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Isaac Gains Hurricane Strength, Bears Down on Gulf Coast

Isaac Gains Hurricane Strength, Bears Down on Gulf Coast

NOAA-NASA GOES Project(NEW YORK) — Forecasters Tuesday upgraded Tropical Storm Isaac to a Category 1 hurricane just hours before it’s expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast, while warning that the biggest threat will be the rainfall and storm sur…

Western Wildfires: More Than 60 Fires Rage Across 10 States

Western Wildfires: More Than 60 Fires Rage Across 10 States

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CLE ELUM, Wash.) — The long hot summer of 2012 has turned the West into a tinderbox. More than 60 fires are raging in at least 10 states.Cle Elum, Wash., has not had a drop of rain for three weeks. Add to that scorc…

Hurricane Katrina Hero Wanted Ex-Wife, 2 Others Dead: Cops

Hurricane Katrina Hero Wanted Ex-Wife, 2 Others Dead: Cops

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — A New Orleans man whose heroics and mistaken arrest after Hurricane Katrina were chronicled in a critically acclaimed book is facing charges he solicited an inmate to kill his ex-wife, her son and another man. Abd…

Drought Conditions Worst Since 1988

Drought Conditions Worst Since 1988

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared an additional 218 counties in 12 states as disaster areas because of damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat — that means more than half of all the na…

USDA Declares Natural Disaster in 26 Drought-Stricken States

USDA Declares Natural Disaster in 26 Drought-Stricken States

USDA(WASHINGTON) — As more than half of the U.S. battles through drought conditions, the Department of Agriculture announced this week a series of improvements that will help farmers and ranchers receive federal assistance faster.The move, which will …

US Capitol Weathers DC’s Devastating Storm

US Capitol Weathers DC’s Devastating Storm

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — While Washington cleans up Monday morning after last weekend’s severe weather, one of the oldest and most historic buildings in the nation’s capital appears to have escaped relatively unscathed: the U.S. Capi…

Many Colorado Wildfire Evacuees Allowed to Return Home

Many Colorado Wildfire Evacuees Allowed to Return Home

Chris Schneider/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Some 7,000 residents of the Colorado Springs area were allowed to return to their homes on Sunday, but for many, they returned to a pile of rubble left behind by a wildfire that destroyed some 35…

West Virginia in a State of Emergency

West Virginia in a State of Emergency

West Virginia Flag – iStockphoto/ThinkStock(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency for West Virginia Saturday due to the powerful storms on Friday night. 500,000 people are without power in about 27 counties. President …

Obama Tours Wildfire Damage in Colorado

Obama Tours Wildfire Damage in Colorado

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Reflecting on the devastation caused by the Colorado wildfires, President Obama said Friday that when natural disasters strike, “America comes together.”“We all recognize …

Stephanie Decker, Hero Mom, Visits White House

Stephanie Decker, Hero Mom, Visits White House

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — In March Stephanie Decker lost both her legs saving her children from an Indiana tornado. On Friday, she walked into the Oval Office with the help of President Obama.The president welcomed Decker,…

Colorado Wildfire Claims One Life, Destroys Nearly 350 Homes

Colorado Wildfire Claims One Life, Destroys Nearly 350 Homes

Chris Schneider/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — The wildfire raging near Colorado Springs, Colo., has claimed one life and at least 347 homes, officials announced on Thursday.At a late night news conference, Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter…

Colorado Wildfires Destroy ‘Hundreds’ of Homes

Colorado Wildfires Destroy ‘Hundreds’ of Homes

Chris Schneider/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Rows of homes have been wiped out by the Waldo Canyon fire that continues to blanket the mountain town of Colorado Springs with thick smoke, officials said today. “We now know hundreds of homes h…

Obama Will Visit Colorado Fire Areas

Obama Will Visit Colorado Fire Areas

Chris Schneider/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama announced that he will travel to the fire-plagued areas of Colorado this Friday to, “view the damage and thank the responders bravely battling the fire.”Obama told Colorado Gov. Jo…

Wildfire Menaces Colorado Springs, 32,000 Flee

Wildfire Menaces Colorado Springs, 32,000 Flee

Chris Schneider/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — A western wildfire being fueled by strong winds and scorching temperatures has burned past firefighters’ defenses and is menacing the city of Colorado Springs. Firefighters battling the out of co…

Tropical Storm Debby: Florida Declares State of Emergency

Tropical Storm Debby: Florida Declares State of Emergency

Edward Linsmier/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — Florida’s governor has declared a statewide emergency as rain from Tropical Storm Debby continues to drench the Gulf Coast and the panhandle. The state is expected to be pounded with even more rain as the st…

Colorado Wildfires Blazing

Colorado Wildfires Blazing

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FORT COLLINS, Colo.) – A spot fire amid the 68-thousand acres burning west of Fort Collins, Colorado has prompted more evacuations. Sheriff Justin Smith says some of those being told to leave had been evacuated earlier. Inc…

New Firefighting Planes on the Way, But No Help Now

New Firefighting Planes on the Way, But No Help Now

iStockphoto/Thinkstoc(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Forest Service Wednesday said four private companies have won contracts to provide seven “next-generation” firefighting airplane tankers, although they won’t help with wildfires now raging…

Colorado Wildfire Reaches Over 40K Acres, Claims One Life

Colorado Wildfire Reaches Over 40K Acres, Claims One Life

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The massive wildfire burning in Larimer County, Colo., has scorched more than 41,000 acres so far, destroying dozens of homes in its tracks and claiming at least one life.In a statement Monday, the county’s sheriff sai…

Massive Wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico Force Hundreds to Evacuate

Massive Wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico Force Hundreds to Evacuate

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(DENVER) — Firefighters in New Mexico and Colorado are battling wildfires that have spread quickly in all directions, forcing hundreds to flee from their homes across both states.In Colorado, at least 18 structures -…

President Obama Hails Resilience of Joplin, Graduates Year After Tornado

President Obama Hails Resilience of Joplin, Graduates Year After Tornado

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages(JOPLIN, Mo.) — President Obama returned to Joplin, Mo., Monday night, one year after a monster tornado leveled the town on high school graduation day, to celebrate its remarkable recovery and the first class of graduates si…

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