• Rain, rain likely not going away for Preakness at Pimlico

    Rain, rain likely not going away for Preakness...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A steady rain soaked Pimlico Race Course on Saturday morning, and the forecast for the rest of the way was anything but sunny on Preakness Day. The National Weather Service predicted a 100 percent of rain throughout the day, along with wind at gusts of up to 20 mph. That would mean a very soggy Preakness for Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and the other 10 horses at the 6:45 p.m. ET start. A torrential downpour at post time last year didn't ruin American Pharoah's run to the Triple Crown. Nyquist trainer Doug O'Neill seemed unfazed by the possibility of saddling up his horse in the rain, with the forecast including a 70 percent chance of showers at 6 p.m.

  • Western Indian state tries to cope with record heat wave

    Western Indian state tries to cope with record...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in a parched western Indian state sprinkled water in the streets and awaited the arrival of a special water train on Saturday, a day after temperatures reached a record-high 51 degrees Celsius (124 Fahrenheit). Several hospitals in the desert state of Rajasthan, which has been hit worst by a heat wave that has spread to many parts of India, have set aside beds to treat heatstroke victims. Television video Saturday showed heatstroke patients being wheeled in on stretchers, with paramedics covering them with ice packs and pouring water on them. The main summer months in India — April, May and June — are always excruciatingly hot across most of the country, before monsoon rains bring cooler tem

  • 73 dead, scores missing in weeklong Sri Lanka storms

    73 dead, scores missing in weeklong Sri Lanka...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government on Saturday raised the death toll from landslides and heavy flooding around the island nation to 73, as soldiers continued searching for scores of people missing since deadly landslides struck hill country several days ago. In the capital, Colombo, and its suburbs, thousands of homes remained inundated, though there were signs that the waters were receding. About 243,000 people remained in temporary shelters nationwide. Soldiers looked for bodies among thick mud deposits in the central district of Kegalle, where landslides swallowed up three villages on Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe, who is coordinating the search, said one body and parts of another were found

  • Cyclone kills 11 in Bangladesh, forces thousands from homes

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A cyclone unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on Bangladesh's southern coastal region on Saturday, killing at least 11 people and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes. Local media say the deaths were caused by the collapse of houses in Bhola, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Patuakhali districts. Cyclone Roanu crossed the southern coastal district of Cox's Bazar and weakened after triggering rains. The meteorological office said in a statement that dozens of villages had been submerged by floodwaters. Mohammed Ali Hossain, a government administrator, said about 100,000 people were forced from their homes on Moheshkhali island in Cox's Bazar. "Our teams are working there.

  • Joplin Tornado 5 years later

    Joplin Tornado 5 years later

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    FILE - In this May 23, 2011 file photo, Meghan Miller stands in the middle of a destroyed neighborhood as she checks on her sister-in-law's home in Joplin , Mo. A sky-darkening storm was working its way into southwest Missouri around dinnertime on a Sunday evening of May 22, 2011, zeroing in on the city of Joplin. Forecasters knew the storm's potential was fierce and gave early warnings. Then, as storm sirens blared, one of the nation's deadliest tornados hit _ leveling a miles-wide swath of Joplin and leaving 161 people dead.

  • Strong storm kills 8, leaves 4 missing in southern China

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) — At least eight people were killed and another four went missing in a strong storm that hammered a southern Chinese city, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday. All deaths and the missing people were reported in the city of Xinyi, which was hit the hardest by Friday's storm, which drenched houses, broke levees, flooded farmland and destroyed roads. The Xinyi government said the storm brought the heaviest rainfall since 1954, when authorities started to collect weather data. The accumulative precipitation was 46.3 centimeters (18.2 inches) from Thursday evening to Friday afternoon, and authorities recorded 13.3 centimeters (5.2 inches) in rainfall in one hour, the Xinyi government said.

  • Hail, snow hits Sierra Nevada, Northern California

    Hail, snow hits Sierra Nevada, Northern California

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Late spring thunderstorms dumped snow on a Sierra Nevada freeway Friday, causing traffic-clogging spinouts, while other areas of Northern California were hit with lightning, hail and gusty winds. The afternoon storms prompted the California Highway Patrol to hold up traffic on Interstate 80 in the northern Sierra Nevada. Cars coming down the steep, curving path from the 7,000-foot Donner Summit were spinning out on fresh snow and colliding. "We probably have 10 (spinouts) going on right now," said California Highway Patrol Officer Marc Peachey in Truckee, although there were no major injuries. Traffic was snarled as snowplows were called and crews worked to clear accident scenes. "We've go

  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning

    Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air...

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. If not, a federal judge may order them to install air conditioning for inmates awaiting execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson expressed frustration Friday as he questioned why prison officials won't spend roughly $1 million to install air conditioning on death row, since the state has already spent much more to fight the matter in court. He scheduled a June 15 hearing for testimony about the effectiveness of the prison's current heat-control measures.

  • Angola Heat Lawsuit

    Angola Heat Lawsuit

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    FILE - In this May 9, 2011, file photo, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, La., is viewed. As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. If not, a federal judge may order them to install air conditioning for inmates awaiting execution at the penitentiary in Angola.

  • State to finish remediation on farm causing dust storms

    State to finish remediation on farm causing...

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) — The state of Arizona this weekend is slated to finish adding a chemical stabilizer to a farm that's caused several dust storms that shut down Interstate 10, sending drivers near the New Mexico state line on a long detour. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says it'll likely complete layering one half of the farm — that's 320 acres — on Saturday. Spokeswoman Caroline Oppleman said the landowner will take over applying the stabilizer to the other half of the farm on Sunday. She said last week that the department would likely seek fines of up to $10,000 a day against the landowner because he didn't act fast enough in controlling the situation The department is spending about $200,000 on th

  • The Latest: Pants allowed for female Mormon missionaries

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on changes to clothing rules for Mormon missionaries (all times local): 3:28 p.m. The Mormon church will allow women serving as missionaries to wear dress pants during rainy seasons in parts of the world where mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and dengue are prevalent. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the new rules Friday. Women will still we required to skirts and dresses during church services and at temples. About 29 percent of young missionaries are women. All missionaries are being encouraged to wear clothing that covers their arms and legs to avoid mosquito bites.

  • Showers, thunderstorms possible Thursday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Showers and thunderstorms are possible Thursday in central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports.

  • Cool, cloudy weather in central Oklahoma Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    The weather Wednesday in central Oklahoma will be cool and cloudy.

  • Oklahoma veterinarian offers tips for calming pets during storms

    Oklahoma veterinarian offers tips for calming...

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Pet owners in Oklahoma need to prepare to be able to handle their pets whenever severe weather happens. Dr. Alicia Gorczyca-Southerland, staff veterinarian at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, recommends five things pet owners should do to calm and care for their animals in that situation.

  • Thunderstorms roll across central Oklahoma early Tuesday, more rain possible

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Thunderstorms rolled across central Oklahoma early Tuesday, more rain possible

  • Severe weather coverage

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    Read updates as a thunderstorm rolled across central Oklahoma Monday night.

  • Showers, thunderstorms move into central Oklahoma Monday

    STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    Showers and thunderstorms have moved into central Oklahoma Monday.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for May 14

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 14, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for May 14, 2016

  • Severe thunderstorm watch issued for much of western Oklahoma Friday afternoon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch Friday afternoon.

  • Q&A with Chris Thrutchley

    Q&A with Chris Thrutchley

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    Chris Thrutchley answers questions about weather policies and procedures in the workplace.




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