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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: Staying cool and safe in the heat.

Needles, CA: Staying cool and safe in the heat.

Very hot weather conditions have arrived to the Needles, California area and before you go do anything in the heat, here’s some tips on what to do to stay safe outside in the heat.

**** Tips for the Heat: ****

– Keep Hydrated: Drink plenty of liquids, preferably water when outside in the heat and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

– Dress for the Heat: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, as it reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body stay cooler. Avoid wearing dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. Wear hats or use an umbrella when outside in the heat.

– Protect Yourself from the Heat: Protect your body from getting a sunburn by wearing sunscreen; apply plenty of sunscreen.

– Eating in the Heat: Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat. Slow down.

– Working Out in the Heat: Avoid strenuous activity and stay indoors when possible. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00am and 7:00am. Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place.

– No Children or Pets Alone in Hot Vehicle: Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

– Boating Safe: If going to be boating along the Colorado River or on the lake, please operate your watercraft safety, following the rules on operating a watercraft, and no drinking of alcohol well operating your watercraft.

According to the California Division of Boating and Waterways, under California law, every child under 13 years of age on a moving recreational vessel of any length must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket in serviceable condition and of a type and size appropriate for the conditions and the activity.

The United States Coast Guard reports nearly 5,000 boating accidents each year in the United States—causing approximately 700 deaths, 3,000 injuries and $36 million in damage. About 85% of all boating deaths occur on boats where the operator has not completed a boating safety education course.

**** Signs, Symptoms, and Tips for Heat-Related Illness: ****

According to the American Red Cross, during heat waves people are susceptible to three heat-related conditions. Here’s how to recognize and respond to them.

– Heat Cramps: Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat. Get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. Lightly stretch the affected muscle and gently massage the area. Give an electrolyte-containing fluid, such as a commercial sports drink, fruit juice or milk. Water may also be given. Do not give the person salt tablets.

– Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is a more severe condition than heat cramps. Heat exhaustion often affects athletes, firefighters, construction workers and factory workers. It also affects those wearing heavy clothing in a hot, humid environment. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion. Move the person to a cooler environment with circulating air. Remove or loosen as much clothing as possible and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fanning or spraying the person with water also can help. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of a cool fluid such as a commercial sports drink or fruit juice to restore fluids and electrolytes. Milk or water may also be given. Give about 4 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes. If the person’s condition does not improve or if he or she refuses water, has a change in consciousness, or vomits, call 911 or the local emergency number.

– Heat Stroke: Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion. Heat stroke develops when the body systems are overwhelmed by heat and begin to stop functioning. Signs of heat stroke include extremely high body temperature, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; confusion; vomiting; and seizures. Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately. Rapidly cool the body by immersing the person up to the neck in cold water, if possible OR douse or spray the person with cold water. Sponge the person with ice water-doused towels over the entire body, frequently rotating the cold, wet towels. Cover the person with bags of ice. If you are not able to measure and monitor the person’s temperature, apply rapid cooling methods for 20 minutes or until the person’s condition improves.

**** Water Safety: ****

Swimming is the most popular summer activity, especially in the Colorado River Tri-State area, but before you go out and enjoy the cool water, here’s what to know before you enjoy the water.

– Make Water Safety Your Priority:

Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system! Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses. Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests. Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous. If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning. Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

– Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water:

Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection. Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach. If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use. Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment. Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.

– Maintain Constant Supervision:

Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise. Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water. Know What to Do in an Emergency. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.

– Enroll and Learn:

Enroll in American Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.

Also, enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons by calling the American Red Cross’ Training Support Center either by phone at: 1 (800) RED-CROSS or by email at: support@redcrosstraining.org

**** Additional Information and Resources: ****

– American Red Cross (Heat Wave and Water Safety):

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/heat-wave-safety

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety

– Ready.Gov:

https://www.ready.gov/heat

– California Division of Boating and Waterways (Boating Safety):

http://www.dbw.ca.gov/?page_id=28711

****Local Weather Forecast: ***

Before you go outside please check the local weather forecast at ZachNews for the latest weather conditions in the Colorado River communities of Needles, California; Topock, Arizona; and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

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

** Please Have Fun, Be Safe, and Stay Cool Everybody!! **

Traffic Update!!: Cajon Pass, CA: Clean up and removal work begins after powerful storm washes away part of southbound Interstate 15 and fire engine.

ZachNews -- Traffic Update!!

Traffic Update!!: Cajon Pass, CA: Clean up and removal work begins after powerful storm washes away part of southbound Interstate 15 and fire engine.

Clean up  and removal work has began where the powerful storm that brought heavy rain to southern California washed away part of southbound Interstate 15 just south of State Route 138 in Cajon Pass, California taking also away a San Bernardino County Fire Department fire engine.

The incident happened along the #5 lane of the southbound Interstate 15 just after 8:00pm PT on Friday, February 17th, 2017.

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** Pictures from Caltrans District 8: **

These pictures from Caltrans District 8 show the aftermath damage from the powerful storm did along southbound Interstate 15.

Caltrans crews are assessing damage to loss a 200 sq foot and 30 feet deep portion of southbound Interstate 15.

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** Pictures from Caltrans District 8: **

Towing crews began removing the San Bernardino County Fire Department fire engine that fell off the edge as well as another a semi truck.

Before falling over, the San Bernardino County Fire Department fire engine was in route to a semi truck that went over the side of the roadway.

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** Pictures from KNBC Channel 4: **

The San Bernardino County Fire Department fire engine was considered a total loss.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department fire engine cost around $600,000 and had $100,000 worth of equipment.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, no serious injuries were reported and all of the firefighters were safely out of the fire engine.

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** Picture from Caltrans District 8: **

This is a picture from Caltrans District 8 of part of southbound Interstate 15 washed away as well as the lights of the San Bernardino County Fire Department fire engine that fell off the edge.

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** Picture from Caltrans District 8: **

According to Caltrans District 8, emergency repairs are estimated at $3 million.

The #1 and #2 lanes of southbound Interstate 15 are only open going through the area of the washout roadway.

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. ****