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Tornado Touched Down Near Portland, NWS Confirms

A storm cell that passed over Portland, Ore., prompted two tornado warnings after trained storm spotters saw funnel clouds north and south of the Columbia River. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that forecasters said the Sunday evening storm that created the funnel …

9 Missing, 25 Dead in Southern California Dive Boat Fire

Divers and search crews were still looking Tuesday for nine missing people after at least 25 were confirmed dead when a boat packed with scuba divers caught fire near an island off the Southern California coast. The dive-boat Conception became …

Setting Controlled Fires Underused in US West Despite Goals

The practice of setting controlled blazes to lessen the impact of wildfires is not used in the American West as frequently as officials would like. A study this year in the journal Fire found prescribed fires on federal lands in …

Northern Arizona Burn Map Reveals Erosion, Flooding Risks

Burn maps from a northern Arizona fire have revealed a risk for post-fire erosion and flooding in populated communities. The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the U.S. Forest Service published a burn severity map Wednesday revealing fire damage in a …

Hot Weather May Fuel South-Central Alaska Wildfire, Some Residents Evacuate

Meteorologists say a new wave of hot, dry weather is expected to fuel a wildfire burning on the Kenai Peninsula, and continued smoke and record-breaking temperatures are predicted for the Fourth of July holiday week across south-central Alaska. A wildfire …

Oregon Lawmakers Repealed Tsunami Zone Building Law

The Oregon Legislature has repealed a nearly 25-year-old law prohibiting new schools, hospitals, jails, and police and fire stations from being built in the state’s tsunami inundation zone. The Statesman Journal reported that coastal legislators, who pushed the bill, say …

Colorado’s Snowpack Raises Flooding Concerns

The high water content of Colorado’s mountain snowpack has forecasters concerned about the potential for flooding from the annual snowmelt runoff. The National Weather Service says water content ranges from 324 percent of normal in the South Platte drainage basin …

Schumer Calls on CDC to Declare Emergency in Superbug Fight

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to declare an emergency and unlock special funding to stem a potentially deadly drug-resistant fungus that’s been spreading at health care facilities. Schumer, the Senate Democratic Leader, says …

California Dam’s Spillway Gets First Use Since 2017 Flooding Crisis

Officials at the nation’s tallest dam unleashed water down a rebuilt spillway Tuesday for the first time since it crumbled two years ago and drove hundreds of thousands of California residents from their homes over fears of catastrophic flooding. Water …

Northern California River Flooded 2,000 Buildings

A Northern California river flooded 2,000 homes, businesses and other buildings and left two communities virtual islands after days of stormy weather, officials said Wednesday. The towns of Guerneville and Monte Rio were hardest hit by water pouring from the …