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New tropical storm nears Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct. 20, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A new tropical storm pushed close to Mexico's southwestern coast on Sunday, threatening to bring heavy rains before dissipating over land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Priscilla had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) Sunday and it was located about 20...

Charleston cleans up twice the debris expected from Dorian

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials in Charleston have collected twice as much storm debris from Hurricane Dorian as they expected. The city said it has collected more than 600,000 cubic yards (459,000 cubic meters) of tree branches, vegetation, brush and trash in the aftermath of the storm, which skirted...

Southern California sees high fire danger amid dry winds

Oct. 20, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire danger remains high as dry, warm winds blow through Southern California. The National Weather Service says gusts on Sunday could top 60 mph (97 kph) in some parts of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions are in place...

Washington tornado up roots trees, sends them onto homes

Oct. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down near Shelton, Washington. KOMO-television reports the tornado on Friday night had winds up to 100 mph (161 kph). The tornado started on land and traveled more than a half mile before moving over the waters of Pickering Passage and...

3 dead in crash in South Carolina

Oct. 20, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say three people died in a crash in South Carolina during tropical storm Nestor, but it's not clear yet what role, if any, the weather played. The Greenville County Coroner's Office tells The State newspaper a Toyota Corolla crossed into oncoming traffic around 6 p.m....

Nestor heads into Georgia after tornados damage Florida

Oct. 19, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nestor raced across Georgia as a post-tropical cyclone late Saturday, hours after the former tropical storm spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida while sparing areas of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year earlier by Hurricane Michael. The storm...

The Latest: Nestor brings rain, tornado warnings to Georgia

Oct. 19, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Nestor (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Former Tropical Storm Nestor has spread heavy rains over a large part of Georgia and triggered warnings for two potential twisters in the state. The National Weather Service issued two tornado warnings Saturday evening for...

Fire weather warning expanded in Southern California

Oct. 19, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Windy conditions that pose an elevated risk of wildfires are forecast for mountainous areas around Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Daily News reports Saturday that the National Weather Service has expanded a red flag warning to include parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The warning...

Colorado burn that grew out of control fully contained

Oct. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A northern Colorado wildfire that began as a prescribed burn has been fully contained. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office announced containment of the Elk Fire northwest of Fort Collins late Friday. It said the fire would be staffed through the weekend. Residents of about 50...

Army Corps proposes new hurricane protection plan for Texas

Oct. 19, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed 14-foot-high natural sand dunes in the latest version of its up to $32 billion plan for protecting the Houston and Galveston areas from hurricane-related storm surges. The plan calls for establishing roughly 44 miles of dunes and floodgates that would...