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Hurricane survival: Florida graduates to mark storm on gowns

May. 26, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — High School graduates in a Florida county devastated by Hurricane Michael will wear a cord to commemorate their resilience since the storm hit last fall. The Panama City News Journal reports that Bay County seniors will have the light blue cords as part of their graduation gowns....

Lakeland woman makes business of portraying princesses

May. 26, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — LAKELAND — In the course of one day, Amy Sharpe might be a snow queen able to conjure ice storms, a damsel with tower-length tresses and a mermaid princess. Whatever it takes to generate glee for children. Sharpe, a Lakeland resident, portrays more than 50 characters, from Snow...

Official: Likely tornado destroys motel in Oklahoma

May. 26, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — A likely tornado destroyed a motel and caused other damage in the Oklahoma City area, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Rick Smith in Norman told The Associated Press that the suspected twister hit El Reno on Saturday night as a powerful storm system rolled...

Flooding leads to Oklahoma and Arkansas evacuations

May. 25, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials on Saturday warned some Tulsa residents to prepare to head to higher ground because old levees holding back the swollen Arkansas River are stressed and more rain is expected for the flood-weary region. The river was four feet above flood stage on Friday and was already causing...

The Latest: Braggs, Oklahoma completely surrounded by water

May. 25, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on major flooding Oklahoma and Arkansas from severe weather across the central U.S. (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Officials say a small town in eastern Oklahoma is completely surrounded by water and without power from major flooding on the Arkansas River. Oklahoma Department...

Jefferson City buildings damaged by tornado being inspected

May. 25, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Building inspectors in Jefferson City are tagging structures damaged by a Wednesday night tornado with red, yellow and green placards. The News Tribune reports that the 16 inspectors are part of the Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation Coalition, which consists of...

Weather Service: Weak tornado hit rural southeast Kansas

May. 25, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

DOUGLASS, Kan. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a weak tornado touched down Friday afternoon in a rural area near Douglass in southeastern Kansas. Television station KWCH reports that an EF-0 tornado, with winds from 65 mph to 85 mph, hit about 4:20 p.m. Friday and stayed on the...

Weather service says EF-1 tornado hit south of Iowa City

May. 25, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado that hit south of Iowa City rated an EF-1, with winds of 110 mph. That word came Saturday after teams surveyed storm damage in Washington and Johnson counties. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that the teams found damage to...

Correction: damage at Noah's Ark attraction story

May. 25, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — In a story May 24 about property damage at a Noah's Ark attraction in Kentucky, The Associated Press reported erroneously that flooding caused the damage. The damage was caused by heavy rains over a period of two years. A corrected version of the story is below: In the Bible, the...

Pennsylvania has already seen yearly average of tornadoes

May. 25, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Weather officials say Pennsylvania has already recorded the average number of tornados for a year. Meteorologist Sarah Johnson of the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey says 16 tornadoes that have had preliminary confirmation in the commonwealth so far this year....