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Texas' Lake Travis expected to rise another 5 to 10 feet by Friday to its highest level in at least 21 years, per the @LCRA, potentially #flooding hundreds of homes.
https://twitter.com/...882508566679553

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    A northward buckle of the jet stream in the West has left behind an upper-level low-pressure system over the southwestern U.S.

    In absence of a jet stream to kick the low out, it has stalled out over the region, pumping in moisture from Mexico and Central America.

    This moisture will continue to wrap over the chillier air that has engulfed Texas, ensuring the rest of the week will be shrouded in clouds and rain.

 

 

https://weather.com/...ins-wet-pattern



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Up to 10 inches (254mm] of rain has fallen in areas of central Texas, leading to disastrous flooding.

LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Homes, businesses and resorts along the Llano River are expected to flood "disastrously," according to a National Weather Service update for the area Tuesday morning.

At least 1 dead in Texas flooding that caused bridge collapse, breached dam - ABC News
https://abcnews.go.c...ory?id=58532779

List of evacuations for 'disastrous' Llano, Colorado River flooding
https://www.kxan.com...cted/1527600330

Video: aerial view around Lake LBJ dam.
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Majorca flash flood kills at least six on Spanish island

At least six people have died and nine are feared missing in flash flooding on the Spanish island of Majorca.

A huge wave of muddy water engulfed the town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, in the east of the island, after a river burst its banks following heavy rain.
Vehicles were swept away, some with their headlights switched on, as water gushed through narrow streets.

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The area was hit with more than eight inches of rainfall in just a few hours on Tuesday, according to Spanish meteorological agency Aemet.

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https://www.bbc.com/...europe-45807978



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A grass fire near a California natural gas pipeline has forced 4,000 to evacuate
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    ...the company was purging the pipeline of natural gas and would inject it with nitrogen to extinguish the fire in the vault.

    There is presently not a risk of an explosion, officials said, but residents were evacuated for their safety.

    "Until that fire is extinguished, we're not comfortable that truly there is no chance that there could be a catastrophic failure" of the pipe, Carey said. "So in the abundance of caution four our citizens and our personnel, we've chosen to keep the evacuation order in effect until that is truly mitigated."

 

https://www.cnn.com/...tion/index.html



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Malibu burning: Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Cher fear for homes pic..........

November 9, 2018 / 3:18 PM / Updated 12 minutes ago


https://www.reuters....s-idUSKCN1NE2H3

Malibu burning: Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Cher fear for homes
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga were among thousands fleeing their homes on Friday as a fast-moving wildfire engulfed Malibu and nearby celebrity neighborhoods.

Kardashian, who on Thursday evacuated the home she shares in nearby Calabasas with Kanye West, tweeted on Friday that she “heard the flames have hit our property... but now are more contained and have stopped.”

The entire 12,000-strong population of Malibu, which stretches 27 miles (43.5 km) along the Pacific Ocean in Southern California and up into the Santa Monica mountains, was placed under mandatory evacuation on Friday as the Woolsey fire exploded overnight.

The City of Malibu’s Twitter account said the fire was burning out of control.

 

Malibu and Calabasas are home to hundreds of celebrities and entertainment executives attracted by its ocean views, rolling hills and large, isolated estates. Current and former residents include Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Judd Apatow and Britney Spears.

Celebrity website TMZ reported that the Malibu home of Caitlyn Jenner, America’s best-known transgender activist, was destroyed by the flames on Friday. Her publicist could not confirm the status of her house, but told Reuters that Jenner was safe. ..............

Cher, who said she had lived in Malibu since 1972, tweeted that the wildfire was coming close to her home, although she said she was not on the property. .............................

