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Severe thunderstorm warning east of the QC has expired

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A severe thunderstorm warning issued east of the Quad Cities expired at 4:15 p.m.  Bureau County was in the warning area, according to the National Weather Service.

A hazardous weather outlook from the NWS said that isolated, severe thunderstorms with damaging wind, hail and isolated tornadoes were still possible through 5 p.m. Monday, January 22nd.

“This threat is mainly east of a line from Princeton, Illinois to Freeport, Illinois,” read the NWS Statement.

Minor flooding was happening along small creeks and ditches in parts of Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties because of the rainfall and snow melt.  Click here for flood advisory information.

As Chief Meteorologist James Zahara explains in today’s forecast, remaining rainfall is expected to change to snow, with little accumulation possible.

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Two dogs rescued from basement of burning Moline home

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MOLINE, Illinois -- Two lucky dogs were rescued after a Moline home caught on fire.

Firefighters were greeted with flames and heavy smoke when they were called to a fire at 29th Street and 12th Avenue around 11 a.m. Monday, January 22nd.

There were no people home at the time, but two dogs were found in the basement and rescued.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen.


North Carolina donut shop creates Tide Pods you can safely eat

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CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. – A North Carolina donut shop created a Tide Pod you can actually take a bite out of.

Wake N Bake Donuts in Carolina Beach created Tide Pod donuts to counter a dangerous social media trend where people post videos of themselves eating the pods.

The shop posted pictures of the Tide Pod donut on Facebook Sunday.

The post read, “One of our Millennial employees (Caitlin) decided to take a moment to teach they youth the difference between what to eat and what not to eat. This is a Donut….you can eat this! Tide is for laundry silly. Available at our Carolina Beach location today!”

Tide’s parent company, Proctor and Gamble, has released numerous statements about the danger over the last several weeks.

What should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else.

Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA, and we asked our friend @robgronkowski to help explain.

— Tide (@tide) January 12, 2018

TSA investigation separates passengers and families at Quad City Airport

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Just back from a Disney vacation in Florida,  James Uhlenhake and his family weren’t expecting another adventure in the airport.

But that’s just what they got in the Quad City International Airport on Monday, January 22.

“We got split up,” he recalled.

TSA shut down a checkpoint after detecting suspicious items in a carry-on.  That brought things to a standstill for over an hour, separating families and delaying a departing flight.

“We got the stroller,” he continued.  “By the time we got to security, they told us to turn around and wait there.”

That was after his family, along with Megan Baltes and her kids,  had to wait it out in baggage claim.

“We weren’t really sure what to do,” Megan said.  “Should we stay here or try to go to our vehicle if it was safer there? We weren’t really sure.”

Officers checked out the items from another departing passenger, which looked like explosive components,  but turned out to be a surveillance camera and viewing device.

Just after 10 a.m., passengers were back on the move, and the two families reunited.

“The kids and I are all split up, and the baby needed formula,” James said.  “But we got through it.”

As Megan Baltes prepared her family for the long drive back to New Hampton, Iowa, she looked back on the experience.

“You hear about it every day on the news, and you don’t think you’ll be a part of it,” she concluded.  “But we were today.”


Evening rain showers to mix with light snow late… no real cold for a while.

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Scattered rain showers developing across the area will continue through most of the night until the last of the raindrops change to a light snow sometime after midnight.  Little if any accumulation is expected before sunrise.

That will lead to highs around the mid 30s on Tuesday which is still not bad for this time of year given the normal high is 31.  Skies will improve that day as the morning clouds will lead to some increasing sunshine later that afternoon.

In fact, Tuesday’s highs will be the coolest we see for the rest of the week as I still see a slow warming in the days to follow.  After seeing highs in the upper 30s on Wednesday comes warmer 40s on Thursday before temperatures jump just above 50 by the time Friday rolls around.

