Gov. Pat Quinn asked the White House on Monday to declare 15 Illinois counties to be major disaster areas, after a single storm system this month spawned 24 tornadoes in Illinois that killed six people and damaged...More >>
Gov. Pat Quinn asked the White House on Monday to declare 15 Illinois counties to be major disaster areas, after a single storm system this month spawned 24 tornadoes in Illinois that killed six people and damaged or...More >>
A federal study of the 2011 Joplin tornado suggests that stronger building codes, more storm shelters and improved emergency communication systems could have significantly reduced the death toll and the costs of...More >>
A federal study of the 2011 Joplin tornado suggests that stronger building codes, more storm shelters and improved emergency communication systems could have significantly reduced the death toll and the costs of rebuilding...More >>
Monday, November 18 2013 2:46 PM EST2013-11-18 19:46:57 GMT
Strong storms swept through Mid-Michigan Sunday as a cold front moved across the state. The primary threat was wind, and thunderstorm wind gusts in excess of 60mph were recorded throughout Mid-Michigan.More >>
The National Weather Service out of Gaylord has confirmed one tornado in Otsego County near Waters, Mich.More >>
The storm system was barreling toward the Mid-Atlantic Thursday.
The Storm Prediction Center on Wednesday placed Indiana, Illinois and Ohio under the "high risk" category of severe weather from Wednesday night through Thursday. As a result, severe thunderstorm watches had been issued throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin through early Thursday.
Other major cities like Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were under moderate risks for severe weather beginning Thursday morning. According to the National Weather Service, there was a risk of severe weather hitting as many as 64 million people.
Henry and Wood counties in Ohio had many reports of storm damage, mainly trees and power lines down, but no injuries were reported, WTOL reported. There were also tornado and flash flood warnings in the Toledo, OH, area.
Ohioans reported wind damage and heavy rains.
The Storm Prediction Center also issued tornado watches for western Maryland, central and eastern Ohio, southwest Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.
In Kendall County, IL, 50 miles southeast of Chicago, the National Weather Services' Chicago office warned of wall clouds that could produce possible tornadoes, according to CNN. Tornadoes have already been reported in Winnebago County, IL, but no damage was reported.
"Very strong wind signature on radar, possibly up to 70-80 mph, near/just south of Crete, IL. Stay away from windows! #ilwx," said NWS Chicago on Twitter.
The severe weather caused the airlines to cancel more than 50 flights at Chicago's Midway Airport and more than 360 flights at O'Hare International.
More than 38,000 ComEd customers in the Chicago area found themselves without power.
And a home in Lemont, IL, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago, caught fire when lightning struck. The home was fully engulfed, but local media outlets reported the family inside was able to evacuate the home safely.
The severe weather also postponed the Chicago White Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but did not cancel game one of the Stanley Cup Finals as the Chicago Blackhawks played the Boston Bruins.
The severe weather in the Midwest began early Wednesday afternoon with a "confirmed tornado" in Wright County, Iowa. The storms destroyed businesses and a home and damaged others, but no injuries or fatalities were reported. The Associated Press reports that more than 1,200 citizens are without power.
The line of powerful thunderstorms that was predicted to hit the areas is known as a derecho.
A derecho is a widespread and long-lasting storm that comes with fast-moving thunderstorms and rain, and also can bring damaging high winds, hail and in some cases produce tornadoes.
According to NOAA, a storm may be classified as a derecho if the storm extends more than 240 miles and contains wind gusts of more than 58 mph.
"The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting the development of widespread damaging winds, and a few strong tornadoes, over parts of the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valley," the service said Wednesday
Wind speeds of 60 or 70 mph can uproot trees, snap off large branches and bring down utility poles and wires. Due to the widespread nature of these wind gusts, power outages can also be far-reaching, according to AccuWeather.
In June 2012, a derecho carved a 60-mile path of destruction from Illinois to Virginia. The storm caused at least $1 billion in damages and killed 13 people.
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Saturday, November 10 2012 1:48 PM EST2012-11-10 18:48:37 GMT
(RNN) – With the majority of ballots counted and the question of who will be the next president put to rest, only Florida remains undecided as vote tallies continued into Wednesday. With 97 percent reported,More >>
The state of Florida has finished its tally, and its 29 electoral votes went to President Barack Obama. Not that it mattered. More >>
Wednesday, November 7 2012 9:48 AM EST2012-11-07 14:48:58 GMT
(RNN) – Obama took on a variety of issues during his first term in the Oval Office, and he pledged to continue his plan of economic recovery in the next four years. His campaign rode the theme of "Change"More >>
"This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation," said Mitt Romney in his concession speech.More >>
Northwestern Europe is bracing for a severe storm that forecasters say likely will bring gale-force winds and flooding in coastal areas.More >>
A powerful storm with hurricane-force gusts hit Britain and began moving across Europe on Thursday, disrupting air travel, halting trains and leaving tens of thousands of homes without electricity. Accidents linked to the...More >>
A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country is bringing bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California.More >>
The jet stream hunkered to the south Wednesday, promising to bring nearly a week of temperatures that could dip to minus 20 or worse in the northern midsection of the country, and forcing much of the rest of the nation to...More >>
An icy blast of arctic air sent temperatures plunging as much as 40 degrees below normal Tuesday across the western half of the nation soon after a storm snarled roadways in the Rockies and threatened citrus crops...More >>
An icy blast of arctic air sent temperatures plunging as much as 40 degrees below normal Tuesday across the western half of the nation soon after a storm snarled roadways in the Rockies and threatened citrus crops in...More >>
Sunday, December 1 2013 11:15 PM EST2013-12-02 04:15:06 GMT
Freezing rain caused some spinouts and crashes in the eastern-most parts of our area on Sunday morning, but the Pioneer Valley had nothing on what Central Massachusetts residents dealt with. Around 7More >>
Freezing rain caused some spinouts and crashes in the eastern-most parts of our area on Sunday morning, but the Pioneer Valley had nothing on what Central Massachusetts residents dealt with.
A winter storm that hit parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas was expected to be worse, but with temperatures creeping above freezing the outcome was less dramatic than forecasters had feared.More >>
Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of...More >>
Tuesday, November 26 2013 6:56 AM EST2013-11-26 11:56:17 GMT
We are in for a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm! Several inches are expected, but be careful, because all that beautiful white snow can be deadly. Heart attacks, back strain and muscle soreness are just a fewMore >>
We are in for a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm! Several inches are expected, but be careful, because all that beautiful white snow can be deadly. Heart attacks, back strain and muscle soreness are just a few of the problems attributed to shoveling snow.More >>