Natural Disaster
Associated Press/Photo by Noah Berger

Wildfire kills three family members, thousands flee

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/28/18, 04:55 pm

Two young children and their great-grandmother are among the five people who have died in a raging wildfire in Northern California that doubled in size overnight. Relatives on Saturday identified them as 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe, 5-year-old James Roberts, and 4-year-old Emily Roberts. The blaze claimed the lives of two firefighters earlier in the week, and tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes and sought refuge in shelters. President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for the state Saturday, allowing affected counties to access federal aid.

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Associated Press/Photo by Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee

Wildfire devastates California towns

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/27/18, 11:49 am

An explosive wildfire is wreaking death and destruction on Northern California communities. The so-called Carr Fire has killed a bulldozer operator and a firefighter, burned three more firefighters, destroyed dozens of homes, and forced thousands of terrified residents to flee the towns of Shasta and Keswick, and the more populated city of Redding. The fire is “taking down everything in its path,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott McLean said.

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Tornadoes strike central Iowa

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/20/18, 11:06 am

Residents in central Iowa had little to no warning Thursday before tornadoes ripped through the region. The twisters leveled buildings in the cities of Bondurant, Marshalltown, and Pella, injuring at least 17 people. The tornadoes formed suddenly, surprising weather forecasters and residents. Marshalltown’s only hospital was damaged, and patients were transferred to health facilities in Waterloo and Grundy Center. The storm also blew off the cupola of Marshalltown’s historic courthouse.

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