Shelters, emergency officials prepare for severe weather this weekend

Shelters, emergency officials prepare for severe weather this weekend

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Facing the possibility of severe weather this weekend, shelter and emergency officials are preparing in the event their services are needed. “The main thing we’re doing is trying to reach out into the community, trying to find any homeless who haven’t come in from the weather yet,” said Rob Tart, the CEO and President of the Durham Rescue Mission. Tart said they are less concerned about the drop in temperatures and…

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'Miraculous' Colorado wildfire evacuation likely saved lives

'Miraculous' Colorado wildfire evacuation likely saved lives

By THOMAS PEIPERT and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press DENVER — A late-season wildfire pushed by hurricane-force winds tore through two densely populated Denver suburbs and seemed destined to leave a trail of deaths. Yet, only two people are unaccounted for out of some 35,000 forced from their homes. It’s a remarkably low number of possible casualties, according to disaster experts and authorities, all the more so because a public alert system did not reach everyone…

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Storm of inches: Tornado shifts Harnett County family's home

Storm of inches: Tornado shifts Harnett County family's home

By Keenan Willard, WRAL eastern North Carolina reporter Coats, N.C. — A Harnett County family is grateful for their safety after Monday’s storm literally moved their house while they were inside. The National Weather Service said on Tuesday that an EF-0 Tornado hit Buies Creek in Harnett County on Monday, The tornado “briefly touched down” for 2 miles, according to the NWS. The Rivera family was asleep on Monday morning in their home off Cottle Lake…

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'I felt completely trapped' | Covington woman describes being in car flipped over by tornado

'I felt completely trapped' | Covington woman describes being in car flipped over by tornado

Alisha Jacques was stuck between cars in line as the funnel cloud came straight for her. COVINGTON, Ga. — When the tornado tore through Covington on Friday, Alisha Jacques said she was sitting in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru on Salem and Brown Bridge Road, stuck between cars in line as the funnel cloud came straight for her. “I don’t think it hasn’t hit me yet, I still feel all like it’s a nightmare,” she said of…

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Volunteers help victims after deadly tornados

Volunteers help victims after deadly tornados

January 3, 2022 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Local Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in Kentucky helping the area recover from deadly tornados. Cape Fear Red Cross Executive Director James Jarvis left for counties surrounding Mayfield, Kentucky less than a week ago. Since then, he and his team of 14 volunteers from our area have helped house and feed thousands. With about 77 people dead from the twisters, Jarvis and volunteers are hoping to…

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Mayor expects town to bounce back in the New Year after devastating flooding in North Carolina

Mayor expects town to bounce back in the New Year after devastating flooding in North Carolina

By Rex Hodge, WLOS Canton, N.C. — Many are making resolutions for the New Year. Few will be bigger than the Town of Canton. It’s resolved to rebuild after last summer’s flooding. The flood disrupted so many lives in and around Canton, even the Pisgah Memorial football field remains damaged to this day. But Mayor Zeb Smathers says in the new year, he expects full recovery and victory. Smathers is the first to say it’s…

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System tracks across the Carolinas, leading to flooding & tropical storm force wind gusts

System tracks across the Carolinas, leading to flooding & tropical storm force wind gusts

January 3, 2022 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A strong area of low pressure pushed across the Carolinas overnight and into today, leading to wind and flooding damage in parts of the Cape Fear. Winds gusts upwards of 40 mph pushed water onto West Bay Street in Southport with more flooding along the Brunswick County coast in Ocean Isle Beach. Around an inch of rain fell in Wilmington from the storm. Sporadic tree damage was reported…

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2 to 4 inches of rain bring flooding issues to Triangle

2 to 4 inches of rain bring flooding issues to Triangle

By WRAL Severe Weather Center We are seeing a little bit of everything on Monday — heavy rain, severe weather and even a little snow. The greatest threat is heavy rain and flash flooding during the first half of the day. What to know Orange, Chapel-Hill Carrboro and Franklin schools have canceled classes Monday. There will be no remote learning. See all closings and delays. Green Hope High School in Cary released students early after…

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Severe storm threat ends, but flooding issues persist in Triangle

