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  • STUDY: Shifting landscapes trigger tornado touchdowns

    April 17, 2014 9:54 AM

    Researchers from Purdue University say it is time to examine land areas that transition from rough to smooth, wet to dry and sloped to flat. They believe regions of changing landscape could be the focal point for tornado touchdowns. After examining National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center tornado data... more »
  • Where do I go to avoid a tornado

    April 14, 2014 10:02 AM

    We're well into April now, statistically the most active month for tornadoes in the United States. Due to the ever evolving patterns in weather and climate, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center updates annual averages by utilizing data over the previous three years. April blows all other months off... more »
  • A Blizznado?

    April 10, 2014 5:29 AM

    Weather enthusiasts thought their eyes were playing tricks on them. The webpage for the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, South Dakota was displaying a red box inside of an orange box. That couldn't be... because that indicates a tornado warning during a blizzard warning. However, on Monday March 31,... more »
  • D.I.Y. Tornado Tracker

    March 31, 2014 11:23 AM

    On Thursday, wbrz.com/weather reported on the Month of March pacing out to be an historically slow month for tornadoes. Still true, the final tally for the month will place March 2014 in the top 10 in terms of least number of tornadoes. As of March 26, there had only been... more »
  • Nearly all of La. under tornado watch

    March 28, 2014 9:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - 53 of Louisiana's 64 parishes are currently under a tornado watch. This list includes Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Iberville, Point Coupee and the Feliciana parishes. The National Weather Service says the tornado watch will last until 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The... more »
  • Twisters left out in the cold

    March 27, 2014 9:45 AM

    A chilly, snowy winter in the east hasn't been all bad news. On the weather front, a pattern of biting cold and flying flakes has kept the opposite end of the spectrum quiet. Fortunately, severe weather reports have been down this month, and the tornado tally reflects that. With... more »
  • 7th District Fire Station nearing completion Play Video

    October 8, 2013 5:14 PM

    GONZALES - Volunteer firefighters won't have to wait much longer for repairs to the 7th District fire station in Ascension Parish, which was damaged in a tornado. Crews have just a few more days of work left on the building's facade and the garage area, and the station will... more »
  • Ascension Parish fire department repairs coming Play Video

    July 16, 2013 5:56 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The 7th District Fire Station on LA 44 has seen better days. The facade is still crumbling after a tornado tore through the area in December. Since then, the volunteer fire department has staffed a fire fighter on duty 24 hours a day to secure the property.... more »
  • Baseball fans give generously for tornado relief

    June 11, 2013 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU and Oklahoma fans attending last week's Super Regional matchup gave generously to support tornado disaster relief back in the Sooner State, according to the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Red Cross. Spokesperson Nancy Malone said fans opened their wallets to give more than $14,130... more »
  • Carrying aid, team survives its own tornado

    June 11, 2013 2:00 PM

    LEESVILLE - Members of a southwest Louisiana softball team went to a tournament with a trailer loaded with supplies for victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla., only to find themselves threatened by another tornado. Fifteen-year-old Alexis Hagen tells The Leesville Daily Leader the experience taught her never... more »
  • 3 veteran storm chasers killed by Oklahoma tornado

    June 2, 2013 3:25 PM

    EL RENO, Okla. - Three veteran storm chasers were among the 10 people killed when a violent tornado barreled into the Oklahoma City metro area. Jim Samaras said Sunday that his brother Tim Samaras was killed. Tim Samaras' son, Paul Samaras, and another chaser, Carl Young, also died. The men... more »
  • La. donates food to Oklahoma tornado survivors

    May 31, 2013 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State agriculture officials say Louisiana companies are donating food and supplies to a food bank in Oklahoma following a tornado that wiped out much of the town of Moore. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says Louisiana has received much help in the past from other parts of the... more »
  • Okla. tornado victims get taste of Cajun cooking Play Video

    May 29, 2013 6:00 PM

    MOORE, Ok. - Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley took a handful of deputies to the tornado devastated area to give back to first responders in need of a good meal. "Frankly when you have devastation as you have here, particularly when it involves young children in a grade school,... more »
  • Charities see influx of aid in tornado's wake

    May 29, 2013 8:40 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Charities providing relief to residents of tornado-ravaged neighborhoods in Moore and Oklahoma City are seeing an infusion of donations from around the country. Several of those charities also will likely see a boost in giving Wednesday when a several country music stars with Oklahoma ties take... more »
  • Kevin Durant keeps giving towards Oklahoma relief effort

