• Police: 3 kids hurt when waterspout uproots bounce house

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, but the youngsters were tossed to the sand before it flew above palm trees and over four lanes of traffic, police said. All three children were quickly thrown to the beach while another nearby bounce house, which was unoccupied, also took flight over the state road, authorities said. Both inflatables crashed won in a parking lot. The children were injured, but alert and conscious when they were taken to a hospital, Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree said.

  • California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country," suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012. Now Californians are facing their own "Big Dry," and looking Down Under to see how they coped. Australia also faced tough water restrictions — along with dying cattle, barren fields and monstrous wildfires that killed 173 people. But when the rains finally returned, Australians had fundamentally changed how they handle this precious resource. They treat water as a commodity to be conserved and traded, and carefully measure what's available and how it's

  • California looks Down Under for drought advice

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — California's longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent. The struggle to survive with little water is a constant thread in the history of Australia, whose people now view drought as an inevitable feature of the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country." Four years into a drought forcing mandatory 25 percent water cutbacks this year, Californians have taken a keen interest in how Australia coped with its "Big Dry," a torturous drought that stretched across the millennium, from the late 1990s through 2012.

  • Weather Service says Monroe County windstorm was tornado

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A little more than four years after a powerful tornado destroyed most of Smithville, Monroe County residents are cleaning up from another twister. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert "Bunky" Goza said no one was killed or injured during the Monday morning storm, unlike during a 2011 tornado, which killed 17 people in the county. However, he said more than 60 buildings were damaged, with 11 homes suffering major damage and two destroyed. The West Amory Elementary School and two businesses suffered minor impacts. Most damage came from trees falling on buildings, Goza said, especially in older parts of Amory. "There are a lot of large trees that came down, uprooted or bro

  • Forecasters warn of tornadoes, floods in Oklahoma

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A series of tornadoes was reported across eastern Oklahoma Monday according to the National Weather Service, whose forecasters warned the state to brace for flooding and more severe weather overnight. Meteorologist Joe Sellers with the Tulsa office said an unknown number of tornadoes were reported in three southeast and east-central Oklahoma counties. The Oklahoma tornado warnings had ended by Monday evening. Spokeswoman Keli Cain with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said Monday evening no fatalities had been reported and that there was one person who suffered unspecified injures from storms in Atoka County. She said winds damaged an unclear number of homes in Atoka, Le Flore and Bryan c

  • Snow, flooding in parts of Wyoming on Memorial Day

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Areas of Wyoming are seeing flooding from heavy rain over the weekend. The National Weather Service reported flooding in areas of Fremont, Hot Springs, Johnson and Goshen counties. The Powder River at Sussex reached a record flood crest of 15.5 feet Sunday. Thermopolis, Hot Springs State Park, Torrington and Kaycee are some of the places seeing high water. Minor flooding also occurred in the area of Lander and Buffalo. The Wyoming Transportation Department says U.S. 20 between Thermopolis and Shoshone is closed because of fallen rock along the highway. Meantime, up to 6 inches of snow fell in areas of the Bighorn Mountains. Beartooth Pass near the Montana border northwest of Cod

  • Flood threat eases in northeastern Colorado

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    STERLING, Colo. (AP) — The flood threat in northeastern Colorado has eased for now but Logan County residents are being asked to remain alert because of additional storms expected during the week. Residents braced for another possible round of flooding Sunday afternoon because of expected heavy rain but Logan County emergency management coordinator Cody Adams says very little precipitation fell. However, authorities did have to rescue a driver who got stuck after passing a barricade on a flooded road near Crook. After weeks of heavy rain, some residents had to evacuate after the North Sterling Reservoir inlet ditch spilled over its banks but those orders were lifted Sunday.

