• Flooding, rain causes problems for corn growers in Ohio

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops. An Ohio State University Extension agronomist says the flooding and ponding could kill some corn crops. Agronomist Peter Thomison says those who don't lose crops immediately could face stalk or root rot later in the season. A June 22 crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says widespread heavy rains the previous week halted most fieldwork in Ohio. The report said muddy, saturated fields prevented producers from being able to spray and fertilize and has caused concerns about pest and weed problems.

  • Christie: Thousands affected by outages will soon have power

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Thousands of southern New Jersey utility customers who have been without power for several days should soon have their service back. Gov. Chris Christie's office says Atlantic City Electric has vowed to have 99 percent of affected customers back on line by Monday morning. The outages were caused by a line of powerful storms that blew across the state Tuesday. Nearly 280,000 utility customers were without power during the height of the storms, and roughly 20,000 customers still had no service as of early Sunday night, mainly in Gloucester and Camden counties. The company's restoration efforts were being hampered by another strong storm that dropped 1 to 3 inches of rain across the region Saturday n

  • Rain, blustery conditions depart southern New England

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A fast-moving storm system brought rain and gusty winds to southern New England, causing power outages on Cape Cod and delaying the start of the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Connecticut. More than 10,000 customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island lost power Sunday morning, most on Cape Cod, but only about 300 remained by late afternoon. Wind gusts between 40 mph and 50 mph were reported in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with 58 mph reported on Nantucket. A high surf advisory remained in effect until 8 p.m. for ocean-exposed east and south facing beaches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The National Weather service reported the highest rainfall totals were 3 inches at Wakefi

  • Phoenix hit by first dust storm of monsoon season

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — The first big dust storm of the monsoon season slammed the Phoenix area on Saturday with winds snapping utility poles and leaving thousands without power. Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project, the two biggest utilities that serve metropolitan Phoenix, said Sunday that electricity had been restored to most customers. APS initially reported outages at 14,000 homes the night before. SRP at one point had more than 15,000 customers with no power. According to the National Weather Service, winds were up to 51 mph around Sky Harbor International Airport. There were also isolated showers in communities such as Globe and Carefree. There have been no reports of serious storm-related injuries.

  • Outages to affect some NE Indiana customers until Tuesday

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A power company warned some of its northeastern Indiana customers Sunday that they might not have electricity for two more days. More than 13,000 customers still had no service as of Sunday afternoon, Indiana Michigan Power Co. reported Sunday afternoon. After bringing in extra crews from Kentucky and Ohio, the utility said it expected to have power restored to about 95 percent of its customers by Monday night. At one point, more than 30,000 Fort Wayne-area residents were left without electricity, the utility said. The National Weather Service reported the storms Friday and early Saturday dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain across much of northern Indiana.

  • Members of tornado-damaged Michigan churches pray together

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — Members of four central Michigan churches damaged by a tornado came together in prayer Sunday morning at a high school. Epic Community Church, First Baptist Church, First Congregational Church and United Methodist Church held a joint Sunday service at Portland High School. The congregations have 900 combined members and plan to gather at the school for another service next Sunday, TV station WXMI reported. Storms Monday and Tuesday spawned several tornadoes around Michigan, causing destruction but no deaths. About 70 homes and a dozen businesses in Portland sustained damage Monday when a tornado there brought winds that reached 100 miles per hour. Crews took down the steeple of First Bapti

  • Weather service confirms tornado in Jackson County

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado in Jackson County during a recent storm. The weather service says the tornado touched down Friday night about 2 miles outside Ripley and traveled about one-and-a-half miles. It toppled trees along a path of up to 200 yards wide and caused minor damage to a church. The tornado was rated EF0, the lowest rated tornado with maximum winds of 80 miles per hour. Downburst winds associated with the same storm caused more severe damage. The weather service says the winds destroyed two machine sheds, pushed two empty hay trailers about 60 yards and caused significant tree damage. One home and three garages were flooded when Stationcamp Run left its

  • Weak tornado confirmed in western Pennsylvania

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a weak tornado touched down in western Pennsylvania during storms that swept across the commonwealth this weekend. Forecasters said an EF-0 tornado with winds of 60 to 70 mph traveled for a mile and a half near Cranberry in Butler County shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. But officials said there were no reports of injuries, and the twister's damage "consisted of only uprooted trees and a few snapped trees." Minor flooding was reported around the region with a few people forced from their homes during the storm.