    May 23, 2013 10:35 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. - Kevin Durant had already pledged to donate $1 Million towards the relief effort after tornadoes ravaged the Moore area in central Oklahoma earlier this week. Now the NBA All-Star has convinced Nike, his shoe endorser, to join the cause as well. Late Thursday night, Durant... more »
  • Thunderstorms slow Oklahoma tornado cleanup

    May 23, 2013 2:11 PM

    MOORE, Okla. - A band of thunderstorms battered the Oklahoma City area Thursday, slowing cleanup operations in the suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes this week. The first of the funerals, for a 9-year-old girl killed at a Moore elementary school that took a... more »
  • Keep the politics out

    May 22, 2013 7:47 PM

    BELMAR, NEW JERSEY- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says keep the politics out of getting aid to people in Oklahoma trying to recover from a devastating tornado. He says now is "not the time for political retribution", referring to Oklahoma's two Senators who voted against bills sending $60-billion in federal... more »
  • Building destroyed, RVs flipped during strong storms

    May 22, 2013 3:02 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Police in Morgan City said strong storms and a possible tornado damaged businesses and RVs this afternoon. Police said they received several reports of strong winds and hail starting around noon, along with tornado reports. They responded to several complaints of downed trees and power lines,... more »
  • Okla. City mayor: Up to 13K homes hit by tornado

    May 22, 2013 12:41 PM

    MOORE, Okla. - Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says 12,000 to 13,000 homes were affected by the tornado that tore through a city suburb. At least 24 people died when the tornado laid waste to Moore on Monday afternoon. The Oklahoma Insurance Department says the financial cost of the tornado... more »
  • Obama to visit tornado-ravaged Oklahoma town

    May 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will travel to tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., on Sunday. White House spokesman Jay Carney says the president will view the tornado damage first-hand. He also plans to meet with victims and first responders. The monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday afternoon, demolishing an... more »
  • Oklahoma tornado damage could top $2 billion

    May 22, 2013 10:10 AM

    MOORE, Okla. - The Oklahoma Insurance Department says a preliminary damage estimate could top $2 billion for the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. Spokeswoman Calley Herth says the early tally is based on visual assessments of an extensive damage zone stretching more than 17 miles... more »
  • Organizations plan donation drives for Okla. twister victims

    May 21, 2013 10:27 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- There has been an outpouring of support for the victims of Monday's deadly tornado in Oklahoma. Tuesday night, about 24-hours since the twister, an area church announced plans for a supply drive to get important items to the people of Moore, Okla. First Baptist Church in... more »
  • Coping with emotional toll of watching tornado coverage Play Video

    May 21, 2013 8:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Red Cross volunteers from the Baton Rouge area are in Oklahoma City, helping with the tornado relief efforts. An EF 5 tornado hit the city of Moore, Oklahoma Monday. The twister annihilated parts of the town, killing 24 and injuring 200 others. The devastation is enormous... more »
  • Local schools prepared for disaster Play Video

    May 21, 2013 6:01 PM

    GONZALES - Pecan Grove Primary is nearing the end of the school year, but students are still practicing for a severe weather scenario. This comes after a tornado ripped apart an Oklahoma town and damaged two schools. At least seven children were killed at one of those schools. ... more »
  • Oklahoma twister a top-of-the-scale EF-5

    May 21, 2013 3:10 PM

    MOORE, Okla. - The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Moore, Okla., was a top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph. Spokeswoman Keli Pirtle said Tuesday the agency upgraded the tornado from an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale to an EF-5 based on what... more »
  • Cleco sends crews to help in wake of OKC tornado

    May 21, 2013 2:50 PM

    PINEVILLE - Cleco Corp. is sending a 34-member crew to Oklahoma City to help Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company restore power to customers after a tornado destroyed its electric system. The crew is expected to arrive in Oklahoma on Wednesday. Cleco's mutual assistance coordinator, Floyd Pittman, says after seeing the... more »
  • Hospitals treat more than 200 after Okla. tornado

    May 21, 2013 12:30 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Hospital officials say they've treated more than 200 patients, including over 70 children, since a tornado ripped through an Oklahoma City suburb. Dozens of patients remained hospitalized Tuesday following Monday's tornado. Spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY'-ot) says Integris Southwest Medical Center has seen 90 patients, including five children... more »
  • Red Cross volunteers deploy to Oklahoma

    May 21, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Teams of Red Cross volunteers in Louisiana left today to help people affected by a devastating tornado in Oklahoma. Red Cross spokesperson Nancy Malone said teams from Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette and Lake Charles all headed north early Tuesday morning with Emergency Response Vehicles. ... more »
  • Obama offers help for Okla. tornado victims

