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Tornado slams Dallas; tree falls on Arkansas home, killing 1

Oct. 21, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A tornado tore homes and businesses apart in a densely populated area of Dallas, where only minor injuries were reported, but a person was killed by a falling tree in northwest Arkansas as a late-night series of storms caused chaos in several states. Radar confirmed the tornado struck near...

The Latest: Storm cancels, delays flights in Texas, Arkansas

Oct. 21, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather that struck portions of the central and southern U.S. (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Hundreds of flights have been canceled or delayed at airports in North Texas and Arkansas after a storm carrying at least one tornado hit. Dallas Love Field spokesman Chris Perry...

Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months

Oct. 21, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe's biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities said on Monday. "The problem is real, the situation is dire," said...

Iran says 5.6 magnitude earthquake strikes its south

Oct. 21, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook southern Iran Monday, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Officials said the earthquake struck near Kukherd, a city in Iran's Hormozgan province. Kukherd is a farming community some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Iran's...

Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon

Oct. 21, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is bracing for two more storms heading its way a week after a typhoon devastated the country's central and northern regions. The Meteorological Agency said Monday that a tropical storm was off the southern coast of Japan's southwestern main island of Shikoku. It was heading northeast,...

Scientist celebrates love of climate, Hispanic heritage

Oct. 21, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Growing up in Puerto Rico, Ahira Sanchez-Lugo loved hurricanes. There were so many excellent aspects — school was closed, she got to hang out with her friends, and even when there was some damage or power outages, she enjoyed the community spirit of neighbors pitching in to...

Typhoon spurs federal emergency for Northern Mariana Islands

Oct. 20, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal emergency has been declared as Typhoon Bualoi approaches the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Trump administration approved the emergency declaration Sunday, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts. The National...

Former TS Priscilla dissipates after coming ashore in Mexico

Oct. 20, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Tropical Storm Priscilla pushed onto Mexico's southwestern coast Sunday and then broke up while moving over land, but it still posed a threat of heavy rains that could cause flooding and mudslides. The U.S. National Hurricane Center downgraded Priscilla to a tropical depression as...

Southern California sees high fire danger amid dry winds

Oct. 20, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire danger remains high as dry, warm winds blow through Southern California. The National Weather Service says gusts on Sunday could top 60 mph (97 kph) in some parts of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions are in place...

Charleston cleans up twice the debris expected from Dorian

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials in Charleston have collected twice as much storm debris from Hurricane Dorian as they expected. The city said it has collected more than 600,000 cubic yards (459,000 cubic meters) of tree branches, vegetation, brush and trash in the aftermath of the storm, which skirted...