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Hurricane Elida grows off northern Mexico, no threat to land

Aug. 11, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Elida strengthened a little off Mexico's northwestern coast on Tuesday, but forecasters said it was not expected to pose a threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said storm, which reached hurricane force the evening before, had grown to have maximum...

Strong storms cut power to thousands, topple trees

Aug. 11, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Strong storms with damaging winds and heavy rain have left thousands without power in southeastern Wisconsin and caused localized flooding. A line of storms moved into the region Monday afternoon and knocked out power for about 28,000 We Energies customers. The National Weather Service...

Part of a tree that had split at the trunk lies on a road in Oak Park, Ill., while also appearing not to have landed on a car parked on the road, after a severe storm moved through the Chicago area Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Zelio)

Powerful derecho leaves path of devastation across Midwest

Aug. 11, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it moved through Chicago and into Indiana and...

A home that burned to the ground in the the Stagecoach fire in eastern Kern County in the Sierra Nevada foothills is seen Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.. Firefighters are still battling two major blazes that have burned for at least a week and destroyed homes in Southern California. The Stagecoach Fire in Kern County has charred more than 12 square miles (31 square kilometers) of dry brush since breaking out Aug. 3. The blaze has destroyed 37 structures, including a dozen residences. Officials estimate crews have protected at least 300 homes south of Lake Isabella. Evacuation orders have been lifted. The fire was 64 percent contained as of Sunday night. The cause is under investigation. (Alex Horvath/Bakersfield Californian via AP)

Crews continue to battle two destructive California fires

Aug. 10, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters are still battling two major blazes that have burned for at least a week and destroyed homes in Southern California. The Stagecoach Fire in Kern County has charred more than 12 square miles (31 square kilometers) of dry brush since breaking out Aug. 3. The blaze has...

Apt Bible passage at Catholic Mass coincides with earthquake

Aug. 10, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Scripture quite literally came to life for several Catholic churches in North Carolina as a rare earthquake rattled portions of the state over the weekend. According to a news release from the Diocese of Charlotte, Father Richard Sutter of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church...

Homes evacuated by Pine Gulch Fire in western Colorado

Aug. 10, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Some residents living near a western Colorado wildfire have been ordered to evacuate as the blaze continues to expand. The Pine Gulch fire, burning in remote, rough terrain north of Grand Junction, had grown to more than 45 square miles (116 square kilometers) as of Monday,...

Debris covers the beach after a storm from the opposite island of Evia, as an elderly couple sits on a bench in Chalkoutsi village, about 60 kilometres north of Athens, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Seven people, including an elderly couple and an 8-month-old baby, have been found dead as a storm hit the Greek island of Evia, authorities said Sunday. One person was still missing and dozens of others were trapped by floodwaters in their homes and cars. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece: Missing man's body found after deadly storm; 8 dead

Aug. 10, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BOURTZI, Greece (AP) — The body of a man missing after a storm sparked flash floods on the Greek island of Evia over the weekend was recovered Monday near the Greek mainland, Greece's coast guard said, bringing the death toll from the storm to eight. Rescue crews had been searching for the 72-year-old...

Power restoration from Isaias nearing end in New Jersey

Aug. 10, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Efforts to restore electricity in New Jersey were nearing completion Monday, nearly a week after Tropical Storm Isaias tore through the state. The state's utilities were reporting 6,659 homes and businesses remained without power, down from more than 1 million. Most of the outages were...

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials into the air as it erupts, in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. The rumbling volcano erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials a few thousands meters into the sky. Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano ejects towering column of ash

Aug. 10, 2020 3:36 AM EDT

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's rumbling Mount Sinabung erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky and depositing ash on villages. Falling grit and ash accumulated up to 5 centimeters (2 inches) in already abandoned villages on the...

Health care staff at Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas, work just outside a COVID-19 isolation unit Thursday, July 23, 2020, in a hospital that has been described as a

Lack of social distancing is killing people in Del Rio

Aug. 10, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — On a sweltering afternoon near the Texas-Mexico border, Ximena Colecio donned a powder blue face-mask before walking to a chain-link fence to hang the hand-made sign clutched in her tiny fingers. Scrawled in bright neon marker, it reads: “For the best teacher. We will miss...