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August 18th, 2008
11:23 AM ET

Officials to decide on further Grand Canyon evacuations

Authorities will decide Monday whether a few hundred people in the area of the Grand Canyon still need to be evacuated, an official said.

Authorities halted the evacuation Sunday night of those initially thought to be in danger after rain breached an earthen dam at the Grand Canyon, said Gerry Blair, spokesman for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

A decision about whether crews will evacuate them is expected Monday, Blair said.

The group awaiting word on evacuations were on high ground and did not appear to be in immediate danger by Sunday night, the spokesman said.

Rescue crews in helicopters evacuated about 170 others Sunday after water poured through Redland Dam, sending water down two canyons and threatening several hundred tourists and residents, Blair said.

Officials also plan to resume the search Monday for "less than 20" people who were in the affected area and whose whereabouts are not yet known to authorities, Blair said.

The air evacuations were called off due to darkness at 8:30 p.m. Sunday (11:30 p.m. ET).

Most of the 170 people evacuated Sunday were campers, tourists and paddlers, he said.

A few hundred others - perhaps as many as 400 - remained in the area of concern. Most are permanent residents of Supai village, located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Severe Weather
August 18th, 2008
11:07 AM ET

Same tough questions, different approaches

From their views on abortion to their greatest moral failings, Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain used much different styles to tackle the same tough questions at Saturday night's forum on faith.

John McCain, Rick Warren and Barack Obama take the stage together at the forum on faith.

Obama struck a conversational tone and directed his answers toward moderator Rick Warren.

McCain gave straightforward responses, taking a more personal approach as he directed his answers toward the audience and viewers at home.

David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN, said he thought both candidates handled themselves well, but he was particularly impressed with McCain's performance.
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Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • Raw Politics
August 18th, 2008
10:57 AM ET

Fay's heavy rain could mean floods for Cuba

Tropical Storm Fay is expected to deliver up to a foot of rain to parts of Cuba, and with it, the possibility of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said Monday.
At 8:15 a.m. ET Monday, Tropical Storm Fay was in the Gulf of Mexico, heading toward the Florida Keys.

Fay swept over western Cuba on Monday morning as it made its way to the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys, according to the center's 8 a.m. ET advisory out of Miami.
"The center of Fay should be emerging into the Florida Straits during the next few hours, and be very near the Florida Keys tonight," the center said.

Maximum sustained winds strengthened to almost 60 mph (100 kph), with higher gusts, and the storm is expected to strengthen as it moves across the warm Gulf waters, the warning said.
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August 18th, 2008
07:40 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Bracing for the storm...

Morning folks...Grab some coffee because there are lots of headlines this am....

First, Tropical Storm Fay moved over the western end of the Cuba Monday morning on its march toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys.... Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Fay could increase to near hurricane strength by Monday evening when it should reach the Florida Keys, and it could become a hurricane before making landfall on the Florida peninsula sometime Tuesday. The storm will become a Category 1 hurricane ONLY if its winds reach 74 mph.... As of writing, it's path? Florida: Key West, Tampa and Clearwater. John Zarrella is in Key West and Gary Tuchman is heading to Tampa.... We will keep you posted as the forecasts come out...

Mother Nature is also torturing residents and tourist in the Grand Canyon...Rain breached an earthen dam at the Grand Canyon. Rescue crews in helicopters evacuated about 170 people Sunday after water poured through Redland Dam, sending water down two canyons and threatening several hundred tourists and residents. A few hundred others - perhaps as many as 400 - remained in the area of concern. Most are permanent residents of Supai village, located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The problems started when water breached Redland Dam and poured into Cataract Canyon and Supai Canyon, which was heavily flooded, ....Earlier, a private boating party of 16 people was stranded, but uninjured, on a ledge at the confluence of Havasu Creek and the Colorado River on Saturday night after flood waters carried their five rafts away. Kara Finnstrom is en route to the Grand Canyon and will bring us the latest....

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