Still devastated from Hurricane Laura, coastal Louisiana braces for Delta

Still devastated from Hurricane Laura, coastal Louisiana braces for Delta

By Lena Tillett, WRAL anchor/reporter Lake Charles, La. — Coastal Louisiana is bracing for its second major hurricane in less than two months. Recently, Hurricane Laura devastated Lake Charles, La., bringing wind gusts up to 140 mph and deadly flooding. Now, Hurricane Delta will hit the same area – with landfall only a few hours away. One Lake Charles resident remembers the impact of Laura all too well. He rode the storm out on the floor…

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Red Cross desperate for volunteers to respond to Hurricane Delta

Red Cross desperate for volunteers to respond to Hurricane Delta

By Cullen Browder, WRAL anchor/reporter Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina has a lot of experience with hurricanes, so the Red Cross is sending local volunteers to help Gulf Coast states hit by Hurricane Delta. Volunteers have already been on the ground for weeks due to the prior storms this season. Right now, volunteer relief efforts are focused on life-saving shelter, food and resources for people who are impacted by Hurricane Delta. “Many of the residents…

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Bridge will be built to replace Johnston County road where 2 children were swept away in flash flood

Bridge will be built to replace Johnston County road where 2 children were swept away in flash flood

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WTVD) — A new bridge will be installed to replace a stretch of road where two children died in a flash flood this August. Alexa Castro, 5, and Abraham Martinez Jr., 4, were inside the car with their mother when heavy rain swept away part of the road and their car. Rescue crews were able to save the mother, but the children were not found until days later. Their bodies had been swept…

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Newlyweds beat Delta to the altar in hurricane-rushed wedding

Newlyweds beat Delta to the altar in hurricane-rushed wedding

ABBEVILLE, Louisiana — Twenty-four hours ahead of Hurricane Delta’s arrival, church bells rang out at 6 p.m. and a bride’s high heels clicked on the church’s front walk as she raced to get to her wedding. Taylor Choate and Ian Gaspard picked Oct. 10 as their wedding day months ago. In a year when COVID-19 had re-scheduled so many events, they thought they would luck out. Then Hurricane Delta zeroed in on the small town…

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Hurricane Delta hours out from record breaking landfall in Louisiana

Hurricane Delta hours out from record breaking landfall in Louisiana

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Louisiana coast is bracing for Hurricane Delta, which strengthened into a Category 3 storm Thursday night and bears a similar track to Hurricane Laura, which battered the southwestern part of the state in August. The wind from Delta will be accompanied by heavy rain and a life-threatening storm surge. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from High Island, Texas, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Delta is located about 200 miles south…

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Hurricane Delta regains Cat. 3 strength, landfall expected in Louisiana

Hurricane Delta regains Cat. 3 strength, landfall expected in Louisiana

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — While the Gulf Coast braces for another potentially damaging hurricane, North Carolina will see mainly rain from the storm. On Thursday, Hurricane Delta strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm was expected to make landfall in Louisiana by Friday night as a Category 3 hurricane before weakening and bringing rain to North Carolina this weekend. The storm first made landfall…

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Remnants of Hurricane Delta will bring rain to NC this weekend

Remnants of Hurricane Delta will bring rain to NC this weekend

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — While the Gulf Coast braces for another potentially damaging hurricane, North Carolina will see mainly rain from the storm. On Thursday, Hurricane Delta was in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm was expected to made landfall in Louisiana by Friday night as a Category 3 hurricane before weakening and bringing rain to North Carolina this weekend. The storm first made landfall around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday south of…

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North Carolina Red Cross volunteers heading to Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Delta

North Carolina Red Cross volunteers heading to Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Delta

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Local American Red Cross teams are preparing to go to the Gulf Coast as Louisiana braces for yet another hurricane. Hurricane Delta is expected to become the fourth named storm–a record–to make landfall in Louisiana this year. Much of the state is still in recovery mode as Delta looks to track a similar path as Category 4 Hurricane Laura, which hit August 27. Our hearts go out to them because it’s a…

