tornado http://www.kplu.org en Tornado Knocks over Rail Cars, Uproots Trees in Frederickson http://www.kplu.org/post/tornado-knocks-over-rail-cars-uproots-trees-frederickson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A tornado touched down in the Pierce County town of </span>Frederickson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> early Monday, knocking over rail cars, uprooting dozens of trees, and taking several cars for a spin.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Ted&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Buehner</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, said</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;the Level EF-1 tornado appears to have touched down at&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_231816875" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">7:20</span></span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;a.m. The twister, whose winds reached 110 mph, was 75 yards wide and left behind damage estimated at $25,000.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 17.99715805053711px;">Tornados are divided into six categories of intensity, with EF-0 being the weakest and EF-5 the strongest with winds topping 200 mph.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:39:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10204 at http://www.kplu.org Tornado Knocks over Rail Cars, Uproots Trees in Frederickson Typical June weekend? Clouds, burning off late in the day http://www.kplu.org/post/typical-june-weekend-clouds-burning-late-day <p></p><p>Don't expect to see much sunshine on Friday, as clouds and a weak front move through western Washington. In fact, brief episodes of drizzle are possible.</p><p>But, the sun could peak through at the end of the day, says Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. And that reflects a typical June pattern, he says. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:16:29 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9017 at http://www.kplu.org Typical June weekend? Clouds, burning off late in the day At least 9 dead, 50 hurt as tornadoes slam Oklahoma http://www.kplu.org/post/least-9-dead-50-hurt-tornadoes-slam-oklahoma <p style='padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(54, 54, 54); line-height: 20px; font-family: "Palatino Linotype", "Book Antiqua", serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 20px; vertical-align: baseline;'>Tornadoes rolled in from the prairie and slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs, trapping people in their vehicles as a storm swept down an interstate highway while commuters tried to beat it home.</p><p style='padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(54, 54, 54); line-height: 20px; font-family: "Palatino Linotype", "Book Antiqua", serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 20px; vertical-align: baseline;'>Nine people were killed, including a mother and baby killed near Union City. Another person died at El Reno, the first city struck by the storm, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner. Circumstances involving the other two deaths weren't immediately known, Elliott said.</p><p style='padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(54, 54, 54); line-height: 20px; font-family: "Palatino Linotype", "Book Antiqua", serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 20px; vertical-align: baseline;'>About 50 people were hurt, five critically, hospital officials said.</p><p> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 16:11:53 +0000 The Associated Press 8967 at http://www.kplu.org At least 9 dead, 50 hurt as tornadoes slam Oklahoma Okla. City mayor: Up to 13,000 homes hit by massive tornado http://www.kplu.org/post/okla-city-mayor-13000-homes-hit-massive-tornado <p><font color="#333333" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">O</font><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">klahoma</font><span style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;City Mayor Mick </span>Cornett<span style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> says 12,000 to 13,000 homes were affected by the tornado that tore through a city suburb.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>At least 24 people died when the tornado laid waste to Moore on Monday afternoon.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 17:25:51 +0000 The Associated Press 8860 at http://www.kplu.org Okla. City mayor: Up to 13,000 homes hit by massive tornado Oklahoma schools hit by tornado had no safe rooms http://www.kplu.org/post/oklahoma-schools-hit-tornado-had-no-safe-rooms <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">An emergency official says Oklahoma has reinforced&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">tornado</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;shelters in more than 100 schools across the state, but the two that were hit by this week's storms in suburban Oklahoma City did not have them.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Albert Ashwood is director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. He told reporters Tuesday it's up to each jurisdiction to set priorities for which schools get limited funding for safe rooms.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 23:04:52 +0000 The Associated Press 8853 at http://www.kplu.org Oklahoma schools hit by tornado had no safe rooms Medical examiner: 24 dead in Oklahoma twister http://www.kplu.org/post/medical-examiner-24-dead-oklahoma-twister <p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px;">Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">As the sun rose over the shattered community of Moore, the state medical examiner's office cut the estimated death toll by more than half but warned that the number was likely to climb again.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:07:41 +0000 The Associated Press 8840 at http://www.kplu.org Medical examiner: 24 dead in Oklahoma twister April showers are giving way this weekend (as we remember the great Vancouver tornado) http://www.kplu.org/post/april-showers-are-giving-way-weekend-we-remember-great-vancouver-tornado <p>A few scattered showers on Friday--and some puffy cumulus clouds--will dry out for Saturday.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It should be a glorious day. And interestingly enough it should be warmer in western Washington than eastern Washington, which is not the normal situation this time of year,&quot; says KPLU weather expert and UW professor Cliff Mass.</p></blockquote><p>The sunshine should stick around Sunday, but there&#39;s a bit of a debate among meteorologists over what happens Sunday evening and next week. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 16:29:44 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4681 at http://www.kplu.org April showers are giving way this weekend (as we remember the great Vancouver tornado) Water Cooler: Power Monday with the First Lady and a Soul Queen http://www.kplu.org/post/water-cooler-power-monday-first-lady-and-soul-queen <p>Power politics, power voice and plain &#39;ol power.&nbsp;<strong>Michelle Obama</strong> is in Bellevue this afternoon (at the Hyatt) to support Patty Murray&#39;s campaign.</p> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 08:22:16 +0000 Gary Davis 55 at http://www.kplu.org Water Cooler: Power Monday with the First Lady and a Soul Queen