Carolina Hurricanes look to take series lead against Rangers in game 5

Carolina Hurricanes look to take series lead against Rangers in game 5

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Carolina Hurricanes will be back on home ice Thursday after the New York Rangers tied up round two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs when the series moved to New York. The Canes can take the series lead with a win Thursday night. The Hurricanes are now 0-5 on the road in the postseason to go along with their 6-0 record at home. Carolina has scored just six goals in the…

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Stormy repeat: NOAA predicts busy Atlantic hurricane season

Stormy repeat: NOAA predicts busy Atlantic hurricane season

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Federal meteorologists are forecasting a record-shattering seventh straight unusually busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Tuesday that the summer in the Atlantic will produce 14 to 21 named storms, six to 10 becoming hurricanes and three to six turbo-charging into major hurricanes with winds greater than 110 mph. Even with normals shifting upwards to reflect more active storm seasons in recent decades, these predictions…

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NWS confirms EF-0 tornado in Durham County

NWS confirms EF-0 tornado in Durham County

By WRAL News Chapel Hill, N.C. — The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 touched down in Durham County on Monday. The tornado had maximum wind speeds of 85 miles per hour, according to NWS, and touch down occurred around Glenbrook Drive, De Mille Street, Hinson Drive, Waring Street and Da Vinci Street. NWS said the tornado then lifted and briefly touched down again along Colonial Heights Drive and Thompson Road. Hundreds of customers in…

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Durham police stretched thin during severe weather, 3 shootings Monday night

Durham police stretched thin during severe weather, 3 shootings Monday night

By Monica Casey, WRAL Durham reporter Durham, N.C. — The Durham Police Department responded to severe weather and three shootings on Monday night. Some residents told WRAL News they were unhappy about police’s response times. A Southside Tobacco and Vape shop employee said it took police 20 minutes to arrive to the shooting, which happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday. It was the third violent incident in Durham on Monday: There was a shooting on Ridgeway…

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NOAA predicts above average Atlantic hurricane season, releases storm names

NOAA predicts above average Atlantic hurricane season, releases storm names

For the seventh consecutive year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2022. The NOAA’s 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook predicts 14 to 21 named storms, meaning winds 39 mph or higher, with 14 being the average. “NOAA is predicting an above normal 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which would make this year the seventh consecutive above normal season,” NOAA Administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad said. “Specifically, there’s a 65%…

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Hundreds without power in Durham, Chapel Hill after downed trees, storm damage

Hundreds without power in Durham, Chapel Hill after downed trees, storm damage

By WRAL News Chapel Hill, N.C. — Hundreds of customers in Durham and Chapel Hill were without power Tuesday morning after severe storms with downpours and strong winds brought down trees Monday evening. Statewide, more than 4,000 were without power, according to Duke Energy’s outage map at 8 a.m. Residents on Tuesday were cleaning up after severe weather ripped through the Triangle, leaving some neighborhoods in shambles. Durham and parts of Orange County were some…

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Thousands still without power in Chapel Hill after downed trees, storm damage

Thousands still without power in Chapel Hill after downed trees, storm damage

By Julian Grace, WRAL anchor/reporter and Aaron Thomas, WRAL reporter More than 3,000 customers in the Chapel Hill area were without power Tuesday morning after severe storms with downpours and strong winds brought down trees Monday evening. Residents on Tuesday were cleaning up after severe weather ripped through the Triangle, leaving some neighborhoods in shambles. Durham and parts of Orange County were some of the hardest hit areas, with numerous trees down onto houses and…

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Thousands lose power after strong storms, flooding possible Tuesday

Thousands lose power after strong storms, flooding possible Tuesday

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — People in the Triangle woke up without power on Tuesday morning after another round of severe storms. The storms brought flooding rains, forced trees onto homes and a lightning strike could be to blame for a fire that left several people without a place to stay in Chapel Hill. People in the Grove Park neighborhood in Durham are going to be busy cleaning up Tuesday. Wind took off the tops of…