 



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Rep. Ted Lieu

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ALERT: All of the City of Malibu is under a mandatory evacuation order. If you live in the area, please safely and quickly leave.
City of Malibu @CityMalibu

MANDATORY EVACUATION - all of City of Malibu, all areas S of 101 Fwy, Ventura County to Malibu Cyn http://dlvr.it/QqrcvS
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    Words fail me.  This is the Woolsey Fire approaching Malibu as people desparately are trying to evacuate on PCH.
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Malibu officials say they can't remember such a widespread evacuation of the coastal community ever happening before. 200,000 people now under evacs in the area. https://www.buzzfeed...ornia-wildfires
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Five dead in California wildfire as second blaze forces Malibu evacuation
Source: Reuters

ENVIRONMENT NOVEMBER 9, 2018 / 4:09 AM / UPDATED 22 MINUTES AGO

Five dead in California wildfire as second blaze forces Malibu evacuation

Stephen Lam
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PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) - A rapidly moving wildfire in Northern California killed five people when flames engulfed their vehicles as they attempted to flee the mountain town of Paradise, authorities said on Friday, as they expressed fears more bodies would be discovered.

Nearly 500 miles (800 km) to the south, a blaze forced the evacuation of the upscale oceanside city of Malibu and threatened the beleaguered town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people this week in a shooting rampage in a bar and dance hall.

Since it broke out on Thursday, the so-called Camp Fire has more than tripled in size to 70,000 acres (2,838 hectares) after leveling parts of Paradise, with a population of 26,000 people, and was only 5 percent contained by Friday.

In addition to the five people found dead in their vehicles, many were forced to ditch their cars and run for their lives down the sole road through the mountain town. In the aftermath, a school bus was among several abandoned vehicles left blackened by flames on one road.

About 2,000 structures were destroyed in the area, officials said.

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Read more: https://www.reuters....n-idUSKCN1NE0WQ



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Death toll rises to 25 as 200,000 flee the most destructive fires in California’s history
https://www.washingt...m=.e8e38ec2c372

 

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Death toll from Camp Fire in Paradise swells to 23; 100 still missing
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

 

he death toll from the most destructive fire in California history surged to 23 people on Saturday night, with more than 100 still missing in Butte County, officials said.

The 14 more bodies were discovered Saturday, and fire crews are still searching through the burn area for more victims.

More than 6,700 homes and commercial buildings have been lost in Butte County, making it the most destructive fire to property in state history. Huge swaths of the town of Paradise were lost.

On Saturday, officials said the fire was still threatening Stirling City and Paradise Pines and headed toward Oroville. Defenses placed outside the city of Chico appear to be holding.

 

Read more: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/



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Photos: The Woolsey Fire Leaves Devastation in Malibu, California


Even as firefighters continue to battle the devastating Camp Fire in California’s northern Central Valley, several other large wildfires are roaring through tinder-dry sections of the state, including the Woolsey Fire, near Malibu. The Woolsey Fire and nearby Hill Fire have forced the evacuations of nearly 250,000 residents from their homes near the Pacific Coast in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. At least two deaths have been blamed on the fire, which has burned across more than 80,000 acres, destroying more than 150 homes in the past few days.

 

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Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest

https://apnews.com/5...4a4b210ac09ee2b

 

As relatives desperately searched shelters for missing loved ones on Sunday, crews searching the smoking ruins of Paradise and outlying areas found six more bodies, raising the death toll to 29, matching the deadliest wildfire in California history.

Wildfires continued to rage on both ends of the state, with gusty winds expected overnight which will challenge firefighters. The statewide death toll stood at 31. The Camp Fire that ravaged a swath of Northern California was the deadliest.

A total of 29 bodies have been found so far from that fire, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news briefing Sunday evening. He said 228 people were still unaccounted for.

Ten search and recovery teams were working in Paradise — a town of 27,000 that was largely incinerated on Thursday — and in surrounding communities. Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history.

 



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Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 42, as Trump OKs disaster declaration for Golden State
Frank Miles
By Frank Miles | Fox News

Driven by high winds and fueled by dry conditions, what started as a wildland fire became an 'area ignition' event that grew into a 'giant structure fire' in Paradise, says Tim Aboudara of the International Association of Firefighters.

