Deadly Flooding, Tornadoes Strike Plains, Midwest (PHOTOS) Published: 1 day 9 min agoweather.com The photo above shows flooding in Fenton, Missouri, on Jan. 2, 2016. (Twitter/@number_seven) At least 40 people have been killed in the Plains and Midwest from a combination of tornadoes and flooding over a multi-day stretch of dangerous weather.Floodwaters have started to recede in Missouri and Illinois, but the extensive damage left behind will require weeks or months to clean up. At least 29 people have lost their lives in the floods, and most of those deaths were caused by vehicles being swept away by swift-moving floodwaters.Downstream, the Mississippi River has yet to crest along the Louisiana-Mississippi border, and residents have been warned that flooding could worsen in the coming days. Officials may be faced with the difficult decision of opening spillways to lessen the impacts of the flooding, but that would threaten hundreds of homes in the water’s path.(MORE: Latest News on the Deadly Floods)In Missouri, where parts of several towns were evacuated, Gov. Jay Nixon activated the National Guard, giving emergency crews and towns additional protection as they attempt to withstand and respond to the flooding.Investigators from the National Weather Service said a tornado that hit Garland, Texas, Saturday was an EF4 – the second strongest tornado rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The Garland tornado is only the second EF4 to hit Dallas County since 1950. In total, 11 people died in tornadoes that hit the Lone Star State on Saturday.The twisters also left major damage in Blue Ridge and Copeville, among others. These tornadoes flipped vehicles off bridges, reduced homes to rubble and reportedly led to a large fire at a Sunnyvale trailer park that was mostly destroyed.
PROJECTS How Not to Be Gross in 2016: 21 Ways to Kick the ‘Ick’ Alexandra Panzer January 4, 2016 Ah, the start of a new year. It’s that one magical night every year where we all overcome our differences and think about the exact same thing at the exact same time: How can I become a person who flosses? Well, this will take you literally the rest of your life to figure out, so we’re here with a much more manageable goal: Become less gross.That’s right, folks, 2016 is the year where each and every one of us can adult up and become just a little bit less of a driveling college freshman co-ed. It’s time to be less gross! Of course being less gross isn’t just about impressing your mother, boy/girl friend, and — let’s face it — yourself. There are health concerns involved, people. Not all bacteria are bad for you, but knowing how to avoid the bad stuff, along with mold, mildew, skin irritants, allergens, and air pollutants can improve your skin, respiratory system, and overall health and quality of life. And don’t worry: Our list is 21 items long, so even if you follow through on only 8 percent of these resolutions — the national average — you’ll still be just a little less gross. Also on Yahoo Makers:This All-Natural Way to Clean Silverware Is Pretty Much Magic 6 Places You Forget to Clean (But Really, Really Shouldn’t) DIY Party Headbands for NYE Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest.