Severe Weather: Slight vs Enhanced Risk

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:41 PM

Slight verse Enhanced severe weather threat

In advance of the potential for strong to severe storms, the Storm Prediction Center will issue a report that is known as their convective outlook. This is used to help highlight the regions that will have the greatest ingredients for storm development. 

 

One of the more commonly used outlooks is the ‘Slight Risk’. 

WHIO Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains the difference between "Slight Risk" and "Enhanced Risk" of severe storms, as reported by the Storm Prediction Center in advance of potentially impactful weather conditions.

This means a few storms could reach severe criteria; wind damage is possible as well as hail up to one inch in diameter with an isolated spin-up tornado.

 

If the Storm Prediction Center believes there is a greater risk for severe storms, they will elevate a region to an Enhanced Risk. 

WHIO Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains the difference between "Slight Risk" and "Enhanced Risk" of severe storms, as reported by the Storm Prediction Center in advance of potentially impactful, severe weather.

This indicated that within the region highlighted, there could be more numerous severe storms and the systems potential longevity is greater. There is also a higher risk for several damage reports, hail one to two inches in diameter and a few tornados possible.

Stay weather aware anytime, anywhere by downloading our free WHIO Weather App.  You’ll have immediate access to live radar and can receive alerts anytime severe weather is approaching.

Space heater causes mattress to catch fire in Dayton home

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:28 AM

UPDATE @ 4:07 a.m: A space heater being too close to a mattress was the cause of a fire on Adams Street in Dayton early Thursday morning.

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The heater caused the entire bedroom to catch fire in the one of the duplex apartments, according to officials.

Fire crews had no problem getting the fire out or removing residents from the structure.

All of the residents, with the exception of the individual who lives in the apartment where the fire started, were able to return.

The individual did reportedly suffer smoke inhalation as a result of the fire.

There is no word on damage estimates.

INITIAL REPORT

A medic has been requested to the scene of a fire in Dayton.

Initial reports indicate a mattress caught fire in a home on Adams Street around 3:11 a.m. Fire crews were able to quickly put the fire out.

A resident reportedly suffered smoke inhalation.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Floridians twerk for Trump during traffic jam he caused

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 4:08 AM

President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he leaves the White House with his family as they head to Mar-a-Lago in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he leaves the White House with his family as they head to Mar-a-Lago in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It’s never the wrong time to get your twerk on, according to a few Floridians.

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President Donald Trump and his family traveled to his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach for the Thanksgiving holiday. As with any official trip made by the First Family, the Trumps traveled from Palm Beach International Airport to the property via a motorcade.

While motorcades are usually uneventful, and attention is usually focused on the person being escorted, one person caught the moment some locals decided to make the best of the traffic jam caused by the president.

A video lasting just over half a minute showed two people exit a car and start to twerk on the highway.

While twerking is certainly nothing new, HuffPost noted car twerking took South Florida by storm earlier in the year as young people flocked to Miami for Spring Break.

A young bikini-clad woman was recorded hanging out of a vehicle, leg draped along the roof and twerking up a storm while her friend sped down MacArthur Causeway.

California man to launch homemade rocket to prove Earth is flat

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:00 AM

In this Nov. 15, 2017, photograph, daredevil/limousine driver Mad Mike Hughes is shown with with his steam=powered rocket constructed out of salvage parts on a five-acre property that he leases in Apple Valley, Cal. Hughes plans to launch his homemade contraption on Saturday near the ghost town of Amboy, Cal., at a speed of roughly 500 miles-per-hour. (Waldo Stakes/HO courtesy of Mad Mike Hughes via AP)
In this Nov. 15, 2017, photograph, daredevil/limousine driver Mad Mike Hughes is shown with with his steam=powered rocket constructed out of salvage parts on a five-acre property that he leases in Apple Valley, Cal. Hughes plans to launch his homemade contraption on Saturday near the ghost town of Amboy, Cal., at a speed of roughly 500 miles-per-hour. (Waldo Stakes/HO courtesy of Mad Mike Hughes via AP)

A California man is planning to take a 500 mph flight in a homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat.

Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limousine driver, plans to launch himself 1,800 feet and fly one mile over the Mojave Desert in his rocket made from scrap metal, according to the Washington Post.

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He said his ultimate goal is a launch miles above Earth where he hopes to photograph proof the Earth is flat. He has never tested this rocket.

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"It'll shut the door on this ball Earth," Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday's flight.

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In 2014, Hughes was injured when he flew a quarter of a mile in his first manned rocket. He was dragged from the remains of the rocket and had to use a walker for two weeks, he said.

Many believers envision the Earth is a flat disc ringed by sea ice, which naturally holds the oceans in, according to the Washington Post. What's beyond the sea ice, if anything, remains to be discovered.

Health care provider fires 50 employees who refused to get flu shots

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:38 AM

Flu shot.
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Flu shot.(Ulrich Baumgarten/U. Baumgarten via Getty Images)

A health care provider in Minnesota fired 50 employees because they refused to get flu shots, KBJR reported.

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Essentia Health had imposed a Monday deadline for employees to get flu shots or receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

Since September, Essentia employees, volunteers, students and vendors had three choices: get a flu shot, show an approved religious or medical exemption, or leave the company, KBJR reported.

Essentia chief of patient quality and safety Dr. Rajesh Prabhu said the company wanted to increase patient safety and boost its 82 percent flu vaccination rate from 2016, which he said was not going to increase voluntarily.

“Purely voluntary or more education doesn't get you those high levels of immunization compliance and as you know other states, other health care organizations have done the same thing we have,” he told KBJR.

Prabhu said that as of Tuesday, 99.5 percent of employees have chosen the first two options, but 50 so far have been terminated with more left waiting to hear back on their exemptions.

Minnesota Nurses Association Duluth chairman Steve Strand said with so many employees in limbo, his union doesn't know how many members may have lost their jobs yet.

“We believe that they will be denying some of those, and then those individuals may end up terminated also,” Strand told KBJR.

But Strand said his association intends to fight any terminations for a policy they say is unnecessarily intrusive and may not even be effective. He cited Centers for Disease Control research showing this year's vaccine is expected to be 60 percent effective against the flu.

“The flu shot isn't a be-all end-all, it only has a certain efficacy,” Strand said.

Essentia said it stands by its mandatory policy.

"People may debate on how effective that is but based on what the level of evidence is and what our peers are doing, we thought this was the best way to protect our patients," Prabhu told KBJR.