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Tornadoes flip campers, damage homes in Southern Plains

May. 21, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A tornado touched down Tuesday near Tulsa International Airport, injuring at least one person and damaging about a dozen homes, amid storms in the Southern Plains that brought a deluge of rain and powerful winds, closing an interstate and flipping campers at a raceway. Storms could...

Disaster declaration for Missouri counties damaged in March

May. 21, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster for 13 Missouri counties damaged by March flooding. The declaration was announced Monday night. Republican Gov. Mike Parson requested the declaration in April, before a second round of flooding earlier this month caused significant...

Florida man faces prison time for fake disaster aid claims

May. 21, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man faces up to 20 years in prison for providing false information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to receive disaster assistance. The office of U.S. State Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez said in an email sent Tuesday that 47-year-old Lepoleon Spikes...

Tornadoes on the Plains not as bad as feared; threat remains

May. 21, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An intense storm system moved across the Southern Plains on Monday, spawning tornadoes that caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain but not the "particularly dangerous" twisters that forecasters had feared. No injuries were reported. Late Monday, the National Weather Service...

The Latest: Tornadoes give way to heavy rain in Oklahoma

May. 20, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a round of severe weather forecast for Southern Plains (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The tornado threat is decreasing and the flash flooding threat is increasing across Oklahoma as what had been seen as a "particularly dangerous" storm system progressed through the state....

Mississippi flood overwhelms miles-long sandbag wall

May. 20, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out of...

Watchdog report: North Carolina hurricane funds delayed

May. 20, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Administrative mistakes and a lack of expertise caused delays in North Carolina's spending of federal funds for Hurricane Matthew recovery, according to a report released Monday from the General Assembly's government watchdog agency. The non-partisan Program Evaluation Division also...

Rising Lake Ontario levels prompt emergencies along shore

May. 20, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

OLCOTT, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials have declared a state of emergency for the counties along Lake Ontario as water levels continue to rise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed state agencies to assist local governments and residents in responding to potential flooding in the coming days and weeks....

New Mexico wildfire forces evacuation of state park

May. 18, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of firefighters from multiple agencies are battling a grass and brush fire that forced the evacuation of a state park, one home and other structures in southeastern New Mexico. The State Forestry Division says the fire burning Saturday along the Pecos River about 14 miles (23...

Tennessee gov appeals federal denial of individual flood aid

May. 18, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has filed an appeal after the federal government denied his request for individual aid for residents in five counties battered by flooding and severe storms. A news release from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says the counties that were denied the...