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Weather Service Confirms Weak Tornado Stuck Western Indiana

The National Weather Service confirmed this week that a tornado touched down briefly in western Indiana on Sunday. The weather service rated the tornado as an EF-0, estimating it had peak winds of 70 mph. The weather service said the tornado …

Average to Below-Average Wildfire Season Expected for Colorado

Firefighters said Tuesday they expect another average or below-average wildfire season in Colorado in 2016, the third mild year in a row. “That’s always good news,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said after announcing the outlook. But even an average year can …

Reconstruction of Quake-Damaged Heritage Sites Begins in Nepal

Nepal’s prime minister announced this week the start of reconstruction of key heritage sites in and around the capital that were damaged by an earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and devastated the country one year ago. Prime Minister Khadga …

Retrofitting in Utah, Nevada Spurred by Earthquake Report

A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City, Utah in the next half century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of …

Allstate Racks Up Big March Losses from Southwestern Hailstorms

The Allstate Corp. this week announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of March of $638 million pre-tax, and an estimated $827 million pre-tax for first quarter 2016, in the wake of severe hailstorms in the Southwestern and Southern U.S. Catastrophe losses …

San Antonio Storm Costliest Hail Event in Texas History

More than 110,000 vehicles and thousands of homes in Texas regions of north San Antonio and Bexar County were pelted by large hail in what will become the costliest hailstorm in Texas history, according to the Independent Insurance Agents of …

$1M in Damage at University of Utah from Water Main Break

Fire officials say a water break has caused $1 million in damage to a University of Utah building. The new estimates from last week’s flooding show it impacted 70,000 square feet of offices and equipment. Officials say there were concerns …

Earthquakes Hit South Central Alaska, Aleutians

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake that hit south-central Alaskawas felt in the state’s largest city, Anchorage, and was one of several recent quakes in the area. The National Tsunami Warning Center says the quake hit at 12:57 p.m. on Saturday and was …

Construction on Public Safe Rooms Around Joplin Nearly Complete

Thousands of students and residents in the Joplin area will have shelter during the upcoming severe weather season thanks to the construction of safe rooms that began after the deadly May 2011 tornado. The Joplin Globe reported ocal school districts …

M4.1 Earthquake Hits Hawaii’s Big Island

A magnitude-4.1 earthquake jolted the southern flank of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. The U.S. Geological Survey the quake last week was centered about 26 miles south of Hilo on the Big Island. It hit at 9:23 a.m. There were no reports …