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Florence flooding slowly envelops South Carolina homes

Sep. 26, 2018 12:25 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — A week ago, firefighters in Conway went to a neighborhood and told surprised residents their houses would flood from Hurricane Florence even though they had never had water in them before. On Monday and Tuesday, those same firefighters checked on those same neighborhoods with maps...

The Latest: Wyoming wildfire burns at least 20 homes

Sep. 25, 2018 9:02 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on a destructive wildfire near Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities say a wildfire southeast of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park has burned at least 20 homes. The Sublette County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday the homes that were...

Firefighting operations close major Wyoming highway

Sep. 25, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities in Wyoming have temporarily closed a major highway southeast of Grand Teton National Park to fight a wildfire threatening hundreds of homes. Fire officials said Tuesday that a portion of U.S. Highway 189 will be closed for an undetermined amount of time to conduct burnout...

2 arrested for California fires that injured 2 firefighters

Sep. 25, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested two people suspected of starting four vegetation fires in the San Francisco Bay Area that injured two firefighters. The San Ramon Police Department said Tuesday that 39-year-old William Priest is suspected of starting two separate blazes on Sunday...

Florence: an unwelcome visitor who refuses to leave

Sep. 25, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — For many living near South Carolina's coast, Florence is the visitor they never wanted who now refuses to leave. Eleven days after the once-fierce hurricane arrived on the coast, and more than a week after it blew north and dissipated, rivers swollen by its relentless rains are...

Wildfire smoke costs famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Sep. 25, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that attracts tourists from around the world said Tuesday that it lost $2 million this summer because wildfire smoke forced it to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances. The organization will have an indoor venue next season for smoky...

The Latest: 2 public schools in NC uninhabitable after storm

Sep. 25, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on flooding caused by former Hurricane Florence (all times local): 4 p.m. A North Carolina school superintendent says two of the six schools in his system will have to be demolished because of water damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Jones County School Superintendent...

Dozens of structures damaged or destroyed in storm

Sep. 25, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials say more than 70 buildings have been damaged or destroyed during a storm that spawned at least 10 tornadoes in Virginia from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Chesterfield County was hit hardest Sept. 17, with 47 structures damaged or...

Wildfire fueled by strong winds forces evacuation in Croatia

Sep. 25, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A wildfire whipped by strong winds on Tuesday forced dozens of people to evacuate part of a southern Croatian peninsula. Some 50 soldiers joined firefighters to help contain the blaze, which reached villages in the small hamlet of Mokalo, in a touristy area close to the village of...

Tropical Storm Rosa forms off Mexico's Pacific coast

Sep. 25, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Rosa has formed off Mexico's Pacific coast, and while it is expected to strengthen, forecasters say it will remain far offshore. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is located about 385 miles (620 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo. On Tuesday, Rosa had...