Twelve Dead, Dozens Injured, Following Severe Weather in Plains
- Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon joined authorities on tours of damaged counties; after touring St. Charles County, he told The Weather Channel, “Dozens of houses literally exploded there.”
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1K Evacuated as Wildfires Threaten NM, Calif.
SEASON OFF TO AN EARLY START IN WEST
AP) – Firefighting teams in California and New Mexico are battling early season wildfires that have blackened thousands of acres and threatened homes and buildings, spurring numerous evacuations. Residents of more than 1,000 homes were ordered to leave as erratic winds pushed a wildfire closer to two foothill communities, where officials said five structures, possibly homes, were destroyed yesterday. Meanwhile, an uncontained blaze near Santa Fe, NM, had spread to nearly 10 square miles by last night, making it apparently the largest of several wildfires burning in the West as it placed the city under a blanket of haze.The thick smoke also covered the Gallinas Canyon and Las Vegas, NM. The fire in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest is burning just 25 miles from the city, prompting the Red Cross to set up an emergency shelter at a nearby high school. Officials asked residents in about 140 homes, mainly summer residences, to evacuate as a crew of more than 400 battled the flames near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas. Crews also cleared out campgrounds and closed trailheads in the area as they worked to prevent the fire from moving toward the capital city’s watershed and more populated areas. Another New Mexico blaze, the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs, grew to nearly two square miles by last night, state forestry officials said. Between 40 and 50 homes in the area were evacuated as more than 200 crew members and a helicopter were fighting the blaze burning through pine forests and brush. (Credit AP)
Oklahoma Hammered by More Tornadoes
ARKANSAS TOO, WHERE ONE MAN DIED
(NEWSER) – Oklahoma continues to be hammered with bad weather, as up to a dozen tornadoes hit the ground there and in and Arkansas yesterday, killing one and injuring nine. All injuries were in Arkansas, where one man died when a tree blew into the car he was driving, reports the AP. Near Tulsa, a tornado caused only small amounts of damage to roofs of buildings—nothing like last week’s twister that flattened the suburb of Moore, killing 24. The bad news: The bad weather was expected to continue today.
Iowa stayed out of the twisters’ paths but was hit with severe thunderstorms that broke windows, blew down trees, and damaged buildings. Meanwhile, flooding wreaked havoc in Kansas, where police rescued people from 16 vehicles in just 90 minutes as torrential rain washed through the area, CNN reports. This weekend’s forecast isn’t looking to improve much. Severe weather could hit parts of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Missouri today, and in seven Northeast states on Sunday. (Credit: AP)
6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Taiwan, 1 Dead
Taiwan was struck by a strong earthquake on Sunday, triggering a gas explosion in the center of the island, and killing one person.
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- Wildfire: NM Fights Blazes; Calif. Area Evacuated (abcnews.go.com)
- New Mexico fights wildfire; California area evacuated (foxnews.com)
- NM Crews Fight Wildfires, Smoke Pours Into Capital (npr.org)
- Wildfires Spread in New Mexico, Smoke Pours Into Capital (theepochtimes.com)