Environment

Environment
4:20 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Stopping White Nose Syndrome

Ryan von Linden New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Since 2006, White Nose Syndrome has been decimating bat populations east of the Mississippi. Last month, the disease was found in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, and biologists expect it to spread further. Kentucky Public Radio’s Erica Peterson went with state researchers into a Meade County cave to see what’s being done to stop White Nose Syndrome.

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Weather Update
5:20 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Inclement Weather Strikes This Afternoon

Damage Reports are coming in following a line of storms in far western Kentucky that continue to move east through our region. Police in Crittenden County say there have been a few reports of trees down across a few roads, but nothing severe at this point. There is a storm shelter open at the Crittenden County Courthouse. In Hopkins County officials say they’ve had no reports of damage thus far. A shelter is open at that courthouse as well. Officials in Ballard County say strong winds ripped the roof off of a trailer in LaCentre. And there are also some reports of trees down..

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Environment
4:52 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Severe Weather Expected in Region Tonight

Severe weather headed to our region again tonight will likely arrive in two in two waves. Forecasters say the first one will arrive late tonight and will probably produce hail and damaging winds the second one will arrive late Friday morning and possibly result in tornadoes and more hail. National Weather Service Paducah Forecaster Jim Packett says the storms tomorrow could hold off until later, though.

Severe Weather
4:32 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Harrisburg Tornado EF-4 and More Severe Weather on the Way

Area destroyed by tornado in downtown Harrisburg
Jennifer Fuller WSIU

Saline County Authorities Start Recovery Efforts

From WSIU-Radio

The recovery process is underway in Harrisburg following Wednesday morning's strong storms that resulted in major damage and loss of life.

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Weather
12:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

1:04 Storm Update

Ronda Gibson/WKMS

A flash flood warning remains in effect for much of the WKMS listening area through 3:45 this afternoon. A tornado watch is in effect for portions of northwest Tennessee through 5:30 this evening. In Illinois, just north of our broadcast area, Saline County experienced severe damage. Officials confirm six people were killed in the storms. In Kentucky, authorities say power lines are down in Ballard County with no reports of injuries. McCracken County officials say a mobile home was destroyed near Ogden Landing road.  Five people inside were injured, one seriously.

Weather
7:13 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Storm Update 8:30 a.m.

Storm Damage in Ballard County
Ronda Gibson WKMS

Storm damage this morning has been mostly contained to Ballard and Hopkins Counties in Western Kentucky.  Numerous buildings were damaged or destroyed as high winds and an unconfirmed tornado made its way through Kevil during the six o’clock hour. Ballard County Emergency Management Director Anita Bugg says there were no injuries or fatalities, however damage is extensive.

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Severe Weather
8:17 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Severe Weather on the Way

National Weather Service meteorologists say our region could see some severe weather tonight through tomorrow morning.  A warm front will move north through the area this evening bringing widespread showers and thunderstorms overnight.  Forecasters say this means a few severe storms are possible tonight, with the main threats being damaging winds and large hail.  A cold second front will follow the warm one east out of southeast Missouri around sunrise tomorrow.  We could see high winds, large hail, and even tornados tomorrow morning.  Locally heavy rainfall of one to two inches is possible

Environment
12:25 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

FLW Fishing Report: The Fish are Biting in February

The dreary February weather hasn’t stopped the fish from biting. Hear more with the FLW Fishing Report...

Scott Ellison here, with the FLW weekly fishing report. Anybody seen the sun lately? It seems that the only time it came out in February was on groundhog day. The groundhog saw its shadow, and here we are with six more weeks of winter weather. It’s no so cold, but it’s definitely been cloudy and windy.

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Clarks River Wildlife Refuge
1:55 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge Gets Permission to Expand

Clarks River NWR Expansion Map
U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Congress has authorized West Kentucky’s Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge to expand by more than 34,000 acres. The expansion would leave the refuge about four times larger than its current size. Refuge Manager Michael Johnson says the new land would give the refuge a chance for major improvements. He says,

“We can provide better recreational opportunities, we can do a better job protecting and managing the wildlife that’s in this area. And we have this chance with this plan, which is kind of what I see as a one shot deal to get things, what I call, ‘Right.’”

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Earthquake
6:41 am
Tue February 21, 2012

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake in Southeast Missouri

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Some area residents may have felt a rumble this morning as US Geological Service officials say a magnitude 4 earthquake took place in Southeast Missouri. Reports say the quake started around four o’clock this morning, about 5 miles north of East Prarie, Missouri. The epicenter was around 3 miles deep. There are no reports of damage at this time.

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