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California wildfires explode overnight, forcing thousands to flee

About 4,500 residents of a senior living community were among thousands of Californians Monday driven from their homes in Sonoma County by new wildfires that exploded in size overnight.

Half a million people told to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Laura

Officials in east Texas and western Louisiana ordered more than 500,000 people to evacuate as Hurricane Laura draws closer to making landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday morning.

Firefighters battle to contain Northern California blazes

More than two dozen major fires were scorching California on Thursday and taxing the state's firefighting capacity, sparked by an unprecedented lightning siege that dropped nearly 11,000 strikes over several days.

Heatwave, wildfires, power loss — California declares emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Tuesday to deploy resources to "combat fires burning across the state which have been exacerbated by the effects of the historic West Coast heat wave and sustained high winds."

Wildfires in three Western states have burned over 90,000 acres

Firefighters across three Western states are battling wildfires that have destroyed more than 90,000 acres. Rising temperatures have not helped as firefighters in California, Oregon and Colorado work to get the blazes under control.

Mass evacuations in India, Bangladesh ahead of 'Super Cyclone'

Super Cyclone Amphan, the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal, is expected to make landfall near the border between India and Bangladesh on Wednesday in a region already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.

California wildfires prompt statewide emergency as 200,000 flee

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state.

Fueled by monster winds, California's Kincade Fire is ferocious

Geyserville - Officials ordered 2,000 people to evacuate their homes and businesses in Northern California wine country Thursday after a wildfire exploded in size, fueled by powerful, monster winds.

Los Angeles wildfire spreads — 100,000 ordered to evacuate

Whipped by the Santa Ana winds, a wildfire in the San Fernando Valley of California grew to nearly 5,000 acres overnight, damaging dozens of homes and prompting swift evacuations for more than 100,000 people.

Dorian to impact East coast up through southeastern Virginia

Coastal regions from Florida to southeastern Virginia remain on alert today as Category 2 Hurricane Dorian crawls up the East coast. While still a Category 2 hurricane, Dorian's wind field has expanded.

Dorian's track on Monday may decide the fate of East Coast

Catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Dorian has unleashed a devastating storm surge, destructive winds, and blinding rain over the Northern Bahama Islands and is now parked close to the Florida peninsula. A turn may determine the fate of the East Coast.

Catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Dorian has winds of 175 mph

Hurricane Dorian has become a Category 5 tropical cyclone this morning as it heads toward the northwest in the Atlantic to the Bahamas, where it is expected to make catastrophic landfall sometime on Sunday.

Dorian becomes a potentially catastrophic Category 3 storm

Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 3 storm and is still gathering strength as it moves toward Florida, where it could make landfall as soon as late Monday as a Category 4 hurricane.

Wildfire in B.C.'s central interior prompts evacuations

Prince George - Warm and windy conditions have fanned the flames of a wildfire believed to be human-caused in British Columbia, Canada, near the community of Lejac, about five kilometers east of Fraser Lake.

Number of flood victims spikes as Ottawa River keeps rising

Residents in a corridor along the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers between Montreal and the boundary with Ontario are being told the rivers won't peak until Monday or Tuesday, while in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, a dike breach forced 6,000 people to flee.

Explosive California wildfire wipes out town of Paradise

Paradise - A fast-moving wildfire has ravaged a Northern California town - sending residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire while thick smoke darkened the daytime sky.

Camp Fire in Northern California is already visible from space

Paradise - Tens of thousands of people in northern California were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday to over 8,000 acres in Butte County.

Hurricane Michael has the 'potential to be a historic storm'

Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded-up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could make Landfall as a major Category 3 storm.

Mysterious 'security issue' closes Sunspot Solar Observatory

The mystery surrounding the evacuation of a small mountainous area in Southern New Mexico has led to a lot of conspiracy theories. The NSO's Sunspot Solar Observatory has been closed for a week as officials investigate a "security issue."

Tuesday update on dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Florence

Millions of Americans throughout North and South Carolina and Virginia are in the bulls-eye as they prepare for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm that's expected to bring massive amounts of rainfall, flash flooding, and horrific winds.

Category 4 Hurricane Florence to hit East Coast later this week

Hurricane Florence is now a major Category 3 hurricane and forecasters now say the storm could mount a direct, devastating hit on North and South Carolina as the most powerful storm to hit the area in three decades.

B.C. declares a provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

Vancouver - On Wednesday morning, he B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Wildfires near Sequoia, Yosemite National Parks continue to grow

El Portal - A raging wildfire just outside of Yosemite National Park is evading the efforts of thousands of firefighters as it burns through dry brush and rugged terrain, growing daily and heading toward populated areas.

Preparations start to evacuate pro-regime Syria towns

- Preparations were underway on Wednesday to evacuate thousands of people from two pro-regime Syrian towns, an AFP reporter and state media said, after three years of encirclement by hardline rebels.

Wind-driven Northern California wildfire drives 3,000 from homes

Sacramento - Gusting winds and high temperatures have fueled a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California. Already, dozens of structures have been lost and hundreds more are at risk

Pele's hair — A geological phenomena that can harm you

The latest eruptions at Kilauea’s east rift zone have been producing some awe-inspiring geological phenomena that are literally changing the landscape. However, health officials are warning of a new hazard - Pele's Hair.

Hundreds prepare to exit rebel areas near Damascus: state media

Damascus - Hundreds of rebels and civilians prepared to leave Thursday from three districts south of Syria's capital, state media said, under a negotiated withdrawal to secure the last opposition holdouts of Damascus.

Syria: evacuations from besieged zones

Beirut - The evacuation of hundreds of rebels and their families from Harasta, a bombed-out town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, follows a string of similar operations in the seven-year war.

Syria rebels begin Ghouta evacuation: state media

Harasta - Syrian rebels began leaving Eastern Ghouta on Thursday, state media said, under the first such evacuation deal from the battered opposition enclave outside Damascus.

Rebels expected to evacuate Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Harasta - Buses waited outside a bombed-out town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Thursday after a deal was announced to evacuate rebels and civilians following weeks of regime bombardment.
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The Rocky Fire is burning out of control in Northern California  helped by dry ground. The wildfire ...
The Rocky Fire is burning out of control in Northern California, helped by dry ground. The wildfire has burned more than 100 square miles – 65,000 acres – and the blaze is forcing 13,000 residents to evacuate.
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The 8 hour evacuation alert is simply a notification to allow you to pr...
*June 1, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.* The 8 hour evacuation alert is simply a notification to allow you to prepare for potential evacuation. You are not required to evacuate at this time. If an evacuation is issued, you will be given up to 8 hours’ notice beforehand.
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Firefighters tackle a wildfire near the town of La Ronge  Saskatchewan.
Firefighters tackle a wildfire near the town of La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
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