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Hurricane Delta to bring heavy rain, intense wind, 'life-threatening' storm surge to Louisiana on Friday

Hurricane Delta to bring heavy rain, intense wind, 'life-threatening' storm surge to Louisiana on Friday

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane-force wind from Delta will reach Louisiana by Friday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center. That wind will be accompanied by heavy rain and life-threatening storm surge. Delta is located about 400 miles south of the Louisiana coast. It is currently a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, and it is moving northwest at 14 miles per hour. Thankfully, the storm is expected to keep moving…

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Hurricane Delta track shows strong storm hitting Louisiana on Friday

Hurricane Delta track shows strong storm hitting Louisiana on Friday

RALEIGH, N.C. — The outer rain bands of Hurricane Delta are starting to arrive in Louisiana, despite the bulk of the storm still being 24 hours away. Delta is located about 450 miles south of the Louisiana coast. It is currently a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, and it is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour. Yesterday the storm made landfall about 10 miles south of Cancun, Mexico…

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NC American Red Cross volunteers heading to Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Delta

NC American Red Cross volunteers heading to Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Delta

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Local American Red Cross teams are preparing to go to the Gulf Coast as Louisiana braces for another hurricane. A group of more than 20 volunteers from Raleigh, Fayetteville and the sandhills regions are getting ready to leave on Thursday morning with Hurricane Delta expected to make landfall sometime Friday. Delta is forecast to bring life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds. Resources have been stretched thin with several Red Cross representatives…

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Hurricane Delta weakens to Cat. 1; expected to regain strength as it moves toward Louisiana coast

Hurricane Delta weakens to Cat. 1; expected to regain strength as it moves toward Louisiana coast

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Delta has weakened to a Cat. 1 storm after raking across the coast of northeastern Mexico on Wednesday; the storm is expected to regain its strength to a Cat. 2 storm as it approaches the Louisiana coast. As of 5 p.m., Delta is 55 miles north-east of Progresso, Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The storm is currently moving northwest at 17 mph. This morning., the National Hurricane…

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Honeymooners forced to pay $5,000 for flight back to US ahead of Hurricane Delta

Honeymooners forced to pay $5,000 for flight back to US ahead of Hurricane Delta

HOUSTON, Texas — Dozens of travelers from Cancun, Mexico are now in Houston scrambling to get back to their homes ahead of Hurricane Delta that’s brewing in the Gulf. Travelers coming into Bush Intercontinental Airport described hectic scenes at Cancun airport before leaving. “It was like nothing I have ever seen before,” said traveler Jessica Biffle. RELATED: Slight westward shift in Delta track could bring more impacts to SE Texas Biffle and her husband were…

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Hurricane Delta makes landfall, will impact Gulf Coast later this week

Hurricane Delta makes landfall, will impact Gulf Coast later this week

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — Hurricane Delta made landfall along the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday as a strong Category 2 hurricane. The storm is expected to impact the Gulf Coast and bring rain to North Carolina later this week. The storm made landfall around 6:30 a.m. south of Cancun with top winds of 110 mph. Dangerous hurricane conditions are expected for the Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, where at least…

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Cat 2 Hurricane Delta makes landfall on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula with 110 mph winds en route to Louisiana

Cat 2 Hurricane Delta makes landfall on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula with 110 mph winds en route to Louisiana

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Delta made landfall Wednesday morning along the coast of northeastern Mexico near Puerto Morelos as a Category 2 storm. Around 7 a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported that Delta hit with sustained winds of around 110 mph; the system is moving northwest at 17 mph. Overnight, Delta weakened from a Category 4 storm but still stayed extremely powerful. Delta was a Category 4 storm as recently as Tuesday night. It…

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Hurricane Delta, now a major hurricane, threatens Gulf Coast

