Leap Day Storms 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Quinn announces aid to southern Ill. tornado victims http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-announces-aid-southern-ill-tornado-victims <p>Harrisburg and other southern Illinois&nbsp;communities affected by <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/deaths-damage-following-sweep-severe-storms-through-branson-mo-harrisburg-ill">a deadly tornado in February</a> are getting up&nbsp;to $13 million in state and Small Business Administration aid.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:47:13 +0000 The Associated Press 3407 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn announces aid to southern Ill. tornado victims Quinn: FEMA denies Illinois appeal for assistance following tornado, severe storms http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-fema-denies-illinois-appeal-assistance-following-tornado-severe-storms <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the&nbsp;Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-appeal-fema-denial-disaster-assistance">the state&#39;s appeal</a>&nbsp;for assistance after a deadly tornado and severe storms.</p><p>Quinn said in a Wednesday news release that he is disappointed&nbsp;with the decision and doesn&#39;t believe &quot;it reflects the reality and&nbsp;devastation on the ground.&quot;</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:08:22 +0000 The Associated Press 3326 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn: FEMA denies Illinois appeal for assistance following tornado, severe storms Illinois to recalculate storm damage cost for FEMA http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-recalculate-storm-damage-cost-fema <p>Illinois will get the chance to convince&nbsp;the federal government to <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-march-12-2012">reverse denial of aid</a> to southern&nbsp;Illinois homeowners socked by last month&#39;s deadly tornados.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:11:21 +0000 The Associated Press 3266 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois to recalculate storm damage cost for FEMA FEMA denies disaster declaration in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fema-denies-disaster-declaration-mo <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he&#39;s&nbsp;disappointed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has&nbsp;denied <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/governor-nixon-seeks-federal-disaster-declaration-response-leap-day-storms">a request</a> to provide disaster aid to residents in 18&nbsp;southern and northern Missouri counties recently hit by violent&nbsp;weather.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:35:04 +0000 The Associated Press 3254 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org FEMA denies disaster declaration in Mo. Quinn to appeal FEMA denial of disaster assistance http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-appeal-fema-denial-disaster-assistance <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he&#39;ll appeal the&nbsp;Federal Emergency Management Agency&#39;s<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-march-12-2012"> denial of assistance</a> to homeowners affected by <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/term/leap-day-storms-2012">the southern Illinois tornado</a>.</p><p>Quinn issued a statement Monday saying he informed Department of&nbsp;Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano of his decision.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:34:56 +0000 The Associated Press 3253 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn to appeal FEMA denial of disaster assistance Death toll from Harrisburg tornado up to 7 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/death-toll-harrisburg-tornado-7 <p>Authorities in southern Illinois say a seventh person has died from injuries suffered in the EF-4 tornado that slammed into the town of Harrisburg on Feb. 29.</p><p>Saline County coroner Doug Watson says 70-year-old Donald Smith, a retired coal miner from Harrisburg, died Wednesday night at a hospital in Indiana. Smith&#39;s wife remains hospitalized in critical condition.</p><p>Most of the victims, including the Smiths, lived along a street that took the brunt of the storm, which authorities say was 200 yards wide and packed sustained winds of 170 miles per hour.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 19:55:36 +0000 The Associated Press 3231 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Death toll from Harrisburg tornado up to 7 Governor Nixon seeks federal disaster declaration in response to "Leap Day" storms http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/governor-nixon-seeks-federal-disaster-declaration-response-leap-day-storms <p>Mo. governor Jay Nixon is seeking federal assistance for 18 Missouri counties hit by <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/term/leap-day-storms-2012">last week&#39;s violent storms</a>.</p><p>Nixon said Wednesday he has requested a federal major disaster declaration for parts of southern and northern Missouri struck by tornadoes, hail and high winds on Feb. 28 and 29. The weather was blamed for three deaths, dozens of injuries and widespread property damage.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:15:52 +0000 The Associated Press 3223 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Governor Nixon seeks federal disaster declaration in response to "Leap Day" storms Mo. relaxes tree, limb waste disposal rules in tornado-damaged areas http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-relaxes-tree-limb-waste-disposal-rules-tornado-damaged-areas <p>Rules for disposing of fallen trees, limbs and other vegetative waste have been relaxed in tornado-damaged areas of Missouri.</p><p>From now through March 15th, Missouri residents affected by the Leap Day storms can burn vegetative waste on their properties, as long as it&rsquo;s done 200 yards away from the nearest occupied structure.&nbsp; Renee Bungart is with the<a href="http://dnr.mo.gov/"> Department of Natural Resources </a>(DNR). Fri, 02 Mar 2012 23:32:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3197 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. relaxes tree, limb waste disposal rules in tornado-damaged areas Comptroller: Ill. will prioritize tornado-related bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/comptroller-ill-will-prioritize-tornado-related-bills <p>Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says her&nbsp;office will prioritize paying state bills accrued after <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/deaths-damage-following-sweep-severe-storms-through-branson-mo-harrisburg-ill">a tornado&nbsp;tore through the city of Harrisburg</a>, leaving six people dead.</p><p>Topinka said Thursday that her office will work with businesses&nbsp;impacted by Wednesday&#39;s severe weather. She says the state will&nbsp;prioritize payments to businesses committed to clean-up and&nbsp;recovery efforts in Saline County.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 22:02:59 +0000 The Associated Press 3184 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Comptroller: Ill. will prioritize tornado-related bills Deaths, damage following sweep of severe storms through Branson, Mo., Harrisburg, Ill. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/deaths-damage-following-sweep-severe-storms-through-branson-mo-harrisburg-ill <p><strong>If you have photos of the storms in Harrisburg, Ill. or Branson, Mo., please email web producer Kelsey Proud at kproud@stlpublicradio.org.</strong></p><p><em><strong>Updated 4:22 p.m. with National Weather Service map:</strong></em></p><p>Here&#39;s a map released by the National Weather Service of the path of the tornado that roared through Branson. You can track the path of the storm as it gained speed:</p><p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:28:51 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press, Rachel Lippmann, WSIU & Kelsey Proud 3170 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Deaths, damage following sweep of severe storms through Branson, Mo., Harrisburg, Ill.