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Hurricane Willa strengthens rapidly in Pacific off Mexico

Oct. 21, 2018 5:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Newly formed Hurricane Willa rapidly gained force and grew into a Category 3 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday, and forecasters said it was likely to reach Category 4 status before hitting land by midweek. A hurricane watch was posted for a stretch of shore between San Blas and...

Hurricane Willa strengthens into Category 3 storm as it heads for western Mexico

Oct. 21, 2018 4:52 PM EDT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Willa strengthens into Category 3 storm as it heads for western Mexico.

State says NE Ohio well linked to quakes has way to reopen

Oct. 21, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The state has suggested that a shuttered injection well linked to two small earthquakes in northeast Ohio could resume operations if the owner submits an acceptable plan. The Ohio Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management urged the Ohio Supreme Court in an Oct. 11 filing not to...

"I don't feel real": Mental stress mounting after Michael

Oct. 21, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the stress of living in a city that was splintered by Hurricane Michael. She's fearful after hearing gunshots at night, and she's confused because she no longer recognizes the place where she's spent her entire 45 years. "I just know I don't...

Last day of arts festival called off due to strong winds

Oct. 21, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fourth and final day of a downtown Raleigh arts festival that had already been rescheduled once due to Hurricane Florence has been scrapped due to strong, gusty winds. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the last day of the four-day SPARKcon festival was called off...

Extra effort saves Indian artifacts threatened by storm

Oct. 21, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) — The selfless efforts of a local educator helped save rare American Indian historical artifacts that were threatened when heavy rains from Hurricane Florence poured into the Indian Education Program Museum. "I got a text that the roof was off the building. I jumped in my vehicle during...

10 days after hurricane, football offers a welcome escape

Oct. 20, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Castor Gay knew his life had changed the moment he watched his back fence disappear into the howling wind and water started pouring from his ceiling. Mike Maddox sensed the same thing when he packed into a tiny pantry closet with his mom, brother and five dogs while his house...

Tropical Storms Willa and Vicente swirling off Mexico

Oct. 20, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two tropical storms are swirling in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico, and one is forecast to become a hurricane and approach the country's west coast late next week. Tropical Storm Willa is the 21st named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season. It was about 280 miles (450 kilometers)...

Forage reserve created in eastern Idaho for livestock

Oct. 20, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities say a reserve forage area in eastern Idaho for livestock displaced by wildfires, drought or other problems will be available next summer. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says the 345-square-mile (890-square-kilometer) reserve northwest of American Falls...

19th Century shipwrecks unearthed by Hurricane Michael

Oct. 20, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

DOG ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael's deadly storm surge unearthed shipwrecks caused by another hurricane — in 1899. The Tallahassee Democrat reports unclear which of the 15 ships, or how many, that grounded on the Franklin County barrier island during the storm 119 years ago were exposed by...