PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Four women from the Cincinnati, Ohio area are stuck in the path of the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere, Hurricane Patricia.
All women are emergency room nurses at a Cincinnati hospital. They were vacationing in Mexico’s Pacific coastal town of Puerto Vallarta but were unable to get out due to the storm increasing in strength in just 24 hours. They are scheduled to return on Sunday.
Just 24 hours prior, Hurricane Patricia wasn’t even a tropical storm, but quickly turned into the strongest hurricane ever recorded.
Originally, they were prepared to hunker down in their resort’s hotel room as an evacuation plan was unavailable, but this has changed recently and they have been evacuated to a nearby hotel-casino in Nuevo Vallarta, which is more inland.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the Category 5 storm’s maximum sustained winds had grown to 200 miles per hour (mph), making it the strongest storm on record in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic.
Director of Mexico’s National Water Commission Roberto Ramirez says that Hurricane Patricia is powerful enough to lift up automobiles, destroy homes that are not sturdily built with cement and steel and will be able to drag along people caught outside when the storm strikes.
The storm is expected to make landfall somewhere on the coast of Jalisco state, which includes Puerto Vallarta between 6 and 7 p.m. EST.
Rainfall of 8 to 12 inches — and possibly 20 inches in some spots — “could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” according to the U.S. weather agency.
Please follow this story for updates and the Twitter feed of Allie Schwandner who is one of the four nurses stuck in Mexico.
We are safe in the evacuation site. We have some of our belongings, a mat for the floor and some water. pic.twitter.com/wiSsN76lSE
— Allison Schwandner (@allisonleigh55) October 23, 2015
The storm is now packing winds at 190 miles per hour. The government of Mexico declared a state of emergency in dozens of municipalities in the states of Colima, Nayarit, and Jalisco. Residents stacked sandbags in front of properties and rushed to grocery stores to stock up on supplies.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said, “If there were a category six for hurricanes, this would be a category six,” he said. “It’s a hurricane that hasn’t been seen before, not just in Mexico, not just in the United States. It has wind speeds that are greater than the most intense, strongest hurricanes ever recorded on the planet.”
Although, they are soon to be hit by the strongest hurricane ever recorded, the nurses from Cincinnati are staying positive:
Update: served food to women and children first. Expecting to get hit in about 2 hours. Staying positive! pic.twitter.com/NV6lubdEJX
— Allison Schwandner (@allisonleigh55) October 23, 2015
Here’s a tweet from Scott Kelly, the American astronaut aboard the international space station:
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 23, 2015
Hurricane Patricia officially made Landfall at 6:15 p.m. CDT / 7:15 p.m. EST as a Category 5 hurricane with 165 mph winds near Cuixmala, Mexico.
From the National Hurricane Center:
Hurricane Patricia is weakening, but the storm remains an extremely dangerous major hurricane over Southwest Mexico. It now has maximum sustained winds at 130 MPH and is a CAT 4 storm.
Rapid weakening is forecast, with Patricia expected to become a tropical storm tomorrow morning, and a tropical depression tomorrow afternoon. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 946 mb (27.94 inches).
From Cincinnati’s WLWT:
Released from the shelter, walked back to our room. Besides the pouring rain the weather is still eerily calm. NO wind and NO waves.
— Allison Schwandner (@allisonleigh55) October 24, 2015
More than 7 million people were in the storm’s path. Approximately 3,500 people were evacuated from the state of Jalisco, which encompasses Puerto Vallarta and the Guadalajara metro area.
Mexican officials reported that 6,333 people were in shelters on Friday night and there has been no loss of life reported.
The Cincinnati nurses return home safely.
- This story has been updated for content.
MADISONVILLE, Ohio — A Cincinnati Police Officer was killed on Friday morning following a shootout with an armed and erratic individual.
District 2 Officer Sunny Kim came under fire and was hit about 9:30 a.m. at Whetzel Avenue and Roe Street after officers responded to the area for a report of an armed man acting erratically, said Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.
