Waterlogged parts of the central U.S. were bracing Wednesday for more rain, following days of severe storms that have battered Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. CBS News has confirmed at least four weather-related deaths so far. Residents of some small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas were being urged to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose. The Arkansas River is approaching historic highs, while the already high Missouri and Mississippi Rivers were again rising after a multi-day stretch of storms that produced dozens of tornadoes. Forecasters say parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas could see more severe weather Wednesday night into Thursday."The biggest concern is more rain," Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said during a news conference following an aerial tour with Tulsa Mayor G.W. Bynum and other officials Wednesday morning. Officials were encouraging residents in the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs; in Fort Gibson, about 50 miles southwest of Tulsa; and in Webbers Falls, some 70 … [Read more...] about At least 4 killed after severe storms batter central U.S.
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Heather Hollingsworth and Jim Salter, Associated Press Updated 4:28 pm CDT, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Strong storm causes floodwaters to rise in Houston Floodwaters rise in Houston as a strong storm batters the area with heavy rain (May 8) Now Playing: Strong storm causes floodwaters to rise in HoustonAD: Floodwaters rise in Houston as a strong storm batters the area with heavy rain (May 8) Media: Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rain swamping the nation's midsection forced people from their homes in Kansas, stranded dozens of Texas children at school overnight and strained levees along the surging Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere Wednesday prompting yet more flash flood concerns. The flooding began in earnest in March, causing billions of dollars of damage to farmland, homes and businesses across the Midwest. Rivers in many communities have been above flood stage for more than six weeks following waves of heavy rain. Some … [Read more...] about Midwest downpours prompt more evacuations, flash flood fears
For decades, California has been an afterthought in determining presidential elections. But that’s about to change. The nation’s most populous state, long a reliable fountain of campaign cash but not a force in selecting who sits in the White House, is casting a long shadow over the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. At least four Californians are nearing decisions on whether to run, and the state’s early, Super Tuesday primary seems certain to heavily influence the trajectory of the nomination fight.Story Continued Below “California is tired of being the nation’s ATM,” said Kevin de León, a Democratic legislative leader who fell short in his challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein this year. “As the fifth-largest economy in the world, Californians deserve to have a voice on selecting the next president.” Anticipation that this election will be different, providing California with national clout commensurate with its size, coincides … [Read more...] about California muscles into 2020 presidential race