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Warning for “extreme life threatening cold” continues through Tuesday


This news story was published on January 6, 2014.
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Extremely cold temps continue through the North Iowa region for at least another 24 hours.

Extremely cold temps continue through the North Iowa region for at least another 24 hours.

DES MOINES – Warnings for extreme life threatening cold will continue through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Des Moines.

An extremely cold arctic airmass will keep temperatures well below zero through Tuesday morning, the agency reported. These temperatures combined with gusty northwest winds will produce life threatening wind chills. The most extreme wind chills will occur through this morning with widespread values of 40 to 55 below. These wind chills will be the coldest in nearly 20 years over much of the area.

Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until noon Tuesday.

Winds of 20 to 35 mph and higher gusts are expected, combined with temperatures 10 to 20 below are creating wind chill values from 35 to 50 below zero across the region. The coldest of these readings is occurring over Northern Iowa.

Wind Chill values: the most extreme and life threatening conditions are expected through this morning with wind chills from 35 below south to 55 below North. Over Central Iowa wind chills will drop to around 40 to 45 below.

Extreme wind chills of this magnitude can result in frost bite in minutes and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of extremely cold air and strong winds will create life threatening low wind chill values. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

Throughout the North Iowa area, schools are closed and other meetings and event shave been called off.  There was a least one reported emergency this morning, as the Kohl’s Department Store was closed just as it opened due to an apparent carbon monoxide leak.

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26 Responses to Warning for “extreme life threatening cold” continues through Tuesday

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    bodacious Reply Report comment

    January 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    The state has issued a state of emergency. They are not arresting anyone unless they are impeding the emergency vehicles. http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/5830a090bc3443e1ab35c64f552e81fe/IN–Deep-Freeze-Indiana/#.UssBnWRDtL4

    By the way, the governor of Indiana is on board with all of this. He is a tea party conservative.

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    maybe Reply Report comment

    January 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I just found out that they declared martial law in indiana because of the weather. Anybody found outside will be ticketed and taken to a shelter by force and the National Guard has been activated and all roads have been closed.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      January 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

      @maybe-are you serious??

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      maybe Reply Report comment

      January 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

      I have a friend that went to the colts game last weekend and the govenor gave a press conference this morning, this friend told me what was said and they were very careful not to use the term martial law but when all roads are closed and you are ticketed and incarcerated if you are caught on the roads and the National Guard is activated that is basically martial law.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

        They are not calling it martial law because it ISN’T martial law. The national guard is aiding local and state government not superseding them. Chicken little called and said you should stop doing his work.

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          maybe Reply Report comment

          January 6, 2014 at 11:42 am

          Do you know what the definition of martial law is? I do and there are different levels of martial law and even though it is the lowest level they are in martial law right now. Do your research before you spout off.

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            Anonymous

            January 6, 2014 at 11:52 am

            Martial Law
            The exercise of government and control by military authorities over the civilian population of a designated territory.
            They are not superseding. Learn to read.

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            maybe

            January 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

            The level they are at right now is the control of movement. This is not entirely at the control of the military but a joint endeavour.

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            maybe

            January 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

            I was in the military for over 12 years and we were trained what to do when martial law is declared and what our job would be.

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            Anonymous

            January 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

            I am very impressed. I was in the military as well. I ALSO learned how to read and comprehend the english language. Martial Law is either declared or it isn’t. There are not “levels”.

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            maybe

            January 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm

            there are different levels, they don’t say level 1 or level 2 but the way they say it is of levels of importance, like control of movement, control of media, control of commerce, and so on. I know you are probably just trying to start a fight here, go ahead and try. I am telling you what I see and beating you down with your own words will not change what I see.

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            NIT Staff

            January 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

            http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/

            Indiana Department of Homeland Security
            County Travel Status for 01/06/2014 13:30:10 EDT

            Warning
            The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a “warning” local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:
            (A) refrain from all travel;
            (B) comply with necessary emergency measures;
            (C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
            (D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

            Watch
            Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

            Advisory
            The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.

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            Anonymous

            January 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

            “They” always seem to have something to say. If you cannot back up claims in the age of information, you end up looking foolish. Enjoy your “levels”.

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            maybe

            January 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

            From what my friend told me, what was happening there it is a form of martial law, according to the posting by matt what is going on there is still a form of martial law or close to it. Anonymous can go on and on about how wrong I am yet doesn’t have the answer. By the way Anonymous, what branch were you?

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        January 6, 2014 at 11:39 am

        @maybe-That is bull. what is this country coming to?

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        Philosophus Reply Report comment

        January 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        Let’s road trip to Indiana to test this out. I’d love a reason to go to court.

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        Iowa Sucks Reply Report comment

        January 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        Maybe you’re just a little drama Queen.

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      maybe Reply Report comment

      January 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      ignorance

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    Philosophus Reply Report comment

    January 6, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Is now a good time to do another Polar Plunge into a lake? Probably not.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I hope you don’t think that matters regarding public safety can be overstated.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      January 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

      @Anonymous-Just what does that mean? There is nothing in the article that would require such a statement.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

        It was a reply to MC_Workers comment about how the this was not really news and that matt had berated the globe for reporting the obvious. He deleted MC_Workers comment on this story and on the KOHLS carbon monoxide evacuation article.

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          LVS Reply Report comment

          January 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

          @Anonymous-Thanks

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          harley Reply Report comment

          January 6, 2014 at 11:52 am

          I can’t be sure, but I don’t think Matt let’s total idiots say anything they want on NIT anymore. He is shutting people down that are offensive. Good for him.

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        Philosophus Reply Report comment

        January 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

        Hey LVS, I found an NIT anomaly that just occurred. Your comment was posted later than mine and the other guys, but showed up first in the feed, and not as a reply. Normally newest comments not listed as replies show up at the top. ???? What’s next? Will the words start printing backwards and require a mirror to read them?