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Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana Face Flood of ‘Historic Magnitude’

Thousands of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana residents braced for more flooding on Wednesday, and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the Arkansas River may not hold. More than a week of …

Tornadoes Rip Through Kansas After One Killed, Scores Hurt by Ohio Twisters

BROOKVILLE, Ohio — Several tornadoes reportedly touched down on Tuesday evening in Kansas to damage homes, uproot trees and rip down power lines, the National Weather Service said. About 20 tornadoes, including a large rain-wrapped twister near Kansas City, were …

Cost of Buying Out Flood-Prone Homes: $5B and Rising

About the photo: This June 14, 2008 file photo shows floodwaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Weeks after the latest massive floods in the Midwest, voluntary buyouts are again being considered in at least five states –Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and …

Unceasing Midwest Rains Add to Wettest 12 Months Ever for U.S.

The rain across the Midwest and Great Plains that’s closed refineries, flooded streets and snarled Mississippi River traffic shows no sign of abating, adding to the U.S.’s wettest 12-month stretch on record. Heavy showers will fall from Texas to the …

Violent Weather Kills 3 in Missouri, Floods Rivers in Oklahoma

A relentless barrage of violent weather in the central United States left three people dead on Thursday, local media said, as tornadoes raked across southwest Missouri and devastated the state capital, and heavy rain flooded rivers in Oklahoma. The reported …

Another Storm Takes Aim at Southern Great Plains

More than 30 tornadoes struck on Monday and Tuesday from Texas, Oklahoma and across the southern plains into Missouri, said meteorologists with the National Weather Service. While this weakening storm system is expected to roll into the Great Lakes region …

Storm-and-Twister Threat Moves Into Arkansas-Missouri Farm Belt

The heavy rain, high winds and hail that swept across the southern Great Plains is now headed to Arkansas and Missouri, where farmers are already struggling to get crops in the ground in a brutally wet spring. The massive outbreak …

Floods Stall Fertilizer Shipments in Latest Blow to U.S. Farmers

CHICAGO — Farm supplier CHS Inc has dozens of loaded barges trapped on the flood-swollen Mississippi River near St. Louis – about 500 miles from the company’s two Minnesota distribution hubs. The barges can’t move — or get crucial nutrients …

Midwest Floods Hammer Ethanol Industry, Push Gasoline Prices to 5-Year High

The March floods that punished the U.S. Midwest have trapped barrels of ethanol in the country’s interior, causing shortages of the biofuel and helping to boost gasoline prices in the western United States. The historic floods have dealt a series …

Record U.S. Flood Threat to Last Through Spring

The deluge that devastated so much of the Midwest over the last week could be a preview for one of the worst years for flooding in the U.S., according to federal weather officials. Now flooding is occurring at St. Joseph, …