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Jekyll Island took devastating blow from Irma, officials say

Though many of Georgia's coastal communities took a harder hit during Hurricane Matthew last year, officials assessing the damage of Tropical Storm Irma say it carved a devastating path across Jekyll Island.

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NFL rookie Deshaun Watson donates first game check to Harvey victims

Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson gets a hug. Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson gets a hug.
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The former Clemson University star was captured on video by the team as he distributed three envelopes with ribbons on them to three women who work in the team's cafeteria.

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Insured losses from Hurricane Irma exceeds $300 million

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Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens reported Thursday that insured losses from Hurricane Irma in the state of Georgia exceeds $300 million, after more than 50,000 property related insurance claims had been reported.

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Trump waives cargo restrictions to speed help to Puerto Rico

Residents line up gas cans as they wait for a gas truck to service an empty gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Loiza, Puerto Rico. AP photo Residents line up gas cans as they wait for a gas truck to service an empty gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Loiza, Puerto Rico. AP photo
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Republicans and Democrats had urged Trump to waive the Jones Act.

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Local dispatchers return to Hamilton Co. after helping with Irma relief in Florida Video included

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A team of Hamilton County 911 dispatchers returned from Naples, Florida on Sunday after spending seven days there answering calls for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. 

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Local group with ties to Puerto Rico helping Hurricane Maria victims

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The last time Jocelyn Loza spoke to her mother in Puerto Rico was a few days before Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

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Local students collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey victims Video included

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For about two weeks the middle and high school students at East Hamilton School have been collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey victims.

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Irma hits Georgia's pecan, cotton crop; could boost peanuts

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Georgia's agricultural leaders say Irma's path through the state has left pecan and cotton crops vulnerable, but could signal a boon for another signature state crop.

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Channel 3 and Red Cross team up to host Hurricane Relief Telethon Video included

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As we learn more about the damage from Hurricane Irma, we know the need for victims continues to grow. Here's how you can help.

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RAM sends volunteers to help Irma victims in the Caribbean

RAM is sending a small group of volunteers to help hurricane victims in the British Virgin Islands as well as St. Martin. (Photo: WBIR) RAM is sending a small group of volunteers to help hurricane victims in the British Virgin Islands as well as St. Martin. (Photo: WBIR)
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The organization is using the community's support to carry them to those who lost everything in the storm.

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Chainsaw-wielding nun helps with Irma cleanup

Sister Margaret Ann with her trusty chain saw. Sister Margaret Ann with her trusty chain saw.
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Police say "acts of kindness" like Sister Margaret Ann's remind residents that they're all part of the same community.

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People displaced by hurricane urged to file for unemployment

Officials say people from out of state who expect to be in Tennessee for an extended period because of damage to their homes or workplaces by Hurricane Irma can file for unemployment insurance.

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Networks set aside hour for hurricane benefit

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The "Hand in Hand" telethon will originate from Los Angeles but also will feature stages in New York and Nashville, Tennessee. Beyonce, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake are among the stars scheduled to participate.

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Signal Mountain man pinned under a fallen tree Video included

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Remnants from Irma slammed the Tennessee Valley; one of the areas hit hardest was Signal Mountain. Some roads were closed Tuesday as crews worked to clean up a big mess.

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Floridian evacuees continue to head north

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Unsure if then Hurricane Irma would hit his home on the east coast of Florida, David Games and his family hit the road. Games evacuated to the Atlanta area on Thursday to stay with family. 

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Irma evacuees in TN may be eligible for unemployment benefits

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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced Tuesday that Hurricane Irma evacuees staying in Tennessee may be eligible for unemployment benefits. 

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Winds from Irma damage the Chattanooga area

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Weather from Hurricane Irma came through the Chattanooga area on Monday evening into Tuesday morning.

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Florida sheriff sued over tough-on-crime approach to Hurricane Irma

Polk County (FL) Sheriff Grady Judd. AP photo Polk County (FL) Sheriff Grady Judd. AP photo
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The sheriff said law enforcement officers would be at every shelter in the county checking identification.

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UPDATE: Cool and breezy with light showers

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The remnants of Irma will hang around for a couple of days, not posing much more of a threat other than the occasional wind gust.

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UPDATE: Downed trees on roads across Channel 3 viewing area

Photo of CPD blocking off W Road by WRCB reporter Taneisha Cordell. Photo of CPD blocking off W Road by WRCB reporter Taneisha Cordell.
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Crews working to remove the trees tell Channel 3, it's unclear how many trees are down on the road.

