick breakdown of some bills that have been filed and some that might be in 2019. They say Texas is bigger than France. But you know what’s bigger than Texas? A massive island of plastic…

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Parts of southeast Texas under tornado watch until 11 a.m.

Parts of southeast Texas under tornado watch until 11 a.m.

The highlighted area is experiencing severe weather on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The highlighted area is experiencing severe weather on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The highlighted area is experiencing severe weather on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The highlighted area is experiencing severe weather on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Parts…

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Street flooding possible as heavy rain moves through Houston

Street flooding possible as heavy rain moves through Houston

HOUSTON – A strong line of storms is pushing through the Houston area Thursday morning, bringing heavy rain to parts of the area. A flood advisory is in effect for much of the area and drivers should watch for street flooding. Houston TranStar is not reporting high water on any roads at this time. Copyright 2018 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.

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Flood Watch: Heavy rain, thunderstorms possible

Flood Watch: Heavy rain, thunderstorms possible

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Rain is the big story once again! Grab your umbrella, you are going need it through Friday! As the storm system over the Midwest inches closer to the area today we will see some scattered showers beginning to pop us this afternoon. The rain will gradually increase across the area overnight into Friday, so be prepared for a slower commute on Friday morning. Keep an eye out for heavy…

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Fairbanks theater floods after sprinkler pipe breaks

Fairbanks theater floods after sprinkler pipe breaks

Officials say no long-term water damage is expected after a sprinkler pipe broke, flooding a Fairbanks theater. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the flooding occurred last week at the Pioneer Park Centennial Center for the Arts, which contains a theater, a civic center and an art gallery. Matt Want, a DJ who was working an event at the civic center, says an alarm went off Friday night, and he noticed water pooling in a stairwell….

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Georgetown prepares for upcoming severe storms

Georgetown prepares for upcoming severe storms

GEORGETOWN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) – Most of Central Texas was under a tornado watch Wednesday. With the potential for hail, damaging straight line winds and possible isolated tornadoes, people here are not taking any changes. There’s a storm brewing over Central Texas. “It’s not uncommon a big storm anytime of the year here in central Texas,” said Joe Sponsel who lives in Georgetown. With the rain falling and winds begin if to howl many…

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Local Leader Recalls Deadly North Texas Tornadoes 3 Years Ago

Local Leader Recalls Deadly North Texas Tornadoes 3 Years Ago

ROWLETT, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Three years ago Wednesday, December 26, a dozen tornados brought tragedy to North Texas. Thirteen people died and homes and businesses were destroyed. “People had just had Christmas, opening gifts and spending time with their family and the next day their lives are taken,” Blake Margolis said. “Their homes were destroyed.” Margolis said he remembers the day like it was yesterday. At the time, the current Rowlett City Councilman was running…

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Residents say thieves took dogs, TVs from Durham homes damaged by Christmas Eve fire

Residents say thieves took dogs, TVs from Durham homes damaged by Christmas Eve fire

By Rosalia Fodera, WRAL multimedia journalist Durham, N.C. — Two families in Durham went back to their fire-damaged homes on Christmas Day to find that thieves had taken what the fire didn’t ruin. The McLean family lives in a home on Spring Creek Drive that was destroyed in a fire while they visited family in Greensboro on Christmas Eve. They said they returned home to find that their five pit bulls, who had been in…

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Severe weather threatens Central Texas

Severe weather threatens Central Texas

The combination of unseasonably warm air, abundant moisture, and an incoming upper-level storm system will set the stage for possible severe weather Wednesday night. The line of thunderstorms will enter the Hill Country tonight between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. and near the I-35 corridor by midnight. Rainfall should come to an end for Fayette, Lee, and Milam Counties by sunrise. As of Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center had an “Enhanced…

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Tornado Watch Issued For Austin And Surrounding Areas Until 2 A.M.

Severe storms with the potential for large hail, damaging winds and even isolated tornadoes are possible in the Austin area Wednesday night. A Tornado Watch has been issued for Travis County and the surrounding areas until 2 a.m.  As of Wednesday noon, the National Weather Service forecast has the line of storms moving through the Hill Country from 7 to 11 p.m. followed by Austin around midnight.  Austin is included in an “enhanced risk” area…

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After Florence, make aid to NC public schools an everyday priority

After Florence, make aid to NC public schools an everyday priority

The public schools in eastern North Carolina that did not suffer major damage from Hurricane Florence played a central role in the response and recovery in their communities serving as shelters and distribution sites. Florence revealed to our local communities and state a population of vulnerable people that is not unlike what public school teachers see every single day. Florence also revealed years of neglect to the infrastructure in many schools. As a public school…

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Hurricane Florence wrecked these birds’ homes. Foresters helped them rebuild.

Hurricane Florence wrecked these birds’ homes. Foresters helped them rebuild.

