Australian state declares emergency due to wildfires

Australian state declares emergency due to wildfires

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more action to counter climate change. New South Wales state Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said residents were facing what “could be the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen.” Fires in the state’s northeast have claimed three lives, destroyed more than…

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AP: Thousands face life-threatening floods from aging dams

AP: Thousands face life-threatening floods from aging dams

Water flows over a spill gate on Lake McQueeney, Oct. 2, 2019, Lake McQueeney, Texas. A judge has issued a 12-month temporary injunction preventing the draining of McQueeney and five other lakes along the Guadalupe River after property owners sued. less Water flows over a spill gate on Lake McQueeney, Oct. 2, 2019, Lake McQueeney, Texas. A judge has issued a 12-month temporary injunction preventing the draining of McQueeney and five other lakes along the…

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Tractor-trailer hanging over bridge on I-95 in Florence County

Tractor-trailer hanging over bridge on I-95 in Florence County

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — A tractor-trailer is hanging over a bridge on I-95 in Florence County. The wreck is near the 155 exit in the southbound lane in Florence County. Community members said a car on the road appears to have been involved in the crash. – Advertisement – Traffic is backed up for several miles up to the Timmonsville exit. Read more here. SHARE Facebook Twitter

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The Camp Fire Destroyed 11,000 Homes. A Year Later Only 11 Have Been Rebuilt

The Camp Fire Destroyed 11,000 Homes. A Year Later Only 11 Have Been Rebuilt

The sun is setting at a construction site on “the ridge,” as locals call it. Towering pine trees with their bark still black from wildfire are lit up in orange. And Chip Gorley and some buddies are about to crack open cans of IPA to celebrate some rare good news. His foundation inspection passed, meaning they can start putting up the walls on Gorley’s new home. It’s on the exact site of where he lost…

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Torrential rain in England kills 1; floods streets

LONDON — A woman died after being swept away by surging waters as torrential rain drenched parts of north and central England, swelling rivers, forcing evacuations and disrupting travel for a second day Friday. In the city of Sheffield, 140 miles (228 kms) north of London, the River Don overflowed after 3.4 inches (85 mm) of rain fell on Thursday. About 30 people sought refuge in the Meadowhall shopping center after floodwaters stranded shoppers who…

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Man receives new hearing aids after losing one during Hurricane Florence

Man receives new hearing aids after losing one during Hurricane Florence

James Chadwick gets fitted for a receives a hearing aid on November 7, 2019 (Photo By: Lakeeda Johnson / WWAY) WILMINGTON (WWAY) — A Wilmington man got fitted for hearing aids at no cost. James Chadwick was born deaf in one ear and gradually, hearing in his right ear declined. The sound being too loud isn’t something James Chadwick has dealt with lately. James lost a hearing aid during Hurricane Florence in 2018. – Advertisement…

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Climate Change Deniers Pay More For Houses At Risk Of Future Flooding

Climate Change Deniers Pay More For Houses At Risk Of Future Flooding

About 2% of U.S. homes are at risk of being flooded by the end of the century, thanks to rising sea levels. And the reason for rising sea levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is climate change. But flood risk is not translating into lower property values in some areas along the coast. Instead, researchers found climate risk is decreasing the sales price of at-risk homes only in areas where people generally…

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Struggles in California city show wider effects of wildfire

Struggles in California city show wider effects of wildfire

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. — Amber Blood got to Chico on Nov. 8, 2018, wearing pink slacks and her favorite white peacoat. It was all she had left. Blood was among tens of thousands forced to flee as a wildfire roared through Paradise and nearby communities in Northern California, killing 85 people and destroying roughly 19,000 buildings. Nothing burned in Chico, the closest big city. And within hours, another city had moved…

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Chef Tyler Florence coming to Wilmington for GLOW Academy fundraiser

Chef Tyler Florence coming to Wilmington for GLOW Academy fundraiser

Tyler Florence (Photo: Matt Harbicht/Verbatim Photo Agency) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another Food Network star is coming to Wilmington to support the GLOW Academy. Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence is planning a visit in January to share his signature culinary style during three special events. – Advertisement – There will be an exclusive dinner for no more than 24 guests in a private home on January 23, and breakfast and lunch events both to be held…

