Strong winds force closure of Interstate

Oct 19, 2012

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says portions of Interstate 80 and two other highways in western Nebraska have reopened following their closure because of blowing dirt and strong winds.

September is National Preparedness Month

Sep 17, 2012

The American Red Cross says putting together a kit and having an emergency plan are critical to prepare for a disaster.

Ag Secretary calls for quick passage of farm bill

Aug 10, 2012
Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the U.S. House needs to pass the farm bill upon its return to session next month.

Excessive Heat Warning in effect through Friday evening

Jul 3, 2012

The Salvation Army of Omaha will have its cooling centers open the rest of the week.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for the Omaha metro area through Friday. All four cooling centers will be open from 8 am to 8 pm. The centers are the Council Bluffs Corps, North Corps at 24th and Pratt Streets, the Kroc Center in South Omaha, and the Lied Renaissance Center at 36th and Cuming Streets.

Salvation Army officials say donations of bottled water are needed for the cooling centers.

Drought conditions prompt state of emergency in Nebraska

Jul 3, 2012

Governor Dave Heineman has declared a state of emergency due to drought conditions.

The Governor's office said Monday in a news release that the declaration makes state personnel and resources available for prevention and emergencies, Heineman says the drought conditions "are presenting an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond."

The National Weather Service in Omaha says the past six months have been the warmest on record.

Heat Advisory, Air Quality Action Day in Omaha metro

Jun 29, 2012

A heat advisory is in effect Friday for the KIOS listening area, along with an Air Quality Action Day.

MAPA says an Air Quality Action Day is issued when there are elevated ozone levels. That can cause respiratory difficulties in people with conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.

Temperatures top 100 degrees in Omaha metro

Jun 28, 2012

Omaha’s high temperature reached 102 Wednesday and hot weather is expected the next few days.

Alegent Health spokeswoman Jodi Hoatson says 12 people were treated in the five hospitals’ emergency rooms for heat-related illness as of Wednesday evening. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in quickly during hot weather unless you take precautions.

Areas south of the Omaha metro are under a heat advisory Thursday. Lincoln’s high temperature also reached 102 Wednesday.


Hot summer temperatures preceded the official start of the season last week. So it’s important to protect yourself while enjoying outdoor activities.  With more, here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee…

Heat prompts Salvation Army to open four cooling centers

Jun 18, 2012

The Salvation Army of Omaha plans to open four cooling centers Monday for residents needing relief from the heat.

The centers are open from 11 am to 8 pm Monday and Tuesday. They’re at the Kroc Center at 28th and Y Streets, the North Corps at 24th and Pratt, The Council Bluffs Corps, and the Lied Renaissance Center.

Salvation Army officials say the cooling centers will be open whenever temperatures reach 90 degrees or more for at least two days.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s in the Omaha metro area Monday and Tuesday.

Storms bring heavy rain, hail, strong wind in Omaha metro area

Apr 13, 2012
courtesy NWS North Platte

The National Weather Service says more than three inches of rain fell in areas of Sarpy County as severe storms moved through Saturday and Sunday.

A tornado caused significant damage in Thurman, Iowa. No one was killed or seriously injured. Hail up to three inches in diameter was reported in Boone County, Nebraska.

Heavy rain also fell throughout the area. In western Sarpy County, more than three and a half inches of rain was reported. That caused flash flooding along I-80 in low-lying areas.




April 2nd through the 6th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Lucinda Robertson is Public Information Officer for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

She’s encouraging all Iowans to be prepared for year-round emergencies by attention to local news and investing in a weather radio. Robertson says individuals should also make an emergency plan because a family may not be together when an emergency happens.  Finally, she says it’s important to create an emergency supply kit.

Workshop focuses on preparedness during severe weather season

Mar 20, 2012
courtesy Google Images

A workshop Wednesday in Omaha focuses on severe weather preparedness at home and in the workplace.

The National Safety Council Nebraska is holding the workshop during Severe Weather Awareness Week. Sunday night, an EF3 tornado damaged homes and businesses in North Platte. This year, Nebraska had its first-ever confirmed February tornado.

Preparedness urged during Severe Weather Awareness Week

Mar 19, 2012
image courtesy NWS North Platte


This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska.

Nebraska had its first confirmed February tornado this year. The February 28th tornado touched down in Logan County, near Stapleton. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center says there have already been 312 tornadoes in the U.S. this year, with 55 deaths.

278 of Omaha's "string of pearls" to be replaced in April

Feb 8, 2012
courtesy Google Images

278 broken light fixtures that are part of Omaha’s so-called “string of pearls” will be replaced in April.

The string of pearls are 700 lights that line a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive, from downtown Omaha to Eppley Airfield. A hailstorm last August shattered 278 of those lights. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says original estimates put the replacement cost at $500,000. But Pfitzer says those lights will be replaced with LED ones, which will save the city $120,000 to $150,000 in energy costs over the next five years.