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INSIDE LOOK: Las Vegas volunteers help Southeast prepare for Hurricane Dorian’s landfall

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As Hurricane Dorian’s devastation continues to devastate the Bahamas, people in states like Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas are bracing for the storm to make landfall in those locations. Volunteers from Las Vegas are also on the front line of the storm.

“I’ve been here since Friday,” said American Red Cross member Cynthia De La Torre. “I don’t know when I’m going back.” 

De La Torre and other local volunteers booked a one-way ticket across the country, and now they’re on standby — waiting for the storm to land. 

“We treat it as any disaster would be, you know, catastrophic,” continued Del La Torre. “We prepare the same; we don’t want to get caught off guard.”

De La Torre gave 8 News NOW an inside look at how they prepare when she shared videos showing her crew turning a high school gym into an evacuation center. The area will offer people shelter from the storm, along with a shoulder to lean on... Read More

Catholic school removes ‘Harry Potter’ series because books ‘risk conjuring evil spirits’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WCMH) — Students at a Nashville Catholic school can no longer check out Harry Potter books from their school’s library.

The fantasy series by J.K Rowling chronicles the life of young wizard, Harry Potter and his friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

St. Edward Catholic School opened a new library for the 2019-2020 school year, The Tennessean reported. The books were removed when the school moved from the old library to the new library... Read More

Nevada rescue team deploying to Florida to help with Dorian

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A southern Nevada water-rescue team has been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is deploying to Florida to be in position to respond to Hurricane Dorian.

Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa says the team’s 16 members are Nevada Task Force One and trained in swift-water rescues.

Pappa said the team left Friday night and is driving to a staging area in Jacksonville, Florida. He said it’s unclear whether the team will remain in Jacksonville or how long it will stay in that region.

Dorian on Saturday was moving toward the Bahamas and the U.S. Southeast Coast.

Dorian is expected to near the Florida coast late Monday... Read More

Person treated for smoke inhalation after fire near Lamb and Stewart

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Firefighters battled a Labor Day fire early Monday evening. According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, the fire at 97 Vallejo Avenue broke out around 6:27 p.m. The area is near N. Lamb Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.

LVFD said an outside fire extended to a 1-story house causing the fire to go into the attic, before going through the roof.

Everyone made it out of the house safely. However, one person had to be treated at the scene for smoke inhalation... Read More

WEATHER AFTERMATH: Strong winds cause damage in Henderson

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Many residents across the Las Vegas valley woke up to a whole lot of weather damage on Labor Day after strong winds up to 80 mph dominated the area late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

The City of Henderson was hit the hardest.

“When I heard it it sounded like a crack of lightning,” said Kenny Rosemeyer, Henderson resident.

Rosemeyer has lived in the valley for about six years. According to him, what he heard and saw last night was something he couldn’t imagine.

“I saw trees blowing around pretty good, and then it just escalated from there, and it got worse and worse and worse,” Rosemeyer said. “I came out when I heard that, and the trash cans here were flying down the streets; debris flying everywhere.”

According to Rosemeyer, the winds were so strong he felt his house windows move a bit... Read More

Presidential candidates take center stage at Labor Day BBQ in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Labor Day holiday didn’t stop one Democratic presidential hopeful from stumping in Nevada. The campaign trail brought New Jersey Senator Cory Booker to Las Vegas Monday.

The United States Senator made an appearance at U.S. Representative Steven Horsford’s first-ever Labor Day Barbecue. The event was held in North Las Vegas.

“I think I may do the hula hoop thing,” said Carmen Clark, an attendee at Horsford’s Labor Day barbecue.

People at the barbecue also had the chance to meet with local leaders.

“I think it’s still important to be social and to be able to have a face-to-face interaction with the people that you are serving,” Clark said.

“This is a party with a purpose,” said Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nevada, 4th Congressional District.

Rep. Horsford says he put on the event to celebrate the true meaning of Labor Day... Read More

TRAFFIC ALERT: Labor Day traffic on I-15 south is moving at snail’s pace

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Visitors who flocked to Las Vegas during Labor Day weekend are filing out of the valley car-by-car. But their travels back to their various destinations aren’t coming without a bit of drama for drivers.

Especially, those headed back to southern California.

Below is a live look at the intense Labor Day traffic back up on I-15 southbound at Primm... Read More