They were in the right place at the right time.
Reporter Chris Jose and photojournalist Brandon Bryant with Atlanta's WSB-TV, which is owned by Cox Media Group, have been in South Carolina covering what is now tropical depression Florence. The two are making their way to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to cover the flooding and damage left by the storm there.
They were driving up Interstate 95 when they found the roadway flooded over around Latta, South Carolina.
Jose said they decided to take some of the back country roads to get around the flooding when they ran across a woman who was stuck inside her car, with floodwater rapidly rising up around it.
The two said the woman was yelling, "Help me! Help me!” The area was under a tornado warning, adding to the already dangerous situation.
Knowing they had to do something, Jose said he drove their SUV as far as they could into the water without getting stuck and Bryant, wearing a pair of waders, got out into the water, which was about waist-deep.
When Bryant got to the woman’s car, he found Barbara Flanagan inside, praying.
"It just pulled me in and I couldn’t stop it. I had my foot on the brake, but it wouldn’t stop," Flanagan said.
Bryant said he told Flanagan he was going to open the door and that water was going to come flooding in, be she was going to be alright.
He got the door open and was able to grab the woman and help her out her car.
"I couldn't leave you out there," Bryant told the woman. “My heart wouldn’t allow me.”
As they made their way through the floodwaters, Flanagan told Bryant she was from Georgia and was a worker with the USDA, who was responding to the area for storm relief.
She said some of her coworkers had taken the same route shortly before her and the road was clear.
"Looks can be deceiving," Flanagan told Jose. "Don’t go through the water."
A man in a pickup truck pulled up behind the WSB-TV crew’s SUV and offered to help get the woman’s car out of the floodwater. The woman’s car was still able to run, despite the high water.
Floodwaters and standing water are often contaminated, posing several risks, such as infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries.
Drinking or eating anything that has come in contact with floodwaters can lead to cryptosporidiosis, E. coli or giardiasis. While cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis are brought on by parasites, E. coli is caused by bacteria.
Symptoms from each include diarrhea, gas, nausea and vomiting. Cryptosporidiosis, however, can even be fatal for those with weakened immune systems, such as AIDS or cancer.Wound infections
Open wounds and rashes that are exposed to floodwater can cause tetanus or Vibrio vulnificus. Tetanus is a bacterial infection, and it can enter the body through breaks in the skin like a cut.
Vibrio vulnificus, another bacteria, can be contracted the same way. Many people become infected by consuming undercooked shellfish or exposing an injury to brackish or salt water.Other illnesses
People affected by flooded areas can also get trench foot. It occurs when your feet are wet for long periods of time. It can cause pain, swelling and numbness.
You should also be aware of chemical hazards from materials that may have spilled into the water. And be cautious of electrical hazards, since there are puddles that may be electrified due to fallen power lines.
Curious about other diseases you can catch? Take a look at the full list at CDC’s official website.
Torrential rains, heavy winds and dangerously heavy surf battered Hawaii as Hurricane Lane churned toward the Aloha State, causing widespread flooding and prompting residents to take shelter.
Lane has weakened to a tropical storm, but authorities warn the threat of torrential rains and flooding continue.
Update 5:35 p.m. EDT Aug. 25: The National Weather Service dropped all warnings as Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical storm and shifted direction away from Hawaii.
The storm started heading west, sparing Honolulu from much of the impact, although heavy rains have hit the chain of islands for the last two days.
Flash flooding and heavy rains will continue to be a threat throughout the weekend, officials said. The Big Island and Maui are expected to get up to 10 inches of rainfall. Already, 20 to 30 inches of rain has been recorded on parts of Big Island.
Update 2:25 p.m. EDT Aug. 25: Forecasters report that winds have died down but rain remains a threat on some Hawaiian Islands as tropical storm Lane churns in the central Pacific.