Severe storm threat ends, but flooding issues persist in Triangle

By WRAL Severe Weather Center We are seeing a little bit of everything on Monday — heavy rain, severe weather and even a little snow. The greatest threat is heavy rain and flash flooding during the first half of the day. What to know Orange, Chapel-Hill Carrboro and Franklin schools have canceled classes Monday. There will be no remote learning. See all closings and delays. The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 3…

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Cars stuck in standing water in Raleigh, flash flood warnings in effect for Triangle

Cars stuck in standing water in Raleigh, flash flood warnings in effect for Triangle

By WRAL Severe Weather Center We could see a little bit of everything on Monday — heavy rain, severe weather and even a little snow. The greatest threat will be heavy rain and flash flooding. What to know Orange and Chapel-Hill Carrboro schools have canceled classes Monday. There will be no remote learning. See all closings and delays. The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 9:15 a.m. as heavy rain falls in the…

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8,000 in Wake without power, severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings in effect for Triangle

8,000 in Wake without power, severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings in effect for Triangle

By WRAL Severe Weather Center We could see a little bit of everything on Monday — heavy rain, severe weather and even a little snow. The greatest threat will be heavy rain and flash flooding. What to know Orange and Chapel-Hill Carrboro schools have canceled classes Monday. There will be no remote learning. See all closings and delays. The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 9:15 a.m. as heavy rain falls in the…

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Severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings in effect for Triangle, thousands without power

Severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings in effect for Triangle, thousands without power

By WRAL Severe Weather Center We could see a little bit of everything on Monday — heavy rain, severe weather and even a little snow. The greatest threat will be heavy rain and flash flooding. What to know Orange and Chapel-Hill Carrboro schools have canceled classes Monday. There will be no remote learning. See all closings and delays. The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 9:15 a.m. as heavy rain falls in the…

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Flash flood warning in effect for Triangle, thousands without power

Flash flood warning in effect for Triangle, thousands without power

By WRAL Severe Weather Center We could see a little bit of everything on Monday — heavy rain, severe weather and even a little snow. The greatest threat will be heavy rain and flash flooding. What to know Orange and Chapel-Hill Carrboro schools have canceled classes Monday. There will be no remote learning. See all closings and delays. The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 7:45 a.m. as heavy rain falls in the…

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Potential snow, severe weather cited as reason for Orange County Schools to cancel classes Monday

Potential snow, severe weather cited as reason for Orange County Schools to cancel classes Monday

RALEIGH. N.C. (WTVD) — North Carolina could see areas of severe weather, heavy rain, gusty winds, flooding, and even some snow Sunday night into Monday morning. In preparation for the potential weather, Orange County Schools opted to cancel classes and all school-related activities. “Due to a high potential for a variety of inclement weather situations, including high winds, sleet and snow, all OCS schools and buildings will be closed Monday, January 3, 2022,” read a…

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UPDATE: Lost Cove, NC wildfire now 80% contained at 1,000 acres burned

UPDATE: Lost Cove, NC wildfire now 80% contained at 1,000 acres burned

January 1, 2022 NEBO, N.C. (WLOS) — In a final update, Pisgah National Forest officials reported Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 that the wildfire burning in the Lost Cove area of Nebo, North Carolina is 80% contained. They said the fire, which started Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2021, has burned 1,000 acres. It is burning in the Wilson Creek watershed on the U.S. Forest Service Grandfather Ranger District in Avery County. Light rain and humidity over…

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Officials: 2 missing in devastating Colorado wildfire

Officials: 2 missing in devastating Colorado wildfire

January 1, 2022 SUPERIOR, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities were searching Saturday for two people reported missing from a wind-whipped winter-season wildfire in Denver’s suburbs that destroyed hundreds of homes and left thousands of people trying to salvage what belongings they could from the fast-moving blaze. Authorities had said earlier no one was missing in the area hit by Thursday’s blaze, but Boulder County spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said Saturday they were now trying to find…

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No deaths reported in ferocious Colorado wildfire; it may be a 'New Year's miracle,' governor says

No deaths reported in ferocious Colorado wildfire; it may be a 'New Year's miracle,' governor says

DENVER — No deaths have been reported as a result of a swift and vicious wildfire that consumed at least 500 homes in Boulder County, Colorado, and forced some 35,000 people to flee, authorities said Friday. “We might have our very own New Year’s miracle on our hands if it holds up that there was no loss of life,” Gov. Jared Polis said. One person who was unaccounted for has been found and several others…

