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Hazardous Weather Outlook for far west/southwest Iowa

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES IN IOWA: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE 615 PM CDT FRI APR 13 2012 National Weather Service/Valley, NE

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST IOWA…WEST CENTRAL IOWA…EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…NORTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA.

DAY ONE…TONIGHT:

ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE AFTER MIDNIGHT OVER SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND FAR SOUTHERN SOUTHWEST IOWA. SEVERE WEATHER IS GENERALLY NOT EXPECTED WITH THIS ACTIVITY.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY:

THERE IS A HIGH RISK FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS EASTERN NEBRASKA AND WESTERN IOWA ON SATURDAY. THE MAIN THREAT FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE AFTER 3 PM AND BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY NIGHT. THE MAIN THREAT FROM THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE TORNADOES…VERY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS.

THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY ON SATURDAY MORNING ACROSS SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA. THESE THUNDERSTORMS ARE THEN EXPECTED TO TRACK NORTHEAST ACROSS EASTERN NEBRASKA AND WESTERN IOWA THROUGH THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON. LARGE HAIL WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS ACTIVITY.

A MORE POTENT SEVERE WEATHER THREAT IS THEN EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATER IN THE AFTERNOON AFTER THE INITIAL THUNDERSTORMS MOVE OUT OF THE AREA. THESE THUNDERSTORMS ARE FIRST EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER CENTRAL NEBRASKA AND MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS EASTERN NEBRASKA AND WESTERN IOWA THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. AS WARM AND MOIST AREA RETURNS TO THE AREA…THE ATMOSPHERE WILL BE STRONGLY UNSTABLE…THIS ALONG WITH VERY STRONG SHEAR WILL COMBINE TO PRODUCE SEVERE WEATHER…SOME SIGNIFICANT INCLUDING VERY LARGE HAIL…DAMAGING WINDS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR STRONG TORNADOES.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TONIGHT….BUT WILL BE NEEDED DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING ON SATURDAY.

Corps: more flood storage offers limited benefit

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says having more space free in the Missouri River’s reservoirs would have reduced but not eliminated last year’s flooding.  The corps says in a new report released Friday that flooding still would have caused widespread damage along the Missouri last year because of the massive volume of water that moved through the river.  And any increase in the amount of flood storage space in the reservoirs would reduce the economic benefits the river offers through barge traffic, recreation and hydropower. The corps says increasing flood storage space in reservoirs is only one option to reduce flood risk. It says officials may need to consider increasing the capacity of the Missouri River channel and reducing development in the flood plain.

Western Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, of Kiron, criticized the Corps’ reports, saying in a statement today (Friday) that their report is “incomplete.” King says “In an analysis that purports to analyze the impact of increased flood storage on other authorized purposes like navigation, hydropower generation, and recreation, there is no consideration of the benefits that additional flood protection would have had on these activities during last year’s historic flood. This is a significant hole in the Corp’s analysis.” 

He said “We know, for example, that last year’s flooding virtually shut down navigation on the River – yet the Corps’ analysis here give us no indication of how increased storage capacity might have helped to address this.” King went on to say “This report says, ‘Flood control is the only one of these authorized purposes that requires empty space in the reservoirs’ and that therefore the other purposes, ‘which all require water-in-storage to maximize benefits, would experience negative impacts with additional flood control storage.’ This premise is substantially flawed for a number of reasons.” According to King, “If 2011 taught us one thing, it’s that there is a point at which additional flood control benefits everyone on the river. There is no recognition of this basic fact in the report.”

Fireworks caused Council Bluffs house explosion

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Council Bluff officials say fireworks are to the blame for a house explosion that injured a man. Fire Chief Alan Byers says 38-year-old James Aherns was making fireworks when the blast happened Thursday night. The house then caught fire.             Neighbors reported seeing a burned man run down the street with his clothes torn off, seeking help.  Aherns was taken to an Omaha hospital in critical condition. Another person in the house wasn’t hurt.

Cass Co. Deputy and ISP Troopers recognized

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety today (Friday) announced Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Bartholomew, Iowa State Patrol Trooper James Bullington and ISP Sgt. Martin McCreedy were recognized during the annual Governor’s Highway Traffic Safety Conference held April 10th and 11th, in Sioux City.