Vanessa Almanza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said up to 10 inches of rain could fall Saturday as the storm remains about 110 miles south of Honolulu and moves north at 3 mph.
Lane is expected to turn west later in the day, which would lessen the threat to the islands.
Almanza said Maui has had about 12 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour within the last 24 hours, which caused landslides, washed out roads and downed power lines.
On Oahu, where Honolulu is located, only about 2.3 inches of rain has fallen.
Even so, federal officials said Hawaii residents shouldn’t let their guard down, as torrential rain is expected throughout the next 48 hours.
Update 8:34 a.m. EDT Aug. 25: The Hawaii National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Hawaii County as heavy rains continue Saturday, with one to two inches falling per hour.
While the rainfall has eased, runoff and flooding continue in the Hamakua and Hilo districts.
Several major highways and roads remain closed.
People are advised to remain indoors.
President Donald Trump said he is continuing to monitor the situation, tweeting that the federal government is “fully committed” to helping Hawaii.
Update 5:47 a.m. EDT Aug. 25: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Friday his city “dodged a bullet” as Tropical Storm Lane continued to weaken, Hawaii News Now reported.
As of 11 p.m. Friday, the storm’s winds had decreased to 65 mph and was moving slowly northwest at 3 mph.
While the storm is expected to become a remnant low as early as Saturday, forecasters warned that excessive rainfall remains a possibility throughout the islands over the weekend, Hawaii News Now reported.
Update 3:22 a.m. EDT Aug. 25: Tropical Storm Lane is wobbling and nearly stationary as it continues to pound the Hawaiian islands with rain and damaging winds.
According to National Weather Service forecaster Tom Birchard, the storm’s winds remain at 70 mph. The center of the storm is about 150 miles south-southwest of Honolulu.
Heavy rains continued to fall on the Big Island at a rate of 4 inches per hour, The Star-Advertiser of Honolulu reported.
Update 1:30 a.m. EDT Aug. 25: Brisk winds attributable to the storm are hampering officials’ efforts to fight a wildfire in West Oahu, Hawaii News Now reported. At least 3,000 residents are without power since the blaze began just before noon Friday near the Kahe Power Plant. Fire Capt. Scot Seguirant said that because of strong winds, firefighters cannot send water drops from the air into the fire.
"It's definitely been challenging," Seguirant told Hawaii News Now.
Update 11 p.m. EDT Aug. 24: Lane weakened to a tropical storm Friday as it continued toward the Hawaiian islands as it brought torrential rains that immersed Hilo in waist-deep water.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center downgraded the storm just after 5pm HST Friday.
Meteorologists warned Friday that heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lane could still bring more flooding and damaging winds to the island chain.
Lane was packing maximum sustained winds close to 70 mph as it churned slowly west toward Oahu.
Update 8:40 p.m. EDT Aug. 24: Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 85 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, but the storm has slowed down to just 2 mph.
It’s moving very slowly and continuing to cause heavy rains and high winds as it brushes the Hawaiian Islands. The storm is expected to turn in a westerly direction as it continues weakening.
Update 5:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 24: Slow-moving Hurricane Lane has weakened, but is still a Category 2 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of 105 mph, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center reported in its last update.
Lane is located about 150 miles south of Honolulu and is moving at 5 mph.
Officials with Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency are reporting flooded roads and numerous landslides, making travel in some areas extremely dangerous.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Big Island, parts of which are experiencing heavy rains and flash flooding
Hurricane Lane is expected to weaken even further and make a westward turn sometime Saturday morning.
Update 2:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 24: Officials with the Hawaii Department of Transportation said several airlines canceled flights to and from Maui’s Kahului Airport on Friday as Hurricane Lane continued spinning toward Hawaii.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that several airlines also canceled flights to and from Honolulu on Friday.
Update 2:15 p.m. EDT Aug. 24: Authorities told Hawaii News Now that more than 300 acres have been burned on Maui after a pair of brush fires sparked Friday on the island.