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Downed trees, power outages, flooding follow severe weather Monday

Downed trees, power outages, flooding follow severe weather Monday

Severe storms wreacked havoc as they made their way through central North Carolina on Monday afternoon. Wind damage and heavy rain pounded the Triangle, with reports of downed trees and power outages all across the area. Lawns and roads across central North Carolina were scattered with branches, limbs and even full trees. A tree on Hamilton Road, about a mile and a half away from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, snapped in…

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Strong storms push into central North Carolina bringing heavy rain, wind, possible tornados

Strong storms push into central North Carolina bringing heavy rain, wind, possible tornados

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A strong line of storms pushing east into central North Carolina are causing severe weather alerts to pop up around the region. Click here to view the latest weather alerts. A tornado warning was issued just before 3 p.m. for parts of Chatham, Lee and Moore counties. That warning lasts until 3:30 p.m. LIVE RADAR This line of storms is associated with a cold front moving into the area. This will…

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400 new gauges allow NCDOT to monitor flooding in real time on 15K bridges, 3K miles of roadway

400 new gauges allow NCDOT to monitor flooding in real time on 15K bridges, 3K miles of roadway

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A new flood warning system will help NC Department of Transportation monitor road flooding during the next big storm. The system allows NCDOT to monitor flood levels from 400 different gauges on area rivers and streams. Those gauges will help NCDOT more quickly respond to areas where flood waters are threatening bridges, roads or culverts. In addition to helping NCDOT and local emergency officials more quickly respond to dangerous problem areas,…

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Heavy rain floods parts of India, Bangladesh

Heavy rain floods parts of India, Bangladesh

By The Associated Press DHAKA, Bangladesh — Pre-monsoon deluges have flooded parts of India and Bangladesh, killing at least 24 people in recent weeks and sending 90,000 people into shelters, authorities said Monday. Both heavily populated nations in South Asia are prone to frequent floods and are considered major victims of climate change. The deaths have been reported since April 6 in India’s northeastern region, with Assam state continuing to experience floods. Those who have…

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Zibanejad leads Rangers to 3-1 win over Hurricanes in Game 3

Zibanejad leads Rangers to 3-1 win over Hurricanes in Game 3

NEW YORK — Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist, Igor Shesterkin stopped 43 shots, and the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Sunday in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series. Chris Kreider and Tyler Motte also scored as the Rangers cut their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven matchup. Game 4 is Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. It was just the Rangers’ second win against Carolina in the teams’…

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Police: Nearly all power restored in Gaylord after tornado

Police: Nearly all power restored in Gaylord after tornado

By The Associated Press GAYLORD, Mich. — Nearly all of the power lost following a deadly tornado that killed two people and flattened parts of a northern Michigan community has been restored, state police said Sunday. Police also said that everyone has been accounted for in Gaylord where Friday afternoon’s EF3 also left more than 40 people injured. Authorities had said Saturday that they were not able to account for one person. Cleanup continued Sunday…

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Rare northern Michigan tornado kills 1, injures more than 40

Rare northern Michigan tornado kills 1, injures more than 40

By JOHN FLESHER and ED WHITE, Associated Press GAYLORD, Mich. — A rare northern Michigan tornado tore through a small community on Friday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 40 others as it flipped vehicles, tore roofs from buildings and downed trees and power lines. The twister hit Gaylord, a city of about 4,200 people roughly 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, at around 3:45 p.m. Mike Klepadlo, who owns the…

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Smith, Raanta, Hurricanes top Rangers for 2-0 series lead

Smith, Raanta, Hurricanes top Rangers for 2-0 series lead

RALEIGH, N.C. — Brendan Smith scored a shorthanded goal late in the second period while Antti Raanta finished with 21 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Friday night, taking a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series. Smith’s goal off a feed from Sebastian Aho marked his first postseason goal in nine years, and it was the difference in a tightly defended game by both teams with little…