Hurricane Delta, now a major hurricane, threatens Gulf Coast

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — After intensifying from a Category 1 storm to a Category 4 storm in less than 24 hours, Hurricane Delta is expected to hit Cancún on Wednesday. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the Cat. 3 storm could strengthen again and have devastating impacts on the Gulf Coast before it brings rain to North Carolina this weekend. Warm water temperatures and rapid intensification helped the storm strengthen very quickly…

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Cat 3 Hurricane Delta has 140 mph wind gusts as it nears Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula en route to Louisiana

Cat 3 Hurricane Delta has 140 mph wind gusts as it nears Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula en route to Louisiana

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Delta weakened a bit to a Category 3 storm overnight but remains a major hurricane with serious impacts likely. As of the 5 a.m. update, Delta has slightly weakened but still stays extremely powerful as it takes aim at Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, which will take a direct hit. Hurricane Delta is moving northwest at 17 mph with sustained winds sitting at 115 mph and gusts reaching as high at 140…

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Delta now a major Category 3 hurricane, bringing 140 mph wind gusts as it nears Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula and western Cuba

Delta now a major Category 3 hurricane, bringing 140 mph wind gusts as it nears Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula and western Cuba

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Delta has weakened a bit to a Category 3 storm overnight but remains a major hurricane with serious impacts likely. As of the 5 a.m. update, Delta has slightly weakened but still stays extremely powerful as it takes aim at Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, which will take a direct hit. Hurricane Delta is moving northwest at 17 mph with winds up to 115 mph and gusts reaching as high at 140…

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Hurricane Delta, now Cat. 4, threatens Gulf Coast

Hurricane Delta, now Cat. 4, threatens Gulf Coast

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — After intensifying from a Category 1 storm to a Category 4 storm in less than 24 hours, Hurricane Delta is expected to hit Cancún on Wednesday. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the Cat. 4 storm could strengthen again and have devastating impacts on the Gulf Coast before it brings rain to North Carolina this weekend. Warm water temperatures and rapid intensification helped the storm strengthen very quickly…

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Category 3 Hurricane Delta roars toward Mexico's Cancun area

Category 3 Hurricane Delta roars toward Mexico's Cancun area

By LUIS ANDRÉS HENAO, Associated Press CANCUN, Mexico — Hurricane Delta, a slightly weakened but still dangerous Category 3 storm, barreled toward Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula with winds of 120 mph (195 kph) for an expected landfall south of the Cancun resort before dawn Wednesday. Quintana Roo Gov. Carlos Joaquín said the state government had prepared, but warned residents and tourists that “it is a strong, powerful hurricane,” though he considered it a good sign that…

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Vacationers in Mexico evacuate resorts, seek shelter ahead of Hurricane Delta's landfall

Vacationers in Mexico evacuate resorts, seek shelter ahead of Hurricane Delta's landfall

With Hurricane Delta nearing Mexico’s Yucatan as a Category 4 storm, we’re getting a closer look at the current situations in Cancun as residents and vacationers prepare for the storm’s landfall before it makes its way to the U.S. A video shared with ABC News shows a large crowd of people standing in the lobby of the Resort Moon Palace in Cancun. Those in the hotel await to be evacuated to a shelter on the…

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Hurricane Delta becomes dangerous Category 4 storm, expected to slam beach resorts from Tulum to Cozumel

Hurricane Delta becomes dangerous Category 4 storm, expected to slam beach resorts from Tulum to Cozumel

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Delta spent less than 30 minutes as a Category 3 storm Tuesday before reaching Category 4 strength. The storm is getting bigger fast and speeding up as it takes aim at Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It now has top winds of 145 mph. Forecasters expect Delta to slam into beach resorts from Tulum to Cozumel with an extremely dangerous storm surge of up to 13 feet and even higher waves. Once…

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'Sometimes it's us that need the help': California firefighter loses new home in wildfire

'Sometimes it's us that need the help': California firefighter loses new home in wildfire

