Better weather helps fight against California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Helped by light winds and lower temperatures, firefighters made significant progress overnight and early Sunday morning on two of the biggest wildfires raging across Northern California, but officials cautioned that they still face major challenges. The winds that bedeviled firefighters Saturday were expected to remain mostly calm Sunday, allowing them to go… Continue reading “Better weather helps fight against California wildfires”

Winemaker Vows to Rebuild After Losing Battle With Wildfire

Throughout Northern California, where wildfires have raged for almost a week, killing at least 36 people and destroying about 6,000 buildings, residents are taking stock of what they have and what they have lost. Many are feeling lucky to have survived with their lives. The fire’s path of destruction lacked rhyme or reason, destroying an entire… Continue reading “Winemaker Vows to Rebuild After Losing Battle With Wildfire”

Trump visits Puerto Rico to highlight storm response

President Donald Trump departed for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico Tuesday, hoping to underscore government recovery efforts and repair damage done by his contentious early response to the crisis. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. Trump, who… Continue reading “Trump visits Puerto Rico to highlight storm response”

8.1 magnitude earthquake is one of the strongest to ever hit Mexico

And a hurricane may be on the way. A map showing the intensity of shaking during the September 7 earthquake off the coast of Mexico. USGS A massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico just before midnight on Thursday. The quake—widely considered to be among the strongest to ever hit the country—originated deep in the Earth off… Continue reading “8.1 magnitude earthquake is one of the strongest to ever hit Mexico”

Irma strengthens into a massive category 5 hurricane

Hurricane Irma has strengthened into an extremely dangerous category five storm as it churns towards the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean, forecasters say. It is expected to remain a major hurricane throughout the week. (more) As of 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the center of Irma was located about 270 miles (440 kilometers) east of… Continue reading “Irma strengthens into a massive category 5 hurricane”

LA declares emergency as wildfire burns out of control

LOS ANGELES �� Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local emergency Sunday and asked Gov. Jerry Brown to do the same as firefighters continued to battle a large blaze in the Verdugo Mountains that destroyed three homes, closed a freeway and forced hundreds to leave their homes. Firefighters hoped for some relief overnight from a… Continue reading “LA declares emergency as wildfire burns out of control”

Texas residents face new evacuations, overflowing rivers

BEAUMONT, Texas — As some Houston residents Friday faced the heartache of evacuating their homes again due to water expected from reservoir releases, parts of Texas south of the city were bracing for potentially deadly flooding from overflowing rivers. The coastal city of Lake Jackson, about an hour south of Houston, Friday issued emergency mandatory evacuation… Continue reading “Texas residents face new evacuations, overflowing rivers”

Texas billionaire Dell to raise funds for Harvey recovery

US billionaire Michael Dell and his wife Susan announced Friday an initiative to raise $100 million in private funds for Hurricane Harvey recovery. The Dells, both Houston natives, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” program that they were donating $18 million to kick off the fund, and for every $2 raised by others over the US Labor… Continue reading “Texas billionaire Dell to raise funds for Harvey recovery”

Governor says Texas will accept Mexican offer of Hurricane Harvey relief

EL PASO, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday the state is accepting Mexico’s offer to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, including vehicles, boats and food. Mexico, in a diplomatic note Tuesday, provided a long list of items to help Texas get back on its feet following devastating historic flooding. Carlos Sada,… Continue reading “Governor says Texas will accept Mexican offer of Hurricane Harvey relief”

‘A true testament to a mother’s will’ � saving her daughter, but not herself, from Harvey’s floods

HOUSTON — Rescuers who spotted a child’s bag floating in East Texas floodwaters near Interstate 10 Tuesday afternoon soon made a grim discovery: a 3-year-old girl clinging to the lifeless body of her mother. “They saw the little pink backpack sticking out of the water,” Beaumont Police Officer Hailey Morrow said. The pair were floating dangerously… Continue reading “‘A true testament to a mother’s will’ � saving her daughter, but not herself, from Harvey’s floods”