    May 21, 2013 9:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama says he is instructing his disaster response team to get tornado victims in Oklahoma everything they need "right away." Obama calls the devastation that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs, quote, "one of the most destructive tornados in history," even though he said the extent... more »
  • Tornado-ravaged community to be searched twice

    May 21, 2013 8:35 AM

    MOORE, Okla. - The fire chief in Moore, Okla., says crews will search the entire community at least twice more to make sure that no survivors or victims have been overlooked. New search and rescue teams moved in at dawn today, taking over from the 200 or so emergency responders... more »
  • Recovery efforts ongoing after deadly Okla. twister

    May 21, 2013 7:30 AM

    MOORE, Okla. - Rescue crews worked through the night after a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood. Officials say at least 51 people were killed in Monday's twister, including at least 20 children. Those numbers... more »
  • President Obama to speak on Oklahoma disaster

    May 21, 2013 7:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will be meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, before delivering a statement on the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday. Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and... more »
  • Search for survivors begins in OKC suburb

    May 20, 2013 5:03 PM

    MOORE, Okla. - A mix of volunteers and first responders are combing through debris in an Oklahoma City suburb looking for survivors. The city of Moore, Okla., was hit by a mile-wide tornado on Monday afternoon. People wearing neon-green vests were joined by residents in the search through rubble. Neighborhoods... more »
  • Kids rescued from rubble at Okla. elementary

    May 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    MOORE, Okla. - Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb. An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado... more »
  • Official: 2nd person killed by Oklahoma tornado

    May 20, 2013 1:16 PM

    SHAWNEE, Okla. - A tornado that slammed into Oklahoma yesterday is now blamed for two deaths. Authorities say two men in their 70s have been found dead in or near a mobile home park outside of Shawnee, southeast of Oklahoma City. At least 39 people throughout Oklahoma were injured. And... more »
  • Deaths reported in Wednesday night TX twisters

    May 15, 2013 10:37 PM

    DALLAS- A serious storm spawned two tornadoes and killed multiple people Wednesday night. There are reports of hospitals being put on alert to handle an influx of patients. Damage, injuries, and more extreme reports began after strong storms ripped through Hood County, Texas, southwest of Fort Worth. ... more »
  • Tornado Watch until 3 PM for the WBRZ viewing area

    April 11, 2013 8:11 AM

    The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch until 3 PM for the WBRZ viewing area. Thunderstorms are expected to increase in coverage through the morning and into the afternoon hours ahead of a strong cold front. These storms may rotate and could produce a few tornadoes. The storms... more »
  • La. Red Cross volunteers helping after Miss. storm

    February 11, 2013 3:11 PM

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Red Cross volunteers from Louisiana arrived in southern Mississippi Monday to help with cleanup and relief efforts after a tornado this weekend. The seven volunteers took three Emergency Response Vehicles to help provide supplies and feed people affected by severe weather Sunday. The storms also... more »
  • Gov. Bryant declares emergency after tornado hits

    February 11, 2013 6:46 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a State of Emergency for four Mississippi counties hit by tornadoes and severe storms. Forrest, Lamar, Lawrence and Marion were named in the declaration Sunday night, but any other counties damaged by the continuing severe weather will be covered. The declaration is... more »
  • Tornado risk follows record warmth in central US

    January 29, 2013 11:01 AM

    COLUMBIA, Mo.- You might forgive Midwesterners for feeling a little whipsawed by the weather. Record warm temperatures across a swath of the central U.S. are giving way to severe storms, high winds and possible tornados from Texas to Alabama and as far north as Michigan. The temperature in the central... more »
  • Tornado touches down in Iberville Parish

    January 10, 2013 5:31 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A tornado was caught on tape in Iberville Parish just outside of Plaquemine this morning. Employees at SNF Flopam say they're lucky to be alive after the twister damaged the plant near Ella Road around 7:30 a.m. Surveillance cameras at Flopam captured the twister as it moved... more »
  • Tornado at Iberville Parish plant caught on tape Play Video

    January 10, 2013 1:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A tornado damaged an industrial chemical plant in Iberville Parish as severe weather moved through southern Louisiana this morning. Surveillance cameras at the SNF Flopam plant caught footage of the twister as it moved through the area near the plant. The plant was staffed as the... more »
  • Zachary damage not from tornado Play Video

