Latest Evacuations News

A camping trailer by a neighboring camp has been damaged by Hurricane Zeta in Grand Isle, La., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.  Gov. John Bel Edwards says the damage from Zeta was “catastrophic” in Grand Isle, a barrier island community south of New Orleans that was one of the hardest-hit areas. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Zeta's toll on a Louisiana island: 'Like a bomb was dropped'

Oct. 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Mark Andollina remembers stinging rain and a howling wind that peeled the roof off part of his Cajun Tide Beach Resort on Grand Isle, the Louisiana barrier island town where residents were among the first to feel the ferocity of Hurricane Zeta. Andollina was salvaging what he could...

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies, shows the burned out mountains from the Blue Ridge Fire near homes in Yorba Linda, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Thousands of Californians were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven wildfires that had spurred widespread evacuations. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Report: Utility equipment sparked fatal 2018 California fire

Oct. 30, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 2018 wildfire that killed three people and destroyed 1,600 homes was sparked by Southern California Edison equipment, according to a report by investigators released this week as the utility said it was looking into whether its power lines may have cause a huge blaze still smoldering...

In a photo provided by Maxar Technologies, slurry dropped against the Blue Ridge Fire leaves a red trail to the right of homes in Yorba Linda, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Thousands of Californians were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven wildfires that had spurred widespread evacuations. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Evacuation orders lifted in 2 California wind-driven blazes

Oct. 29, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were lifted Thursday for the last of some 130,000 Californians forced from their homes by two wind-driven wildfires. Smoky air lingered over a large swath of Southern California and firefighters said they continued to make progress containing the blazes due to calmer...

This photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Office shows a train derailment Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Mauriceville, Texas. According to local officials there were no injuries though people were being told to evacuate the area. (Orange County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Train derails in southeast Texas, forcing evacuations

Oct. 29, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

MAURICEVILLE, Texas (AP) — A freight train derailed Thursday in southeast Texas, prompting authorities to urge nearby residents to evacuate their homes as hazmat crews assessed the damage, the Orange County sheriff's office said. The derailment happened Thursday morning near Mauriceville, close to the...

No explosives found after threat forces school evacuation

Oct. 29, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — No explosives or suspicious packages were found at a Connecticut high school that was evacuated Thursday morning after someone called in a bomb threat, police said. Waterford High School received the call at about 7:30 a.m., after students had arrived for the day, said police Lt....

A helicopter drops water as firefighters walk with drip torches to set a backfire against the Blue Ridge Fire on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical equipment from sparking a blaze. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Evacuation orders lifted for many Californians who fled fire

Oct. 29, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Californians were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven wildfires that had spurred widespread evacuations. Roughly 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate Monday after the wildfires broke out in brushy hills...

A passing car's headlights illuminate a darkened Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast

Oct. 29, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta slammed into the storm-weary Gulf Coast on Wednesday, pelting the New Orleans metro area with rain and howling winds that ripped apart buildings and knocked out power to thousands before rapidly making its way through Mississippi and Alabama with strong gusty winds, heavy...

Broken tree branches caused by strong winds from typhoon Molave lie on a deserted street in Da Nang, Vietnam Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Typhoon Malove sank a few fishing boats as it approached Vietnam's south central coast on Wednesday morning. (Vo Van Dung/VNA via AP)

Strong typhoon slams Vietnam; at least 2 dead, 26 missing

Oct. 28, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Typhoon Molave slammed into Vietnam with destructive force Wednesday, killing at least two people and sinking two fishing boats with 26 crew members in what was feared to be the most powerful storm to hit the country in 20 years. Winds of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour...

The Blue Ridge Fire burns along the 71 state highway Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Utility: Winds too weak to cut power before California fire

Oct. 28, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical...

Tourists walk on the beach as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Zeta is leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a path that could hit New Orleans Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Tomas Stargardter)

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim

Oct. 27, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents of the storm-pummeled Gulf Coast steeled themselves Tuesday for yet another tropical weather strike as Tropical Storm Zeta took aim at southeast Louisiana, fraying the nerves of evacuees from earlier storms and raising concerns in New Orleans about the low-lying city’s...