Severe storms threaten Midwest, Ohio Valley over weekend

first_imgiStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The Father’s Day weekend will be a wet one for a large portion of the eastern half of the country.The radar on Saturday morning shows a couple areas of storms from the Plains through the Midwest and into parts of the interior Northeast. Storms are occasionally turning severe in parts of Kansas and northern Oklahoma, where wind gusts over 60 mph, along with some hail, will remain.The storms are primarily being driven by disturbances slowly moving northeast across the central U.S. this weekend. The first round of severe weather Saturday mainly exists across parts of the Midwest from Kansas to Indiana.Then, later in the day, as another disturbance forms in the southern High Plains, more storms will form across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle, as well as extreme southern Kansas. In all cases, the main threat for severe weather will include damaging winds and large hail. Brief tornadoes are possible across parts of the Midwest, but remain fairly unlikely.Storms developing across the interior Northeast are unlikely to be severe, but some of the storms could produce an occasional strong wind gust.On Sunday, the severe threat will slide into parts of central Oklahoma and northern Texas, including Oklahoma City and Texas (Wichita Falls and Abilene). Once again, the main threat will be damaging winds and large hail. Brief tornadoes are possible, but remain fairly unlikely.The disturbances that are forming in this region of the country are due to cooler and drier Canadian air clashing with the warmer Gulf moisture in the central and eastern U.S. Stubborn high pressure is steering these storms from Texas to Maine through the next several days.Unfortunately, this weather pattern will result in rounds of storms across the Plains and Midwest. Due to the slow-moving nature of the pattern for a few days, there is increasing potential for flash flooding. The first area of concern will be along Interstate 40 from Missouri to Pennsylvania, including areas like Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio. Locally, over 4 inches of rain are possible through the weekend.Then, rounds of storms will move across parts of the southern U.S., including areas of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, beginning on Sunday and lasting into part of next week.Parts of the South, especially Oklahoma and Arkansas, have had a very challenging spring so far. Little Rock, Arkansas, for example, has received 11.42 inches more rain than average so far in 2019. Tulsa, Oklahoma, also has received over 11 inches of rain more than average. Many waterways in parts of this region have just receded from the flood stage due to the very wet spring in the last week.Given that, the ground remains quite saturated and with more copious amounts of rain headed for the area, flooding looks to remain a concern for the region.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Washington Mudslide Victims to Get Help from Papa John’s Local Franchises

first_imgFacebook216Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Papa John’sPapa John’s Pizza announced recently that profits from all sales on Thursday, April 3th will be donated to the families of the Oso, Washington Mudslide victims.”Being locally owned and operated we knew we needed to reach out and help our community. We own a store in Marysville which is very close to Oso so we are currently donating pizzas daily to the families as well as the search & rescue personnel,” said Diane Kaelin, a local Papa John’s Franchisee.Al Randazzo, Papa Johns Franchise Business Director for the Western US says, “The loss these families are experiencing is devastating. Our gratitude, respect and admiration to all of the rescue workers and to the help the Salvation Army is providing.  We are happy to be able to provide this kind of support with our sincerest sympathies to all the families.”All 40 Western Washington locations will partner with three Spokane and three Tri Cities locations to donate profits made from the entire day’s sales to the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Fund. The regular menu will be available in addition, they will offer a large one topping pizza for $10 dollars on Thursday April 3rd. Offers will be available online for 24 hours only at www.papa and with carryout at each location.This is a second time these Papa John’s Franchises banned together to support their community in a time of tragedy. In December 2009 they raised $141,000 for the four fallen Lakewood Washington Police Officers.last_img read more

State Avenue Sidewalk Repair in Olympia, Affects Pedestrian Traffic and Parking

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaBeginning Monday, May 7, 2018, City crews will replace the sidewalk on the south side of State Avenue, between Washington Street and Capitol Way. During this time, the sidewalk will be closed to all pedestrian traffic and no parking will be allowed on this section of State Avenue. Area businesses will remain open and patrons will be allowed access.Travelers should expect lane restrictions and traffic delays during construction. Flaggers will direct motorists and pedestrians through the construction area when necessary. The project is expected to last 4 to 5 weeks.last_img