Saturday, May 27, 2017

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Jasper, Newton counties; baseball-sized hail possible

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1149 PM CDT SAT MAY 27 2017

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Cherokee County in southeastern Kansas...
  Northwestern Newton County in southwestern Missouri...
  Southwestern Jasper County in southwestern Missouri...

* Until 1245 AM CDT

* At 1147 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Commerce, or
  near Miami, moving northeast at 45 mph.

  This is a very dangerous storm.

  HAZARD...Baseball size hail and 60 mph wind gusts.

  SOURCE...Trained weather spotters. This storm has produced
           baseball size hail in Craig and Ottawa counties.

  IMPACT...People and animals outdoors will be severely injured.
           Expect shattered windows, extensive damage to roofs,
           siding, and vehicles.

* Locations impacted include...
  Joplin...                         Carthage...
  Neosho...                         Webb City...
  Carl Junction...                  Baxter Springs...
  Columbus...                       Galena...
  Oronogo...                        Seneca...
  Granby...                         Carterville...
  Duquesne...                       Duenweg...
  Diamond...                        Loma Linda...
  Airport Drive...                  Leawood...
  Lowell...                         Silver Creek...

This includes Interstate 44 between mile markers 0 and 25.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

This is a dangerous storm. Prepare immediately for large destructive
hail capable of producing significant damage. People outside should
move to shelter inside a strong building,  and stay away from
windows.

Posts about Will Norton, Donald Trump, Paul Barr among most visited on Turner Report/Inside Joplin this week

The top 10 posts for the Turner Report this week are a mixed bag of all kinds of different stories topped by assault charges filed against a Neosho man.

The most unusual posts this week came in at numbers six and seven.

Number six was a post from June 2011 as I noted a few Turner Report posts from six years ago to observe the sixth anniversary of the Joplin Tornado. The post featured my coverage of the funeral of Joplin High School graduate Will Norton, one of the 161 tornado victims.

At number seven was the transcript and video of the only comments on record by President Donald Trump about the Joplin Tornado, though he never mentions Joplin.

The Turner Report

1. 255-pound man says he punched woman behind Sam's Cellar in self-defense

2. Please don't ask me not to print public records

3. Preliminary hearing for Joplin doctor charged with statutory rape, sodomy set for next week

4. Judge: It's unfortunate taxpayer dollars will be used to pay for (C. J. Huff's) failure

5. Joplin R-8 to announce Paul Barr's retirement today

6. Life of Will Norton celebrated

7. Donald Trump from 2011: Billions for Iraq, Afghanistan, but nothing for tornado victims

8. Former East Middle School nurse sues Joplin R-8 for age, disabilities discrimination

9. Joplin residents, Lamar man indicted on meth conspiracy, trafficking charges

10. Joplin R-8 Board approves salary schedule on 4-3 vote

Inside Joplin

1. Barton County Sheriff's Office Arrests

2. Moving violation check point to be held in Jasper County, DWI saturation in McDonald County

3. Video- Complete Joplin High School Graduation

4. Jasper County Sheriff arrests Carl Junction man for kidnapping, assault 

5. Joplin Police Department Arrests May 24-25

6. Joplin Police: No evidence to support rumor of child abduction at Lowe's

7. Joplin Police Department Arrests May 23-24

8. Jasper County Dissolutions of Marriage Petitions

9. Joplin Police Department Arrests May 22-23

10. Sheriff's office arrests Joplin man for driving while intoxicated

Inside Joplin Obituaries

1. Maynard Barnabas

2. Max Clevenger

3. Edward Hembree

4. Bob Larson

5. Jerry Hatfield

6. Hermy Passley

7. Judy Miller

8. Eula Hall

9. Lois Wells

10. Charles Fitzjohn

Some thoughts about my 40-year anniversary

I am not quite sure of the date, but it was either May 23, 1977,  or right around that time that I had my first automobile accident.

I was driving Mom's car in Neosho and I accidentally turned down a road that I had never driven before. As I reached an intersection and drove it through it, I saw a car barreling in on me and there was nothing I could do. It slammed into the passenger side door.

We both got out of our cars to assess the damage.

The other driver appeared to be in his late 30s or early 40s and shouted at me, "You ran the stop sign."

"What stop sign?" I asked. I looked over and I could barely see a stop sign because it was almost thoroughly obscured by tree branches.

A number of people had been outside and a few had seen the crash. When the Neosho Police arrived, no tickets were written. The police officer acknowledged that someone who was unfamiliar with the street would not have known there was a stop sign there. He did give me a well-deserved lecture on being cautious as I approached intersections.

That was the first time I had ever been in any kind of traffic accident- and it was also the first day of my journalism career. 

When I had my accident, I was driving home from an interview at the Neosho Daily News, where I was hired to be the editor of the weekly Newton County News.

