• Jindal declares emergency because of weather

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Monday as severe weather moved across Louisiana ahead of a cold front, downing trees and power lines and leaving thousands without electricity. The National Weather Service in Shreveport said the storms brought high winds and rain over much of north Louisiana. A tornado reportedly touched down near Bawcomville in Ouachita Parish, but neither meteorologists nor Ouachita Parish Homeland Security Director Archie Neal Brown could confirm that report. "We're investigating that," said meteorologist Travis Washington. Brown told The News-Star (http://tnsne.

  • Furyk looking ahead to Ryder Cup changes

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) — Jim Furyk thinks it's time for the Americans to think long term about the Ryder Cup. Furyk and Rory McIlroy both said Monday at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf that the public fallout from another American loss in the Ryder Cup last month at Gleneagles could be helpful. Europe now has won eight of the last 10 times. The next Ryder Cup is at Hazeltine in 2016, though Furyk said the Americans need to look beyond that. "In the Ryder Cup, we have always talked about, 'We have got to win the next one.' I think we've got to be a little more farsighted than that," Furyk said. "I think we need to look at the next 10 to 20 years of Ryder Cup golf. ... For the next 20 years we got 10 events.

  • Hurricane Gonzalo forms in eastern Caribbean; warnings, watches for several islands

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo forms in eastern Caribbean; warnings, watches for several islands.

  • Weak tornadoes hit southwest Missouri

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    BLUE EYE, Mo. (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms a pair of weak tornadoes touched down in southwest Missouri, but only minor damage was reported. Survey teams confirmed an EF-1 tornado with winds of 90 mph hit Stone County north of Blue Eye just before 6:30 a.m. Monday. The twister stayed on the ground briefly, damaging outbuildings and trees. In Lawrence County, an EF-0 tornado caused roof damage to a house and heavy damage to an outbuilding just before 7 a.m. Monday. The Weather Service said the tornado had estimated winds of 75 mph and a path of 50 yards wide. Powerful thunderstorms packing high wind struck southeast Missouri later Monday. Law enforcement in Bollinger (BAH'-lihn-gur) County reported trees

  • Hefty price tag for Colorado hailstorm

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Insurers say a hailstorm last month carried a hefty price tag. Insurance industry spokeswoman Carole Walker said Monday the Sept. 29 storm pounded thousands of vehicles and roofs, causing an estimated $213 million in insured losses. The damage includes more than 43,000 auto and homeowners insurance claims filed so far. Walker says it was the state's 8th most expensive hailstorm.

  • Steady rain, gusty winds forecast for ALCS Game 3

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A National Weather Service meteorologist says steady rain and northwest winds of 20-30 mph are expected for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series in Kansas City on Monday night. Meteorologist Jared Leighton of the NWS office in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, says rain was expected to lighten slightly Monday afternoon before giving way to stronger precipitation that will start a few hours before the scheduled 7:07 p.m. CDT first pitch and continue until around midnight. Leighton says he doesn't expect heavy rain, but winds gusting up to 40 mph and steadily falling precipitation will make for dismal conditions. Kansas City leads the series 2-0 and is scheduled to host the next three games in the best-of

  • Storms damage homes in southwest Oklahoma

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Damaging winds knocked out electricity and overturned trucks on Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma as powerful thunderstorms marched across the state. No tornadoes were reported in the storms late Sunday and early Monday, but damaging winds and large hail hit many areas of the state. Interstate 40 was closed for about an hour late Sunday in Washita County after two tractor trailers were toppled by winds and was closed again Monday in Caddo County for about two hours because of downed power lines before reopening about 8:45 a.m. No injuries have been reported. The Storm Prediction Center reports a mobile home was destroyed in Kiowa County and damage to homes in Cotton, Jackson and Stephens counties.

  • Stormy weather delays Arkansas fair opening time

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State Fair has delayed its opening time until Monday afternoon because of stormy weather in central Arkansas. The fair normally opens at 11 a.m., but general manager Ralph Shoptaw says Monday's start time will be pushed back to 4 p.m. Shoptaw says he decided on the later start time after consulting with officials from the company that operates the carnival and rides at the fair. The rainy weather has already had an impact on the first few days of the fair. Shoptaw says combined attendance from the opening day Friday and Saturday was 54,404 people. That's less than half the number of people who attended the fair in the same two-day period last year. The fair runs through Sunday.

