Irene's center makes landfall over North Carolina, but storm still hazardous

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the enormous storm had weakened some earlier Saturday morning, but the landfall has little significance as Irene remains a dangerous storm.

Hurricane Irene warning area expanded; North Carolina feels effects

Swells and 6- to 9-foot waves showed up along the North Carolina shore Friday morning. As the strongest storm to hit the East Coast in seven years approached, people in New Jersey, Maryland and New York prepared to evacuate.

Refineries could close for Hurricane Irene; gas prices increase

The storm could reach refineries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by Sunday, and the refineries have started shutting down in preparation. Drivers can expect to pay more at the gas pump.

Obama to speak about Hurricane Irene on Friday

The president has been receiving regular briefings about the storm, and he will make a statement about it from his vacation rental in Martha's Vineyard.

As Irene nears coast, residents urged to prepare for the worst

Hurricane Irene has prompted transportation shutdowns and evacuations up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Hurricane Irene forces evacuations in North Carolina

Irene is expected to hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon, and evacuations were ordered in Dare County, N.C.

PHOTO GALLERY: Crowds evacuate into streets after East Coast earthquake

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., led to evacuations throughout the East Coast.

Seven Columbia schools will dismiss early Wednesday because of heat

This will be the first time the new heat dismissal procedure is used, said Michelle Baumstark, community relations coordinator for Columbia Public Schools.

Missouri Senate natural disaster committee to meet

The senators will examine the natural disasters — severe snow, tornadoes and flooding — that happened in the state this year. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Hurricane Irene headed toward U.S. coast

Hurricane Irene continues its path to the U.S. with possible landfall in North Carolina by Saturday. Forecasters predict it will then chug up the East Coast, dumping rain from Virginia to New York City before a much-weakened form trudges through New England.

North Dakota water officials: Missouri River flood warnings late

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Todd Sando, chief engineer for the North Dakota Water Commission, said property owners might have been able to prepare for the flooding with insurance, had they known what the Army Corps of Engineers did.

Thousands of Missourians without power after storm

A strong storm caused widespread power outages and blew over a Missouri State Highway Patrol communications tower.

Smelly surprises might await after Missouri River recedes

The Missouri River might not recede to its normal water levels in Missouri until mid-October.

High winds cause power outages in Boone County

A storm that blew through Boone County late Sunday afternoon knocked out power in some communities and broke tree limbs. The weather station at Columbia Regional Airport clocked the strongest gust at 62 mph.

Thousands still without power in Kansas City area

The National Weather Service said the storm dropped up to an inch of rain in parts of Platte and Clay counties in less than an hour.

Gov. Nixon requests federal damage assessments for crops and livestock

The dry weather has damaged crops and livestock across Missouri, and the governor's request  is the first step in declaring the parched areas as disaster areas. 

North Dakota governor suggests Missouri River compact to manage flooding

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said an agreement among states would not only help with flood management, but also with balancing the competing interests of upstream and downstream states.

July's dry heat proves frustrating for mid-Missouri farmers

This has been the hottest summer since 1980, and the lack of rainfall combined with a seemingly relentless streak of hot days in July has created a challenge for farmers.

Tuesday's heat shatters record, but relief coming next week

Columbia's excessive heat warning is set to expire Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Missouri to pay Joplin's share in tornado cleanup

The state will pick up 10 percent of the cost of the expedited debris removal program not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.