Natural Disaster
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Michael, now a hurricane, threatens Florida

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/08/18, 12:32 pm

Hurricane Michael, upgraded from a tropical storm Monday, could hit Florida in the coming days. Forecasters expect the storm to move later in the day from the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico, where it could draw strength from the warm waters. Michael could grow into a major hurricane with winds of more than 111 mph overnight Tuesday before hitting the Florida Panhandle or the Big Bend area, according to the National Hurricane Center. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for multiple counties in the area and activated 500 members of the Florida National Guard.

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Florence’s ‘one-two punch’

Disaster relief | Relief groups and churches in North Carolina prepare for a second round of flooding from Florence
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/17/18, 11:05 am

On Sunday morning in New Bern, N.C., residents in one of the towns hardest hit by the effects of Hurricane Florence surveyed the massive storm’s damage and contemplated the possibility of more flooding this week, as rivers in coastal regions continue to rise.

“It’s been a pretty catastrophic storm,” said Pastor Jim Pennington of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. “And the thing is—it’s going to be a one-two punch.”

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Puerto Rico ups Maria death toll, talks lessons learned

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/29/18, 11:32 am

Puerto Rican officials on Tuesday raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to 2,975 people in response to an independent study on the disaster. Researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University said many of the deaths attributed to the storm came in the weeks and months that followed when people had limited access to medical care.

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