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Fremont County town severely damaged by possible tornado

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April 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

THURMAN, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a small western Iowa community has been severely damaged by a possible tornado. Fremont County Emergency Management Director Mike Crecelius told The Associated Press on Saturday that about 75 percent of the town of Thurman was destroyed. He said there were no injuries and no deaths in the town of about 250 people.

Crecelius said the town was on lockdown Saturday night and wasn’t letting anyone in. He said town officials and residents expect to start cleaning up on Sunday. Crecelius said some residents had taken refuge in City Hall, which was the only building in town with power. Others were staying in a shelter, at motels or with relatives. The American Red Cross also set up a shelter at the Fremont-Mills High School, in Tabor, for displaced residents of Thurman.

Just before the storm hit Thurman, five semi tractor-trailers were blown over on Interstate 29. The wreckage slowed traffic on I-29 for several hours. The State Patrol said one trucker was injured, when a rig was blown over in Mills County, as well. It’s not clear how many truckers in all, were injured.

(Update) Creston Hospital hit by storm – no injuries reported

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April 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON, Iowa (AP) — Emergency officials say an Iowa hospital has been damaged as a band of severe weather bears down on the region. Union County Emergency Management Director Jo Anne Duckworth confirmed the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston had been hit, but did not comment further. Creston Mayor Warren Woods says a storm swept through the town of about 7,800 residents between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, damaging the northwest corner of the community. Woods wasn’t aware of any injuries, but he also hadn’t yet been briefed on the situation at the hospital. A woman who answered the phone at the hospital said no one was hurt and the staff was working to move patients. It’s not clear where they were being taken. Police and fire officials would not immediately comment.

Creston Hospital hit by tornado Saturday night

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April 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON, Iowa – A tornado damaged a hospital in Creston on Saturday night. KCCI TV reports authorities with the Creston Police Department said the tornado hit the Greater Regional Medical Center about 7:30 p.m. The extent of the damage is not yet known.

Street Flooding in Atlantic Saturday evening

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April 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Whirlpool in front of Nishna Valley Credit Union, 2nd & Elm Sts.

3rd and Elm Streets, looking north

Detention pond overflows on north campus of Atlantic Middle School

2nd and Elm, access drive to Akin Bldg Center

Some streets of Atlantic were turned into miniature rivers this evening, following heavy rains that poured for over an hour. KJAN News Director Ric Hanson was out and about and took some pictures for you to view.

Street flooding was observed by Ric at 7th and Walnut, 10th and Linn, 2nd & 3rd Streets and Elm, in Atlantic.

 

Forecasters: Dangerous storms moving into Midwest

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April 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Baseball-sized hail is breaking windows and tearing the siding off homes in northeast Nebraska, and forecasters are warning residents across the nation’s midsection to brace for “life threatening” storms. The National Weather Service says at least three possible tornadoes were reported early Saturday in central Oklahoma, while hail and rain were pelting Nebraska by early afternoon. No injuries were immediately reported. But forecasters are expecting the most dangerous weather later in the day and are warning residents across the region of possible fast-moving overnight tornadoes. Officials say a large area spanning from Minnesota to Texas could be at risk. In Nebraska, Boone County Sheriff David Spiegel says large hail has damaged vehicles, shattered windows and ripped the siding off of houses in and around Petersburg, a town about 140 miles northwest of Omaha.

Iowa authorities investigate death of man on road

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April 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DEXTER, Iowa (AP) — A man has been found dead on a gravel road in Dexter. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the body was found about 5:45 a.m. Saturday in front of a residence. The victim’s name and details of his death have not been released. The state patrol and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are joining local authorities in the investigation. At this time law enforcement wish to assure Guthrie County residents there is no indication the public at large is in danger.

Head’s up western Iowa: Tornado Watch issued for a large portion of Central/Eastern Nebraska

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April 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

While no watches or warning are in effect for the KJAN listening area, the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of Nebraska from Noon today until 7-p.m.   Stay tuned to KJAN.com for additional weather updates. Keep your radio or a Weather Alert radio handy today!

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/oax/

Hazardous Weather Outlook: Eastern NE/Western IA 4-14-12

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April 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES IN IA: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-

PAGE; COUNTIES IN NE: KNOX-CEDAR-THURSTON-ANTELOPE-PIERCE-WAYNE-BOONE-MADISON- STANTON-CUMING-BURT-PLATTE-COLFAX-DODGE-WASHINGTON-BUTLER- SAUNDERS-DOUGLAS-SARPY-SEWARD-LANCASTER-CASS-OTOE-SALINE- JEFFERSON-GAGE-JOHNSON-NEMAHA-PAWNEE-RICHARDSON-

1143 AM CDT SAT APR 14 2012 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE/VALLEY, NE

THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT: THERE IS A HIGH RISK FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MOST OF EASTERN NEBRASKA AND WESTERN IOWA. 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 THIS MORNING. THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP TO THE NORTH WITH INDIVIDUAL CELLS TRACKING NORTHEAST WITH LARGE HAIL BEING THE PRIMARY THREAT.

A MORE POTENT SEVERE WEATHER THREAT IS STILL EXPECTED TO REDEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AFTER THE INITIAL MORNING 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 AIR RETURNS TO THE AREA…THE ATMOSPHERE WILL BE STRONGLY UNSTABLE…THIS ALONG WITH VERY STRONG WIND SHEAR WILL COMBINE TO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER…INCLUDING VERY LARGE HAIL…DAMAGING WINDS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR STRONG TORNADOES.

7AM Newscast 04-14-2012

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Investigation into drug activities nets 2 arrests in Mongtomery County

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April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report two Red Oak men have been arrested on drug charges, following the execution of search warrants at two locations in the community.The searches were the result of a two-month investigation into the alleged activities of 47-year old Dean Glen Heideman, and 55-year old Charles William Taylor, both of Red Oak.  A search residences located in the 200 block of North 7th Street, and the 2400 block of North 8th Street, resulted in the recovery of illegal drugs, and items related to the sale of illegal drugs, as well as firearms.

Heideman was charged with three counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine. Taylor was charged with three counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, and one count of delivery of marijuana. Both men are being held at the Montgomery County Jail on $50,000 bond each.