Stories about drought, storms, etc.

AVOCA, Iowa (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that some farm damage near Avoca in western Iowa was caused by a tornado.

Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Nebraska and Iowa.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Danger from high water has prompted authorities to temporarily close access to the Elkhorn River in eastern Nebraska's Douglas County.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An overnight storm dropped more than 5 inches of rain on eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, causing street flooding and forcing some schools to close for the day.

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Services has issued flood advisories for several eastern Nebraska counties after thunderstorms dumped heavy rain.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A haze is blanketing much of the Midwest as strong winds carry smoke from forest fires in Canada thousands of miles to the south.

PILGER, Neb. (AP) — A tornado last year that damaged most of a small, northeastern Nebraska town left the village clerk known as "Momma Kim" with plenty to do.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Flash flood warnings and watches have been issued for Lincoln and other southeast Nebraska communities in the wake of heavy overnight storms.

DEWITT, Neb. (AP) — Governor Pete Ricketts has declared a state of emergency in areas of Nebraska affected by tornadoes and flooding.

It was 40 years ago Wednesday that a violent tornado cut a 10 mile path through central Omaha, killing three people.