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  • Temperatures in the low 80s Tuesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Temperatures will be in the low 80s in central Oklahoma Tuesday. There will be light, north winds.

  • Typhoon hits southern China, heads to Vietnam

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — A typhoon struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights as it headed northwest toward Vietnam. About 90,000 people in southern China were evacuated from high-risk areas ahead of Typhoon Kalmaegi, China's official Xinhua News Agency said. But the typhoon's course was giving only a glancing blow to southern China as the storm headed toward northern Vietnam, where it was expected to make landfall Tuesday night. The storm was sending winds of 137 to 144 kilometers per hour (85 to 90 mph) over southern mainland China, according to the country's National Meteorological Center. Hainan's international airport canceled 69 flights, Xinhua said.

  • Heat wave sends power demand soaring in California

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A heat wave sent Californians to their air conditioners Friday and drove power demand to its highest peak of the year as the southern region sweltered under 100-degree temperatures. Statewide electrical demand peaked Monday afternoon at 45,090 megawatts, beating a record for the year that was set on July 30, said Steven Greenlee, spokesman for the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state's power grid. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power saw demand peak at 6,196 megawatts, surpassing a record set about four years ago, spokeswoman Michelle Vargas said.

  • Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after blazing a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels, and left entire neighborhoods as disaster zones. About 30,000 tourists were being put up in temporary shelters in hotels and Los Cabos international airport remained closed. Emergency officials reported that 135 people were treated for minor injuries from flying glass or falling objects, but there were no serious injuries or deaths so far. The Mexican government said in a statement Monday night that army and commercial planes would be sent to La Paz and Los Cabos airports to get tourists out of the area.

  • Flood control funding sought for 2 universities

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A state Board of Higher Education committee on Monday recommended that the North Dakota University System ask the Legislature for more than $5 million to help with flood control and repair projects at Valley City State and Minot State. The money would come from a separate bill in the current biennium meant to cover costs typically associated with catastrophic events or infrastructure emergencies. The request must be submitted to state Office of Management and Budget by Oct. 3. Valley City State is asking for $3.3 million to help the city with a flood control plan that would include a permanent dike and floodwall. Construction on the first phase of the $16.5 million project is scheduled to begin next sprin

  • Branstad offers disaster relief to Union County

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A county in southern Iowa will get disaster assistance to respond to severe weather, Gov. Terry Branstad announced Monday. Branstad issued a disaster proclamation for Union County. The county suffered damage after severe storms and rain on Sept. 9. Under the declaration, the county can use state resources to recover from the storm. In addition, households that meet certain income requirements can apply for grants to help pay for expenses related to storm recovery. Those seeking such grants can get more information on the Iowa Department of Human Services' website.

  • Parts of east Serbia cut off in new Balkan flood

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — New floods in the Balkans isolated parts of eastern Serbia on Monday as swollen rivers swept away roads and bridges, cutting power supplies and phone lines. Emergency measures have been declared in the hardest-hit municipalities where heavy rains caused rivers to burst banks and surge into villages, flooding homes and streets. Police used boats to take out more than 300 people from a flooded area along the Danube. Additional emergency crews were sent to the region as rainy weather was expected to continue overnight, police said. A total of 15 villages are in danger in the Kladovo region, near the boundary with Romania, where main roads connecting the area with the rest of Serbia have been eithe

  • Forecasters: New Mexico to see wetter weather

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's weather is about to get wetter and colder. The National Weather Service says a cold front, a surge of moisture, receding high pressure and the remnants of a hurricane are expected to produce showers and thunderstorms across much of the state by midweek. Forecasters say there will be a potential for locally heavily rainfall and flash flooding, with Thursday and Thursday night appearing likely to be the wettest periods. Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') hammered Mexico's Baja California Peninsula late Sunday and early Monday, but it's forecast to slow down and lose intensity over the next day or so. Odile is expected to turn northeast into Arizona on Wednesday and New Mexico on Thurs

  • Forecasters: Arizona to see wetter weather

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — A week after the Phoenix area received record rainfall, more heavy rain and the possibility of localized flooding are expected across much of Arizona. The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will return this week as moisture from Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL') and the typical monsoon weather pattern increases the potential for rain. Forecasters say chances for thunderstorms will increase substantially starting Tuesday and that flash flooding is possible as the week continues. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert swamped parts of the Phoenix area on Sept. 8, flooding parts of freeways and sending rescuers scrambling to rescue stranded motorists. Two people in southern Arizona died when

  • Deaths in storm drains raise safety issue

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The death of an Iowa teenager who was sucked into a storm drain during flash flooding this summer has focused attention on the dangers of the large flood-control pipes and culverts used all over the country. People are caught in flood pipes a few times a year, typically after a heavy rainfall. They're often carried toward creeks and lakes where the pipes empty. That's what happened to 17-year-old Logan Blake, who died after being swept into a culvert that didn't have a grate while playing Frisbee with friends. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health warned cities 12 years ago that installing grates could prevent such accidents.

