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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Monsoon rains, floods kill 140 more in Pakistan in a week

Monsoon rains, floods kill 140 more in Pakistan in a week

By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD — Flash floods triggered by monsoon rains have killed 140 more people in Pakistan’s flood-affected areas over the past week, officials said Monday. The fatalities raised the overall death toll from rain-related incidents since June to 478 in Pakistan. Rescue workers backed by the military have evacuated thousands of marooned people, including women and children, from the southwestern Baluchistan province, in the northwest and elsewhere since last week, when the…

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Wildfires in West explode in size amid hot, windy conditions

Wildfires in West explode in size amid hot, windy conditions

By JULIE WATSON and REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Wildfires in California and Montana exploded in size overnight amid windy, hot conditions and were quickly encroaching on neighborhoods, forcing evacuation orders for over 100 homes Saturday, while an Idaho blaze was spreading. In California’s Klamath National Forest, the fast-moving McKinney fire, which started Friday, went from charring just over 1 square mile (1 square kilometer) to scorching as much as 62 square miles…

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At least 15 dead in Eastern Kentucky flooding, Gov. Any Beshear says

At least 15 dead in Eastern Kentucky flooding, Gov. Any Beshear says

KENTUCKY — At least 15 people are dead following flooding in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear told CNN. That number is expected to double, he said, and will include children. Swollen floodwaters washed out bridges, wiped out power and sent some residents scrambling to their rooftops as water gushed into their homes. Some families’ houses and cars were submerged or swept away completely by the flooding, which has been exacerbated by creeks and grounds already soaked…

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Heavy rain in eastern Kentucky leads to dangerous flash flooding

Heavy rain in eastern Kentucky leads to dangerous flash flooding

By Chris Boyette and Robert Shackelford, CNN Breathitt County, Ky. — (CNN) — Heavy rainfall inundated eastern Kentucky overnight, prompting a flash flood emergency and making local roads impassable, officials said. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Breathitt, Knott, Owsley and Perry counties until 7:45 a.m. Thursday. “This is a particularly dangerous situation. Seek higher ground now!” the weather service warned. Up to 6 inches of rain fell in…

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Love the Carolina Hurricanes? This job might be for you

Love the Carolina Hurricanes? This job might be for you

Raleigh, N.C. — The Canes Crew, the energetic team that cheers on the Carolina Hurricanes every year, is holding auditions on Wednesday, Aug. 3. This co-ed team can be found at all home games entertaining the crowd with flags, signs and chants. They also appear at watch parties, team events and other community events. Think you have what it takes to join the team? The first night of auditions is Aug. 3 at 6 p.m….

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Alaska experiencing wildfires it's never seen before

Alaska experiencing wildfires it's never seen before

By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is burning this year in ways rarely or ever seen, from the largest wildfire in a typically mainly fireproof southwest region to a pair of blazes that ripped through forests and produced smoke that blew hundreds of miles to the the Bering Sea community of Nome, where the normally crystal clear air was pushed into the extremely unhealthy category. Already more than 530 wildfires have burned…

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Intense heatwave triggers wildfires, travel disruptions in Europe

Intense heatwave triggers wildfires, travel disruptions in Europe

By Daniel Victor, Isabella Kwai, Euan Ward and Aurelien Breeden, New York Times Most of Europe slid back into more typical summer temperatures Wednesday morning, but the aftermath continued from the record-setting heat wave that threatened lives, destroyed buildings and upended daily routines for much of the continent this week. Here’s what we are still watching. Fires are still raging in southern Europe. Summer wildfires are a recurring feature in parts of Europe, but the…

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WRAL Investigates: Hundreds of millions in hurricane recovery money still unspent

WRAL Investigates: Hundreds of millions in hurricane recovery money still unspent

By Cullen Browder, WRAL anchor/reporter Goldsboro, N.C. — This week, North Carolina House leaders formed a committee to investigate problems in getting assistance to hurricane victims dating back as far as six years. WRAL Investigates has been following the money and the delays through the nightmare of a Goldsboro woman who’s still waiting. After Hurricane Matthew swallowed her Goldsboro home in 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) paid Staris Morgan some rental assistance and…

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At least 21 homes destroyed by Texas wildfires

