Powerful Storm Kills at Least 2 in Florida Panhandle

At least two others were injured, the authorities said. The damage came a day after a tornado destroyed buildings and left several injured in Arkansas.

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Wildfires in Florida Panhandle Are a ‘Beast,’ Official Says

The Chipola Complex, which encompasses three fires, has burned more than 29,000 acres so far. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced over $6 million in relief funds for families affected by the fires.

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Florida Fire Consumes 1,400 Acres and Continues to Grow

By Saturday afternoon, more than 24 hours after the fire began, dry conditions and high winds were continuing to make it hard to contain the flames.

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Matt Gaetz, Loyal for Years to Trump, Is Said to Have Sought a Blanket Pardon

The congressman was at the time under investigation over whether he violated sex trafficking laws, though it was unclear what he knew of the inquiry.

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America’s New Whale Is Now at Extinction’s Doorstep

Just 50 or so remain, eking it out in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

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Businessman Pays Overdue Utility Bills for Dozens of Floridians, Again

Mike Esmond knew what it was like to be broke and get his heat cut off in a brutal winter. So, for the second year in a row, he paid residents’ overdue utility bills in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

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Tropical Storm Zeta Churns Toward Louisiana

The state already has been slammed by Hurricanes Laura and Delta, which hit the coast during the tumultuous 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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Tropical Storm Zeta Approaches Gulf Coast

Zeta is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall in the United States on Wednesday. It is the 27th named storm of an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season.

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Hurricane Delta Barrels Toward Mexico

The category 3 storm is expected to hit the Yucatán Peninsula on Wednesday before heading to the northern Gulf Coast at the end of the week.

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Sizing Up the Rural-Urban Travel Divide: Who’s Up and Who’s Down

Remote U.S. destinations, where social distancing is easier, are generally faring better than cities, which are trying hard to get a bigger share of the leisure crowd.

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Hurricane Sally Slams the Florida Panhandle With Deluge of Rain

The sluggish storm veered east and intensified before making landfall near the Alabama and Florida state line. Residents and officials said they were not anticipating a direct hit.

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