KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Temperatures are climbing to dangerous levels in several Midwestern and Southern states. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for parts of Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Cities where cooling centers are operating include the St. Louis suburb of Arnold and southwest Missouri’s Joplin. Thursday was […]

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal According to Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Bunky Goza, the National Weather Service is reviewing findings from a severe weather front that swept through the county April 29. “They did some tracks and history on the radar. It was possibly two EF-0 tornadoes, but nothing is official. There […]

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw JournalandRay Van DusenMonroe Journal HOUSTON – A fast moving storm front swooped down on parts of Monroe and Chickasaw counties Friday afternoon, causing several downed trees but no reported injuries. In Monroe County, there was one report of minor structure damage to a home in the northern part of the county. […]

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal and Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal HOUSTON – A fast moving storm front swooped down on parts of Monroe and Chickasaw counties Friday afternoon, causing several downed trees but no reported injuries. In Monroe County, there was one report of minor structure damage to a home in the northern […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Whenever storm clouds gather, Barbara Copeland knows where to go. “If they say there’s a chance of strong weather, I’m in the shelter before it hits Pontotoc County,” said Copeland, whose Saltillo home was in the path of the 2014 tornado. She lost her patio and carport. The west […]

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal SMITHVILLE – Roughly an hour before people gathered in Smithville High School’s dome gymnasium Wednesday for a time of remembrance, thunder rumbled and rain soaked Monroe County as a mild storm system moved through. Five years to the day an EF-5 tornado forever changed the town, April 27, 2016, […]

By Mallory Johnston Monroe Journal SMITHVILLE – In the three-day span from April 25 to April 28, 2011, some 350 tornadoes broke out across the southern United States. Dubbed the Super Outbreak of 2011, these storms took the lives of 348 people as they tore through houses and towns, leaving destruction in their wake. On […]

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal WREN – Wren felt the full scale brunt of the tragic day April 27, 2011, as it was hit with its first tornado in the early morning hours, and the second tornado mid-afternoon, both left a path of destruction to trees, houses and structures. “I’ll always remember that Wednesday […]

ATLANTA (AP) – Forecasters say powerful thunderstorms expected over the nation’s midsection could drop heavy rains as they move east into the Deep South, prompting concerns about flooding. The national Storm Prediction Center says most of Louisiana and Mississippi – along with a small part of western Alabama – will be at a slight risk […]