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'We built it for the big one’: How this Mexico Beach house survived Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle and into Georgia after making landfall on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Mexico Beach, Florida, was among the hardest-hit locations. The city was almost completely flattened from the storm. However, amid the incredible destruction, one home stood high on stilts above the wreckage, appearing largely untouched and pristine.

Police footage shows mother's panic after leaving infant in hot car on 100-plus-degree day

August 23, 2019

No parent believes that this will happen to him or her, but time and time again this summer, stories involving children being left in hot cars have continued to emerge -- sometimes with tragic outcomes. Newly released body-cam footage captured a mother's worst nightmare: Her answering to police after they found her infant trapped alone in a hot car.

The police footage shows a dramatic scene between a mother and a police officer after she left her 5-month-old baby alone in a hot car in Goodyear, Arizona, on June 16. Stacey Holly, 37, can be seen in the video hysterically speaking to officers in the parking lot of a local Target retail store.

Underwater robots deployed and on patrol in Lake Erie

August 21, 2019

What may appear to some as a torpedo soaring through the water, is actually a device that may help scientists detect potential health hazards. Robots are diving underwater to hunt down harmful algae blooms (HABs) to gather data that could help save lives and refine forecasts for blooms in Lake Erie, as well as other bodies of water like the Gulf of Mexico.


Algae are simple photosynthetic organisms that live in the sea and freshwater. HABs occur when they grow out of control while producing toxic or harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, marine mammals and birds. HABs can have an array of negative impacts on ecosystems and humans, according to the National Ocean Service (NOS).

Thermostat temperature setting suggested by federal program ignites uproar

August 20, 2019

The coolest temperature Americans should keep their thermostats set to is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Energy Star, a federal program aimed at energy efficiency and cost savings for consumers. But many on social media do not agree with that recommendation.

And social media users were even more vocal in objecting to Energy Star's recommendation for nighttime thermostat settings.

50 years later: Hurricane Camille was a 2-part disaster that remains 1 of the costliest storms ever

August 19, 2019

Half a century has gone by since Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast, yet the storm remains one of the most powerful and costly hurricanes on record to make landfall in the United States.

Camille was the second-most-intense hurricane to hit the U.S. and remains one of only four Category 5 hurricanes to strike the mainland U.S. The storm resulted in at least 259 fatalities and caused nearly $1.4 billion in damages at the time, which equates to about $9.7 billion (2018 USD).

'Lucky to be alive:' Kayakers capture harrowing close encounter with collapsing glacier on video

August 16, 2019

A sensational video shared online shows the collapse of a massive glacier in Alaska and the two men who had an up-close encounter with a powerful force of nature that left them feeling lucky to be alive. They were also lucky to capture the epic moment on camera.

The two kayakers, Josh Bastyr and Andrew Hooper, who operate the YouTube channels Steering South and Home With the Hoopers, respectively, ventured out near the glacier on Saturday, Aug. 10. The two men took a one-night camping and kayaking trip to Spencer Glacier. Spencer Glacier rises about 3,500 feet above the glacial lake and encompasses royal-blue icebergs in the Chugach National Forest, located just 60 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska.

Whopping 18 inches of hail accumulates in parts of Michigan

August 15, 2019

After record-breaking hailstones fell from the skies over Coloradoearlier this week, a powerful thunderstorm unleashed significant amounts of hail in Michigan on Wednesday. In this case, it was the accumulation of hail, not the mass of individual stones, that captured onlookers' attention.

In some places, as much as 18 inches of hail accumulated.

Record-breaking hailstone in Colorado: 'Big hail like this can easily kill people'

August 14, 2019

Monster hail fell from the sky and hammered areas of the central United States on Tuesday, possibly shattering a state record. Earlier on Tuesday before the storms developed, AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer warned that Colorado's state hail record could be in jeopardy given the intensity of the storms that he saw developing.

Timmer's early prediction may have come to fruition, as potential record-setting hail fell in Bethune, Colorado, on Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Goodland, Kansas. While the NWS is still investigating and working to verify the details about the size of the hail, photos show hail that appears to be more than 5 inches in length.

15 years later: Looking back at Hurricane Charley, the first of a 'nightmare' hurricane season for Florida

August 13, 2019

Fifteen years ago, destructive Hurricane Charley made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane along the Florida Gulf coastline on Aug. 13, 2004.

Charley was the first in a series of storms that hit the Florida coast in the 2004 season. AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski described the year as a “nightmare” for the state in terms of tropical storms.

Woman urges caution after beloved dogs die abruptly following day at North Carolina pond

August 12, 2019

With the dog days of summer upon us, many residents may head to their local beaches or lakes to cool off from the heat. Some may want to take their furry friends to splash around in the water. But before diving in with your pets, beware of toxic algae that could be lurking in the water and is deadly to canines.

Last Thursday, tragedy struck a doggy play date at a local pond near midtown Wilmington, North Carolina, when three pups died swimming in water containing toxic algae. Melissa Martin and Denise Mintz took their beloved dogs Abby, Izzy and Harpo to cool off from the intense summer heat.

'Stop! Stop! She’s under!' Police perform treacherous water rescue along dam

August 02, 2019

It was a warm, pleasant day in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, prompting some residents to take advantage of the city’s numerous lakes and rivers. What likely started as a fun idea quickly escalated into a potentially life-threatening experience for two residents.

Along the Des Moines River, two people found themselves in a precarious situation when their inflatable raft capsized near a dam. The Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) said in a Facebook postthat they were notified of people yelling for help near the Scott Street Dam in Des Moines around 9:30 p.m., local time, on Monday, July 29.