Best Buy reopens 2 months after Florence

Best Buy reopens 2 months after Florence

By Hunter Ingram StarNews Staff Friday Nov 16, 2018 at 11:05 AM Nov 16, 2018 at 11:05 AM The electronics store opened for the first time since before the hurricane on Friday WILMINGTON – Electronics fans, rejoice. Wilmington’s Best Buy reopened its doors Friday, two months and five days after it closed for Hurricane Florence. During the storm, the area’s biggest electronics store sustained significant roof and water damage, which required the extended closure to handle repairs. About 25 people stormed the doors of Best…

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Remembering the sweet life of a town wiped out by wildfire

Remembering the sweet life of a town wiped out by wildfire

There’s a sweet legend about this town: On a blazing summer day in the 1850s, a lumber mill crew with wagon and ox took a break under a grove of tall evergreens. The air was cool, the pine needles fragrant. “Boys,” said the team boss, “this is paradise.” Thus, more than 170 years ago, Paradise was born. From the start, it was enriched with gold mined from nearby hills and lumber harvested from the forests….

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Northern California wildfires lead to sports cancellations

Northern California wildfires lead to sports cancellations

Two men’s basketball games in the Bay Area have been called off because of poor air quality from wildfires in Northern California and the status of the Big Game between Stanford and California is in doubt. Cal canceled its basketball game against Detroit Mercy on Thursday night because the Air Quality Index was well over the threshold of 200 — the very unhealthy range. A significant amount of smoke infiltrated Haas Pavilion leading to the…

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The Latest: Authorities report 7 more fatalities in wildfire

The Latest: Authorities report 7 more fatalities in wildfire

The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Authorities have reported seven more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 63 in the deadliest wildfire in state history. The announcement came Thursday as authorities continued to search the devastated town of Paradise for human remains. More than 5,000 fire personnel were battling the blaze that started a week ago and has displaced 52,000…

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California town’s wildfire evacuation plan raises questions

California town’s wildfire evacuation plan raises questions

Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But Paradise’s carefully laid plans quickly devolved into a panicked exodus on Nov. 8. Some survivors said that by the time they got warnings, the flames were already extremely close, and they barely escaped…

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Cannabis farm destroyed by Hurricane Florence

Cannabis farm destroyed by Hurricane Florence

A North Carolina cannabis farmer is out hundreds of thousands of dollars following the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence — and federal law prevents his controversial crop from being insured. “I put everything I had into this and it really, really has set me back,” farmer Brad Adams said. “I mean, I just don’t understand why it’s not legal.” Adams was growing hemp, a form of cannabis that’s different from marijuana, on his farm in Kelly,…

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FEMA rules mean no help for woman flooded by Matthew, Florence

FEMA rules mean no help for woman flooded by Matthew, Florence

By Cullen Browder, WRAL reporter Goldsboro, N.C. — Staris Morgan is tired of the slow drip of bureaucracy. “I am so, so tired,” she said. Over the course of two years, two households and two hurricanes, she is still waiting for aid, and trapped in a bureaucratic web. In 2016, Matthew flooded the house where she raised her family. “I couldn’t stay here,” she said. She had home and flood insurance, but not enough to…

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Harrisburg neighbors deal with flooding

Harrisburg neighbors deal with flooding

HARRISBURG, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Flood waters washed out a portion of Pharr Mill Rd in Harrisburg on Thursday, but residents take it all in stride.  “Most of the people that lived out here have lived here 20-30 years, so it’s not a big deal to anyone. We just kind of go with it,” neighbor Lynn Minton said.  Minton is one of many in the area who just go with the flow when there’s…

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Two months later: New Bern continues to recover from Florence

Two months later: New Bern continues to recover from Florence

New Bern, N.C. — Two months have passed since Hurricane Florence smashed the historic city of New Bern with a storm surge unlike anything it’s seen in more than 60 years. Flooding from the Neuse River wiped out homes, swept through resort-style hotels and forced the evacuation of a local television station. In the Woodrow neighborhood, lying low along the wide Neuse River, home for some is a travel trailer, courtesy of FEMA. Over on…

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Spring Lake residents brace for more flooding along Little River

Spring Lake residents brace for more flooding along Little River

Spring Lake, N.C. — Three days of heavy rain has Spring Lake residents bracing for more flooding. Heavy rain from Hurricane Florence caused the Starlite Motel to crumble into the Little River. Now the water in the river is rising once again and has forced dozens from their homes on Brinkley Drive. Mary Browning’s family lost two houses and three cars to Hurricanes Florence and Michael. She says the rain this week is breaking her…