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Closings & delays

Some schools have closed for the day or will delay the start of classes.

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UPDATE: Power outages in the Channel 3 viewing area

File photo by WRCB. File photo by WRCB.
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The weather moving through the Channel 3 viewing area is causing some power outages Monday.

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UPDATE: Walker County opens up storm shelters Video included

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Walker County has opened their storm shelters in anticipation of the heavy rains and potentially damaging winds expected.

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HURRICANE IRMA

Storm shelter opens in Murray County

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The shelter is open at Chatsworth Church of God at 1685 Highway 411 in Chatsworth.

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Survivors, relatives, volunteers connect online for Irma aid

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Worried relatives, generous volunteers, frantic neighbors, even medical providers are turning to social media now that Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to communities across Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys.

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Man confirmed killed by tree into house near Atlanta

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 A man in his 50s was killed after a tree fell into his home in Sandy Springs. Multiple trees were snapped and power lines downed as strong winds from Tropical Storm Irma blew through the metro area Monday. 

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UPDATE: Severe weather affecting flights at Chattanooga, Atlanta airports

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Severe weather brought on by Tropical Storm Irma may affect flights in and out of the Chattanooga airport. 

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Irma, now a Tropical Storm, leaves six million without power in Florida

Trees felled by Hurrican Irma in Fort Myers, FL took down powerlines and crashed into homes. AP photo Trees felled by Hurrican Irma in Fort Myers, FL took down powerlines and crashed into homes. AP photo
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The extent of the damage after a day of triple-digit winds and raging waters was slow to emerge as morning broke and officials began assessing the damage while first responders began searching for casualties.

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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane evacuees find shelter in Chattanooga

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Millions of Floridians were ordered to evacuate forcing families desperate to seek shelter, some finding it here in Tennessee. 

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Power outages: How to stay safe and prevent expensive problems

Some things you can do now to prepare for likely power outages and keep yourself safe.

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Chattanooga couple stuck in St. Martin after hurricane airlifted to Puerto Rico by U.S. military

Chris Spear and Melanie Newton Chris Spear and Melanie Newton
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A Chattanooga couple is safe in Puerto Rico after being evacuated by a U.S. military plane from the hurricane-damaged French Caribbean island of St. Martin over the weekend. 

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Red Cross coming to the aid of storm victims

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During their stay, it's the job of Red Cross volunteers to make sure the evacuaees' immediate needs are met.

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UPDATE: Red Cross opens shelter for Irma victims at E. Brainerd Church of Christ

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The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to an emergency shelter to bring personal items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and important documents.

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UPDATE: EPB preparing to respond to impacts of Tropical Storm Irma

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The Tennessee Valley could see wind and rain from the hurricane that could lead to power outages in the area.

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Hurricanes show why drones are the future of disaster relief

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When it comes to assessing damage and spotting people in distress, drones may be hard to beat.

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WATCH LIVE: Hurricane Irma heads north to GA and TN

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Georgia authorities told 540,000 residents to leave the coast and South Carolina ordered nearly 45,000 people to evacuate as Irma was expected to arrive Monday.

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GA Governor declares state of emergency for entire state

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal acting on a recommendation from the Emergency Operations Command, he has expanded the state of emergency to include an additional 65 counties.  

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IRONMAN ON 3

Hurricane Irma destroys Ironman athlete's home ahead of the 70.3 World Championship Video included

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A Saint Martin woman is preparing for her first Ironman World Championship, while her family is recovering from the damage of Hurricane Irma. 

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Bristol Motor Speedway campground open to Irma evacuees

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Bristol Motor Speedway joined several NASCAR venues Friday and opened up their campgrounds to evacuees from Hurricane Irma. 

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Tennessee Valley hotels fill up ahead of Hurricane Irma's potential landfall in Florida Video included

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Hotel clerks in Dalton said they have received hundreds of calls from people trying to get away from Hurricane Irma.

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First hurricane warnings issued as Irma has Miami in its sights

Photo courtesy of NBC News. Photo courtesy of NBC News.
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Hurricane warnings were issued for a large area of southern Florida late Thursday as Hurricane Irma was on a track to slam into Miami after it cut a fatal and destructive path through the Caribbean on Thursday.

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Retired Chattanooga judge is safe in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma

Retired judge Rebecca Stern speaks via Facetime with Channel 3 anchor Lori Mitchell. Retired judge Rebecca Stern speaks via Facetime with Channel 3 anchor Lori Mitchell.
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A longtime Chattanooga judge now living in Puerto Rico posted a message on Facebook to let all of her friends know she survived Hurricane Irma and said “our cats are fine too.”

