June 20, 2008 |
Water from the swollen Mississippi River surged over more than 10 levees Thursday, flooding huge swaths of Missouri farmland as thousands of volunteers continued to pile sandbags in a desperate bid to protect their communities. The efforts brought mixed results in Winfield, a rural and commuter city of 1,200 about an hour north of St. Louis.
May 26, 2008 |
Severe thunderstorms packing large hail and tornadoes rumbled across the nation's midsection Sunday, killing at least eight people and damaging dozens of homes, authorities said. Iowa Homeland Security administrator David L. Miller said seven of the dead were killed by a tornado in northeast Iowa -- five from Parkersburg, 80 miles northeast of Des Moines, and two from nearby New Hartford. At least 50 injuries were reported. "Occasionally we have a death, but we have warning system. Seven deaths.
May 13, 2008 |
The tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest and South over the weekend killed about two dozen people, officials said Monday, making 2008 the deadliest year so far for twisters in a decade. According to the National Weather Service, 96 people have lost their lives in a year that has seen an unusual number of storms. In 1998, 115 had perished by May 11.
January 20, 2008 |
As temperatures plummeted into the single digits across the Midwest on Saturday, residents reached for their thermal underwear, worried about the possibility of frozen pipes and huddled indoors as an Arctic wind chill made it feel like 20 below zero. In some spots, it felt even colder. As winds and cold air blew in from the northwest, the National Weather Service reported that parts of Minnesota and North Dakota were hit with wind-chill temperatures as low as 35 below.
December 29, 2007 |
A storm blanketed the Great Lakes region with several inches of snow Friday, disrupting holiday travel. More than 450 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport by late afternoon, and delays averaged 90 minutes. Officials urged travelers to check the status of their flights. Delays at Midway Airport averaged two hours, with about 20 cancellations.
December 16, 2007 |
As much as a foot of snow fell from the Plains across the Midwest, snarling road and air travel, as the second big storm in a week barreled through on its way to New England. Tens of thousands of people still lacked electricity after the first storm slammed Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. It was blamed for at least 38 deaths, mostly in traffic accidents.