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SC deputy convicted in death of 2 mental health patients during Hurricane Florence

SC deputy convicted in death of 2 mental health patients during Hurricane Florence

By Kristin Nelson, Patrick Lloyd and Michael Owens, WMBF News Conway, S.C. — A former South Carolina deputy has been convicted in the deaths of two mental health patients. Stephen Flood, an ex-deputy with Horry County, was found guilty Thursday on all counts, including two counts each of reckless homicide and two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Nicolette Green, from Myrtle Beach, and Wendy Newton, Shallote, North Carolina. Flood was transporting the…

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Storm damage: Roof ripped off Wilson County home, massive tree falls in Garner

Storm damage: Roof ripped off Wilson County home, massive tree falls in Garner

By Lora Lavigne, WRAL reporter Lucama, N.C. — Thousands of customers were without power in Wake and Wilson counties Friday morning, and strong winds ripped the roof off a Lucama home overnight. While not everyone experienced damage from overnight thunderstorms, areas east of Wake County are feeling the biggest impacts Friday morning. In Lucama, winds ripped the metal roof off a mobile home on Bass Road. Panels came off the home and blew across the…

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Cole's OT goal lift Hurricanes past Rangers for Game 1 win

Cole's OT goal lift Hurricanes past Rangers for Game 1 win

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ian Cole beat Igor Shesterkin at 3:12 of overtime to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night and take Game 1 of their second-round playoff series. The defenseman’s second career playoff goal capped a late comeback by the Hurricanes after they trailed most of the night. Sebastian Aho finally pushed one past Shesterkin in the final minutes of the third period to send the game into OT….

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Carolina Hurricanes restricting ticket sales to solidify home ice advantage

Carolina Hurricanes restricting ticket sales to solidify home ice advantage

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Carolina Hurricanes are serving up some controversy before round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins Wednesday night in Raleigh. The team is restricting ticket sales to games at PNC Arena, only to residents of the Carolinas and southern Virginia. That is determined by the credit card billing address. Orders outside the region will be canceled without notice, but refunds will be given. The policy is not unheard of and…

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Heavy rains trigger floods in northeast India, killing 11

Heavy rains trigger floods in northeast India, killing 11

By WASBIR HUSSAIN, Associated Press GAUHATI, India — At least 11 people have died in floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in India’s remote northeast region, officials said Tuesday. Several railway stations were closed because of floods, said Nazreen Ahmed, a senior official in Assam’s Dima Hasao district. She said nearly 200,000 people in the district were cut off from the rest of the state as roads and bridges were either blocked by landslides…

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Carolina Hurricanes to face New York Rangers in 2nd round of playoffs

Carolina Hurricanes to face New York Rangers in 2nd round of playoffs

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Carolina Hurricanes will face the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game one will be in Raleigh on Wednesday at PNC Arena. Game time is at 7 p.m. Game two is taking place on Friday with the puck dropping at 8 p.m. The series then moves to New York for games three and four. Game three is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and game four…

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'It's awesome': Record 19,513 fans pack PNC Arena for Hurricanes win Game 7 over Bruins

'It's awesome': Record 19,513 fans pack PNC Arena for Hurricanes win Game 7 over Bruins

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Loudest House in the NHL lived up to its billing Saturday afternoon, as 19,513 fans, the most ever for a Hurricanes home game, packed PNC Arena for the team’s pivotal Game 7. After a tightly-contested start, Carolina broke through with a Teuvo Teravainen goal with 1:24 minutes left in the first period, burying a pass from Jacob Slavin. To start the second, the Hurricanes failed to convert on a 4-minute…

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Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in game 7

Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in game 7

BOSTON, MA — The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in game seven. The Canes will move ahead to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs This is a breaking story. Check back for further game details shortly. -previous story- The players dream of it. The fans look forward to it. Game 7. And on Saturday, there will be three of them. The NHL is wrapping up the first round of the playoffs…

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Bruins back home, beat Hurricanes 5-2 to force 7th game