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Red Cross volunteer from Brunswick County going to Colorado for wildfire response

Red Cross volunteer from Brunswick County going to Colorado for wildfire response

December 31, 2021 Wildfire in Colorado in late Dec. 2021. (Photo: KMGH via CNN) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Tens of thousands of Coloradans driven from their neighborhoods by a wind-whipped wildfire anxiously waited to learn what was left standing of their lives Friday as authorities reported more than 500 homes were feared destroyed. Charles “Chuck” Thurlow (Photo: Red Cross) In response, the American Red Cross is deploying volunteers including one from Brunswick County. The…

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From tornadoes to tropical storms: These were the 10 most impactful weather events of 2021 in Charlotte

From tornadoes to tropical storms: These were the 10 most impactful weather events of 2021 in Charlotte

Every year, the Carolinas experience weather from winter storms to wildfires to hurricanes. Let’s recap some of the most impactful events. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Snow, sleet, and freezing rain create significant threats Here’s a good reminder that late January and February are historically the worst months for winter precipitation in the Charlotte area. We accumulated snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the region the last weekend in January, the first weekend in February, and again…

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Wildfires burn hundreds of homes in Colorado, thousands flee

Wildfires burn hundreds of homes in Colorado, thousands flee

December 31, 2021 Wildfire in Colorado in late Dec. 2021. (Photo: KMGH via CNN) DENVER (AP) — Tens of thousands of Coloradans driven from their neighborhoods by wind-whipped wildfires are anxiously waiting to learn what’s left standing of their lives after the flames burned an estimated 580 homes, a hotel and a shopping center. The fires erupted Thursday outside Denver, following an extremely dry fall and a winter so far nearly devoid of snow. At…

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Nearly 600 homes destroyed, 30,000 forced to evacuate in vicious Colorado wildfire

Nearly 600 homes destroyed, 30,000 forced to evacuate in vicious Colorado wildfire

DENVER — A vicious wildfire that began Thursday morning in Boulder County, Colorado, swallowed about 1,600 acres in a matter of hours, burning hundreds of homes and prompting orders for some 30,000 people in two communities to evacuate. Amid historically powerful winds, some 370 homes were destroyed in a single subdivision just west of the town of Superior, while another 210 homes may have been lost in Old Town Superior, the sheriff said Thursday. No…

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Thousands flee as Colorado wildfires burn hundreds of homes

Thousands flee as Colorado wildfires burn hundreds of homes

By PATTY NIEBERG, BRADY McCOMBS and COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press/Report for America DENVER — Mike Guanella and his family were relaxing at their Colorado home and looking forward to celebrating a belated family Christmas later Thursday when reports of a nearby grass fire quickly turned into a concerning pre-evacuation notice and then within minutes into an order to leave immediately. The Guanellas were among tens of thousands of residents who were forced to evacuate their…

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Colorado wildfires burn hundreds of homes, force evacuations

Colorado wildfires burn hundreds of homes, force evacuations

The wildfires engulfed parts of the area in smoky, orangish skies on Thursday December 30, 2021 DENVER (AP) — An estimated 580 homes, a hotel and a shopping center have burned and tens of thousands of people were evacuated in wind-fueled wildfires outside Denver. At least one first responder and six others have been injured, though Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle acknowledged there could be more injuries and deaths could be possible due to the…

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Video shows apocalyptic scene as thousands evacuate due to wind-whipped wildfires in Colorado

Video shows apocalyptic scene as thousands evacuate due to wind-whipped wildfires in Colorado

DENVER — Thousands of residents in two communities near Boulder were ordered to evacuate Thursday because of a wind-fueled wildfire that engulfed parts of the area in smoky, orangish skies. The city of Louisville, which has a population of about 21,000, was ordered to evacuate after residents in Superior, which has 13,000 residents, were told to leave. The neighboring towns are roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Denver. The blaze was one of several…

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Suspect charged with killing Hurricane Ida evacuee in NoDa found dead in prison

