Irene is expected to hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon, and evacuations were ordered in Dare County, N.C.
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., led to evacuations throughout the East Coast.
This will be the first time the new heat dismissal procedure is used, said Michelle Baumstark, community relations coordinator for Columbia Public Schools.
The senators will examine the natural disasters — severe snow, tornadoes and flooding — that happened in the state this year.
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 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.
A strong storm caused widespread power outages and blew over a Missouri State Highway Patrol communications tower.
The Missouri River might not recede to its normal water levels in Missouri until mid-October.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columbia's excessive heat warning is set to expire Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The state will pick up 10 percent of the cost of the expedited debris removal program not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
A thunderstorm that formed west of Boone County resulted in damage at the Boone County Fairgrounds and in a few places around the county.
Two men and a woman have been found dead in their homes, and the county health department considers them probable heat-related deaths.
Missouri's governor has asked President Barack Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for 23 northern counties hit by severe storms and flooding along the Missouri River.
The warning will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. Heat index values are expected to be as high at 101 on Monday and Tuesday.
The tornado that struck on May 25 scattered personal effects across parts of the city; the Salvation Army office has three boxes of items yet to be claimed.