• Weather service confirms tornado outside Philadelphia

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    HONEY BROOK, Pa. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado with maximum winds of 95 mph hit a rural southeastern Pennsylvania community during severe thunderstorms on Tuesday. Forecasters confirmed the category EF-1 twister Wednesday after surveying damage in Honey Brook, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. Preliminary information shows the tornado formed around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday and moved along a 1½-mile path at a maximum width of 100 yards. Honey Brook Fire Chief Robert Klinger Jr. says the storm caused some damage but that no injuries were reported. The weather service says it'll release a full description of tornado damage later Wednesday.

  • Record heat at Wimbledon causes issues for ball boy, players

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The heat at Wimbledon on Wednesday caused a ball boy to collapse, a player to feel "dizzy" and thermometers to rise to record levels for the tournament. In the bright sunshine in southwest London, temperatures reached 35.7 degrees Celsius (96.26 degrees Fahrenheit), according the Met Office — the highest recorded during the two-week tournament that is better known for persistent rain. While players mostly coped well with the conditions, a ball boy collapsed during a match on one of the outside courts and needed medical treatment before being taken away on a stretcher. Organizers said he recovered quickly and was doing well. "It was a very scary situation," said John Isner, who was playing Matthew Ebden

  • Flash flood warning for northern half of Vermont

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — As the rain continues, a flash flood warning has been issued for the northern half of Vermont. The warning is in effect for Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orleans and Washington counties until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service said Wednesday afternoon that up to 2 inches of rain had already fallen with up to an inch more expected. Flash flooding is possible on smaller streams and creeks this afternoon. The weather service says most flooding deaths occur in vehicles and reminded drivers to turn around rather than drive across flooded roads.

  • Western Europe sweats _ and enjoys _ unusual heat wave

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave. Authorities in France and elsewhere, mindful that thousands died during a 2003 heat wave, reached out to the elderly, families and other vulnerable people on Wednesday to warn of health risks. Paris officials opened special air-conditioned rooms for the public. A mass of hot air moving north from Africa has sent temperatures spiking in Spain, Portugal, Britain and France in recent days. Britain's Met Office, the weather forecasting service, said Wednesday was the hottest July day since records began in the 1800s based on the 36.7 C (98 F) recorded a

  • June temperatures in Phoenix set, tied and neared records

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — June was something of a scorcher for the Phoenix area, with multiple temperatures that set, tied and neared records. The National Weather Service says the month's average high of 105.9 degrees tied the 14th warmest June on record and was two degrees hotter than the month's norm. Meanwhile, the average temperature of 94 degrees was the third warmest for June and more than three degrees hotter than the norm. And the average low temperature of 82.1 degrees was the warmest ever and over four degrees warmer than the norm. The daily highs of 114 degrees on June 17 and 115 degrees on June 18 tied record highs for those dates.

  • Driest 4 consecutive rain seasons in downtown LA

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Downtown Los Angeles has ended the 2014-2015 rain season with another significant shortfall. Just 8.52 inches of rain fell in the season that ended Tuesday — only 57 percent of the normal 14.93 inches. The National Weather Service says downtown Los Angeles has now had the driest four consecutive rain seasons on record. In those four seasons combined rainfall was more than 30 inches below normal. The weather service notes that the official "water year" now runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, but rain season records in downtown Los Angeles since 1877 have traditionally been from July 1 through June 30.

  • Things to know for Wednesday in Pennsylvania

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. GOV. TOM WOLF TO MEET WITH STATE LAWMAKERS AFTER BUDGET VETO Wolf wants to restart negotiations over a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Wednesday. Republicans pushed through their own budget Tuesday, along with plans to privatize the state-controlled wine and liquor system and scale back public employee pension benefits. ___ NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS TORNADO POSSIBLY SWEPT THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA. The same storms Tuesday have flooded parts of Lehigh Valley and brought at least 3 inches of rain to the Poconos.

  • Tropical storm approaching Guam, expected to become typhoon

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    AGANA, Guam (AP) — A tropical storm is expected to pass through Marianas as a typhoon over the weekend, bringing rain, thunder and strong winds. The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1U70hNy ) that the National Weather Service's latest forecast for Tropical Storm Chan-hom predicts the storm will pass south of Guam Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. Weather service meteorologist Brandon Aydlett says rain and thunderstorms are expected to begin Friday and winds will strengthen over the weekend. The island can expect up to 12 inches of rain over the weekend. The storm is expected to merge with a weaker circulation currently located northwest of Chuuk.

  • Storms knocks out power to thousands in Connecticut

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A band of strong thunderstorms has caused some headaches for morning commuters and knocked out power to several thousand people. Eversource says about 4,000 of its customers in Connecticut remained without power at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, more than 2,000 of those were in Ridgefield. State police were responding to several accidents and reports of wires down. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Litchfield, Fairfield and New Haven counties until noon.

