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J.J. Watt’s Harvey fundraising pushes past $20 million

J.J. Watt’s rush to continue raising money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the historic flooding in and around Houston that followed the Aug. 25-30 storm broke the $20 million mark, as his online crowdfunding site pushed past that threshold about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to USA Today.

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Watt pledged $100,000 to the Red Cross fund when he started it with the goal of raising $200,000.

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“It’s such a testament to the people out there," Watt said Sunday after donations of $1 million from Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, $1 million from Walmart, $200,000 from hip-hop artist Drake and $50,000 from NBA star Chris Paul.

Watt, an all-pro defensive end for the Houston Texans, said Sunday when the total raised was at $17 million. “It’s such a testament to how much good there is in the world.’’

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Many NFL owners and players have pledged money to Harvey victims, including Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who has committed $1 million.

Sandra Bullock donates $1M to American Red Cross for Harvey relief

Actress Sandra Bullock has given $1 million to the American Red Cross’s Harvey Relief Fund, People magazine reports

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The “The Proposal” and “Minions” star, who owns a home in Austin, Texas, told the magazine that her decision was made in an attempt to bring people together. 

>> Hurricane Harvey: Celebs pledge help to those affected by storms

“I’m just grateful I can do it,” she told People. “We all have to do our part...There are no politics in eight feet of water. There are human beings in eight feet of water.”

>> Harvey makes second landfall in Louisiana (live updates)

Bullock is just one of many celebrities who have donated their time or money for Tropical Storm Harvey relief. Among others, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has started a fundraiser that has raised more than $5 million since Sunday, and comedian Kevin Hart said he will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross, and urged his celebrity friends to do the same. 

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Tropical Storm Harvey has dumped more than 50 inches of rain over Houston and its surrounding areas, the greatest amount of rainfall ever recorded in the 48 contiguous states from one storm. As of early Wednesday morning, 19 people were confirmed dead as a result of the storm. 

Winter blizzard 2017: How much snow will Boston get? The forecast has changed

The snow, freezing rain and sleet that began in the Mid-Atlantic region on Monday and moved toward New England early Tuesday has delivered on the promise of miserable conditions, slick roads and power outages, but a slight change in forecast is changing estimated snow accumulation for some.

According to Fox and the National Weather Service, the storm is tacking closer than expected to the Northeast coast, shifting the heaviest precipitation inland, west of the Interstate 95 corridor.

This shift will likely cut the expected amounts of snowfall accumulation in the Boston metro area. Western Massachusetts, however, can expect significant snow by Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters say that anything from 1-4 inches an hour is possible there.

However, revised snow accumulation estimates are not near the 24 inches forecast for Boston on Monday. The newest forecast calls for 8-12 inches of snow in the metro area.

According to the NWS, “Near the I-95 corridor from Boston to Washington D.C., sleet, freezing rain, even some rain is possible before changing back to snow and ending from south to north.”

The storm, coming days before the official start of spring, closed schools, business and led to hundreds of flights being canceled at Logan International Airport.

While the storm is setting up to intensify, forecasters are saying that warmer air is also being pulled into the system and will lead to a wintry mix along the coast and east of the I-95 corridor instead of a steady snowfall.

Overall in the region, more than 5,000 flights have been canceled and power is out to more than 100,000 customers from Virginia to Pennsylvania.

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Lightning strike destroys Prius on highway

A man driving down an Oklahoma highway got the shock of his life.

His car was struck by lightning on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Catoosa, Oklahoma, the Claremore Daily Progress reported.

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The strike ended up destroying the 2016 Toyota Prius.

Posted by Claremore Daily Progress on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fire officials responded to a call of an ambulance request. When they got there, they found smoke coming from beneath the hood of the hybrid car. 

The vehicle then caught fire. The car's passengers said there had been a loud noise and that lightning had hit their vehicle. The driver maintained control, but officials said he was shaken up after the lightning strike.

Kirstie Alley criticizes President Obama for response to Louisiana floods

Actress Kirstie Alley set Twitter ablaze on Friday with statements criticizing President Barack Obama's responses to the recent flood crisis in Louisiana.

"On a golf course in Martha’s Vineyard instead of in Louisiana?" she tweeted, along with a Fox News video clip of Obama taking a jab at President George W. Bush for his response to Hurricane Katrina in 2008.

Alley, who has voiced support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, entered a heated debate with social media users, saying the president should have "slipped in" to Louisiana or scheduled an "on-air plea."

A Twitter firestorm of people voicing their stances on Alley's statement ensued immediately after.

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"Do you really think POTUS can 'slip into' a city? You're smarter than that," one Twitter user responded.

Social media users also quickly jumped in to compare and contrast the 43rd and 44th presidents' responses to both natural disasters. Alley seemed to backtrack when she criticized Bush's response to Katrina as well.

"I thought Bush waited too long also! I was in Katrina on day 5 & I'm just a gorgeous actress. THEY needed HELP! I didn't need an invitation,” she tweeted.

