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  • KXJB(NEW YORK) -- The western storm that brought the flooding and mudslides to Southern California crossed the Rockies overnight and is redeveloping and strengthening in the Great Plains on Thursday morning.Up to a foot of snow fell in parts of southern Wyoming and blizzard conditions with up to 6 inches of snow have been reported in North Dakota.On the southern side of the storm, winds gusted to 68 mph in Midland, Texas, producing dust storm and reducing visibility close to zero.Dozens of states are under warnings, advisories and watches for snow, ice, flooding and damaging winds from the Dakotas down to Mississippi and all the way to Maine.The storm system is moving through the Great Plains and parts of the mid-South with snow and blizzard conditions in the Northern Plains and thunderstorms in the southern plains.By Friday morning, the storm system will bring colder air to the Tennessee, Mississippi and Ohio valleys and will change any rain to snow and ice, with heavy accumulation forecast.The heavy rain and a few thunderstorms will spread into the Carolinas and eventually into the Northeast.By Friday evening and night, the storm system will pick up lots of moisture from the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Ocean, which will strengthen the storm, dumping heavy snow and ice for the interior Northeast.Along the coast, a flood watch is in place from just north of New York City to Hartford, Connecticut, into Boston and Maine for as much as 2 to 3 inches of rain on top of the melting snow. This combination could produce flooding of local rivers and streams.Snow accumulations in the Midwest will be up to a half a foot with ice accumulation of a quarter of an inch possible from Mississippi to Tennessee and Indiana.In the interior Northeast, snowfall totals up to a foot in New England are possible. Ice could accumulate up to half an inch.Behind the storm, another arctic outbreak will move into the eastern U.S. from the Great Plains into the Northeast and the South.Bitter cold air moves into the Midwest Thursday as temperatures are forecast to crash all day.The worst of the cold moves into the Northeast and the Southeast on Saturday night into Sunday morning. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As Southern California continues to dig out from deadly mudslides and flooding, the only good news is that the storm is over and has left the state.The highest rainfall total in San Bernardino County was 7.69 inches in the last 48 hours, while Ventura County saw as much as 5.9 inches.The storm is moving west on Wednesday morning. Ahead of the storm, dozens of states from Arizona to Wisconsin have wind and snow alerts as the storm moves across the country.The storm is moving through the Rockies on Wednesday morning, and is expected to strengthen as it moves into the Great Plains.By Thursday, the storm system will move into the Mississippi Valley with snow for the Northern Plains and thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds for the valley and the Deep South.The storm system picks up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic by Friday, bringing heavy rain to the East Coast from the Carolinas to Maine. Some flash flooding is possible.Behind the storm system, much colder air will turn any leftover precipitation into snow. Snowfall totals could surpass half a foot from the Rockies into the Midwest and eventually inland in the Northeast by the weekend.January thaw continues in EastSnow and ice continues to melt in the Midwest and the Northeast Wednesday as above normal temperatures continue for the regions.Forecast highs will be near 50 from Chicago to Detroit Wednesday, about 15 to 20 degrees above normal.The warmth moves into the Northeast by Friday, accompanied by very heavy rain.Temperatures in the 50s and even 60s are possible from Washington, D.C. to Boston on Friday. These temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees above normal for January. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(PORT RICHEY, Fla.) -- A cashier who works in the Florida 7-Eleven where the winning ticket for the $450 million Mega Millions prize was sold says has "no idea" who hit the jackpot.Rachel Vanderwiede is one of two clerks at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, Florida, who could have sold the Quick Pick ticket that won Friday night's drawing, she told ABC News on Monday.While Vanderwiede said "nobody knows" the identity of the new multi-millionaire, people who live in the small town, which is about 40 miles northwest of Tampa, are speculating on which of their approximately 3,000 neighbors could be a secret winner."It's driving everyone nuts," she said. "They wanna know why [he or she] hasn't come forward."Vanderwiede said she hopes the winner is one of the neighborhood residents, estimating that about 80 percent of her customers at the 7-Eleven on Ridge Road are regulars."I really do hope it was one of our locals -- someone that comes in on a regular basis and, hopefully, deserves it very much," she added.The winning numbers for the fourth-largest Mega Millions jackpot were drawn just before 11 p.m. Friday. They are 28,30,39,59,70 and a Mega Ball of 10.The owner of the Port Richey 7-Eleven will receive $100,000 for selling the ticket.Vanderwiede said she was "absolutely floored" when she found out the store sold the winning ticket and immediately congratulated her boss."This