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  • Correction: California Wildfires story

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — In a story July 27 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that the type of aircraft assisting firefighters battling a wildfire outside Yosemite National Park. They were fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters, not fixed-wing helicopters. A corrected version of the story is below: Northern California wildfire destroys 13 homes Northern California wildfire destroys 13 homes; fire outside Yosemite park grows significantly PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Northern California made progress Sunday against a wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed one ho

  • Obama authorizes federal disaster aid for SD


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for South Dakota ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from June 13 to June 20. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in 12 counties including Lincoln, Minnehaha, Ziebach and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe within Corson County. The federal money may be used for emergency work and for repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding. Federal funding is also available for statewide hazard mitigation measures.

  • Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston


    REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close. The tornado, a rarity in Massachusetts, touched down in Revere, a coastal city of nearly 52,000 residents just north of Boston, on Monday morning. City officials said several people suffered minor injuries, including a baby who was in a car and was hurt by flying glass and an elderly woman who suffered cuts. "Given the magnitude of the storm, it's really a miracle that no one sustained more serious injuries," Mayor Daniel Rizzo said. The tornado was spawned by a powerful storm that moved through the Boston area shortl

  • Storms knock down US-Mexico fence in Arizona


    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An unusual amount of rain that ravaged parts of southern Arizona also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico. The storms began Friday in Sonora, Mexico, and resumed Saturday night until Sunday morning, when debris from the Mexican side of the border traveled through a wash and piled up against the border fence. The fence, just west of the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry near Interstate 19, stood between 18 and 26 feet high and extended at least 7 feet underground. Border agents were alerted not long after the wall fell. "Resources have been deployed to the area until the fence is repaired. Our technology assets such as cameras are also able to assi

  • Parts of New Mexico see record rainfall


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Parts of drought-stricken New Mexico saw record rainfall over the weekend, and forecasters say more storms are coming, bringing the possibility of flash floods and dangerous road conditions. Mosquero received close to 5 inches and Raton was hit with 4 inches of rain over a 24-hour period beginning Sunday, the National Weather Service said. That's a daily record for Mosquero and the second most that Raton has ever seen in a day. Both places are in the northeastern part of the state. Meanwhile, Santa Fe also reported seeing up to 2 inches of rain, and some parts of Albuquerque saw flooding. More severe weather is expected this week, with possible flooding thanks to more storms that began Monday.

  • Oregon Editorial Rdp


    Editorials from Oregon newspapers Grants Pass Daily Courier, July 24: Headline: " The economic elephant in the campaign" If last week's debate between incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber and challenger Dennis Richardson was any indication, we may be headed into a general election campaign that misses the forest as it concentrates on the trees. It's common for the first gubernatorial debate of the general election season to be hosted by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, as part of its annual convention. This year was no exception. This is usually a low-profile affair, which is just as well. It gives both candidates a chance to test-drive some of their campaign themes to see what kind of reaction they get.

  • Heat toughens fight vs. state's largest wildfire


    SEATTLE (AP) — Firefighters battling Washington's largest wildfire have been able to keep the blaze from threatening more homes, but rising temperatures this week will make their job harder, officials said Monday. Temperatures for central and eastern Washington are expected to be scorching this week, with some areas hitting triple digits Monday. It will be even hotter Tuesday. But amid the heat, there's a bit of good news: wind isn't a major factor in the forecast. "If we continue to heat up and dry out, it'll dry out more fuels, but we don't have the winds that may spread them or cause a new fire," said Ty Judd, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Spokane office.

  • More federal aid given to Nebraska for June storms


    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Additional federal aid is being made available to Nebraska for areas affected by recent severe weather. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a news release Monday that the money will supplement state and local recovery efforts for areas affected in early June by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. Federal aid was made available to other areas of the state earlier this month. Federal funding is available to state and local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations, for emergency work in Burt, Butler, Cass, Hamilton, Holt, Nemaha, Pawnee, Polk, Rock, Thurston, Valley, and Washington counties.

  • National Weather Service reports flash flooding


    CHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The National Weather Service says flash flooding is underway between the southeastern Vermont towns of Chester and Andover. The flooding was reported Monday on Route 11 between Chester and Andover. Portions of Route 103 are also underwater. The flooding comes while much of Vermont is under a flash flood watch as thunderstorms cross the region. A flash flood warning is in effect for an area along the Windsor and Windham county lines. A severe thunderstorm remains in effect until 8 p.m.

  • UPDATE: One Oklahoma community hasn't climbed above 68 degrees today

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Areas of Oklahoma have recorded more than 1.3 inches of rain today.

  • Cool snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, Arkansas


    The dog days of summer are being ushered in with a whimper. A cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week, weather forecasters said Monday. It's normally the hottest time of the year, with highs averaging around 95 degrees and nighttime lows in the 70s. But National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Day said the cool snap will push highs closer to 80 degrees with lows in the 60s through early next week. "Looks like on Wednesday we may even see some highs in the 70s," Day said from the Norman, Oklahoma, office. "I really think it's just kind of an anomaly. It's basically a front moving through, a pretty strong one at that.

