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Report: Sea turtles populations OK after Big Island eruption

Jan. 21, 2019 12:15 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A survey conducted by a Hawaii wildlife conservation group found the Kilauea volcano eruption did not critically damage sea turtle populations on the Big Island. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Hawaii Wildlife Fund concluded this month that lava did not harm turtle populations...

Culpeper non-profit still helping hurricane victims

Jan. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EST

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Since autumn, it's been almost nonstop for the staff and volunteers of Christ In Action. Day after day, the Culpeper County-based charity has been helping survivors since mid-September, when forecasters predicted that Hurricane Florence would clobber the Carolinas. ... Since then, the...

Tornados inflict damage in Alabama town, Florida Panhandle

Jan. 20, 2019 3:32 PM EST

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — Homes, businesses, government offices and churches were among the buildings badly damaged or demolished when tornadoes struck central Alabama over the weekend. The severe weather hit Saturday and another tornado was reported later that evening at an air base in the Florida Panhandle....

Flash flood watch issued for Northern California burn area

Jan. 20, 2019 2:53 PM EST

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Another Pacific storm moving into Northern California has prompted a flash flood watch for communities hit by last year's devastating wildfire. The National Weather Service says mud and debris flows are possible in and around the town of Paradise through 9 p.m. Sunday. Forecasters...

Chile says 2 dead, thousands without power after quake

Jan. 20, 2019 11:46 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean officials say a magnitude-6.7 earthquake has killed at least two people and left thousands without electricity in the country's north. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Saturday night quake was centered 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles) south-southwest of the city of Coquimbo,...

Project looks into how drones can predict spread of wildfire

Jan. 20, 2019 11:25 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri researcher is teaming up with scholars in Kansas and Georgia to develop drone technology to monitor and potentially predict the spread of wildfires. The $1.2 million research project that began last month aims to use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to...

Some of Florida's parks remain closed following hurricane

Jan. 20, 2019 10:24 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida park officials are still dealing with the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. The Tampa Bay Times reports that months after the storm ripped through the state three state parks remain closed. A fourth park in Cape San Blas is only partially open because the storm created...

Tornado damages Florida air base hit by hurricane

Jan. 20, 2019 9:47 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Buildings on a Florida air base were damaged by an apparent tornado according to base officials. Tyndall Air Force Base posted a message on its official Facebook page that said the tornado struck early Saturday evening. The post said that no one was injured but that the tornado...

Magnitude 6.7 quake hits Chile's coast; no reports of damage

Jan. 19, 2019 9:41 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook cities and towns on Chile's northern coast late Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damages. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, and it had a depth of 53...

Possible tornado hits small Alabama city's downtown

Jan. 19, 2019 8:57 PM EST

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — A possible tornado caused significant damage Saturday to a small Alabama city's downtown, leveling several buildings after an intense storm passed through the area. Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis told the Montgomery Advertiser that one injury was reported, but it wasn't serious. A senior...