Rescue efforts continue in Montecito as community reels from deadly mudslide

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- Rescue crews continued to search for survivors amid the mud and wreckage of Montecito's massive debris field on Thursday, but acknowledged that the window to save lives is rapidly closing.

At least eight people remain unaccounted for following Tuesday's massive mud flow, which killed at least 17 people and obliterated ...Read more

Emergency cellphone alerts didn't go out until after mudslides began in Montecito

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LOS ANGELES -- Santa Barbara County officials chose not to send an emergency alert to cellphones warning of mudslides until destructive flooding had already begun in Montecito, officials said Wednesday.

The message, similar to an Amber Alert for abducted children, was sent about 3:50 a.m. Tuesday to all registered cellphones in areas that were ...Read more

NC's famously frozen alligators are thawed out

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolina's famous "alligators on ice" have thawed out of their frozen pond, now that temperatures are above freezing.

A video posted earlier this week of the alligators frozen in place – with only their snouts above the ice – got hundreds of thousands of views across the world, and raised questions about how the ...Read more

101 Freeway, buried under tons of mud and debris, remains closed

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- The 101 Freeway through Santa Barbara County is expected to be closed through at least Thursday night due to massive debris dumped on the freeway by the deadly Montecito mudslides.

The freeway is the prime route between Ventura and Santa Barbara, and the closure is stranding some motorists. Caltrans is advising drivers to ...Read more

Death toll from slides rises to 15 with daybreak air rescues set to begin in Montecito

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- The death toll from a massive debris flow that buried homes and cars under a torrent of mud and boulders has risen to 15 in Montecito, where local personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard are planning to continue rescue operations Wednesday morning.

About 300 people remained stuck in their homes in Montecito's Romero Canyon ...Read more

Families frantically search for loved ones missing in Montecito mudslide

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- As the death toll rose to 15 in the Montecito mudslide disaster, family members continue to frantically look for loved ones who might still be missing.

At the evacuation center at Santa Barbara City College, someone had put up a white posterboard, with "message board" scrawled in black.

Below, in blue, was scrawled "...Read more

Alligators use bizarre – and creepy – ancient ritual to survive NC's arctic blast

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A North Carolina swamp park has posted a video explaining how alligators survive in a frozen pond, and it's both creepy and bizarre.

The cold-blooded animals essentially allow themselves to be frozen in place, with their noses just above the surface, according to a video posted on Facebook by Shallotte River Swamp Park in ...Read more

Moments of terror in Thomas fire zone as powerful rains send the earth moving

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- Montecito resident Dominic Shiach thought the worst was over when the massive Thomas fire finally stopped threatening his town last month.

But Monday night and early Tuesday morning, the rains began to pound. Within hours, the community was inundated with mudslides, leaving at least five dead and some trapped among damaged ...Read more

At least 3 dead as heavy rains trigger flooding, mudflows and freeway closures across Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- Heavy rains triggered freeway closures throughout the Los Angeles region Tuesday and unleashed mud flows in areas ravaged by wildfires last month, shutting down more than 30 miles of the 101 Freeway and leaving at least three people dead as rescue personnel scrambled through clogged roadways and downed trees, officials said.

At ...Read more

Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday, threatening burn areas with runoff

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Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain expected in some burn areas, forecasters said.

Almost four inches of rain is expected in eastern Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County over 12 hours from Monday evening through Tuesday ...Read more

It's so cold, stiff iguanas are turning belly-up all over South Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- It's raining iguanas in South Florida.

With temperatures falling into the 30s in the region, the reptiles are getting stunned by the cold and falling from trees, often ending up on people's lawns.

Kay Pavkovich, of Plantation, dealt with a nearly 3-foot stiff iguana she saw outside her home Thursday morning.

She didn'...Read more

'Bomb cyclone' moves north, bringing blizzard conditions and frigid temps

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NEW YORK -- The first major snowstorm of the season hit the Northeast on Thursday, disrupting transit, closing schools and keeping people indoors with bitter cold and wind-blown snow that hurled sideways in places.

The snow, described as a "bomb cyclone" by some meteorologists, began in the South, dropping snow in some areas that hadn't seen it...Read more

Snow, ice and biting cold hit Midwest, South and East

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Ferociously cold weather continues to grip vast portions of the country Wednesday, with a frigid combination of ice, snow and strong winds triggering accidents, closing airports and prompting authorities to warn people to stay inside.

Forecasters expect a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow from parts of northern Florida to North Carolina. ...Read more

Deep freeze hits Deep South

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There's a common phrase among Southerners: "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes."

The presumption is that it will get nice soon enough. These days, however, for millions of Southerners enduring unexpectedly cold weather, the wait will be much longer.

Jonathan Kurtz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla...Read more

Inside the Florida nursing home where several died during Hurricane Irma, it was 99 degrees

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The temperature inside a Hollywood nursing home that became a death trap for a dozen residents soared to 99 degrees Fahrenheit -- a key detail previously not disclosed to the public.

With a criminal investigation under way, medical officials and police had not revealed just how hot it grew after Hurricane Irma knocked ...Read more

As bitter cold racks Northeast, California enjoys nation's warmest weather

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LOS ANGELES -- Southern California reported the warmest temperatures in the nation on Wednesday and would probably do the same on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Thanks largely to a high pressure system compressing air over the Great Basin, Los Angeles County could see temperatures 10 to 20 degrees warmer than ...Read more

Three months after a hurricane devastated Barbuda and everybody left, little is back to normal

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Three months after hurricanes forced the evacuation of Barbuda, only 350 people -- or less than 20 percent of the population -- have returned to the tiny Caribbean island.

Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 6, littering the 62-square-mile island with mangled metal, shattered glass and crushed household goods. Most homes were damaged or destroyed.

...Read more

Where's the rain? California suffering unusually dry winter from San Francisco to Los Angeles

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SAN FRANCISCO -- California's dismally dry autumn paints a bleak outlook for the state's rainy season, unless the weather this winter makes a big about-face.

The situation is a major turnaround from last year, when Northern California was battered by a series of "atmospheric river" storms that helped end the state's five-year drought. When it ...Read more

200 killed in floods, landslides in southern Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines -- At least 200 people were killed in flash floods and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Tembin in the southern Philippines, officials said Saturday.

The province of Lanao del Norte suffered the most casualties, with 127 dead and 69 missing, police and disaster relief officials said.

Forty-seven people were killed in ...Read more