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News 96.5 WDBO - 2017 Hurricane Guide

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  • Tropical Storm Cindy is meandering over the central Gulf of Mexico, and forecasters warn that it's dumping heavy rains that could trigger life-threatening flash floods.  The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Cindy was located at about 280 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana at 5 p.m. Eastern. Its maximum sustained winds were clocked at 45 mph and the storm has been nearly stationary in recent hours.  Forecasts say the storm could produce overall rainfall of 6-9 inches  with isolated amounts of up to 12 inches in spots in southeastern Louisiana and southern parts of Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday. Escambia County Emergency Management Director John Dosh said road crews are clearing storm drains ahead of the anticipated downpour. He is hoping Cindy moves further west as it approaches, which would improve the forecast for the Florida Panhandle. “Anything west is a good thing for us,” he stated.  The Associated Press contributed to this story
  • Red flags fly at the beaches of Escambia County today as a large Tropical Storm Cindy begins to makes itself known to the Gulf Coast communities from Florida to Texas. Police say flooding already is being reported on Dauphin Island south of Mobile, Alabama. The main road leading to the island's narrow western end is partially covered with water, and the city is moving vehicles and equipment to higher ground. Bands of heavy rain are coming through as far east as the Florida Panhandle. “We are monitoring both rivers that border our county to make sure we aren’t having issues there,” said Escambia County Emergency Manager John Dosh. He said their ground is already saturated from recent rain and it’s not clear what an additional 4 to 8 inches of precipitation might do.  “We’ve got our road department and street crews out to make sure all the drainage is clear, if we do have some downpours,” he added. The National Weather Service in Miami says the storm is centered about 265 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana - or about 355 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. Cindy has top sustained winds of 45 mph  and the storm is presently stationary in the Gulf. The Associated Press contributed to this story  
  • Residents from the Southeast Texas coast to the Florida Panhandle need to pay attention to a massive, but still unorganized tropical system moving into the Gulf of Mexico. It has an 80% chance of developing in 48 hours and could be a threat later in the week. In their 2 p.m. advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters reported that the storm is generating heavy rain across Florida and the Keys.  A hurricane hunter plane was scheduled to fly into the storm today and could report whether it has organized.
  • Residents in parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa were cleaning up Saturday after severe thunderstorms — some producing hurricane-force winds — shattered homes, tore down trees and left thousands without power. The National Weather Service in Valley, just west of Omaha, said storms Friday night blasted Omaha and surrounding areas with heavy rain, hail and wind gusts of nearly 90 mph. The service has not confirmed any tornadoes with the storm, but has sent investigators to northeastern Nebraska and Bellevue, just south of Omaha, where the most damage was reported. No serious injuries were reported as of Saturday morning. 'Our office here in Valley recorded a gust up to 88 mph. That's hurricane force,' said Weather Service meteorologist David Pearson. 'We have unconfirmed reports of winds much higher. A lot of people with backyard equipment have reported winds around 100 mph.' Hurricane-force winds are those that exceed 74 mph. Even sustained winds were high, registering around 60-70 mph, Pearson said. Some homes in Bellevue were torn apart, and Offutt Air Force Base just south of the city requested that only essential personnel report to the base on Saturday as crews worked to clean up damaged homes and downed trees. Omaha Public Power District, which serves Omaha and surrounding cities, reported more than 60,000 customers without power at the height of the storms. By midmorning Saturday, around 45,000 remained without power. Some smaller communities, like Louisville southwest of Omaha, were completely without power overnight. MidAmerican Energy said more than 2,000 customers were still without power in Council Bluffs, Iowa, by midmorning Saturday. Many roads in Cass County and streets in the city of Plattsmouth, south of Omaha, were impassable because of downed trees and power poles. The American Red Cross opened a shelter in the high school at Plattsmouth for families affected in southeastern Nebraska. South of Lincoln, Beatrice saw damage to buildings on its west side. Radio station KWBE reported that the Homestead National Monument of America suffered damage to its education center grounds, with several large trees snapped and a radio tower bent over the top of one of the center's buildings. The storm also forced the cancellation of the opening ceremonies Friday night of the College World Series in downtown Omaha. A chance of scattered thunderstorms in the region was possible Saturday, Pearson said, but a respite from severe weather will be seen for at least the next week, which is expected to produce only sunny skies.

