Story highlights North Carolina residents staying at school gym after ordeal They contend no one helped them get away from rising floodwater Rowland, North Carolina (CNN)Jasmine Thompson couldn't sleep, and who could blame her. Floodwaters fed by Hurricane Matthew were slowly rising on the grounds of her apartment complex. The sound of the rushing water kept her awake -- and worried. She thought to herself, "We can't stay in here." Earlier that evening Thompson and her fellow residents at the Lumbee Homes housing complex in southwest Lumberton, North Carolina, had repeatedly called 911, begging for rescue before the waters got too deep. But help never came, they say, so around daybreak the next morning, Thompson and the other 200 or so residents engineered their own rescue. Jasmine Thompson knocked on doors to wake up her neighbors. A shout in the morning As the waters began to rise around the complex on Sunday night and the calls for help continued to go unanswered, … [Read more...] about NC flooding: How 200 neighbors became their own heroes
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ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Dissuaded by snow and dangerous river crossings, some backpackers ditched the popular Pacific Crest Trail in early 2017 and turned to the shorter, less well-known Oregon Coast Trail. But though the trail was declared "hikeable" in 1988, hikers looking to walk it from end to end struggled to navigate gaps between segments and faced unclear signs, few legal camping options and, in general, a trail that wasn't quite ready for them. Now the state is looking for solutions. Previous coverage: Connecting the 367-mile 'unfinished gem' of the Oregon Coast This month, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department held several open house presentations across the state to gather feedback from stakeholders about the trail. The outreach followed guidance established in a law passed by state Legislature in 2017 that requires the department to work with other state agencies, local governments, nonprofits and organizations to develop an action plan. The effort builds on … [Read more...] about Oregon Coast Trail: State gathers feedback to eliminate gaps
SUMBER JAYA, Indonesia — A 30-year-old fisherman was home watching television on Saturday evening when he heard a deep, booming noise offshore. Living on the western coast of Java, the fisherman, Damin, was accustomed to the explosive sounds of the volcanic island, Anak Krakatau, which has erupted almost daily since June. But this time, its roar was unusually loud, he said Tuesday. “We are used to hearing something like that but the sound was so big,” said Mr. Damin, who like many Indonesians uses one name. “It was different. It was like a bomb exploded.” The sound turned out to be the only warning of killer waves, which scientists theorize were produced by a large landslide either above or below the sea surface. They roared ashore in the darkness, barely a half-hour later. And at more than 16 feet, the tallest was more than five times what officials initially had reported. Indonesia, an archipelago with 127 active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes, … [Read more...] about Indonesia Knows Tsunami Threat. But It Was Still Blindsided by Killer Waves.
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Tips and tricks all travelers should know Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. How to find the best – and avoid the worst – hotel room: 1. Note the age of the hotel: The older the hotel, the less comfortable and older the beds will be. 2. Don't forget about safety. The safest rooms are located on the side of the hotel farthest from the front entrance, located above ground level but not on the top floor (nothing higher than the sixth floor), without a balcony and not overlooked by another room. 3. Use a rebooking site. Sites such as Tingo.com or DreamCheaper.com can help you score an upgrade. They look at the reservations you’ve already made. If a nicer room opens up at that price, you automatically get switched over. The Royal Hawaiian A Luxury Collection Resort Fullscreen How to get more comfortable airline seats: 1. Avoid "low cost" carriers. Airlines like Allegiant, … [Read more...] about Crisis-management lessons learned from California’s Highway 1
Versión en español Cayey, Puerto Rico (CNN)People on this part of the island knew Quintín Vidal Rolón for two things: his white cowboy hat, which he seemed to wear every day of his 89-year life; and his beat-up Ford pickup truck, which he'd been driving for at least 50 years. It was in that 1962 truck, and wearing that hat, that Vidal spent his days zipping around the mountainous back roads of Cayey, Puerto Rico. He sold hardware from the wooden bed of the pickup. And he used those tools, and a lifetime of sweat, to build houses -- always in concrete. Like him, the material was nothing if not consistent. It was strong enough to stand up to a storm, he told clients and family members. Don't trust anything less durable. After Hurricane Maria slammed into this US territory on September 20, peeling roofs from wooden homes and amputating branches from trees, the community turned again to Vidal. No one can say exactly how many people survived the storm in the … [Read more...] about We surveyed 112 Puerto Rican funeral homes to check the accuracy of the hurricane death toll. This is what we found.