• Forecasters expect risk of flooding to continue

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writersallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The National Weather Service, after some areas of Oklahoma received 4 inches or more of rain, said floods are most likely in counties in south-central and southeastern Oklahoma.

  • Showers dampen business

    Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    A customer walks through the nursery Tuesday at Marcum's Nursery in Goldsby. Few customers braved the rain Tuesday to shop at the business.

  • Tampa Bay gets swept by Royals in day-night doubleheader

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rays manager Kevin Cash had just watched the Royals' Paulo Orlando swat a game-ending grand slam when he hunkered down in an office at Kauffman Stadium. "This is not," he said cheerlessly, "the way you want to start a doubleheader." Tampa Bay didn't exactly finish it well, either. After the grand slam by Orlando gave the Royals a 9-5 victory in Game 1, Alcides Escobar had a bases-clearing double to help them to a 7-1 win over the Rays in the nightcap Tuesday night. Along the way, Alex Gordon was on base eight times with seven hits and six RBIs, raising his batting average 18 points to .280. Greg Holland (3-0) and Brandon Finnegan (2-0) each earned a win in relief, and the Royals added to

  • Royals beat Rays 5-1 to finish off doubleheader sweep

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two bases-loaded hits. Two wins for Kansas City in a span of just a few hours. Paulo Orlando belted a game-ending grand slam to give the Royals a 9-5 victory over Tampa Bay in the opener of a day-night doubleheader, and Alcides Escobar had a bases-clearing double to help them to a 7-1 win over the Rays in the nightcap on Tuesday. Along the way, Alex Gordon was on base eight times with seven hits and six RBIs, raising his batting average 18 points to .280. Greg Holland (3-0) and Brandon Finnegan (2-0) each earned a win in relief, and the Royals added to their lead over Minnesota in the AL Central. "I don't know if you're tired," Royals manager Ned Yost said with a grin, "but I am.

  • Popular ice caves draw thousands each year; can be dangerous

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    VERLOT, Wash. (AP) — Thousands of visitors each year make the easy 1-mile trek to glimpse spectacular snow and ice formations at the Big Four Ice Caves in Washington state. But the attraction that has made the forested hike one of the most popular in the region has also made it dangerous. On Tuesday, crews recovered the body of a 34-year-old woman buried when rock and ice fell at the back of a cave. Five people were injured in Monday's collapse and are expected to survive. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office will identify the woman and determine the exact cause of her death, Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

  • 2nd defense expert says theater shooter was legally insane

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A second defense expert testified Tuesday that the Colorado theater shooter was so mentally ill that he couldn't tell right from wrong at the time he opened fire on a packed auditorium, killing 12 people and injuring 70. James Holmes suffered from schizophrenia and delusions and met the legal definition of insanity at the time of the 2012 attack, said Dr. Raquel Gur, head of neuropsychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania medical school. Gur is the star witness for the defense team, and her testimony is crucial to the argument that Holmes should be found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed indefinitely to the state hospital. Prosecutors say he was sane and are seeking the death pe

  • Heavy rains inundate portions of Indiana, leading to rescues

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy rains have inundated portions of Indiana, leading to flood warnings and the rescue of several people in Indianapolis. The National Weather Service says nearly 5 inches of rain fell near Plainfield, about 15 miles west of Indianapolis, while Indianapolis set received 4.23 inches, eclipsing a 100-year-old record. The Wayne Township Fire Department on the west side of Indianapolis reported on Twitter that crews evacuated 15 people and as many as eight pets from one flooded neighborhood. The evacuees were taken to a fire station. In eastern Indiana, the Jay County Sheriff's Department said all events and rides at the county fair were closed Tuesday evening due to high water.

  • Flash flood warnings in effect across Oklahoma from storm

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Flash flood warnings are in effect across Oklahoma as a slow-moving storm system drops heavy rain across the state. The National Weather Service issued the warnings for Cotton, Comanche and Tillman counties until 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Forecasters say as much as 3 inches of rain has already fallen over the area and another 3 inches is possible. A separate warning was issued for more than a dozen eastern Oklahoma counties until 9:30 p.m. A couple of inches of rain has already fallen across the counties and forecasters say 3 to 4 more inches are possible through the evening hours.

  • Smoke from forest fires in Alaska, Canada reach Oklahoma

    AP | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality says smoke from enormous wildfires in Alaska and Canada is making the air in northwestern Oklahoma unhealthy. The agency reported Tuesday that air quality monitors in northwestern Oklahoma have detected concentrations of fine particulate matter considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Much of it originated as smoke from enormous wildfires in Alaska and Saskatchewan. Officials say any rain should reduce the concentration. But persons with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, children and others should refrain from exertion and try to avoid smoky areas.

