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Most in Houston area are getting power back after storm, but some may have to wait until the weekend

May. 22, 2024 19:39 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Power was expected to be restored by late Wednesday to nearly all Houston area homes and businesses left in the dark by last week’s deadly storm, according to officials. But possibly up to 20,000 customers might have to wait until the weekend before their lights...

Louisiana governor declares emergency after severe storms leave 3 dead

May. 22, 2024 13:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state of emergency has been ordered in Lousiana after severe storms swept through last week, knocking out power to nearly 160,000 people and leaving three dead, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Gov. Jeff Landry signed the emergency...

Authorities still conducting search, rescue after tornado slams Iowa; at least 1 died when car was blown off road

May. 22, 2024 11:28 AM EDT
GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities still conducting search, rescue after tornado slams Iowa; at least 1 died when car was blown off road.

Head of FEMA tours deadly storm damage in Houston area as more residents get power back

May. 21, 2024 22:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — As the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured the Houston area on Tuesday to assess the damage from last week’s deadly storms, local officials reassured residents still without power that their lights would be back on and they could soon begin rebuilding their...

Storms damage homes in Oklahoma and Kansas. But in Houston, most power is restored

May. 20, 2024 18:16 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Fast-moving storms with strong winds, large hail and apparent tornadoes swept Oklahoma and Kansas, blowing roofs off homes and blocking roads with toppled trees and downed power lines. Meanwhile, Houston made progress in recovering from last week's deadly storms. ...

Power restored to most hit by deadly Houston storm with full service expected by Wednesday

May. 19, 2024 23:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston area residents affected by deadly storms last week received some good news as officials said power was restored Sunday to a majority of the hundreds of thousands who had been left in the dark and without air conditioning during hot and humid weather. The...

Hot weather poses new risk as thousands remain without power after deadly Houston storm

May. 18, 2024 22:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — As the Houston area works to clean up and restore power to hundreds of thousands after deadly storms left at least seven people dead, it will do so amid a smog warning and scorching temperatures that could pose health risks. National Weather Service meteorologist...

Some in Houston facing no power for weeks after storms cause widespread damage, killing at least 4

May. 17, 2024 21:54 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Power outages could last weeks in parts of Houston, an official warned Friday, after thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds tore through the city, knocking out electricity to nearly 1 million homes and businesses in the region, blowing out windows on downtown high rises and...

3 killed and 3 hurt when car flies into power pole, knocking out electricity in Pasadena, California

May. 12, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A speeding car barreled through a red light, struck a curb and flew into a power pole and an unoccupied building, killing three people, seriously injuring three others and knocking out electricity to hundreds of residents in Pasadena, California, authorities said. ...

Storm-battered South is again under threat. A boy swept into a drain fights for his life

May. 10, 2024 06:40 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — Dangerous storms crashed over parts of the South on Thursday even as the region cleaned up from earlier severe weather that spawned tornadoes, killed at least three people, and gravely injured a boy who was swept into a storm drain as he played in a flooded street. ...