At least 21 homes destroyed by Texas wildfires

By TERRY WALLACE, Associated Press A two-day-old wildfire remained on the move Wednesday, with embers from burning tree crowns flying up to 200 yards, officials said. The Chalk Mountain Fire near Glen Rose, Texas, had burned almost 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) of mostly short grass, brush and juniper as of midday Wednesday, the Texas A&M Forest Service reported. Sixteen homes were destroyed and five others were damaged, said spokeswoman Alexandra Schwier. Temperatures approaching…

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New wildfires in Greece as Europe braces for more heat

New wildfires in Greece as Europe braces for more heat

By DEREK GATOPOULOS and BARBARA SURK ATHENS, Greece — Battered by heavy winds, firefighters in Greece struggled to contain new fires Wednesday around the capital of Athens while other countries in southern Europe took stock of the damage caused during the latest severe heat wave and prepared for the return of scorching temperatures. Two new fires broke out west of Athens following a round-the-clock effort to halt a blaze in the outskirts of the city…

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Sewage floods Durham home twice in a matter of days, causes thousands of dollars in damage

Sewage floods Durham home twice in a matter of days, causes thousands of dollars in damage

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — For 10 years, Jacqueline Smith owned property in downtown Durham without any issues, but then in a matter of days her home flooded twice. “My husband was taking a shower and he heard the toilet go ‘glug-gala,’ because that means it’s coming back up,” Smith said. “So he comes yelling to the door because I was outside with a friend and we knew immediately that something was going to be happening.”…

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China floods leave at least 12 dead, thousands evacuated

China floods leave at least 12 dead, thousands evacuated

By The Associated Press BEIJING — Flash floods in southwest and northwest China have left at least a dozen dead and put thousands of others in harm’s way, state media reported Sunday. In the southwestern province of Sichuan, at least six people have died and another 12 are missing after torrential rain triggered flash floods, state-owned news outlet CGTN reported. Some 1,300 people had been evacuated as of Saturday, the report said. Meanwhile, in Longnan…

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Crews, residents continue to clean up after storms leave flooding, fires in their wake

Crews, residents continue to clean up after storms leave flooding, fires in their wake

By Eric Miller and Leslie Moreno, WRAL multimedia journalists Wake County, N.C. — Storms packed with excessive rain and electricity barreled through central North Carolina Friday. Roads were flooded, drivers were trapped and families were displaced as those powerful storms sparked several lightning fires. Storm damage leads to fires in the Triangle Friday afternoon flames roared at a home in Fuquay Varina, even in the rain. Neighbors like Roxey Ladar said they saw a flash…

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Crews, residents work to clean up after storms leave flooding, fires in their wake

Crews, residents work to clean up after storms leave flooding, fires in their wake

By Eric Miller and Leslie Moreno, WRAL multimedia journalists Wake County, N.C. — Storms packed with excessive rain and electricity barreled through central North Carolina Friday. Roads were flooded, drivers were trapped and families were displaced as those powerful storms sparked several lightning fires. Storm damage leads to fires in the Triangle Friday afternoon flames roared at a home in Fuquay Varina, even in the rain. Neighbors like Roxey Ladar said they saw a flash…

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Wildfire rages in Bordeaux; fire pilot killed in Portugal

Wildfire rages in Bordeaux; fire pilot killed in Portugal

By JOSEPH WILSON and ANGELA CHARLTON PARIS — Strong winds and hot, dry weather frustrated French firefighters’ efforts Saturday to contain a huge wildfire that raced across pine forests in the Bordeaux region for a fifth straight day, one of several wildfires scorching Europe this week. Among the worst fires have been in Portugal, where the pilot of a firefighting plane died Friday when his plane crashed while on an operation in the northeast. It…

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Flooding traps vehicles, lightning sparks fires in aftermath of storms

Flooding traps vehicles, lightning sparks fires in aftermath of storms

Storms packed with excessive rain and electricity barreled through central North Carolina Friday. Roads were flooded, drivers were trapped and families were displaced as those powerful storms sparked several lightning fires. Storm damage leads to fires in the Triangle A fire at a home in Fuquay Varina Friday night was most likely caused by lightning, though this hasn’t been confirmed by authorities. Neighbors told WRAL News they heard a loud boom and flash. There were…

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Flooding damages homes in southwest Virginia, prompts rescues

