Natural Disaster
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Puerto Rican government owns up to Maria death toll

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/09/18, 01:36 pm

The Puerto Rican government conceded Thursday that the devastation associated with Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, a number vastly exceeding the official count that for months noted only 64 deaths. The storm ripped through the island in September 2017, knocking out power and triggering widespread flooding. While the official death count stalled at 64, fatalities climbed amid impassable roads, lack of hospital access, and a power outage that lasted for months.

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Wildfires in California continue to spread

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/07/18, 11:43 am

Fire officials began treating twin wildfires in Northern California Monday as one, making it the largest wildfire in state history. By Tuesday, the Mendocino Complex fire had destroyed 445 square miles, nearly the same area as the city of Los Angeles. The fire north of San Francisco continues to grow and threatens 11,300 buildings, leading to more evacuation orders over the weekend. More than 14,000 firefighters are battling more than a dozen major fires throughout the state, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean.

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Every spark a potential disaster in California

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/06/18, 10:52 am

President Donald Trump declared a major emergency in California as crews continued to battle devastating wildfires. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which flanks Clear Lake in Northern California, expanded at breakneck speed Sunday and was setting records as one of the state’s largest fires ever. Burning in mostly rural areas, the fire has threatened 9,300 structures, destroyed 68 homes, and damaged 12 other homes. A seventh person died in the Carr Fire in nearby Shasta County on Saturday.

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