Latest Tornadoes News

Weather service confirms tornado along Florida's Gulf Coast

Dec. 9, 2018 4:26 PM EST

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — The National Weather Service is confirming a tornado touched down on Florida's Gulf Coast. The weather service tweeted that wind speeds reached between 90 and 100 miles per hour in New Port Richey early Sunday. No injuries were reported but the storm blew down trees limbs and...

Illinois tax penalty waivers available in storm-hit county

Dec. 8, 2018 9:57 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Residents and businesses impacted by severe weather and tornadoes this month in central Illinois' Christian County may request waivers of penalties and interest on state taxes if they can't file their returns or make payments on time. The waivers apply to individual and business...

Heavy rain, flooding, tornadoes forecast for Houston region

Dec. 7, 2018 1:52 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston authorities have activated their emergency operations center and the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch as a storm system could bring up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain in some areas. The weather service says flooding is likely for a broad region extending...

New study explains creation of deadly California 'firenado'

Dec. 5, 2018 10:49 PM EST

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday. The churning funnel...

Arkansas, Oklahoma still recovering from tornadoes

Dec. 5, 2018 6:49 PM EST

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — Oklahoma and Arkansas continue recovery efforts following a series of tornadoes that ripped through the region last week. An EF2 tornado in Oklahoma's Lake Tenkiller area destroyed homes, boat docks and buildings. State officials, local authorities and residents have been assessing...

FEMA again rejects individual aid for July Iowa tornadoes

Dec. 4, 2018 4:59 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has again rejected a disaster assistance request for victims of tornadoes that hit Marshall and Polk counties last summer. Reynolds' office announced Tuesday that FEMA had denied her appeal of the agency's earlier...

NWS confirms 2 weekend tornadoes in Alabama

Dec. 4, 2018 8:39 AM EST

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Alabama last weekend. The emergency management director for Dothan and Houston County, Chris Judah, says a weak twister hit Dothan early Sunday. Judah tells the Dothan Eagle the tornado was either an...

Residents continue assessing rare December tornado damage

Dec. 3, 2018 9:28 PM EST

Central Illinois residents on Monday continued assessing damage from rare December tornadoes, including a half-mile-wide one that injured at least 20 people. The state's severe weather was part of a line of thunderstorms that raked areas of the central U.S. late Friday and into Saturday, killing one person in...

Oklahoma governor declares emergency following severe storms

Dec. 3, 2018 7:05 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 12 eastern Oklahoma counties where damage was reported over the weekend from severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds. Fallin issued the declaration Monday after severe storms rumbled through the region on Friday, damaging...

Weekend outbreak sets Illinois record: 23 December tornadoes

Dec. 3, 2018 3:10 PM EST

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service says at least 23 tornadoes touched down Saturday in Illinois, making the outbreak the state's largest on record for December. Meteorologist Dan Smith with the weather service's Lincoln, Illinois, office says crews had confirmed 23 tornado touchdowns across...