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Bodies in submerged Missouri vehicle bring storm toll to 9

May. 24, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central U.S. this week and threaten major flooding through the holiday weekend. John Reinhardt, 20,...

The Latest: Arkansas governor declares state of emergency

May. 24, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has declared a state of emergency as the flood-swollen Arkansas River was scheduled to reach record levels next week. Hutchinson issued the executive order Friday after...

Lawsuit: Flood damage at Noah's Ark attraction in Kentucky

May. 24, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — In the Bible, the ark survived an epic flood. Yet the owners of Kentucky's Noah's ark attraction are demanding their insurance company bail them out after flooding caused nearly $1 million in property damage. The Ark Encounter says in a federal lawsuit that heavy rains in 2017 and...

GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

May. 24, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. The move came a...

Many factors helped save lives in Jefferson City twister

May. 24, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight years to the day after a devastating tornado killed 161 people and injured more than 1,100 others in Joplin, another big twister ripped through Missouri — this time the capital of Jefferson City — but with a far different result: no deaths or serious injuries....

Volcano on Indonesia's Bali erupts, flights canceled

May. 24, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Bali's airport has canceled flights following an eruption of the Mount Agung volcano that spread ash over the south of the Indonesian island. The national disaster agency said Friday night's eruption lasted four minutes and 30 seconds and spread lava and incandescent rocks about 3...

Georgia wildfire burning in Okefenokee refuge 98% contained

May. 24, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Officials say firefighters have almost completely contained a small wildfire burning near the edge of a federally protected swamp in south Georgia. Susan Heisey, supervisory ranger for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, said Friday that crews with tractor plows and other...

5 tornados confirmed in Illinois after strong storms

May. 24, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

CANTRALL, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed five tornados in central and western Illinois after a line of strong storms moved across the state. The weather service says the tornados touched down between 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and 8:15 a.m. Thursday with wind speeds between 60 and 105 mph....

Maryland and Virginia recover from storms, including tornado

May. 24, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Thousands have lost power in Maryland and northern Virginia after storms and a tornado blew through the area. The Washington Post reports that more 18,000 customers were without power Friday morning. The storms blew through the area Thursday afternoon. A tornado was confirmed in...

Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

May. 24, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel braced for renewed wildfires Friday amid a major heat wave that shows no signs of abating. At an emergency briefing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had appealed for international help to combat the fires, and that aid has arrived from Greece, Croatia, Italy, Egypt and...