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Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Monsoon 2017: Preparing for the storms.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Monsoon 2017: Preparing for the storms.

With monsoon season 2017 in full swing, people living or visiting the Colorado River Tri-State area should be prepare for any monsoon storms that may surprise you.

Here are some information you, your family, and friends should know about to get ready for the next storm during Monsoon 2017.

**** Preparing For The Storms Tips: ****

  • Flooding Around Property:

Sandbags are the best way to divert water from doorways and help to protect your home from flooding during a monsoon storm. Free sand is available for pickup at many fire stations throughout the Valley.

Some stations provide bags and shovels for use, but others require residents to bring their own shovels and bags.

You can call your local fire department or check its website to see what you will need to bring to get sandbags for your home.

  • Flooded Roadways: 

According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

Never drive into a flooded roadway and if barricades are set up, never drive around the barricades. The barricades are there for a reason, usually because flooding is anticipated or has already happened.

It is extremely difficult to estimate the depth of running water or the strength of a current.

In addition, the road could be damaged and unsafe for drivers.

Remember that saying, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float most vehicles, including S.U.V.’s.

If you spotted somebody in a vehicle stuck in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.

  • People Playing Around Floodwaters: 

Never allow anybody, especially children to play around floodwaters or washes during heavy rain storms.

As the great weatherman Dave Munsey from Fox 10 Phoenix always say for years at the end of his weather forecasts, “Watch your kids around water”.

They can be swept away and possibly drown in the fast moving floodwaters.

If you spotted somebody in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.

  • Thunderstorms and Lightning:

If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Take shelter in a sturdy building or a hard-topped vehicle. You should remain in this shelter 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder.

Telephone lines conduct electricity, so avoid using landline phones during a storm.

Metal pipes also conduct electricity, so avoid taking showers and baths or using running water during a storm.

Bring pets indoors.

  • High Winds:

Thunderstorm winds often exceed 40 mph and straight-line winds can exceed 100 mph.

Move into a central interior room away from windows to avoid blowing debris that could shatter glass.

If you are driving in high winds, slow down and anticipate steering correction when moving from protected to unprotected wind areas or when encountering large passing vehicles.

Be aware of high-profile vehicles such as semi trucks, buses, campers, or those towing a trailer because they can be unpredictable during high winds.

Before the monsoon storm hits, evaluate large trees close to your home for potential hazards.

  • Dust Storms:

If you get caught in a dust storm while driving, pull off the roadway as far as safely possible, turn off headlights and taillights, put the vehicle in park, and take your foot off the brake.

With reduced visibility, other drivers behind you could see the brake lights and assume you are driving on the road and follow your lights.

When severe dust storms occur, consider cleaning your smoke detectors.

Dust can clog detectors and cause false alarms.

  • Downed Utility Lines:

If utility lines are down across a roadway, consider any downed power line to be energized and dangerous.

Never touch a downed power line or anything close to it.

High voltage can travel through the ground.

Stay at least 100 feet away from any downed lines.

If utility lines are down across a vehicle and the vehicle is occupied, stay in the vehicle until professional help arrives.

Avoid contact with metal surfaces both inside and outside the vehicle.

If there is a fire in the vehicle, jump from the vehicle landing on both feet.

Hop away, keeping both feet in contact with each other until you are at least 100 feet from the vehicle.

** Remember to have an emergency survival kit in your home and in your vehicle in case of any weather related emergency and make sure to have a plan ready in case you need to evacuate because of a weather elated incident. Only call 911 if there is a life threatening emergency and following all local weather and news outlets, including the National Weather Service and ZachNews for the latest information on the storms as well as foe the latest weather conditions for the rest of the week. Take Care, Be Safe, and Be Ready!! ** 

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Pictures: Lightning west of Needles High School.

Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Pictures: Lightning west of Needles High School.

These pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez show lightning from a passing thunderstorm occurring west of Needles High School in Needles, California on Monday, July 10th, 2017.

Video by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the lightning will be posted soon on ZachNews.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Scattered storms approaching Colorado River communities.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Scattered storms approaching Colorado River communities.

Scattered storms are approaching Colorado River communities, including Bullhead City, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Weather radar from KNBC Channel 4 shows moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder and lightning.