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — While fighting the Glass Fire in Northern California, a Santa Rosa firefighter lost his own home, which he had purchased just days before and had not yet insured. Now the community is fighting to help him and three other families. “When we got up here, I could see the first structure over there was my brother’s house that had burned,” said Fire Captain Mike Musgrove. He explained what it was like…

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In less than 24 hours, Hurricane Delta strengthens from Cat. 1 to Cat. 4 storm

In less than 24 hours, Hurricane Delta strengthens from Cat. 1 to Cat. 4 storm

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified from a Category 1 to a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday and could have devastating impacts on the Gulf Coast before it brings rain to North Carolina later this week. Warm water temperatures helped the storm strengthen very quickly, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. The center of the storm is expected to pass the Cayman Islands on Tuesday, strengthening into a Cat….

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Hurricane Delta rapidly becomes dangerous Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Delta is rapidly intensifying. The storm spent less than 30 minutes as a Category 3 storm Tuesday before reaching Category 4 strength. The National Hurricane Center said at 11:20 a.m. that an NOAA aircraft found that the storm actually had sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, as opposed to the 115 that was reported at 11 a.m. Yesterday’s forecast didn’t expect Delta to be a Category 4 storm until…

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Hurricane Delta reaches Category 3 with 115 mph winds as it tracks into the Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Delta reaches Category 3 with 115 mph winds as it tracks into the Gulf of Mexico

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Delta is strengthening quicker than expected, already reaching Category 2 with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Delta is continuing to gain strength and could reach Category 4–sustained wind speeds of 130-156 mph–as early as Tuesday night. NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft reported at 8 a.m. that Hurricane Delta “continues to rapidly strengthen.” Delta is located about 370 miles east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. It…

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Hurricane Delta 'rapidly strengthens' to Category 2 with 110 mph wind as it tracks into the Gulf of Mexico

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Delta is strengthening quicker than expected, already reaching Category 2 with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Delta is continuing to gain strength and could reach Category 4–sustained wind speeds of 130-156 mph–as early as Tuesday night. NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft reported at 8 a.m. that Hurricane Delta “continues to rapidly strengthen.” Delta is located about 370 miles east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. It…

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Delta becomes Category 2 hurricane as it moves toward Gulf of Mexico, forecast calls for late Friday landfall in U.S.

Delta becomes Category 2 hurricane as it moves toward Gulf of Mexico, forecast calls for late Friday landfall in U.S.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A newly formed tropical system in the Caribbean Sea strengthened into Hurricane Delta on Monday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Delta has maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. As of the 5 a.m. update, Hurricane Delta is a Category 2 storm and moving 15 mph west-northwest. It’s around 420 miles east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico….

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Delta strengthens to Cat. 2, expected to hit Gulf Coast as major hurricane

Delta strengthens to Cat. 2, expected to hit Gulf Coast as major hurricane

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — Delta strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane on Tuesday, making it the ninth hurricane of the season. The storm is also the 25th named storm of the season. The storm is expected to intensify as it moves over warmer water and make landfall along the Gulf Coast as a major hurricane, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. When that happens, Delta will be the record 10th storm…

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Delta strengthens into hurricane as it moves toward Gulf of Mexico, could be first 'Greek name' hurricane to hit United States

Delta strengthens into hurricane as it moves toward Gulf of Mexico, could be first 'Greek name' hurricane to hit United States

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A newly formed tropical system in the Caribbean Sea strengthened into Hurricane Delta on Monday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Delta currently has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The forecast shows Delta moving into the Gulf of Mexico around Tuesday night or Wednesday. As of the 8 p.m. update, Hurricane Delta is moving 8 mph west-northwest. Delta…

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Tropical Storm Delta forms, expected to bring rain to North Carolina

Tropical Storm Delta forms, expected to bring rain to North Carolina

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — Tropical Storm Delta formed Monday and could bring rain to North Carolina later this week. Tropical Depression 26 formed south of Jamaica on Sunday night. On Monday, it became a tropical storm. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the storm is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane over the next three days. Delta is expected to become a Cat. 1 hurricane on Wednesday and is likely to…