“We lost one of our best today,” Blackwell said. “We lost a brother.”
The suspect was shot and killed as well. The suspect’s name has not been released. Both were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where Officer Kim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
Kim, 48, a 27-year veteran with the CPD had immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 1973.
Kim is the 98th Cincinnati police officer to die in the line of duty — the first since 2000 when Officer Kevin Crayon was dragged from a vehicle driven by a 12-year-old boy.
“This is a tragedy,” Blackwell said at a 10:15 a.m. briefing that offered few specifics about the unfolding investigation. He said “multiple individuals” were involved in the shooting. The Hamilton County Coroner arrived at UC hospital just before 11 a.m.
Officers were seen hugging and consoling each other at the shooting scene and at the hospital.
The area of Whetzel at Roe Street and Erie Avenue is shut down until further notice.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Trepierre Hummons.
COVINGTON, Ky. — The pro-tolls Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition recently placed a billboard by the Brent Spence Bridge that read: CAUTION – DANGEROUS BRIDGE AHEAD.
What were drivers to do? Do they cross the bridge risking their life and that of their family? Did the Coalition’s fear-mongering cause the bridge to become “dangerous” as drivers slowed down to make sure the bridge didn’t kill them?
The Coalition stated they were just pointing out the obvious or simply stating a fact.
If that’s true, then the only proper course of action is to shutdown the bridge to secure public safety. Barriers should be placed in Northern Kentucky to force all northbound traffic on I75/I71 to exit in Covington. Barriers should also be placed on the Ohio southbound side of the bridge.
It’s the only logical and compassionate course of action.
If a company is offering a dangerous product or service, authorities will shutdown that business to protect the public.
If a dangerous criminal is on the loose, authorities will shutdown an entire community until the danger is removed.
If a dangerous chemical spill occurs, authorities will shutdown traffic and require residents to stay in their homes in name of public safety.
If a dangerous bridge exists, it must shutdown immediately before drivers are swimming with fish. It’s the only responsible thing to do.
Since the Build Our Bridge Now Coalition is comprised of hundreds of powerful aristocrats, their “danger” alarm cannot be ignored. Would a group of “leaders” scream “danger” on a crowded bridge just to induce fear for their personal gain? Is their goal to scare taxpayers into raising taxes (tolls) before this “dangerous” bridge murders them? I hope the integrity of the Coalition would not stoop to gutter politics.
However, we must take them seriously. If the bridge is dangerous, it must be shutdown. How can businesses and community “leaders” allow the public to cross a “dangerous” bridge just to patronize them and their greed over public safety? If death does occur, it must be laid at the feet of our “leaders” who saw danger, refused to shut it down and permitted it to continue for their personal financial gain.
If the bridge is not dangerous, the Coalition should immediately update their billboard to read:
SORRY: SAFE BRIDGE AHEAD (Politics got the best of us).
I understand the Coalition has a new billboard – THIS TRAFFIC IS WASTING YOUR TIME AND MONEY. Wouldn’t that billboard be more accurate if it read – FEDS WASTE TAXES FORCING YOU TO WASTE TIME & MONEY? The feds have plenty of money to complete the Brent Spence Bridge Project as their receipts increased by 9 percent over last year. In fiscal year ending September 2014, the feds collected over $3 trillion from taxpayers. It’s the first time the feds broke the $3 trillion level.
It appears the pro-tolls Coalition is getting desperate and is turning up the scare tactics. I wonder if their next marketing strategy will include NBC’s Brian Williams crossing the B.S. Bridge and then claiming his convoy was shot at by Tea Party anti-toll forces. At this point, I would not put it pass the Coalition.
CINCINNATI, Ohio — An overpass north of the new Hopple Street bridge has collapsed Monday evening forcing officials to close southbound Interstate 75 indefinitely leaving one injured and one dead.
The bridge collapsed at approximately 10:30 p.m. leaving one tractor-trailer completely damaged.
