Disaster
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Trump visits hurricane survivors

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/29/20, 10:40 pm

Officials in Orange, Texas, and Lake Charles, La., discussed their rebuilding plans with President Donald Trump during his visit to the storm-ravaged cities on Saturday. Hurricane Laura hit the communities as a Category 4 storm last week, leaving many residents without power or running water, with restoration potentially weeks away. Sixteen people died as a result of the storm, more than half of those from carbon monoxide poisoning due to the unsafe operation of generators.

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Laura continues to bring heavy rain, tornadoes

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/28/20, 06:00 am

While the storm weakened to a tropical depression late Thursday, forecasters expect heavy rains and tornadoes as Laura passes through the Tennessee Valley region Friday. The storm, which was one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the United States, caused the death of six people and left widespread destruction, yet officials believe they dodged a bullet. “It is clear that we did not sustain and suffer the absolute, catastrophic damage that we thought was likely,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. “But we have sustained a tremendous amount of damage.”

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California wildfires recede

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/27/20, 04:28 pm

Homeowners and neighbors wielding garden hoses, dirt, and shovels snuck past evacuation lines to battle blazes. Despite repeated warnings, organized groups of civilians have continued to head to the front lines near Santa Cruz, Calif. One man took buckets of water from a hot tub to douse a small blaze near a neighbor’s house. “I haven’t seen people reengage to this scale, particularly with the level of organization,” said Ken Pimlott, retired director of the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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