Latest Tornadoes News

As police and firefighter numbers fall, officials urge prep

Sep. 22, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — With natural disasters increasing in frequency and intensity, first responders are finding it more difficult to reach and rescue the thousands of victims of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Throughout the country, many emergency units have fewer people to navigate disaster...

2 dead as Imelda strands drivers, floods homes in Texas

Sep. 19, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda flooded parts of Texas on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to Hurricane...

The Latest: Conditions in Houston improve as Imelda departs

Sep. 19, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Houston officials say floodwaters are receding across most of the city and efforts will continue through the night to clear the city's freeways of hundreds of vehicles stalled by the flooding. The dangerous...

The Latest: Lorena becomes hurricane off coast of Mexico

Sep. 18, 2019 11:30 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather (all times local): 11 p.m. Tropical Storm Lorena has become a hurricane just offshore the coast of Colima, Mexico. Lorena is expected to brush or hit land by early Thursday somewhere between the port of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's southwestern...

High winds, not tornadoes, blamed for Michigan storm damage

Sep. 13, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says high winds, not tornadoes, are believed to have caused storm damage earlier this week in Michigan. Crews made the determination after surveying storm damage Thursday in the western Michigan city of Grand Rapids and surrounding Kent County. No...

South Dakota flooding prompts evacuations, school closures

Sep. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Crews in Madison had to evacuate residents by front-end loader as floodwater swept through the South Dakota city. Madison Police Sgt. Aaron Talich says up to 30 homes were evacuated Thursday morning. A creek that flows through the center of Madison is back in its banks. But...

Tornado hits South Dakota hospital: 'All are safe and sound'

Sep. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

When the warning sounded shortly before midnight that a tornado could be approaching, the clock turned into a stopwatch for staff members working the night shift at a behavioral health center at a Sioux Falls hospital. "We had 10 minutes to wake up 102 residents, get them to the center of the building," said...

The Latest: 3 tornadoes confirmed in Sioux Falls

Sep. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the severe weather that caused widespread damage in Sioux Falls (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The National Weather Service now says three tornadoes struck Sioux Falls overnight. National Weather Service lead meteorologist Todd Heitkamp in Sioux Falls tweets that he has...

Tornado topples trees, damages headstones at Winona cemetery

Sep. 11, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado ripped through a cemetery in southeastern Minnesota. The EF-1 tornado with winds of 95 mph struck Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona early Wednesday. The tornado toppled trees and damaged a building and headstones. The weather service says the...

Memorial Day tornadoes partially caused Ohio woman's death

Sep. 10, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

TROTWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Officials say an Ohio woman who died last week is the second victim to die from a series of tornadoes that tore through on Memorial Day. The Montgomery County Coroner's office ruled that 86-year-old Lois Elmore, of Trotwood, died Sept. 1 from injuries she sustained after a tornado...