Latest Thunderstorms News

A downed tree rests on top of Anthony Dalrymple's home on Community Road in Baldwyn, Miss., after a small tornado moved through the area Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2020. Dalrymple was in the room that was struck during the time the storm passed through. (Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Storms sweep southern US, Midwest as death toll rises to 11

Jan. 11, 2020 11:13 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the country. Storm-related fatalities were...

A firefighters backs away from the flames after lighting a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Storms bring relief and danger to Australian wildfires

Jan. 8, 2020 2:35 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thunderstorms and showers brought some relief for firefighters battling deadly wildfires across Australia’s drought-parched east coast on Wednesday, but also raised concerns that lightning will spark more fires before dangerous hot and windy conditions return. Around 2,300...

2 Israelis drown after elevator flooded by heavy rain

Jan. 4, 2020 2:07 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli rescue officials said Saturday that two people drowned after heavy rains flooded an elevator in central Tel Aviv. Rescue crews had to use scuba gear to reach the elevator and pull out the pair, but they died shortly after arriving at a hospital. Emergency agency Magen David...

In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, aerial photo, wildfires rage under plumes of smoke in Bairnsdale, Australia. Thousands of tourists fled Australia's wildfire-ravaged eastern coast Thursday ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore further south. (Glen Morey via AP)

Q&A: How climate change, other factors stoke Australia fires

Jan. 3, 2020 8:07 PM EST

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, experts say. And these fires are so extreme that they are triggering their own thunderstorms. Here are a few questions and answers about the science behind the Australian wildfires...

In this image made from video, an aerial scene shows fires burning and smoke rising close to properties in Bundoora, Victoria state, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. New Year’s Eve fireworks in Australia’s capital and other cities have been canceled as the wildfire danger worsens in oppressive summer heat, and pressure was building for Sydney’s iconic celebrations to be similarly scrapped. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 7, Channel 9 via AP)

New Year's fireworks OK'd in Sydney as wildfire risk worsens

Dec. 30, 2019 4:19 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Sydney will set off its iconic New Year's Eve fireworks after being granted an exemption to a total fire ban Monday, with other Australian cities canceling their celebrations due to a worsening wildfire risk. Pressure had built for Sydney's spectacle to be scrapped before the New...

Federal disaster aid coming to 18 NY counties hit by storm

Dec. 20, 2019 12:40 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal disaster aid is coming to 18 upstate New York counties that endured severe thunderstorms and flooding on Halloween, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide public assistance funding to the...

Carl Estes searches for books and other items from his church on County Road 911 that was completely destroyed by a tornado in Guntown, Miss., Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

3 dead as suspected twisters, other storms batter the South

Dec. 17, 2019 9:03 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Three people are confirmed dead and a dozen more injured as a powerful storm front packing suspected tornadoes smashed into buildings, downed trees and left a trail of destruction around the Deep South on Monday, authorities said. One person was reported killed in a suspected tornado...

Hail drops on parts of metro Phoenix for 2nd time in 18 days

Dec. 9, 2019 8:10 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — For the second time in 18 days, large hail coated the desert in parts of the Phoenix metro area. National Weather Service meteorologists say some pop-up thunderstorms dropped hail in some sections of north Phoenix and other areas Thursday. It wasn’t as widespread as Nov. 21 when hail...

A city snowplow helps clear roads north of downtown Flagstaff, Ariz., Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. A powerful storm making its way east from California is threatening major disruptions during the year's busiest travel weekend, as forecasters warned that intensifying snow and ice could thwart millions across the country hoping to get home after Thanksgiving. The storm has already killed at least one person and shut down highways in the western U.S., stranding drivers in California and prompting authorities in Arizona to plead with travelers to wait out the weather before attempting to travel. (Cody Bashore/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

The Latest: Chicago, Denver flights delayed by winter storm

Dec. 1, 2019 5:23 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a powerful holiday weekend storm (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Airlines at Chicago’s two major international airports are reporting average delays of 15 minutes as a winter storm heads toward the Midwest with heavy snow and ice and gusty winds. The companies have canceled...

Tornadoes, damaging winds in forecast for parts of US

Nov. 26, 2019 1:31 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forecasters say severe thunderstorms and a few tornadoes are possible Tuesday in areas along the Mississippi River Valley. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri and extreme western Tennessee are at the greatest risk of severe...