If you’re in the area of Bullhead City, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the storms.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

 

Weather Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Monsoon 2017 season kicks off with gusty winds, blowing dust, rain, thunder, and lightning causing power outage and little damage.

Weather Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Monsoon 2017 season kicks off with gusty winds, blowing dust, rain, thunder, and lightning causing power outage and little damage.

The wait is over as Monsoon 2017 season kicks off in the Colorado River Tri-State with gusty winds, blowing dust, rain, thunder, lightning, and a power outage late Saturday, July 8th, 2017.

** Interactive Weather Radar Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Storms began to approach Colorado River communities just before 8:00pm PT and as this picture of the Interactive Weather Radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 showed, moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder and lightning heading towards the Colorado River communities of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Parker, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; and soon Needles, California.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez began reporting Live at ZachNews on Facebook of the approaching storms and soon capture blowing dust and lightning in the clouds beginning to move over the Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona area.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Lightning with some thunder created a light show over Downtown Needles, California which in a power outage.

Residents and businesses along Front Street, West Broadway, D Street, J Street, and Third Street were affected by the power outage.

Utility crews were seen racing down streets to fix the problem well first responses, including San Bernardino County Fire Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, were also seen checking the area for any problems.

Power was later restored at around 8:47pm PT to the Downtown Needles, California.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Well continuing to report on the storm and power being restored, ZachNews was alerted of sparks and a possible fire on a utility pole behind Stain Vices de Paul Thrift Store near F Street and Front Street.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Utility crews from the City of Needles and first responses, including San Bernardino County Fire Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and Baker Emergency Medical Service, arrived to the scene of the sparking utility pole.

ZachNews later learned that it was an electrical fuse that was sparking, not a transformer.

There was no fires sparked onto any near by buildings from the electrical fuse and nobody was injured.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The light show of lightning with some thunder continued into the night moving along the Colorado River before dissipating.

** Picture from Sam Johnson: **

ZachNews received this picture from Sam Johnson from Downtown Needles, California of a flag pole in front of the City of Needles Administration building on Third Street leaning after the storm.

More chances of showers and thunderstorms are still possible for Sunday, Monday, and even for next Saturday.

Residents and businesses such have an emergency storm kit prepared and ready to go in case of a storm related emergency and when flooding occurs to near dry creeks, channels, or rivers, never get into the flash flooded water or drive into a flooded roadway.

Stay tuned to ZachNews as Monsoon 2017 is just starting and we’ll be reporting on the storms Live at ZachNews on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

Also check out the KNBC Channel 4’s Interactive Weather Map for the latest in where the Monsoon storms are located.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/weather/maps/122192669.html

Please Be Prepare and Stay Safe Everybody!!

** Picture Above from ZachNews: **

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Storms approaching Colorado River communities. 

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Storms approaching Colorado River communities.

Storms are approaching Colorado River communities, including Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Parker, Arizona; and Topock, Arizona.

Weather radar from KNBC Channel 4 shows moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder and lightning.

Lightning in the clouds have been spotted over mountains in Mohave Valley, Arizona, to the east of Needles, California.

If you’re in the area of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Parker, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; Needles, California; and Mohave Valley, Arizona, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the storms.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

 

Needles, CA: Giving thanks to all who served in our military during an event welcoming the Run For The Wall 2017.

Needles, CA: Giving thanks to all who served in our military during an event welcoming the Run For The Wall 2017.

The community of Needles, California gave thanks to those who served in our military during the Run For The Wall 2017 held on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

The Run For The Wall 2017 recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation, and every year, hundreds of motorcycle riders, including veterans of recent wars and those currently on active duty, roll out on across the United States of America ending at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, District of Columbia where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

As hundreds of motorcycle riders roll out on across the United States of America, communities welcome them at events, including Needles, California.

Volunteers from the community as well as members of the Needles Chamber of Commerce began in the morning setting up chairs and tablets as well as a staging area for the ceremony during the event and American flag drawings made by children from our local schools were set up so everybody can see.

** Picture from 19th Hole Bar and Grill: **

As set up was completed at Santa Fe park, motorcycle riders roll along old Route 66 passing a roll of American Flags set up along a bridge crossing over Interstate 40 on the west side of Needles, California.

