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Survey shows Iowa hail claims cost one insurer $132M in 2017

News, Weather

May 28th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Iowa has fallen from the 9th to the 12th most expensive state for hail damage, according to an annual survey from the state’s largest home and auto insurer. Andrew Peschong, a State Farm agent based in the Des Moines area, says Colorado, Texas and Illinois had the worst hail damage last year, but it shifts around, depending on where the most severe weather strikes. “In 2017, we had $132-million in hail claims alone with State Farm just in Iowa,” Peschong says. “In 2018, that number went down to $57-million, so while there still was quite a few hail events in Iowa in 2018, it was down from the previous year.”

Last year, Iowa customers reported nearly six-thousand hail claims, with the average homeowner claim topping 13-thousand dollars and more than 34-hundred dollars for cars. It may not seem like hail storms hit Iowa that frequently, but Peschong notes, they don’t have to last long to do a lot of damage. “All it takes is 10 seconds or 20 seconds worth of hail falling and you have a large percentage of a certain neighborhood that will all have claims,” Peschong says.

While nothing can be done to prevent a hail storm, you can prevent problems associated with them by doing some good tree pruning every year. Also, when building or remodeling, he suggests you consider your roofing carefully.  “If you’re going to get an impact-resistant roof or an impact-resistant shingle, you will pay a little more for it,” Peschong says, “but on the back end, it will really help a lot when you come into a hail storm, preventing that damage.”

He also advises clients to do a home inventory by taking pictures or video and store that inventory digitally. In addition, he says to talk to your agent and ask about your coverage and deductible.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Tuesday, May 28

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 28th, 2019 by Chris Parks

  • KJAN, Atlantic  1.78″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  1.33″
  • Massena  .58″
  • Avoca  1.3″
  • Neola  1.1″
  • Audubon  .55″
  • Corning  .56″
  • Bedford  1.7″
  • Oakland  1″
  • Underwood  1.04″
  • Irwin  .4″
  • Missouri Valley  .66″
  • Logan  .47″
  • Denison  .38″
  • Carroll  .4″

Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11-a.m. for Cass & area Counties

Weather

May 28th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

610 AM CDT TUE MAY 28 2019

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 271 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 AM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS… IOWA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ADAIR ADAMS CASS DALLAS GUTHRIE MADISON RINGGOLD TAYLOR UNION

Morning deluge leads to flash flooding in Lincoln, Omaha

News, Weather

May 28th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Areas around Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue and other cities in eastern Nebraska are under a flash flood warning after torrential rains early Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued the warning for parts of Lancaster, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties. The alert also covers a western portion of Pottawattamie County, including Council Bluffs, across the Missouri River in Iowa.

The weather service says up to 2 inches of rain had fallen on those areas overnight — most of it since 4 a.m. Tuesday. Several low-lying traffic lanes in midtown and downtown Omaha were covered with water before 5 a.m. The weather service says flooding in those areas could worsen, as more rain is expected in the region throughout the day.

Skyscan Weather Forecast for Atlantic & the area, 5/28/2019

Weather

May 28th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: **FLASH FLOOD WATCH until 7-a.m. Wednesday.**Mo. Cldy w/showers & thunderstorms. Some may be severe & with heavy rain. High near 70.E @ 10-15.

Tonight: P/Cldy to Cloudy w/showers & thunderstorms. Some may be severe. Heavy rain possible. Low 58. E @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High 78. SE @ 10-15.

Thursday: P/Cldy w/isolated showers & tstrms. High around 76.

Friday: P/Cldy. High around 80.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 79. Our Low this morning 52. Rainfall in Atlantic as of 7-a.m.= 1.78″ (24-hour total) Last year on this date our High was 97 and the Low was 66. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 97 in 2018. The Record Low was 29 in 1894.

Flash Flood Watch for Cass & area Counties (5/28)

Weather

May 28th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

345 AM CDT Tue May 28 2019…Area Counties: Audubon-Guthrie-Dallas-Cass-Adair-Madison…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH 7-A.M. WEDNESDAY…

Area Counties: Adams-Union-Taylor-Ringgold..FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT NOW THROUGH 7-A.M. WEDNESDAY.

Pottawattamie-Mills-Montgomery-Fremont-Page Counties: FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 4-A.M. TODAY UNTIL 7-A.M. WEDNESDAY.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of south central Iowa, southeast Iowa, and southwest Iowa, Through Wednesday morning

* Multiple rounds of thunderstorms and locally heavy rain could produce potentially significant flash flooding today through tonight.

* Rapid rises on streams, inundation of low lying areas and roads, and dangerous impacts to travel are all possible through tonight.

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.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Monday: Memorial Day, May 27, 2019

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May 27th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: **FLASH FLOOD WATCH until 10-a.m.**Mo. Cldy w/showers & thunderstorms this morning. Some may be severe. Partly cloudy this afternoon. High near 80. S @ 10-20.

Tonight: P/Cldy to Cloudy w/showers & thunderstorms. Low 60. N @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High 72. E @ 10-15.

Wednesday: Mo. Cldy w/scattered showers & tstrms. High around 80.

Thursday: Mo. Cldy w/scattered shwrs. High 77.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 79. Our Low was 57. We received .31″ rain overnight thru 6-a.m. today (Monday). Last year on this date our High was 100 and the Low was 61. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 100 in 2018. The Record Low was 31 in 1907.

Be Weather Aware this week! Large dangerous storms possible

News, Weather

May 26th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service reports strong to severe storms are looking increasingly possible both Monday afternoon/evening and Tuesday afternoon/evening. For both days, all modes of severe weather appear to be possible- including tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, along heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding concerns.

In particular, at this time, Tuesday’s severe weather may be significant. There may be supercells that spawn tornadoes and very large hail. Please monitor the weather forecasts closely, especially if you have outdoor plans Monday afternoon-evening and/or Tuesday afternoon-evening.

NWS forecast for Atlantic & the area: 5/26/2019

Weather

May 26th, 2019 by Chris Parks

Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind around 8 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11pm. Low around 63. East southeast wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Memorial Day: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1pm. High near 80. Breezy, with a southeast wind 13 to 16 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind 7 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 81. Our Low was 57. As of 6-a.m. Today, we had received .28” of rain here at KJAN. Last year on this date our High was 100 and the Low was 61. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 100 in 2018. The Record Low was 30 in 1901.

Skyscan Forecast 05/25/2019

Podcasts, Weather

May 25th, 2019 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast  Saturday, May 25, 2019  Dan Hicks

Today: Patchy fog early then partly cloudy to cloudy. A few scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. SW-NW @ 10-15. High 78.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Variable winds around 5. Low 61.

Sunday: Partly cloudy to cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms early and then again later in the day. SE @ 10. High 78.

Memorial Day: Mostly cloudy in the morning with showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 80.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 77.