Natural Disaster
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Willa rains on Mexico, heads for Texas

by Kent Covington
Posted 10/24/18, 10:34 am

Hurricane Willa crashed into Mexico’s Pacific mainland Tuesday night with 120 mph winds, hitting an area of beach towns, fishing villages, and farms after roaring over an offshore penal colony. The Category 3 storm passed about 50 miles southeast of the resort city of Mazatlán, swamping streets and buildings along the coast with its storm surge. Mexican officials evacuated more than 4,000 people from coastal areas ahead of the storm. Willa also brought 6 to 18 inches of rain to several states in Mexico.

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Hurricane death toll still rising in Florida

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/19/18, 12:05 pm

A man who was helping his family clear debris from Hurricane Michael died Thursday when a tree fell on him, the Gulf County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office reported. Brad Price, 49, is the 35th person reported dead from last week’s Category 4 storm and its aftereffects. Florida has confirmed 25 storm-related deaths, many from falling trees in the heavily forested Panhandle region. Michael also killed 10 people in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, where most were caught in flash flooding.

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Florida evacuees return to damaged—or no—homes

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

Evacuated residents of Mexico Beach, Fla., are returning to pick through the remnants of their homes after Hurricane Michael, searching for any piece of their lives the storm didn’t destroy. In many cases, it’s not much. Nancy and Taylor Register returned Wednesday to find the camper they had lived in completely gone, with only a small stool, a hose, and one memento from a friend left behind. Nancy Register wept over the loss of an old, black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer. Similar scenes played out throughout the devastated community.

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