Flooding damages homes in southwest Virginia, prompts rescues

VIRGINIA — Flooding in a remote pocket of southwest Virginia has damaged more than 100 homes and left some 40 people unaccounted for, but there are no confirmed deaths or injuries, authorities said Wednesday. First responders in Buchanan County began receiving reports of rising water and damage Tuesday night, authorities said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. After daybreak, crews conducted aerial surveys to examine the extent of the disaster. Several small communities in the…

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Southwest Virginia flooding damages homes, prompts rescues

Southwest Virginia flooding damages homes, prompts rescues

By The Associated Press WHITEWOOD, Va. — Flooding in a remote pocket of southwest Virginia has damaged more than 100 homes and left some 40 people unaccounted for, but there are no confirmed deaths or injuries, authorities said Wednesday. First responders in Buchanan County began receiving reports of rising water and damage Tuesday night, authorities said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. After daybreak, crews conducted aerial surveys to examine the extent of the disaster….

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Days of heavy rain lead to flooding, multiple water rescues in the Triangle

Days of heavy rain lead to flooding, multiple water rescues in the Triangle

Raleigh, N.C. — After being pounded by rain for nearly a week straight, flooding has become a major concern for central North Carolina Saturday. The Knightdale Fire Department told WRAL News on Saturday that it had been involved in “15 to 20 water rescues” as of Saturday evening. One rescue in particular took place on Countrywood Lane in Wake County. Officials said crews were attempting to rescue a woman on top of a vehicle in…

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Days of heavy rain leads to flooding, multiple water rescues in the Triangle

Days of heavy rain leads to flooding, multiple water rescues in the Triangle

Raleigh, N.C. — After being pounded by rain for nearly a week straight, flooding has become a major concern for central North Carolina Saturday. The Knightdale Fire Department told WRAL News Saturday that it had been involved in “15-20 water rescues” as of Saturday evening. One rescue in particular took place on Countrywood Drive in Wake County. Officials said crews were attempting to rescue a woman on top of a vehicle in the water of…

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Days of heavy rain leads to flooding issues in central NC

Days of heavy rain leads to flooding issues in central NC

Raleigh, N.C. — After being pounded by rain for nearly a week straight, flooding has become a major concern for central North Carolina Saturday. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Saturday that the intersection of Old Falls of Neuse Road and Riverside Drive was completely flooded. The tweet also added that heavy debris was in the road. Nearby at Falls of Neuse Road and Wakefield Crossing Drive, Wake Dispatch told WRAL News that Raleigh Fire…

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Multiple fires sparked by lightning strikes during week of severe weather

Multiple fires sparked by lightning strikes during week of severe weather

By Aaron Thomas, WRAL reporter Wake Forest, N.C. — Lightning is a fascinating force of nature. Known to be dangerous. Lightning strikes sparked fires at several homes and businesses throughout central North Carolina this week. One of those strikes hit a home in Wake Forest, sparking a fire in the attic with Anthony Aiad inside. “The light was very bright,” said Aiad. “[I was] definitely panicking. Tried to get my phone to call 911. Make…

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Storms cause flooding in Fayetteville, damaged homes in Cumberland Co.

Storms cause flooding in Fayetteville, damaged homes in Cumberland Co.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — Record-breaking heat spawned some severe storms that caused flash flooding in parts of the Triangle. Flooding was reported in multiple areas in Fayetteville including Bretton Woods Drive. The Fayetteville Fire Department responded to two cars stuck in water at the corner of B and Grove Streets. Both drivers were not hurt. Duke Energy is not reporting any outages in this area. In Cumberland County a tree came down on a home…

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Is your home prepared for hurricane season?

Is your home prepared for hurricane season?

Hurricane season is in full swing; if you are not prepared yet, now is the time. When it comes to our area and getting hit by a hurricane, while our area can get a lot of physical damage, the power outages can cause a fatal tragedy. Richard Trumka with the Consumer Product Safety Commission says, “When the power goes out people turn to portable generators. The problem is the carbon monoxide poisoning from generators kills…

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Sydney floods burden 50,000 around Australia's largest city

Sydney floods burden 50,000 around Australia's largest city

By ROD McGUIRK and MARK BAKER, Associated Press RICHMOND, Australia — Hundreds of homes have been inundated in and around Australia’s largest city in a flood emergency that was causing trouble for 50,000 people, officials said Tuesday. Emergency response teams made 100 rescues overnight of people trapped in cars on flooded roads or in inundated homes in the Sydney area, State Emergency Service manager Ashley Sullivan said. Days of torrential rain have caused dams to…