Why I had the nerve to apply for a job as editor of a newspaper when I had no experience, other than writing a column for the East Newton Fife and Drum (and publishing an underground newspaper when I was a freshman in high school and getting suspended for it, but I didn't mention that during the interview).

Now at 21, I was the editor of the Newton County News. Actually, I was the co-editor of the newspaper along with recent East Newton High School graduate Karen Sapp, who had been the editor of the Fife and Drum.

Karen was the one who knew what she was doing. I didn't have the slightest idea.

We were hired because we were the only ones who applied for the job.

When school started that fall, Karen left, and for the next six months, readers in the Granby and Diamond area were forced to endure the person who was not only the youngest editor of a Missouri newspaper at that time, but also the worst.

The publisher, Richard Bush, finally fired me by mail in February. In addition to being editor, I was also the advertising sales person. Bush might have been able to tolerate a thoroughly incompetent editor, but not an ad sales person who couldn't sell any ads.

Still, my nine months at the Newton County News made me determined to somehow get another newspaper job and learn how to do the job right, so despite my complete failure there, I still celebrate the day I was hired, despite the accident.

A couple of months after my time at the Newton County News ended, I saw an advertisement for a reporter at the Lamar Democrat, which at that time was the smallest daily newspaper in Missouri.

I was still attending Missouri Southern, so I could not take a job, but I called the Democrat editor, Lou Nell Clark, and told her I could not apply for the job, but that I was interested in learning about newspapers and hoped to be able to land a newspaper job when the semester ended at Southern.

For some reason, she asked me to come to Lamar and talk with her. I did and in May, the sports editor position opened up at the Democrat and I was back in the newspaper business.

During my eight months at the Democrat, I made it a point to learn as much as I could from the people who worked there, primarily Lou Nell, who taught me about reporting, the production manager Russell Pierson, and the proofreader/typesetter Dorothy Parks, who drilled home the importance of accuracy.

Budget cuts ended my time there in December 1978, but a month later, the company hired me as editor of the weekly Lockwood Luminary-Golden City Herald. This time, I knew how to write and edit for a weekly newspaper.

I loved that job and hated it when Boone Newspapers decided to shut the newspaper down in October 1979.

I returned to Missouri Southern after that and earned my teaching degree, doing my student teaching at Diamond Junior High, while working for Editor Emery Styron at the Newton County News. When he left, I once again became editor of that publication. After that, I returned to the Democrat as managing editor from 1982 through the early part of 1990, when I left to become a general assignment reporter for the Carthage Press. Three years later, I became managing editor, a position I held until May 1999.

Even though I spent the next 14 years as a classroom teacher, first at Diamond and then Joplin, I continued journalism, at first through a Turner Report website, which may have had 20 readers at most, and later with the Turner Report and Inside Joplin blogs. During that time, I also wrote columns and occasionally provided school and sports coverage for the Newton County News, briefly wrote a column for KY3's website, and provided blogs and columns for the Huffington Post and Daily Kos.

It all started 40 years ago and I have never grown tired of reporting.

(The photo was taken shortly after I began working as editor of the Lockwood Luminary-Golden City Herald in January 1979.)

Flash flood warning issued for Neosho, Goodman, Anderson

Flash Flood Warning
MOC009-043-109-119-145-209-213-280530-
/O.NEW.KSGF.FF.W.0054.170528T0025Z-170528T0530Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Springfield MO
725 PM CDT SAT MAY 27 2017

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
  Southern Newton County in southwestern Missouri...
  Christian County in southwestern Missouri...
  Northern Taney County in southwestern Missouri...
  Stone County in southwestern Missouri...
  Northern McDonald County in southwestern Missouri...
  Barry County in southwestern Missouri...
  Southeastern Lawrence County in southwestern Missouri...

* Until 1230 AM CDT

* At 725 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
  heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain has
  already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

* Creeks, streams, and low water crossings will be especially
  susceptible to the dangers of flash flooding.
  Locations in the warning include...
  Nixa...                           Ozark...
  Neosho...                         Branson...
  Big Sugar Creek State Park...     Roaring River State Park...
  Monett...                         Aurora...
  Cassville...                      Silver Dollar City...
  Kimberling City...                Forsyth...
  Anderson...                       Merriam Woods...
  Sparta...                         Crane...
  Shell Knob...                     Goodman...
  Purdy...                          Reeds Spring...

This warning includes but is not limited to the following low water
crossings...
Highway 43 at Buffalo Creek west of Anderson...
Highway 13 at Railey Creek near Reeds Spring...
Highway 13 at Pine Run northwest of Galena...
Route U at Pedelo Creek northeast of Sparta...
and Route Y at Flat Creek just northeast of Cassville.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.
Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate
precautions to protect life and property.

Tornado watch for Joplin area extended until 2 a.m.

