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UPDATE: Second levee breach threatens West Alton

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:45 Published in Local News

New information on the second levee breach near West Alton and Rivers Pointe.

Officials now say the breach is very near the confluence, but on the Mississippi River side of the levee system. The breach is between 100 and 150 feet wide.

There is a voluntary evacuation order in effect for over 40 homes that are east of Highway 67.

Water has moved about two miles inside the levee.

El Reno, OK tornado now widest on record

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:29 Published in National News

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the deadly tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late last week was another top-of-the-scale EF5 that packed winds reaching 295 mph. The weather service also says the twister's 2.6-mile width is the widest ever recorded.

The weather service initially rated the Friday tornado that hit El Reno as an EF3. But the agency upgraded the ranking Tuesday after surveying damage. Eighteen people were killed in the tornado and subsequent flooding in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

 

The weather services says the El Reno tornado tops a 2.5-mile wide tornado that hit Hallam, Neb.

The update means the Oklahoma City area has seen two of the extremely rare EF5 tornadoes in less than a month. The other hit Moore on May 20, killing 24 people.

As people continue work to clean up after Friday's storms, Missouri Attorney General is warning homeowners and businesses to be on the lookout for price gouging.

Koster reminds everyone that suddenly and artificially raising prices is illegal. Anyone who feels they have been the victim of price gouging should call the attorney general's office at 800.392.8222.

Anyone found to be in violation of price-gouging laws faces a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

 

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