thunderstorm News

Lightning Sparks New Wildfires Across California

LOS ANGELES — A rare summer thunderstorm brought lightning that sparked several small blazes in Northern California on Sunday and stoked a huge wildfire that has forced hundreds of people from their homes north of Los Angeles. More than 4,500 …

Wildfire Threatens Idaho Hot Springs Resort Area Near McCall

BOISE, Idaho — Firefighters are trying to stop a wildfire from reaching a popular hot springs resort area with buildings dating to the late 1800s. Fire spokesman Jim Mackensen said Wednesday that nine fire engines are positioned at Burgdorf Hot …

Oklahoma Reels, Missouri Declares State of Emergency from Storm

Dozens of people were rescued from rising floodwaters and felled trees that smashed homes and blocked roadways in Oklahoma, as severe storms unleashing tornadoes and heavy rain roared through the central United States on Tuesday. Rescue crews using boats pulled …

Tornadoes and Baseball-Sized Hail Threaten Texas, Oklahoma

A powerful spring storm is bearing down on Texas and Oklahoma, bringing tornadoes, flash floods and baseball-sized hail, the National Weather Service said. The system could deliver as much as 5 inches of rain and hurricane-force winds as it sweeps …

Heavy Rain and Widespread Power Outages Hit Southeast Texas, Louisiana

Hailstones the size of golf balls accompanied by as much as four inches of rain pelted the U.S. Gulf coast from Texas to Louisiana, flooding highways, downing power lines and closing some schools, officials said. About 150,000 homes and businesses …

Water Damages Iowa Correctional Facility Unit

Dozens of inmates at the Newton Correctional Facility in central Iowa have been relocated because of water damage in their dorm unit. The state Department of Corrections says a major thunderstorm Thursday caused water damage at the facility’s Correctional Release …

Thunderstorm Causes Roof Collapse for Arizona Manufacturing Facility

Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc. says a severe thunderstorm caused part of the roof at a manufacturing facility in Prescott, Ariz., to collapse. The firearms maker said Friday that no one was injured. Sturm Ruger said it is making repairs …

NTSB: Plane Crashed After Flying Into Thunderstorm

Investigators say a 2012 plane crash in Mississippi that killed three members of a Georgia family likely happened because the pilot inadvertently flew into a thunderstorm. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a probable cause report May 30 that …

Indiana State Fair Handles Thunderstorm Under New Procedures

Indiana State Fair officials say they’re happy with the first real test of their new emergency plan implemented after a stage collapse amid high winds killed seven people and injured dozens of others a year ago. WISH-TV and WTHR-TV reports …

Heavy Rains Collapse Ceiling at Charlotte Mall

A North Carolina mall was evacuated Friday when a thunderstorm that produced heavy rain caused the ceiling to collapse, officials said. The ceiling at SouthPark collapsed around 5 p.m., said Charlotte Fire Department Capt. Rob Brisley. He said by the …