Suspect charged with killing Hurricane Ida evacuee in NoDa found dead in prison

Malek Moore was a suspect in two killings, including the death of a Hurricane Ida evacuee near an art studio in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The man accused of killing a Hurricane Ida evacuee at an art studio in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood was found dead in a North Carolina prison, state corrections officials said.  Malek Moore was found unresponsive in his cell around 4:30 Thursday morning. First responders were called to the prison…

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Storms possible Thursday with another severe weather risk this weekend

Storms possible Thursday with another severe weather risk this weekend

The late December heatwave is providing favorable conditions for strong thunderstorms in the Charlotte area over the next few days. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The late December heatwave will help fuel the risk for some scattered strong to severe storms over the next four days.  While the risk is low as of now, it’s a good idea to stay weather aware over the next few days. Here’s a breakdown of what, when, and where to expect…

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Flight cancellations continue as COVID-19, severe weather plague airlines

Flight cancellations continue as COVID-19, severe weather plague airlines

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — A rebound in air travel during the holiday season is facing strong headwinds from two obstacles, leading to a sharp rise in cancellations: COVID-19 cases and severe weather. Since Christmas Eve, more than 5,000 flights have been cancelled nationally, as airlines face crew shortages because of an uptick in COVID-19 cases, believed to be spurred by the more transmissible Omicron variant. On Wednesday, FlightAware reported 16 flights — seven departures and…

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Low-end severe weather chances Thursday and Saturday

Low-end severe weather chances Thursday and Saturday

Stay weather aware the next few days. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The late December heatwave will help fuel the risk for some scattered strong to severe storms over the next four days. While the risk is low for now, it’s a good idea to stay weather aware over the next few days. Here’s a breakdown of what, when, and where to expect some strong storms in the next few days.  🌩️ If you like weather, join…

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Storms could spawn tornadoes in the South on Wednesday

Storms could spawn tornadoes in the South on Wednesday

December 29, 2021 SPC severe weather outlook on Dec. 29, 2021. (Photo: WWAY) HUNTSVILLE, AL (AP) — Several southern states are at risk of tornadoes, large hail and high winds as severe storms fire up over the region. Northern portions of Alabama and Mississippi and parts of Tennessee will have an enhanced risk of damaging weather in Wednesday’s storms, forecasters said.“A few tornadic supercells are possible, along with sporadic damaging gusts and isolated severe hail,”…

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Low-end severe weather chances Thursday & Saturday

Low-end severe weather chances Thursday & Saturday

Stay weather aware the next few days. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The late December heatwave will help fuel the risk for some scattered strong to severe storms over the next four days. While the risk is low for now, it’s a good idea to stay weather aware over the next few days. Here’s a breakdown of what, when, and where to expect some strong storms in the next few days. Timing: There will actually be two…

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Wildfire burning near Grandfather Mountain grows to 700 acres

Wildfire burning near Grandfather Mountain grows to 700 acres

The fire is burning in the Wilson Creek watershed on the US Forest Service Grandfather Ranger District in Avery County, NC. LINVILLE, N.C. — A fire first reported on Christmas Eve that burned on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain in Avery County has grown to 700 acres, the United States Forest Service said Tuesday. As firefighters work to build a perimeter within the protected area, the fire is expected to slowly grow in size. Some…

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Wildfire near Grandfather Mountain expands to 350 acres in just 2 days, officials say

Wildfire near Grandfather Mountain expands to 350 acres in just 2 days, officials say

A North Carolina wildfire has now exceeded 350 acres in two days and is barely contained, according to fire officials. December 26, 2021 ROSEBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A North Carolina wildfire has now exceeded 350 acres in two days and is barely contained, according to fire officials. The Lost Cove wildfire was discovered around 9:40 a.m. on Christmas Eve when it was about 2 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. By Christmas Day, the…

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Firefighters keep eye on wildfire near Grandfather Mountain

Firefighters keep eye on wildfire near Grandfather Mountain

By The Associated Press LINVILLE, N.C. — Firefighters are monitoring a wildfire in the vicinity of Grandfather Mountain which has burned 35 acres, officials said. The Linville Volunteer Fire Department said on its Facebook page that the fire, reported on Friday in the Roseboro area, had spread overnight but wasn’t threatening any homes as of Saturday. The post said equipment was deployed to protect residents. The department said the fire was on the Blue Ridge…

