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  • Hot morning in western Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    If you’ve stepped outside at all today, you already know that it’s going to be a hot weekend. One town had already passed the 100-degree mark before noon, and several others aren’t far behind. Take a look at the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network’s top 15 temperatures, as of 11:35 a.m. Saturday: 1 – Buffalo 100.5F […]

  • High temperatures expected to cross 100-degree mark in Oklahoma City on Saturday

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    High temperatures in Oklahoma City are expected to reach 101 degrees Saturday. That would be the city’s first triple-digit day of the year, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network.

  • San Francisco sets record high of 85 degrees

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco set a record high of 85 degrees Friday as the city and the rest of the Bay Area swelters in a heat wave. The National Weather Service says the old record of 82 degrees was set in 1973. Mountain View also set a record at 96, beating the 90-degree mark reached on the same day in 2005. Inland cities such as Concord, Gilroy and Livermore saw triple-digit temperatures. The heat prompted air quality officials to issue a "Spare the Air" alert, asking people across the region to limit driving and other activities that cause pollution to keep ozone levels down. The weather service says Saturday will be slightly cooler on the coast, but it will still be hot inland.

  • Federal support for deep-freeze damage rejected

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say northern communities dealing with damage caused by last winter's extreme cold aren't eligible for federal support through a presidential disaster declaration. The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division said Friday the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted damage assessments. It found that $10.1 million in submitted damages were eligible toward the $13.7 million statewide threshold that's necessary before a presidential disaster declaration can be made. State officials say they are exploring alternatives to help communities recover and rebuild.

  • Va. governor: Blessing more didn't die in tornado

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Speaking a few dozen yards away from where two people were killed in a tornado that swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday it's a blessing more people didn't die in the storm given the short notice that campers had to seek shelter. McAuliffe toured the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort on the Chesapeake Bay, a day after a fast-moving storm created a tornado that knocked down large pine trees, demolished some campers and flipped over others on Thursday morning. A married couple from Jersey City, New Jersey was killed when a tree fell on their tent. McAuliffe said their three children were also injured, and their 13-year-old son is in critical co

  • Oklahoma aeronautics firm works with Navy researchers to modify combat jet for storm research

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    As recently as March 2013, the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School’s A-10 Thunderbolt was flying missions over Afghanistan. Now, it’s sitting at an Oklahoma airport, where a team from Guthrie-based Zivko Aeronautics and the school’s Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies is turning the combat jet into a storm-chasing aircraft.

  • Red flag warnings for parts of Wyoming

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The National Weather Service has posted red flag warnings for areas of central and southwest Wyoming. The areas where the warnings have been posted Friday include Casper, Riverton, Lander and Rock Springs. The agency says low humidity and critically dry conditions make for dangerous conditions if a fire should occur. Wyoming has a few small wildfires burning, including two in the Shoshone National Forest.

  • $5.9 million of Katrina loan forgiven

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina. Parish President Billy Nungesser says the action was taken by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Nungesser says the parish now must repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the 2005 storm. Nungesser says he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven. Congress last year changed the formula FEMA uses to determine whether loans can be forgiven, and loans to many local government agencies in the region have been canceled in whole or part.

  • Heat advisory in effect in Oklahoma until Saturday night

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    A heat advisory is in effect for most of Oklahoma. The advisory has been issued for western, southern, central and northern parts of the state through Saturday night.

  • Power to be restored to much of Methow Valley

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Officials say they plan to restore power to much of the wildfire-ravaged Methow Valley on Friday. The Okanogan Public Utility District says it plans to re-energize its substation in Twisp on Friday afternoon. The Okanogan County Electric Co-operative also said that it will restore power to most of its service area, with the exception of damaged areas of Beaver Creek, Loup Loup and Finley Canyon. Thousands of people in the scenic valley about 180 miles northeast of Seattle have been without power since the Carlton Complex of fires burned utility lines a little more than a week ago. The complex is the largest fire recorded in state history, and has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington.

  • Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides. A couple from New Jersey was killed when a tree fell on their tent. Their 13-year-old son, in a tent next to them, had life-threatening injuries. He was among three dozen people hurt. "I love thunderstorms, and I went out to see it," said Thorn, of Monroeville, New Jersey. "There was a wall of gray — wind and rain. It was coming through the trees right at us.