  • Rough weather hits southwest Kansas, at least 1 tornado

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a super cell storm swept across western Kansas, spawning at least one tornado. Michael Scott, meteorologist with the weather service in Dodge City, said Monday that heavy storms hit southwest Kansas late Sunday night, producing a tornado that reportedly touched down in Ford County. No injuries have been reported. Scott says damage has been reported to a wind turbine, power lines and at least one home. He says crew are assessing the damage to determine whether the damage was from a tornado. He says a trained spotter also reported a wedge tornado in the area late Sunday, but that had not been confirmed. The Emporia Gazette also reports (http://bit.

  • Tornado reported Monday afternoon east of Caddo

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    A tornado was spotted shortly after 3 p.m. about four miles east of Caddo, the National Weather Service reported. Forecasters described the tornado as “a particularly dangerous situation” and warned residents they were in a life-threatening situation.

  • Crescent residents allowed back in homes after being evacuated

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    About 40 residents near the Cimarron River in Crescent were evacuated early Monday morning after the river rose, threatening to flood the area, said Twin Lakes Fire Chief Mike Gilliam. On Monday afternoon, those residents were allowed back into their homes with a warning to be ready to evacuate again.

  • Flooding forces highway closures Sunday across Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Several highways across Oklahoma were closed Sunday afternoon due to flooding, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported.

  • Tornado kills 10 in Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tornado has hit the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna and officials say at least 10 people are dead. A spokeswoman for the interior department of the northern state of Coahuila says Monday's twister destroyed houses. Rosario says 10 people had been confirmed killed so far.

  • Tornado hits Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna, killing at least 10 people

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tornado hits Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna, killing at least 10 people.

  • Rain, possible severe weather return to Oklahoma on Monday, forecasters predict

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    The National Weather Service predicts a 70 percent chance of heavy rain Monday in the Oklahoma City metro area. Showers and thunderstorms are likely after 1 p.m., forecasters said.

  • Heavy rains lead to flash flooding in western South Dakota

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Heavy weekend rains have led to some flash flooding in western South Dakota. The flooding prompted officials to close a few roads in Rapid City, and water submerged parts of a bike path. Emergency officials are cautioning people to stay away from the edges of swollen rivers and creeks and to not walk or drive across moving water. The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings for the region.

  • Oklahoma residents lose belongings to flood, but thankful they are alive

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Oklahoma residents across the region, including in Lawton, Indiahoma, Cache, Medicine Park, Meers and Paradise Valley saw flooding Sunday. There were no reports of injuries or deaths, according to Comanche County Emergency Management.

  • Flooding leaves at least two Oklahomans dead, forces many from homes

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The American Red Cross is opening six shelters across Oklahoma for residents who have been displaced by floods. Red Cross spokesman Ken Garcia said officials are working with local emergency managers to identify what services are needed.

  • Storms flood Plains, Midwest, killing 3, forcing evacuations

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue people from high water and a woman in Tulsa died in a traffic-related crash. In Texas, a man's body was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, authorities said.

  • The Latest on weather: 3rd death blamed on weekend storms

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    10:50 p.m. Authorities are blaming a third death on weekend storms that have barreled through the Plains and Midwest. Keli Cain, an Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman, said in a statement Sunday that a 33-year-old woman was killed Saturday in a traffic collision in Tulsa. She didn't release the woman's name. Claremore, Oklahoma, fire Capt. Jason Farley was killed late Saturday while trying to rescue people trapped by floodwater. He was swept into a drainage ditch and his body was recovered. Meanwhile, Central Texas authorities say a man's body was recovered from along the swollen Blanco River. Hays County emergency management coordinator Kharley Smith said late Sunday that three people from Wi

  • Fast response, wary public keeping Alaska wildfires down

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rapid and aggressive response to the start of Alaska wildfire season has keep burned acreage to a minimum despite persistent hot and dry weather that has keep underbrush from turning green in much of the state. Through Sunday, Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reported 159 fires in 2015, but they had burned fewer than seven square miles. "We've been pretty aggressive with our initial attack efforts," said spokesman Tim Mowry in Fairbanks. "When a fire has broken out, we've gotten right on top of it." Most fires occur in summer, when lightning strikes are common. Alaska's largest burn year since record-keeping began in 1939 was 2004, when 10,900 square miles of forest burned.