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Fatal accident in Council Bluffs Monday morning

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May 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed during a single-vehicle accident early this (Monday) morning, in the 1700 block of North 16th Street, in Council Bluffs. Police in Council Bluffs say 72-year old Willie Donald, of Council Bluffs, died at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Authorities say Donald was traveling south in the northbound lanes of North 16th Street at around 12:40-a.m., when his vehicle entered a construction area and collided with a heavy construction vehicle.

The accident remains under investigation.

Damage assessment teams heading to Guthrie and Dallas Counties

News, Weather

May 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Damage assessment teams were scheduled to arrive in Guthrie and Dallas Counties this (Monday) morning, to try and determine whether extensive storm damage was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado.

Buildings were damaged by a storm that roared through the Lake Panorama area near Panora, in Guthrie County. Authorities say at least eight condominiums at the lake were damaged Sunday night, but no injuries were reported. One man who took shelter in a condo bathroom was found unharmed. If it’s determined a tornado resulted in the damage, the twister will be given a rating based on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

The severe thunderstorms that impacted western Iowa late Sunday evening and overnight, began Sunday afternoon in south-central Nebraska. They took about three-hours to move into the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area, but during that time frame they brought several tornadoes, hail and heavy rain, and left thousands without power. Homes and businesses were damaged in at least four Nebraska towns. The storms also left nearly 17,000 Nebraska utility customers without electricity Sunday evening. By the time the initial storms reached Omaha, the storms still produced winds over 70 mph and heavy winds, with radar indicated but no official sightings of tornadoes.

The storms crossed into western Iowa by 7-p.m., resulted in the first warnings for severe weather in Pottawattamie and Mills Counties. As they spread across southwest and western Iowa, the storms left baseball-sized hail in Fremont County, and brought 60-mile per hour winds to an area just east of Marne. The storms also dumped rain ranging from just under 1.5-inches in Shenandoah to as much as 3.5-to 4-inches in the Avoca and Lewis areas.

The area last storm warning was for Flash Flooding in Adair County. It was issued today (Monday) at 12:30-a.m.

Here’s a list of the damage and storm reports in the chronological order they took place, as received by the NWS.:

11:05-p.m. Thunderstorm wind damage 2 miles nw of Panora: Outbuilding destroyed, roof thrown 40-yards.

10:38-p.m. 3-miles NE of Yale in Guthrie County: Large tree snapped in-half.

10:30-p.m. 2 miles s of Red Oak, golf ball-sized hail.

10:22-p.m. Rainfall in Atlantic since 7-a.m Sunday 1.6-inches. (24-hour total as of 7-am Monday was 2.18″.)

10:10-p.m. Thunderstorm wind damage in Panora: structural damage to a home at Lake Panorama & possible damage between Yale and Panora.

10:00-p.m. Half-dollar sized hail in Randolph (Fremont County)

9:55-p.m. T-storm wind damage 2 miles w/nw of Panora: 2 1/2′ diameter trees uprooted; dock destroyed; numerous trees down.; funnel cloud spotted 3 miles nw of Panora at the same time.

9:45-p.m.  Baseball-sized hail 2 miles west of Thurman in Fremont County

9:42-p.m. Golf ball-sized hail 2 miles west of Thurman

9:40-p.m. Quarter-sized hail 6 miles w/sw of Thurman.

9:26-p.m. Street flooding reported in Atlantic

8:58-p.m. 60-mph thunderstorm wind gust 1 mile w/nw of Marne in Cass County.

8:15-p.m.  4.10″ of rain reported by a trained weather service spotter in Griswold.

2 arrested early Mon. morning in Montgomery County

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May 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested early this (Monday) morning on separate charges, in Red Oak. Police officials say at around 12:30-a.m., officers with the Red Oak P-D arrested 33-year old Luke Daniel Rinehart, of Red Oak. Rinehart was taken into custody on a charge of Breach of Peace in the 300 block of 2nd Avenue. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 cash bond.

