• Storms roll through Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Rain chances continue through the July 4 holiday weekend.

  • Mayor criticizes Christie's 'lack of response' to storms

    Yesterday

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One New Jersey mayor is upset with what he says was Gov. Chris Christie's "lack of response" to fast-moving storms that slammed the southern part of the state. More than 5,500 homes and businesses are still without electricity Monday, six days after the storms knocked out service to more than 280,000. The outages are centered in Gloucester County. Greenwich Township Mayor George Shivery on Sunday said he was the first mayor in south Jersey to endorse Christie in 2009 and he's "disheartened by the governor's lack of response." The mayor says communication with the governor's office has been "terrible." Christie's office issued a news release saying power would be restored to most on Monday.

  • National Hurricane Center, FIU launch Spanish hurricane site

    Yesterday

    MIAMI (AP) — The National Hurricane Center and Florida International University are launching a new Spanish-language website for hurricane preparation. The website will include information on hurricane science, residential mitigation strategies, preparedness, and announcements, including tropical cyclone advisories. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season started June 1. It's expected to be slower than an average season, with six to 11 named storms. Predictions for a storm's path have improved significantly over the last couple decades, narrowing the so-called "cone of uncertainty" that influences preparations. However, forecasters have made little headway when it comes to improving predictions for how strong a tropic

  • Severe storms prompt tornado reports in Missouri

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Severe weather has brought heavy rain and hail and prompted tornado reports in Missouri. Meteorologist Ben Miller with the National Weather Service says it's likely at least three tornadoes touched down Sunday evening. The twisters were reported near New Bloomfield in Callaway County, St. Peters in St. Charles County and Eolia in Pike County. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Miller says the weather service hasn't received any reports of structural damage. As the storm approached St. Louis County, fans in the upper levels of Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals game against the Chicago Cubs were advised to move to a lower-level concourse. The game resumed around 10 p.m. after a rain de

  • 154,000 in Michigan lose electrical service to high wind

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Tens of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses remain without electrical service after heavy rains and high winds struck the Lower Peninsula. Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. says about 40,000 of its customers were without power Sunday evening. It says about 150,000 of the homes and businesses it serves lost power in Saturday's storms. Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says almost all of about 4,000 affected customers were back online Sunday morning. The National Weather Service says that wind gusts reached 38 miles per hour Saturday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Ypsilanti. It's issued flood warnings for Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties.

  • 8 kayakers, canoeists capsize in fast-moving Kalamazoo River

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    PLAINWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are warning kayakers and canoeists about the dangers of paddling in western Michigan's rain-swollen Kalamazoo River, where at least eight boaters overturned within a few hours. The Allegan County sheriff's department says four kayakers overturned late Sunday morning in the fast-moving currents in Plainwell. Undersheriff Frank Baker says county and city crews rescued them uninjured. Baker says another kayaker overturned upstream in Gun Plain Township two hours later, and a canoe with three people aboard overturned two hours after that. He says all four were safely rescued. He says in a statement that Sunday's accidents followed kayak rescues Tuesday in the Kalamazoo River in Plainwel

  • Flooding, rain causes problems for corn growers in Ohio

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops. An Ohio State University Extension agronomist says the flooding and ponding could kill some corn crops. Agronomist Peter Thomison says those who don't lose crops immediately could face stalk or root rot later in the season. A June 22 crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says widespread heavy rains the previous week halted most fieldwork in Ohio. The report said muddy, saturated fields prevented producers from being able to spray and fertilize and has caused concerns about pest and weed problems.

  • Christie: Thousands affected by outages will soon have power

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Thousands of southern New Jersey utility customers who have been without power for several days should soon have their service back. Gov. Chris Christie's office says Atlantic City Electric has vowed to have 99 percent of affected customers back on line by Monday morning. The outages were caused by a line of powerful storms that blew across the state Tuesday. Nearly 280,000 utility customers were without power during the height of the storms, and roughly 20,000 customers still had no service as of early Sunday night, mainly in Gloucester and Camden counties. The company's restoration efforts were being hampered by another strong storm that dropped 1 to 3 inches of rain across the region Saturday n

  • Rain, blustery conditions depart southern New England

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A fast-moving storm system brought rain and gusty winds to southern New England, causing power outages on Cape Cod and delaying the start of the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Connecticut. More than 10,000 customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island lost power Sunday morning, most on Cape Cod, but only about 300 remained by late afternoon. Wind gusts between 40 mph and 50 mph were reported in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with 58 mph reported on Nantucket. A high surf advisory remained in effect until 8 p.m. for ocean-exposed east and south facing beaches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The National Weather service reported the highest rainfall totals were 3 inches at Wakefi

  • Phoenix hit by first dust storm of monsoon season

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — The first big dust storm of the monsoon season slammed the Phoenix area on Saturday with winds snapping utility poles and leaving thousands without power. Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project, the two biggest utilities that serve metropolitan Phoenix, said Sunday that electricity had been restored to most customers. APS initially reported outages at 14,000 homes the night before. SRP at one point had more than 15,000 customers with no power. According to the National Weather Service, winds were up to 51 mph around Sky Harbor International Airport. There were also isolated showers in communities such as Globe and Carefree. There have been no reports of serious storm-related injuries.

