Category Archives: Weather

Tropical Disturbance Becomes Tropical Storm Barry

(New Orleans, LA-AP) — The storm system churning in the Gulf of Mexico is now Tropical Storm Barry. According to the National Weather Service, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles-per-hour and could possibly become Hurricane Barry by this weekend.

Barry is located about 95 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and tracking models show it moving towards Louisiana. Dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and wind conditions are expected across much of the north-central Gulf Coast.

Watches and Warnings are in place along the Gulf Coast.

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Flooding Hammers DC

(Washington, DC-AP) — Flooding is causing major problems in the DC region. Up to four inches of rain fell over the area in under an hour this morning, causing flash flooding in downtown DC and surrounding suburbs.

Fire crews responded to dozens of high water rescues to pull commuters from stalled vehicles on flooded roads.

Videos on social media showed water pouring into the basement of the White House, and parts of Constitution Avenue were shut down due to high water.

1 Death In Ohio Tornadoes

(Dayton, OH-AP) — At least one person is dead and several are injured after multiple tornadoes hit Ohio last night. The mayor of Celina, a town located about 60 miles north of Dayton, confirmed one death and seven other injuries after a twister struck.

The National Weather Service says several destructive tornadoes touched down near Dayton, injuring several. There is extensive damages to homes and roads and mass power outages throughout state.

Tornadoes also struck in several other states including Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, and Oklahoma.

FEMA Heads To Missouri Capital As Tornadoes Spread Death, Devastation

(AP) – FEMA is on the way to Jefferson City, Missouri after a violent tornado was confirmed in the state capital late Wednesday night. There are reports of possibly catastrophic damage and people trapped in the rubble of buildings.

Some three hours southeast of Jefferson City, three people are dead after a tornado ripped through Golden City. And most of the St. Louis area is under a tornado watch with some areas under different warnings.

Plains Tornado Swarm Could Be Worse Today

(AP) — Thunderstorms that brought a swarm of tornadoes to the Plains over the weekend could bring more severe weather today. According for forecasters, thunderstorms could cause strong twisters and other dangerous conditions in parts of the southern Plains.

More than 150-thousand homes and businesses across Texas and Iowa lost power over the weekend due to the storms, and a possible tornado in a small town about 40 miles north of Lafayette, Louisiana damaged a gas station and other buildings.

High winds in the same area moved a home onto a highway.

Today Show’s Al Roker’s Climate Change Reports

(New York, NY -AP) — NBC’s Today Show weatherman Al Roker is in Utqiagvik  the northern most city in Alaska, which many consider to be Ground Zero for climate change. In his reports, Roker talks to scientists who are leading research about how climate change is happening now.

Roker says researchers are optimistic we’ll be able to reduce the production of greenhouse gases, which is causing climate change at an accelerated rate. In his second report Tuesday morning, Roker looks at how climate change is already effecting residents of Utqiagvik  and how it might be a cautionary tale for the rest of us.

Three Dead, Hundreds Evacuated In Historic Midwest Flooding

(AP) – A state of emergency has been declared in Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin as devastating floods in the Midwest have killed three. Hundreds of people have been forced out of their homes as the historic flooding has washed over the Missouri and Mississippi river basins.

Heavy rain and melting snow are swelling the Missouri River out of its banks in Nebraska and Iowa. The river is more than two feet over its previous record and topping levees in southwestern Iowa. Much of Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha is underwater.

The Air Force says floodwaters aren’t expected to recede until Thursday at the base that’s home to strategic nuclear forces.

Powerful Storm Threatens Central US With Heavy Rains, Flooding, Tornadoes

(AP) – The powerful late winter storm that blasted Colorado with snow and hurricane-force winds is now threatening the center of the country with heavy rains, flooding, and tornadoes.

More than 100-million people are under some sort of watch, warning, or advisory. Everyone in a tiny Hornick, Iowa had to evacuate Thursday after a levee broke because of heavy rains. Drenching rains are causing major flooding and damaging roads and bridges in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri. Tornado watches are out in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Photo: Josh Galemore/AP

23 Dead in Alabama Tornadoes

(Beauregard, AL-AP) — At least 23 people are dead from tornadoes in eastern Alabama. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says he expects that number to go up as the search for missing people continues. Authorities have been using drones with heat-seeking technology to locate victims. At least two tornadoes hit Lee County Sunday afternoon. The hardest hit area appears to be around Beauregard, which is about 55 miles east of Montgomery.

The National Weather Service says the damage from Sunday’s tornadoes in eastern Alabama indicates that there was a tornado of at least EF-3 in strength. Tornadoes that strong can pack winds of up to 165 miles an hour and cause severe damage. On Monday, National Weather Service teams were out in Lee County and other areas hit by the deadly twisters to assess the damage. At least 14 people were killed in Lee County and dozens more hurt. Officials believe that number could rise since there are still a number of people missing.

Earthquake Felt In Atlanta GA

(Atlanta, GA) – Many Georgians woke up to the shaking of an earthquake this morning after a magnitude 4.4 quake rattled from its epicenter in Decatur, Tennessee. Experts say the aftershock registered around the 3.3 mark with some residents in Atlanta saying they’re homes shook for about 60 seconds.

This wasn’t the first earthquake to be felt in metro Atlanta, but it is the biggest.  In 1974 a 4.3 magnitude was felt in Lincoln County. Another was felt in 2009 at the 3.0 mark.

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