    December 26, 2012 5:37 PM

    ZACHARY- The National Weather Service says damage in the Zachary area is consistent with straight line winds, not a tornado. Meteorologist Mike Efferson says a tree that snapped in half, damaging a home and vehicle, fell from west to east, the same direction as the Christmas Day storm. Efferson... more »
  • Zachary Police report tornado

    December 25, 2012 3:40 PM

    ZACHARY - Police in Zachary tell the National Weather Service that one of its officers spotted a tornado near the Zachary-Slaughter Highway just east of East Cental Avenue. The report came in just after 3 p.m. as a strong line of thunderstorms raced over the area. No reports... more »
  • Baker tornado damage tallied

    December 13, 2012 2:25 PM

    BAKER - A tornado that ripped through Baker on Monday damaged at least 87 homes and other buildings, city officials say. The hardest-hit area appeared to be a residential section on South Magnolia Drive and Cypress Drive. The tornado crossed Louisiana Highway 19 and traveled through several neighborhoods before moving... more »
  • Witness: Surveillance video shows truck in air Play Video

    December 11, 2012 5:19 PM

    GONZALES- A day after a tornado ripped through Ascension Parish, more witnesses are backing the claim that a small truck was lifted several feet in the air by the twister. Surveillance video from a convenience store near the corner of Airline and Babin Road caught what witnesses believe is... more »
  • Residents begin cleanup after tornado Play Video

    December 11, 2012 3:16 PM

    BAKER - Residents spent the day assessing damage and cleaning up their properties following a tornado that tore through parts of Alsen and Baker. Carey Lee and some of his neighbors told News 2 they only had seconds to react when they heard the sound of a train. ... more »
  • Baker residents survey damage after tornado Play Video

    December 10, 2012 6:09 PM

    BAKER - No one was hurt when a tornado passed through Baker just before 7 a.m. today, but there was plenty of damage left to be cleaned up. The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF1 tornado caused a four-mile long swath of damage. Kay and Ken Berthelot own... more »
  • Ascension tornado leaves trail of destruction Play Video

    December 10, 2012 5:33 PM

    GONZALES- A tornado touched down early this morning near the corner of Airline Highway and Black Bayou Extension. According to eye witness reports the tornado lifted a small Ford Ranger truck at least 20 feet in the air before it fell on top of a Ford F-150 Raptor, crushing... more »
  • Baker tornado confirmed, shelter opened

    December 10, 2012 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service confirmed that damage in Baker this morning was caused by a tornado. The NWS report said the damage was consistent with an EF 1 tornado. They said it touched down on U. S. Hwy 61, and its damage path ended four miles... more »
  • Storm damage reported across the area

    December 10, 2012 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - News 2 has received many reports of storm damage in the capital region after severe weather moved through this morning. The entire WBRZ viewing area remained under a tornado watch until 11 a.m. today. Parish officials reported serious damage throughout Ascension Parish. The entire front... more »
  • Tornado Watch until 11 AM

    December 10, 2012 6:08 AM

    SPC has issued a Tornado Watch for the WBRZ Viewing area until 11 AM. A strong cold front is bring showers and thunderstorms to Southeast Louisiana. Some of the storms will be strong to severe with damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes are possible. Please stay tuned to... more »
  • NWS: EBR should expect big wind hit soon

    August 29, 2012 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish officials in East Baton Rouge Parish warned residents that winds are expected to pick up to tropical or hurricane force speeds shortly after 1 p.m. today. EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden said the National Weather Service advised them that the winds will seriously pick up around... more »
  • Debby soaks Fla.; gov declares statewide emergency

    June 25, 2012 12:53 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a statewide emergency because of Tropical Storm Debby. Debby has drenched the state and caused flooding in some neighborhoods. It has also spawned tornadoes. At least one person was killed in Florida in a tornado and officials are searching for a... more »
  • "Miracle mom" lost legs in tornado

    May 3, 2012 10:54 AM

    HENRYVILLE - Stephanie Decker a tornado survivor, has become known as the "miracle mom." The Indiana woman lost her legs while protecting her children from devastating tornadoes in March. This week, Stephanie Decker took her first steps with her first prosthesis. "Embracing this is a much better... more »
  • Assessing tornado damage in Dallas area

    April 4, 2012 11:29 AM

    ARLINGTON - The National Weather Service said yesterday's tornado had wind gusts up to 135 miles an hour struck the Dallas suburb of Arlington. Experts are looking for clues today in the debris to determine just how many tornadoes hit the region. The storms damaged hundreds of homes, businesses, but... more »
  • Tornadoes touch down in Dallas-Fort Worth area Play Video