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Wildfire burning near Grandfather Mountain

Wildfire burning near Grandfather Mountain

Photos show smoke rising from Pisgah National Forest on the Linville side of Grandfather Mountain. LINVILLE, N.C. — A brushfire is burning on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain in Avery County. A photo submitted by WCNC Charlotte viewer Kyle Kitchin to the WCNC Charlotte app showed the fire burning in the Harpers Creek Wilderness Area from his perspective atop Grandfather Mountain. For the latest breaking news, weather and traffic alerts, download the WCNC Charlotte mobile…

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Wildfire burning near Grandfather Mountain grows to 350 acres

Wildfire burning near Grandfather Mountain grows to 350 acres

Photos show smoke rising from Pisgah National Forest on the Linville side of Grandfather Mountain. LINVILLE, N.C. — A brush fire that burned on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain in Avery County has expanded, the Linville Fire Department said. According to the US Forest Service, the fire is estimated at 350 acres and 10% contained, and several trails have been closed. Trail closures are in place as firefighters respond to the Lost Cove Fire burning…

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Video shows moment deputies rescue 2 babies from rubble after tornado rips through Kentucky

Video shows moment deputies rescue 2 babies from rubble after tornado rips through Kentucky

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. — Shocking video captured the moment a deputy in Kentucky rescued two babies after a deadly tornado outbreak ripped through the area. The footage obtained from the deputy’s body camera shows authorities finding the children in a tub that was thrown from a home demolished by the tornadoes. Deputies can be seen frantically looking through the rubble. READ ALSO | 9 days after tornado demolished Kentucky office building, owner’s cat was found…

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2 babies survive tornado that carried them away in bathtub

December 20, 2021 Bathtub tossed from home during tornado on Dec. 10, 2021. (Photo: WFIE) (AP) — Two babies survived a tornado in Kentucky last weekend that ripped the bathtub they were sheltering in out of the ground and tossed it with them inside, their grandmother said. Clara Lutz told WFIE-TV that she put 15-month-old Kaden and 3-month-old Dallas in the bathtub last Friday with a blanket, a pillow and a Bible. Then the house…

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Charlotte restaurant serves meals to raise money for quad-state tornado relief

Charlotte restaurant serves meals to raise money for quad-state tornado relief

The owners of Queen City Craft & Gourmet say Mayfield, Kentucky’s devastation hit home for them: Katherine Read’s mother lives there. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — We’re just one week away from Christmas, and while the season should ring merriment and joy, those hit hard by the quad-state tornado outbreak are finding themselves in dire straits. In particular, the town of Mayfield, Kentucky was hit hard. The twisters ripped through town and ravaged the community. But people…

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Governor: No one still missing in Kentucky after tornadoes

Governor: No one still missing in Kentucky after tornadoes

December 18, 2021 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — All of the people reported missing in Kentucky after tornadoes swept through the state last weekend have been accounted for, Gov. Andy Beshear said Saturday. Beshear hailed the report by state emergency management officials and said he hoped it meant that no additional people in Kentucky would be found dead from the storm. “How about a piece of good news today?” Beshear said at the beginning of a…

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Local Red Cross volunteers help Kentucky tornado survivors

Local Red Cross volunteers help Kentucky tornado survivors

December 16, 2021 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Eleven Southeastern North Carolina Red Cross volunteers are on the ground near Mayfield, Kentucky, providing supplies and counseling to tornado survivors. The Red Cross’s Cally Edwards said yesterday, the group saw Mayfield’s destruction first hand. It was worse than a anything Edwards had ever seen in her years working with the Red Cross. One woman she helped had to hold onto her bathtub for dear life to survive…

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Boone resident in Kentucky helping with Tornado recovery efforts

Boone resident in Kentucky helping with Tornado recovery efforts

Boone, NC native Elliott Willis is one of the hundreds of volunteers clearing debris and providing assistance to tornado victims. MAYFIELD, Ky. — The tornado that tore its way through western Kentucky has broken the record for the longest tornado track in the state’s history. The data shows the tornado that went through Mayfield on Monday was more than two times the length of the previous record. According to the data from the National Weather…

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Donations being collected in Brunswick County for tornado victims

