Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Adams/Ringgold/Taylor/Union Counties

Weather

August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

114 AM CDT WED AUG 7 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
ADAMS COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…
NORTHWESTERN RINGGOLD COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA…
NORTHEASTERN TAYLOR COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…
SOUTHWESTERN UNION COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA…

* UNTIL 200 AM CDT

* AT 110 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHEAST
OF CORNING…AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD…PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED. ONE AND A HALF INCH HAIL WAS REPORTED
AT 110 AM 11 MILES NORTHEAST OF CORNING.

IMPACT…PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT HAIL
DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EXPECT
WIND DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CRESTON…LENOX…PRESCOTT…CROMWELL…KENT…CRESTON AIRPORT…
CLEARFIELD…ARISPE…SHANNON CITY AND DIAGONAL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Cass/Adair/Adams Counties

Weather

August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

1243 AM CDT WED AUG 7 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  SOUTHWESTERN ADAIR COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA...
  ADAMS COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA...
  SOUTHEASTERN CASS COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA...

* UNTIL 115 AM CDT

* AT 1242 AM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 9 MILES NORTH OF
  CORNING...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

  HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

  IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
           ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  CORNING...CARBON AND PRESCOTT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch until Midnight for the KJAN listening area

Weather

August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

THE SEVERE STORMS PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN, OK., AT 6:55-P.M, HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH #476, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

COUNTIES INCLUDED IN THE WATCH: ADAIR ADAMS AUDUBON CASS DALLAS FREMONT GUTHRIE HARRISON MADISON MILLS MONTGOMERY PAGE POTTAWATTAMIE RINGGOLD SHELBY TAYLOR UNION IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA.

PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…

SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE. SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 45 STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 10 MILES SOUTH OF COLUMBUS NEBRASKA TO 35 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF BURLINGTON IOWA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

Atlantic City Council to hear abatement request from Cass County Fair Board

News

August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council is expected to hear a request during its meeting Wednesday evening, for the abatement of the fee for a building permit pertaining to the Cass County Fairgrounds. The Cass County Ag and Ed. Association, commonly referred to as the “Fair Board,” is asking the City of waive the building permit fee of just under $3,100, for the construction of a Cattle Barn on the Fairgrounds.

Cass Co. Fair Cattle Barn schematic

Cass Co. Fair Cattle Barn schematic

Zoning Administrator John Lund, will not be present to explain why he feels the fee was exorbitant for what he calls a “Glorified carport,” but City Administrator Doug Harris will speak on his behalf. City Attorney Dave Weiderstein has also indicated he has similar thoughts on the matter. Doug Harris says while Lund has reservations on a complete abatement of the fee due to precedent and fairness (as no entity is exempt from building permit fees outside of the City itself and AMU/Utility companies for basic infrastructure), he has sympathy for an entity that exists purely on donations, and provides an educational and enjoyable experience for all Cass County residents and visitors while remaining free to the public.

The Cattle Barn building is funded through donations from both individuals and businesses around Cass County. Construction on the 86-foot wide, 120-fott long all steel, clear-span structure is expected to begin within about  30-days. It will have open sides, with steel sliding doors on the ends and a dirt floor. The building is expected to cost nearly $84,300.

Regardless of the Council’s decision on approving abatement of the fee request, Lund has indicated he will likely present the matter before the Finance and Personnel Committee, so they can determine if the ordinance Lund must follow is flawed, and ways in which they can be improved to reflect a fair and logical pricing system for everyone.

Ft. Calhoun nuke station exercise & public meetings postponed TFN

News

August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region VII office announced today (Tuesday) that the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station public meeting and emergency response exercise, scheduled to take place this week near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska has been postponed until further notice. High wind speeds reaching approximately 90 mph were reported during a severe thunderstorm this morning, and power was lost. The power has since been restored and there are no safety concerns.REPP Logo

The states of Nebraska and Iowa along with Washington County in Nebraska and Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties in Iowa will work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), FEMA and the Omaha Public Power District to reschedule the exercise for a future date to be determined. The exercise is a biennial requirement to determine the adequacy of the state and local radiological emergency preparedness and response plans. It tests the abilities of the state, the utility company, and participating counties to protect the health and safety of the public living and working in the vicinity of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station.

