8:56 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Strong winds force closure of Interstate

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.

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1:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

September is National Preparedness Month

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

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2:59 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Ag Secretary calls for quick passage of farm bill

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke Friday in Omaha.
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.

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3:05 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Excessive Heat Warning in effect through Friday evening

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.

8:23 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Drought conditions prompt state of emergency in Nebraska

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.

8:13 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Heat Advisory, Air Quality Action Day in Omaha metro

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.

8:38 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Temperatures top 100 degrees in Omaha metro

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.


5:06 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Hotter temperatures have arrived

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…

9:10 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Heat prompts Salvation Army to open four cooling centers

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.

2:47 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

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

Nebraska recorded its first-ever February tornado this year.
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.