    April 3, 2012 2:20 PM

    DALLAS - Tornadoes have touched down in the southern part of Dallas County this afternoon, causing widespread damage and destruction. The weather service says considerable damage has been reported near Cleburne, south of Fort... more »
  • Tornado-damaged neighborhood gets hit by storms again Play Video

    April 2, 2012 9:40 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Dozens of houses in the area around Prairieville Middle School got another round of rough storms Monday, just two weeks after a tornado took out roofs, walls, cars and trees. Several homes that were damaged from tornado damage were left exposed to the rain. Materials on the... more »
  • Residents clean up storm damage, following tornado

    March 22, 2012 10:38 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Following an EF-1 tornado residents near Dutchtown are still picking up the pieces of their homes. Strong winds also blew through Walker, where a possible tornado left one home in shambles. Both Ascension and Livingston Parishes offer FirstCall Emergency notifications to give citizens a heads up during... more »
  • Tornado damage in Prairieville grows

    March 21, 2012 10:31 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- A F1 tornado touched down in several neighborhoods in Prairieville Wednesday. The area near Prairieville Middle suffered the most damage, leaving multiple homes without roofs, damaging vehicles and spewing personal belongings everywhere. Many people were already in repair mode by the afternoon, while others stayed in... more »
  • National Weather Service: Prairieville storm confirmed a tornado Play Video

    March 21, 2012 4:54 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed Wednesday that the damage incurred on homes in Prairieville were caused by a tornado. The NWS has not finalized the strength of the tornado but has said that it is won't be classified as anything less than an EF1.... more »
  • APSO: Tornado destroys home near Prairieville

    March 21, 2012 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today's storm destroyed one home and damaged another when a tornado touched down in Ascension Parish. Capt. Lee Anderson with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the damage was along Oakleigh Road near Tiggy Duplessis Road. He said people in the area reported a tornado touched... more »
  • Tornado-hit Indiana students hope to land concert

    March 20, 2012 12:51 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana high school that was destroyed by tornadoes will soon find out if an online campaign, with support from students elsewhere, will land students a free Lady Antebellum prom performance. Schools from as far away as northern Wisconsin submitted YouTube videos urging the country trio to choose... more »
  • Authorities: Extreme tornado damage in Indiana

    March 2, 2012 3:10 PM

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. - Authorities say tornadoes have left widespread damage in southern Indiana and a sheriff's official says at least one town is "completely gone." National Weather Service coordinator Bill Whitlock says the agency is tracking "extreme damage" in the Henryville area, about 20 miles north of Louisville, Ky. Clark... more »
  • Reported tornado hits Ala. state prison

    March 2, 2012 11:07 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- A state corrections official says a reported tornado in northern Alabama hit a state prison but there was no immediate word on damages or injuries. Corrections spokesman Brian Corbette said Friday a tornado hit the Limestone Correctional Facility, a prison in Limestone County. Another reported tornado destroyed several... more »
  • Tornado hits Northern Alabama

    March 2, 2012 10:33 AM

    HUNTSVILLE, AL -  Reports of a tornado touching down in Northern Alabama in Madison and Limestone counties, near the city of Hunstville. So far, there are no reports of injuries. However, the tornado has reportedly caused widespread damage to homes and businesses. There are reports of large... more »
  • 1 killed, 13 injured by possible tornado in Mo.

    February 29, 2012 7:29 AM

    BRANSON, Mo. - At least one person has been killed in southwest Missouri as possible tornadoes whipped the Midwest, causing numerous injuries and significant damage. Lt. Dana Eagan of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office says one person was killed and 13 others injured when a possible tornado hit a mobile... more »
  • Tornado warnings as storms cross Midwest, South

    January 23, 2012 6:57 AM

    Update: Emergency officials say 2 people have died in Birmingham from the storms. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Tornadoes were spotted in Arkansas as storms moved through parts of the South and Midwest late Sunday and early Monday, prompting reports of damaged homes and tornado warnings in some areas. The National... more »
  • Sheen donates $25K to Alabama tornado relief

    January 6, 2012 2:44 PM

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Actor Charlie Sheen has donated $25,000 to help tornado relief in Alabama, making good on a promise to help survivors of the deadly twisters. The head of Tuscaloosa's tourism agency, Don Staley, says Sheen gave money that came though his fundraising website. Sheen visited Tuscaloosa after the... more »
  • Tornado damages DeQuincy hospital