Officials were working to tamp the blazes Friday afternoon.
Update 1:05 p.m. EDT Aug. 24: An evacuation center on Maui was closed early Friday after a brush fire broke out and spread, officials told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The shelter, at Lahaina Intermediate School, was moved as a result of the fire, Hawaii News Now reported. The fire has spread over at least three or four acres, the news station reported.
Residents were being evacuated Friday.
Update 11 a.m. EDT Aug. 24: Lane was spinning with winds measured at 110 mph around 5 a.m. local time Friday, down 10 mph from wind speeds measured earlier in the day, according to forecasters with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. The shift makes Lane a Category 2 storm.
The center of the hurricane was about 180 miles south of Honolulu at 5 a.m. Friday. Officials warned residents to stay safe as Lane continues to bring torrential rain to the islands.
Update 9:15 a.m. EDT Aug. 24: The center of Hurricane Lane was about 200 miles south of Honolulu early on Friday morning, forecasters with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in an update issued at 2 a.m. local time.
Officials said Lane remained a Category 3 storm Friday morning, with maximum sustained winds measured near 120 mph. Forecasters warned that rain would continue Friday, with some areas predicted to see as many as 40 inches of rain. More than two feet of rain had already fallen across some parts of the islands by late Thursday night.
Lane is expected to move over or "dangerously close" to parts of the Hawaiian Islands later Friday through Saturday, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
Update 5:41 a.m. EDT Aug. 24: Hurricane Lane has dumped nearly 2 feet of rain on the Big Island. According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the storm is slowly moving north at 6 mph and is 165 miles southwest of Kailua-Kona and 345 miles south of Honolulu. Maximum sustained winds are 120 mph for the Category 3 storm.
Update 4 a.m. EDT Aug. 24: A flash flood warning for the Big Island was extended until 12:45 a.m. local time Friday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
The Hawaii County Civil Defense reported that the Reeds Island area of Hilo along the Wailuku River are being evacuated, the newspaper reported.
The weather service reported that the Wailuku River has risen about 5 feet between 6-9 p.m. Thursday.
Update 11:00 p.m. EDT Aug. 23: Hurricane Lane dumped more than 18 inches of rain on Hilo Thursday, in the eastern area of Hawaii’s Big Island. The Hilo Airport saw 15 inches, according to Hawaii News Now.
The National Weather Service is warning about the potential for flash flooding and landslides as the slow-moving hurricane tracks toward the Pacific island chain.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center shows a portion of Lane possibly making landfall on several of the islands by Friday afternoon, but the storm could take a turn, barely brushing land, weather forecasts show.
The Category 3 storm weakened Thursday with wind speeds dropping to 120 miles an hour, NOAA reported.
Update 8:27 p.m. EDT Aug. 23: The National Weather Service downgraded the storm to a Category 3 Thursday evening.
The center of the hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph was expected to move close to or over portions of the main islands later Thursday or Friday, bringing dangerous surf and a storm surge of up to 4 feet , forecasters said.
Update: 7:15 p.m. EDT Aug. 23: Flash flood warnings are posted on parts of the Big Island as the outer bands of the slow-moving Hurricane Lane lash the island with torrential rains and high winds.
The storm could have “life-threatening impacts” on the islands, The New York Times reported, citing the National Weather Service.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that Hurricane Lane is posing a destructive threat to the islands.
“Hawaii is going to be impacted by Hurricane Lane, the question is how bad,” FEMA head Brock Long said Thursday, the Times reported.
“We’re extremely concerned about the potentials for inland flooding, landslides occurring, and damage to the transportation, communications infrastructure,” Long said.
Update 1:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 23: Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that despite Hawaii’s position in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, “very few hurricanes have made landfall in the Aloha State.”
Historical records maintained by NOAA show “only a handful of hurricanes passing within a few hundred miles of the islands,” officials said.
