Feb 292012

The deadly tornadoes that ripped through Harrisburg, Ill., swept in too fast and too early in the morning for residents there to take proper cover. Dean Reynolds reports on the aftermath from Harrisburg.

~ I posted I felt it was minimally an EF4. NWS gives deadly Harrisburg tornado EF4 rating…

Harrisburg, Ill. — 6 Dead, Dozens injured…

In this image made with a cell phone, a residential area is heavily damaged in Harrisburg, Ill., after a severe storm swept through the area early Wednesday morning, Feb. 29, 2012. A hospital administrator in Harrisburg says at least three people were killed in the storm that swept through the region. (AP Photo/The Southern, Paul Newton)

The National Weather Service has given the deadly tornado that leveled parts of the southern Illinois community of Harrisburg an EF4 rating.

EF4 is the second-highest rating given to twisters. The rating is assigned to storms based on damage they cause.

Meterologist Rick Shanklin said Wednesday that the storm was 200 yards wide with top winds up to 170 miles per hour. Six people in Harrisburg were killed.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that there have been two EF4-rated tornadoes in Illinois history during February since 1950. One in 1956 left six people dead and 20 injured. Another in 1959 had no deaths or injuries. Both happened at night.

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Feb 292012

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday raised safety concerns about the popular class of cholesterol-fighting drugs called statins, warning that patients taking the drugs may face a “small increased risk” of higher blood sugar levels and of being diagnosed with diabetes.

The federal safety agency said Tuesday it plans to add the diabetes-risk language to the “warnings and precautions” sections of labeling for the statin drugs. The drugs that will get the warning include top-selling brand names such as Lipitor, Lescol, Pravachol, Crestor, Mevacor, Altoprev, Livalo and Zocor. Under these and a range of generic names, the drugs have been taken for years by tens of millions of people to prevent heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease.

The largest manufacturers of statins didn’t have immediate comments on the FDA’s action.

In addition, the FDA said that labels for statin drugs now will contain information about patients experiencing memory loss and confusion, though this side effect was classified as an “adverse reaction” rather than being put in the more serious warnings and precautions category.

Dr. Amy Egan, the FDA’s deputy director for safety of metabolic and endocrinological products, said “these cognitive changes can be quite dramatic” and “sustained,” but that they do disappear when statin therapy is stopped. She cautioned that the agency isn’t able to identify a specific drug or age group of people who might be prone to such cases of memory loss and confusion, but that patients should notify their doctors if such symptoms occur.

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Severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of Central Mississippi until 9 p.m. now as well as the tornado watch for northern Mississippi and northern Alabama.

The severe thunderstorm watch counties are in blue. The tornado watch counties in red.

You can see the thunderstorms developing rapidly over Mississippi and southern Tennessee.

The upper left panel of the graphic is the day one convective outlook. It shows the moderate risk area over the Tennessee Valley with the slight risk over the rest of the northern half of Alabama.

The lower left panel shows the SPC probabilities of a tornado within 25 miles of a given point. As you can see, there is a low end (but not zero) chance down to Birmimgham through tonight and a 10-15% chance over the Tennessee Valley up around Muscle Shoals, Huntsville and Scottsboro.

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TORNADO alerts/watch — OH, WV, KY, TN, MS, AL, SC, NC, VA, New England 1:45pm cst:


BRANSON, Mo. — At least 13 people were killed overnight as a line of tornadoes marched across the Midwest, flattening parts of several towns, officials said Wednesday. Hardest hit was Harrisburg, Ill., where 10 deaths were reported, along with nearly 100 injuries and at least 200 homes destroyed or damaged.

Forecasters warned more twisters could strike the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians through Wednesday evening as the storm system moved east.”

“Ten of the deaths occurred in Harrisburg, the local coroner told state officials. What is thought to have been a tornado swept through the town around 5 a.m. local time, destroying 35-40 homes, according to local TV station KFVS12.\

Three other deaths were reported in Missouri, where storms included a suspected tornado that hit a mobile home park outside the town of Buffalo. One person died in the mobile home park and around a dozen people were injured. Two others died in the Cassville and Puxico areas of Missouri.”

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Feb 292012

HARVEYVILLE, Kan. – A central Kansas man says he caught his 8-year-old grandson as he was about to be sucked out of a window when a tornado touched down in Harveyville Tuesday night.

Rich and Debbie Roberts were in their living room watching television around 9 p.m. when the tornado, called an EF-2 by the National Weather Service, touched down.

Debbie tells 41 Action News her grandson was walking up the stairs when the windows shattered and he became airborne, heading for a living room window.

Rich, sitting by the window, lost hold of his dog sitting in his lap, but his free hands allowed him to catch his grandson before he flew out the window, the couple said.

The boy hit his head on a coffee table as he flew through the living room, the Wilsons said, but he was otherwise uninjured.

The dog that was sucked through the window was found about an hour later. He was uninjured.

The Wilsons’ home, which they say they built together 45 years ago, was severely damaged. A new two-car garage was destroyed. The couple says they think they’ll need to rebuild.