  • Outages to affect some NE Indiana customers until Tuesday

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A power company warned some of its northeastern Indiana customers Sunday that they might not have electricity for two more days. More than 13,000 customers still had no service as of Sunday afternoon, Indiana Michigan Power Co. reported Sunday afternoon. After bringing in extra crews from Kentucky and Ohio, the utility said it expected to have power restored to about 95 percent of its customers by Monday night. At one point, more than 30,000 Fort Wayne-area residents were left without electricity, the utility said. The National Weather Service reported the storms Friday and early Saturday dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain across much of northern Indiana.

  • Members of tornado-damaged Michigan churches pray together

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — Members of four central Michigan churches damaged by a tornado came together in prayer Sunday morning at a high school. Epic Community Church, First Baptist Church, First Congregational Church and United Methodist Church held a joint Sunday service at Portland High School. The congregations have 900 combined members and plan to gather at the school for another service next Sunday, TV station WXMI reported. Storms Monday and Tuesday spawned several tornadoes around Michigan, causing destruction but no deaths. About 70 homes and a dozen businesses in Portland sustained damage Monday when a tornado there brought winds that reached 100 miles per hour. Crews took down the steeple of First Bapti

  • Weather service confirms tornado in Jackson County

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado in Jackson County during a recent storm. The weather service says the tornado touched down Friday night about 2 miles outside Ripley and traveled about one-and-a-half miles. It toppled trees along a path of up to 200 yards wide and caused minor damage to a church. The tornado was rated EF0, the lowest rated tornado with maximum winds of 80 miles per hour. Downburst winds associated with the same storm caused more severe damage. The weather service says the winds destroyed two machine sheds, pushed two empty hay trailers about 60 yards and caused significant tree damage. One home and three garages were flooded when Stationcamp Run left its

  • Weak tornado confirmed in western Pennsylvania

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a weak tornado touched down in western Pennsylvania during storms that swept across the commonwealth this weekend. Forecasters said an EF-0 tornado with winds of 60 to 70 mph traveled for a mile and a half near Cranberry in Butler County shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. But officials said there were no reports of injuries, and the twister's damage "consisted of only uprooted trees and a few snapped trees." Minor flooding was reported around the region with a few people forced from their homes during the storm.

  • Thousands still without power in southern New Jersey

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Thousands of utility customers in southern New Jersey are still without power, five days after a line of powerful storms blew across the state. Atlantic City Electric says about 26,000 customers were still without service Sunday morning, mainly in Gloucester and Camden counties. The region was among the hardest hit by Tuesday's severe weather, and nearly 280,000 utility customers were without power during the height of the storms. Officials have said that's about 60,000 more customers than those who lost power during Superstorm Sandy in that same area. The region was soaked by another storm Saturday night, which hampered some restoration efforts.

  • Authorities: hot, dry weather and fireworks are bad mix

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — State officials are warning holiday revelers that hot, dry weather and fireworks are not a great combination. Weather forecasts are predicting a warm and dry Independence Day. Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli says officials in southwest Washington would prefer residents plan to attend professional displays instead of setting off personal fireworks. Most cities in Washington have local rules about fireworks, especially concerning their use on days others than July 4. Safety guidelines remind people to soak used fireworks in water overnight before putting them in the trash.

  • Most evacuations lifted as California wildfire slows

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Most evacuations were lifted Saturday near a Southern California wildfire that threatened more than 7,000 buildings as firefighters caught a break in the weather and redoubled efforts to surround it. At the same time, impending thunderstorms carried the threat of lightning and gusty winds that could spark new fires in the California mountains. The blaze that erupted on June 17 in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles was reduced to "a lot of creeping and smoldering" after higher humidity and cloudy weather moved in, said Lee Beyer of the U.S. Forest Service. More than 2,000 firefighters made progress on the active northeast corner of the blaze.

  • Indiana storms cause flooding, power outages, crash kills 2

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Storms with heavy rains and strong winds caused street and neighborhood flooding in some Indiana cities Saturday and knocked out power to several thousand homes and businesses. Two people were killed when a car went out of control after going into high water on a road in suburban Indianapolis. Water about a foot deep swamped downtown streets in the eastern Indiana city of Portland, while flooding receded in Muncie after reaching several feet deep in some neighborhoods early Saturday. High winds knocked down many trees in the Fort Wayne area, where some 30,000 power outages were reported and utility officials warned it could take days to complete repairs.

  • Portland fire officials modify burn ban

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland fire officials on Saturday modified a county-wide burn ban, citing improved weather conditions. Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens said on Saturday that recreational fires, ceremonial fires and legal fireworks are again allowed within city limits. Cooking with standard barbecue equipment is also allowed. Other types of outdoor burning are still prohibited in the City of Portland and Multnomah County. The ban was modified because of an increase in moisture content in the air and the decrease in the wind conditions.

  • Heat wave originating in north Africa engulfs much of Spain

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 C (104 F). Northeastern Catalonia's meteorological service says in a statement Saturday that the heat brings with it "a particularly high risk of forest fires" in the districts of Barcelona and Girona. The region's government has banned the use of firework rockets within 500 meters of wooded areas and is asking smokers to not throw away cigarette butts.




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