In a 1993 report issued after Hurricane Iniki battered the island of Kauai one year earlier, Elbert Friday Jr., then the assistant administration for the National Weather Service, said only four hurricanes have impacted Hawaii since 1950.
Iniki was the last hurricane to make landfall on any of the islands, NOAA officials said Wednesday.
“The Big Island has never been struck by a hurricane since modern weather records began,” officials noted.
Hurricane Lane was measured as a Category 4 storm early Thursday with maximum sustained winds at 130 mph, according to NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center. The center of the storm is expected to track at or very near the main Hawaiian islands from Thursday through Friday, forecasters said.
Update 9:25 a.m. EDT Aug. 23: President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for Hawaii on Wednesday. It authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts on the islands and mobilize federal assets as needed.
In an update issued around 2 a.m. local time Thursday, forecasters with the National Weather Service said Lane was expected to remain a hurricane as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands.
The center of the storm was expected to move over or very near the main islands later Thursday through Friday, making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
Officials opened shelters on the Big Island and the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai on Wednesday. They urged those needing to use the Molokai shelter to get there soon because of concerns the main highway could become impassable.
Update 11:00 p.m EDT Aug. 22: The outer rain bands of Hurricane Lane are lashing Hawaii’s Big Island, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. The powerful storm is packing sustained winds of 145 mph and moving in a northwesterly direction at 8 mph.
The storm is predicted to bring heavy rains to parts of the island chain as it moves through the region over the next several days.
Lane weakened slightly Wednesday afternoon, but is still a major Category 4 storm.
Update 1:20 p.m. EDT Aug. 22: Officials with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in an update Wednesday morning that Hurricane Lane was churning with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph at 5 a.m. local time, with higher gusts.
"Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Lane is forecast to remain a dangerous hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands,” CPHC forecaster Jeff Powell said in an update Wednesday morning.
Original report: A powerful hurricane hurtling toward Hawaii strengthened to a Category 5 storm Tuesday evening, sparking fears and prompting residents to flock to stores for food and supplies.
According to the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Hurricane Lane had maximum sustained winds of 160 mph by 8 p.m. HST Tuesday (2 a.m. EDT Wednesday). The center of the storm was about 320 miles south-southeast of South Point on Hawaii's Big Island.
The storm is the first Category 5 hurricane to come within 350 miles of South Point since Hurricane John in 1994, the National Weather Service's office in Honolulu tweeted Tuesday night.
Officials issued a hurricane warning Tuesday for the Big Island and watches for Oahu, Maui and other areas, "meaning tropical storm-force winds, excessive rain and large swells could arrive starting Wednesday," The Associated Press reported.
The news prompted closures of public schools and area businesses.
Forecasters expected lane to turn northwest toward the state Wednesday.
"On this forecast track, the center of Lane will move dangerously close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday," the hurricane center said. "Although some weakening is expected the next couple of days, Lane is forecast to remain a dangerous hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands."
Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation ahead of the storm and urged residents to sign up for emergency alerts.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, warned residents to prepare for the worst.
"Don't be complacent – make sure you have your disaster preparedness kit stocked up!" she wrote.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Nearly a dozen cars were swept away from an automobile dealership and floated down a river as a flash flood hit northern New Jersey on Saturday, NJ.com reported.
The Peckman River in Passaic County was overtaken by floodwaters after slightly under 5 inches of rain fell in Caldwell, NJ.com reported.
In a video posted to Facebook, taken from an overpass, cars can be seen floating down the river. They were lifted away from the Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership in Little Falls, WABC reported. Some of the vehicles’ sticker prices were still available on windshields, NJ.com reported.
Daniel Perrotta, whose car was being serviced at the dealership, told WABC that he immediately went to check on the vehicle.
"The only thing I can hope for is God let my vehicle still be up on the lift. If not, then it's a total loss," Perrotta told the television station.
Storms were causing flight delays at New York’s three major airports, WCBS reported.
