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TORNADO WATCH for parts of sw/western IA

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May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson





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


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.

Atlantic Board of Adjustment to meet Mon. morning


May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Board of Adjustment is set to meet early Monday morning, in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall. On the agenda for the 7:30-a.m. session, are two public hearings. The first is with regard to a variance application by Greg and Debra Williams at 6 East 12th Street in Atlantic. If approved, the variance would allow for a residential home addition on a lot defined as non-conforming in the Zoning Ordinance. The site of the addition is 6 East 12th Street.

The second public hearing is with regard to the same property and property owners, who are requesting a variance that would allow for an addition to a principal residential property not conforming to yard requirements as set forth in the Zoning Ordinance.

In other business, the Board of Adjustment will welcome and introduce Dick Scybert to the Board, and take nominations for Chair and Vice-Chair, prior to action of the election of persons to those positions. The Board will also act to clarify an ordinance concerning uses permitted and prohibited in Article 19 “Home Occupations,” of the City of Atlantic Zoning Ordinance.

Outbreak of severe weather expected today

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May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Forecasters are warning residents of Iowa and nearby states to stay alert to the likelihood of an explosive outbreak of severe weather today. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 10-a.m. for Fremont, Mills and Pottawattamie County. National Weather Service Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik, in Johnston, told KJAN News people need to be ready to react quickly, especially if you are planning to be outdoors. Severe storms popped-up early this morning in southeast Nebraska, and were moving toward western Iowa.

Podrazik says there will essentially be two rounds of storms today. The first round will move through this morning, bringing with it the possibility of large hail and heavy rain. After those storms move northeast and clear out by mid-day, that will allow the atmosphere to become even more unstable and set the stage for severe weather this afternoon and tonight. Podrazik says they’re expecting Super Cell tornadoes and large hail. The potential exists for large, long-tracking tornadoes with this event, which forecasters began warning about early Saturday morning.

He says while it’s hard to tell how bad the tornadoes might rate on the “Enhanced Fujita Scale”until after the damage is done, the experts have an idea of what we might expect. Podrazik says the Severe Storms Prediction Center in Norman, OK., does have a “10-percent ‘hatched’ area across much of central and southwest Iowa.” That means there’s a 10-percent chance of an EF-2 to EF-5 tornado within 25 miles of a certain point. An EF-2 consists of 111-to 135-mile per hour winds and causes considerable damage. An EF-5 packs winds of up to 200-miles per hour and cause “Incredible damage.”

He says that while 10% may not seem like a high probability, climatologically speaking, it’s a pretty good chance for Iowa. Podrazik says residents need to stay close to their NOAA Weather Radio, tune-in area TV and/or Radio stations, and be prepared to act if the sirens sound in their community. Other ways to follow the storm watches and warnings are on social media, including Facebook and Twitter, and at www.weather.gov/desmoines.

If severe weather strikes, get to the lowest level of your home or business, underneath a staircase or heavy-duty table. If that’s not available, go to an interior room in the building without windows, get as low as possible and cover yourself with blankets. Opening the windows during a tornado WILL NOT matter as far as equalizing pressure in the home and trying to prevent damage. Seeking shelter should be your first and only priority.

Drug and alcohol-related arrests in Montgomery County


May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report two arrests early this (Sunday) morning. Just before 3-a.m., Joshua Allen Mills, of Red Oak, was stopped in the 200 block of Nuckols Street in Red Oak. Mills was charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia, and then released.

And, at around 3:15-a.m., deputies called to investigate a report of a subject walking along Highway 48 south of Red Oak, arrested Keaton Athur Dyche, of Shenandoah. Dyche was taken into custody for Public Intoxication. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond.

Home Base Iowa bill meant to make Iowa competitive


May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At the urging of Gov. Terry Branstad, lawmakers approved a bill last session aimed at making Iowa more attractive to military veterans and help them find jobs. The bill, called Home Base Iowa, exempts federal retirement pay from state income taxes and makes it easier to obtain licenses for civilian jobs based on military training. Branstad says he hopes to sign the bill on Memorial Day at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

The Home Base Iowa bill is expected to exempt taxes for 7,765 current Iowans receiving military retirement income. The state is expected to lose about $9 million a year in revenue to the general fund. The National Conference of State Legislatures says Iowa is among dozens of states approving measures aimed at helping veterans.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., May 11th 2014


May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) — A memorial service has been set for a Grimes man fatally shot on Thursday. A memorial service will be held Monday for Justin Clay Michael at Convenant Presbyterian Church in West Des Moines. The 30-year-old Michael was found mortally wounded in a Grimes home Thursday afternoon.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man charged with felony sexual assault has been found guilty of a reduced count of misdemeanor sexual assault. A jury on Thursday found 24-year-old Stefan Todorovich guilty of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Prosecutors say the 44-year-old victim reported the assault last June, saying Todorovich — her co-worker — had held her down at a friend’s house and sexually assaulted her.

SAGEVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Nearly three years after floodwaters swamped their homes, residents of Valley Hill Trailer Park have received federal flood aid, and demolition of homes is set to begin soon. Mobile home owners were reimbursed this spring for each trailer’s pre-flood value, which averaged $15,000 per trailer. That’s in addition to up to $22,500 in relocation assistance.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa police are investigating after finding a Herky statue vandalized Friday. The “Reflections of U” Herky had its fiberglass legs shattered below the knees, leaving only steel rebar attaching the statue to its one-ton concrete base on the north end of the school’s Pentacrest. Herky, the hawk, is the mascot of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

(Update 5-a.m.) 2 adults & 1 child injured, baby dies in Bluffs house fire


May 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three people were critically injured and a five-month old girl died during a house fire Saturday night, in Council Bluffs. According to Council Bluffs Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Dave Dawson, firefighters and police were called to 747 Mill Street at around 7:55-p.m., for a working house fire. The fire had originally been called-in by two neighbors, who also attempted to get the victims out of the home, but were unsuccessful.

Firefighters entered the home and found four bodies inside. Six-month old Mayci J. Colburn-Lerette, was found dead in the living room. The remaining victims, identified as three-year old Gerad D. Lerette30-year old Jeremiah D. Lerette, and 70-year old Terese M. Lerette, all of Council Bluffs, were found in various rooms inside the home.

They two adults and child were initially transported to Creighton University Hospital for treatment. They were later transferred to St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE, where they were last listed in critical condition.

The Council Bluffs fire marshal and Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the incident.

Storm report (5/10/14) – will be updated as reports are available

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May 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

4:21-p.m. 1-inch diameter hail (quarter-size) 3 miles north of Greenfield in Adair County. (Adair County Emergency Management report)

3:37-p.m. 1-inch diameter hail 1 mile northwest of Gravity, in Taylor County. (Trained spotter)

3:22-p.m. Marble-sized hail in Atlantic (.50″) on 17th Street and near Redwood Drive (southeast part of town). Report from Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees and KJAN GM Jim Field. Earlier report of pea-sized hail on the south side of town.   (Rainfall at KJAN .09″)