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Miss. Gov. Declares Emergency Ahead of Expected Flooding

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A state of emergency is in effect in Mississippi as officials anticipate potentially massive flooding from a rising river sooner than expected, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Saturday. “We’re expecting the Pearl to crest at 36 …

Kentucky Flooding Death Toll Rises to 15 and Is Expected to Grow

Kentucky’s death toll from record flooding has risen to 16 people and many more are missing as incessant rain inundates homes, washes away roads and forces residents to seek shelter on rooftops. “We have 16 confirmed fatalities, and folks that …

Michigan Counties Seek Access to Funds After Tornado Damage

ARMADA, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan counties are asking the state to help make funds available for residents and businesses affected by recent tornados that damaged buildings, knocked down trees and caused power outages. Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel on …

Washington Governor Inslee Declares Wildfire State of Emergency, Burn Ban

Gov. Jay Inslee this week declared a state of emergency throughout Washington relating to the growing risk of wildfires, including a statewide prohibition on most outdoor and agricultural burning through Sept. 30. “We don’t want a repeat of recent years …

Puerto Rico Probes Fire That Left 900K Clients Without Power

AN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities said Friday they are investigating what sparked a fire at a key substation that plunged 900,000 customers into darkness across Puerto Rico, with thousands still without power. Wayne Stensby, CEO of Luma Energy, …

Leak at Wastewater Pond Prompts Evacuations in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Saturday after a significant leak at a large pond of wastewater threatened to flood roads and burst a system that stores polluted waters. Officials in Florida ordered more …

Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana Face Flood of ‘Historic Magnitude’

Thousands of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana residents braced for more flooding on Wednesday, and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the Arkansas River may not hold. More than a week of …

Violent Weather Kills 3 in Missouri, Floods Rivers in Oklahoma

A relentless barrage of violent weather in the central United States left three people dead on Thursday, local media said, as tornadoes raked across southwest Missouri and devastated the state capital, and heavy rain flooded rivers in Oklahoma. The reported …

Flooding Spurs Emergency Declaration in Northeast Florida

A local state of emergency has been declared in parts of northeast Florida after flooding in downtown St. Augustine and other coastal areas due to high tides, strong winds and big surf. St. Johns County issued the emergency proclamation Monday …

Aid Available for Arizona County Damaged by Hurricane Odile Flooding

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has declared a state of emergency in response to record flooding in Cochise County two months ago. Powerful rains combined with the remnants of Hurricane Odile resulted in up to 6 inches of rain falling in …