A wildfire raging across Northern California has killed six people, including two firefighters and three family members, and burned more than 110,000 acres since July 23, according to state fire officials.
Officials said three other people have been killed, bringing the death toll in the state to nine.
Update 1:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 5: A crew member for a California utility company was killed in a vehicle accident Saturday night while working in a wilderness accident near Redding, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
The crew member, Jarius Ayeta, 21, was an apprentice lineman for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the newspaper reported.
“Crews in a remote area with dangerous terrain were performing (power) restoration work when a crew member suffered an accident and a fatal injury in western Shasta County,” PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said Sunday morning.
Update 10:50 a.m. EDT July 31: Firefighters said the Carr Fire had burned 115,500 acres in Shasta and Trinity counties by Wednesday morning as authorities continued working to tamp down the blaze.
Officials said the fire, which has claimed six lives, was 35 percent contained as of 7 a.m. local time.
In Mariposa County, the deadly Ferguson Fire was 39 percent contained Wednesday morning. It has burned nearly 62,900 acres, officials said.
Update 9:15 p.m. EDT July 31: Two more deaths have been reported in another California wildfire, the Ferguson Fire, which is burning in Mariposa County south of the Carr Fire, according to news reports.
Also Tuesday, authorities said 16 of 20 missing people in the Carr fire in Shasta and Trinity Counties in Northern California have been found alive.
Four people are still missing, according to KGTV.
More than 1,200 homes, businesses and other buildings have been destroyed in the Carr fire, which is just under 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
Blazing heat and scorching temperatures are making it difficult to battle more than a dozen fires raging across the state.
The large blazes are creating their own weather systems, complicating firefighting efforts even more.
Update 11:30 a.m. EDT July 31: The Carr Fire scorched more than 110,000 acres in Shasta and Trinity counties by Tuesday morning. Officials said in an update issued around 7 a.m. local time that the blaze was 27 percent contained.
The fire is believed to be the ninth most destructive in state history.
Update 10:20 a.m. EDT July 31: About 10,000 homes in Northern California are threatened by twin wildfires across Mendocino and Lake counties, according to The Associated Press.
Seven homes were burned Monday night, about 100 miles below the Carr Fire.
Update 9:10 a.m. EDT July 31: Fire officials said Monday night that the deadly Carr Fire has burned more than 103,000 acres of land. The blaze is 23 percent contained.
The fire is expected to grow, bolstered by heavy winds, the hot and dry weather, flames reaching fresh fuel that has yet to be burned and steep terrain, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
More than 1,300 buildings have been damaged or destroyed by the flames, including more than 950 homes.
Update 8:00 p.m EDT July 30: In addition to the six people who have lost their lives in the deadly Carr Fire since it started a week ago, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told a local newspaper Monday that 19 people are missing, up from seven early Monday.
Some evacuations orders were lifted Monday afternoon in parts of Shasta County as dozens of firefighters continued battling the the out-of-control blaze in triple-digit temperatures reaching as high as 113 degrees.
Despite the horrific conditions, Cal Fire Incident Commander Bret Gouvea told The Associated Press he thinks firefighters are slowly gaining the upper hand against the blazing inferno.
“We’re feeling a lot more optimistic today as we are starting to gain some ground rather than be in the defensive mode all the time,” Gouvea said.
Update 12:45 p.m. EDT July 30: Evacuation orders have been lifted for parts of Northern California threatened by the raging Carr Fire, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The unified commanders of California Incident Management Team 4 and the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks will hold a briefing Monday to honor Capt. Brian Hughes, one of the firefighters killed as efforts to contain the blaze continue.
Update 10:40 a.m. EDT July 30: The deadly Carr Fire has scorched more than 98,000 acres of land, up 3,000 acres from the number reported Sunday night, firefighters said in an update issued around 7 a.m. local time Monday.
