'Epic' California wildfire forces thousands to flee
A lethal combination of drought, heat and voracious bark beetles has killed 26 million trees in the Sierra Nevada over the last eight months -- an alarming finding for a state already raging with wildfires fueled by desiccated landscapes.
The dire estimate offered Wednesday by federal officials brings the loss of trees since 2010 to at least 66 million, a number that is expected to increase considerably throughout the year, despite an average winter of rain and snow that brought some relief to urban Californians.
Repeated thunderstorms with heavy rain have caused the worst flash flooding in years in West Virginia. Much of the state received 3 to 5 inches, however the area from Charleston to White Sulphur Springs eastward into Virginia near Covington had 9 to 11 inches.