Donations being collected in Brunswick County for tornado victims

December 16, 2021 Tornado damage in Kentucky on Dec. 13, 2021. (Photo: Salvation Army EDS) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Local groups are working to collect donations for tornado victims in Kentucky. Oak Island Water Rescue said a local trucking company, CGC Trucking, that has provided relief trips in the past is planning another mission to Kentucky. One donation drop off location is at 1531 Howe Street in Southport, right next to Walgreens. This location…

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At least 5 dead as Midwest rocked by hurricane-force winds

At least 5 dead as Midwest rocked by hurricane-force winds

By MARGERY A. BECK and MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — At least five people died as a powerful and extremely unusual storm system swept across the Great Plains and Midwest amid unseasonably warm temperatures, spawning hurricane-force winds and possible tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. In southeastern Minnesota, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Lt. Lee Rossman said a 65-year-old man was killed Wednesday night when a 40-foot tree blew onto him outside his home. In…

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EF-4 tornado, 100-mph winds: WRAL Severe Weather Center unpacks the rare December storms

EF-4 tornado, 100-mph winds: WRAL Severe Weather Center unpacks the rare December storms

By Zach Maloch, WRAL meteorologist It’s been nearly a week since Friday’s deadly tornado outbreak, and while such severe weather in December is quite the rarity, it’s hard to believe we saw another significant severe weather event since then. A recent preliminary survey has been released classifying the tornado that blasted western Kentucky last Friday as an EF-4. Winds reached 190 mph over some 128 miles on the ground. That classification is 10 mph shy…

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1 dead as unusual Midwest storm brings hurricane-force winds

1 dead as unusual Midwest storm brings hurricane-force winds

December 16, 2021 A tornado approaches Interstate 80 near Atlantic, Iowa, as a semi truck rolls eastward on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. A band of strong storms swept across much of the plains states on Wednesday, producing powerful wind gusts and tornadoes. (Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP) OMAHA, NE (AP) — One person has died as a powerful storm system swept across the Great Plains and Midwest amid unseasonably warm temperatures, bringing…

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Officials plead for help in finding 13-year-old girl whose family was killed in tornado outbreak

Officials plead for help in finding 13-year-old girl whose family was killed in tornado outbreak

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Officials in Bowling Green, Kentucky, are pleading for the public’s help in finding 13-year-old Nyssa Brown, who remains unaccounted for after last week’s devastating tornado outbreak killed six members of her family. The city has processed 244 missing person reports and accounted for everyone but the teenager. “This isn’t just another missing person, but rather this is our 13-year-old girl,” Bowling Green Fire Chief Justin Brooks said at a press briefing…

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Kentucky hit by EF-4 tornado and Iowa blasted by high winds, WRAL Severe Weather Center unpacks the rare December storms

Kentucky hit by EF-4 tornado and Iowa blasted by high winds, WRAL Severe Weather Center unpacks the rare December storms

By Zach Maloch, WRAL meteorologist It’s been nearly a week since Friday’s deadly tornado outbreak, and while such severe weather in December is quite the rarity, it’s hard to believe we saw another significant severe weather event since then. A Recent preliminary survey has been released classifying the tornado that blasted western Kentucky last Friday as an EF-4. Winds reached 190 mph over some 128 miles on the ground. That classification is 10 mph shy of…

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Smithsonian says its treasures are threatened by floods, storms, and climate change – as Congress hears more alarms

Smithsonian says its treasures are threatened by floods, storms, and climate change – as Congress hears more alarms

Two of the Smithsonian’s structures most at risk are the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History. WASHINGTON — Senior Smithsonian officials will testify before Congress Thursday the forces of climate change, from the inexorable rise of the Potomac River to flooding near the core of the National Mall, pose an increasing threat to vulnerable treasures of the nation. Two of the Smithsonian’s structures most at risk, the National Museum…

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Couple married more than 50 years dies holding on to each other in tornado

Couple married more than 50 years dies holding on to each other in tornado

“When we found them, they had passed away together, holding on to each other,” the couple’s granddaughter said. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eleven people have died in Muhlenberg County, northwest of Bowling Green after a tornado ripped through western Kentucky late Friday night. Family members confirmed that two of those 11 victims were a husband and wife, married for 50 years.  Billy and Judy Miller had a love story that rivaled Hollywood. “When he went off…

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