The fire, which has claimed at least six lives, was 20 percent contained Monday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. More than 880 homes have been destroyed or damaged, fire officials said. More than 250 other buildings have also been damaged or destroyed.
Authorities continued Monday to work toward containing the blaze.
Update 8:50 a.m. EDT July 30: The deadly Carr Fire in Shasta County has grown to cover more than 95,000 acres with 17 percent containment by Sunday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Flames have destroyed more than 650 homes and damaged 145 others, officials said. Hundreds of other building have also been destroyed or damaged. Authorities continue working to assess damage and control the blaze.
Update 7:25 p.m. EDT July 29: A sixth person has died in the Carr Fire which has destroyed more than 500 buildings and burned about 139 square miles.
The victim, who has not been identified, did not evacuate despite warnings, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Besenko told The Associated Press.
Update 11:36 a.m. EDT July 29: In Trinity County, the small community of Lewiston was evacuated late Saturday, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
“It is crazy to think that just a few days ago the south side of (Highway) 299 was practically untouched,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Hickson said in a Facebook Live post early Sunday. “Now driving up it is glowing bright red on both sides of 299.”
Temperatures in Redding were expected to drop slightly Sunday, with a high of 106 degrees forecasted. Winds are expected to blow between 3 mph to 9 mph, the Bee reported.
The death toll remains at five, including Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her great-grandchildren, James Roberts, 5 and Emily Roberts, 4, according to KDRV. Also killed were Redding fire inspector Jeremy Stoke, 37, and private bulldozer operator Don Ray Smith, 81, according to the Bee.
Update 5:25 p.m. EDT July 28: The bodies of the children and their great-grandmother were found in the rubble of a burned home Saturday, KDRV reported.
The victims were Melody Bledsoe, 70, James Roberts, 5 and Emily Roberts, 4, according to KDRV.
Update 3:45 p.m. EDT July 27: Three Marin County firefighters who were injured Thursday while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta County have been treated for their injuries and released from a hospital, officials said.
The firefighters were treated for burns to their ears, face and hands at Mercy Medical Center Redding, according to authorities. One of the firefighters was being further evaluated Friday at the UC Davis Burn Center.
The trio was injured by a “sudden blast of heat from vegetation adjacent to a structure,” Marin County fire officials said in a news release.
The injured firefighters were identified as engineer Scott Pederson, 39, a 19-year veteran of the department; firefighter Tyler Barnes, 34, who has been with the department for four years and firefighter Brian Cardoza, 26, who joined the Marin County Fire Department three months ago.
Two other firefighters have died as authorities continued Friday to battle the blaze.
“At this time, we are focusing on the health of our firefighters and ensuring peer support is in place for the members of our strike team,” Marin County fire Chief Jason Weber said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the two firefighters that lost their lives yesterday battling the same fire.”
Update 2 p.m. EDT July 27: Officials with Mercy Medical Center Redding said eight people have been treated at the hospital for injuries they sustained in the Carr Fire.
Mercy Medical Center spokesman Mike Mangas said the patients included three firefighters. None of the injuries appeared to be serious, Mangas said.
At least two people have been killed as flames continued to burn Friday in Shasta County
Update 11:15 a.m. EDT July 27: The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a Redding firefighter has died while battling the blaze in Shasta County, raising the death toll to two.
The fire has continued to grow amid triple-digit temperatures and heavy winds in the region, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
“These firefighters, they’re going for the attack and then they get beat back up by the erratic fire,” Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean told the Chronicle. “It’s just intense.”
The Redding firefighter was not immediately identified. Earlier, authorities said a contract firefighter who was operating a bulldozer was killed while battling the flames.
Original report: A contract firefighter operating a bulldozer was killed and three others were injured Thursday night as a rapidly moving wildfire in northern California continued to rage, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The Carr Fire in Shasta County swept over the Sacramento River and into the city of Redding, prompting officials to order evacuations, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The fire began Monday afternoon after a vehicle malfunction, according to Cal Fire.
