Street flooding, damaging winds possible for Houston area Thursday | Timeline

Street flooding, damaging winds possible for Houston area Thursday | Timeline

Torrential rain and one or two gusty thunderstorms are possible as a cold front approaches the area Thursday. HOUSTON — You’re going to want to pay attention to the forecast over the next several days as a front is expected to push a line of strong thunderstorms through the Houston area tomorrow. The cold front’s interaction with the hot and humid air mass in place will produce widespread storms and downpours, potentially with gusty winds….

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TIMELINE: Thursday storms could bring street flooding, damaging winds

TIMELINE: Thursday storms could bring street flooding, damaging winds

Torrential rain and one or two gusty thunderstorms are possible as a cold front approaches the area Thursday. HOUSTON — You’re going to want to pay attention to the forecast over the next several days as a front is expected to push a line of strong thunderstorms through the Houston area tomorrow. The cold front’s interaction with the hot and humid air mass in place will produce widespread storms and downpours, potentially with gusty winds….

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TIMLINE: Thursday storms could bring street flooding, damaging winds

TIMLINE: Thursday storms could bring street flooding, damaging winds

Torrential rain and one or two gusty thunderstorms are possible as a cold front approaches the area Thursday. HOUSTON — You’re going to want to pay attention to the forecast over the next several days as a front is expected to push a line of strong thunderstorms through the Houston area tomorrow. The cold front’s interaction with the hot and humid air mass in place will produce widespread storms and downpours, potentially with gusty winds….

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Pender County wildfire now 65 percent contained, still 1,226 acres

Pender County wildfire now 65 percent contained, still 1,226 acres

August 17, 2022 (Photo: Andrew Chappell) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crews in Pender County continue to hold the Holly Shelter Game Land wildfire to 1,226 acres and have now contained 65 percent of the blaze. The fire has remained the same size for days and crews continue to closely monitor the weather as significant heat continues to linger within the fire area. As fire containment continues to increase, the NC Forest Service says certain…

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Pender County wildfire remains 1,226 acres, now 53 percent contained

August 16, 2022 (Photo: NC Forest Service) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crews battling the Holly Shelter Game Land wildfire continue to gain ground on the blaze. The latest update shows the wildfire is now 53 percent contained, despite remaining at 1,226 acres in size. Officials say Monday night’s rainfall helped deliver half and inch of rain on the fire area, which helped to extinguish some of the fire. Despite the progress, crews say they…

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Flood control goes green: How Houston is using nature to combat flooding

Lucio Vasquez / Houston Public Media An aerial view of Exploration Green in Clear Lake. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/430816/430535″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> On a muggy Monday morning at Exploration Green in Clear Lake, walkers are on trails that meander along natural-looking ponds. Red-winged Blackbirds chirp in the distance and rabbits hide in the tall grasses and reeds. It’s a public greenspace and…

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'It's like a raging river' | Charlotte neighbors seeking solutions to flooding issues they say are caused by Charlotte Metro Credit Union

'It's like a raging river' | Charlotte neighbors seeking solutions to flooding issues they say are caused by Charlotte Metro Credit Union

Charlotte Metro Credit Union is building a new branch in the Elizabeth neighborhood but residents claim the new construction is disrupting the area’s water flow. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When it rains, it pours. But in parts of Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood it also floods.  For nearly 20 years, neighbors like Joe Duke who live along Sunnyside Avenue say they have been dealing with flooding and poor drainage issues. Neighbors say it’s connected to Charlotte Metro Credit…

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Severe storms could bring heavy rain, damaging winds to start the week

Severe storms could bring heavy rain, damaging winds to start the week

7 minutes ago RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — It will be a wet start to the week with the chance of severe weather Monday. There is a level 2 of 5 risk for strong to severe storms. The strongest storms will be capable of damaging winds and large hail. An isolated tornado is also possible. There is a risk for heavy rain and severe storms starting Monday afternoon and heading into early Tuesday. Drier weather should…

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Pender County wildfire 43% contained

Pender County wildfire 43% contained

More than 80 operations and administrative personel involved August 14, 2022 PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Crews continue to battle a wildfire in the Holly Shelter Game Lands.  The Juniper Road Two Fire started August 2 from a lightning strike, and covers more than 1,200 acres.   Despite the inch of rainfall from Friday, fire crews continue to work on putting out the fire. More than 30 personnel on the ground faced with challenges, according to…

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Water pours from casino ceilings as Las Vegas hit with more flooding