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Heavy rains, floods prompt evacuations of Sydney suburbs

Heavy rains, floods prompt evacuations of Sydney suburbs

By The Associated Press SYDNEY — Thousands of residents in Sydney suburbs were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday after heavy rains caused floodwaters to rise and rivers to overflow in what authorities called life-threatening emergencies. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain and flash floods and winds of up to 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour along the coast of Australia’s most populous city and other parts of…

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Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to Carolinas, weakens

Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to Carolinas, weakens

By The Associated Press MIAMI — Tropical Storm Colin formed along the South Carolina coast on Saturday morning, bringing rain and winds, though the storm later weakened and conditions are expected to improve by Monday’s July Fourth celebrations. The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned of the possibility of localized flash flooding along the Carolinas coast through Sunday morning. By late Saturday night, Colin had weakened into a tropical depression and forecasters discontinued the tropical…

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Tropical Storm Colin threatens a wet holiday weekend for Carolinas

Tropical Storm Colin threatens a wet holiday weekend for Carolinas

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tropical Storm Colin formed along the South Carolina coast on Saturday, bringing the threat of rain and high winds for a day or two during the holiday weekend before improving for Monday’s July Fourth celebrations. The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned of the possibility of localized flash flooding along the Carolinas coast through Sunday morning. At 8 a.m. EDT, the storm’s center was about 25 miles west-southwest of Myrtle Beach, South…

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Tropical Storm Bonnie forms in Caribbean Sea

Tropical Storm Bonnie forms in Caribbean Sea

The second tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed in the Caribbean Sea on Friday morning. According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Bonnie is located about 250 miles east of Nicaragua and about 150 miles north of Panama. As of 9:15 p.m. Friday, it had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving west at 18 miles per hour. The storm is slowing down as it moves toward Nicaragua…

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Tracking the tropics: When and where the next Atlantic hurricane or tropical storm will form

Tracking the tropics: When and where the next Atlantic hurricane or tropical storm will form

Tracking the tropics 2022 | Your source for hurricane and tropical storm watch updates Staying ahead of current tropical storms and hurricanes is crucial. Not only do you have to be prepared for any damage that might occur, but you mentally and physically need to be ready for whatever happens next. Staying ahead of the curve means knowing every upcoming storm and how it is tracking. The WRAL Severe Weather Center is tracking the tropics…

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Fire crews taking on new strategy to fight still uncontained wildfire in Hyde County

Fire crews taking on new strategy to fight still uncontained wildfire in Hyde County

By Keenan Willard, WRAL Eastern NC reporter PONZER, N.C. — More than a thousand acres of land in Hyde County are still burning today, five days after the Ferebee Road fire began. Emergency crews have launched a new effort to knock down the fire, which has been only 12% contained since Wednesday. A spokesperson for the NC Forest Service said 1,088 acres were burning as of Friday afternoon due to the brush fire, which was…

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Crowds flock to Yellowstone as park reopens after floods

Crowds flock to Yellowstone as park reopens after floods

By MATTHEW BROWN and AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press WAPITI, Wyo. — Throngs of tourists gleefully watched the legendary Old Faithful geyser shoot towering bursts of steaming water while others got stuck in “bison jams” on picturesque valley roads as visitors returned Wednesday for the partial reopening of Yellowstone National Park after destructive floods. Park managers raised the gates at three of Yellowstone’s five entrances for the first time since June 13, when 10,000 visitors…

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Climate change a factor in 'unprecedented' South Asia floods

Climate change a factor in 'unprecedented' South Asia floods

By ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL and AL-EMRUN GARJON, Associated Press SYLHET, Bangladesh — Scientists say climate change is a factor behind the erratic and early rains that triggered unprecedented floods in Bangladesh and northeastern India, killing scores and making lives miserable for millions of others. Although the region is no stranger to flooding, it typically takes place later in the year when monsoon rains are well underway. This year’s torrential rainfall lashed the area as early as…

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South China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate

