Fire continues at Texas plant; 50,000 people under evacuation order

U.S. 11/28/19, 09:14

More than 50,000 people in East Texas remained under a mandatory evacuation order Thursday as a fire continued to burn at a chemical plant, one day after two massive explosions there. Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens said the evacuation order and a 10 p.m. curfew order remain in effect. Officials don’t ...

3 hurt at Texas chemical plant hit by 2 massive explosions

U.S. 11/28/19, 01:44

Two massive explosions 13 hours apart tore through a Texas chemical plant Wednesday, and one left three workers injured. The blasts blew out windows and doors of nearby homes and prompted a mandatory evacuation of a 4-mile (7-kilometer) radius from the plant in Port Neches in Southeast Texas, about 80 miles ...

Crews make progress on large Southern California wildfire

U.S. 11/02/19, 22:05

Authorities lifted evacuation orders for a farm community Saturday as firefighters make progress on a large wildfire in Southern California that continues to threaten about 2,500 homes and buildings. Ventura County officials allowed an unknown number of residents in Somis to return home Saturday morning after firefighters contained 30% of the ...

Wildfires outside L.A. threaten homes, spare Reagan library

U.S. 10/30/19, 18:49

A wind-whipped outbreak of wildfires outside Los Angeles on Wednesday threatened thousands of homes and horse ranches, forced the smoky evacuation of elderly patients in wheelchairs and narrowly bypassed the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, protected in part by a buffer zone chewed by goats. With California tinder dry and fires burning ...

New evacuations, power outages near California wildfire

U.S. 10/26/19, 14:57

Authorities ordered at least 50,000 residents to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state's largest utility announced power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 million people due to forecasts of severe winds and extreme fire danger. Two previous electricity shut-offs in recent weeks were carried out amid ...

Wildfire prompts evacuation at California Six Flags park

U.S. 06/10/19, 10:59

A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze.Six Flags Magic Mountain and ...

Brush fire sets off evacuation at California amusement park

U.S. 06/09/19, 18:55

A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze. Six Flags Magic Mountain and ...

Update: Fire sets off evacuation from amusement park

U.S. 06/09/19, 17:53

The Latest on the brush fire that erupted near a huge amusement park in Southern California (all times local):3:45 p.m.A Southern California amusement and water park has closed early after a brush fire broke out nearby and sent hundreds of visitors fleeing from heavy smoke.Los Angeles County Fire helicopter drops ...

North Little Rock urges evacuations over flooding fears

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:54

Officials are knocking on doors in a North Little Rock, Arkansas, neighborhood and telling residents they should probably leave for higher ground due to the threat of flooding from the Arkansas River. Officials say in a Facebook post Saturday that they believe the river will back up storm drainage areas and ...

Record flooding causes levee breach in western Arkansas

U.S. 05/31/19, 08:34

A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas. Officials said the levee breached at Dardanelle, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Yell County officials had anticipated the breach and urged residents in the nearby ...

Update: Braggs, Oklahoma completely surrounded by water

U.S. 05/25/19, 16:33

The Latest on major flooding Oklahoma and Arkansas from severe weather across the central U.S. (all times local):4:30 p.m.Officials say a small town in eastern Oklahoma is completely surrounded by water and without power from major flooding on the Arkansas River.Becky Foreman packs up her car to leave ahead of ...

Some in Tulsa urged to leave home because of flooding risks

U.S. 05/25/19, 12:09

Oklahoma officials are urging residents to prepare to evacuate some Tulsa neighborhoods that are near stressed, old levees along the Arkansas River.City officials said Saturday that people living west of downtown should consider leaving for higher ground, even though the levees aren't currently considered to be in danger of failing.Mayor ...

Update: Voluntary evacuations in Kansas due to flooding

U.S. 05/21/19, 07:25

The Latest on severe weather in the central United States (all times local): 7:25 a.m. Much of Kansas remains under flood warnings or watches as heavy rains are expected to push streams and rivers out of their banks. The National Weather Service says more than 3.5 inches of rain fell onto already-saturated ground ...

FBI: Material found in Minneapolis apartment could be ricin

U.S. 05/08/19, 17:57

The FBI says a possible hazardous material that prompted the evacuation of a Minneapolis apartment complex and injured a University of Minnesota student could be ricin. The bureau said Wednesday that a preliminary test of the material found in an apartment "indicated the presumptive potential presence of ricin." The FBI also ...

Midwest downpours prompt more evacuations, flash flood fears

U.S. 05/08/19, 16:17

Rain swamping the nation's midsection forced people from their homes in Kansas, stranded dozens of Texas children at school overnight and strained levees along the surging Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere Wednesday prompting yet more flash flood concerns. The flooding began in earnest in March, causing billions of dollars ...

Apartment complex re-opened after hazmat evacuation

U.S. 05/07/19, 21:42

A Minneapolis apartment complex evacuated Tuesday afternoon because of concern about a possible hazardous material is being re-opened after authorities determined there was no danger to the public, a police spokesman said.John Elder said that as a precaution police will guard overnight the one apartment where the report of a ...

146 migrants land in Italy in UN-organized Libya evacuation

Europe 04/29/19, 16:41

A group of 146 asylum-seekers have arrived in Italy as part of a U.N.-backed humanitarian evacuation from Libya.The U.N. refugee agency says it's the fifth such evacuation since 2017, though previous airlifts have taken migrants to Niger and elsewhere.The group arrived Monday at a Rome military base. Dozens of the ...

Fire that released sulfuric acid at zinc plant is contained

U.S. 04/29/19, 12:38

A fire at a zinc production plant in North Carolina has been contained. The blaze had released sulfuric acid into the air and led to evacuations of nearby residents.American Zinc Products said in a statement Monday that firefighters contained the blaze in Mooresboro. The company added that none of its ...

How we analyzed California’s wildfire evacuation routes

U.S. 04/25/19, 15:46

How many roads are enough to get out?That's the question we wondered after watching tragedy unfold in Paradise, California, last year during the Camp Fire.Paradise had five two-lane roads and one four-lane road leading out of town. But the fire forced officials to close three of those routes, further clogging ...

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