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Nightime Adair Tornado Turned Deadly, SC Community Schools Win National Award, 4:32


The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado with winds estimated at over 120 miles per hour touched down near Adair in western Iowa early this morning. There was one death from the storm. 74-year-old Linda Lee Brownlee died when her home was severely damaged.

The weather service says the tornado touched down around 1:29 am.  Meteorologist Chad Hahn says it’s rare to see tornadoes at that time of night.

0522hahn: 10          Looking at the tornadoes that have occurred since 1980, less than 5 percent occur between the hours of midnight and six am.

Hahn suggests using a weather radio for overnight alerts. He says warning sirens are not meant to be loud enough to wake people from sleep. The Adair tornado is the first to be confirmed in Iowa this year.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed a measure Wednesday intended to stop the state's Democratic attorney general from filing or joining lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's policies, but she did so only after gaining an assurance the state's participation in such actions would end.

The Sioux City Community School District received a top honor from the U.S. Department of Education.

The District was named a Green Ribbon School.  Only 14 districts across the country received the honor. 

Green Ribbon Schools are chosen for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and ensuring effective sustainability education. 

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