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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Two state parks close due to proximity to Hill County wildfires

Two state parks close due to proximity to Hill County 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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Enchanted Rock and Pedernales Falls State Parks close due to nearby wildfires

Enchanted Rock and Pedernales Falls State Parks close due to nearby 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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PAWS Shelter of Central Texas can return animals to Dripping Springs campus after wildfire evacuation

PAWS Shelter of Central Texas can return animals to Dripping Springs campus after wildfire evacuation

All animals were moved to the shelter’s Kyle campus, Firehouse Animal Health Center in Belterra and Stay-N-Play Pet Ranch. PAWS was looking for potential fosters should longer-term placement be needed. However, the shelter said Wednesday morning that the incident commander at the fire site has given the go-ahead to move the animals back to the Dripping Springs campus, so emergency fosters are no longer needed. “We are truly grateful for everyone’s quick thinking and actions…

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San Antonio-area's Enchanted Rock reopens after 1,400-acre wildfire

San Antonio-area's Enchanted Rock reopens after 1,400-acre wildfire

The fire is now 50% contained in Gillespie County. Priscilla Aguirre Aug. 3, 2022Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 9:07 a.m. Enchanted Rock State National Area closed on Wednesday, August 3 due to the Big Sky Fire.  Enchanted Rock State National Area Update as of 9 a.m., Thursday, August 4: Enchanted Rock, the site of a large wildfire, has reopened. No extra details were given about the state of the wildfire. However, park visitors are encouraged to do…

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1,400-acre wildfire closes San Antonio-area's Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

1,400-acre wildfire closes San Antonio-area's Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Enchanted Rock State National Area closed on Wednesday, August 3 due to the Big Sky Fire.  Enchanted Rock State National Area A massive 1,400-acre wildfire called “Big Sky Fire” caused the temporary closure of one of San Antonio’s most popular area state parks, Enchanted Rock State National Area. The large wildfire is burning north of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.  The Fredericksburg natural area posted about its closure on…

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PAWS Shelter of Central Texas asking for donations after wildfire evacuation

PAWS Shelter of Central Texas asking for donations after wildfire evacuation

All animals have been moved to the shelter’s Kyle campus, Firehouse Animal Health Center in Belterra and Stay-N-Play Pet Ranch, but other shelters are already at full capacity. The shelter is also seeking donations of wet and dry adult dog, puppy and kitten food, as well as cat litter. You can shop the shelter’s Amazon or Chewy wish lists. “We are so grateful for everyone’s efforts to get our animals to safety. Our thoughts go out to…

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Fewer firefighters needed as Texas wildfire almost contained

Fewer firefighters needed as Texas wildfire almost contained

GLEN ROSE, Texas (AP) — Fewer firefighters are needed as a stubborn two-week-old North Texas wildfire nears being fully contained, officials said Tuesday. The multi-agency Southern Area Incident Management Team said it’s turned management of the 10 1/2-square-mile (27 1/3-square-kilometer) Chalk Mountain Fire over to the Texas A&M Forest Service after firefighters brought containment from 89% on Monday to 93% on Tuesday. Forces fighting the fire 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth have…

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Wildfire reported on RM 165 in Hays County; eastern Travis County wildfire flares up again

Wildfire reported on RM 165 in Hays County; eastern Travis County wildfire flares up again

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, RM 165 is closed near US 290 due to the fire. HAYS COUNTY, Texas — Multiple departments are responding to a large wildfire on RM 165 in Hays County on Tuesday afternoon. The Blanco County Emergency Management office reported that the fire is estimated at around 250 acres. The Texas A&M Forest Service has named the fire the Smoke Rider fire. Evacuations have also been issued in the…

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Wildfire reported on RM 165 in Hays County

Wildfire reported on RM 165 in Hays County

HAYS COUNTY, Texas — Multiple departments are responding to a large wildfire on RM 165 in Hays County on Tuesday afternoon. The Blanco County Emergency Management office reported that the fire is estimated at around 250 acres. Evacuations have also been issued in the area as the fire continues moving north/northwest toward US 290. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Gov. Cooper is urging all North Carolinians to be prepared for severe weather emergencies

Gov. Cooper is urging all North Carolinians to be prepared for severe weather emergencies

Your evacuation plan should include staying with family, friends, or at a hotel, which are better options than a busy shelter. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — August is Preparedness Month in North Carolina and Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging everyone to review their emergency plans and update their emergency supply kits.   “North Carolinians need to be prepared year-round,” Governor Cooper said. “Take the time now to prepare so your family will fare better during a disaster and…

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2 found dead in charred car within California wildfire zone

2 found dead in charred car within California wildfire zone

By NOAH BERGER and CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press YREKA, Calif. — At least two people have died from a raging California blaze that was among several menacing thousands of homes Monday in the Western U.S. Two bodies were found inside a charred vehicle Sunday in the driveway of a home near the remote community of Klamath River, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The names of the victims and other details weren’t…

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How Houston has changed five years after Hurricane Harvey

Lucio Vasquez/Houston Public Media Paula Sitter sits in her new home at 900 Winston. Sitter has lived in three senior living facilities since being displaced after Hurricane Harvey. Paula Sitter’s apartment is just a few steps away from the elevator at her current senior living facility, located in the Greater Heights. As you walk towards it, you see fresh paint on the walls, and windows big enough for plenty of natural light to peek through…

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Death toll rises again as eastern Kentucky flooding worsens

Death toll rises again as eastern Kentucky flooding worsens

The National Weather Service warned slow-moving rain could provoke more flash flooding in Appalachian mountain communities devastated by flooding last week. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Another round of storms hit flooded mountain communities Monday as more bodies emerged from the sodden landscape, and the governor warned that high winds could bring another threat — falling trees and utility poles. Gov. Andy Beshear said the death toll rose to 35, and hundreds of people remained unaccounted for…

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Harris cites climate 'crisis,' pushes $1B for floods, storms

Harris cites climate 'crisis,' pushes $1B for floods, storms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris called climate change an “immediate” and “urgent” crisis Monday as she detailed more than $1 billion in federal spending to respond to disasters such as deadly flooding in Kentucky and wildfires ravaging her home state of California. On a visit to Miami, Harris announced a series of grants being made available to states to help communities across the nation prepare for and respond to climate-related disasters. Touring the…

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Firefighters close to containment of stubborn Texas wildfire

Firefighters close to containment of stubborn Texas wildfire

GLEN ROSE, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters were approaching total containment Monday of a two-week-old wildfire in rural North Texas. The multi-agency team fighting the Chalk Mountain Fire, located 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth, reported 89% containment of the 10 1/2-square-mile (27 1/3-square-kilometer) fire. The team is attacking hotspots and occasional flare-ups. An aerial dump suppressed one flare-up within the containment perimeter Sunday. Fire conditions remained explosive in the area with…

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Flash floods close roads into Death Valley National Park

Flash floods close roads into Death Valley National Park

By The Associated Press DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Some roads in and out of Death Valley National Park have been closed after they were inundated over the weekend with mud and debris from flash floods that also hit western Nevada and northern Arizona hard. Officials on Sunday provided no estimate on when the roads around Death Valley would be reopened. Motorists were also urged to avoid Southern California’s Mojave National Preserve after flooding…

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