  • Oklahoma officials postpone plan to blast along interstate

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma transportation officials have postponed plans to set off explosives to prevent more rockslides along Interstate 35 in the Arbuckle Mountains. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation had planned to blast the rocks Tuesday near Turner Falls in southern Oklahoma. But the work was postponed due to severe weather moving into the area. No new date for the work was set. A rockslide caused by downpours from Tropical Depression Bill temporarily shuttered a portion of the highway last month. Officials have since opened one lane in each direction and reduced speeds to 50 mph. Traffic movement will continue in the same manner. Officials say the closures have, at times, backed up traffic about five

  • More rain possible after flash flooding in Las Vegas

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas braced for another summer downpour Tuesday, a day after a powerful thunderstorm flooded roads, forced water rescues and diverted air traffic. The National Weather Service issued another flood watch, warning that heavy rain could fall into the evening. Monday's thunderstorm started around 6 p.m. and hit foothills in the Lone Mountain and Summerlin areas the hardest. Summerlin, northwest of downtown, recorded more than an inch of rain while McCarran International Airport got just 0.05 inch. "We could have a repeat of yesterday. It never strikes the same place twice, usually, but it's possible," weather service meteorologist Nathan Foster said. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue handled 10 w

  • Heavy rain hits western Kentucky, flooding roads

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — First responders made multiple water rescues Tuesday morning after heavy rain inundated parts of western Kentucky. McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield said the "torrential downpour of rain" led to an apartment complex and a motel being evacuated and crews rescuing multiple people from vehicles that got stuck in high water, mostly in low-lying areas. He said he wasn't sure how many people were evacuated and rescued. The rain began shortly before 5 a.m. and didn't let up for a couple of hours. The National Weather Service said radar showed that around 5 inches of rain fell Tuesday morning in areas of McCracken, Ballard, Marshall and Livingston counties.

  • Record rainfall reported in parts of New Mexico

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest storm to hit central New Mexico was one for the record books. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say the rain gauge at the city's airport received 2.24 inches Monday, setting a record for 24-hour rainfall. Some rainfall reports came in over 2 inches and more than five dozen sites in the area reported over an inch. Meteorologist Brian Guyer says that over the last five days just about everyone in central and eastern New Mexico reported between an inch and 3 inches of rain with higher amounts up to 5 inches in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. With the rain have come flash flood warnings. Some damage has been reported in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Mc

  • Missouri River reservoirs still have room for flood waters

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More rainfall than expected flowed into the Missouri River last month, but the river's reservoirs still have plenty of room because of this year's below-average snowfall. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it expects 26.6 million acre feet of water will flow into the Missouri River this year. That's 105 percent of normal. The Corps says last month's runoff of 6.8 million acre feet was 125 percent of normal, so the amount of water released from the dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border was reduced to minimize flooding. The river's reservoirs are using only 35 percent of the space reserved for flood control storage. It helps that the snowpack above Fort Peck Dam was 72 percent of normal and the s

  • More rain, flooding possible this week across still-soaked Oklahoma

    BY DARLA SLIPKE Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday night for much of Oklahoma, and part of central Oklahoma could have rainfall totals from four to six inches Monday afternoon through Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

  • Flash flood warning issued for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas as heavy rain continues to fall over the area. The National Weather Service in Tulsa says 3 to 4 inches of rain has already fallen and several roads are impassable due to high water. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely. The flash flood warning will remain in effect until Tuesday afternoon. In Oklahoma, the warning covers all or parts of Delaware, Cherokee, Muskogee, Sequoyah, Adair and McIntosh counties. In Arkansas, Carroll, Benton, Madison and Washington counties are included. Meanwhile, a flash flood watch remains in effect in much of central and southern Oklahoma as a slow moving storm fron

  • LIVE: Oklahoma storm updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Follow live updates below as storms roll through central Oklahoma.

  • Storm's high winds knocks down power poles in Wittmann area

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WITMANN, Ariz. (AP) — Strong winds from a monsoon storm snapped approximately 20 power poles and knocking out power to more than 1,700 Arizona Public Service Co. customers in the Wittmann area northwest of Phoenix. Numerous APS crews responded to the Monday evening storm damage and restored power to most of the customers by Tuesday morning. The storm also caused local street flooding in areas near U.S. 60. The National Weather Service says a trained weather spotter reported a microburst in the area with winds up to 45 mph and heavy rain.

  • Officials push corps to be part of Souris River flood plan

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are pushing the Army Corps of Engineers to make long-term flood protection for the Souris River Valley a priority. Local and state officials fear that any work they do on a proposed $1 billion protection plan might mitigate the flood threat enough that federal officials will decide they don't need to get involved. That could kill the project that has been in the works since river flooding in June 2011 caused by heavy spring snowmelt and rains resulted in nearly $700 million in damage in Minot, also affecting some rural areas and communities. "What happened in 2011 changed the psychology of our community," Minot Mayor Chuck Barney said.

  • Wet weather hampers hay harvest but good for soil moisture

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wet weather and high humidity across North Dakota over the past week has delayed the hay harvest and spraying of newly planted crops. But the Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the precipitation has been good for soil moisture and stock water supplies. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 97 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture supplies are 95 percent in those categories. Stock water supplies in North Dakota are rated 96 percent adequate to surplus, and pasture and range conditions are 79 percent good to excellent. The condition of the state's staple spring wheat crop is rated 80 percent good to excellent.