  • Hurricane Odile in Baja slams Baja California

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage. The extent of Odile's impact was still not clear before daybreak, but the storm severely damaged hotel lobbies and facades, shattered windows and left streets full of debris. The windows at the area's Westin Hotel had been blown out. The newspaper Tribuna de los Cabos reported people being injured by flying glass, power lines and traffic signals down throughout the city, and a fire at the Cascadas resort on Medano Beach. No details about the blaze were immediately available.

  • Ala town ravaged by twister opens new school

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) — A northwest Alabama town is finally opening a new school more than three years after a tornado destroyed the old one. Students began attending classes at Phil Campbell High School on Monday. WAFF-TV (http://bit.ly/1qWuG2m ) reports that teachers, administrators and some students worked much of the weekend getting the new building ready to open. An EF-5 tornado killed more than two dozen people and destroyed much of the Franklin County city during the outbreak of April 27, 2011. The school was among the casualties. Since then students have met for classes at a community college, in trailers and even in area churches.

  • Low temperatures overnight in New Hampshire

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The calendar may show it's still summer, but parts of New Hampshire have been under a frost advisory. Temperatures plunged into the 30s overnight for northern New Hampshire through early Monday morning. A frost advisory means plants can be harmed if not covered or protected. Temperatures were expected to rise into the 50s and 60s Monday. Fall arrives next week.

  • Chance for rain Monday in central Oklahoma, cloudy day ahead

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    There is a 40 percent chance for rain Monday in central Oklahoma. Skies will be mostly cloudy

  • Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula. The area is home to gleaming megaresorts, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes. Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves as well as drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said satellite imagery indicates Odile's center made landfall Sunday night at about 9:45 p.m. PDT near Cabo San Lucas.

  • Powerful Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — A powerful Hurricane Odile closed in on the resort area of Los Cabos on Sunday night as Mexican authorities evacuated vulnerable coastal areas and readied shelters for up to 30,000 people. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Odile's core was on a track to cross onto the south end of Baja California late Sunday and move near or over the southern portion of the peninsula Monday and Tuesday. Rain was falling by midafternoon, hours before the storm's expected arrival. Gusty winds whipped palm trees, waves pounded the rocky shore and fluttering black flags signaled that beaches were closed due to high surf. Odile's maximum sustained winds were 125 (205 kph) Sunday night, after bei

  • Subway tunnel damaged by Sandy restored to service

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Trains will once again roll through a New York subway tunnel that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, taking in 27 million gallons of water. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and officials from the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority took a ride Sunday through the reconstructed Montague Tunnel linking Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Nearly two years after Sandy stormed through, the $250 million job is finished — one month ahead of schedule and $60 million under budget, officials said. Service on the R train under the East River is to start Monday at 6 a.m., with about 65,000 additional daily riders. When Sandy hit the subway system, "the most extensive damage was this tunnel," Cuomo sa

  • USGS: Rains set flow records in North Dakota

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says above-normal precipitation last month led to record-breaking flows at several stream gauges in the southwest North Dakota. Agency spokesman Steve Robinson says the unusually wet August was most evident at gauges on the Heart, Knife and Green rivers. There are 140 USGS-operated stations in North Dakota that measure water levels, stream flow, rainfall and water-quality. Most of the USGS stations are real-time sites where data are updated every one to four hours. The USGS says it shares its data with the National Weather Service for flood forecasts and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control management. State and local agencies also use the data for flood r

  • 2 dead in Slovenia floods, Croatia also hit hard

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Authorities in Slovenia say two people have died in new floods that hit the Balkans this weekend after heavy rains. Police said Sunday a 30-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl drowned after their van plunged into a flood-swollen stream northeast of the capital, Ljubljana. Authorities say surging waters have flooded hundreds of buildings and roads, also triggering landslides. In neighboring Croatia, hundreds of soldiers joined emergency crews in putting up barriers to prevent the bulging rivers from overflowing. About 2,000 people were taken out of their homes Saturday around the central town of Karlovac, where hundreds moved to upper floors of their flooded homes. Dozens of houses also

  • 111 rescued from ferry: 'Death was in our minds'

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems in the central Philippines said Sunday that they floated and were tossed about by the churning sea in pitch-black darkness for six hours while praying and holding on to an overturned life raft before a passing ship rescued them from death. "A few more hours in those huge, huge waves and we could have all died," said ferry passenger Romeo Cabag, a 32-year-old security guard who survived with his wife, Wilma. "I had cramps in both legs, was exhausted and at one point I was beginning to pray that if I won't make it, that God allow at least my wife to live.