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Animals arriving in Chattanooga ahead of Hurricane Irma Video included

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The need is so great, they will make an other 22 hour round trip for another group of animals Thursday night.  

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AP Exclusive: Most Florida flood zone property not insured

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Florida's property owners buy far more federal flood insurance than any other state - 1.7 million policies.

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How big brands like Target and Walmart deal with back-to-back hurricanes

Shelves usually stocked with bread and bottled water are barren. AP photo Shelves usually stocked with bread and bottled water are barren. AP photo
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Major retailers must restock in one region while preparing for a potential catastrophe in another.

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Hurricane Irma cancels Southern League Championship

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With the path of Hurricane Irma uncertain, the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs have cancelled the 2017 Southern League Championship Series.

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Hurricane Irma skirts Puerto Rico, leaves 1 million without power

Rescuers check a car  late Wednesday night in the NE section of Puerto Rico. AP photo Rescuers check a car late Wednesday night in the NE section of Puerto Rico. AP photo
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Officials say Irma demolished the tiny island of Barbuda before skirting Puerto Rico on Wednesday night — with its destructive path expected to graze the Dominican Republic before targeting the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos on Friday.

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HELPING HOUSTON

Dayton students help flood victims in town of same name Video included

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Since last Friday students at Dayton City School, known as DCS, have been collecting donations to help students in Dayton, Texas, an area hit hard by Hurricane Harvey's floods.

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Tennessee Valley fire and rescue crews return home from Texas Video included

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They helped rescue and evacuate people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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CMT Artists of the Year event to support hurricane recovery

This year, CMT will use its annual Artists of the Year event to highlight Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts while also recognizing the biggest artists in country music.

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Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5, has Puerto Rico in its sights

Photo courtesy of NBC News. Photo courtesy of NBC News.
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Bottled water, flashlights, batteries and other staples were flying off store shelves across Puerto Rico on Tuesday as nervous residents braced for the arrival of Hurricane Irma — already one of the strongest storms ever recorded and currently packing 185 mph winds.

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After Harvey, insurance drones take to the Texas skies

Laura Shell, center, a Travelers catastrophe claims specialist from Lexington, Va., trains to become a certified drone operator at the insurance company’s Windsor, Conn., training center. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) Laura Shell, center, a Travelers catastrophe claims specialist from Lexington, Va., trains to become a certified drone operator at the insurance company’s Windsor, Conn., training center. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)
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People will use the information from the drones and planes to help make their estimates

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Harvey donations delivered by roadways and runways

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The Museum of Flight is hosting what they call Operation Texas Star, taking truck loads and planes of donations to Texas. 

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Tennessee girl, 5, uses birthday cash to help Harvey victims

A Tennessee kindergartener has used her birthday money to help by water for people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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UPDATE: Local Life Force team helps in Texas

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The team posted on Facebook on Sunday that they assisted another medical aircraft in moving more than 100 critical patients from a large healthcare facility.

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UPDATE: Humane Educational Society receives animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey Video included

A man reaches to take a small dog from a rescue truck at the east Sam Houston Tollway as evacuations continue from flooding in Houston Monday, following Tropical Storm Harvey. AP photo A man reaches to take a small dog from a rescue truck at the east Sam Houston Tollway as evacuations continue from flooding in Houston Monday, following Tropical Storm Harvey. AP photo
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They are preparing to receive up to 100 animals.

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Gas prices increase, some stations run out in Tennessee Valley

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Prices at the pumps are rising and it could be weeks before drivers see any relief. 

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#HELPINGHOUSTON

Volunteers from Tennessee helping with relief efforts after Harvey Video included

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Chattanooga's Salvation Army team has been in Texas for about a week and Friday another team from Tennessee will join them.

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On Muslim holiday, Houston's mosques open to Harvey evacuees

Muslims at Champions Mosque gather for a meal at an Islamic holy day celebration. Houston's Muslim community has opened many of its community centers and sent hundreds of volunteers to serve food and deliver donations. AP photo Muslims at Champions Mosque gather for a meal at an Islamic holy day celebration. Houston's Muslim community has opened many of its community centers and sent hundreds of volunteers to serve food and deliver donations. AP photo
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From Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, American Muslims have been counted both as victims and as participants in the recovery.

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Flood Insurance: Do you need it?

