FEMA: U.S. evacuations may be required for Earl

The hurricane is forecast to potentially brush North Carolina late Thursday before heading parallel to land up the East Coast.

Hurricane Earl threatens U.S. Coast after hitting Caribbean

The East Coast of the U.S. could see some rain from the storm later this week.

UPDATE: Almanac predicts rough winter for Missouri

The 2011 edition of the Farmers' Almanac calls for a brutal winter season in Missouri, with plenty of snow and cold temperatures through March.

Heat will shorten school day Friday for some local schools

Schools without air conditioning will dismiss early Friday. All other schools will remain in session all day.




St. Louis woman dies from heat

The death of a 74-year-old St. Louis woman is being blamed on the heat, bringing to 10 the number of suspected hot weather-related deaths in Missouri.

High water again closes Missouri highway, near Iowa border

Heavy recent rain in Iowa sent the Mississippi back above flood stage as far south as Lincoln County, Mo. Farmland is flooded in many areas, and a few roads are closed.

1 person missing in storm-flooded Iowa creek

Iowa State University football players were stacking sandbags around the football stadium Wednesday, and Interstate 35 was closed just south of Ames.

UPDATE: Excessive heat warning extended to Friday

The excessive heat warning issued Monday has been extended until 9 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Heat index expected to hit 115 in Missouri, Kansas

The extreme temperatures are expected to last all week.

Excessive heat warning in effect until Thursday

An excessive heat warning for parts of Missouri and Illinois, including Columbia, will be in effect until late Thursday.

Four Missouri deaths blamed on heat

The Jackson County medical examiner was investigating the latest suspected heat death. No details have been released on any of the victims.


Columbia under excessive heat warning

Columbia is under an excessive heat warning, according to the National Weather Service.

Heat indexes expected to reach 105 Tuesday and Wednesday

A heat advisory was issued for Columbia for Tuesday and Wednesday.

BP's leaky oil well to stay corked during storm

The oil well cap will stay closed despite evacuations from the Deepwater Horizon site during a tropical storm.

Midwest storms bring heavy rain, flash flooding

Strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of Missouri, Illinois and Iowa on Tuesday. The worst damage appears to be in Hannibal.

Sweltering Missouri faces hotter week ahead

The heat index could reach 105 to 110 degrees this week in western and southwest Missouri.

IT'S HOT: What others are saying

The scorching hot temperatures: You're feeling it, and everybody's talking about it.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia air quality

You can learn about air quality, pollutant levels and the UV index from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Columbia offers cool places to escape the heat

The heat index could get to 107 on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Here is a list of places to stay cool if you do not have air conditioning.

Columbia homeowners, city workers deal with aftermath of storms

In a matter of days, heavy rains have caused flooding and spread debris around Columbia. City crews were out cleaning fallen trees and loose dirt until 10 p.m. Wednesday.