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  • High winds Monday cause continued power outage in Newkirk Tuesday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    More than 1,300 homes and businesses were without power Tuesday morning after high winds knocked down a power line, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority officials said.

  • Cool July morning sets records in Nebraska cities

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The unseasonably cool weather this week helped several Nebraska cities set record low temperatures. The National Weather Service says several new records were set across the state Tuesday morning. Cool air lingering in the region is delivering temperatures more common in fall than in July. Omaha set a new record low of 50 Tuesday morning. The previous record was 51. North Platte eclipsed a 1973 record low of 48 when its temperature fell to 44 Tuesday morning. Imperial's low temperature tied a record at 50. Forecasters say more record low temperatures are possible Wednesday morning.

  • Forecasters probe possible tornado in south Jersey

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Forecasters are trying to determine if a tornado touched down in southern New Jersey one day after a line of thunderstorms tore through parts of the state. A damage assessment team examined debris in Burlington County Tuesday. More than 2,000 customers are waiting to get their electricity back after a line of storms on Monday downed trees and power lines. The National Weather Service is predicting showers and thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening ahead of a cold front. Just like Monday, forecasters say 1 to 3 inches of rain may fall in a brief period. That could cause streams and creeks to rise quickly. A flash flood watch is in effect for many parts of the state.

  • Monsoon storm socks east Phoenix with wind, rain

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — Forecasters say there could be more thunderstorms in Arizona Tuesday as the Phoenix area cleans up from the second damaging monsoon storm in as many days. A monsoon storm late Monday knocked down numerous trees in east Phoenix, leaving many fallen tree trunks and limbs in yards and on local streets. High wind also knocked down a traffic light pole at an intersection. Power was knocked out in several neighborhoods, affecting thousands of customers. The National Weather Service forecasts heavy rain and potential for flooding in parts of Arizona Tuesday. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in the central and eastern mountains and then move toward the lower deserts. A storm late Sunday cau

  • Cooler weather arrives in Oklahoma Tuesday with rain chances ahead Wednesday and Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Temperatures have dropped in Oklahoma Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will have high temperatures in the 70s with a 70 percent chance of rain.

  • Lightning deaths at national park concern visitors

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park are hiking more cautiously after lightning strikes at the popular park killed two people in two days at the height of summer travel season. Signs around the park warn its 3 million annual visitors that storms can close in quickly with deadly results. But the park hadn't seen a lightning fatality in 14 years until Friday, when Rebecca Teilhet, 42, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, was killed and seven more hikers were injured on the Ute Crossing Trail at about 11,400 feet above sea level.

  • Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A southern Oregon wildfire has destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state. In central Oregon, a wildfire at the confluence of the Ochoco National Forest and ranchland has prompted the evacuation of numerous campgrounds and nearly a dozen ranch homes, Wheeler County Sheriff Chris Humphreys said Monday night. Local fire departments were protecting homes. The Bailey Butte fire also temporarily closed a 2-mile section of U.S. Highway 26 about 13 miles west of Mitchell, the Oregon Transportation Department said.

  • AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    CHANGPYONG RI, North Korea (AP) — Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China with a mixture of satisfaction and concern. Rows of young potato plants, lush and green against the deep brown of the wet soil, stretch into the distance almost as far as the eye can see. As North Korean farmers go, Rim is exceptionally lucky. Singled out for success by the late leader Kim Jong Il, the Changpyong Cooperative Farm where she works is mechanized, has 500 pigs to provide fertilizer and uses the best available seeds, originally brought in from Switzerland. Rim laughs when asked about the hardships of life in the fields. "It's easy," she says. For sure, that's a claim most farmers in North Ko

  • Moore's Plaza Towers rises from storm rubble

    BY CLIFTON ADCOCK, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    The new incarnation of Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven children died in the May 20, 2013, tornado, is set to open this fall.

  • Philippines braces for floods, slides from typhoon

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm strengthened into a typhoon Tuesday as it hurtled toward the northeastern Philippines, prompting disaster-response authorities to evacuate thousands of people from villages prone to floods and landslides. Typhoon Rammasun, packing winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), was expected to smash into land later Tuesday in Albay or Sorsogon provinces, where thousands of residents have moved from their villages to emergency shelters. Schools suspended classes in several cities, including in the capital, Manila, in the typhoon's expected path and about 50 domestic flights and four international flights have been cancelled due to bad weather.