Deputy Bartholomew was recognized for his efforts in apprehending impaired drivers. Trooper Bullington and Sgt. McCreedy both work out of the Patrol’s District 3 office in Council Bluffs. Bullington was presented with the Public Safety Commissioner’s Special Award for Traffic Safety, while Sgt. McCreedy was presented with the Kipton Hayward Award for his efforts in increasing compliance with impaired drivers, and reducing traffic deaths and injuries. The award was named in honor of Kip Hayward, who was killed in 1993 by a drug and alcohol impaired driver. Hayward served with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

Bluffs Police report no violations during tobacco compliance checks

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Good news today from the Council Bluffs Police Department: During a recent check of retail outlets selling tobacco, no illegal sales were made to underage customers. The P-D reports the compliance checks were conducted Thursday night with the use of an underage customer, who attempted to buy tobacco at local retailers.

The Police Department says officials have made a pledge to keep tobacco out of the hands of Council Bluffs youth, and have been working with local retailers to educate them about Iowa’s tobacco laws and enforcement, in association with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

Bluffs Police are grateful to the area retailers and their staff for their efforts to card tobacco buyers and make sure they are of legal age.

Arrests in Atlantic Friday

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested this (Friday) morning on separate charges. 30-year old Josh Turner, of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intoxication. And, 30-year old Sharlene Killion, of Atlantic, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. Turner and Killion were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Forecaster: Severe weather possible in Iowa this weekend

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Forecasters say some parts of Iowa may be in for rough weather this weekend, including thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rain. Meteorologist Kevin Skow, at the National Weather Service, says it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the sky and an ear to the radio. “The best threat for severe weather looks to be on Saturday,” Skow says. “We have a warm front lifting north through the state and this could trigger some severe weather.” He says there’s a larger threat for severe weather to the southwest in Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

After a mild winter and the warmest March on record, Iowans have been spoiled by the unseasonable temperatures, but in the past week, reality has returned with Freeze Warnings three nights in a row. Skow says warmer temp are heading back to the state, but just for a few days. “Temperatures should rebound,” he says. “Winds will switch to the south. Temperatures on Saturday will be rising up into the low to mid-70s and then that’ll be the same for Sunday.” He expects a cold front to move in Sunday night that’ll bring chilly temperatures to start next week, with highs again in the 50s.

(Radio Iowa)

3 proposed bridge replacements on Ia HWY 141 in Guthrie Co. to be discussed April 26TH

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports a public information meeting will be held Thursday, April 26th, to discuss three proposed bridge replacements on Iowa 141 in Guthrie County. The public is invited to attend the meeting anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids City Hall, Council Chambers, 123 S. Third Ave., in Coon Rapids. 

Officials say one of the bridges is located over the Middle Raccoon River, 0.4 mile east of the Carroll County line and near the east city limits of Coon Rapids. The second bridge is over Willow Creek, 1.6 miles west of Bayard. The third bridge is over a tributary of Mosquito Creek, 1.2 miles west of Guthrie County Road P-18. 

During construction of the Middle Raccoon River bridge, traffic would be detoured using Carroll County Road N-44 (Velvet Avenue) starting at the junction of Iowa 141 and continuing north into Coon Rapids. The detour would continue through Coon Rapids on West Street to Elm Street, and then to Sumpter Avenue (becomes Carroll County Road E-63). East of Coon Rapids, the detour would continue two miles on Carroll County Road E-63 and then turn south on Carroll/Greene County Road N-58 to the junction of Iowa 141. For the Willow Creek bridge project, traffic would be detoured using Guthrie/Carroll/Greene County Road N-58, Greene County Road E-63 and Iowa 25. Traffic would be maintained during construction over the tributary of Mosquito Creek.

The public information meeting will be conducted in an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements, but no formal presentation will be made. For general information regarding the proposed improvements or public meeting, contact Tony Gustafson, assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 1 Office, 1020 S. Fourth St., Ames, Iowa  50010, telephone 515-239-1635 or 800-899-0623, email tony.gustafson@dot.iowa.gov. Visit the Iowa DOT’s project-related public involvement event website at www.iowadot.gov/pim for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, and opportunities to offer input to the Iowa DOT during the development of certain projects.

Drug arrest in Mills County

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Mills County said Thursday, a Malvern man was arrested Wednesday night on drug charges. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 51-year old Daniel Keith Vanderpool II was taken into custody at around 9:30 pm, on a felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver/Methamphetamine and a drug tax stamp violation, along with charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, and for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Vanderpool’s initial appearance in court took place Thursday, after which his bond was reduced from $62,300 to $22,000. He remains in the Mills County Jail with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 23rd.

8AM Newscast 04-13-2012

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April 13th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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