Water pours from casino ceilings as Las Vegas hit with more flooding

At least two people have died after another round of intense lightning and thunderstorms flooded parts of southern Nevada. LAS VEGAS — The most “restless” summer monsoon season in a decade became deadly Thursday, as intense lightning and thunderstorms flooded parts of southern Nevada and a leaky ceiling forced table games to stop at one Las Vegas Strip casino. A man’s body was found Friday by public works crews and firefighters removing debris from a…

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Rain pours into some Las Vegas casinos and floods streets in wettest monsoon season in decade

Rain pours into some Las Vegas casinos and floods streets in wettest monsoon season in decade

LAS VEGAS — Heavy rain poured into Las Vegas casinos and flooded streets Thursday night as the wettest monsoon season in a decade helps alleviate the West’s severe drought — but also causes significant damage. Rainwater poured in through a ceiling at Planet Hollywood casino, as seen in video posted by CNN affiliate KTNV, which reported 114 power outages in Clark County affecting some 12,000 people. Rain is possible again Friday, with a slightly higher…

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320-acre wildfire in Bastrop County now 10% contained

320-acre wildfire in Bastrop County now 10% contained

Some evacuations were ordered in the area, but all evacuations have been lifted as of Friday morning. BASTROP, Texas — A five-acre wildfire in Bastrop County has grown to 320 acres, according to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management and the Texas A&M Forest Service. It is around 10% contained as of Friday morning. The Pine Pond fire was first reported Thursday afternoon just before 3 p.m. in the 500 block of Old Antioch…

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Pender County wildfire spans 1,230 acres, 25% contained

Pender County wildfire spans 1,230 acres, 25% contained

August 12, 2022 (Photo: Andrew Chappell) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The wildfire in the Holly Shelter Game Land started by a lightning strike on August 2nd isn’t quite as large as originally thought. While still only 25 percent contained as of this morning, the NC Forest Service says more accurate mapping revealed the fire isn’t over 2,000 acres, instead spanning around 1,230 acres. Yesterday, fire personnel say they continued to strengthen existing containment lines…

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Pender County wildfire remains 25% contained

Pender County wildfire remains 25% contained

August 11, 2022 PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A large wildfire continues to burn in Pender County, and now spans at least 2,000 acres. What is now being called the Juniper Road 2 Fire is slowly headed east toward highway 50, crews working hard to contain it. According to the North Carolina Forest Service no buildings or people are in danger but are hopeful some rain Friday may help to douse the fire imprint. As…

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35-acre wildfire reported in Bastrop County off of Old Antioch Road

35-acre wildfire reported in Bastrop County off of Old Antioch Road

The fire was first reported Thursday afternoon off of Old Antioch Road. At first report, the fire was moving slowly south-southeast from its origin point. At this time, no structures are threatened and there are no evacuations planned. As of 5:05 p.m., forward progression has not been stopped. Dozers and hand crews are working on containment lines, officials said. Responding agencies include the Heart of Pines Fire Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), the Smithville VFD, Bastrop…

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Pender County wildfire grows to over 2,000 acres, nearing Highway 50

Pender County wildfire grows to over 2,000 acres, nearing Highway 50

August 11, 2022 (Photo: Andrew Chappell) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A wildfire that was first reported to be affecting 150 acres on Wednesday in rural Pender County has now grown by over 10 times. The NC Forest Service is reporting the Holly Shelter Game Land fire has increased to over 2,000 acres of the game land’s 63,000 acres. Officials say the fire is just 25 percent contained and is around 2 miles from NC…

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Pender County wildfire grows to over 1,500 acres, nearing Highway 50

Pender County wildfire grows to over 1,500 acres, nearing Highway 50

August 11, 2022 (Photo: Andrew Chappell) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A wildfire that was first reported to be affecting 150 acres on Wednesday in rural Pender County has now grown by over 10 times. The NC Forest Service is reporting the Holly Shelter Game Land fire has increased to over 1,500 acres of the game land’s 63,000 acres. Officials say the fire is just 14 percent contained and is around 2 miles from NC…

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2 homes in Frisco catch on fire during severe weather

2 homes in Frisco catch on fire during severe weather

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – We needed the rain, but two families in Frisco are wishing today’s storms didn’t also include lightning that’s believed to have cause fires which destroyed their homes.  Authorities say the house fires on Possum Kingdom Drive in Frisco have tell tale signs of being caused by lightning strikes.  Fortunately, neither family was home at the time so it took quick thinking neighbors to call firefighters at both locations.  “Immediately I called…

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Crews battling wildfire in rural Pender County

