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Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. 

As many as 80 historic military vehicles retracing the original 1926 Route 66.

As part of the journey along historic Route 66, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 will driving into Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

Estimated time of arrival in Needles, California is 2:30pm PT.

The community is welcomed to welcome in the long historic military vehicles convoy as they drive west along Route 66 and as they make a stop at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

At this moment, the route Route 66 Convoy 2017 well in Needles, California include westbound Interstate 40, Five Mile Road, U.S. Highway 95, East Broadway, West Broadway. Front Street, and Needles Highway, but the route is subject To change and can be updated leading up to the arrival.

According to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) website, World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest Wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

The original 1926 route began in Chicago, Illinois traveling through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California covering a total of 2,448 miles. Route 66 is remembered by a popular song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66″ recorded in 1946.

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can be found at the following website address and social media websites: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

Follow the hashtag: #MVPACONVOY on Twitter for more pictures and videos from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Please come out and welcome the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

**** ZachNews will have live news coverage of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 enters Needles, California along historic Route 66. ****

** Pictures and videos from Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017: **

Colorado River Tri-State: Getting ready for Solar Eclipse 2017.

Colorado River Tri-State: Getting ready for Solar Eclipse 2017.

Get ready everybody as a solar eclipse will be happening on  Monday, August 21st, 2017 over the United States of America.

As seen on the map above from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.), depending on where you are in the United States of America, you will enjoy a full solar eclipse well other states may enjoy some part of the solar eclipse, all depending on the weather conditions in your area.

Depending on the weather conditions, people in the Colorado River Tri-State area, including Needles, California; Topock, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; Laughlin, Nevada; and Kingman, Arizona, will enjoy 70% of the solar eclipse.

** Needles, California: **

 

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am PT.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am PT.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am PT.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.60701260691674&lat=34.84005564091872#.WZqEQz5961t

**** Important Notice: Needles Unified School District: ****

According to the Needles Unified School District, a “Modified Shelter in Place Drill” will be in place from 10:00am to 11:00am PT for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st, 2017.

“The eclipse can be a terrific teaching tool, however there can be safety issues to consider! Needles USD will take precautions to ensure that all students are safe as they can learn about this scientific phenomenon,” said the Needles Unified School District on their website.

** More Information: Needles Unified School District: **

https://1.cdn.edl.io/7JYQmpKb8U2vynAvLxrxPjm3E0SYaZF2tqTpJQfbJjFvjG1T.pdf

 

** Topock, Arizona: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am MST.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am MST.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am MST.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.48086141088787&lat=34.777224823480324#.WZqDjD5961t

 

** Mohave Valley, Arizona: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am MST.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am MST.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am MST.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.59862507141521&lat=34.86558500749109#.WZqDjz5961t

 

** Laughlin, Nevada: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:09am PT.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am PT.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am PT.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 104. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.57499812442536&lat=35.16131601224568#.WZqDkz5961t

 

** Kingman, Arizona: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am PT.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:29am PT.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:58am PT.

According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.06314130067207&lat=35.189428548489204#.WZqDpD5961s

**** Solar Eclipse 2017 Events: ****

  • Kingman Branch Library, located at 3269 North Burbank Street in Kingman, Arizona, will be having a Solar Eclipse 2017 event to witness this natural event. Free eclipse glasses will be available for the viewing. The event will be in front of the library at 10:00am MST. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area is holding a free viewing party at the visitor center from 9:00am to 12:00pm MST. Park rangers will be giving a presentation and be available to answer questions throughout the event. There will be solar glasses available for purchase for those who wish to experience the event on their own. There will also be a solar telescope for people to look through at the ranger station.

 

**** What Is U.T. (Universal Time) Means: ****

 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) will also be showing the solar eclipse online for anybody who is unable to enjoy the Solar Eclipse 2017 outside in their area.

**** Solar Eclipse 2017 Live: ****

Just in case the weather is good enough to enjoy the solar eclipse, here is some information from N.A.S.A. you needs to know about the solar eclipse as well as how to see the solar eclipse safely.

  • What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, obscuring part or all of the star from the planet. During a partial eclipse, the sun basically looks like a bite has been taken out of it, but at the time of totality – when the moon passes fully in front of the sun – it’s fully obscured. For the Aug. 21 eclipse, the longest period when the moon obscures the sun’s entire surface along its path will last about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

  • Why are they so rare?

A total solar eclipse hasn’t been visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979, and total solar eclipses usually only grace the skies above a given location every 100 years or so, according to NASA estimates. However, solar eclipses in general happen pretty often. On average, solar eclipses of one kind or another happen about two to four times per year somewhere across the planet.

  • Where can I see it?

The path of totality begins in Lincoln Beach, Oregon. From there, the deep shadow of the moon will pass over parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina before ending at 4:09 p.m. ET. Most cities along the path have planned festivals and viewing events to watch the eclipse. If you’re not able to get to one of the locations, you can always catch the eclipse live online.

  • Can I stare at the sun during the eclipse?

No. Dangerous UV light will cause severe retinal damage or blindness. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse or totality, when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

The only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.

** More Information: Eyewear Safety: **

https://1.cdn.edl.io/CfZfazy1UEc9xLJbU6gGmeJoddQ6qOoN2VULzZP84YehAntV.pdf

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

Always supervise children using solar filters. Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.

After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun. Do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

Do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.

Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark.

Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

**** Have fun and enjoy safely the Solar Eclipse 2017 everybody. ****

** Picture Above from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

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. **