Natural Disaster
Associated Press/Photo by Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times

Winter storm buries Southeast in snow

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/10/18, 10:55 am

A winter storm blanketed five southern U.S. states with snow, sleet, and freezing rain from Saturday into Monday. Some areas in North Carolina and Virginia saw more than a foot of snow by Sunday afternoon. More than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power in the region, the majority in North Carolina. Parts of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia also lost power.

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Associated Press/Photo by Dan Joling

Major quake rocks southern Alaska

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/30/18, 02:14 pm

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Anchorage, Alaska, Friday morning, triggering a brief tsunami warning that was quickly canceled. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered about 7 miles north of Alaska’s largest city. The quake caused lamp posts and trees to sway in downtown Anchorage, prompting people to run out of offices or seek shelter under their desks. The full extent of damages or possible injuries is unknown, but photographs posted to social media sites showed collapsed ceiling tiles at an Anchorage high school and buckled pavement on some roads.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rich Pedroncelli

Northern California suffers flooding after fires

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/30/18, 11:58 am

Flash floods Thursday in a Northern California county scorched by a wildfire earlier this month added to the misery of residents who still have not been able to return to their homes. Rain carried a sticky mess of ash and debris through neighborhoods in Chico, Calif., where emergency workers conducted three swift water rescues Thursday, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Department.

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