Crews battling wildfire in rural Pender County

August 10, 2022 (Photo: Pender County Emergency Management) MAPLE HILL, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Emergency Management is on the scene of an approximately 150-acre wildfire located inside the Holly Shelter Game Lands. Pender County EM staff is assisting the North Carolina Forest Service with the fire. Smoke from this fire may affect the Maple Hill, Holly Ridge, and other neighborhoods along the Pender County and Onslow County borders. For updates throughout the day, you…

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Death Valley route buried in floods, closed for another week

Death Valley route buried in floods, closed for another week

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A main roadway into Death Valley National Park will remain closed into next week as crews clean up after record-breaking rains damaged the roadway and choked it with mud, rocks and debris. Flash flooding in the park last week trapped hundreds of hotel guests and partially buried about 60 cars and trucks in mud. No injuries were reported. The California Department of Transportation said about 30 miles (48 kilometers)…

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‘Smokey Bear’ celebrates 78th birthday as NC wildfire situation remains mostly under control

‘Smokey Bear’ celebrates 78th birthday as NC wildfire situation remains mostly under control

August 9, 2022 (Photo: National Agricultural Library / MGN) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today marks 78 years since Smokey Bear was created by the US Forest Service on August 9, 1944. According to the organization, the fictional bear was created to be the symbol for their effort to promote forest fire prevention. The group says 9 of every 10 wild fires is caused by human activity. Artist Albert Staehle was asked to paint the first…

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Biden surveys flood damage in Kentucky, pledges more US help

Biden surveys flood damage in Kentucky, pledges more US help

It’s the second time Biden has visited the state after a natural disaster. The state was just beginning to recover from a series of tornados in December. WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Monday witnessed the damage from deadly and devastating storms that have resulted in the worst flooding in Kentucky’s history, as they visited the state to meet with families and first responders. At least 37 people have died…

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Three large wildfires around Central Texas nearly 100% contained

Three large wildfires around Central Texas nearly 100% contained

Each of the fires is burning in a different county. HAYS COUNTY, Texas — Fire crews across Central Texas are battling multiple wildfires as a result of continued hot, dry conditions. Smoke Rider fire One fire, which the Texas A&M Forest Service has named the Smoke Rider fire, started on RM 165 in Hays County on Tuesday.  The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported just before 3 p.m. Tuesday that RM 165 was closed between FM…

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FORECAST: Scattered downpours, flash flood threat

FORECAST: Scattered downpours, flash flood threat

Scattered showers and storms are ongoing this evening with heavy rain and lightning. Author: WCNC Staff, Brad Panovich, Chris Mulcahy, Brittany Van Voorhees (WCNC), KJ Jacobs, Larry Sprinkle Published: 12:41 PM EST March 6, 2019 Updated: 4:35 PM EDT August 6, 2022 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Happening Right Now:  Scattered showers and storms are ongoing across the Charlotte area. Expect heavy rain, gusty winds at times, and lightning. A few storms may become strong due to…

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Record floods strand 1K people in Death Valley National Park

Record floods strand 1K people in Death Valley National Park

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Record rainfall Friday trigged flash floods at Death Valley National Park that swept away cars, closed all roads and stranded hundreds of visitors and workers. There were no immediate reports of injuries but roughly 60 vehicles were buried in mud and debris and about 500 visitors and 500 park workers were stuck inside the park, officials said. The park near the California-Nevada state line received 1.46 inches (3.71 centimeters)…

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Wimberley couple shares what it was like to evacuate amid wildfire

Wimberley couple shares what it was like to evacuate amid wildfire

The Kaczenski family has lived in the River Mountain Ranch area for more than a decade. WIMBERLEY, Texas — The Kaczenskis have lived in the River Mountain Ranch area for 11 years but, on Wednesday night, the Hermosa fire threatened it all. “We could have lost everything that night,” said Suzie Kaczenski.  “I got to the point where I said, ‘I want it all, but I’m not going to take any of it because we…

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Messages from Carolina Hurricanes help 11-year-old boy beat cancer

Messages from Carolina Hurricanes help 11-year-old boy beat cancer

By Pat Welter, WRAL Sports multimedia journalist Harrison Korzekwinski expressed his appreciation this while surrounded by his family and friends. “I never thought I’d get this far,” the 11-year-old boy said. On Thursday, Harrison got to leave the UNC Medical Center after he beat leukemia. There were streamers hanging from the walls, birthday balloons floating and Harrison opened up gifts. “Wow, thank you so much,” Harrison said as he opened up a gift bag full…