  • Thousands still without power in southern New Jersey

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Thousands of utility customers in southern New Jersey are still without power, five days after a line of powerful storms blew across the state. Atlantic City Electric says about 26,000 customers were still without service Sunday morning, mainly in Gloucester and Camden counties. The region was among the hardest hit by Tuesday's severe weather, and nearly 280,000 utility customers were without power during the height of the storms. Officials have said that's about 60,000 more customers than those who lost power during Superstorm Sandy in that same area. The region was soaked by another storm Saturday night, which hampered some restoration efforts.

  • Authorities: hot, dry weather and fireworks are bad mix

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — State officials are warning holiday revelers that hot, dry weather and fireworks are not a great combination. Weather forecasts are predicting a warm and dry Independence Day. Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli says officials in southwest Washington would prefer residents plan to attend professional displays instead of setting off personal fireworks. Most cities in Washington have local rules about fireworks, especially concerning their use on days others than July 4. Safety guidelines remind people to soak used fireworks in water overnight before putting them in the trash.

  • Fallin requests assistance for 26 counties

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The Oklahoma governor and the state Department of Emergency Management on Tuesday added 26 counties to the list of counties seeking for federal disaster assistance in the wake of spring storms and flooding.

  • Obama stresses need to act on climate change, calls out Inhofe's snowball demonstration

    BY MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths a year in the United States from poor air quality by 2100, the Obama administration argued in a report released Monday that warns of dire effects of global warming. The report says inaction on climate change could cost billions of dollars a year in damage from rising sea levels, increased wildfires and drought, as well as higher costs for electricity to cool homes and businesses in hotter temperatures. The Environmental Protection Agency report argues that action now on climate could save billions in avoided costs for maintenance and repairs on roads and bridges made vulnerable by global warming and save the lives of an estimated 12,000

  • Facebook video captures Highway 78 collapsing on Oklahoma side of the Red River

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Bridges carrying motorists over the Red River — and across parts of Lake Texoma — continue to be a major source of concern for Department of Transportation officials.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Fallin adds 26 counties to list seeking disaster aid

    AP | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for individual disaster assistance in 26 more counties because of tornadoes and flooding that began May 5. The counties added Tuesday are Adair, Blaine, Cherokee, Coal, Delaware, Dewey, Garfield, Garvin, Greer, Harmon, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Kay, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Major, Murray, Muskogee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Sequoyah and Washita. FEMA previously approved individual assistance for 24 counties and 11 other counties are awaiting approval.

  • Flooding continues to hamper parts of Oklahoma

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE and LEILAH NAIFEH Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Swollen rivers, streams, lakes and other waterways continued to cause problems in Oklahoma over the Father's Day weekend, with the Lake Texoma region becoming the new focal point of state’s ongoing weather crisis.

  • WATCH: Drone footage of flooding at Lake Murray, Davis

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Oklahoma was hit hard by remnants of Tropical Storm Bill last week. Forecasters say areas that already were saturated from last month’s storms received as much as 11 inches of rain.

  • As spring ends, rainy conditions may continue

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Sunday marks the first day of summer, closing the books on a spring that has brought more than twice the normal amount of rainfall to Oklahoma. Forecasters predict wetter-than-usual conditions could continue through the summer.

  • Roosevelt Bridge at Lake Texoma closed due to flooding

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    A bridge at Lake Texoma was shut down Saturday afternoon due to flooding, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported.

  • Oklahoma flooding: Before and after photo of Turner Falls

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill swept through southern Oklahoma on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, dumping as much as 11 inches of rain on areas that already were saturated from last month’s storms. Davis City Manager Gary Fielding reported “extensive damage” because of flooding at Turner Falls.

  • Heavy rain leads to three deaths, forces evacuations in southern Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill swept through southern Oklahoma on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, dumping as much as 11 inches of rain on areas that were already saturated from last month's heavy rains.




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