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Tornadoes rake 2 Oklahoma cities, killing 2 and injuring 29

Authorities say a tornado leveled a motel and tore through a mobile home park near Oklahoma City overnight, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others before a second …


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019, 6:38 p.m.

Tornadoes rake Southern Plains; more severe weather expected

A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 11:22 a.m.

Storms leave deaths, damage and injuries in their wake

Strong storms, including at least one tornado, swept through parts of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic region, damaging homes and businesses and causing injuries after storms in the South killed …


Storms sweep across the South, killing 6 and injuring dozens

Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least six people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

Spring snowstorm buries Midwest, tornadoes possible in South

Strong winds and more snow hit the Midwest on Friday following a spring storm that buried several states in snow, while forecasters warned churches in the South to prepare for …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 5:41 p.m.

Rare December tornadoes reported in central U.S., killing 1

Residents in central Illinois on Sunday assessed damage after rare December tornadoes that ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people the day before.


Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in U.S., study finds

Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting – decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a …


Weather Service checking to confirm Carolinas tornadoes

The Carolinas are cleaning up after being slammed by severe thunderstorms with flooding and damaging winds, possibly even tornadoes that flipped tractor-trailers and small planes, broke storefront windows and pushed …


Storms kill 4, damage buildings across Southern states

A powerful storm system that moved across the South on Monday killed four people in Alabama and left a trail of damage over several states, officials said.


Storms tear up small communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin

LITCHFIELD, Minn. – Storms carrying tornadoes, torrential rain and powerful winds damaged homes, deposited a snowplow in a tree and flooded highways in north-central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.


Weathercatch: Pacific Northwest no Tornado Alley, but twisters do occur

The Pacific Northwest’s geography makes tornadoes rare in this part of the country.


Tornadoes strike central, southern US, killing 2

MAYFLOWER, Ark. — A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States today, spawning a massive tornado that carved path of destruction through the northern Little Rock …


Whirlwind of work

Terry Gieber, inventor of the tornado jar, likes some muscle in his weather, a show of strength. But on his arrival in Eastern Washington some 30 years ago, the artist …


More heavy storms on tap for the Midwest; 1 dead

OKLAHOMA CITY — Forecasters warned that large hail and more tornadoes could strafe parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri on Friday, a day after powerful storms killed one man and …


Randy Mann: Tornadoes rarely hit Northwest

Powerful tornadoes sweeping across the Great Plains and Midwest have been in the headlines. During the spring and summer, conditions become very favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and …


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2013, 6:26 p.m.

Death toll rises to 51 in Oklahoma tornado

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct …


Conditions right for more tornadoes

We may see a slightly above normal season for tornado activity this spring in the U.S. Most of the twisters are expected to form east of the Rockies, especially in …


2 dead in Ala. as storms pound South, Midwest

CLAY, Ala. — Two people were killed in the Birmingham, Ala., area as storms pounded the South and Midwest, prompting tornado warnings in a handful of states early Monday.


2011 goes down as year of extremes across globe

Thanks to another strong La Niña, the cooler than normal sea-surface temperature event in the south-central Pacific Ocean, global weather patterns were extreme in 2011. January through early April was …


Deadly tornado rips through Ontario town

GODERICH, Ontario – A powerful tornado swept through a southwestern Ontario town on Sunday killing one person and causing severe devastation in the picturesque community on the shores of Lake …


Area has experienced deadly tornadoes

As mentioned last week, this time of year can often produce deadly tornadoes across the central and eastern portions of the country. On Friday, a twister caused heavy damage to …


Weather: Sudden spring swarm of twisters deadly, costly

From April 14 through Saturday, more than 240 tornadoes were reported in the central and eastern United States, most in the Carolinas and Virginia. Normally, during an entire April, the …


Quick pressure change brings high winds

When you feel the wind outside blowing, what you’re feeling is the movement of air from high to low pressure. It is the same concept whether it is a gentle …


Montana hard-hit by twisters

HELENA – Tornadoes in Montana this year have been more frequent and more powerful than at any point over the past decade, as evidenced by twisters that destroyed an arena …


Billings residents mop up after Sunday tornado

Survivors of a tornado that tore into Montana’s largest indoor arena and leveled several commercial buildings returned to a scene of devastation Monday — awe-struck that a twister so destructive …


Tornado wreaks havoc in Billings

BILLINGS – A tornado that ripped the roof off a sports arena in Billings on Sunday evening also tore through businesses, damaging a bar and a casino and leaving just …


Downbursts, tornadoes cause different damage

Spring must be getting close. It seems like the latest weather news stories have had more to do with tornadoes and wind damage than blizzards and wind chills. Last Monday, …


Weather Service reports tornado

A “supercell” thunderstorm that spun up funnel clouds over Lincoln County and damaged property south of Deer Park last Wednesday also dropped a tornado north of Davenport, the National Weather …


High winds wreak damage on prairie

Lynn White and her family hunkered down in their Wild Rose Prairie home north of Spokane on Wednesday night while high winds from a thunderstorm slammed their home in what …


Wind tears through north Spokane property

Lynn White and her family hunkered down in their Wild Rose Prairie home north of Spokane on Wednesday night while winds from a thunderstorm enveloped their property. “It was kind …