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NC river flooding forecasts

NC river flooding forecasts

We have a Flash Flood Watch that takes effect tomorrow afternoon and lasts through Saturday afternoon. We have heavy rain moving into the area tomorrow afternoon and into the evening which could total between…Read More We have a Flash Flood Watch that takes effect tomorrow afternoon and lasts through Saturday afternoon. We have heavy rain moving into the area tomorrow afternoon and into the evening which could total between 1-3″. Since the ground is saturated…

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‘It got darker and darker and darker.’ Wildfire survivors detail harrowing escapes

‘It got darker and darker and darker.’ Wildfire survivors detail harrowing escapes

Devastating wildfires across California have sent thousands fleeing for their lives, leaving many in evacuation shelters or makeshift camps scattered across the state. Others never made it out at all, with 58 confirmed deaths and more than 100 still missing, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Here are stories from some of the survivors of the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California and Woolsey Fire in Southern California. ‘Come over, come…

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Gardner: Bulk of rain over but flood watch remains

Gardner: Bulk of rain over but flood watch remains

By Kat Campbell and Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL meteorologists Raleigh, N.C. — We’ll have to get through a flood watch, chilly temperatures and plenty of rain Thursday before enjoying a beautiful weekend. Flood watch all day A flood watch is in effect for most of the state and the entire viewing area until 7 p.m. According to meteorologist Kat Campbell, another up to 2 inches of rain is likely Thursday, which could lead to flooding along…

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Recent rain puts Lake Wylie close to flooding point. That’s also happening at other lakes

Recent rain puts Lake Wylie close to flooding point. That’s also happening at other lakes

Prolonged rain is filling and in one case spilling lakes, with Lake Wylie inching toward full pond. By 9 a.m. Thursday, Lake Wylie rose to within a foot of its spilling point. Lake Wateree downstream already surpassed that point, known as full pond, by half a foot. Lakes James and Hickory upstream, along with Fishing Creek and Cedar Creek lakes downstream, also registered within a foot of full pond. Other lakes including Norman and Mountain…

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Georgia House to vote on hurricane relief, jet fuel tax

Georgia House to vote on hurricane relief, jet fuel tax

Lawmakers in the Georgia House are preparing to vote on $470 million in hurricane relief proposals in addition to reconsidering a controversial tax break for airlines. The House votes were scheduled Thursday on the third day of a special legislative session called by Gov. Nathan Deal. The governor wants $270 million for emergency aid and debris cleanup in communities of southern Georgia devastated by Hurricane Michael. He’s also calling for $200 million in tax incentives…

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Flood Watch issued for most of North Carolina

Flood Watch issued for most of North Carolina

A storm system moving northeastward away from the area Thursday will produce locally heavy rainfall in the morning that can lead to flooding in poor drainage areas before tapering off.It will be a chilly rain too, as high temperatures will be in the middle 40s. Winds will strong at times too, with gusts up to 35 mph. Clouds will begin to break Thursday night and Friday will turn mostly sunny as high pressure begins to…

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Hang in there! One more day of heavy rain, potential flooding before dry weekend

Hang in there! One more day of heavy rain, potential flooding before dry weekend

By Kat Campbell and Elizabeth Gardner,WRAL meteorologists Raleigh, N.C. — We’ll have to get through a flood watch, chilly temperatures and plenty of rain Thursday before enjoying a beautiful weekend. A flood watch is in effect for most of the state and the entire viewing area until 7 p.m. According to meteorologist Kat Campbell, another 1 to 2 inches of rain are likely Thursday, which could lead to flooding along creeks, streams and rivers. “In…

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Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead

Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead

With at least 130 people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California’s deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined Gov. Jerry Brown on a visit to the leveled town of Paradise, telling reporters it was the worst fire devastation he had ever seen. “Now is not the time to point…

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Experts: California wildfire is deadliest in last 100 years

Experts: California wildfire is deadliest in last 100 years

Wildfire experts say the Northern California wildfire that has killed at least 48 is the deadliest in a century. California officials say the fire burning in a rural area far north of San Francisco killed more people than any blaze in the state’s recorded history. But the U.S. government doesn’t closely track civilian casualties. and records from long ago are incomplete. Stephen Pyne, a regent professor at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences and…

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Rabbit badly burned in Ventura County wildfire recovering, expected to be okay

Rabbit badly burned in Ventura County wildfire recovering, expected to be okay

CAMARILLO, Calif. — A rabbit rescued from a Ventura County wildfire zone is on the mend after being burned over much of his body. The male rabbit was discovered along the road in Thousand Oaks, California, on Friday and admitted to a Ventura County Animal Services shelter. In photos shared by VCAS, much of the animal’s fur is visibly singed black, his nose and ears are burnt and the area around his eyes is red….

