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Wal-Mart shoppers watch as massive funnel cloud forms

Walmart shoppers in Granite Falls, North Carolina, watched a massive funnel cloud from the parking lot Tuesday afternoon. WSOC-TV viewer Shane Autrey captured amazing video on his phone during his break around 2:30 p.m. >> Read more trending stories Tiffany Fagan works across the street. She immediately pulled out her ...

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7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off El Salvador; 1 dead

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck about 105 miles southeast of  San Salvador, El Salvador, killing at least one person in San Miguel, according to Bloomberg. No major damage was reported initially, Usulutan Mayor Francisco Meardi told state-run media.  A tsunami warning was issued for El Salvador's coastline and remains in effect through ...

Kansas government prepares for zombie apocalypse

Attention, zombies: Do not attack Kansas in October.  In an attempt to turn the modern fascination with zombies into a public safety lesson, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will proclaim October "Zombie Preparedness Month." Now, why exactly would the Sunflower State be getting in on the zombie apocalypse phenomenon? >> RELATED: A ...

Napa earthquake: Aftershocks could continue for two weeks

More than 80 aftershocks have rumbled through Napa Valley, California, since Sunday's earthquake, and a USGS scientist said gradually diminished shaking would likely continue for up to two weeks. The U.S. Geological Survey has monitored at least 80 aftershocks since Sunday morning's 6.0-magnitude quake. Most have been too small to ...

Teen recovering after chimney falls on him during earthquake

There's good news from the family of Nicholas Dillon, the boy injured by a collapsed fireplace in the recent earthquake near Napa, California: He will be in a wheelchair awhile, but he will recover. "His friend was sleeping on the couch, so he was sleeping over there," Aunt Lupe Roles ...

Prescott remembers firefighters one year after 19 died

Monday marks one year since 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died in the vicious Yarnell Hill Fire — leaving the city of Prescott, Arizona to mourn and memorialize. "Nineteen Granite Mountain Hothots were killed and several folks in Yarnell lost their homes." (Via KPHO) "Lightning sparked the Yarnell fire ... Afternoon ...

Evacuations as Alaska wildfire reach 193 square miles

A wildfire that scorched Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for nearly a week continued to spread Sunday. CNN reports officials have now ordered evacuations of 1,000 structures in the area after authorities worried about the safety of people traveling for the Memorial Day weekend. The Funny River Fire is near the town of Soldotna ...

Oso Landslide: SR 530 access road opens, search for victims scaled back

Residents now have a direct route between Arlington and Darrington, but it’s going to be a slow drive. Seattle City Light Access Road opened at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. It’s a one lane road that requires a pilot car to escort traffic each direction. It’s only open to local traffic and ...

President Obama to visit Oso landslide site April 22

President Barack Obama told Congresswoman Suzan DelBene Tuesday that in addition to the continued support of FEMA and other federal resources, he'll be visiting the state and slide area later this month. Gov. Jay Inslee said the president would be in the state on April 22. “ This will give the president the opportunity ...

Search crews, volunteers dealing with toxic mud

Search crews and volunteers are dealing with dangerous chemicals in the landslide area. Monday, dozens of volunteers are tasked with picking up former resident's belongings from when their homes were washed away. When crews are digging in the field they're coming across toxic sewage, household solvents, gas, oil and other ...

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