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'We're In A Tinderbox': How Wildfire Codes Could Protect Austin Homes At Risk

'We're In A Tinderbox': How Wildfire Codes Could Protect Austin Homes At Risk

From Texas Standard: Randy Jamieson lives in the River Place development in Northwest Austin – what developers call a “master-planned” community. About 4,000 people live there, and the city of Austin recently annexed it. With its location near Lake Travis, real estate agents pitch the area as desirable for homebuyers looking for “Hill Country” and “Lakeside” views. But Jamieson feels nervous about living there. “My anxiety goes pretty sky high when it’s hot and dry; we’re…

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‘We’re In A Tinderbox’: How Wildfire Codes Could Protect Austin Homes At Risk

‘We’re In A Tinderbox’: How Wildfire Codes Could Protect Austin Homes At Risk

Randy Jamieson lives in the River Place development in Northwest Austin – what developers call a “master-planned” community. About 4,000 people live there, and the city of Austin recently annexed it. With its location near Lake Travis, real estate agents pitch the area as desirable for homebuyers looking for “Hill Country” and “Lakeside” views. But Jamieson feels nervous about living there. “My anxiety goes pretty sky high when it’s hot and dry; we’re in a tinderbox,”…

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Commentary: Climate Change On The Texas Ballot

Commentary: Climate Change On The Texas Ballot

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Texans are voting on 10 proposed changes to the Texas Constitution. Although climate change doesn’t appear to be anywhere on the ballot, Texas Public Radio commentator Yvette Benavides says it’s there.  Hurricane Harvey made landfall three times in six days and caused $125 billion in damage in August of 2017, according to the National Hurricane Center. About 13 million people were affected by that storm, and nearly 135,000 homes were damaged or destroyed….

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All evacuations lifted for Southern California wildfire

All evacuations lifted for Southern California wildfire

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Authorities lifted all evacuation orders as firefighters made progress Sunday on a large blaze that sent thousands fleeing homes and farms northwest of Los Angeles. Crews working in steep terrain were tamping down hotspots and keeping an eye on lingering gusts in mountain areas that could carry embers, said Ventura County Fire Capt. Steve Kaufmann. “I’d say we’re cautiously optimistic,” Kaufmann said, citing calmer winds overall and…

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Trump threatens to cut US funding for California wildfires

Trump threatens to cut US funding for California wildfires

Christopher Weber, Associated Press Updated 11:46 am CST, Sunday, November 3, 2019 President Donald Trump, center, listening during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. With Trump are Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right. less President Donald Trump, center, listening during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in…

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Volunteers plant trees after Hurricane Florence damage

Volunteers plant trees after Hurricane Florence damage

Volunteers plant trees in front of Martin Luther King Center in Downtown Wilmington on November 2, 2019 (Photo By: Lakeeda Johnson / WWAY) WILMINGTON (WWAY)– The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and other organizations planted dozens of canopy trees in the areas Hurricane Florence destroyed. A spokesperson says it was the largest tree planting they’ve had. – Advertisement – She says prior to this tree planting, volunteers have already put trees on the Riverwalk, Greenfield…

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Houston mayor's race: crime, flooding, Trump are all issues

Houston mayor's race: crime, flooding, Trump are all issues

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press Updated 8:26 am CDT, Saturday, November 2, 2019 In this Sept. 2, 2019 photo, Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks as Tony Buzbee, left, listens during a mayoral candidate forum for the 2019 election in Houston. As Turner seeks a second term, he’s hoping to use residents’ antipathy toward President Donald Trump to help him beat Turner, his biggest challenger. Crimes rates, allegations of City Hall corruption and the pace of the city’s…

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California firefighters struggle with big wildfire

California firefighters struggle with big wildfire

By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Firefighters struggled Friday to contain a big Southern California wildfire amid shifting winds, forcing authorities to expand evacuations as forecasters extended fire weather warnings into the weekend. The blaze dubbed the Maria Fire erupted late Thursday northwest of Los Angeles during what had been expected to be the tail end of a siege of Santa Ana winds that fanned destructively across the region, but a tug-of-war developed…