Bruins back home, beat Hurricanes 5-2 to force 7th game

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins earned themselves a seventh game with another dominating performance at home. The problem: The clincher will be at Carolina, where the Hurricanes have been just as unbeatable. “Everybody loves a Game 7,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said after the Bruins won 5-2 on Thursday night to even their first-round playoff series against Carolina at three games apiece. “We’d rather be at home, I’m not going to lie to you. “But…

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Hurricanes playoff games, other large-scale events could be behind surge in COVID cases in Wake County

Hurricanes playoff games, other large-scale events could be behind surge in COVID cases in Wake County

By Chelsea Donovan, WRAL reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Dozens of Carolina Hurricanes fans have taken to social media in an uproar, with many saying they caught COVID after attending last week’s playoff games, which were packed with at least 20,000 screaming fans. Masks are considered optional inside the PNC Arena. One woman posted on Twitter that she, her husband, and at least 12 other people came down with COVID after attending the game. Travis O’Neal,…

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Hurricanes dominate Bruins, move 1 game shy of advancing in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Hurricanes dominate Bruins, move 1 game shy of advancing in Stanley Cup Playoffs

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a dismantling of the Boston Bruins. The Canes returned to Raleigh after dropping the last two games in Boston. The power of home ice seemed to be just what the doctor ordered for Carolina. On offense and defense, the Hurricanes looks completely dominant on all aspects of the game. The team took an early 2-0…

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Hurricane season starts June 1, but 1st named storm could come sooner

Hurricane season starts June 1, but 1st named storm could come sooner

By Mike Maze, WRAL meteorologist Is the 2022 hurricane season going to be off to an early start just like it has over the past seven years? The odds are in favor that. Even though hurricane season officially begins on June 1, we could see our first named storm this month. We already have our eyes on two weak systems, one off the southeast coast and another weak wave off the coast of Africa. The National…

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New Mexico residents brace for extreme wildfire conditions

New Mexico residents brace for extreme wildfire conditions

By CEDAR ATTANASIO and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LAS VEGAS, N.M. — With the worst of the thick wildfire smoke having blown out of town, residents of this small northern New Mexico city tried to recapture a sense of normalcy Saturday as their rural neighbors hunkered down amid predictions of extreme fire conditions. Shops and restaurants reopened, the historic center was no longer just populated by firefighters, but there was a widely felt sense of…

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EF1 tornado tears through Orange County, severe weather pelts central NC

EF1 tornado tears through Orange County, severe weather pelts central NC

By Cory Dinkel, WRAL multiplatform producer and Leslie Moreno, WRAL multimedia journalist Mebane, N.C. — Severe storms, including an EF1 tornado in Orange County, caused damage Friday evening across central North Carolina. Three buildings in Orange County sustained damage from heavy winds that could have been the result of a tornado, according to Orange County leaders. While it is not a confirmed tornado by the NWS, Orange County Emergency Services Director Kirby Saunders said several…

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Unprecedented gusts expected to fan wildfires in New Mexico

Unprecedented gusts expected to fan wildfires in New Mexico

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press Weather conditions described as potentially historic were on tap for New Mexico on Saturday and for the next several days as hundreds of firefighters and a fleet of airplanes and helicopters worked feverishly to bolster lines around the largest fire burning in the U.S. Many families already have been left homeless and thousands of residents have evacuated due to flames that have charred large swaths of the Sangre de…

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Storms tear through Central NC, tornado damages distribution facility in Orange Co.

Storms tear through Central NC, tornado damages distribution facility in Orange Co.

By Cory Dinkel, WRAL multiplatform producer and Leslie Moreno, WRAL multimedia journalist Mebane, N.C. — Severe storms, including a tornado in Orange County, caused damage Friday evening across central North Carolina. Three buildings in Orange County sustained damage from heavy winds that could have been the result of a tornado, according to Orange County leaders. While it is not a confirmed tornado by the NWS, Orange County Emergency Services Director Kirby Saunders said several callers…

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Storms tear through Central NC, possible tornado damages distribution facility in Orange Co.

