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  • U.S. Geological Survey(PUNA, Hawaii) -- New evacuations were underway in Hawaii as active lava flows Saturday evening caused brush fires to spread in Puna, the easternmost district on the Big Island.As of 6:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET on Sunday), officials were unsure how many homes in the region the new evacuation orders would affect, but they were going door to door to check on residents.Many of the people in the area had already voluntarily evacuated, a spokesperson for the mayor's office told ABC News.The mayor's office also confirmed the first injury since Kilauea erupted on May 3. The spokesperson said a homeowner on Noni Farms Road in the hard-hit town of Pahoa was sitting on his balcony when he was hit with lava splatter. The man was hit on the leg and shattered everything from the shin down to his foot, the spokesperson said. The man was rushed to the hospital for treatment.The lava erupting from Kilauea can be as hot as 2,000 degrees, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), though it cools by hundreds of degrees once it hits the open air.Officials were also concerned about two fissures that had merged near MacKenzie State Park and was approaching the ocean, forming what is called "laze.""Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air," the Civil Defense Agency warned in a statement Saturday evening. "Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation. Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning."There have now been 22 different fissures to open in the Puna district since the May 3 eruption triggered the current problems on the island.The Civil Defense Agency said on Friday night that 40 homes were threatened in Puna by the fast-moving lava spewing from the 20th fissure. Four residents had to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters on Friday after they were cut off by the lava flow.Large plumes of ash erupted from Kilauea on Saturday afternoon, as well. The USGS told ABC News that the plume was another of the ongoing phreatic -- or steam-driven -- explosions that have been seen over the past few days. The ash cloud on Saturday wasn't as high as ones earlier in the week.A larger blast took place at about midnight on Saturday (6 a.m. ET), with the ash threatening five neighborhoods southwest of the volcano. The Civil Defense Agency had warned residents to stay indoors and keep windows closed until the hazard had passed.An eruption on Thursday sent an ash plume 30,000 feet into the air, according to officials. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After a week of rainy weather, the East Coast is finally digging out of a wet and cool pattern.A stubborn stationary front that has been sitting in the mid-Atlantic for the last week has finally dissipated, and a cold front will dry things out in the next 24 hours.The cold front is draped from the Northeast into the Midwest and the southern Plains on Sunday morning.On Saturday, the front brought up to 100 damaging storm reports from Missouri to Texas, with winds near 70 mph and hail the size of tennis balls.The cold front will bring a few showers to the Northeast on Sunday afternoon, but the most important part is that it will finally clear out of the Northeast by Sunday evening.At the same time, a low pressure system will be moving along this cold front in the Ohio Valley, bringing strong storms. Some heavy rain is also possible, with slow-moving thunderstorms.More storms are also possible in central and northern Texas due to the trailing front there.By Monday afternoon, beautiful conditions are expected in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic with a drier and mild air mass in place.Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms will continue in the Ohio Valley because of the low pressure and the frontal system.There is bad news for the Carolinas, where the front will stall again with showers for hard-hit areas in North Carolina. There should not be a ton of rain in the East, but an additional inch or two is possible over the next couple of days, especially in the Carolinas.Despite a few showers in the East on Sunday, a much warmer day is expected with increased sunshine. Temperatures will be in the 80s all the way into New England. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Scott Olson/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Texas) -- At least five vigils will be held in the coming days to mourn the 10 people killed when a 17-year-old student allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday morning.Ten other people, including a police officer, were wounded when Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly burst into an art room with a shotgun and a .38 revolver, both of which appear to be legally owned by his father.Pagourtzis is in custody and has been charged with capital murder.Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."Among the dead are students Chris Stone, Aaron McLeod and Kimberly Vaughan, as well as art room teacher's aide Cynthia Tisdale.Sabika Sheikh, a student from Pakistan who was at Santa Fe High School for an exchange program, was also killed."I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sabika Sheikh," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. "Sabika was in the United States on the State Department-sponsored Youth Exchange and Study program, helping to build ties between the United States and her native Pakistan. Sabika’s death and that of the other victims is heartbreaking and will be mourned deeply both here in the United States and in Pakistan."Freshman Peter Matuza said he was in art class when he heard two explosions and ducked under a table.The gunman shot Peter’s friend with a shotgun before turning and opening fire with a revolver, Peter told ABC News.Students were running and screaming, and one student flipped a table over for cover, Peter said.Peter said he made eye contact with the suspect, noting, "He had a face of rage.""He could have killed me right there," he said.The gunman then “walked through a closet that went straight to the adjacent art room and began opening fire in there, as well,” Peter said.Pagourtzis allegedly wrote in journals that he wanted to carry out the shooting and then commit suicide, but he gave himself up to authorities, according to Abbott.At the Santa Fe Police Department, Pagourtzis gave a statement admitting to shooting multiple people inside the school with the intent of killing people, according to a probable cause affidavit.Pagourtzis also allegedly stated during the interview that he did not shoot students he liked "so he could have his story told," the affidavit states.There were no warning signs, and the suspect doesn't have a criminal history, officials said.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Heavy rain fell across much of the country on Friday, but relief will not come this weekend.More than 7 inches of rain fell in just a few hours across parts of western North Carolina on Friday, stranding motorists, prompting water rescues and several mudslides in the area. New Orleans saw 4.5 inches of rain in just an hour, flooding city streets. Even Boulder, Colorado, saw 2 inches of rain in a short period of time, resulting in flash flooding.Two areas of low pressure with a frontal boundary stretch from the Plains into the mid-Atlantic on Saturday morning.Heavy rain continues from New Jersey to the Carolinas, while severe storms are expected in the Plains on Saturday.Flood watches and flash flood warnings stretch from southern New Jersey to South Carolina.A low pressure system and a warm front will continue to move north throughout the day Saturday, bringing heavy rain to the Northeast and New England.Heavy, flooding rain should be over by Saturday night since just a few showers are expected for Sunday along the East Coast.Through the next 24 to 48 hours, an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain are forecast for the East Coast. The heaviest rain will fall in the eastern Carolinas, where up to 2 to 3 inches are possible locally.Severe weather moves eastThere were five reports of tornadoes on Friday in Kansas with nearly 70 damaging storm reports, mostly in the Plains.On Sunday, as the storm system moves east, the severe weather threat will move into more-populated areas from Iowa to Texas, including Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; Oklahoma City; Abilene, Texas; and San Angelo, Texas.The biggest threat on Saturday with these storms will be damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes. Flash flooding is also possible with the slow-moving thunderstorms. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • moodboard/Thinkstock(GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.) -- The 5-year-old girl who was attacked and dragged by a bear in Colorado on Mother’s Day is in "good health and good spirits" after getting released from the hospital, according to a statement from St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado.Kimberly Cyr wandered out of her home in East Orchard Mesa at around 2:30 a.m. to investigate a noise that she thought was a dog, according to her mother. The noise turned out to have come from a bear, which then attacked her. When Kimberly’s mother heard her screaming, she ran out of the house and scared the bear away.A statement posted to Facebook on Friday from the hospital reads that Kimberly's "injuries have healed sufficiently for the approval of her discharge from the hospital. She continues the process of healing in the care of her family and medical caregivers.”Three days after the attack, officers killed the bear that attacked the girl, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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