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Tropical Storm Delta forms in Caribbean Sea, forecast to strengthen into hurricane before hitting United States

Tropical Storm Delta forms in Caribbean Sea, forecast to strengthen into hurricane before hitting United States

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A newly formed tropical system in the Caribbean Sea strengthened into Tropical Storm Delta on Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Storm Delta currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, but those are expected to increase as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The forecast shows Delta moving into the Gulf of Mexico around Tuesday night or Wednesday. Around that same time, it is…

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Newly formed tropical system expected to become Hurricane Delta before hitting United States

Newly formed tropical system expected to become Hurricane Delta before hitting United States

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A newly formed tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea could hit Louisiana as a hurricane later this week, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Depression 26 formed Sunday night just south of Jamaica. It currently has sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. The system is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm later Monday. At that point, it would become Tropical Storm Delta. The forecast shows Delta moving into…

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Tropical Depression 26 forms, likely to approach the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane later this week

Tropical Depression 26 forms, likely to approach the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane later this week

Tropical Depression 26 formed in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday night with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The system is expected to become Tropical Storm Delta on Monday and will likely approach the northern Gulf Coast later this week as a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Depression 26 is currently 75 miles south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica. The system itself moving west-northwest at 9 mph with maximum gusts of 45 mph. We…

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Tropical Storm Gamma leaves 6 dead in southern Mexico

Tropical Storm Gamma leaves 6 dead in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY — At least 6 people died and thousands were evacuated in southeastern Mexico after Tropical Storm Gamma lashed the Yucatan Peninsula’s resort-studded coast with near-hurricane force winds and drenched Tabasco and Chiapas states, authorities said Sunday. Mexico’s civil defense agency said in a statement that four of the deaths, including two children, were in Chiapas, where a landslide on a mountainous slope buried their home. The other two deaths were in Tabasco state,…

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Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres burned

Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres burned

SAN FRANCISCO — Deadly wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres this year – more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in the state. California fire officials said the state hit the astonishing milestone Sunday with about two months remaining in the fire season. The previous record was set two years ago when wildfires destroyed 1.67 million acres (2,609 square miles). Flames have scorched…

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Strong Tropical Storm Gamma drenches Cancun area of Mexico

Strong Tropical Storm Gamma drenches Cancun area of Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Gamma hit the resort-dotted coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula at near-hurricane force on Saturday, flooding streets, knocking down vulnerable buildings and stranding people trying to return from outlying islands. The storm came ashore near Tulum with maximum sustained winds of nearly 70 mph (110 kph) — 4 mph (9 kph short of hurricane force), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. By night, winds had dipped to 60…

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Mountain flooding kills 2 in Italy, traps dozens in France

Mountain flooding kills 2 in Italy, traps dozens in France

By SYLVIE CORBET and COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press PARIS — Italian firefighters rescued 25 people trapped on the French side of a high mountain pass by severe flooding that killed two people in Italy, while 15 were stuck in a train station for the night and eight more remained missing Saturday in France. A storm that moved overnight across southeastern France into northwestern Italy caused major flooding on both sides of the border, destroying bridges,…

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Tropical Storm Gamma weakens as it moves over Yucatan Peninsula

Tropical Storm Gamma weakens as it moves over Yucatan Peninsula

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Tropical Storm Gamma made its way through the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday. It gained strength over Saturday but was not expected to impact the United States. It is also likely to fall apart after hitting the Gulf of Mexico waters again, meteorologist Zach Maloch said. Gamma strengthened from a Tropical Depression to a Tropical Storm on Friday. As of Saturday’s 8 p.m. report from the National Hurricane Center, the storm…

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Tropical Storm Gamma gains strength as it moves over Yucatan Peninsula

