Latest Evacuations News

400 evacuated after 2 deaths from possible gas leak in SC

Jan. 18, 2019 2:38 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 400 people have been ordered to leave an 80-year-old public housing complex in South Carolina because of natural gas leaks after two residents were found dead inside separate apartments. Columbia firefighters began checking all 244 units of the Allen Benedict Court for gas...

California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

Jan. 17, 2019 10:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness. The winter storm is forecast to unleash...

Volcano in southern Japan erupts; no injuries or damage

Jan. 17, 2019 12:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A small island volcano in southern Japan erupted Thursday, blasting rocks and ashes into the air but causing no damage or injuries. Japan Meteorological Agency said the eruption of the Shindake volcano on Kuchinoerabu island sent rocks flying and hot gas and debris pouring down the crater. It...

Falling tree kills man as storm lashes California

Jan. 16, 2019 11:44 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A falling tree killed a man in Oakland on Wednesday as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said. The man was struck on an embankment near Interstate 580 and died at the scene. The man, who was homeless, may have been "just trying to stay...

German village evacuated amid avalanche risk

Jan. 16, 2019 8:08 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Officials have ordered residents of a village in southern Germany to leave their homes immediately due to "acute" avalanche risk. Authorities said Wednesday that villagers of Raiten, near the Austrian border, should take important documents and medicines with them, and inform neighbors who...

California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warning

Jan. 15, 2019 10:55 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pacific storm that brought fears of dangerous mudslides and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada was less fierce than expected but hundreds of homes in fire-scarred California areas remained under evacuation orders as more rain was expected. "Please heed disaster messages and...

The Latest: Santa Barbara County lifts evacuations

Jan. 15, 2019 10:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a series of California and Nevada storms (all times local): 7 p.m. Santa Barbara County, scene of a devastating fire and a deadly mudslide last year, has lifted mandatory evacuation orders that drove thousands of people from Montecito and surrounding areas. The city says a...

911 calls reveal frantic moments after Utah mall shooting

Jan. 15, 2019 4:39 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dozens of people made frantic calls to 911 to report a shooting over the weekend at a suburban Salt Lake City mall that caused hundreds of panicked shoppers to flee the building or take shelter in closets, bathrooms and back rooms. "Everyone is running out of the mall," said one...

2 shot outside mall in Salt Lake City suburb

Jan. 13, 2019 7:29 PM EST

MURRAY, Utah (AP) — Two people were wounded in a shooting just outside a popular Utah mall Sunday where hundreds of scared shoppers hunkered down until police arrived to evacuate the building. Two people in their early 20s were shot at about 1:30 p.m. near the southeast entrance to the Fashion Place mall...

Roof fire leads to flight delays at St. Louis airport

Jan. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Part of St. Louis Lambert International Airport was evacuated for two hours after the roof caught fire. No one was injured. Firefighters are working to determine what caused Sunday's blaze. Officials evacuated the area near where the fire happened. Terminal 1 was closed for about two...