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Arizona fires sweep land rich with ancient sites, artifacts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — As Jason Nez scans rugged mountains, high desert and cliffsides for signs of ancient tools and dwellings unique to the U.S. Southwest, he keeps in mind that they're part of a bigger picture. And, fire is not new to them....

 

Strong winds did about $10 million damage in Riley County

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Straight line winds that reached up to 100 mph caused nearly $10 million in damage in Riley County during the weekend, the National Weather Service said. The weather service in Topeka said Monday the winds were equivalent to...

 

Experts: Everything points to another busy hurricane season

Batten down the hatches for another nasty hurricane season. Nearly every natural force and a bunch of human-caused ones — more than just climate change — have turned the last several Atlantic hurricane seasons into deadly and expensive whoppers....

 

Critical fire condition warnings issued across US Southwest

Warnings of critical fire conditions blanketed much of the U.S. Southwest on Saturday as crews in northern New Mexico worked to stop the growth of the nation's largest active wildfire. The 7-week-old fire, the largest in New Mexico history, has...

 

Pacific season's 1st hurricane makes landfall in Mexico

PUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico (AP) — The strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in May in the eastern Pacific swept ashore on a stretch of tourist beaches and fishing towns in southern Mexico on Monday. Torrential rains and howling winds from...

 

Three young children die in central Oklahoma fire

CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) — Two toddlers and a baby have died in a fire in central Oklahoma. The fire began shortly before noon Sunday in a shed outside a home in Crescent and eventually spread to the home about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of...

 

Strong wind gusts expected to fan wildfires in New Mexico

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Weather conditions described as potentially historic were on tap for New Mexico on Saturday and for the next several days as over 1,400 firefighters and a fleet of airplanes and helicopters worked feverishly to bolster lines...

 

Tornadoes strike Texas, Oklahoma; more storms in forecast

SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) — A storm system spawned several tornadoes that whipped through areas of Texas and Oklahoma, causing damage to a school, a marijuana farm and other structures. There were no reports of serious injuries following the Wednesday...

 

Alabama store flattened as storms race across Southeast

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A possible tornado flattened a downtown store before dawn and ripped the front off a metal building across Mobile Bay on Friday, and forecasters said more storms could hit an area stretching from south Alabama to coastal Virgini...

 

3 Oklahoma meteorology students killed after chasing storm

TONKAWA, Okla. (AP) — Three University of Oklahoma meteorology students were killed in a crash when their vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer rig in northern Oklahoma late Friday, according to a crash report. The students were travelling back... Full story

 

Tornado rips through Kansas; 3 students killed in crash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and buildings, injured several people and left more than 15,000 people without power, officials said Saturday. In addition to wreckage from...

 
 By PAUL DAVENPORT    Regional    May 1, 2022

Firefighters battling New Mexico blaze brace for wind

Over 1,000 firefighters backed by bulldozers and aircraft battled the largest active wildfire in the U.S., after strong winds had pushed it across some containment lines and closer to a small city in northern New Mexico. Calmer winds on Saturday...

 

As wildfire closes in, New Mexico residents prepare to flee

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Wind-whipped flames raced across more of New Mexico's pine-covered mountainsides on Monday, closing in on a town of 13,000 people where some residents hurried to pack their cars with belongings, others hustled to clear brush...

 

Strong storm rolls through Kansas, tears roofs off buildings

SHARON SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — National Weather Service officials were in western Kansas Saturday to assess damage from a strong storm and a possible tornado that damaged buildings in Sharon Springs and elsewhere, authorities said. Officials say the...

 

Fires hit Southwest, New Mexico's season 'dangerously early'

New Mexico faces a long and potentially devastating wildfire season, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Saturday, as Southwestern wildfires cause destruction and force people from their homes. Hundreds of structures were lost in a growing number of...

 

Cherokee Nation, park service reach deal on plant gathering

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has signed an agreement with the National Park Service to allow citizens to gather plants within Arkansas' Buffalo National River to use for purposes including food, crafts and medicine. The river, locate...

 

Evacuation lifted in Kansas town threatened by plant fire

LEOTI, Kan. (AP) — Evacuations orders have been lifted in a western Kansas town threatened by a fertilizer plant fire, officials said. Barricades to the town of Leoti had been removed by Tuesday night and those evacuated were allowed to return to...

 

Crews fight New Mexico fires as some evacuations lift

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have lifted some evacuation orders for a southern New Mexico mountain community hit by wildfire. Firefighters are working Saturday to contain a wind-driven blaze that killed two people and destroyed over 200 homes....

 

Kansas to set up weevil program, let drinkers roam at fair

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New Kansas laws will make the state fair home to drinkers who roam and allow the state to tax each bale of home-grown cotton up to $2 to pay for efforts to get rid of the bug that ruins cotton crops. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly...

 

Crews fight explosion, fire at gas plant in Reno County

HAVEN, Kan. (AP) — Two people were being treated for minor injuries after an explosion and fire Thursday at a gas plant in central Kansas, officials said. Crews were called to the Haven Midstream plant near Haven in Reno County about 1:15 p.m....

 

Wind whips destructive wildfires in New Mexico, Colorado

Firefighters are battling a wind-driven blaze that has burned at least 150 homes, barns and other structures in a mountain community in drought-stricken New Mexico. The blaze on the northeastern side of Ruidoso was fueled by winds between 50 and 90...

 

Man's body found after truck swept off flooded bridge

SMITHVILLE, Okla. (AP) — The body of a man who had been missing since last week when his truck was swept off a flooded bridge in southeast Oklahoma has been found, according to authorities. Ronnie Toon's body was recovered around 9 a.m. on...

 

Judge dismisses charges for duck boat tragedy

GALENA, Mo. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against three men prosecuted after a tourist boat sank and killed 17 people during a 2018 Missouri storm. The boat was swamped by waves caused by strong winds shortly after it...

 

Flamingo that escaped Kansas zoo in 2005 spotted in Texas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of two flamingos that escaped from a Kansas zoo during a storm 17 years ago has been spotted on the coast of Texas, wildlife officials said. The Coastal Fisheries division of Texas Parks and Wildlife confirmed Tuesday to...

 

7 hurt in Arkansas tornado; storms move into Deep South

Severe storms that included at least two tornadoes injured several people, damaged homes and businesses and downed power lines in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas overnight before moving to the Deep South. No deaths had been reported from the storms as...

 

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