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California rain brings flooding streets, swelling rivers

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and JOHN ANTCZAKAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – A powerful storm spread more rain across California on Thursday, swelling rivers, flooding streets and causing some mud and rock slides but, so far, sparing communities a repeat of the disastrous debris flows that hit during a downpour …

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Gulf Coast meteorologist will lead US hurricane center

By JENNIFER KAYAssociated Press MIAMI (AP) – A meteorologist who aided emergency response efforts along the Gulf Coast after the 2010 oil spill has been tapped to lead the U.S. government’s hurricane forecasting hub in Miami. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that Kenneth Graham will be the …

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Storm drops record-breaking rain in parts of California

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and JOHN ANTCZAKAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – A strong Pacific storm dropped record-breaking rain Wednesday on a swath of California evacuated by thousands of people over threats of debris flows and mudslides from wildfire burn areas. The storm came ashore on the central coast and …

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Powerful storm puts California towns at risk of slides

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and JOHN ANTCZAKAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – A strong Pacific storm dropped heavy rain Wednesday on a swath of coastal California, where thousands of people have been evacuated because of the threat of debris flows and mudslides from wildfire burn areas. The storm came ashore …

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Emails show FEMA silent as Puerto Rico sought generator fuel

By TAMI ABDOLLAHAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce. Emails and text messages made …

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Emails show FEMA silent amid chaos after Hurricane Maria

By TAMI ABDOLLAHAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce. Emails and text messages made …

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Tens of thousands to evacuate as California storm looms

By JOHN ANTCZAKAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities ordered tens of thousands of people to flee their homes as a powerful storm headed toward California, where many communities on Tuesday face the threat of flooding and destructive debris flows from areas burned bare by huge wildfires. An atmospheric river …

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The Latest: Tampa airport: dozens of delays from storms

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on storms and damage across the Southeast (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration placed a ground stop at Tampa International Airport for a time Tuesday afternoon because of storms sweeping the Southeast. The bad weather caused dozens of delays and cancellations. …

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Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South

By BRYNN ANDERSON and JAY REEVESAssociated Press JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) – With violent weather plowing through the Southeast, the kitchen windows exploded at Richard Brasher’s home in eastern Alabama. Using couch cushions for protection, Brasher hid in the bathtub with his wife, daughter and two grandchildren as the storm passed …

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Needs go unmet 6 months after Maria hit Puerto Rico

By DANICA COTOAssociated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired. Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. territory is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the …

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