New Concerns Over Calling 911 from a Cell Phone

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Emergency dispatchers may not know exactly where you are when you use a cell phone to call 911, a North Carolina widow warns.

About 70 percent of 911 calls are made from cell phones and experts tell ABC News that dispatchers have difficulty in locating the caller's exact location in roughly 1 million of those calls.

Alison Vroome called 911 after her husband, Kevin, collapsed, but despite her saying there was a rescue squad a mile away from her house, the dispatcher was unable to pinpoint where she was because her call was picked up by a cell tower in a neighboring county.

"I spent too much time focusing on what my address was, and not enough time being beside my husband trying to perform CPR," she told ABC News.

She told ABC News paramedics did not arrive until 10 minutes into her 911 call. Her husband did not survive.

"I feel 911 failed me, not EMS or fire," Vroome said. "I feel like there has to be a better way for citizens anywhere throughout the state or county to expect that their call goes to the correct location."

If you have an emergency, the best way for immediate help is to giver your address and county to make sure you get to the right dispatcher.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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