  • Record heat in N. Nevada; Reno 105; Lovelock 108

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The mercury soared past the century mark across much of northern Nevada, shattering records in a number of places and reaching 108 degrees in Lovelock. Several cities posted record highs for the second day in a row, including Reno, which followed Sunday's 103 degrees with a high of 105 on Monday — the hottest for those dates in 42 years. The National Weather Service said Monday's reading was 2 degrees warmer than the previous record set in 1972 at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The 108 degrees in Lovelock about 100 miles east of Reno on Interstate 80 broke the old record of 106 set in 1933. Fallon's 106 eclipsed the previous record of 105 dating to 1925. Other records included 104 in Elko

  • Lightning survivor has no memory of deadly strike

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife. It was a lightning bolt, he learned later, and it killed his wife and left him with a burn on his shoulder and scrapes on his face when he was knocked to the ground unconscious. Lightning killed two people last weekend in the popular park, where summer storms can close in quickly with deadly results. Both lightning strikes last weekend hit exposed areas with little cover near the heavily traveled Trail Ridge Road, which offers 360-degree views of snow-covered mountains, forested canyons and alpine

  • Salt Lake City records hottest day of 2014

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Temperatures in Salt Lake City hit triple digits for the first time this year. National Weather Service meteorologist Glen Merrill says Monday's high of 103 marked the hottest day of the year so far. The previous high was 99 degrees, hit several times in the past couple of weeks. Merill says the scorching summer day fell one degree short of the record for this date, 104, set in 2007. He said the weather is expected to cool down to the lower 90s the rest of the week. Merill says this year's first 100-degree day came more than one month after the first one in the summer of 2013, which was the hottest on record in Salt Lake City.

  • Washington fire stable; more storms expected

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    ENTIAT, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire burning in central Washington didn't grow much on Monday, despite scorching temperatures in the region, fire officials said Monday. The Mills Canyon fire remained at about 35 square miles and about 25 percent contained, fire officials said. Temperatures climbed above 100 degrees in central Washington on Monday. But winds were mild, and firefighters kept the blaze from expanding. "The acreage has not changed much, but we are not out of the woods yet," fire spokesman Vladimir Steblina said. Crews have strengthened containment lines around the fire near Entiat, but officials are worried about the potential for dry lightning and wind to kick up the blaze.

  • Rhode Island under flash flood watch

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Rhode Island, with several inches of rain in the forecast. The watch goes into effect at 8 p.m. Monday and stretches into Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters say a few waves of showers and thunderstorms will move across southern New England beginning Monday night. Additional rain is expected Tuesday and Wednesday. The risk of flooding is greatest late Tuesday into Wednesday. The watch also includes other parts of the region. Rain amounts could total 2 to 4 inches, with more in some places. Flash flooding is the main concern, but smaller streams could also flood.

  • Lightning safety tips for mountain visitors

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Lightning strikes have killed two tourists and injured others in recent days in Rocky Mountain National Park. The strikes happened along a popular road that is above treeline and is prone to rapidly-developing early afternoon summer thunderstorms. Here are some precautions mountain visitors should take to stay safe: CHECK THE WEATHER: According to the park, a bright summer day can turn stormy within minutes, with lightning, high winds and even snow. In the Rocky Mountains, thunderstorms typically develop in the early afternoon. Elsewhere, ask rangers or check the weather service to learn about the weather patterns of the area you are visiting. GET OUT EARLY: If hiking, start your hike early in the day — and

  • Storms hit Tucson, Phoenix areas with rain, winds

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The dramatic rescue of a father and his 8-year-old daughter who were clinging to a tree was one of numerous near-disasters that took place during strong storms that tore through Tucson and Phoenix. Powerful thunderstorms hit the Tucson and Phoenix areas with heavy winds and drenching rains that flooded roads, downed trees and left thousands temporarily without power. In Tucson, firefighters rescued a father and his 8-year-old daughter from a flooded wash. The man and the girl were in the wash when it was dry and before water quickly rose around 7 p.m. They had to climb a tree to keep afloat, according to the Tucson Fire Department.

  • Iowa counties get presidential disaster support

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says that nine Iowa counties will receive federal disaster support to help with the response to recent storms. Branstad announced a presidential disaster declaration Monday. The counties covered are Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor and Wayne. Branstad requested the funding earlier this month in response to severe damage caused by storms and flooding in June. The declaration will provide federal funding to the counties through a number of programs. The declaration also includes funding to help the state strengthen infrastructure and limit the impact of future disasters.

  • Woman swept from car by water, gets help to family

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) — A woman swept from her car amid fast-moving water managed to get help to her husband and toddler still inside the vehicle after it went off the road and into a rain-swollen creek in southwestern Ohio. Clearcreek Township Police Chief John Terrill says water carried the woman for more than a mile after the 6:30 a.m. accident Monday on state Route 741. He says she reached a farmhouse and authorities were able to find her husband and 3-year-old child atop the car, which had water up to the windows. Winds from Sunday storms overturned recreational vehicles at a southern Ohio campground in Jeffersonville. Media reports say a man in an RV that overturned at the Walnut Lake campground was taken to a h

  • SRP: 2014 runoff again at low level historically

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Salt River Project says 2014's snowmelt in its eastern Arizona watershed again resulted in one of the driest years in over a century but that there's reason for optimism. The Phoenix-based water and electricity supplier says five-month snowmelt totaled only 148,000 acre-feet. According to SRP, that the fourth straight year of below-median winter inflows into SRP's reservoirs and the eighth-driest since SRP began keeping records 116 years ago. However, SRP says the long-term forecast suggests the possibility of a fall and winter weather pattern that will lead to above-normal precipitation, resulting in more runoff in early 2015.