A man stands in the doorway of his flooded home after Hurrciane Harvey dumped record amounts of rainfall in the Gulf Coast of Texas. AP photo A man stands in the doorway of his flooded home after Hurrciane Harvey dumped record amounts of rainfall in the Gulf Coast of Texas. AP photo
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Many people living where Hurricane Harvey hit the hardest do not have flood insurance and that’s sparked a conversation everywhere about who should have it. 

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Harvey victims begin returning home to damage and uncertainty

Friends band together to help Scott Hausman-Weiss remove damp sheet-rock, waterlogged floors, and ruined possessions from his home on Braesvalley Drive, Houston, after it flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Spike Johnson / for NBC News Friends band together to help Scott Hausman-Weiss remove damp sheet-rock, waterlogged floors, and ruined possessions from his home on Braesvalley Drive, Houston, after it flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Spike Johnson / for NBC News
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People here are desperate to go home. But when they finally do, the homecoming can be awful.

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360 video shows Harvey's damage

Mike Stamps stands in the knee-deep water in his Kingwood, TX home. AP photo Mike Stamps stands in the knee-deep water in his Kingwood, TX home. AP photo
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With the water is receding in and around Houston, and some in Harvey’s path are returning home to find extensive damage.  

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UPDATE: Colonial pipeline expected to carry fuel by Sunday

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The Colonial Pipeline runs from the Houston area to New York harbor and includes more than 5,500 miles of pipeline.

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What the Tech? Amazon giving Video included

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There are many ways to give to the relief efforts in Texas. Amazon though, is doing something that’s never been done before. Rather than sending money to the Red Cross, Amazon has put up a Red Cross storefront on its site listing items that are most in need. Now Amazon customers can purchase an item and have it mailed directly to the place it is needed. Pretty cool move by Amazon.

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WATCH LIVE: Aerial video of flooded Houston areas

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Experts have already begun to offer damage estimates, even as the historic floods keep rising.

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Tennessee volunteers on standby after Hurricane Harvey

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Tropical Storm Harvey continued to move inland Wednesday night causing water levels to rise in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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HURRICANE HARVEY

UPDATE: How you can help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey Video included

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Many of you are asking how to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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East Tennessee comfort dog headed to Texas

Jewel, the comfort dog. Jewel, the comfort dog.
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Jewel usually spends her days visiting nursing homes in Loudon. On Friday, she will depart for Austin, Texas, where she will be stationed at evacuation centers and shelters. 

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Flooded Texas chemical plant explodes twice

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The chemical plant in Crosby, Texas — about 20 miles northeast of Houston — was inundated by more than 40 inches of rain by Hurricane Harvey and has been without electricity since Sunday.

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UPDATE: Chattanooga Tent Company collecting diapers for Harvey's tiniest victims

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Help that is needed for the most vulnerable victims of the storms.

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#HelpingHouston

UPDATE: Fire & rescue crews from Bradley Co., East Ridge and Dallas Bay headed to Texas

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Tennessee teams, specially trained in swift water rescue, are headed to Taxes to help with rescue efforts.

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Christie: ‘Reprehensible lies’ from ‘disgraceful’ Cruz on storm aid

Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and NJ Gov. Chris Christie. AP photos Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and NJ Gov. Chris Christie. AP photos
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Cruz's office did not respond to a request for comment.

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Harvey Tragedy: Missing family in van, swept away by floodwaters, found

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The water was too high Monday and Tuesday to find the van, but it was spotted after the flood receded on Wednesday.

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NFL cancels Texans-Cowboys game

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 The reason is apparently to allow the Texans to travel home, as parts of Houston are starting to clear after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

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UPDATE: McKamey helping to rescue pets from Hurricane Harvey flooding

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McKamey Animal Center is working with several national and local animal welfare agencies in both Texas and Louisiana in the wake of  Hurricane Harvey which left thousands of animals homeless and animal shelters flooded and overwhelmed with lost animals.

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#HelpingHouston

Whirlpool Foundation to match employee, retiree donations

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Whirlpool, located in Bradley County, announced it is helping to stretch the donations employees make to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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Harvey hits the Tennessee Valley, in the form of increased gas prices

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In the Tennessee Valley, some gas prices have risen 20 cents since last week.

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How the Hurricane Harvey Book Club is helping little flood victims with words

Kathryn Butler Mills founded the Hurricane Harvey Book Club on Facebook to support her struggling community of little ones. Kathryn Butler Mills founded the Hurricane Harvey Book Club on Facebook to support her struggling community of little ones.
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70 local families were invited to join the public group, asking kids to record videos of themselves reading aloud to share with those who had no books within reach in the floods.