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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Waterspout turns into possible tornado

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Waterspout turns into possible tornado

August 5, 2022 Waterspout in Maryland on August 4, 2022 (Photo Credit: Amy Somers/CBS) SMITH ISLAND, MD (WBOC) — An apparent waterspout caused damage to boats and other structures on Smith Island on Thursday night. The waterspout was spotted at around 7:20 p.m. Some WBOC viewers captured photos of it and Daniel and Amy Somers captured this Facebook video of the waterspout as it touched down on the island. People who live on Smith Island…

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Wildfire in Wimberley area 35% contained as of early Friday morning

Wildfire in Wimberley area 35% contained as of early Friday morning

The River Mountain Ranch community is currently impacted by the wildfire. WIMBERLEY, Texas — A day after three large fires sprouted up across Central Texas, a new fire sparked in the Wimberley area. Wimberley Fire Rescue first reported the fire at around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday in the River Mountain Ranch area between Bluff View and the Blanco River. The fire is located off of FM 3237 (Old Kyle Road) and River Mountain Road. Evacuations began…

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90% of wildfires in Texas are caused by humans

90% of wildfires in Texas are caused by humans

The Texas A&M Forest Service said of the human-caused fires, half of them are caused by debris burning or equipment. AUSTIN, Texas — With multiple fires burning in Central Texas this week, we wanted to learn the most common causes in order to help prevent them from starting. This year, we have seen more wildfires than in recent years, but the fires have luckily burned less acreage because they were caught earlier. “Texas A&M Forest…

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Historic town flooded by hurricanes invites guests to weekend event

Historic town flooded by hurricanes invites guests to weekend event

By Rick Armstrong, WRAL Enterprise multimedia journalist An embattled Edgecombe County town hopes a new homecoming event this weekend will generate more progress – and encourage people to visit and learn about its history. The town of Princeville is the oldest in the country founded by enslaved men and women. Today, it is among the poorest in the state – in part due to hurricane damage and high water. Sitting near the banks of the Tar…

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UNC doctor gives back despite losing family home in deadly Kentucky flooding

UNC doctor gives back despite losing family home in deadly Kentucky flooding

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — As deadly flood waters in Kentucky continue to wreck communities, the devastation hits home for people in the Triangle. This includes two UNC doctors who decided to work together to deliver relief despite being miles away. Helpless is how Doctor Randi Barnett described watching the scenes of flooding unfold in her hometown. She works at UNC Health but this past week her heart and mind has been on Kentucky especially…

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FORECAST: Scattered storms, isolated flooding expected north of Charlotte tomorrow

FORECAST: Scattered storms, isolated flooding expected north of Charlotte tomorrow

Get ready for another hot and humid day across the Carolinas! Highs will peak in the low 90s with heat indices in the mid-upper 90s. With highs closer to normal for this time of year, it’ll be hot and humid, just not quite as hot and humid as it has been. Scattered showers and storms will be more abundant Friday compared to Thursday, especially north of Charlotte toward the mountains and foothills. Watch for a…

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Wildfire in Wimberley area 10% contained as of early Thursday afternoon

Wildfire in Wimberley area 10% contained as of early Thursday afternoon

The River Mountain Ranch community is currently impacted by the wildfire. WIMBERLEY, Texas — A day after three large fires sprouted up across Central Texas, a new fire is now threatening homes in the Wimberley area. Wimberley Fire Rescue first reported the fire at around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday in the River Mountain Ranch area between Bluff View and the Blanco River. The fire is located off of FM 3237 (Old Kyle Road) and River Mountain…

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Separate Hill Country fires burn more than 2,000 acres as heat and drought increase danger

Separate Hill Country fires burn more than 2,000 acres as heat and drought increase danger

Firefighters worked Thursday to fully contain two intense wildfires that have burned at least 2,200 acres in the Hill Country this week. Amid the summer’s record heat and dry conditions making vegetation ready fuel, fire crews outside of Fredericksburg continued to battle the Big Sky Fire, a blaze that has scorched 1,400 acres and which was about halfway contained Thursday afternoon, while crews outside of Blanco contended with the Smoke Rider Fire, a blaze at…

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NOAA still predicting between 3-5 major hurricanes for 2022 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA still predicting between 3-5 major hurricanes for 2022 Atlantic hurricane season

By Mark Bergin, WRAL senior multiplatform producer Forecasters with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration are still predicting between three to five major hurricanes for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. Through Aug. 3, the Atlantic basin had yet to see a single hurricane in 2022. This marks the first year since 2017 that a hurricane has not developed by Aug. 1 in the Atlantic. Even though hurricane season began on June 1, NOAA is still predicting…

