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Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

Aug. 17, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding...

Officials confirm tornado touched down in Massachusetts

Aug. 4, 2018 3:45 PM EDT

WEBSTER, Mass. (AP) — Officials say a tornado has touched down in Massachusetts, injuring a woman when debris hit her car. The fire chief in Webster, a town near the Connecticut border, said he's never seen anything like this before. Webster police say the woman had been driving in town Saturday when the...

The Latest: Growing California fires prompt new evacuations

Aug. 4, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

CLEARLAKE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Authorities are ordering residents along a Northern California lake to evacuate homes in the path of a growing wildfire amid concerns that hot, windy and dry weather conditions will persist throughout the weekend....

Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado

Aug. 3, 2018 7:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot in dry and windy conditions that it birthed a record-breaking tornado of flame, officials said Friday. They also warned of worsening conditions throughout the region. Winds in the "fire whirl" created July 26 near Redding reached...

NYC twister: Queens tornado knocks down trees, crushes car

Aug. 3, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A tornado that touched down in Queens toppled at least 50 trees, crushed a car and broke a limb that hit a man. The man struck by the tree limb was not hurt, and no other injuries were reported. The National Weather Service says the twister rolled through the College Point neighborhood late...

Colorado cleans up after storm spawns at least 3 tornadoes

Jul. 30, 2018 11:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — People on the plains of northeastern Colorado were cleaning up Monday from a powerful storm that spawned at least three tornadoes, ripped off roofs and flipped trucks and small airplanes. No serious injuries were reported in Sunday's storm, and meteorologists from the National Weather Service...

Massive Northern California fire gets even bigger

Jul. 28, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battling a huge wildfire in Northern California kept it from doing more damage to the city of Redding but three smaller communities were in danger as flames closed in and residents packed up to leave. The fire grew by about 35 percent overnight to 127 square miles (328...

The Latest: California wildfire burns 500-plus structures

Jul. 28, 2018 7:17 AM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's devastating wildfires (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Firefighters say 500 structures have been destroyed in a raging Northern California wildfire and another 5,000 are threatened. Cal Fire released the updated figure Friday, though the number of homes burned...

Weather service confirms 4 tornadoes hit Indiana Friday

Jul. 23, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ind. (AP) — The National Weather Service says crews have determined that four tornadoes were part of the severe storms that hit Indiana late last week. The agency says a tornado with winds of 105 mph (169 kph) touched down in southern Indiana's Harrison County, where Indiana State Police...

Volunteers provide food, care in wake of Iowa tornadoes

Jul. 21, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Businesses and volunteers are pitching in to provide more than cleanup in the wake of the destructive tornadoes that swept through three cities in central Iowa earlier this week. A meatpacking plant provided hot meals to those in need Saturday in Marshalltown, a city of 27,000...