“The fire has burned into the west side of Redding,” Scott McLean, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the newspaper late Thursday. “Structures are burning.
“The fire is moving so fast that law enforcement is doing evacuations as fast as we can. There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters.”
The California Highway Patrol told residents in the western parts of Redding to “get out now,” the Chronicle reported.
“The Carr Fire continues to burn at a rapid rate with erratic fire behavior,” Cal Fire said in a statement.
At 2:30 a.m., Cal Fire ordered additional evacuations for Shasta Lake City, Summit City, the Shasta Dam Visitor Center and all of Shasta Dam Boulevard, the Bee reported.
Meanwhile, Amtrak train service between Sacramento and Oregon was suspended due to the fire, the Bee reported.
Officials decided Friday morning to stop service for the Coast Starlight train, which operates daily from Los Angeles to Seattle, the newspaper reported.
“Customers with reservations on trains that are being modified will typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day,” Amtrak said in a statement.
KCRC in Redding was broadcasting live when station employees were forced to evacuate while on the air, according to The Associated Press.
On Thursday, firefighters tried to contain the blaze but flames kept jumping over their lines, McLean said.
“It’s just a heck of a fight," McLean said. "They're doing what they can do and they get pushed out in a lot of cases. We're fighting the fight right now."
Cal Fire confirmed that a private bulldozer operator was killed but provided no other information, the Bee reported.
“We can confirm that we had additional firefighters and civilian injuries,” Cal Fire Chief Brett Gouvea said Thursday night. “This fire is making a significant push into the northwest area of Redding.
“This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard to what’s in its path.”
The blaze began Monday afternoon near Whiskeytown in Shasta County, KCRA reported. The fire has burned 28,763 acres, the television station reported.
Wildfires are raging through parts of Southern California, burning thousands of acres, destroying homes and businesses and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.
Wildfires are raging through parts of Southern California, burning thousands of acres, destroying homes and businesses, and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.
The California wildfires that have forced massive residential evacuations have forced a temporary halt to some filming activity and loom ominously close to one of the state’s most famed cultural institutions, as well.
“All filming activity scheduled to take place in Mountain Fire Zone Areas has been suspended,” industry group FilmLA said, citing notification from the Los Angeles Fire Department. That’s scheduled to last through Dec. 10. FilmLA is also telling production outfits it’ll be unable to accept permit applications for filming in the Angeles National Forest until Dec. 15.
A commuter driving in the affected area posted this harrowing clip:
“Production of 'S.W.A.T.' has been suspended for the day due to wildfires and unsafe air near our stages,” the CBS show announced via Twitter. “Safety of cast and crew come first. Prayers to all affected by these fires.”
HBO said in a statement it is pausing work on “Westworld” due to the fires, and the Getty Museum has closed as precaution.
“The fire is northeast of the Getty Center and east of the San Diego Freeway,” the museum said via Twitter. “Air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke. We continue to monitor the situation and will issue updates as we have them.”
Actress Morgan Fairchild posted a photo of smoke billowing near Universal Studios:
The blazes have forced 200,000 people from their homes and destroyed at least 200 homes. FEMA urges residents to prepare in advance in case they need to leave quickly.
Television personality Chelsea Handler, among the thousands forced to evacuate due to the raging California wildfires, called out President Donald Trump in a controversial tweet about the blaze Wednesday. “It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively,” she wrote.
Handler’s antipathy for Trump often fuels her busy Twitter feed.
“We have got to get rid of Trump,” she posted on Nov. 22. “He is incapable of honesty or goodwill. He cares about no one. We must stay the course and not let up.”
She also speaks out on national events with frequency.
“Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in [sic] killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans,” she posted on Nov. 5, after a gunman opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Indonesian authorities ordered a mass evacuation of people Monday from an expanded danger zone around an erupting volcano on Bali.
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