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Hoops recruits Walker, Wong sign with Hurricanes

Hoops recruits Walker, Wong sign with Hurricanes

Highly regarded basketball recruits Anthony Walker of Nottingham, Maryland, and Isaiah Wong of Trenton, New Jersey, have signed with the Miami Hurricanes. Walker is a 6-for-9, 210-pound power forward who helped Perry Hall in Baltimore to two state championships. Wong is a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 22.2 points as a junior for Monsignor Bonner. Wednesday was the first day of the November signing period. Coach Jim Larranaga’s Hurricanes have no true freshmen on their roster.

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As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from increasingly severe blazes in California and across the U.S. West. Western wildfires have grown ever more lethal, a grim reality that’s been driven by more housing developments sprawling into the most fire-prone…

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Get a candy cane at this Burgaw store and help a student impacted by Florence

Get a candy cane at this Burgaw store and help a student impacted by Florence

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Each candy cane represents a child in those schools that may have lost their home or lost belongings because of the storm. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Don’t panic, but Christmas is just over a month away. For many in the Cape Fear the holiday is clouded by the impact of Hurricane Florence. – Advertisement – In Burgaw, a shop is helping children have a holly jolly holiday….

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In DC, Gov. Cooper pitches Congress, Trump administration on hurricane relief

In DC, Gov. Cooper pitches Congress, Trump administration on hurricane relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVD) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper visited the nation’s capital on Wednesday to rally support for significant federal assistance for recovery from Hurricane Florence. In meetings at the Capitol and the White House, Cooper touted North Carolina’s own investment in relief efforts to shore up backing for an additional $5 billion. “When you’re talking about a $17 billion loss from this storm, we know we’re going to need help from all kinds…

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Two months after Hurricane Florence, rebuilding continues for Robeson residents

Two months after Hurricane Florence, rebuilding continues for Robeson residents

LUMBERTON, N,C, (WTVD) — Wednesday marked two months since Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina. Much of Lumberton and Robeson County are still focusing on rebuilding efforts. Watch the video to find out how residents and local churches are rebuilding after the storm. This story will be updated later. (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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Spring Lake church rebuilds two months after Hurricane Florence

Spring Lake church rebuilds two months after Hurricane Florence

By Bryan Mims, WRAL reporter Spring Lake, N.C. — A small church in Spring Lake received so much damage from flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence that, two months later, they are still recovering. Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, which has been in Cumberland County since 1909, had been flooded only once before, during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, pastor Floyd Benfield said. Matthew swept in enough water to rip out the floors, and the…

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Couple helping with Florence recovery loses home in CA wildfire

Couple helping with Florence recovery loses home in CA wildfire

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — From helping disaster victims to becoming one. Tragedy strikes a couple who traveled to the Cape Fear from California to help with Hurricane Florence recovery. They say what goes around comes around, but that certainly is not the case for one couple who traveled across the country to help others only to find out their house was destroyed by wildfires. – Advertisement – Michael Stephenson works for Moffitt Services and has…

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Two months after Florence, New Hanover County residents still reeling

Two months after Florence, New Hanover County residents still reeling

By Amanda Lamb, WRAL reporter Wrightsville Beach, N.C. — Two months ago today, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, bringing winds of 90 miles per hour and heavy rain. Heavy rains from the storm flooded countless homes and businesses, causing nearly $17 billion in damage, and that was just in North Carolina. Some residents in New Hanover County are still struggling to recover from the monster storm. Kitty Brunjes: “You can’t live in it”…

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Nasty today, nastier tomorrow; Triangle under flood watch

Nasty today, nastier tomorrow; Triangle under flood watch

By Mike Maze, WRAL meteorologist Raleigh, N.C. — As drizzle fell Wednesday evening in the Triangle, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said Thursday will be the “grand finale” of the rainy week. Light rain will continue to fall overnight, but the precipitation will begin to get heavier at about 5 a.m. Thursday. “It’s nasty today, and it’s only going to get nastier tomorrow,” Maze said. Maze said the worst of the rain should begin at about 7…

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Matthew, Florence Set Back-To-Back Flooding Records Across The Carolinas

Matthew, Florence Set Back-To-Back Flooding Records Across The Carolinas

A new report released Tuesday showed rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in record flooding across the Carolinas, upending records set by Hurricane Matthew just two years prior. The data was compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey, and was taken by streamgages — tools that record streamflows, or the volume of water moving past a fixed point — placed in rivers across the two states. The streamgages showed that 18 rivers in North Carolina and 10…