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Flooding in East Africa affects more than 1 million people

Flooding in East Africa affects more than 1 million people

By SAM MEDNICK and TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya — More than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall, an aid group said Friday. Parts of the region are bracing for a tropical storm, Kyarr, that could worsen an already dire humanitarian situation. The International Rescue Committee said many people had been reeling from an earlier period of severe drought. Now the rains in parts of…

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Tropics are quiet as last month of hurricane season starts

Tropics are quiet as last month of hurricane season starts

NEW ORLEANS — The tropics are fairly quiet right now. Subtropical Storm Rebekah continues to churn in the NE Atlantic near the Azores. It should lose its tropical characteristics today and become post-tropical.  There is a cluster of showers and storms about 1000 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It has a low chance to develop into something in the next 2 days. After that, wind shear will be too strong for any development. …

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Rice University researchers use satellite images to track Houston’s growth, flooding risk

Rice University researchers use satellite images to track Houston’s growth, flooding risk

HOUSTON — Rice University is fighting flooding by tracking Houston’s growth from outer space with a new tool researchers hope could make preparing for and recovering from a disaster easier. “Nothing like this had been done in Houston,” said Chris Hakkenberg, a postdoctoral research assistant at Northern Arizona University and Kinder Scholar at Rice University. Hakkenberg used an algorithm to compile images of the Houston area from multiple satellites flying 438 miles above, taken three…

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Damaging winds, possible tornadoes dampen Halloween festivities

Damaging winds, possible tornadoes dampen Halloween festivities

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — It was a wet, windy and potentially dangerous Halloween as severe weather moved through the state. Eastern parts of Wake County are under tornado warning until 9:45 p.m. Franklin County is also under this tornado warning. Mecklenburg County, Virginia remains under a tornado warning until 9:30 p.m… Other counties remain under severe thunderstorm warnings or watches. The weather took a toll on festivities across the area, including on Franklin Street in…

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LIVE UPDATES: Wake County under tornado warning

LIVE UPDATES: Wake County under tornado warning

A large swath of central North Carolina is under a tornado watch as a line of storms approach the region, which is under a Level 3 risk for severe weather. At a glance: A line of fast-moving storms are moving through the region. The entire region is under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. For full list: Click here There are reports of trees down in Orange County and about 1,000 customers are without power….

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Parts of Wake County under tornado warning as damaging winds, possible tornadoes threaten Halloween festivities

Parts of Wake County under tornado warning as damaging winds, possible tornadoes threaten Halloween festivities

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Ghouls, goblins, witches, and zombies better keep an umbrella in their candy sack and an eye to the sky this evening. Tornado warnings put parts of the Triangle and surrounding areas on alert as severe weather moved through the area. Mecklenburg County, Virginia remains under a tornado warning until 9:30 p.m… A tornado watch has been issued for much of North Carolina, including Wake County, Edgecombe County, Franklin County. Nash County,…

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Severe weather disrupts Halloween

Severe weather disrupts Halloween

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Severe weather is having a major impact on Halloween trick or treating in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.  A line of storms could produce damaging winds, hail, and an isolated tornado. “The timing could not be worse for Halloween trick-or-treating,” First Warn Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich explained. There is a medium-to-high chance of seeing some form of severe weather across the entire region. The line of storms is moving from…

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LIVE: Tornado warning in Person County until 8; updates on severe weather in area

LIVE: Tornado warning in Person County until 8; updates on severe weather in area

By Alfred Charles, WRAL.com managing editor Raleigh, N.C. — A large swath of central North Carolina is under a tornado watch as a line of storms approach the region, which is under a Level 3 risk for severe weather. A tornado warning has been issued for several central North Carolina counties, including central Caswell County, southeastern Rockingham, and southwestern Caswell and northern Guilford County. Anyone in that area was asked to take cover because of…

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New Border Wall Construction Begins In Texas For The First Time In Trump Era

New Border Wall Construction Begins In Texas For The First Time In Trump Era

The installation of steel rebar at a site south of Donna in the Rio Grande Valley marks the first border wall construction in Texas since President Trump took office. “This is significant because until now, we had not seen new construction in places where there had never been border barrier before,” said Ricky Garza, staff attorney with the Texas Civil Rights project. Garza said the new wall construction is happening on government land but hundreds…

