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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
Thomas Bresson

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.

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.

Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Thousands of Mid-Missourians are without power this morning and people are assessing damage after a severe thunderstorm tore through the area late last night.

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Flooding on the Mississippi River continues to make its way south from Iowa, putting towns from Quincy to Grafton on alert.

With historic buildings, a post office and a dozen homes all in the path of the flood, Clarksville, Mo, 75 miles north of St. Louis, has more to lose than most.

The National Weather Service is forecasting major flooding along stretches of the Mississippi River north of St. Louis early next week. A map on its site is regularly updated with river stages.

Heavy rains over the past couple of weeks have rivers rising all across the Upper Midwest, flooding homes, swamping fields and washing out roads.

Fans hum 24/7 as Laura Westra tries to dry out her sopping-wet basement in the small town of Rock Valley, Iowa.

The nearby Rock River, in the northwest corner of the state, swelled last week wider and deeper than anyone can remember.

"We've lived here 45 years, and this is the first time we had water in the basement," Westra says.

City of Columbia

Last night's storms had the Columbia Fire Department and the Boone County Fire District very busy. The two departments responded to over 30 calls between the hours of 4 am and 9 am. Battalion Chief John Metz said this was challenging because of weather conditions, as well as the nature of the calls. "Many of them were lines down, or trees in the power lines, any associated water rescues with the heavy rains that we have," Metz said.

Ice
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The winter that just won't quit has one more punch for the nation's Heartland — a cold front bringing a brief return to sub-freezing weather, creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit.

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Update 4/4/14 8:13 a.m.: (AP) As a second wave of violent weather rolled through eastern Missouri, it brought scattered reports of tornado sightings. The public reported a tornado shortly after 7 last night near the town of Washington, Missouri, but Franklin County emergency management director Abraham Cook says there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. A tornado touched down briefly around 5:30 yesterday morning in the St. Louis suburb of University City.

Tornadoes map
KBIA-FM

Mid-Missouri got a taste of tornado season Thursday as the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southern Boone County. To get some historical perspective on how twisters have ravaged the U.S., we've built a map showing all of the nation's tornadoes from 1950-2012. It uses data from TornadoHistoryProject.com, which in turn pulls its numbers from the weather service's Storm Prediction Center.

Officials are assessing damage from heavy storms that hit northern Missouri, damaging homes and utility poles.

Hail
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The Storm Prediction Center says there is a slight risk of severe weather in parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma on Thursday. The greatest risk will be in western Arkansas, southwestern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.

Prolonged winter weather could delay spring storms

Mar 17, 2014
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Weather forecasters say prolonged cold temperatures over the winter could cause this year's spring storm season to get off to a late start as it takes longer for water in the Gulf of Mexico to warm up.

Harsh winter could impact dock safety

Mar 12, 2014
lake of the ozarks
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Following a rough winter at the Lake of the Ozarks, people are advised to check their docks before proceeding into the water. 

Weather conditions lead to more outdoor fires

Mar 11, 2014
Columbia Fire Truck
Abby Spudich / KBIA

  Low humidity and heavy winds have created opportune conditions for controlled fires to run away. Since Friday, Fire departments in mid-Missouri have responded to about 20 outside fires. “For this time of year, it’s pretty common,” said Martina Pounds, a spokesperson with the Boone County Fire District. “The weather was decent and it’s been dry for a couple days, so people were out burning their fields.

Hazardous road conditions have caused many schools to close today throughout central Missouri, including Columbia, Jefferson City and Fulton Public Schools. See the complete list of closings. 

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Although temperatures are finally on the rise in Columbia, Columbia Regional Airport still experienced some winter-weather problems Monday. One flight was delayed, and another was canceled.

Freezing rain and icy conditions prompted some school closings for Monday, Feb. 17. View a complete list of closings and cancellations. A freezing rain advisory is in effect until noon today. 

Snowy College Avenue
Kyle Felling / KBIA

Most everyone knows driving in the snow can be dangerous, and numbers from last week seem to confirm it.

Columbia, Jefferson City schools closed Wednesday

Feb 4, 2014

Columbia Public Schools will not be in session Wednesday.  It will be the district’s third consecutive day with a snow cancelation. In an email, Jefferson City Public Schools also announced that classes were canceled.

Kristofor Husted / KBIA

UPDATE 5:00pm Thursday: Columbia Public Schools will be closed again on Friday due to weather and road conditions. Jefferson City Public Schools will be in session Friday, although busses will run on snow routes in Callaway County in the morning and afternoon.

UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Wednesday: University of Missouri officials announced that the Columbia campus will be open Thursday for all regularly scheduled operations.

Ice
Au Kirk / Flickr

January in Columbia had no shortage of brutally cold days. But despite an abnormally icy stretch early in the month that closed schools as far south as Atlanta (some blamed it on the “polar vortex”), Columbia did not break its January record for low temperature.

Hazardous road conditions have caused many schools to close today throughout central Missouri, including Columbia, Fulton and Boonville Public Schools. See the complete list of closings. 

Ryan Famuliner / KBIA file photo

State and county officials are urging travelers to use caution this morning, after a round of sleet and freezing temperatures descended on much of the state last night, leaving much of central and north Missouri covered.

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