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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.

Danger grows as Eastern Canada faces more rain and flooding

Parts of Quebec and New Brunswick, as well as eastern Ontario, are already experiencing historic spring flooding. However, more rain is in the forecast today from central Ontario to northern New Brunswick.

Mangkhut barrels toward Hong Kong after devastating Philippines

Hong Kong - The strongest storm on Earth in 2018 barreled through the northern Philippines before dawn on Saturday, leaving destruction and death in its wake. Now Mangkhut is on a collision course with Hong Kong and on a direct path with two nuclear power plants.

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.

State of emergency declared in Florida due to toxic red tide

Tallahassee - Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a state of emergency in response to this year’s excessive red tide. The toxic algae bloom spreading across the West Coast of the state is leaving beaches covered with thousands of pounds of dead marine wildlife.

Fast-moving Oregon wildfire forces evacuations, leaves one dead

A fast-moving fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest killed one person, forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency Wednesday.

Fast-moving wildfire at Oregon-California border out of control

A wildfire that leaped over the Klamath River before surging into the woodlands near the Oregon-California border claimed the first fire-season fatality in the state Friday morning and kept fire crews racing to contain it all day.

California's deadly Hepatitis A outbreak reaches 600 cases

San Diego - Even while firefighters are battling wildfires across the state, California has another ongoing problem - One of the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreaks in the country since the development of a vaccine 20 years ago.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe had already declared a state of emergency

Charlottesville - A white nationalists' rally erupted into deadly violence Saturday as a car plowed into a crowd while demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed, spurring President Donald Trump to condemn "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides."

British Columbia declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

Vancouver - Over 240 wildfires raging in Canada's western province of British Columbia have prompted the evacuation of over 3,000 people and the province's first state of emergency in over 14 years.

Spreading wildfire in Arizona forces evacuation of thousands

Firefighters in Southern Arizona are struggling today with a fast-moving wildfire that has already burned over 21,000 acres. Called the Goodwin Fire, it has forced the evacuation of thousands of residents.

'Extreme' wind storm sweeps through Red Deer, Alberta

Red Deer - A city in central Alberta, Canada experienced an extreme weather event Tuesday night that left a large swath of the community looking like a hurricane had torn through the area.

Louisiana's disappearing coastline under 'state of emergency'

Baton Rouge - On Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an emergency proclamation declaring the Louisiana Coast in a state of crisis and emergency. The emergency proclamation was sent to President Trump and members of Congress.

'Florida Burning' Governor Scott declares state of emergency

Jacksonville - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as over 100 wildfires blazed across the state. Since February, over 68,000 acres have been burned.

Chile's worst ever wildfire destroys entire town of Santa Olga

Santiago - The entire town of Santa Olga was ravaged Wednesday, as the death toll in the wildfires that have swept through central and southern Chile since November rose to 10. The fires have been fanned by strong winds, high temperatures, and a prolonged drought.

Winter storm hits U.S. South bringing rare snowfall

A winter storm packing heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain hit the South of the U.S. on Friday, bringing many cities and towns to a standstill in a region unaccustomed to lots of snow, causing traffic accidents and school and church closings.

California 'Blue Cut Fire' explodes to engulf over 30,000 acres

A fire that started out as a small patch alongside the road next to Interstate 15 in Cajun Pass on Tuesday morning has exploded in the hot and dry conditions, growing to over 30,000 acres in just 24 hours.

Op-Ed: Florida's Treasure Coast choking on blue-green algae blooms

Palm Beach - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Martin and St. Lucie counties on Wednesday after beaches and waterways became clogged with a thick, guacamole-like blue-green algae.

West Virginia floods leave 14 people dead, says governor

White Sulphur Springs - At least 14 people have lost their lives and 100 homes have been damaged or destroyed after powerful storms swamped West Virginia Thursday night, prompting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a state of emergency in 44 counties.

Orlando mass shooting, 50 dead, 53 injured — State of Emergency

Orlando - A lone gunman armed with a pistol and assault rifle killed 50 people and injured 53 more at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida called the Pulse, in what is being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Op-Ed: As Venezuela begins to melt down, Maduro blames U.S. for problems

Caracas - It is evident that Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro is going to do anything, including locking the country down, to avoid a recall referendum that would kick him out of office.

First Nations leaders declare public health emergency

Toronto - First Nation leaders from northern Ontario declared a public health emergency on Wednesday, citing a shortage of basic medical supplies and an epidemic of suicides among young people.

SoCalGas admits it removed safety valve on leaking well

Los Angeles - Newly discovered information is shedding a different light on the massive methane gas leak in Southern California's Porter Ranch community. First discovered on October 23, 2015, the full implications of the leak were not known until weeks later.

Calif. governor declares state of emergency over massive gas leak

Los Angeles - Porter Ranch, California's massive gas leak has garnered enough attention that Governor Jerry Brown was forced to declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, ordering the mobilization of all state agencies to respond to the growing crisis.

Virus linked to newborn brain shrinkage rampages beyond Brazil

Until this year, Brazil had few cases of microcephaly, a debilitating and ultimately deadly disorder in which newborns are born with abnormally small brains. Then the country recorded almost 3,000 cases after reporting less than 200 cases in 2014.

Flint Michigan kids' high lead levels prompts state of emergency

Flint - People in Flint, Michigan have been drinking treated water from the Flint River for the past 18 months. Now their children have elevated lead levels in their blood, and the new mayor has declared a state of emergency.

Homeless crisis in L.A. — City will declare state of emergency

Los Angeles - On Tuesday, after acknowledging their failure in stemming the surge of homelessness in the city, municipal officials in Los Angeles, California took the drastic step of announcing they were declaring a "state of emergency."

Drought and wildfires prompt emergency declaration in California

Sacramento - With a severe drought now in its fourth year and at least 18 wildfires raging across the state, California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for all of the state.

Florida governor signs emergency concealed carry bill into law

The governor of Florida has signed a new bill that allows gun owners in the state to carry concealed firearms without a permit during a state of emergency.

Iowa governor Branstad declares state of emergency over bird flu

Des Moines - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Friday declared a state of emergency, with over 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying, or scheduled to be euthanized because of the widening spread of the avian flu virus.
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Over 240 wildfires are raging through central British Columbia.
Over 240 wildfires are raging through central British Columbia.
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Infrared image of natural gas leak in Porter Ranch, California.
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Oil Derrick in the Louisiana Bayou.
Oil Derrick in the Louisiana Bayou.
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Egyptian security crackdown leaves 149 dead
Egyptian security crackdown leaves 149 dead
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Egyptian security crackdown leaves hundreds  dead
Egyptian security crackdown leaves hundreds dead
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Winter 2013: Morningside Heights, NY
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