Tropical Storm Gamma gains strength as it moves over Yucatan Peninsula

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Tropical Storm Gamma made its way through the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday. It could become a hurricane soon as it continues to gain strength. It strengthened from a Tropical Depression to a Tropical Storm on Friday. As of Saturday’s 5 p.m. report from the National Hurricane Center, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving northwest at 9 mph. To become classified as a hurricane, a…

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Tropical Depression 25 strengthens, becomes Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Depression 25 strengthens, becomes Tropical Storm Gamma

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Tropical Storm Gamma made its way through the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday morning. It strengthened from a Tropical Depression to a Tropical Storm on Friday. As of Saturday morning, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving at a speed of 9 mph. To become classified as a hurricane, a storm needs to have maximum sustained winds of 74 mph. The storm is bringing showers and…

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Tropical Depression 25 becomes Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Depression 25 becomes Tropical Storm Gamma

By WRAL Severe Weather Center & the Associated Press The 25th tropical system of the season that formed in the western Caribbean became Tropical Storm Gamma on Friday night. As of the 8 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Gamma had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was heading northwest at 9 mph. It was about 135 miles south southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. Officials said Friday night Gamma is heading for Mexico’s Yucatan…

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Tropical Depression 25 forms in the Caribbean, likely to become Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Depression 25 forms in the Caribbean, likely to become Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Depression 25 formed in the northwest Caribbean Friday morning with sustained winds of 35 mph. The government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico from Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche and a Tropical Storm Watch south of Punta Herrero to Puerto Costa Maya and west of Cabo Catoche to Dzilam. The tropical depression could develop into a tropical storm as the system moves northwestward near the north…

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Boy sends Baby Yoda doll to help firefighters battle wildfires

Boy sends Baby Yoda doll to help firefighters battle wildfires

A team of firefighters in Oregon has a new member with Jedi powers helping them battle the ongoing fires. The force is with them thanks to 5-year-old Carver, who has a heart of gold. Carver, a young Star Wars fan, sent the Baby Yoda doll to the crews as part of a donation drive. According to WMTW, the 5-year-old wanted to help once he learned about the wildfires in his state. Part of his donation…

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4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ SAN FRANCISCO — Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in Northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. Officials said wind-whipped flames led two firefighters to deploy the emergency fire shelters they carry. The firefighters were assigned to the Glasser fire burning in wine country north of San Francisco Sunday when gusty off-shore winds fanned the fire, prompting them to deploy their fire shelters after flames overwhelmed them….

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Dog rescued from Northern California wildfire rides co-pilot with firefighters

Dog rescued from Northern California wildfire rides co-pilot with firefighters

SAN FRANCISCO — A friendly pup rescued from the Zogg Fire in Shasta County, California hopped right into the truck of a local CAL FIRE crew. Firefighters say the dog came out of one of the homes they were protecting, just west of Redding, and joined the efforts for the rest of the night. Fire crews gave the dog some water and and say he’s been with them since. According to the Haven Humane Society…

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Metallica to donate $250k to West Coast wildfire relief

Metallica to donate $250k to West Coast wildfire relief

SAN FRANCISCO — The band Metallica tweeted Tuesday that they plan to donate $250,000 to aid in West Coast fire relief efforts as a part of their #MetallicaGivesBack campaign in which they participate in and donate to various charity events. “This is the fourth consecutive year, dating back to the formation of the foundation, that All Within My Hands has activated to support fire relief: the critical local services component of our mission. This year,…

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Strong to severe storms and isolated flooding likely Tuesday

Strong to severe storms and isolated flooding likely Tuesday

By WRAL Weather Raleigh, N.C. — Strong to severe storms and isolated flooding are likely Tuesday before a pattern of cooler fall air sets in for the first days of October. Some showers are possible southeast of Raleigh throughout Tuesday morning, but the Triangle will see mostly fog and drizzle. By Tuesday evening, storm chances increase. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, strong storms could move in as early as 6 or 7 p.m. “You…

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