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Climate Change Modeling on Cusp of Paradigm Shift

In the face of growing interest in climate change impacts, several big catastrophe modelers said they’ve heard from more clients interested in receiving climate-related data and they believe the field is on the cusp of a change in the way …

Sophisticated Resilience Model in Development in Colorado – And It’ll be Free

Efforts are underway in Colorado to build a sophisticated computer model that will offer a look down to the minute details at just how communities may withstand – or crumble under – perils like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and other …

Kansas Storm Damage Totals Dropped in 2014

The amount of storm damage reported in Kansas in 2014 was the lowest amount in 16 years, according to state insurance regulators. The Kansas Insurance Department says insurance companies received reports of $112.4 million in storm damage claims last year. …

Weather Service: Fewest Tornadoes on Record in Oklahoma in 2014

Just 16 tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma in 2014, which the National Weather Service says is the fewest on record. Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus says a combination of factors led to the relative lack of tornadoes, The Oklahoman reported. …

Insurance Council: No Hurricanes, but Bad Weather Plagued Texas

As 2014 hurricane season ends the people of Texas can count themselves lucky to have dodged hurricanes for the past six years, which has been particularly good news for coastal residents. Despite the lack of hurricanes, Texas weather-related losses continue …

Louisiana Parish Still Working on Tornado Damage Estimate

The tornadoes that hit Louisiana’s Ouachita Parish on Oct. 13 did millions of dollars in damage, but officials don’t know whether it will be enough to qualify the parish for help from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Total damages are …

Louisiana Parish Says Hazard Plan Update Nearly Complete

Officials in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish are completing their latest plans for dealing with dangerous situations the area could face. In a 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan update, a committee focused on levee failure, flooding, hurricanes and tropical storms, saltwater intrusion, tornadoes, …

Northern Missouri Hit by Heavy Rains, Tornadoes

A heavy rain storm has 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 …

Storms Trigger Tornadoes, Hail, Floods Throughout Midwest

A storm spotter was hospitalized in Iowa on Sept. 1 after he was struck by lightning while watching a system that left swollen rivers, power outages, trees down and campers overturned. More strong storms rumbled through the Midwest on that …

Midwest Bank Destroyed by Tornado to Rebuild in Nebraska Town

Midwest Bank has announced it will rebuild its branch in Pilger, Neb., that was destroyed in June by a tornado that leveled much of the northeast Nebraska town. Doug Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Midwest Bank, tells the Norfolk …