  • Pentagon to unveil plan for dealing with climate change

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    At a meeting that brings together many of the world's foremost military leaders, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to reveal how the ongoing effects of global climate change pose an urgent risk to national security and require extensive rethinking of many aspects of the U.S. military. In coordination with his comments Monday here at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, the Pentagon is set to unveil a plan articulating how it will address the effects of climate change that threaten global security and its own operational readiness.

  • Thousands lose power in North Texas storms

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Thousands of homes and businesses have lost power as storms soaked parts of North Texas and led to an apparent lightning strike that set an oil well site on fire. No injuries were reported Monday in the fire in the Longview area, about 120 miles southeast of Dallas. More than 30 nearby homes and businesses were briefly evacuated, as a precaution. Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary says the well site fire, which was under control about two hours after starting, apparently was sparked by lightning. Dallas-based utility Oncor (ON'-kor) reports about 19,000 customers without electricity Monday, mainly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Scattered street flooding and downed power lines delayed some commuters.

  • Storms to bring potential tornadoes, heavy rain

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters expect damaging winds of up to 60 mph as a line of strong to severe thunderstorms moves across Georgia early Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City also predicts very heavy rain of up to 3 inches and isolated, brief tornadoes. The weather service projects that the storms will arrive in the Rome, Carrollton and Columbus areas between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday, then hit the Atlanta area between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

  • I-40 has reopened in Canadian County, Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    A power line was down across Interstate 40 in western Canadian County, Oklahoma Monday. Electric crews have moved the line, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Rainy work week forecast for Washington

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Weather Service forecasts significant rainfall Monday night and Tuesday in Western Washington with showery weather continuing across the state until the weekend. Forecasters expect up to an inch-and-a-half of rain on the coast, up to an inch or more for the interior lowlands, and up to two inches over the mountains. The snow level is expected as low as 5,000 feet by Wednesday which would leave the first significant snow of the season on the Mount Baker Highway, Washington Pass on the North Cascades Highway, Paradise at Mount Rainier and Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula. Forecasters say the rain blows in Monday on 20-to-30 miles per hour winds on the coast.

  • Storms damage homes in southwest Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Damaging winds knocked out electricity and overturned trucks on Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma as powerful thunderstorms marched across the state. No tornadoes were reported in the storms late Sunday and early Monday, but damaging winds and large hail hit many areas of the state. In Washita County, Interstate 40 was closed for about an hour late Sunday after two tractor trailers were toppled by winds. No injuries have been reported. The Storm Prediction Center reports that a mobile home was destroyed in Kiowa County, while other homes were damaged in Cotton, Jackson and Stephens counties in southwest Oklahoma. Parts of eastern Oklahoma are under a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. Monday as the storm exits the state.

  • Drought hangs tough in Oklahoma, but rain is in the forecast

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    A U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday showed little improvement in Oklahoma over the past week. But rain is in the forecast for much of the state.

  • UPDATE: Power outages reported in north Oklahoma City Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    There is an 80 percent chance for thunderstorms Friday in central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports. Temperatures are expected to start falling Friday afternoon.

  • Oklahoma wheat farmers call on federal agriculture officials to enact drought relief policy

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Oklahoma wheat farmers are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to roll out a policy they say would help ease the pain of several years of drought. A part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the new policy would keep farmers from losing crop insurance coverage when their crops are lost to drought.

  • Atlantic Hurricane Season Among Weakest in Decades

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    This year's Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the weakest in decades with only five named storms in the region so far this year. That is the fewest named storms since the full Atlantic season of 1983, when there were four. The 1994 season also had only five named storms into October, then two hurricanes formed in early November of that year.

  • Warm, windy Thursday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Temperatures will be near 89 degrees Thursday in central Oklahoma. Winds may gust up to 23 mph.

  • Hot, windy weather Wednesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    The temperature will be near 90 degrees in Oklahoma City Wednesday. Winds will gust up to 24 mph.