Tales of Wednesday's deadly pre-dawn storms as more are forecast for Friday

The next storm system is forecast to take a similar path on Friday as Wednesday's storms and has the potential for even more damage. Both the Midwest and South will be "right in the bull's eye."


UPDATE: 12 killed as violent storms ravage Midwest, South

Death tolls continue to rise as a result of yesterday's intense storms.  Similar though potentially more dangerous weather is expected for Friday.


Midwest twisters claim at least 10 lives

The deadly tornadoes damaged towns in seven states, including Branson, Mo., a popular tourist spot.  More severe weather is expected for the same area Friday.

Preparing for the 2012 tornado season in Missouri

Missouri's peak tornado season usually starts in mid-March and continues to late June. The Missourian wants to hear about how you are preparing for the upcoming tornado season in Missouri.

Branson tornado Facebook page successful after storm

After last night's apparent tornado, more than 6,300 people have "liked" a Facebook page created to help spread information about a tornado situation in the city.

Diner owner on Branson Strip says damage appears tornadic

Damage includes roofs being torn off, downed power lines and damage to windows and neon signs on the strip.

UPDATE: Storms kill 13, damage Branson Strip, southwest Missouri cities

Three people have died in Missouri, and another 10 died in southern Illinois.

Storm in southwest Missouri, Kansas leaves one dead, dozens hurt

An apparent tornado left a trail of destruction in the tourist hub of Branson, where the storm seemed to have hopscotched up Highway 76, scattering the area with debris, uprooting road signs and heavily damaging buildings in the city's famous theater district.

UPDATE: Storms kill 9 in Missouri, Illinois; Branson Strip damaged

At least 6 people were killed in Harrisburg, Ill., and three others were killed in separate southwest Missouri towns. In the tourist city of Branson, 30 people were reported hurt, and hotels and famed music theaters were damaged. At least three people were critically injured in Harveyville, Kan. 

Storm-spotter classes stress awareness in wake of Joplin tornado

In response to the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, local weather officials are stressing awareness, escape routes and safety zones in this year's storm-spotter safety classes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Visitors enjoy sunny weather along river in Rocheport

Friends and families enjoy the warmer-than-usual weather in Rocheport on Sunday.

Conference will detail Missouri's earthquake history, future risk

"It's Your Fault," being held Saturday, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the monumental earthquakes that occurred in Missouri's New Madrid Seismic Zones. Experts predict that earthquakes of similar magnitude are likely in the future.

Snow sweeps across Missouri, causing few problems

By midday, 1 to 3 inches of snow had fallen in western and central parts of the state, and wind gusts of up to 20 mph were adding to the problem.

One to three inches of snow predicted for Columbia on Monday

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, predicting one to three inches of snow for Columbia and two to four inches in other parts of mid-Missouri.

Single digit temperatures and snowfall predicted for the weekend

Temperatures will drop well below freezing Friday night and continue to be low throughout the weekend.

Joplin manager wants to distribute weather radios

It is estimated that 42 percent of Joplin homes do not have weather radios, which could be dangerous as the city heads into a new storm season.

Joplin residents lost home, but not security bills

After losing their homes in a deadly May 22 tornado, customers of Vivint, a Utah-based security company, are still paying bills to protect their uninhabitable buildings.

PHOTO GALLERY: Unlike February 2011, Wednesday's spring-like weather permits outdoor activities

Columbia residents enjoy unseasonably warm weather with picnics and bicycle rides, which is a far cry from February 2011 when a blizzard hit Missouri.

Winter of 2012 mild compared to snowy winter of 2011

On Feb. 1, 2011, Columbia was being hit with a blizzard that set a new record for snowfall in a 24-hour period. On Feb. 1 this year, Columbia tied for the highest minimum temperature on record.

Lack of snow allows city to use budget for other projects

Due to the mild winter, the city and county public works offices both plan to use their leftover snow-removal budget money for street maintenance projects in the spring and summer, such as asphalt overlay and pothole repairs.