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California Town Is ‘Probably Toast’ If Wildfire Arrives

California Town Is ‘Probably Toast’ If Wildfire Arrives

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(IDYLLWILD, Calif.) — The town of Idyllwild, Calif.’s existence is under threat from a raging inferno and a 30,000-foot column of smoke hovering above the community as thousands of residents evacuate.
The wind-whipped fire has bu…

Colorado Fire No Longer Heading Towards South Fork, Officials Say

Colorado Fire No Longer Heading Towards South Fork, Officials Say

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH FORK, Colo.) — A shift in the winds Friday night has fire officials sounding more optimistic about the fate of the tiny Colorado town of South Fork.
The tourist town in southwestern Colorado is threatened by the “Wes…

Black Forest Fire in Colorado 65 Percent Contained

Black Forest Fire in Colorado 65 Percent Contained

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Firefighters have contained 65 percent of Colorado’s massive Black Forest Fire and hope to have it fully contained by next week, fire officials told reporters Sunday.
“The crews last night …

Heavy Rainfall Causes Severe Flooding in San Antonio, Texas

Heavy Rainfall Causes Severe Flooding in San Antonio, Texas

iStockphoto/ThinkStock(SAN ANTONIO, Tex.) — Record rainfall hitting the city of San Antonio, Texas, in the past 24 hours is causing widespread flooding, with at least one confirmed death.
The National Weather Service says the city airport recorded abo…

Oklahoma Teacher Records Moment of Tornado Impact

Oklahoma Teacher Records Moment of Tornado Impact

Benjamin Krain/Getty Images(MOORE, Okla.) — Cellphone video recorded by an Oklahoma teacher at Briarwood Elementary School shows the exact moment an E-F5 tornado tore through the building as she attempted to calm students’ fears by telling them, “It’s…

Brush Fire in Southern California Prompts Evacuations

Brush Fire in Southern California Prompts Evacuations

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BANNING, Calif.) — Fires have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes near Banning, Calif., in the Inland Empire section of Southern California.
More than 425 firefighters are battling the blazes while dozens of air…

Mudslide Derails Amtrak Passenger Train

Mudslide Derails Amtrak Passenger Train

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — A mudslide derailed several cars of an Amtrak passenger train on Sunday morning, but there were no injuries reports.
The cause of the slide is still being investigated, but the area between Seattle and Everett, Wa…

Coney Island Reopens For First Time since Sandy

Coney Island Reopens For First Time since Sandy

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – New York’s famous Coney Island amusement area opened on Sunday for the first time since the region was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The park reopening is another milestone for the city’s recovery efforts…

Breezy Point, NY, Couple Surprised by Rebuilt Home After Sandy

Breezy Point, NY, Couple Surprised by Rebuilt Home After Sandy

ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York resident Jeanne Metz never stopped praying.“We never, ever felt that God would forsake us,” Metz told ABC News.She and her husband, Burt Metz, lost their home in Breezy Point, part of New York City’s Que…

World War II Love Letters Wash Up on NJ Beach After Sandy

World War II Love Letters Wash Up on NJ Beach After Sandy

ABC News(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J.) — Superstorm Sandy destroyed towns and homes, and took lives, but a stack of 57 letters tied together with a pink ribbon survived the devastating storm.Kathleen Mullen was taking a walk along the Henry Hudson Trail i…

Obama Meets with Parents Who Lost Sons in Sandy

Obama Meets with Parents Who Lost Sons in Sandy

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Thursday, on his first trip to New York City after superstorm Sandy walloped the Northeast, President Obama met with the parents of the two young boys — Brandon and Connor Moore — who died after being swept o…

iPhone Photo of Hurricane Sandy Makes the Cover of ‘Time’

iPhone Photo of Hurricane Sandy Makes the Cover of ‘Time’

Time Magazine(NEW YORK) — When superstorm Sandy was approaching, New York photojournalist Ben Lowy, 33, didn’t grab his high-end camera equipment. He grabbed his iPhone 4S, put it in his pocket, and headed out on assignment for Time magazine.Tim…

Volunteers Use Wedding Registries to Help Sandy Victims

Volunteers Use Wedding Registries to Help Sandy Victims

Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — When Ashley Diamond envisioned herself helping out a fellow runner last Sunday she thought it would be along the course of the New York Marathon, the race for which she and nearly 40,000 other runn…

At New York Aquarium, Staff Considers Evacuating Fish

At New York Aquarium, Staff Considers Evacuating Fish

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Inside the New York Aquarium, fish tanks and exhibits are now surrounded by floodwater and sand from Sandy’s surge.The aquarium, located just off the famous boardwalk of Coney Island in Brooklyn, i…

Staten Island Residents Plead for Help Three Days After Sandy

Staten Island Residents Plead for Help Three Days After Sandy

Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The residents of Staten Island are pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing three days after Sandy slammed the New York City borough.“We’re goin…

Utility Crews Work Fast to Restore Power as Temperatures Dip

Utility Crews Work Fast to Restore Power as Temperatures Dip

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With concerns about hypothermia increasing — and another storm forecasted for next week — nearly 64,000 utility workers are now working around the clock to turn the power back on in a dozen states.In re…

Bodies of Two Boys Washed Away By Sandy Found

Bodies of Two Boys Washed Away By Sandy Found

Jose Ramos(NEW YORK) — The bodies of two young boys who were washed away by Sandy’s floodwaters as their horrified mother watched were found Thursday in a marshy area, according to police.The 2-year-old and 4-year-old boys disappeared on the New…

Gas Fires Still Burning in New Jersey, Where Threat Remains of Possible Explosion

Gas Fires Still Burning in New Jersey, Where Threat Remains of Possible Explosion

Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On the long and slender stretch of New Jersey barrier beaches that includes Brick Township, the hiss of gas seems to be heard everywhere. And between gas fires and the ocean surge, dozens of homes …

In Flooded Hoboken, NJ, National Guard Rescues Stranded Residents

In Flooded Hoboken, NJ, National Guard Rescues Stranded Residents

Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — Across the Hudson River from storm-battered New York City, residents in Hoboken, N.J., waded through near waist-high water with their children and their belongings.”Our basement got completel…

In Flooded Hoboken, NJ, National Guard Rescues Stranded Residents

In Flooded Hoboken, NJ, National Guard Rescues Stranded Residents

Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — Across the Hudson River from storm-battered New York City, residents in Hoboken, N.J., waded through near waist-high water with their children and their belongings.”Our basement got completel…

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