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A building that was damaged from Wednesday's storm is seen on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Mooresville, Ind. Severe storms with high winds, hail and possible tornadoes swept across the Midwest and caused damage to dozens of homes and businesses in parts of Indiana and Arkansas. A few injuries were reported following Wednesday night’s storms and the threat of more severe weather was forecast for the coming days throughout much of the United States. (Clark Wade/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

Storms packing high winds cause damage in Indiana, Arkansas

Apr. 9, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

MOORESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Severe storms with high winds, hail and tornadoes swept across the Midwest and caused damage to dozens of homes and businesses in parts of Indiana and Arkansas, authorities said. A few injuries were reported following Wednesday night's storms and the threat of more severe weather...

A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks her dog protected from the rain in Los Angeles Thursday, April 9, 2020. Rain and snow continues to fall on parts of California as a wet spring pushes back against dryness that spread over three-quarters of the state during the dry winter. The latest storm entered the state from the north last weekend and moved down the coast. It's still drawing bands of rain into Southern California on Thursday and producing remarkable amounts of snow at higher elevations. For downtown Los Angeles, the rainfall has erased a seasonal deficit. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Spring storm brings more rain and snow to California

Apr. 9, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rain and snow continued to fall Thursday on parts of California as a wet spring following a no-show winter pushed back against resurgent dryness that spread over three-quarters of the state this year. Mountain peaks from the Sierra Nevada to major ranges crossing Southern California...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, a firefighter sprays water on a controlled burn while fighting a wildfire in Magalia, Calif. The outbreak of the coronavirus is making the U.S. Forest Service and others change strategies for fighting wildfires, as the need for isolation and social distancing comes into play against the necessity of having firefighters work and live closely together. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires

Apr. 9, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — They are two disasters that require opposite responses: To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters must work in close quarters for weeks at a time. Wildfires have already broken out in Texas and...

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2013, file photo shows a gavel sits on a desk inside the Court of Appeals at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver. The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the U.S. legal system, creating constitutional dilemmas as the accused miss their days in court. Judges from California to Maine have postponed trials and nearly all in-person hearings to keep crowds from packing courthouses. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Justice delayed: Virus crisis upends courts system across US

Apr. 9, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Courthouses shuttered. Thousands of trials on hold. Legal deadlines pushed. The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the U.S. legal system, creating constitutional dilemmas as the accused miss their days in court. The public health crisis could build a legal backlog that overwhelms courts...

Alaska suspends burn permits to stop wildfires during virus

Apr. 9, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Division of Forestry plans to suspend all burn permits in anticipation of the effects of the coronavirus on firefighting personnel and responses. The agency announced Tuesday that permits will be suspended beginning May 1 in a preemptive effort to stop wildfires. Officials...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018 file photo, Emily Hindle lies on the floor at an evacuation shelter set up at Rutherford High School, in advance of Hurricane Michael, in Panama City Beach, Fla. As each day brings the United States closer to peak severe weather season, Tornado Alley residents are facing a difficult question: Is it better to take on a twister outside a community shelter or to face the possibility of contracting the new coronavirus inside one?  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Tornado or virus? Pandemic means tough sheltering decisions

Apr. 9, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — As each day brings the United States closer to peak severe weather season, Tornado Alley residents are facing a difficult question: Is it better to take on a twister outside a community shelter or to face the possibility of contracting the new coronavirus inside one? So far,...

Thousands without power after storms that spawned tornadoes

Apr. 9, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Thousands of utility customers in Pennsylvania remained without power Thursday, a day after severe thunderstorms knocked trees and utility lines and spawned two small tornadoes. The storms containing heavy rains, hail, lightning and strong winds hit early Wednesday and caused damage...

Thousands without power after storms that spawned tornadoes

Apr. 9, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Severe thunderstorms that roared through Ohio this week spawned three tornadoes, the National Weather Service has confirmed, while roughly 70,000 utility customers remain without power. The storms containing heavy rains, hail, lightning and strong winds hit the area late Tuesday and...

Tornado confirmed as storms tear roof off church, cut power

Apr. 8, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

APOLLO, Pa. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in western Pennsylvania amid storms that knocked down trees and utility lines, ripped the roofs off a church and brewery and blew away an airport hanger. Forecasters said an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of up to...

Thousands without power after Ohio storms spawn tornado

Apr. 8, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Thousands of utility customers across northeast Ohio were still without power Wednesday after severe thunderstorms roared through the state, knocking down trees and utility lines and spawning a tornado. The storms containing heavy rains, hail, lightning and strong winds hit late Tuesday...