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When Hurricane Florence hit, Parmalee knew just how to help their home

When Hurricane Florence hit, Parmalee knew just how to help their home

While recording artists often donate their time and money to charitable efforts, for every group they may put their weight behind, there are countless others who will be turned down. When a disaster hits close to home, however, that’s when you see whose hometown roots run deep. So after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, especially the eastern part of the state, Parmalee didn’t just cut a check to an organization. To hear lead singer Matt…

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For Florence victims, there’s no place like home — even if the repairs are temporary

For Florence victims, there’s no place like home — even if the repairs are temporary

Facing a severe housing shortage that has left Hurricane Florence survivors living in hotels or crashing with friends and relatives, North Carolina will begin using a new FEMA program by December to make temporary, basic repairs so some residents can move home. The STEP program — Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power — was launched after Hurricane Sandy left thousands of homes and apartments unlivable in New Jersey and New York in October 2012. Lacking available…

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Houston Got Hammered By Hurricane Harvey — And Its Buildings Are Partly To Blame

Houston Got Hammered By Hurricane Harvey — And Its Buildings Are Partly To Blame

Hurricanes are dropping more rain and causing more flooding than in the past, and humans are to blame on multiple fronts. Climate scientists have warned for decades that global warming will cause extreme weather to get more frequent and severe. A pair of studies published today in the journal Nature find that hurricanes are already causing more rain than they used to, and that cities themselves may be making the rainfall from those storms even…

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Horse hid in pool to survive California wildfires

Horse hid in pool to survive California wildfires

(CBS News) — Jeff Hill of Paradise, California, was checking on someone’s house after the Camp Fire nearly leveled the entire town, and what he found in the backyard startled him. It was a horse “shivering uncontrollably,” Hill wrote on Facebook. He found the horse in the backyard pool, suspended by a pool cover. – Advertisement – The horse “had the look of defeat in her eyes,” Hill wrote. But thanks to the pool, she was…

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‘Build back smarter and stronger’: Cooper wants $5B more from feds in Florence relief

‘Build back smarter and stronger’: Cooper wants $5B more from feds in Florence relief

Gov. Roy Cooper asked North Carolina’s members of Congress to help secure an additional $5 billion in federal dollars for Hurricane Florence recovery, saying the state will prioritize smart and efficient solutions to a second massive flooding event in two years. “We think it’s a reasonable ask and it’s based a lot on what Congress has done with hurricanes in the past since 2005,” said Cooper, who was in Washington, D.C., for meetings with the…

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Houston skyscrapers may have worsened Hurricane Harvey rain

Houston skyscrapers may have worsened Hurricane Harvey rain

Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer Updated 12:03 pm CST, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — Two new studies show how humans made recent hurricanes even wetter but in different ways. One study found last year’s Hurricane Harvey snagged on Houston’s skyscrapers, causing the storm to slow and dump more rain than it normally would. And the city’s massive amounts of paving had an even bigger impact by reducing drainage. The study authors said land development…

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'Don't mess with Texas, or California:' Texas firefighters begin to help in California wildfires

'Don't mess with Texas, or California:' Texas firefighters begin to help in California wildfires

CHICO HILLS, Calif. – This is the largest group Texas has ever sent to an out-of-state fire: 227 fighters from 47 departments. Many of them stayed in Chino Hills Tuesday night. We left the hotel together at around 4 a.m. It took almost two hours to arrive at the command post in Camarillo. Only in California are the freeways packed like that before sunrise. There are now 3,850 or so firefighters assigned to the Woolsey Fire,…

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‘Is this your boat?’ Trump asked. So what happens to boats washed up during Florence?

‘Is this your boat?’ Trump asked. So what happens to boats washed up during Florence?

Some state lawmakers on Tuesday were shocked to find out that boats that washed ashore or were sunk during Hurricane Florence – once hazardous materials were removed – were either left where they were found or re-sunk. Capt. Christian Gillikin of the Atlantic Coast Marine Group told legislators at a meeting that the U.S. Coast Guard activated at a level that only allowed for the removal of hazardous materials, not the removal of the wreck….

