National Weather Service News

`Back-Loaded’ Hurricane Season Bearing Down on U.S. Coast

Don’t be lulled by a quiet June and July, the real Atlantic hurricane season is about to kick off. The hurricane season runs from June 1 to the end of November. But the next six weeks — “the season within …

South Dakota Town Recovering From Tornado Damage

TOWN OF BURKE, S.D. — As a small town in southern South Dakota recovers from a tornado that caused extensive damage and destroyed its civic center, some residents are asking why the community’s warning siren didn’t sound. The EF-1 tornado …

Texas Power Demand to Hit Record Highs as Heat Bakes State

Demand for electricity in Texas will reach record levels on Monday and Tuesday as consumers crank up their air conditioners to escape a heat wave baking much of the U.S. Southeast, according to projections by the state’s power grid operator. …

Roof Torn off Cape Cod Hotel, as High Winds, Tornado Strike

YARMOUTH, Mass. — High winds and one radar-confirmed tornado ripped off a hotel roof, downed trees that blocked roads, and knocked out power to thousands on Cape Cod on Tuesday during the peak of tourist season. A tornado struck Yarmouth …

Rains Aid in Battling Ponderosa Pine Fire Near Flagstaff, Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Flames raged mostly unchecked for a third day through America’s largest ponderosa pine forest, threatening thousands of residents in and around Flagstaff, Arizona, but firefighters made the most of afternoon rains on Tuesday to finally take the …

Heat Wave Broils Eastern, Central U.S., Utilities Poised for Demand

NEW YORK — A massive heat wave that has enveloped the U.S. Midwest pushed into the Northeast on Friday, ushering in temperatures that could top 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Washington, D.C., and leading utilities to take steps to prevent power …

Hawaii’s Maui Island Wildfire Forces Evacuations

Thousands of residents and visitors on Hawaii’s Maui Island were ordered to evacuate two communities on Thursday as a spreading wildfire sent smoke billowing high into the sky, officials and local media said. The 3,000 acre brush fire in Maui’s …

Emergency Management Officials See Confusion About Tornado Sirens

WICHITA, Kan. — With the peak of tornado season arriving in Tornado Alley, Sedgwick County officials moved to address public confusion about the role of outdoor warning sirens. The need was evident after strong storms flirted with the metropolitan area …

Unending Midwest Rains Add to Wettest 12 Months Ever in 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 …