South China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate

By The Associated Press BEIJING — Major flooding has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in southern China, with more rain expected. Parts of the manufacturing hub of Guangdong suspended classes, office work and public transport amid rising waters and the threat of landslides. In the neighboring province of Jiangxi, almost 500,000 people have seen damage to their homes and their lives uprooted. Roughly the same number have been affected in Guangdong,…

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Power restored for most residents, damage still a concern after severe weather in the Triangle

Power restored for most residents, damage still a concern after severe weather in the Triangle

By Monica Casey, WRAL Durham reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Since Friday thousands of Triangle residents have been dealing with power outages and damage in the aftermath of severe weather. On Saturday morning, more than 40,000 people in the Raleigh area woke up without power. As of Saturday afternoon, the number of customers without power in the Raleigh area was down to just under 20,000. Around 2,800 were still without power as of Sunday around 9…

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Power restored for most residents, damage still a concern after severe weather pummels the Triangle

Power restored for most residents, damage still a concern after severe weather pummels the Triangle

By Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Since Friday thousands of Triangle residents have been dealing with power outages and damage in the aftermath of severe weather. On Saturday morning, more than 40,000 people in the Raleigh area woke up without power. As of Saturday afternoon, the number of customers without power in the Raleigh area was down to just under 20,000. Around 2,800 were still without power as of Sunday around 9 a.m….

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Spain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heat wave

Spain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heat wave

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain — Firefighters in Spain and Germany struggled to contain wildfires on Sunday amid an unusual heat wave in Western Europe for this time of year. The worst damage in Spain has been in the northwest province of Zamora where over 25,000 hectares (61,000 acres) have been consumed, regional authorities said, while German officials said that residents of three villages near Berlin were ordered to leave their homes because…

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Yellowstone River flooding is a 1 in 500-year event, USGS says; National Park to partly reopen

Yellowstone River flooding is a 1 in 500-year event, USGS says; National Park to partly reopen

HELENA, Mont. — The devastating flooding that occurred along the Yellowstone River this week constitutes a 1 in 500-year event, according to a US Geological Survey (USGS) news release. Unprecedented rain and rapid snowmelt in recent days have caused rivers in parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho to burst their banks, swallowing bridges and sweeping away entire sections of roadway. More than 10,000 visitors to Yellowstone National Park have been forced to evacuate. All entrances…

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'Like hurricane-level damage': Thousands remain without power, cleanup to last days after severe weather

'Like hurricane-level damage': Thousands remain without power, cleanup to last days after severe weather

By Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter & Maggie Brown, WRAL multiplatform producer Raleigh, N.C. — A band of severe thunderstorms brought down trees and knocked out power to thousands across the Triangle on Friday evening. Residents went to bed on Friday night without power in both Wake and Durham counties. Many of those same families woke up this morning still without power. On Saturday morning, more than 40,000 people in the Raleigh area were waking up…

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Oberlin Village Heritage 5K canceled due to storm damage at Dix Park

Oberlin Village Heritage 5K canceled due to storm damage at Dix Park

Raleigh, N.C. — The City of Raleigh said Friday evening that Saturday’s Oberlin Village Heritage 5K at Dix Park has ben canceled due to damage at the park from Friday’s storms. The city said Friday’s severe weather brought down multiple trees and power lines and rendered the race course area unsafe. The city said this was not a decision they take lightly, but do consider this a safety issue. It is unclear at this time…

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Researchers want to hear your 'tornado tale' to improve weather warnings

Researchers want to hear your 'tornado tale' to improve weather warnings

By Brian Shrader, WRAL meteorologist Patti Clapper was watching WRAL-TV the afternoon of April 16, 2011. From her home near Holly Springs, she listened to meteorologists Mike Maze and Nate Johnson as they tracked the largest one-day tornado outbreak on record in North Carolina. “I heard Nate start mentioning streets,” Clapper said. “I heard him say the street right down the street from me.” She called her children downstairs and looked out the window. “I…

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Family displaced by Hurricane Katrina finds new community in Texas Special Olympics

Family displaced by Hurricane Katrina finds new community in Texas Special Olympics

DEER PARK, Texas — Brenda and Rick Spencer found out that their daughter Ainsley, now 30, had Down syndrome the day she was born. They called it “one of the hardest days of our lives,” remembering the feelings of anxiety from not being able to see their baby until 14 hours after the birth. Ainsley spent 10 days in the NICU before her parents could finally bring her home. They explained that the first few…

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