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Storms packing strong winds rake Indiana, create outages

Aug. 20, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A line of severe thunderstorms packing strong winds and heavy rains has swept across Indiana, leaving thousands of utility customers without power. Duke Energy reported more than 12,000 customers without power late Tuesday afternoon. Indianapolis Power & Light Co. reported nearly...

Evers seeks federal disaster declaration for 18 counties

Aug. 19, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is seeking a federal disaster declaration for 18 counties and two tribes that suffered damage during severe storms in July. Evers said on Monday that he made the request to President Donald Trump's administration after state and federal agencies verified more than $19.5...

Thunderstorms spawn funnel clouds, flood urban streets

Aug. 14, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Severe thunderstorms spawned multiple funnel clouds across Minnesota and flooded streets in the Twin Cities. The National Weather Service reports there was some crop damage from a tornado touchdown in Steele County near Ellendale Tuesday, but no major structural damage. Vehicles plowed...

Heavy rains flood roadways in suburban Detroit amid storms

Aug. 13, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

UTICA, Mich. (AP) — Heavy rains flooded roadways in suburban Detroit as severe thunderstorms moved through parts of the state. The storms hit Monday night and early Tuesday, closing Michigan highway 59 in Utica due to high water on the roadway. The National Weather Service says downpours brought an...

Suspected tornado reported in central Illinois amid storms

Aug. 13, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

EDINBURG, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected tornado was reported in central Illinois as severe thunderstorms moved through portions of the state. The National Weather Service says it received a report of a tornado Monday night near the Christian County community of Edinburg, about 175 miles (282...

Hail, rain, wind from storms cause damage in Montana

Aug. 12, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some Montana residents were cleaning up Monday after a series of thunderstorms brought large hail, heavy rain and strong winds that downed trees and power lines and damaged buildings and vehicles. The National Weather Service reported the worst damage on Sunday in Shepherd, Worden and...

Scientists get up-close look at wildfire-triggered storm

Aug. 11, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A wildfire-triggered thunderstorm in Washington has provided an unusual opportunity for scientists to fly through its clouds and take photos and measurements. The Seattle Times reports information collected from Thursday's flight could inform new research about wildfire-induced...

Rain aids fight on 3 big Nevada wildfires; 1 fully contained

Aug. 9, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Firefighters in northern Nevada have fully contained one of three big wildfires that have been burning since last weekend and continue to make progress on the others thanks to some heavy rainfall. Unlike the dry, lightning-packed thunderstorms that sparked more than a dozen fires Sunday,...

Thunderstorm forces cancellation of horse racing at Ruidoso

Aug. 9, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Officials at a horse racing track in southern New Mexico say a severe storm has forced them to cancel races for the afternoon. Ruidoso Downs' president and general manager Jeff True said Friday that the races were called off to ensure the safety of the jockeys and horses. He says the...

Storm knocks out power, floods streets in Grand Island

Aug. 7, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A thunderstorm that moved through central Nebraska has left thousands of people without electricity and streets flooded. The National Weather Service says a rainfall total of 3.9 inches (9.9 centimeters) was reported Wednesday at Boelus in Howard County, and more than 2 inches...