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'People helping people': The story behind this iconic #HurricaneHarvey photo

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It's an image that has become an iconic symbol of resilience in the face of the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, showing the selflessness of rescue workers amidst the catastrophe of the storm. 

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Blood donations needed in Houston

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Blood assurance locations  across the country are asking people in the community to donate blood for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  

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Why Hurricane Frequency Increases August through October

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The Hurricane season for the Gulf and Atlantic is from June 1st through November 1st, but August through October brings the most frequent and more intense storms. 

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What The Tech? Hurricane Harvey

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These days most of us are familiar with spending money online. If you shop at Amazon and buy apps or music from Apple, you can use the credit cards you have on file to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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#HelpingHouston - Day 1: On the road to Houston, with a stop in Baton Rouge

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Channel 3 reporter Tim Pham and photojournalist Charlton McCollum are headed towards Houston to share stories of local volunteers working to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

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Trump arrives in Texas for briefings on Harvey recovery

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, for a trip to Texas to get an update on Harvey relief efforts. AP photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, for a trip to Texas to get an update on Harvey relief efforts. AP photo/Evan Vucci
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"Recovery will be a long and difficult road and the federal government stands ready, willing and able to support that effort," Trump said Monday.

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Anheuser-Busch halts beer production and sends water to Hurricane Harvey victims

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On Monday morning Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville, Georgia, brewery traded in hops for helping hands. 

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After Harvey leaves, Houston faces years of rebuilding

Volunteer rescue boats make their way into a flooded subdivision to rescue stranded residents as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Volunteer rescue boats make their way into a flooded subdivision to rescue stranded residents as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Disaster-response experts agree that it could be years before Houston returns to its old self.

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Organization flies donations to Texas

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One local organization is taking to the skies to help people in Texas. The Museum of Flight is loading up a cargo plane and a truck full of donations to give to first reponders and victims.

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Volunteers from southeast TN heading to the Gulf Coast

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Red Cross volunteers from Southeast Tennessee are on their way to Texas to help in the agency's relief effort to provide shelter, food and comfort to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

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Tennessee organization starts Harvey relief fund

A Tennessee organization has established a recovery fund to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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WATCH LIVE: Texas governor hold news conference on Harvey flooding, cleanup

Gov. Greg Abbott holds a news conference to update the latest on Tropical Storm Harvey. Gov. Greg Abbott holds a news conference to update the latest on Tropical Storm Harvey.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds a news conference to update the latest on Tropical Storm Harvey.

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BBB warns of possible scam using Hurricane Harvey to make money

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The Better Business Bureau wants people to be aware of scammers trying to make a quick buck off of Hurricane Harvey.

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30,000 people to be placed in shelters after Hurricane Harvey

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"This is a landmark event for Texas," Brock Long, FEMA's administrator, told reporters. "Texas has never seen an event like this."

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Country star Chris Young donates $100,000 to disaster relief

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Country music star Chris Young is donating $100,000 for disaster relief efforts in Texas.

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Salvation Army deploying crews in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

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Crews are expected to be in San Antonio, Galveston, Houston, and Corpus Christi. 

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LIFE FORCE sends crews to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

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LIFE FORCE Air Medical posted on their Facebook page on Sunday that they responded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's call for help and deployed crews to the affected areas.

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Chattanooga crews ready to head to TX, LA to help Harvey victims

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More than 100 volunteers with Chattanooga's Red Cross chapter are on stand by, ready to respond to Texas or Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. 

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Hurricane Harvey likely to spike gas prices for drivers

Chris Mathew fills his vehicle and five gas cans at Costco in preparation for tropical weather. AP photo Chris Mathew fills his vehicle and five gas cans at Costco in preparation for tropical weather. AP photo
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As the gulf braces for the impact of Hurricane Harvey, drivers around the country will feel the storm's wrath at the gas pumps. Harvey is expected to hit a refinery-rich stretch of the Gulf Coast and will likely cause a spike in gas prices. 

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WATCH LIVE: Hurricane Harvey bears down on Houston, Gulf Coast

Stripes workers board up windows in preparation for Hurricane Harvey. AP photo Stripes workers board up windows in preparation for Hurricane Harvey. AP photo
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The last Category 2 storm to hit Texas was Hurricane Ike in 2008. The last Category 3 storm to pummel the U.S. was Hurricane Wilma, which struck Florida in 2005.

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Hurricane Harvey likely to boost gas prices for drivers

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In the Gulf of Mexico, oil and natural gas operators have begun evacuating workers from offshore platforms.

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