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Forecasters trim hurricane season outlook a bit, still busy

Forecasters trim hurricane season outlook a bit, still busy

This hurricane season may be a tad quieter than forecasters initially thought, but it will still likely be busier than normal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others predict. NOAA forecasters Thursday trimmed their hurricane season outlook from a 65% chance for above normal activity to 60% and increased the odds of a normal season from 25% to 30% because of uneven sea surface temperature, including a patch of cooler water off Portugal. Parts…

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NOAA updates 2022 Atlantic hurricane outlook heading into peak season

NOAA updates 2022 Atlantic hurricane outlook heading into peak season

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an updated hurricane outlook for the Atlantic region. New hurricane predictions from NOAA still expect above average activity despite only three storms being named so far this season. NOAA is still predicting 14 to 20 named storms, with 6 to 10 of those becoming hurricanes and 3 to 5 of them becoming major. The number of named storms has been relatively low…

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Wildfire in Wimberley area 5% contained as of early Thursday morning

Wildfire in Wimberley area 5% contained as of early Thursday morning

The River Mountain Ranch community is currently impacted by the wildfire. WIMBERLEY, Texas — A day after three large fires sprouted up across Central Texas, a new fire is now threatening homes in the Wimberley area. Wimberley Fire Rescue first reported the fire at around 5:20 p.m. in the River Mountain Ranch area between Bluff View and the Blanco River. The fire is located off of FM 3237 (Old Kyle Road) and River Mountain Road….

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Texas wildfires continue to erupt; firefighters keep moving

Texas wildfires continue to erupt; firefighters keep moving

TOLAR, Texas (AP) — One firefighter was injured and two others were treated for heat exhaustion while fighting a wildfire in North Texas that burned almost half a square mile Wednesday, officials said. The fire near Tolar, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth, was completely uncontained as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. The injured firefighter was airlifted to a Dallas hospital with burns to 10% of his…

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Evacuations underway due to wildfire in Wimberley area

Evacuations underway due to wildfire in Wimberley area

WIMBERLEY, Texas — A day after three large fires sprouted up across Central Texas, a new fire is now threatening homes in the Wimberley area. Wimberley Fire Rescue first reported the fire around 5:20 p.m. in the River Mountain Ranch area between Bluff View and the Blanco River. The fire is located off of FM 3237 (Old Kyle Road) and River Mountain Road. Evacuations have started in the fire’s vicinity. Law enforcement will be contacting…

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Oak Island and Southport remembers two years after Hurricane Isaias

Oak Island and Southport remembers two years after Hurricane Isaias

August 3, 2022 SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — It’s been two years since Hurricane Isaias made landfall in the Cape Fear, leaving severe damage in Southport and Oak Island. City and town officials are reflecting on the storm, and how they have recovered. In August 2020, Hurricane Isaias made landfall as a Category 1 storm. The storm brought a tornado as it dumped rain on the east coast. The town of Oak Island saw its sand dunes…

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Two state parks close due to proximity to Hill Country wildfires

Two state parks close due to proximity to Hill Country wildfires

Enchanted Rock State Park and Perdenales State Park both announced they were closed Wednesday due to wild fires in close proximity.  Crews are responding to multiple wildfires in the Hill Country area. The “Smoke Rider Fire” in Hays County is estimated at around 800 acres and is 30% contained, as of Wednesday morning.  The forest service also reported a fire burning northeast of Fredericksburg on Tuesday afternoon off of Eckert Road, near Big Sky Drive…

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How climate change drives inland floods

How climate change drives inland floods

Vehicles after a flood in July 2022 in Jackson, Ky. Deadly floods in the region were caused by very heavy rain. Michael Swensen | Getty Images Climate change means more flood risk across the United States. That includes places far from the ocean and sometimes far from rivers and streams, but where rain storms can still cause dangerous flash floods. Why, exactly, does a hotter Earth mean more inland flood risk? And what does the…

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Crews battling 3 large wildfires around Central Texas

Crews battling 3 large wildfires around Central Texas

Each of the fires is burning in a different county. HAYS COUNTY, Texas — Fire crews across Central Texas are battling three separate wildfires as a result of continued hot, dry conditions. One fire, which the Texas A&M Forest Service has named the Smoke Rider Fire, started on RM 165 in Hays County on Tuesday.  The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported just before 3 p.m. Tuesday that RM 165 was closed between FM 2325 and…

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