  • Phoenix breaks temperature with record high of 116

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — The scorching weather in Phoenix has broken a record as the mercury hit 116. The National Weather Service says the temperature on Thursday afternoon overtakes the record of 114 which was set on this date in 2006. Yuma tied the day's record, which was last set in 1943, at 117. In Gila Bend, the high reached 117. The community of Tacna, which lies about 42 miles east of Yuma, is enduring 120-degree heat. Meteorologists say no previous records for this date were available but the all-time high ever recorded in Tacna was 126. An excessive heat warning in parts of southwestern Arizona and Phoenix will expire at 8 p.m. Thursday. Meteorologists say temperatures will take a slight downturn by

  • The Most Water-Consuming States Are The Ones In Drought

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    As the drought in the western United States drags on, communities have considered rules for residents' water use, and California imposed statewide restrictions last week, Huffington Post reports. A national survey on water use in the U.S. showed that residents in states that get less precipitation use a lot of water in their homes -- western states use an average of 137 gallons per capita every day, compared to 82 gallons in the midwest, according to the Huffington Post. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this is mostly because of the higher amount of landscape irrigation in the west. In other words, people striving for green lawns and lush plants in dry states have to water more often that people in places with lots of rain, or risk fines in some communities.

  • Federal disaster aid to help June storm recovery

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Nebraska, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding from June 14 to June 21. Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in a dozen counties including Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Franklin, Furnas, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne. The federal money may be used for emergency work and for repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding.

  • Cooler weather helps firefighters in Washington

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    OMAK, Wash. (AP) — Cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to directly attack a massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington on Thursday. Fire spokesman Pete Buist said the biggest wildfire in the state's history was 52 percent contained. Firefighters were attacking the actual perimeter of the fire Thursday, thanks to temperatures forecast to reach only the 70s and wet conditions left over from Wednesday's thunderstorms. "We are able to go direct, and we are doing that while we have the opportunity," Buist said. "We are making lots of progress." Buist said earlier in the week they could not get close to the perimeter because of high temperatures and strong winds.

  • Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado ripped through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs. A tree fell on a New Jersey couple's tent, killing them, and their 13-year-old son in a tent next to them suffered life-threatening injuries. About three dozen other people were hurt, with injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones to more serious, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. "All hell broke loose," said Joe Colony, who has been coming to Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort campground along the Chesapeake Bay for 30 years.

  • 6 new range fires burning in eastern Oregon

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Lightning storms have ignited six new range fires in eastern Oregon, and more bad weather is expected by the end of the week. Meanwhile, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland said Thursday that the fires touched off by the last string of thunderstorms a week and a half ago are closer to containment, thanks to rain and cool temperatures that came with the storms. Some firefighters who were working those fires were being demobilized to fight major blazes in Washington state. Spokeswoman Carol Connolly said others were being assigned to the new fires on the Vale District of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. A total of 17 large fires were burning across 933 square miles of fo

  • Iowa counties receive federal disaster declaration

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says 26 Iowa counties will receive federal disaster support to deal with damage from severe weather in June. The presidential disaster declaration includes counties in the northern part of the state that experienced damage from winds, tornadoes, rain and flooding. Under the declaration, the counties can access federal funds for debris removal, property repairs or other needs. The declaration also includes funding to help the state strengthen infrastructure and limit the impact of future disasters. This is Iowa's second such presidential declaration this year. Branstad says additional requests for federal declarations may be sent later.

  • Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    XIXI, Taiwan (AP) — Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island. Hydraulic cranes, meanwhile, lifted twisted chunks of the aircraft from a narrow alley in a village to help about 100 criminal investigators, police and soldiers sort through the rubble for clues on what caused the ATR-72 to crash in stormy weather late Wednesday. The plane operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers when it crashed while trying to land in the scenic Penghu archipelago in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China.

  • Virginia State Police: 2 dead, 20 hurt as severe storm slams campground on Eastern Shore

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police: 2 dead, 20 hurt as severe storm slams campground on Eastern Shore.