The exercise requires the activation of emergency facilities operated by state, county and local units of government, all of which generating response activities that are evaluated by the FEMA Region VII Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program. Concurrently, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station on-site performance is evaluated by officials from the NRC.

Members of the public will be informed when the exercise and the public meeting outlining the full-scale response exercise process, has been rescheduled.

Tony Stewart has surgery following Iowa crash

Sports

August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair the broken right tibia and fibula suffered in a sprint car race in Iowa. Stewart will need a second surgery and remains hospitalized. There was no timetable for his return. Stewart-Haas racing named Max Papis as the substitute driver in the No. 14 for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Watkins Glen. Papis has made 35 career Sprint Cup starts.

Stewart was leading the 30-lap feature in a 360 winged sprint car with five laps remaining when a lapped car spun in Turn 4 and collected Stewart and two others. The sprint car accident Monday night came a day after Stewart finished ninth in the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. He’s 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with five races to go until the Chase for the championship field is set.

Harlan Arrest Report

News

August 6th, 2013 by admin

The Harlan Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year old Ian Leib of Harlan on July 30th. Officers were called to the 300 block of Market Street for an intoxicated person that would not leave an open garage. Leib was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Trespassing and Intoxication in public, which were enhanced due to four prior convictions.

Also on July 30th, the Harlan P-D took a report of a Troy Built weed eater that had been stolen from Renee Parrot of Harlan in the 1800 block of 7th Street. Police are following leads and the case remains under investigation.

On August 4th, Dillon Wells of Harlan reported that his 16 GB iPod had been stolen from Burger King, his place of employment. This case remains under investigation.

Central/Western IA Hazardous Weather Outlook

Weather

August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Source: NWS/Des Moines) Counties in IA: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

TODAY (TUESDAY): THUNDERSTORM CHANCES WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA FROM WEST TO EAST BY MID TO LATE AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT. THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE STORMS…WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS THE MAIN THREATS. AN ISOLATED TORNADO WILL BE POSSIBLE NORTH OF HIGHWAY 30. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THE STRONGEST STORMS.

ADDITIONAL THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80. THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER IS LOW AT THIS TIME.

SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE NEEDED THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT.

Western IA Hazardous Weather Outlook: Tue. 8/6/13)

Weather

August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Source: NWS/Valley, NE) IA Counties: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PARTS OF EASTERN NEBRASKA
AND WESTERN IOWA….

THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT:  ALTHOUGH THERE IS A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON…MORNING CONVECTION HAD PUSHED AN OUTFLOW BOUNDARY THROUGH SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA AND CREATED  SOME STABILIZATION OF THE ATMOSPHERE. HOWEVER…HEATING THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON COMBINED WITH A COLD FRONT PUSHING INTO NORTHEAST NEBRASKA WILL LIKELY BRING NEW DEVELOPMENT…ESPECIALLY BY LATE AFTERNOON IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA.

THESE THUNDERSTORMS COULD BECOME SEVERE WITH THE AMOUNT OF SHEAR EXPECTED AND FORECAST INSTABILITY…WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS POSSIBLE. A FEWOF THE STORMS COULD ALSO DROP HEAVY RAIN. THE ACTIVITY WOULD LIKELY BUILD AND DEVELOP SOUTHEAST ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA THROUGH THIS EVENING.

STORM SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE REQUIRED LATER TODAY…ESPECIALLY
FROM LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING.

Atlantic man arrested on drug warrant

News

August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report the arrest on Monday of 42-year old Scott Haupert. The Atlantic man was taken into custody on a Cass County warrant for a Controlled Substance Violation. Haupert was booked into the Cass County Jail.