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Wildfires close Okefenokee refuge over holiday

Georgia wildfires

Updated: 07/04/2011 - Rangers at the refuge, which draws about 400,000 visitors in a full year, typically see a noticeable bump during the Fourth of July weekend as tourists head outdoors for boating, fishing and nature watching.Wildfires close Okefenokee refuge over the holiday weekend.

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Officials: 5 injured in Columbia lightning strike

Lightning

Updated: 06/29/2011 - A spokesman for the Columbia Fire Department says the workers were near the tree at apartments near Benedict College when it was struck by lightning in a storm that rolled through downtown Tuesday afternoon.

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South Carolina on track to beat heat records

Heat

Posted: 06/25/2011 - The high in Columbia has been 90 degrees or above every day so far in June. The city has never recorded a June without at least one day where the high stayed in the 80s.

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Severe weather rolls through, causes damage

Updated: 06/22/2011 - The Richmond County Emergency Management Office is already reporting damage from tonight's storms including power outages and trees down across roadways.

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Storms cause power outages in NC, SC

Power Outage

Posted: 06/17/2011 - Around 30,000 utility customers in South Carolina and western North Carolina are without power after storms moved through the area, knocking down trees and power lines.

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Storms sweep through Richmond County, clean-up continues

Richmond County clean-up

Posted: 06/16/2011 - Snapped trees, gnarled power lines, and lots of workers are dotting neighborhoods all over Richmond County tonight. The storm that swept through the CSRA Wednesday evening left frustrating path through Augusta.

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Crews clean up after trees crash-land into two Martinez homes

Augusta storm damage

Updated: 06/16/2011 - With winds hitting 60 miles per hour, uprooted trees have been the biggest problem in most counties. Two homeowners in Martinez had quite an interesting night, when two trees came crashing through their homes.

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Trees down? Here's what insurance will cover

Portion of a tree down on Milledge Road

Updated: 06/16/2011 - When bad weather hits, those big branches and huge tree trunks can drop like bombs on houses, cars, storage sheds and outdoor living areas.

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Severe weather pounds CSRA

Updated: 06/16/2011 - Thousands of people in the area are in the dark after severe thunderstorms pound the area, knocking out power on both sides of the river. There have been reports of heavy rain, hail, lightning, and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour.

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Dry conditions contribute to busy fire season

Fire

Updated: 06/12/2011 - The Georgia Forestry Commission says 8,500 wildfires have burned more than 93,000 acres, or about 145 square miles, statewide in the past year. And while the wildfire season typically starts to subside after May, new fires are still igniting.

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Trees down after powerful storms

fallen tree

Updated: 06/10/2011 - Thursday night's storms packed a powerful punch, producing hail in some areas and knocking down trees. Lightning lit up the sky across the CSRA for several hours as well. Strong winds were also a problem

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Hot weather spreading drought across South Carolina

Heat

Posted: 06/05/2011 - The South Carolina Drought Response Committee declared nine mostly coastal counties in an incipient drought last week, meaning the entire state is now in the first stage of the state's four stages of drought conditions.

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NWS: Joplin, Mo., tornado was highest-rated EF5

Updated: 05/24/2011 - The twister that struck Sunday was the deadliest single tornado to touchdown since the National Weather Service began keeping official records in 1950. It's the 8th-deadliest single twister in U.S. history.

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Tornado kills 2 in suburban Oklahoma City

Tornado

Posted: 05/24/2011 - Jerry Smith, the Emergency Management director for Canadian County, said he had no other details about the deaths Tuesday afternoon.

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