The White House said Friday that Obama plans to travel to Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

Erika: What to do now if you live in the cone of uncertainty

Worried about whether Tropical Storm Erika will make landfall in Florida? Experts say  now is the time to prepare.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Refill special medications.
  • Get cash (ATMs may not work for days after).
  • Fill up with gas. Check battery, water, oil. Make sure you have a spare tire and aerosol kits that fix and inflate flats.
  • Check fire extinguishers. Prepare your boat. Prepare your pool. Don’t drain it.
  • Get shutters, storm panels or plywood in place on windows. If you haven’t installed sockets, attach with wood screws; they’re better than nails and do less damage. Don’t tape windows.
  • Move grills, patio furniture and potted plants inside.
  • If you do any last-minute pruning, take clippings inside.
  • Disconnect and remove satellite dish or antenna from your roof.
  • Check your mailbox. If it’s loose, secure or remove it.
  • Remove roof turbines and cap holes with screw-on caps.
  • Prepare patio screening. What’s recommended: Remove a 6-foot panel on each side to let wind pass through.

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Your hurricane kit

  • Flashlights, extra bulbs
  • Clock (wind-up or battery-operated)
  • Battery-operated radio
  • NOAA emergency weather radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Toilet paper
  • Matches (camping stores have waterproof matches)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Working fire extinguisher
  • Clean change of clothes, rain gear, sturdy swamp boots
  • Fully charged battery-operated lanterns. Don’t use candles and kerosene lanterns. They are fire hazards.
  • Map of the area
  • List of phone numbers
  • Copy of insurance policy



Get enough nonperishable food to last two weeks.

  • Water: Enough for 2 gallons per person/per day, for one-week minimum. Two weeks is ideal.
  • Ice or dry ice
  • Shelf-stable milk and juice boxes
  • Canned and powdered milk
  • Beverages (powdered or canned, fruit juices, instant coffee, tea)
  • Raw vegetables that don’t need refrigeration (will last only a few days)
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Dried fruits
  • Prepared foods (canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash, packaged pudding)
  • Snacks (crackers, cookies, hard candy, unsalted nuts)
  • Snack spreads (nut butters, cheese spreads, jelly)
  • Cereals
  • Sugar, salt, pepper
  • Bread
  • Dry and canned pet food



  • Hand tools: hammer, screwdrivers to use now, shovel and pickax for after the storm
  • Quarter-inch machine screw sockets and screws
  • Plastic sheeting to cover furniture
  • Rope
  • Sturdy working gloves
  • Duct tape to waterproof items; masking tape isn’t strong enough
  • Canvas tarps
  • Sturdy nails
  • Broom, mop, squeegee



Two-week supply of prescription drugs. Your first-aid kit should include:


  • Insect repellent sprays
  • Citronella candles, insect bite lotion
  • Petroleum jelly, for itching
  • Ointments for burns, cuts
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra over-the-counter medicine (for colds, allergies, cough)
  • Aspirin, acetaminophen, antacid
  • Children’s medicines
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Iodine, disinfectant
  • Wet wipes, moist towelettes
  • Medic Alert tags
  • Thermometer
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Sterile rolls
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Roller bandages
  • Tweezers, needles
  • Adhesive tape
  • Safety pins
  • Latex gloves



  • Waterless hand sanitizer
  • Manual can opener
  • Water purification tablets
  • Bottle opener
  • Matches in a plastic bag
  • Pocket knife
  • Camp stove or other cooking device and plenty of fuel.
  • Ice chests or coolers
  • Paper plates, napkins
  • Plastic cups, utensils
  • Plastic bags, jugs or containers for water and ice



Disposable diapers, wipes, ointment, medicine

Storms hit just as missing Florida boys took off

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Shortly after Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen left the safety of Jupiter Inlet Friday afternoon, the skies darkened.

A line of strong thunderstorms was tracked by the National Weather Service, smacking Hobe Sound with wind gusts of up to 40 mph and opening the skies to torrential rains. By 2:30, the weather had reached Jupiter.

It’s the kind of storm South Florida summers are known for. They kick up quickly, turning friendly seas dangerous in mere minutes.

“Had they been out over the open water, they could have had some rapidly changing conditions,” said John Pendergrast, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne, about the two 14-year-olds who have been missing since Friday. “It’s too hard to say whether weather directly could have caused whatever it is that happened to them, but there were some localized wind gusts and precipitation.”

Pendergrast said it’s not surprising at all that the boat was found more than 60 miles off Daytona Beach. The strong Gulf Stream current would carry the boat that far.

Officials are still searching for the boys, but the weather, again, may be a factor. While the morning will remain still, storms will boil up this afternoon.

“There’s not too much out there at the moment, but chances things will change increase in the afternoon,” Pendergrast said.

Must-see: Elsa from 'Frozen' arrested in South Carolina

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Tired of recent frigid temperatures, police in Hanahan, South Carolina, jokingly arrested Elsa from Disney's "Frozen" after she allegedly froze a fountain.

According to WCIV-TV in Charleston, event-planning company Glass Slipper Productions staged the arrest, which was captured on camera by Tammy Sakalas of Sakalas Photography. Actress Courtney Fazley played Elsa.

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Police said they let Elsa go after the ice in the fountain melted.

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This isn't the first time the Snow Queen has been in hot water. Last week, police in Harlan, Kentucky, issued a warrant for her arrest, accusing her of bringing dangerous weather to the area.

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