    December 21, 2011 3:34 AM

    DEQUINCY, La. (AP) - A rare December tornado struck the city of DeQuincy, causing some property damage and forcing the hospital to evacuate patients, but no one was injured. The National Weather Service in Lake Charles says the tornado touched down Tuesday morning and tore off a portion of the... more »
  • Tornado touches down in Tangipahoa Parish

    November 16, 2011 9:00 AM

    TANGIPAHOA PARISH - An early-morning tornado pushed a Tangipahoa Parish house off its foundation while four people were inside, according to emergency officials. The National Weather Service confirmed than an EF-1 tornado caused damage to a home on the border between Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes early Wednesday morning.... more »
  • Power lines, homes damaged during storm in Pointe Coupee Parish

    June 6, 2011 5:35 PM

    LAKELAND, La.- Nearly 150 homes were without power after a storm damaged part of Pointe Coupee Parish along False River late Sunday night. Entergy worked to fix broken utility poles and power lines along LA-1. Utility crews restored power to the area around 2 p.m. today. Many people... more »
  • Number unaccounted for in Joplin tornado down to 29

    May 30, 2011 3:56 PM

    JOPLIN, Mo. - The number of people unaccounted for after the Joplin tornado is down to 29. Missouri Department of Public Safety deputy director Andrea Spillars also said Monday that the number of remains is still 146, but that some could be duplicates. As a result, Spillars says she... more »
  • Joplin victims offered existing homes

    May 30, 2011 11:32 AM

    JOPLIN, Mo. - Some of the people left temporarily homeless by the Joplin tornado could be placed in housing nearly an hour's drive from town. The Federal Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press on Monday that its first option for housing the thousands of displaced is to find... more »
  • Obama promises to stand by Joplin during rebuild

    May 30, 2011 6:28 AM

    Joplin, MO- President Barack Obama has made a commitment to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., that the government will help rebuild. Obama toured the area Sunday and attended a memorial. He also visited survivors and the bereaved. Meanwhile, authorities press on with the task of identifying the victims as volunteers combed through... more »
  • Tornado causes damage in St. Tammany Parish

    May 27, 2011 4:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An EF-3 tornado touched down on the North Shore in the town of Bush as severe thunderstorms moved across the area. St. Tammany Parish Director of Emergency Preparedness Dexter Accardo says at least five people suffered minor injuries and one person was taken to the hospital. ... more »
  • Engineers go into Joplin hospital to assess damage

    May 25, 2011 11:02 AM

    JOPLIN, Mo. - Structural engineers are going into the battered hospital in Joplin, Mo., to see whether the nine-story building where five people died in the storm is salvageable. If it's not, administrators say they will rebuild. Sisters of Mercy Health Systems chief executive Lynn Britton says he's confident... more »
  • Joplin tornado single deadliest in US since 1950

    May 24, 2011 10:11 AM

    JOPLIN, Mo. - The death toll from a Missouri tornado stands at 117, making it the single deadliest tornado in the U.S. since at least 1950. Gov. Jay Nixon's spokesman, Sam Murphey, said Tuesday morning that the death toll is now 117. Until this week, the single deadliest... more »
  • Heavy rains, strong winds start again in Joplin

    May 23, 2011 12:36 PM

    JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - The search for survivors and victims of the tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., is being complicated by a fresh round of heavy weather. The city has been pounded by strong winds, rain and hail. Yesterday's tornado damage thousands of buildings and left at least... more »
  • Entergy system being strained

    May 10, 2011 11:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Entergy Corp. says that storm damage in Arkansas, combined with high-water threats from the Mississippi River and early hot weather are putting a strain on its four-state electricity system. But to this stage, Entergy says its 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas are not... more »
  • La. sending search team to Alabama

    May 2, 2011 10:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is sending a 120-person search team to help with recovery efforts in storm-ravaged areas of Alabama. State police said in a news release that the Urban Search and Rescue team began preparations on Sunday for deployment to Tuscaloosa. State police Superintendent Mike Edmonson says... more »
  • Universities offer help for Tuscaloosa

    April 30, 2011 11:42 AM

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- Though they are huge rivals on the field, Auburn University is among the colleges reaching out to help devastated Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama. U of A chief of staff Nicole Bohannon says six schools have reached out to volunteer as of Saturday. They are:... more »
  • Food bank donates MREs for storm relief

    April 29, 2011 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Truckloads of food from Baton Rouge are on their way to help feed people in Alabama and Tennessee that were hit by the worst tornado outbreak in decades. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank loaded up five 18-wheelers with donated MRE's to help people in the... more »

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