winds News

Wildfire Forecasters Race to Stay Ahead of Unpredictable Flames

Predicting what a wildfire will do is no simple matter. When the Getty wildfire erupted in California a week ago, forcing 20,000 people to evacuate, Richard Thompson raced to the scene. His job wasn’t to fight a fire that spread …

Winds Destroy at Least 4 Homes Northern California

Winds are being blamed for the destruction of at least four homes in Northern California, where gusts of up to 70 mph have toppled trees and left thousands without power. Santa Cruz County was hit particularly hard. Three homes there …

Storm Disrupts Traffic, Electricity in Sweden

A storm ravaging southwestern Sweden has cut off the electricity supply to some 12,000 homes and has disrupted ferry services between Sweden and Germany. Ferry operator Scandlines said Sunday it has canceled its operations between Swedish town Trelleborg and Sassnitz …

Conn. Construction Worker Dies from Fall Injuries

Police say a Connecticut worker has died after falling up to 60 feet at a Stamford construction site. Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin said the man, who is in his 30s and from Danbury, was working on a roof at …

Mississippi City’s Fire Stations Getting Upgrades

The city of Biloxi is moving forward with major improvements to two fire station roofs to protect them from storm winds. WLOX-TV reported that the replacement roofing will be able to withstand wind speeds of 155 miles per hour. About …

Katia Becomes Hurricane East of Leeward Islands

Tropical storm Katia has become the second hurricane of the season, as it passes over the warm water of the Atlantic Ocean. The most recent bulletin from the National Hurricane Center in Miami at 2:00 a.m. EDT located the storm …

Tropical Depression Moving Toward Bermuda

Forecasters say a new tropical depression is moving toward Bermuda but hasn’t strengthened yet. The National Hurricane Center said at 0900 GMT Sunday that the depression was about 300 miles (480 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda. It had maximum sustained winds …

First Atlantic Storm Powers Toward Mexico

Arlene, the first tropical storm of the North Atlantic hurricane season, churned through the southwestern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday but looked set to spare Mexico’s oilfields from a direct hit. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per …

NWS Says Strong Tornado Hit Western Arkansas

Officials say a strong tornado that touched down in western Arkansas has injured at least several people. Steve Piltz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Tulsa, said a strong tornado touched down southwest of the Altus-Denning area …