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Ellen DeGeneres, Sandra Bullock and other stars give to California wildfire relief

Ellen DeGeneres, Sandra Bullock and other stars give to California wildfire relief

As relief efforts ramp up to aid victims of California’s latest round of devastating wildfires, numerous stars and celebrities — some victims of the blazes themselves — have contributed time and money to help others. The Camp Fire in Northern California has killed 48 people and destroyed 7,600 homes, while the Woolsey Fire in Southern California has killed two and burned 483 homes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Both fires…

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Flood watch issued for Triangle ahead of impending heavy rain

Flood watch issued for Triangle ahead of impending heavy rain

By Mike Moss and Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL meteorologists Raleigh, N.C. — You might see some sprinkles or light showers during the morning commute, but compared to Thursday, Wednesday will be mostly clear. Most rain diminished by 9 or 10 a.m. Tuesday, but the day will stay cloudy and cool with temperatures in the 40s. After an overcast day, persistent rain will return for Thursday. Much of the viewing area, including the Triangle, is under a…

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Lee, Moore counties total 5 water rescues before flood watch for Triangle

Lee, Moore counties total 5 water rescues before flood watch for Triangle

By Claudia Rupcich, WRAL reporter Sanford, N.C. — At least five water rescues were reported in Lee and Moore counties overnight and on Wednesday. A flooded Sanford road was closed Wednesday morning while crews rescued a woman trapped in her car. According to officials with the Sanford Fire Department, the woman was pulled from her car on N. Plank Road near Highway 421. Officials say she drove into floodwaters, which completely submerged her car. The…

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Texas Flood Risk Is Likely Greater Than Federal Study Suggests

Texas Flood Risk Is Likely Greater Than Federal Study Suggests

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came out with an analysis this fall that found Austin and other parts of the state should expect more flooding in the future. And, as it turns out, Texas may see even more flooding than the Atlas 14 study suggests. If you have a mind for numbers, Atlas 14 is pretty straightforward: It gives odds of storms happening in different places in different time frames. For example, the report…

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PHOTOS: Southern California wildfires burn in Malibu, Agoura Hills

PHOTOS: Southern California wildfires burn in Malibu, Agoura Hills

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. — Multiple fires have burned tens of thousands of acres throughout Southern California. The Woolsey Fire is burning in parts of Los Angeles County and Ventura County, including Thousand Oaks, where 12 people were killed in a nightclub shooting on Nov. 7. Late on Nov. 13, a brush fire, dubbed the Sierra Fire, flared up in Rialto in San Bernardino County. Though the fire quickly grew to 20 acres, shortly after it…

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Flood watch issued for much of NC. Heavy rains are coming in the next 24 hours.

Flood watch issued for much of NC. Heavy rains are coming in the next 24 hours.

Central North Carolina is not nearly done with rain yet, National Weather Service forecasters said Wednesday, as they predicted up to 2 more inches and posted a flood watch for the region. Similar cautions were posted for western and northeast North Carolina, central South Carolina, and parts of Maryland and Georgia. The amount of rain recently has saturated the ground. Creeks, streams and rivers are already running high, the weather service office in Raleigh said….

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Flood watch for much of NC, central SC as more rain heads east

Flood watch for much of NC, central SC as more rain heads east

Central North Carolina is not nearly done with rain yet, National Weather Service forecasters said Wednesday as they predicted up to 2 more inches and posted a flood watch for the region. Similar cautions were posted for western and northeast North Carolina, central South Carolina, and parts of Maryland and Georgia. The amount of rain recently has saturated the ground, and creeks, streams and rivers are already running high, the weather service office in Raleigh,…

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At Least 200 Texas Firefighters Deploy To Battle California Wildfires

At Least 200 Texas Firefighters Deploy To Battle California Wildfires

Despite the on-again off-again rivalry between the Lone Star State and California, a crisis in the Golden State has hundreds of Texans heading westward. Gov. Greg Abbott has deployed at least 200 firefighters and some 50 types of specialized fire vehicles to the west coast as historic wildfires sweep parts of northern and southern California. In the so-called “Camp Fire in California’s northern Butte County, there are 48 confirmed fatalities, making it the deadliest wildfire…

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US hardens border at to prepare for caravan

US hardens border at to prepare for caravan

IXTLAN DEL RIO, Mexico (AP) – The U.S. government said it was starting work Tuesday to “harden” the border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico, to prepare for the arrival of a migrant caravan leapfrogging its way across western Mexico. Customs and Border Protection announced it was closing four lanes at the busy San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry in San Diego, California. It said the closures were needed “to install and pre-position port hardening…

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Cool, cloudy break today before Thursday flood watch

Cool, cloudy break today before Thursday flood watch

By Mike Moss and Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL meteorologists Raleigh, N.C. — You might see some sprinkles or light showers during the morning commute, but compared to the rest of this week, Wednesday will be mostly clear. According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, most of the sprinkles will diminish by 9 or 10 a.m., but the day will stay cloudy and cool with temperatures in the 40s. After an overcast day, persistent rain will return for…

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