Storms tear through Central NC, possible tornado damages distribution facility in Orange Co.

By Cory Dinkel, WRAL multiplatform producer Severe storms, including a possible tornado in Orange County, caused damage across central North Carolina Friday evening. Three buildings in Orange County sustained damage from heavy winds that could have been the result of a tornado, according to Orange County officials. While it is not a confirmed tornado, Orange County Emergency Services Director Kirby Saunders said several callers to 911 reported seeing a funnel cloud. WRAL’s Mike Maze also…

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Possible tornado damages distribution center in Orange County

Possible tornado damages distribution center in Orange County

By Cory Dinkel, WRAL multiplatform producer Severe storms, including a possible tornado in Orange County, caused damage across central North Carolina Friday evening. Three buildings in Orange County sustained damage from heavy winds that could have been the result of a tornado, according to Orange County officials. While it is not a confirmed tornado, Orange County Emergency Services Director Kirby Saunders said several callers to 911 reported seeing a funnel cloud. WRAL’s Mike Maze also…

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Isolated tornadoes, hail, damaging wind all possible with storms Friday

Isolated tornadoes, hail, damaging wind all possible with storms Friday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The risk for severe weather Friday has increased to a level 3 of 5 and includes a chance for isolated tornadoes. Damaging winds are the threat most likely to accompany storms in this system. Those winds could gust up above 58 miles per hour. In addition, conditions have increased the chance that hail and tornadoes could develop. Those risks are higher in the northern part of central North Carolina, extending down…

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Woman whose son was killed in tornado criticizes Amazon

Woman whose son was killed in tornado criticizes Amazon

By The Associated Press EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — The mother of a man who was killed in December when a tornado slammed into an Amazon facility in Illinois said on Tuesday that her son was only in the building because he was called into work on his day off. “It breaks my heart that DeAndre was scheduled to take his day off but was called from dispatch to work an extra shift,” said Deon January, the…

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As wildfire closes in, New Mexico residents prepare to flee

As wildfire closes in, New Mexico residents prepare to flee

By CEDAR ATTANASIO and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Wind-whipped flames raced across more of New Mexico’s pine-covered mountainsides on Monday, closing in on a town of 13,000 people where some residents hurried to pack their cars with belongings, others hustled to clear brush from around their homes, and police were called in to help evacuate the state’s psychiatric hospital. Firefighting crews battled on several fronts to keep the fire, the…

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Tornado rips through Kansas; 3 University of Oklahoma meteorology students killed in crash

Tornado rips through Kansas; 3 University of Oklahoma meteorology students killed in crash

WICHITA, Kansas — A tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and buildings, injured several people and left more than 15,000 people without power, officials said Saturday. In addition to wreckage from the tornado itself, three University of Oklahoma meteorology students traveling back from storm chasing in Kansas were also killed in a crash Friday evening, according to officials. Nicholas Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas; Gavin Short, 19, of…

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Get your emergency kit ready during 'Hurricane Preparedness Week'

Get your emergency kit ready during 'Hurricane Preparedness Week'

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week and that means it’s time to assemble your emergency kit. It should include enough food and water to get you through seven days. It should also include a first aid kit, a weather radio with batteries in case the power goes out and any medicines you may need. SEE ALSO: What is in Big Weather’s hurricane emergency kit Having some cash on hand will also be helpful if ATMs and credit…

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Hurricanes take on Bruins in Game 1 of NHL playoffs

Hurricanes take on Bruins in Game 1 of NHL playoffs

The Carolina Hurricanes start their quest for the Stanley Cup on Monday night in Raleigh. They will be taking on the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. In all three regular season meetings, the Canes came out on top outscoring the Bruins 16-1. Coach Rob Brind’Amour said the key to the series will come down to execution. Rookie standout Sebastian Aho said it’s going to be a hard battle but just like…

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Kansas tornado generated 165 mph winds as it destroyed homes