The motorcycle riders then rolled by all of the construction work going on Needles Highway and West Broadway as part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Project, and rolled through the North K Street Underpass safely with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stopping traffic.

The line of motorcycles rolled along old Route 66 as American flags waved by employees with Needles Area Transit, a man saluting at all of the motorcycle riders, and the Needles High School Band performed some patriotic music as the motorcycle riders arrived to Santa Fe Park.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at the event in Downtown Needles, California and began filming on Facebook Live the arrival of the Run For The Wall 2017 motorcycle riders as well as the event being held at Santa Fe Park.

** Picture (Top) from 19th Hole Bar and Grill and Picture (Bottom) from ZachNews: **

The motorcycle riders got to enjoy a delicious lunch by the great staff and crew at 19th Hole Bar and Grill in Needles, California, who our home made tacos to all the Run for the Wall 2017 participants as well as those participating in the ceremony.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Run for the Wall 2017 participants enjoyed the delicious tacos from 19th Hole Bar and Grill under the shade and next to the newly painted cannon’s fence and oiled wheels as part of the restoring process and work by local volunteers for a new Santa Fe Park Veteran’s Memorial.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

The ceremony part of the event was kicked off by George DeLeon, Commander with the V.F.W. Post 404 in Mohave Valley, Arizona, welcoming everybody to Needles, California.

The National Anthem was performed by Cheree Souter while the Fort Mojave Color Guard presents the colors.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

During a ceremony, the family of Richard Anthony Gonzales, born in Needles, California in 1941, received his esteemed Bronze Medal.

According to the Needles Chamber of Commerce, Richard served both in the Korean and Vietnam Theaters.

He specialized in welding, blueprints and measures, food service and motor transport.

While in Vietnam, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for exceptional meritorious achievement in the Republic of Vietnam from Wednesday, January 1st, 1969 to Saturday, May 31st, 1969, and serving in ground operations with the 101st Airborne Division.

Richard was also awarded The Army Commendation Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Marksman M-14 Medal.

After the Vietnam War, he served in the California National Guard.

Richard was honorably discharged on Thursday, May 9th, 1985, and died on Monday, April 23rd, 2007, buried with full military honors at Riverside National Cemetery.

Richard loved his community of Needles, California and the Colorado River as well as playing baseball and being with family and friends.

A folded flag from the V.F.W. Post 404 Honor Guard was also presented to Richard’s family during the ceremony followed by a gun salute and the playing of “Taps”.

A moment was touching and some in the crowd teared up, and afterwards, Run for the Wall 2017 participants began going over to the family of Richard Anthony Gonzales and giving their thanks for his service.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget presented a proclamation declaring Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 as “Run For The Wall Day” in the City of Needles.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

The Mohave High School R.O.T.C., under the guidance of U.S.A.F. (Ret) Major Earl Davis performed during the event.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

The event ended with the Fort Mojave Tribal Band performing to all of the Run for the Wall 2017 participants.

The Run for the Wall 2017 participants thanked the community of Needles, California for welcoming them into their community and putting on a great event.

As the group of motorcycles waved goodbye to everybody at Santa Fe Park and began rolling east, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was awaiting the lines of motorcycle to roll under the Five Mile Road overpass along eastbound Interstate 40.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez began filming on Facebook Live as the long line of motorcycle riders drove by the Five Mile Road overpass waving at our camera and a women who ruched all the way down to the overpass to wave her American flag at the motorcycle riders.

Some vehicles and semi trucks driving along the lines of motorcycles blew their horn in support of the motorcycle riders.

The event at Santa Fe Park is put on each year by so many great people from our community and despite a little change to the arrival route, the event turnout to be a wonderful and touching event.

Many thanks to all of the people who participated in putting on the Run For The Wall 2017 event in Downtown Needles, California, and we all hope that more businesses, organizations, and volunteers continue to help keep this event going.

The Run For The Wall 2017 organization promotes healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (P.O.W./M.I.A.), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (K.I.A.) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.

** More information regarding the Run For The Wall is at the following Run For The Wall website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

Thank you to all of the Run for the Wall 2017 participants for putting on this ride and may you have a safe journey across America.

May we always remember and give thanks to all veterans and their families and friends who were in the military, never forgetting what all of the sacrifices our brave men and women do for us and our country.

Thank You and God Bless America!!

