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Storms pack hail, rain, wind leave power outages

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October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Strong thunderstorms moving through Iowa are leaving tree branches scattered and in some locations breaking through power lines causing outages.  MidAmerican Energy reports 1,640 customers without power with most of them located in the Des Moines area but dozens in Council Bluffs and Sioux City.  Alliant Energy says it has 350 customers out mostly around Boone.  No injuries have been reported.

The storms packed winds estimated at 70 miles per hour as they moved through central Iowa. Tree branches as large as 7 inches in diameter were knocked from trees. Hail at least  3/4 of an inch around was reported in some locations. Storms moved quickly across the state but a strong system with the potential for high wind and possible tornado activity will arrive Friday afternoon and evening.

9AM Newscast 10-04-2013

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October 4th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic Ambassadors welcome new business to town

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October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber Ambassadors recently welcomed a new business, the Atlantic Collision Center, with a ribbon cutting at their location at 108 Cedar Street.

Pictured are Gerald Brink, Erika Govig, Connie Wailes, Nedra Perry, Becky Mosier, Kathie Hockenberry, Sue Muri, Janet Cappel, Pam Towne (and granddaughter Oakley), Doug Towne, Joanne Mueller, JoAnn Runyan, Dolly Bergmann, Kristi Ladd, Chris Neal, Jay Mendlik, Bill Saluk, Loran Coder, Lucas Mosier, Cindy Humphrey, Karl Aldag, Rich Perry, Diane Harris, Tyler Mosier, Tammy Waters, Carole Schuler, Keith Leonard, Arlene Drennan, Steve Andersen and Jeff Nelson. (Chamber photo)

Pictured are Gerald Brink, Erika Govig, Connie Wailes, Nedra Perry, Becky Mosier, Kathie Hockenberry, Sue Muri, Janet Cappel, Pam Towne (and granddaughter Oakley), Doug Towne, Joanne Mueller, JoAnn Runyan, Dolly Bergmann, Kristi Ladd, Chris Neal, Jay Mendlik, Bill Saluk, Loran Coder, Lucas Mosier, Cindy Humphrey, Karl Aldag, Rich Perry, Diane Harris, Tyler Mosier, Tammy Waters, Carole Schuler, Keith Leonard, Arlene Drennan, Steve Andersen and Jeff Nelson. (Chamber photo)

Owners Doug and Pam Towne opened the beginning of August and specialize in auto body collision repair and restoration on a variety of vehicles including cars, trucks, golf carts, motorcycles and tractors with 25 years of experience. They are PPG certified and also work with all insurance companies.

7AM Newscast 10-04-2013

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October 4th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Red Oak man charged with OWI & open container

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October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a local man was arrested Thursday night on alcohol and other charges. 41-year-old Michael Scott Jones, of Red Oak, faces 2nd offense OWI and open container of alcohol charges, along with being cited for failure to display a registration plate and no proof of insurance.

Jones was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Severe weather possible again today (Friday)

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October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says a moderate risk for severe weather is in place across northern Iowa this afternoon and evening while a slight risk encompasses much of the remainder of the state. Scattered thunderstorms will linger across the area this morning. An isolated severe storm with quarter sized hail and 60 mph winds are possible with this activity. A line of strong to severe storms is expected to develop over western Iowa by this afternoon.

(Graphic) - NWS Severe Weather potential.

(Graphic) – NWS Severe Weather potential.

That activity will race northeast and into the area from late afternoon through mid-evening. Very large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are likely, especially over the moderate risk region. A few severe storms with a heightened risk for damaging winds are likely over central and northern Iowa along with an attendant large hail and isolated tornado threat. This could become a potentially dangerous situation.

Be prepared to take appropriate actions if severe weather approaches your location. The storms will begin to weaken after midnight. By Saturday, a strong cold front will be passing through the area, ushering in much colder temperatures. Thunderstorm chances will pass to the east with dry and windy conditions in place by the afternoon.

Strong storms cause tree damage/power outages in Adair & Guthrie Counties

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October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Strong storms that rolled through western Iowa overnight Thursday into early this (Friday) morning, caused damage to trees in Adair and Guthrie Counties. The National Weather Service says Emergency Management officials for the two counties reported that between 1:30-and 1:35-a.m., numerous tree branches ranging from four- to 6-inches in diameter fell in Adair and Guthrie Center, and there were scattered power outages affecting parts of both towns.

Additional damage reports may be forthcoming, once officials get a better look, after sunrise. The Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the KJAN listening area at around 8:20-p.m., Thursday. A portion of the Watch area in far west/southwest Iowa was replaced by a Tornado Watch about an hour later.  The first severe thunderstorm warnings issued for southwest Iowa came in at around 11:45-p.m., and it affected Mills County. Additional warnings were issued throughout the night, for Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Guthrie and Adair Counties.

Johnny Carson’s birthplace reopening to visitors

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October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CORNING, Iowa (AP) — Famed late-night TV host Johnny Carson’s birthplace in the southwest Iowa city of Corning will reopen later this month. The Des Moines Register reports the tiny house will reopen for visitors Oct. 23, the day Carson was born in Corning in 1925. The house has been closed during a restoration effort to return the house to its 1925 appearance.

Carson lived in Corning and other southwest Iowa cities before moving to Norfolk, Neb., at age 8. He hosted “The Tonight Show” on NBC for three decades. He died in 2005 at age 79.

Bond set for Pott. Co. man who allegedly robbed an Omaha bank

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October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Omaha World-Herald reports bond was set Thursday at $250,000 for a western Iowa man accused of robbing an Omaha bank earlier this week. A judge ordered 51-year old Scott Prine, of Council Bluffs, to pay at least 10-percent, or $25,000 in order to be released from jail.

Prosecutors said Prine robbed the bank at 4425 Center St. about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. They say he walked into the bank, showed a handgun and got away with $3,400 cash. Prine turned himself in at Central Police Headquarters in Omaha, early Wednesday morning.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Oct. 4th 2013

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October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An unusual strong storm front is threatening the Midwest from the central Plains to the Mississippi Valley over the next several days. National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Gregory Carbin says about one-third of Iowa and parts of southern Minnesota have a 45 percent chance of severe storms. Parts of Nebraska, Missouri and Wisconsin are also on the storm front’s path.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans wanting to get signed up for health care insurance under the nation’s historic health care overhaul aren’t deterred by a third day of technical glitches with the federal government’s computer system. At Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines 12 certified financial counselors have been helping applicants attempting to get signed up for insurance. Betty Spratt the financial counselor supervisor says 128 people sought assistance Tuesday and 123 on Wednesday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A coalition of advocacy groups is defending its decision to exclude Des Moines police from interviews with the public aimed at documenting cases of alleged racial profiling. Ben Stone, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, says police presence at the upcoming clinics could deter and intimidate people from sharing their experiences.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Case McCoy scored on a 1-yard plunge with 51 seconds left and Texas rallied to win at Iowa State 31-30 last night. Sam Richardson had 262 yards passing and Aaron Wimberly had 117 yards rushing and a touchdown for Iowa State in Ames.