Natural disasters

Kevin Tovornik exits his travel camper located in the back yard of his home damaged by flooding from Hurricane Florence near the Crabtree Swamp Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Conway, S.C. Tovornik lost his air conditioner and duct work in the 2016 flood. In 2018, he saved his furniture, but still ended up losing the house.
February 16, 2019 - 2:59 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing...
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Cars and a large tree are seen in a debris trail in the aftermath of a mudslide that destroyed three homes on a hillside in Sausalito, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The National Weather Service says the atmospheric river sagged southward from Northern California overnight and is pointed at the southwestern corner of the state early Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Short)
February 14, 2019 - 10:43 pm
SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. At least two people died as the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. A U.S. judge who has berated Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its role in wildfires in California is demanding more answers from the utility. In a court filing on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, Judge William Alsup asked PG&E whether it was in compliance with a state law that requires it to clear vegetation around electric lines. The judge also questioned a part of the utility's recently submitted wildfire mitigation plan. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 14, 2019 - 1:30 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge who has berated Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its role in California wildfires is demanding more answers from the utility. In a court filing Thursday, Judge William Alsup asked PG&E if it was in compliance with a state law requiring it to clear vegetation...
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In this February 12, 2019 photo, a burned patch of grass and weeds along Beaman Road show where a body was dumped and burned sometime late Monday night, Feb. 11, a few miles west of New Bern, N.C. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets it's charged 23-year-old Norris Dwayne Rochelle Jr. with murder in the death of his 40-year-old roommate, Nicholas Williams. (Bill Hand/Sun Journal via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 3:53 pm
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have charged two men in the death of a man who was reported missing. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets it's charged 23-year-old Norris Dwayne Rochelle Jr. with murder in the death of his 40-year-old roommate, Nicholas Williams...
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FILE - In this Thursday July 26, 2018 file photo, a wildfire smolders at Alvdalen field in Sarna, central Sweden. Sweden's civil protection agency says the country needs more water-dropping capacity to fight serious wildfires like the ones last year and improve cooperation between the rescue services. Agency head Dan Eliasson says Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 the path ahead is "to get us the skills and ability" to use water-dropping planes before the summer. (Maja Suslin/TT via AP, file)
February 12, 2019 - 12:42 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's civil protection agency says the country needs more water-dropping resources to fight serious wildfires like the ones last year and improve cooperation between the rescue services. Agency head Dan Eliasson says the path ahead is "to get us the skills and ability" to use...
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Volunteers distribute donations to those affected by last week's tornado in El Roble, on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. More than a week after a rare tornado struck Havana, the worst-hit neighborhoods are filled with government crews restoring power and phone service and starting repairs to devastated homes. There are also hundreds of young people in jeans and designer t-shirts hauling black plastic bags full of clothes, food and water donated by entrepreneurs, artists and other members of Cuba's independent upper-middle class. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
February 07, 2019 - 1:26 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Nearly two weeks after a devastating tornado struck Havana, the worst-hit neighborhoods are filled with government crews restoring power and phone service and starting repairs to decimated homes. There's also a far rarer sight: Hundreds of young people in designer T-shirts and jeans...
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Rescue workers carry 5-year old girl Havva Tekgoz, after she was pulled from the rubble of an eight-storey building, some 18-hours after it collapsed, in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. The girl, Havva Tekgoz, was seen on Thursday being carried by stretcher to a waiting ambulance, as one person in a crowd of onlookers chanted: "God is great!." Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya told reporters early Thursday that rescue teams working overnight pulled 12 people out of the rubble with injuries and at least three people are confirmed dead. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
February 07, 2019 - 12:32 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — As emergency teams worked around the clock in search of any more survivors trapped in the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul, its collapse put the spotlight on illegal construction and raised alarms over the scope of possible destruction in the event that a...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, Calif. The nation's largest utility on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, promised to overhaul its wildfire-prevention measures in response to growing legal, financial and public pressure for its role in starting some of the most destructive blazes in California history. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
February 06, 2019 - 9:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Up to 5 million California customers could temporarily lose power this year in the name of wildfire prevention if regulators approve Pacific Gas & Electric's $2.3 billion safety proposal submitted Wednesday. PG&E unveiled the preventive blackout strategy for the first...
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February 06, 2019 - 3:01 pm
ROME (AP) — A trial is being sought for 25 suspects in the deadly 2017 avalanche at a resort hotel in the Italian Apennine mountains. The Italian news agency ANSA reported that prosecutors in Pescara formally asked a judge Wednesday to issue trial indictments against 24 people and the hotel company...
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February 04, 2019 - 11:26 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An eruption of one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes has sent lava and searing gas clouds out the crater and made villagers leave the slopes. Yudia Tatipang, head of the Karangetang volcano observation post, said Tuesday that authorities were still trying to evacuate...
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