Oct 26, 2020

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As flames approach, Irvine mom collects her crying kids, passports and flees home

Lana Salameh, 45, had just dropped off her two youngest children to school and returned home in Irvine’s Eastwood community.The sky was a dull orange, trees were falling outside and smoke was seeping in the house, but she had not been informed that school was canceled.She returned to grab her 9-year-old daughter, Farah Abdelbari, whose tears were soaking her pink mask at Eastwood Elementary School. She then picked up her 11-year-old son, Omar.“They were scared, it wasn’t easy,” Salameh said. “My kids were crying, but we had to leave.” They grabbed their passports and some bananas before arriving at Quail […]Read full article >
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Ferocious winds force closure of Ontario Airport

Intense winds buffeting Southern California have sparked at least one wildfire and led to the closure of Ontario International Airport.The San Bernardino County airport announced the closures on Twitter just before noon Monday. Airport spokesman Steve Lambert said all departures and arrivals were either being canceled, delayed or redirected because of the strong winds.Dan Gregoria, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in San Diego, said gusts at the airport on Monday had clocked in as high as 70 mph and likely would not dissipate for several hours. “Through the rest of the afternoon,” Gregoria said, […]Read full article >
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Silverado fire: Evacuation areas, road and school closures, shelters in Irvine

The fast-moving, wind-driven Silverado fire was burning in the hills north of Irvine on Monday, closing major roads and threatening homes.Here’s what we know:Road closures Portola Parkway from Highway 241 to Jamboree Road Highway 241 from Highway 133 to SantiagoSantiago Canyon Road from Cooks to Highway 241 Evacuations A mandatory evacuation order was issued for about 60,000 residents in Irvine, including all homes north of Irvine Boulevard between Bake Parkway and Jamboree Road, officials said.Evacuation centers University Community Center1 Beech Tree LaneIrvine, CA 92612Quail Hill Community Center39 Shady Canyon DriveIrvine, CA […]Read full article >
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‘The virus doesn’t take a break’: L.A. County nears new milestones in coronavirus cases, deaths

Fueled by a backlog of previously unreported tests, Los Angeles County on Monday was poised to surpass two unwelcomed milestones in its fight against the novel coronavirus: 300,000 cases and 7,000 deaths.The magnitude of those figures, officials say, reinforce the importance of continued caution in the face of a pandemic that is surging to new heights in many parts of the country. “As we move closer to the tragic milestone of 7,000 deaths in L.A. County and are seeing an increase in cases, please remember the choices we each make every day have a significant impact on whether we slow the spread of the virus,” county public […]Read full article >
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Earthquake: Magnitude 3.6 quake reported near Napa, Calif.

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Monday at 6:38 a.m. Pacific time 14 miles from Napa, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The earthquake occurred 16 miles from Santa Rosa, Calif., 19 miles from Sonoma, Calif., 19 miles from Vacaville, Calif., and 21 miles from Fairfield, Calif.In the past 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three year data sample. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 4.5 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting […]Read full article >