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The National Weather Service postponed a statewide tornado drill because severe weather was in the forecast.

Winter Weather School Closings

Jan 19, 2016
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Follow this link to see the latest winter weather closings from KOMU.

The Missouri National Guard says more than 600 of its troops are returning home after responding to flooding, although a small number will continue helping. 

Floodwaters in the St. Louis region have receded, leaving behind an estimated 500,000 tons of debris. Now what?

At a news conference Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon outlined “Operation Recovery," a cleanup effort that will be coordinated by the National Guard, with Lt. Col. Grace Link, a civil engineer, in charge. Contracted trucks will help clear debris in flood-damaged areas throughout the St. Louis region, Nixon said.

Just three days after ascending to record levels and forcing hundreds of people from their homes, the Meramec River in suburban St. Louis is already back below flood stage in two hard-hit towns.

The Mississippi River tributary reached 4 feet above the previous record at some spots on Thursday, causing damage to hundreds of homes and precautionary evacuations of hundreds more.

Updated at 4:50 p.m.  - More than a dozen people have died as a result of historic flooding throughout Missouri. And the state isn’t out of the wood just yet.

In a briefing with local officials in Franklin County, Gov. Jay Nixon said that 14 people have died as a result of flooding. Most of the deaths occurred after people tried to drive through floodwater.

“If we could say anything over and over and over – it’s don’t drive into water,” Nixon said.

Updated on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m. with information on more evacuations and road closures.

Gov. Jay Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard on Tuesday to help rain-weary communities deal with near-record flooding.

Nixon said in a statement that the guard would provide security in evacuated areas and direct traffic around closed roads. Forty roads remain closed due to flooding in the Missouri part of the St. Louis region, out of 225 statewide.

Missouri Department of Transportation

Thirteen flood-related deaths have now been confirmed in Missouri. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the new total yesterday in Perry County, where a record crest along the Mississippi River is predicted.

Nixon said nearly all of those who died in Missouri were in vehicles that drove onto flooded roadways. He urged motorists to stay away from roads with even low levels of water because fast-moving current can push cars and trucks off the roadway.

Authorities say two people have died after a crash on an ice-covered highway in north-central Missouri.

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the state's death toll from days of pounding rainfall has risen to 10, and he expects that number to grow.

Nixon told reporters Monday that the majority of the victims drowned after driving into floodwaters.

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More hot, humid weather is forecast for Kansas and Missouri, with the National Weather Service issuing an excessive heat warning for much of the two-state region.

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Heavy storms swept through the Kansas City area, spawning at least one tornado, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. 

Photo provided by Miller County Emergency Management.

 

Up to 100 residents were evacuated from a mobile home park in northeast Missouri because of rising flood waters.

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  The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed all four lanes of U.S. Highway 61 at the Cuivre River near Troy due to high water.

Heavy Rain Closes 30 Roads Across Missouri

Jun 17, 2015
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With heavy rain forecasted throughout the next few days across the state, the Missouri Department of Transportation issued a warning to motorists concerning road closures. According to MoDOT, more than 30 Missouri roads were closed as of Tuesday afternoon and more are expected throughout the week based on weather reports.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  Two recent levee breaches in northwest Missouri have raised concerns about flooding in the region.

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  A spring storm has churned up a small tornado in eastern Missouri and downed trees in the central part of the state. 

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Recent heavy rains have pushed the Missouri River above flood stage at several locations in Missouri.

MoDOT to close Bagnell Dam for repairs next week

Apr 3, 2015
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    The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Bagnell Dam at Lake of the Ozarks to fix erosion damage next week. Workers will interrupt the traffic on the dam between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. from April 6 thru April 10.   MoDOT estimates the improvements will cost around $16 thousand.  

Bob Lynch, Area Engineer, said the repairs will address the concrete of the dam.

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A new Joplin hospital that replaces one destroyed by a deadly tornado is opening its doors to patients Sunday. 

School Closings for Feb 27, 2015

Feb 27, 2015

Click on the Link below to see a list of current school closings. 

School Closings

First the good news: Forecasts of a historic winter storm for the country's most populous city have failed to materialize.

Forecasters had called for up to 30 inches of snow in New York City, but as a new day dawned, meteorologists had downgraded the system to a winter storm from a blizzard and tempered their forecasts, saying when it was all done, the city would have about 12 inches of snow on the ground.

Kirksville area recovers from severe storm

Sep 11, 2014
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City of Kirksville

The Kirksville area is recovering from a severe storm that swept through the area early Wednesday morning. The weather resulted in downed power lines, flooding, and power outages.

The Sherriff’s Department said there are no reported deaths or injuries directly related to the storm, although a public works employee was injured during cleanup yesterday, according to KTVO.

Adair County Sherriff Robert Hardwick encourages residents to always be prepared in case severe storms hit the area.

Missouri Storms

Sep 10, 2014
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A heavy rain storm left much of northern Missouri facing low-level flooding and cleaning up mostly minor damage caused by tornadoes and high winds.

The National Weather Service says 10 inches of rain was reported in Sullivan County near Browning early Wednesday, with 9 inches in Kirksville. Rainfall reports between 5 and 8 inches were common across northern Missouri, with many streets closed due to flooding.

A short section of Interstate 29 near Mound City was closed early Wednesday while stranded cars were removed.

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The amount of water released into the Missouri River is increasing after August runoff was the third highest in more than a century.

Joplin tornado damage
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A nonprofit group established to help Joplin rebuild after the 2011 tornado still has plenty work to do but has been steadily losing volunteers.

Ozarks Weather Expected for the Rest of Summer

Jul 16, 2014

With the spring and summer months comes severe weather season here in the Ozarks. KSMU’s Taylor Vance reports on what conditions to expect for the next several weeks.

As we approach August, the severe storm season in the Ozarks will turn from tornado-producing storms to those that produce isolated damaging winds. The two most common threats for this time of the year are rainfall and lightning.

Steve Runnels, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, says the tornado producing season is over, but severe weather is still a threat to the Ozarks.

Columbia Water and Light crews have restored power to all customers who lost power in a severe thunderstorm late Monday night.

Columbia Water & Light outage map

Columbia line workers are continuing to make progress with power restoration and repairs in neighborhoods damaged by Monday night's storms. The city's most recent outage map indicates that the number of customers currently without power is down from 16,000 Monday night, to a little more than a thousand customers affected this morning.

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An annual paddle boat race on the Missouri River will be postponed until August because of high water on the river.

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