And at around 12:35-a.m., officers with the Red Oak P-D arrested 21-year old Bradina Sky Gary, of Red Oak, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. The woman was taken into custody at an apartment in the 1800 block of East Summit Street. Bradina Gary was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., May 12th 2014

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May 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At the urging of Governor Terry Branstad, lawmakers approved a bill last session aimed at making Iowa more attractive to military veterans and help them find jobs. Branstad says he hopes to sign the bill on Memorial Day at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

WEVER, Iowa (AP) — The construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant is having a significant impact on southeast Iowa, but many people still debate how much the project will boost the economy long term. About 1,500 construction workers are building the plant near Wever, and that number is expected to grow to nearly 2,500 later this year. Lee County Sheriff Jim Scholl tells the Des Moines Register area residents have noticed the heavy construction traffic.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters are investigating a fire that killed an infant girl in western Iowa. KETV reports 6-month-old Mayci Colburn-Lerette was killed in the fire in Council Bluffs around 8 p.m. Saturday. Three other family members were critically injured by smoke inhalation and taken to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Two eastern Iowa college graduates can celebrate the milestone together later this week as mother and daughter. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 46-year-old Jodi Bergmann and her 22-year-old daughter, Jessica Bergmann, will both graduate together from Hawkeye Community College.

No injuries after pickup & SUV collide in Adair County

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May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say an investigation is underway into a property damage accident that happened Saturday night in Adair County. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 23-year old Stephen Mages, of Panama, was traveling east on Interstate 80 near the Stuart exit, when a 2008 Toyota SUV operated by 35-year old Dax Wedeneyer, of West Des Moines, that parked on the shoulder, attempted to make a U-turn and struck the pickup.

No injuries were reported. The accident happened at around 10:35-p.m.

Tornado Watch extended until 3-a.m. Monday

News, Weather

May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

TORNADO WATCH 145 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 AM CDT MONDAY, MAY 12th FOR THE
FOLLOWING IOWA COUNTIES in the KJAN listening area:

ADAIR ADAMS AUDUBON CASS CRAWFORD DALLAS GUTHRIE MADISON RINGGOLD SAC TAYLOR UNION.

Flash Flood Watch for parts of western/SW Iowa

News, Weather

May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

305 PM CDT SUN MAY 11 2014

CASS- AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-ADAIR-ADAMS-CARROLL-CRAWFORD- MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-UNION-PAGE COUNTIES…

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH 7-A.M. MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF IOWA AND NEBRASKA  THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.

* HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL MOISTURE CONTENT COMBINED WITH OCCASIONAL PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN SHOWERS WILL RESULT IN AREAS OF FLASH FLOODING INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION

SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

 

TORNADO WATCH for parts of sw/western IA

News, Weather

May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK; 220 PM CDT SUN MAY 11 2014

TORNADO WATCH 142 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

IOWA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE:

ADAIR ADAMS AUDUBON CASS FREMONT HARRISON MILLS MONTGOMERY PAGE POTTAWATTAMIE RINGGOLD SHELBY TAYLOR UNION

Moderate risk of severe weather today

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May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Forecasters are warning that strong thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes could develop in eastern Nebraska and Iowa this afternoon. The National Weather Service says there is a moderate risk of severe weather in the area through tonight. A tornado warning was issued at midday for south-central Iowa and there were reports of strong winds and quarter-size hail near Osceola.

The weather service says parts of central and northern Kansas, southeastern Nebraska and most of Iowa are likely to see strong thunderstorms, large hail, strong winds and tornadoes.

Yesterday, heavy storms and at least one tornado hit northwestern Missouri, damaging homes and power lines. No injuries were reported. The National Weather Service said a confirmed tornado hit the Ray County town of Orrick last evening.

Atlantic School Board to discuss revised Capital Improvement Plans

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May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet during a regular session Monday evening in the High School Media Center, beginning at 7:30. On their agenda is the approval of General and Special Education contracts, other contracts, amended contracts and/or Letters of Assignment, approval of volunteer coaches and any resignations.

The Board will also hear a report on Dropout Prevention from the EOC (Educational Opportunity Center),discuss a revised Capital Projects Plans, and, act on approving the following:

  • Milk and Garbage bids.
  • 2014-2015 Budget Cost Reduction.
  • The second reading of 900 Series Board Policies.
  • Employment of New Teachers.
  • 2014-15 School Fees.
  • 2014-15 Lunch Prices.
  • 2014-15 Certified Employees Contract Settlement.
  • and, the 2014-15 Non-Certidied Employees Contract settlement.