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 284
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
700 PM CDT SAT MAY 27 2017

TORNADO WATCH 284 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 200 AM CDT FOR THE
 FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

MOC009-023-035-043-067-069-077-091-097-109-119-143-145-149-153-
155-181-203-207-209-213-215-223-225-229-280700-
/O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0284.170528T0000Z-170528T0700Z/

MO
.    MISSOURI COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BARRY                BUTLER              CARTER
CHRISTIAN            DOUGLAS             DUNKLIN
GREENE               HOWELL              JASPER
LAWRENCE             MCDONALD            NEWTON
NEW MADRID           OREGON              OZARK
PEMISCOT             RIPLEY              SHANNON
STODDARD             STONE               TANEY
TEXAS                WAYNE               WEBSTER
WRIGHT

Hail, wind damage expected as severe thunderstorm warning extended again for Newton County

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Springfield MO
644 PM CDT SAT MAY 27 2017

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Newton County in southwestern Missouri...

* Until 730 PM CDT

* At 644 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Seneca, or 11
  miles east of Miami, moving east at 40 mph.

  HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

  SOURCE...Radar indicated.

  IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage
           to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include...
  Southern Joplin...                Neosho...
  Seneca...                         Granby...
  Duquesne...                       Diamond...
  Loma Linda...                     Leawood...
  Silver Creek...                   Fairview...
  Shoal Creek Drive...              Saginaw...
  Newtonia...                       Stella...
  Redings Mill...                   Wentworth...
  Stark City...                     Grand Falls Plaza...
  Shoal Creek Estates...            Ritchey...

This includes Interstate 44 between mile markers 1 and 9.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

&&

A tornado watch remains in effect until 700 PM CDT for southwestern
Missouri.

Flash flood warning issued for Jasper, Newton counties

Flash Flood Warning
MOC009-043-077-097-109-145-280330-
/O.NEW.KSGF.FF.W.0053.170527T2329Z-170528T0330Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Springfield MO
629 PM CDT SAT MAY 27 2017

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
  Newton County in southwestern Missouri...
  Northwestern Christian County in southwestern Missouri...
  Northwestern Barry County in southwestern Missouri...
  Lawrence County in southwestern Missouri...
  Greene County in southwestern Missouri...
  Southeastern Jasper County in southwestern Missouri...

* Until 1030 PM CDT

* At 629 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
  heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain has
  already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

* Creeks, streams, and low water crossings will be especially
  susceptible to the dangers of flash flooding.
  Locations in the warning include...
  Springfield...                    Southern Joplin...
  Nixa...                           Ozark...
  Republic...                       Carthage...
  Neosho...                         Monett...
  Aurora...                         Battlefield...
  Willard...                        Mount Vernon...
  Strafford...                      Seneca...
  Marionville...                    Clever...
  Granby...                         Duquesne...
  Fair Grove...                     Sarcoxie...

This warning includes but is not limited to the following low water
crossings...

Business Highway 60 just north of Neosho...
Highway 97 at The Spring River north of Stotts City...
Highway 37 at The Spring River southwest of Avilla...
Scenic Avenue in southwest Springfield...
and Route F, 3 miles northeast of Reeds.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.
Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate
precautions to protect life and property.

Severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Ottawa, Craig counties

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Northeastern Craig County in northeastern Oklahoma...
  Northern Ottawa County in northeastern Oklahoma...

* Until 630 PM CDT

* At 555 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
  extending from 3 miles east of Quapaw to 5 miles west of
  Bluejacket, moving east at 50 mph.

  HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

  SOURCE...Radar indicated.

  IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage
           to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations in or near the path include...
  Miami...                          Commerce...
  Quapaw...                         Welch...
  Treece...                         Picher...
  Ottawa...                         Peoria...
  Cardin...

This includes Interstate 44 between mile markers 308 and 324.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

Severe thunderstorm warning extended for Jasper, Newton counties

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Springfield MO
601 PM CDT SAT MAY 27 2017

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Northeastern Newton County in southwestern Missouri...
  Southern Jasper County in southwestern Missouri...

* Until 645 PM CDT

* At 601 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Sarcoxie, or
  9 miles southeast of Carthage, moving east at 60 mph.

  HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

  SOURCE...Radar indicated.

  IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage
           to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include...
  Joplin...                         Carthage...
  Webb City...                      Carterville...
  Duquesne...                       Sarcoxie...
  Duenweg...                        Diamond...
  Leawood...                        Silver Creek...
  Shoal Creek Drive...              Saginaw...
  Fidelity...                       Wentworth...
  Avilla...                         La Russell...
  Brooklyn Heights...               Reeds...
  Ritchey...                        Dennis Acres...

This includes Interstate 44 between mile markers 7 and 31.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

&&

A tornado watch remains in effect until 700 PM CDT for southwestern
Missouri.

Tornado safe rooms open at Joplin Schools following Ottawa County warning

(From Joplin Schools)

5:30 PM- Because of an actual tornado warning in Ottawa County, OK we will be opening the Community Safe Rooms for Joplin Schools.