Hurricane Florence, one of the costliest storms ever to hit the U.S., damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes when it made landfall in September. Not all of them belonged to humans. Days of wind and torrential rain snapped or toppled trees throughout the Croatan National Forest and on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, both near the coast. Among the trees felled were long leaf pines that were home to some of the forests’…

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Heavy rain, possible flooding, forecast in Charlotte area starting Thursday afternoon

Up to three inches of rain is headed to the Charlotte area by the end of the week, and the National Weather Service says flooding is possible in some parts of Mecklenburg County. Forecasters say the storm system — which brought severe weather to Gulf Coast states — will dump1 to 2 inches of widespread rain on the Charlotte region Thursday and Friday. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall in counties to the…

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Heavy rain, possible flooding, forecast for Charlotte area this week as storm nears

Up to three inches of rain is headed to the Charlotte area by the end of the week, and the National Weather Service says flooding is possible in some parts of Mecklenburg County. Forecasters say a storm system will make the rain widespread Thursday and Friday, with anywhere from 1.5 to 3 inches expected. The chance of rain is 90 percent both days, says the National Weather Service forecast. Areas “in and near the mountains”…

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NWS: Severe thunderstorms may bring tornadoes, hail, flooding, heavy winds to San Antonio area

NWS: Severe thunderstorms may bring tornadoes, hail, flooding, heavy winds to San Antonio area

By Caleb Downs, mySanAntonio.com Updated 6:45 am CST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 The National Weather Service said the thunderstorms expected to hit South Central Texas on Wednesday may bring tornadoes, hail, flooding and heavy winds. The National Weather Service said the thunderstorms expected to hit South Central Texas on Wednesday may bring tornadoes, hail, flooding and heavy winds. Photo: National Weather Service Photo: National Weather Service Image 1 of / 42 Caption Close Image 1 of…

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Heavy rain, flooding possible later this week

Heavy rain, flooding possible later this week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Wednesday is expected to remain dry with plenty of sunshine in the forecast and highs in the 50s. A wet weather pattern will unfold through the remainder of 2018 with strong thunderstorms and flooding possible.  Rain will return to the area Thursday and Friday, so get the rain gear ready. We could see rainfall totals around 1-2” before the precipitation moves out late Friday. The unsettled weather looks like…

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WEATHER ALERT: Tornado watch issued for Houston region

WEATHER ALERT: Tornado watch issued for Houston region

HOUSTON – A tornado watch has been issued for Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda and Wharton counties until 11 a.m. as a line of thunderstorms continues to push into the metro area. An earlier watch for counties to the north of the Houston Metro was allowed to expire. As of 2 a.m. Thursday, the strongest storm is in the College Station area and moving to the northeast at 40 to 50 mph, bringing…

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Storms, damaging winds expected in Houston

Storms, damaging winds expected in Houston

The Houston area is expecting severe thunderstorms and localized flooding, with potential isolated tornadoes Wednesday and Thursday. Showers are supposed to start Wednesday afternoon and turn into storms by nighttime, with one to three inches of rain possible overnight, according to the National Weather Service in Houston. Winds up to 25 mph are expected overnight, as well. Meteorologists say the greatest risk for localized flooding and isolated tornadoes would start at midnight through morning Thursday.

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Unexpected Christmas gift comes to homeowner impacted by recent tornado

Unexpected Christmas gift comes to homeowner impacted by recent tornado

A large tree from the neighbors yard fell in Lehew’s yard. (Kelly Lehew/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Days before seeing family a tornado decided to uproot not only trees but almost a Wilmington woman’s life. The clean up was too costly for her to bare, but help come from an unusual place. When an EF-0 tornado hopped around the Pine Valley area of Wilmington it left Kelly LeHew’s home littered with trees. – Advertisement – “There…

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Couple that lost home in California wildfire get pardons

Couple that lost home in California wildfire get pardons

A woman who lost her home in California’s most destructive wildfire ever says she and her husband are humbled to have received pardons from Gov. Jerry Brown for old drug crimes. Heather Steels Burnett said Tuesday the pardons were bright spots in what has been a difficult period. Brown on Monday wiped away her conviction for possessing ephedrine with intent to make methamphetamine nearly 20 years after she was sentenced for the crime. The governor…

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Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence

Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence will be etched in the memories of many residents across the Cape Fear for many years to come. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says the storm which came ashore in September posed one of the biggest challenges the state has ever faced. – Advertisement – “We’ve never seen a natural disaster like Florence, not only 42 lives lost, but almost $17 billion in damage,” he said. The Governor says recovery from…

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Fire destroys what Florence flooding left of Richmond County home

Fire destroys what Florence flooding left of Richmond County home

By Emmy Victor, WRAL reporter Ellerbe, N.C. — Christmas will be different this year for a Richmond County family. The McBrides traditionally celebrate the holiday at the family homestead outside Ellerbe. But the home is no more after a Dec. 8 fire. “I used to remember us getting up,” Phillip McBride said Monday. “We’d sit here waiting for the sun to come up so we can see what we got for Christmas.” McBride and several…

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