(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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(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.
(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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(Panama City, FL-AP) — Perhaps the hardest hit by Hurricane Michael was Panama City, Florida. The eyewall came through the town on the Gulf of Mexico a little after noon on Wednesday.People inside a hotel more than six miles from the Gulf watched as the roof began to peel off and pieces of it crashed down on cars and trucks outside. Then they smelled gas, but no one was able to shut off the gas while the storm was going on and first responders could not reach the hotel.
People are sharing photos and videos of the destruction in Panama City on social media. Winds were just below Category Five status at 155 miles per hour when the storm reached land.
There are 12-thousand residents in the small town of Panama City Beach and many of them decided to shelter in place instead of evacuating. Authorities said they’ll have to wait until daybreak to get a full look at the damage caused by the storm.
(Miami, FL-AP) –– Officials at the National Hurricane Center are now predicting that Hurricane Michael will be a Category Four storm when it reaches Florida’s Panhandle region on Wednesday. Category Four storms have maximum sustained winds of 130 to 156 miles per hour.
They are calling this a life-threatening storm and warning people in flood areas to get to safety. The storm surge could top more than a dozen feet. Michael was upgraded to a Category Three storm on Tuesday afternoon and is intensifying as it nears the Panhandle. It is now about 200 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida and moving at 12 miles per hour.
(Conway, SC) – As if it could get any worse, South Carolina is bracing for another potential hit of water. The AP reports, Authorities say nearly half of the 46 counties in South Carolina are under a flood threat because of Hurricane Florence.
In Conway, near the South Carolina coast, authorities say residents could see damage in homes that haven’t flooded before. They fear flood levels after Hurricane Florence could surpass the 2016 levels from Hurricane Matthew by well over four feet.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division reported yesterday that a number of rivers – including the Waccamaw, Lynches, Little Pee Dee and Big Pee Dee – are expected to crest this weekend and early next week.