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WJON News On-Demand – Thursday, 2/21/13 – Midday

Here’s today’s headlines on WJON:
Two Men arrested for alleged drug possession near Little Falls
St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis supports red-light cameras
Minnesota House to take up requirements for staffing of nurses
Southern Minnesota to get snowstorm

 

 

 

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Large Facilities Train Staff for Severe Weather

Recent tornado warnings across the Tri-County area gave staff at some of our community's larger facilities a chance to put their storm preparedness into action.

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Minnesotans Reminded to Plan for Severe Weather

Public safety officials say Monday's confirmed tornado is a reminder for Minnesotans to get ready for severe weather. The state Homeland Security and Emergency Management division is urging Minnesotans to review their severe weather plans and to take steps to keep their families safe.

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Strong Winds Down Trees, Knock Out Power In The St. Cloud Area [VIDEO]

We have several reports of localized street flooding, downed trees, and power outages in the St. Cloud metro area this morning.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northwestern Benton County, Southern Morrison County Until 4:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for northwestern Benton County and southern Morrison County until 4:15 p.m.

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Potential For Heavy Rain Tuesday Night Into Wednesday

There's a chance for storms late Tuesday into Wednesday as a warm front moves across the state. Some of the storms may be severe.

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Severe Weather Possible Tonight Across Central Minnesota

The National Weather Service says there is a severe weather expected over the area this (Monday) evening, particularly over west central and central Minnesota where a moderate risk of severe weather.

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Several trees were snapped off in the center of St. August after a tornado briefly touched down on August 11th, 2012
Several trees were snapped off in the center of St. August after a tornado briefly touched down on August 11th, 2012
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What Do You Do When the Sirens Sound? [VIDEO]

Last year Minnesota had over 100 tornadoes, more than any other state in 2010. Three of those tornadoes were in Stearns County. From 1959 - 2009, Stearns County was ranked 3rd in the state for the highest number of tornadoes. To coincide with Severe Weather Awareness Week, the Emergency Management Office put together a video about the county's warning system.

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Rough Weather Triggers Storm Warnings In Minnesota, Wisconsin

Rough weather moved across Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon and evening, damaging homes, barns, power lines and trees. Three barns were blown down and a mobile home was knocked off its foundation by high winds in Houston County of far southeastern Minnesota.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week Begins Today

Today marks the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness Week. From April 11-15, the State of Minnesota and the National Weather service encourage you to brush up on how to handle extreme weather.

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