  • Brutal heat wave in Pakistan last month killed 1,250

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's government says the brutal heat wave that hit the port city of Karachi and the country's southern province of Sind in June killed 1,250 people before subsiding. A government statement on the latest death toll from the heat wave was handed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a high-level meeting in Karachi, the Sindh provincial capital. Sharif was in Karachi on Wednesday to assess the situation. The statement says the prime minister was informed that a total of 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated at the city's hospitals over the past two weeks. The heat wave, which began on June 19, coincided with the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, when Muslims observe a dawn-to-dusk fast and abstain fr

  • Storms down trees, power lines in mid-Atlantic region

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Severe storms brought down trees and power lines throughout the mid-Atlantic region, affecting some roads and rail service. Transportation agencies around the region reported some roads closed Wednesday morning by downed trees and wires and flooding. Amtrak is warning that service between Washington and Philadelphia is delayed. Maryland's MARC and Virginia's VRE commuter rail services are reporting delays too. A Girl Scout campout on the White House South Lawn was moved indoors as the storm moved in. Power companies are reporting outages, including a peak of 28,000 customers without power in Maryland. That number fell to about 13,000 by daybreak, with more than half in Prince George's County. In Wash

  • W.Va. gets federal funds to hire storm cleanup workers

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — WorkForce West Virginia is getting federal money to hire about 200 temporary workers for recovery and cleanup efforts after recent severe storms and flooding. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding from the Department of Labor on Tuesday. The state has been approved for up to $2 million, with $670,000 to be released initially. Eligible dislocated workers will be hired to assist with cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures and lands, as well as for the delivery of humanitarian aid and safety assistance.

  • Hunter homers, Twins beat Reds 8-5 after long weather delay

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Torii Hunter homered again after a long delay at the start of the game, and Phil Hughes got his third straight victory, leading the Minnesota Twins to an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. The start was delayed 2 hours, 1 minute because a storm was headed toward the ballpark. The storm dissolved on the way. Hunter got the Twins going by hitting a solo homer in the first inning off Anthony DeSclafani (5-6), his fourth homer in the last four games. He later singled and doubled. Eduardo Nunez had three hits, including an RBI single while Kurt Suzuki drove home two runs with a single during a four-run seventh inning as the Twins evened the interleague series.

  • Firefighters gain on California wildfires; heat sets in

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    LOMPOC, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters made progress against wildfires burning throughout California but weather was becoming a potential problem as a heat wave built in some regions and the threat of thunderstorms, gusty winds and lightning persisted elsewhere. A 320-acre blaze that erupted outside the Santa Barbara County city of Lompoc on Monday and forced 1,200 people to flee was three-quarters contained and evacuations were lifted, fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said Tuesday. The fire broke out behind the Spanish colonial-era La Purisima Mission, but the structures in what is now a state historic park escaped damage. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Authorities were looking for two juveniles seen in the area.

  • Lightning strikes briefly clear Southern California beaches

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lifeguards briefly ordered people off more than 100 miles of Southern California beaches Tuesday after a fast-moving thunderstorm brought lightning to the area. Beaches across Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties were shut down in the late afternoon after the National Weather Service warned lifeguards of the fast-approaching storm and lightning began to appear. "There was a large summer crowd on the beach that we've asked to leave," said Assistant Chief Fernando Boiteux of Los Angeles County's lifeguard division as rain pelted his office on Venice Beach. Boiteux said lightning strikes were observed at San Pedro's Cabrillo Beach, on Santa Catalina Island and elsewhere. Thousands of people

  • Thunderstorms could spoil plans for July Fourth festivities in state

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writersallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Forecasters at the National Weather Service predict a 40 to 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday night into Independence Day for central Oklahoma.

  • Flooding along River Raisin leaves roads, parks swamped

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    DUNDEE, Mich. (AP) — Flooding along the River Raisin in Monroe County left some roads and parks swamped on Tuesday as area residents and business owners took precautions to keep floodwaters from causing more damage. Flood warnings were in effect for communities including Dundee and Monroe follow heavy weekend rains, the National Weather Service said. The River Raisin at Dundee was 1.1 feet over flood stage at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday and expected to crest 1.2 feet over, the weather service said. Upstream at Blissfield, the river was 2.3 feet over flood stage Tuesday morning after cresting Monday at 2.9 feet. The river is expected to drop below flood stage Wednesday, the weather service said.

  • Montana counties banning fireworks because of fire danger

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Several Montana counties on Tuesday banned or were considering banning fireworks on public and private land ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, saying hot, dry weather has increased the danger of wildfires. Missoula, Lake, Ravalli and Lincoln counties had instituted bans by Tuesday afternoon, while Butte fire officials were asking county commissioners to do the same. Emergency services coordinators for Lake County along with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the cities of Polson, Ronan and St. Ignatius agreed at a meeting to ban the use of fireworks immediately, KERR-AM reported. Commissioners in Missoula and Lake counties enacted a fireworks ban along with Stage I fire restrictio

  • Hail storm hits Prescott Valley with minor flooding

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A storm hit the Prescott area with hail and rain leaving several homes with minor flooding. Ben Peterson, meteorologist based in Flagstaff, says Monday night's storm is a bit stronger than what the area usually sees around this time of year. Prescott valley residents experienced minor flooding in several homes and traffic intersections. However, there was no significant damage in the area. Many residents reported quarter-sized hail. Peterson says there could be scattered thunderstorms over the holiday weekend. The National Weather Service in Flagstaff advises people to immediately seek shelter when faced with heavy storms similar to Monday night's.

  • Proclamation issued for Iowa counties after severe weather

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A disaster proclamation has been issued for 18 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Gov. Terry Branstad issued the proclamation Tuesday. It allows the state to help residents impacted by a tornado that hit parts of Wapello County on June 20. The proclamation also helps residents affected by other severe weather and flooding in Iowa in late June. It includes Adair, Allamakee, Appanoose, Butler, Clayton, Dallas, Des Moines, Guthrie, Henry, Howard, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Mitchell, Polk, Warren and Winneshiek counties. An assistance program will be available to residents in 10 of those counties. That offers grants of up to $5,000 to certain households for clothing, food and temporary housi




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