** Pictures by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez. **

 

 

Needles, CA: Community welcomes today the Run For The Wall 2017.

Needles, CA: Community welcomes today the Run For The Wall 2017.

The community of Needles, California will welcome hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2017 as they stop on into Needles, California on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

A luncheon and ceremony, which every year is put together by our wonderful community, will be held at Santa Fe Park, located along the 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Streets around Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California will be closed for the luncheon and ceremony, including Front Street from F Street to H Street; F Street from West Broadway to Front Street; and G Street from West Broadway to Front Street.

Motorists should use caution as the hundreds of motorcycle riders ride on into Needles, California.

The community is welcome to come with American flags on out along West Broadway, between J Street and G Street to welcome in the hundreds of motorcycle riders.

The exact time of arrival for the hundreds of motorcycle riders may depend on the traffic conditions getting into Needles, California from the west along Interstate 40.

The community should arrive before 12:30pm PT in case of early arrivals.

Please be sure to have drink water with you and your group of people wanting to welcome the Run For The Wall 2017.

Reminder, sometime after 1:45pm PT, the hundreds of motorcycle riders will leave Santa Fe Park to head east along Interstate 40 from East Broadway.

The hundreds of motorcycle riders will pass under the overpasses of Five Mile Road and Park Moabi Road along Interstate 40 where in the pass, people have been seen waving at the Run For The Wall motorcycle riders.

If decide to, please use caution along the overpasses, do not on along Interstate 40, and bring American flags as well as drinking water.

** Weather Forecast for the Run For The Wall 2017: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/local-weather-forecast/

**** ZachNews will be Facebook Live at the Run For The Wall 2017 luncheon and ceremony at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California and will have more pictures and videos from the luncheon and ceremony afterwards. ****

Hundreds of motorcycle riders, including veterans of recent wars and those currently on active duty, will be uniting together for the Run For The Wall 2017 in a cross country ride from west to east into Washington, District of Columbia.

The Run For The Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation.

The organization promotes healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (P.O.W./M.I.A.), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (K.I.A.) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.

In a press release sent into ZachNews, the Needles Chamber of Commerce said that this year’s Run For The Wall will feature a panoply of patriotic groups who will present and perform in honor of the veterans who will be welcomed in Needles, California.

** Pictures from the Needles Chamber of Commerce: **

The veteran “Pack” will be greeted by the National Anthem, performed by Cheree Souter while the Fort Mojave Color Guard presents the colors.

A special military honor, the Bronze Star, will then be posthumously bestowed on fallen Needles veteran Robert Gonzales by VFW Post 404 Commander George DeLeon.

The Mohave High School ROTC, under the guidance of USAF (Ret) Major Earl Davis will then perform.

Run For The Wall Central Route Coordinator Jim Sloan (“the Sweep”) will then present certificates of appreciation to the local sponsors and supporters of Run For The Wall.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

The Fort Mojave Tribal Band and the Needles High School Band will then perform patriotic music as the Run For The Wall riders eat lunch and greet public supporters.

A new component this year will be the presence of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lake Havasu Chapter.

They will be present to greet the veterans and to thank them for their dedication and service.

The general public is invited to welcome the Run For The Wall “Pack” by lining the streets in Needles, California, including along West Broadway between L Street and G Street.

There will be no food or vendors available to the community at this event.

Lunch will be served to Run For The Wall participants with official wristbands only.

The “Pack” will arrive for refueling on the west end of Needles, California at approximately 1:45pm PT, exiting I-40 at River Road, following Old Route 66 into Needles, California.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Following the fuel stop, they will proceed to Santa Fe Park, located along the 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California, will be closed to through traffic so the expected 400 bikes can park there.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Time spent in Needles, California is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, after which they head east to spend their first night in Williams, Arizona.

In pass Run For The Wall riders through Needles, California, people are seen lining along overpasses and along hillsides along Interstate 40 waving American flags and waving as the hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall drive by them, including along Five Mile Road overpass and the Park Moabi Road overpass in Needles, California.

Their trek across the United States will end on Memorial Day in Washington D.C. at the Vietnam Memorial Wall where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

Their journey can be followed day by day at the following Run For The Wall website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

Please be sure community to show your support for the Run For The Wall.

** Picture above from ZachNews. **