That night into Saturday is when we see a passing shower or two followed by drier skies and highs in the 40s on Sunday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Student taken to hospital after school bus slides of icy road

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BELLEVUE, Iowa — One student was taken to the hospital after a school bus slid off an ice-covered road and into a ditch.

There were seven students, one attendant and a driver on the bus when it slid off of High Bridge Road Monday, January 22nd around 6:40 a.m.  According to a statement from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the driver was trying to make a left-hand turn onto 343rd Avenue when ice caused the bus to slid into a ditch and roll onto its side.

One student was taken to a Dubuque hospital for evaluation, said the statement.  The other students were all turned over to their parents.  The driver and the attendant both refused treatment.

The yellow 2016 International bus, registered to the Dubuque Community School District sustained about $90,000 in damages.  Secondarily, a fence that got damaged in the crash is estimated to cost about $750 in repairs.

There were no charges filed due to the icy roads.

Home catches fire in Rock Island

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — A fire broke out at a home in the 1500 block of 12th Street Sunday evening.

Firefighters were called around 7:10 p.m. to find fire on the main floor entrance, according to a statement from Rock Island Fire Marshal Greg Marty.  It took just 10 minutes for firefighters to get the fire under control.

There were no injuries reported and nobody was home at the time of the fire.

The Rock Island Fire Marshal’s Office is trying to determine what the cause of the fire was.


CASI receives funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

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Tom Pospisil  from Eriksen Chevrolet was on-hand to present a check for $540 for the December Three Degree Guarantee to CASI – Center for Active Seniors - Senior Secret Santa Program.

Accepting the check were Laura Kopp and Sammy Meier from CASI.

The Center for Active Seniors, Inc., located in Davenport, Iowa, is a 40,000-sq.-foot facility dedicated to providing services that meet the needs of older adults, fosters respect, dignity and quality of life. The organization does this by offering opportunities for social engagement, lifelong learning, creative expression, health & fitness, and so much more to senior residents of Scott County and the greater Quad-City area. With many older adults spending the holidays alone in their homes with little to no friend or family support the Senior Secret Santa Program provides seniors with gifts during the holiday season to help lift their spirits.

If you would like to learn more about The Center for Active Seniors, Inc. – Senior Secret Santa Program, please click here.


If your charity or organization would like to be considered for the Three Degree Guarantee, please click here.

Dozens of Arsenal workers show up and leave, due to government shutdown

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ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL- The Deputy Garrison Commander of the Rock Island Arsenal says about a third of his workforce showed up to work Monday, January 22, but they were home because of the shutdown.

Joel Himsl says the shutdown affects about 75 of his workers in the Garrison Command alone. Himsl called the shutdown orderly, and workers prepared for this Friday, January 19.

Garrison Public Affairs Officers Eric Cramer says the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, Mississippi River Visitor Center, Rock Island Arsenal Health Clinic, and the Army Community Service are all closed Monday.

The following offices are all open though:

  • RIA Emergency services and gate operations
  • RIA Visitor Control Center
  • Child Development Center
  • Child and Youth Services
  • RIA Commissary
  • RIA Exchange
  • Rock Island National Cemetery
  • Memorial Park and Field
  • Leisure Travel and Outdoor Recreation
  • Fitness Center
  • Auto Craft Center
  • Arsenal Island Golf Club Clubhouse
  • Lock and Dam Lounge
  • Common Access/I.D. Card branch

Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski talked about the shutdown Monday morning on Good Morning Quad Cities. He said agencies like national parks and museums are shut down Monday, but he says the bulk of the federal agencies are simply scaling back their non-essential employees.

Grywacheski says there could be a delay or a cutback in the federal services we expect on any other day.

"For the employees who will not be going to work today, their health benefits will continue, but they will not be getting paid," he said Monday morning.

800,000 federal employees have been placed on furlough, which means they did not report to work Monday. Everyone who stayed home was paid later in earlier government shutdowns. The vote to end the government shutdown was set for 11 a.m. CT Monday.

To see how else the government shutdown is affecting parks and buildings, click here.


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