The death toll for the wildfires burning in northern California's Camp Fire rose to 42 people Monday night — making it the deadliest wildfire ever in the state, officials said.

Authorities announced that 13 more bodies were found during searches on Monday. The death toll is expected to continue to rise.

The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner’s investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them.

The news comes after President Trump approved a “major disaster declaration” in the Golden State early Monday evening.

“I just approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California. Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on. I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected,” Trump said on Twitter.

 

https://www.foxnews....ornia-wildfires



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Governor Jerry Brown Says Fires Are “The New Abnormal”, Calls For More Investment In Adaptation To Climate Change

 

https://www.yahoo.co...-005652023.html

 

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(Yahoo) During a press conference to update on the fires plaguing Southern California, officials addressed the three fires raging on: the Camp Fire in Butte County as well as the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire in Ventura County. The Hill Fire has since been 70 percent contained but the Woolsey Fire continues to be a threat. After officials said they were in it for “the long haul”, Gov. Jerry Brown addressed the situation, thanking the firefighters and first responders before talking about the change that needs to happen to prevent and adapt to these fires and taking a jab at climate change deniers.

 

Brown said that the fires were “truly a tragedy” and hopes everyone pulls together. Even so, he remained realistic and said that because of the conditions of California, this will most likely not be the last fire. “This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal,”  Brown points out. “This will continue in the next 10, 15 to 20 years. Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth, drought, [the fires] are going to intensify.”

 

Without directly mentioning him by name, Brown addressed Donald Trump’s tweet regarding the fires. In response to the fire, Trump wrote: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

 

Brown said, “forest management is one element — it’s only one.” He said that there are other threats and conditions and hopes to take steps to help communities, prevention, and adaption. He said that they are requesting federal aid, but also pointed out that there will have to be more investment in “adaptation” in regards to “climate and the warming climate.”


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Death toll reaches 63 in California's Camp Fire, while 631 unaccounted for -- live updates
Source: CBS
 

Authorities said late Thursday the death toll from the Camp Fire has risen to 63, bringing the statewide count to 66. In addition, more than 600 people have been reported missing, according to the Butte County sheriff's office.
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9:05 p.m.: Officials held a press conference Thursday night with the latest details about the Camp Fire in Northern California. The Butte County sheriff said seven additional human remains were found earlier, bringing the total dead from the Camp Fire to 63 (statewide 66
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An official with the California Highway Patrol said looters will be prosecuted. The CHP said road/highway conditions can be found online at the Butte County website. They said some 165 cars have been cleared from roadways.

The Butte County sheriff's office announced a total of 631 have been listed as "unaccounted" -- a jump in the past 24 hours. The list can be found here. http://www.buttecoun.../sheriffcoroner
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Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea has asked relatives of the missing to submit DNA samples to speed up identification of the dead. However, he said some of those unaccounted for may never be conclusively found.
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Read more: https://www.cbsnews....8-11-15-latest/



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Really shocking casualty figures in California. :(



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71 dead, 1000+ missing
https://www.cbsnews....8-11-16-latest/
More than 1,000 people unaccounted for in California wildfires
 

The death toll from the Camp Fire in northern California increased to 71 people while 1,011 people are unaccounted for, the Butte County Sheriff said Friday. Sheriff Kory Honea cautioned the list is "dynamic" and will fluctuate.


Firefighters gained ground against the two deadly California wildfires on Friday but residents in northern parts of the state faced a new threat: the dirtiest air quality levels in the world.

Rain could help knock down the flames Tuesday evening but officials said it could also complicate efforts to find human remains. In some cases, search crews were finding little more than bones and bone fragments.

The "Camp Fire" all but leveled the town of Paradise and heavily damaged the outlying communities of Magalia and Concow on November 8, destroying 9,700 houses and 144 apartment buildings. It was 45 percent contained as of Friday evening and posed no immediate threat to populated areas....(more)

 



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