is gonna be great for the store, great for publicity, great for customer service," she said.The winner has 180 days after the drawing to claim the money but must file the claim within 60 days to obtain the one-time, lump-sum cash option, which amounts to $281.2 million.Florida lottery officials anticipate that it'll be a few more days before the winner comes forward. Don Creley, district manager of the Florida Lottery, told ABC News Monday, adding that it's "quite unusual" for a winner to claim the prize within a day or two.Creley advised the winner to "make sure they have all their ducks in a row" before filing the claim, which includes signing the back of the ticket, securing the ticket and seeking professional legal and accounting advice.The winner will then travel to Tallahassee to file the claim at the state capital's district office, Creley said. The process will take about three hours and will include setting up a wire transfer or payment schedule, he said."Basically, people get the money within 24 hours" of filing the claim, Creley said. After the winner comes forward, Florida lottery officials will then release their name, age and city of residence, he added.The Mega Millions win will have a "tremendous impact" on the Port Richey community, which has never sold a jackpot that big, Creley said. The news was the "talk of the town" over the weekend, he added."It's crazy huge," Vanderwiede said. "No one has ever won like that around here."A total of $18.1 million was generated for education in the state of Florida from the $450 million jackpot, Creley said. Since the Florida Lottery was founded, it was given more than $32 billion to education in the state, allowing 775,000 students to attend college through the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, he said.Two people won large lottery prizes over the weekend, with both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots worth more than $1 billion combined. On Saturday, a ticket-holder in New Hampshire won the $560 million Powerball jackpot, but that winner has not yet come forward, either, according to New Hampshire lottery officials."This is a life-changing sum of money," Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, told ABC News, advising the Powerful winner to “take their time and seek advice” before claiming their prize."We’ll hold onto the money for an entire year, as that’s how long our winner may take to claim this prize in New Hampshire,” he said. “But hope we don’t have to wait that long to meet you, issue a check and offer our congrat
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) -- Officials have ordered thousands of people who were affected by recent wildfires in Southern California to evacuate as an upcoming winter storm poses a threat for mudslides and flash floods.
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  • ABC News(FREDERICKSON, WA) -- A suspect is in custody after a sheriff's deputy in Washington state was shot and killed while responding to a 911 call late Sunday night, authorities said.Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney was shot just after 11:30 p.m. while responding to a call reporting a home intruder, a sheriff's office official said. In the 911 call, "dispatchers could hear screaming and a scuffle taking place," the sheriff's office said.McCartney, the first deputy to arrive, became involved in a foot chase with a suspect, "during which shots were fired and the deputy was struck," the sheriff's office said. He was taken to a hospital in Tacoma and died, the sheriff's office said.Two suspects were involved, one of whom was also shot and died at the scene, the sheriff's office said.The deceased suspect is between 34 and 35 years old but will not be identified until next of kin has been notified, officials said.A manhunt ensued for the second suspect, who a sheriff's office official stressed should be considered armed and dangerous.The suspect was found in a search area many miles away from the shooting scene after he gave a state trooper a fake name, according to Pierce County authorities. He was then arrested for obstructing justice and was later booked into jail on first-degree murder charges, officials said. He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.Investigators also found a second weapon and now have weapons from both suspects, according to the sheriff's office. It is unclear who fired the shots that struck and killed the deputy, officials said.It is unclear if more suspects were involved in the shooting, authorities said.A school district in the area said it canceled classes for Monday because of the ongoing police investigation.McCartney, 34, was a married Navy veteran with three sons, ages 4, 6 and 9, a sheriff's office official said. He had been with the sheriff's office for four years, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said."This was a murder," Pastor told reporters."Take a minute and think about what it means to stand up and step forward ... to live a life of duty and obligation and sacrifice as deputy McCartney did," Pastor said. "This man stepped forward and he lost his life as a result of working to protect the community."The Pierce County Sheriff's Office wrote on Twitter, "We are with his family now, and we ask that you please keep his family, friends, and our department in your thoughts and prayers."Condolences have poured in for the fallen deputy.
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