Feb 292012

h/t FOX Nation

Conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe filed suit for defamation this morning against Al Gore’s CurrentTV, as well as “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann and guest host David Shuster, for falsely referring to O’Keefe as a “convicted felon” and falsely reporting that O’Keefe had been accused of rape.

O’Keefe has not been charged with a felony, much less convicted of a felony, and he has not been accused of any inappropriate sexual or even physical contact. Both facts are a matter of public court record, and therefore the statements by Current TV, Olbermann and Shuster likely amount to defamation with actual malice.

According to the complaint (after the jump):

On December 22, 2011, during a broadcast of his “Countdown” program on Current TV, Olbermann claimed that O’Keefe was a “convicted felon” on “federal parole after he was charged with [a] felony for attempting to maliciously interfere with Senator [Mary] Landrieu’s office telephone system in New Orleans.” In fact, O’Keefe had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of entering a federal building under false pretenses. The government stipulated that “further investigation did not uncover any evidence” that O’Keefe and his associates had intended “to actually tamper with the phone system, or to commit any other felony.” O’Keefe was not imprisoned and is not on parole.

On February 24, 2011, Shuster–filling in for Olbermann–likewise claimed that O’Keefe is a “convicted felon.”

On the same December 22, 2011 broadcast referenced above, Olbermann reported that O’Keefe was facing a complaint by Nadia Naffe, who accused O’Keefe of harassment. Olberman and his guest noted that Naffe had made no accusations of physical contact or allegations of rape against O’Keefe. The complaint had been dismissed the day before, on December 21, 2011.

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Feb 292012

“The only thing we can do is confirm that he has died of a heart attack at Indiantown, Florida this morning,” his rep Helen Kensick told Fox News. “We will have more later.

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Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, has died, according to a report from TMZ.

He was 66-years-old.

An official from the medical examiner’s office for Martin County, Florida confirmed with TMZ they received a call from Martin Memorial Hospital informing them that Jones had passed away.

The circumstances surrounding his death are unknown.

Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and 4 daughters from previous marriages.

Jones joined The Monkees in 1965, along with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and together they churned out a bunch of hits including, “Daydream Believer, “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer.”

The group was initially cast by TV producers who wanted to create a scripted series about an actual rock n’ roll band.

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Feb 292012

Severe storms fired at sunset around the Hutchinson, KS area and a tornado touched down over open country.

TRT 2:19

1) 0:00 – 1:48 Raw footage of a cone tornado southwest of Hutchinson, Kansas (Reno County) after sunset.

2) Driving towards a rain free base on a tornado warned storm in rain and hail.

3) Driving in heavy rain and small hail.

4) Driving in heavy rain and hail with traffic passing.

Feb 292012

MOBILE, Ala. – One Coast Guard member is dead and three others are missing after their helicopter crashed during a training mission Tuesday night in Mobile Bay, Ala.

The Coast Guard MH-65C chopper went down about three miles from shore in the bay, a 413-square-mile inlet jutting into Alabama from the Gulf of Mexico.

Rescue crews found one of the crew members unresponsive and he was later pronounced dead, the Coast Guard said in a press release.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the crew members during this difficult time,” said Capt. Don Rose, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “We are working through the night to continue to conduct a robust search for the three crew members who are still missing and we appreciate the assistance of all of the agencies and personnel who are volunteering their time and resources to assist with the search and rescue efforts.”

A massive air and sea search was underway late Tuesday night for the three remaining missing crew members, involving two more MH-65 helicopters from New Orleans, a response boat from the Coast Guard an HU-144 twin-engine fixed-wing search aircraft, an Alabama Marine Resources boat and a crew from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Flotilla, The Press-Register reported.

Dense fog in the area, however, was expected to hamper search conditions until Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service reported.

The aircraft was operating out of the USCG Aviation Training Center at Mobile Regional Airport.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Newscore contributed to this report.

Feb 292012

11:10 am cst…

DEVELOPING: A powerful storm system that produced multiple reports of tornadoes struck the Midwest early Wednesday, killing at least 13 people in Illinois and Missouri.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said the coroner’s office in the small town of Harrisburg, Ill., has reported that 10 people are dead as a result of the storms. The apparent twister hit the area around 5 a.m., causing widespread damage.

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JUST now heard the update on FNC : 6 deaths/many injured

The initial report:

~ Irony note the street sign @ 00:07 (cemetery)


Feb. 29, 2012: Several people were injured and at least one person was killed after a number of apparent tornadoes struck across Kansas and southern Missouri overnight. Source: Fox Kansas City

Apparent tornadoes rip through Missouri, Kansas and Illinois, leaving some trapped and dozens injured

A powerful storm system bearing a string of possible tornadoes tore through the Midwest late Tuesday and early Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others in three states.

A hospital administrator in the southern Illinois city of Harrisburg said at least three people were killed in a severe storm that swept through the region.

Harrisburg Medical Center CEO Vince Ashley said the three victims were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital after the storm hit at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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featured image:Feb. 29, 2012: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency late Tuesday after an apparent tornado struck Harveyville, part of a powerful storm system that pounded the state’s midsection.