Kansas tornado generated 165 mph winds as it destroyed homes

By The Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. — The tornado that damaged more than more than 1,000 buildings in south-central Kansas generated winds up to 165 mph and carved a path of destruction nearly 13 miles long. The National Weather Service said the tornado that caused extensive damage Friday mostly in the Wichita suburb of Andover and injured several people rated an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale it uses to assess tornadoes. Andover Fire Chief…

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NC State team studies unique tornado threat

NC State team studies unique tornado threat

By Brian Shrader, WRAL anchor/reporter Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina is no stranger to tornado danger. A quick tornado spawned from a band of storms March 31, bringing 100-mile-per-hour winds to Research Triangle Park. The storm damaged the roof of Pfizer’s office building and took down trees. No one was hurt, but the storm reminded the Triangle of the severe weather threats we face. Most tornadoes in the United States form in isolated storms called…

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Nebraska wildfires kill ex-fire chief, hurt 15 firefighters

Nebraska wildfires kill ex-fire chief, hurt 15 firefighters

By The Associated Press CAMBRIDGE, Neb. — Wind-driven wildfires sweeping through parts of Nebraska killed a retired fire chief and injured at least 15 firefighters, authorities said Sunday. The man who died Friday night was a retired Cambridge fire chief who was working with firefighters as a spotter in Red Willow County in the southwestern corner of the state. That fire had burned more than 78 square miles (202 square kilometers) in Red Willow, Furnas…

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Emergency declaration for multiple wildfires in New Mexico

Emergency declaration for multiple wildfires in New Mexico

By The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed emergency declarations as 20 wildfires continued to burn Sunday in nearly half of the state’s drought-stricken 33 counties. One wildfire in northern New Mexico that started April 6 merged with a newer fire Saturday to form the largest blaze in the state, leading to widespread evacuations in Mora and San Miguel counties. That fire was at 84 square miles…

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Four months after tornado, Kentucky focuses on rebuilding

Four months after tornado, Kentucky focuses on rebuilding

By ADRIAN SAINZ and BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press MAYFIELD, Ky. — Sundays at the Bullock home in rural Kentucky were filled with lasting memories: big family dinners, cornhole, basketball and karaoke. Those gatherings ended the night of Dec. 10, when a massive tornado obliterated their Dawson Springs house, trapping Chris Bullock, 17-year-old son Stevie and miniature poodle Dewey under a crumbled brick wall in the basement. Her husband pulled them from the rubble with minor…

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"A very chaotic situation': Crews tackle growing wildfires

"A very chaotic situation': Crews tackle growing wildfires

By FELICIA FONSECA and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Destructive fires in the U.S. Southwest have burned dozens of homes in northern Arizona and put numerous small villages in New Mexico in the path of danger, as wind-fueled flames chewed up wide swaths of tinder dry forest and grassland and plumes of smoke filled the sky. “It’s a very chaotic situation out there,” Stewart Turner, a fire behavior analyst, said during a…

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Research shows climate change added fuel to the 2020 hurricane season, the most active on record

Research shows climate change added fuel to the 2020 hurricane season, the most active on record

By Aimee Wilmoth, WRAL weather executive producer The rainfall from the most active hurricane season on record was made worse due to our climate in crisis, according to new research. The 2020 hurricane season included an unprecedented 30 named storms, of which 11 of those made landfall in the United States. New research published in the journal of Nature Communications found that three-hour tropical rainfall totals were up to 10% higher when compared to tropical…

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Wind will be a force to reckon with on Southwest wildfires

Wind will be a force to reckon with on Southwest wildfires

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Fire managers across the Southwest are reckoning with strong winds that forecasters say could lead to explosive growth in wildfires this week. Hundreds of people were evacuated in numerous blazes that have scorched structures and signaled an early start to the fire season. A wildfire on the outskirts of Flagstaff continued its run Wednesday though dry grass and scattered Ponderosa pines around homes into volcanic cinder fields,…

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