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Tornado-Battered Richardson Neighborhood Donates Treats To Try To Make Halloween Sweet

RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Residents in a tornado-raved neighborhood in Richardson handed out candy and held activities for children at the parking lot of nearby Richland Elementary School on Thursday. Neighbors said they realized the traditional trick-or-treating wouldn’t work in the Richland Park area because storm debris still lines many streets and is piled on top of sidewalks. One of the organizers, Barry Propes said, “The trees as you can see lining the neighborhood, it’s…

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Tornado warning issued for some central NC counties with the Triangle under a tornado watch through 11 p.m.

Tornado warning issued for some central NC counties with the Triangle under a tornado watch through 11 p.m.

By Alfred Charles, WRAL.com managing editor Raleigh, N.C. — A large swath of central North Carolina is under a tornado watch as a line of storms approach the region, which is under a Level 3 risk for severe weather. A tornado warning has been issued for several central North Carolina counties, including southeastern Rockingham, and southwestern Caswell and northern Guilford County. Anyone in that area was asked to take cover because of the threat of flying…

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Ghosts Of Galveston May Be Inspiring More Tours Than The City Can Handle

Ghosts Of Galveston May Be Inspiring More Tours Than The City Can Handle

From Texas Standard: If you have ever been to Galveston, you may have noticed something eerie about it — Galveston County Daily News reporter Kathryn Eastburn says the city seems to have seen more than its fair share of untimely death. “And it’s an island, it’s surrounded by water, and people in the paranormal world feel like that combination of things makes for lots of spirits lingering,” Eastburn says. Many of those ghost stories are…

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LIVE: Severe weather on Halloween night

LIVE: Severe weather on Halloween night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Severe weather is having a major impact on Halloween trick or treating in Charlotte and across the Carolinas.  A line of storms could produce damaging winds, hail, and an isolated tornado. “The timing could not be worse for Halloween trick-or-treating,” First Warn Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich explained. There is a medium-to-high chance of seeing some form of severe weather across the entire region. The line of storms is moving from…

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With level 3 risk for severe weather, trick-or-treaters should start early, pay attention

With level 3 risk for severe weather, trick-or-treaters should start early, pay attention

By Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL meteorologist Raleigh, N.C. — The region is under a level 3 risk for severe weather on Halloween night with dangerous conditions expected to move into the Triangle by 8 or 9 p.m. “The timeline for severe weather is going to be critical for folks headed out to trick-or-treat,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. Spotty showers across the region Thursday afternoon could give way to gusty winds and isolated tornadoes in the…

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2 new California fires burn homes, send residents fleeing

2 new California fires burn homes, send residents fleeing

By BRIAN MELLEY and MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ, Associated Press SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Strong winds fanned new fires in Southern California on Thursday, burning homes and forcing residents to flee in a repeat of a frightening scenario already faced by tens of thousands across the state. The latest blazes erupted in the heavily populated inland region east of Los Angeles as strong, seasonal Santa Ana winds continued to blow with gusts of up to 60…

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Severe weather threat brings down Durham's giant moon on Halloween

Severe weather threat brings down Durham's giant moon on Halloween

Durham, N.C. — A giant moon hanging above the CCB Plaza in Durham is already wowing crowds. But visitors won’t be able to see it on Halloween, organizers say. Strong winds anticipated Thursday forced organizers to take down the Bull Moon Rising exhibit. The hanging moon, which has a diameter of nearly 23 feet, was created by Luke Jerram, an artist from the United Kingdom. The Triangle is under a level 3 risk for severe…

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WATCH LIVE: Panovich says timing could not be worse for severe weather during trick or treating

WATCH LIVE: Panovich says timing could not be worse for severe weather during trick or treating

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Severe weather could have a major impact on Halloween trick or treating in Charlotte and across the Carolinas Thursday.  First Warn Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says it won’t be a washout Thursday, but the a line of storms will moving through the area will likely bring severe weather to the Queen City. “The timing could not be worse for trick or treating tomorrow,” Panovich said. “I really think the evening hours will…

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