  • SBA disaster centers closing in 3 SD cities


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Small Business Administration outreach centers set up in three South Dakota cities to help victims of severe storms last month are closing this week. The SBA issued a disaster declaration earlier this month for South Dakota homes and businesses impacted by flooding and a tornado in mid-June. The declaration made SBA low-interest loans available in several counties. The state Department of Public Safety says the center in Elk Point will close Tuesday afternoon. The centers in Wessington Springs and Canton will close Thursday afternoon.

  • Weather service confirms tornado hit E. Tenn.


    SPEEDWELL, Tenn. (AP) — The National Weather Service confirmed on Monday that a tornado hit an East Tennessee community where 10 homes were destroyed. Media cited the weather service in reporting that an EF-3 tornado with wind speeds of 140 mph touched down Sunday night in the community of Speedwell in Claiborne County. Communities across East Tennessee began cleaning up Monday after the powerful storms. Authorities say there were no reports of any deaths or injuries from Sunday's storms and the number of power outages continues to decline. Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Bean told the Kingsport Times-News that the storms also damaged four homes there.

  • Flash flood watch called in Las Vegas area


    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities have issued a flash flood watch in Las Vegas and the surrounding desert areas. The advisory takes effect at 9 a.m. Monday and runs to 9 p.m. The National Weather Service says there's a 50 percent chance of rain on Monday. The watch includes Las Vegas, as well as Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon and other places in Southern California and Arizona. The area is in the middle of monsoon season, which brings summer rains and hot temperatures.

  • Both eastbound Thruway lanes reopen after flooding


    WHEATLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say both eastbound lanes of the Thruway outside Rochester have reopened after both were closed because of flooding caused by heavy rains. The Thruway Authority says the eastbound side of Interstate 90 was closed around 9 a.m. Monday by flooding between Exit 47 in Le Roy and Exit 46 in Henrietta, just south of Rochester. State police say the left lane reopened around 10:20 a.m. and the right lane was open again about 20 minutes later. Officials diverted all eastbound traffic off the highway at Exit 47 while both lanes were closed. Heavy rains hit the region early Monday morning. The National Weather Service has announced a flash flood warning for parts of Monroe, Ontario and Livin

  • Entire Cliff Walk in Newport opens


    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is opening the rest of Newport's Cliff Walk. The 3.5-mile trail runs between the Atlantic Ocean and some of the city's most spectacular Gilded Age mansions. Superstorm Sandy washed away whole sections and millions were spent to restore it. A continuous section of more than two miles reopened in June. A retaining wall still had to be built for a smaller section in a less-traveled portion of the walk. The final section was slated to open on Saturday. Repairing the damage and building retaining walls cost about $5 million in mostly federal funds. The trail attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and is Rhode Island's most visited touris

  • Massachusetts braces for more severe weather


    REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The National Weather Service says it will investigate to determine whether a tornado may have touched down in the Revere area. A powerful storm moved through the Boston-area shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning for portions of Essex County, north of the city. Meteorologist Kim Buttrick from the weather service office in Taunton said the warning was issued when rotation was seen within the storm. She said the agency will go to the scene to determine whether a tornado actually touched down. Revere police said on Twitter that were trees and power lines down and some cars were overturned, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. <

  • NWS: Ala could see more cool weather records


    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — It may be hot now, but forecasters say Alabama could soon see another round of records for cool temperatures. A cold front moving through the state Monday brings the possibility of strong storms to south Alabama. But the National Weather Service says conditions will change quickly. Daytime heat indexes in the low 100s will give way to overnight lows in the 50s and low 60s by Wednesday. The National Weather Service says the chill could break records dating as far back as 1889, when Montgomery reached a summertime record low for the date of 66 degrees. The cooler weather will hang around for a few days, with daytime highs expected in the 80s in central Alabama into the weekend.

  • Flash flood watch across southern Colorado


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — More rain is forecast in already soggy southern Colorado, raising the risk of flooding again. A flash flood watch is set to take effect Monday at noon for much of south central and southeastern Colorado as well as the state's southwestern corner. On Sunday evening, over an inch of rain fell in a half-hour in parts of El Paso County. The National Weather Service says flash flooding occurred in Pueblo West, closing some roads. The warning area includes several burn areas prone to flooding, including the Waldo Canyon Fire area. If heavy rain falls there, the state will shut down U.S.

  • Tornado touches down in Wolcott


    WOLCOTT, Conn. (AP) — A small tornado touched down in Wolcott on Sunday, the National Weather Service has confirmed. The tornado was rated as an EF0, the weakest rating for the storms, with winds between 65 and 85 mph. Among other things, the storm uprooted trees, knocked down a fence and blew down equipment on the baseball field at Wolcott High School, the weather service reported. It touched down at 12:50 p.m. and traveled about six-tenths of a mile from the intersection of Minor Road and Center Street to the high school. No injuries were reported. The tornado was part of a system that brought down power lines, tree limbs and caused other damage across the state.