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County braces for deluge
February 12, 2014 09:20 am

Courtesy of the National Weather Service An infrared satellite image measuring water vapor (red/pink) shows bands of heavy precipitation heading toward the Oregon Coast at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

A series of powerful storms today through Saturday are expected to dump 7 to 10 inches of rain and may flood low-lying areas, creeks and rivers throughout Curry County. 

The first storm, which began Tuesday night, will bring rain and high winds, followed by another storm Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. 

A high wind warning from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. today was expected to bring gusts of up to 65 miles per hour. 

The windy weather will continue through Saturday, with gusts of up to 25 mph Thursday through Saturday.

County’s tsunami sirens face extinction
February 12, 2014 09:19 am

Curry County Emergency Preparedness Director Don Kendall is straddling a fine line between needing to repair tsunami sirens and wanting to maintain and expand the Nixle emergency notification system.

Sirens will become obsolete in a number of years, as more people connect to advanced technology — from iPads to smartphones. Even a simple cell phone can receive alerts from Nixle, a program set up to warn people of various emergencies in their communities.

Wind and rain coming to coast, flooding possible
February 11, 2014 10:34 am

A series of powerful storms are expected to dump large amounts of rain on Curry County.

The first storm, which will begin tonight, will bring rain and high winds, and will be followed by another storm Thursday.

A high wind warning from 10 p.m. Tuesday  to 4 a.m. Wednesday will bring gusts of up to 65 miles per hour.

By Saturday, Brookings should have received 6 to 7 inches of rain, with up to 10 inches falling in the mountains.

Flu season in full force at schools
February 08, 2014 10:01 am

Kalmiopsis Elementary School is in the grips of what appears to be a flu epidemic, with 209 students absent Friday and another eight sent home because of illness throughout the day. 

This is up from the 124 students who were absent Thursday and the 38 who were sent home. 

DeFazio concedes to Wyden’s timber plan
February 08, 2014 10:00 am

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio conceded to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden Thursday morning regarding their respective O&C forest management plans, to the dismay of the supporters of DeFazio’s plan and Oregon county commissioners who were holding out hopes it would make it through the Senate this year.

Wyden’s bill calls for forest management plans that would allow for twice as much cutting in the forests — 300 million board feet (mbf) — as is done now, and limit the environmental review process for logging in some designated harvest areas while guaranteeing protection for stands of trees more than 120 years old.

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