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  • Police in Georgia are hoping surveillance video that captured a violent attack will help them find the people responsible. Video shows a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter being beaten by two customers Thursday afternoon in Baxley, Georgia. >> Read more trending news The victims told police the suspects were unhappy with their order. The verbal argument turned violent when one of the suspects began punching the restaurant owner repeatedly. When the victim’s teenage daughter came out of the car to break up the fight, the male suspect punched her in the face. WJCL reported that Baxley police have issued warrants for the suspects, Nathaniel Smith and Latasha Smith. The pair could be charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children. The suspects drove away from the restaurant in a cream or tan Cadillac Escalade with tag number REU8495. Officials said they headed north on Highway 144. Anyone with any information about the assault is asked to call the Baxley Police Department at 912-367-8305 or the 911 call center at 912-367-8111.
  • A dive team is searching a ditch along I-4 from which Orlando firefighters removed a car early Saturday, police said. A car flipped into the ditch near the Kirkman Road exit. Emergency services responded to the car around 8:15 a.m. App users click here to see the video. 
  • The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small plane crash that occurred Saturday morning near Fort Meyers, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said the plane crashed into an unoccupied day care building. >> Read more trending news One person died in the crash while another was taken to the hospital. The survivor’s condition has not been released.
  • A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested after he was accused of stealing money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida, Orlando police said. >> Read more trending news Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, was arrested Thursday night. Passenger Kathleen Duddleston entered the TSA checkpoint and was stopped for additional screening, police said. While she was patted down, Duddleston told TSA security officer Michelle Metz that she couldn’t see her luggage, so Metz moved her closer. Duddleston complained again that she couldn’t see her bag, and Johnson moved slightly. After the pat down, Duddleston reached for her bag and could not find her money, police said. She said she noticed a bulge in Johnson’s left front shirt pocket. Duddleston asked Johnson if that was her money, and he said he got the money from the bank, police said. The woman complained to Metz that she believed Johnson stole money from her. Metz contacted her supervisor. Duddleston has been charged with third-degree grand theft. TSA said in a statement to WFTV: TSA has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. The TSA immediately reported the allegation to OPD and we aggressively investigated the incident with our law enforcement partner. TSA officers represent a professional and honorable workforce that is trained to treat passengers and their personal belongings with care and respect. No exceptions will be tolerated. We immediately ended the federal career of this individual.
  • A scare happened at a Leominster, Massachusetts, supermarket after a 4-day-old newborn was left locked inside of a hot car while her mother was inside shopping. >> Read more trending news Mother Sharma Murphy said that on her way to Market Basket supermarket on Friday, she stopped by the fire house to make sure her baby’s car seat was properly installed. Less than an hour later, those firefighters helped rescue her 4-day-old baby, who was locked in her hot car. A shopper called Leominster police after spotting a newborn alone inside a car. It was Sharma Murphy's silver Chevy Malibu. >> A reminder of hot car dangers as temperatures climb Murphy said she was out for the first time with her newborn daughter, 4-day-old Katherine, and was nervous. “I went, I bought it. Came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me. Screaming at me,” said Murphy. Murphy said she brought her newborn inside with her to Market Basket and then returned to the car when Katherine fell asleep. She said that she ran back inside for two or three minutes to buy some baby formula. “I went (in and) I bought it,” Murphy said. “(I) came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me.” Related: Two toddlers dead after 15 hours in hot car, police say Police said the windows were rolled up. “I believe she locked her keys in the car because they had to use the jimmy to get the baby out,” witness John Casey told WFXT. According to WFXT meteorologists, the outside temperature was 84 degrees at the time. Murphy said she didn’t want to wake her newborn. “I thought, ‘OK, if I run in and run out...’ It was one of those things where she's gotta eat because I have nothing left for her and that's when everything happened and I'm like, oh my God,” Murphy said. Katherine was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Her mother said he is fine. The baby is currently in custody of DCF. No charges have been filed.