75 command confirms 1 injury of big rig driver, 1 fatality of a construction worker, 75 will be closed indefinitely pic.twitter.com/IO1YgWxuV3
— Cincy Fire & EMS (@CincyFireEMS) January 20, 2015
Panorama view of the bridge collapse on south I-75 in Cincinnati. This was the old northbound off ramp to Hopple St pic.twitter.com/yMOEcP1Jxp
— Cincy Fire & EMS (@CincyFireEMS) January 20, 2015
To confirm the bridge that collapsed was undergoing demolition at the time of incident, this is NOT the new bridge pic.twitter.com/H6sAaRNsJv
— Cincy Fire & EMS (@CincyFireEMS) January 20, 2015
Crews are working now to determine a plan of action to remove the worker, it will be a long operation pic.twitter.com/rMaUEpWWJW
— Cincy Fire & EMS (@CincyFireEMS) January 20, 2015
Video via WLWT:
Officials say a construction worker has died and a tractor-trailer driver has been injured. Cincinnati police said the collapse was related to current construction on the roadway in Camp Washington.
The tractor trailer driver sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for evaluation, police said.
The name of the construction worker killed has not been released.
Officials have removed the body of the construction worker from the site. Crews used airbags to lift the wreckage off him and removed his body at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.
The bridge that collapsed was part of the old northbound off ramp to Hopple Street. A new overpass nearby was not affected.
SB I-75 could be closed for two days, the city tweeted. Plan ahead, leave early, expect delays.
Press Release for the I-75 incident via Twitter.
Cincinnati Police Department Traffic Unit officials said all vehicles traveling south on I-75 should reroute to either I-275 or I-71. Drivers heading south on I-75 who don’t take those exits will be forced to reroute to westbound I-74.
All commuters traveling eastbound on I-74 will be rerouted to either northbound I-75 or the Colerain/Beekman Avenue exit.
Blackwell asked that morning commuters plan ahead.
Stay with ANM News for more information on this developing story.
NOTE: This story has been edited for content after publication.
CINCINNATI, Ohio — A 20-year-old man from Green Township was arrested Wednesday after authorities said he planned to bomb the U.S. Capitol in a terrorist attack.
Christopher Cornell had purchased two semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition and was arrested Wednesday morning at the Point Blank Range & Gunshop in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The FBI’s Cincinnati-Dayton Joint Terrorism Task Force said he planned to travel to Washington, D.C. and kill employees and officers working in and around the Capitol building.
Cornell aka Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah on Twitter claimed to to be an active member of ISIS, FBI said.
The FBI had been in contact with Cornell using a secret informant on Twitter messaging back and forth with the ISIS member.
Cornell sent this message to the government source:
“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.”
“We already got a thumbs up from the Brothers over there and Anwar al Awlaki before his martyrdom and many others.”
“I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves.”
He was plotting, with the undercover FBI operative, to set off pipe bombs in the U.S. Capitol and shoot people as they fled, the FBI said.
In addition to bombing the building, Cornell allegedly wanted to shoot congressman and government employees.
An FBI statement about the apprehension read:
The alleged activities of Cornell highlight the continued interest of US-based violent extremists to support designated foreign terrorist organizations overseas, such as ISIL, by committing terrorist acts in the United States. Terrorist group members and supporters will almost certainly continue to use social media platforms to disseminate English language violent extremist messages.
Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge John A. Barrios said the public was not in danger during the investigation into Cornell’s plans.
The attack was planned for December 2015.
Cornell is being charged with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
This is the second terror-style plot to come out of Ohio in 24 hours after the arrest of Michael Hoyt. Hoyt, a former bartender, allegedly threatened to kill John Boehner in his Ohio country club.
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Protesters briefly shut down a section of I-75 in Cincinnati near the Ezzard Charles exit as they chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot” to protest the grand jury decision Monday not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
All lanes on the interstate were closed about 7 p.m.
The march began as protesters gathered on the steps of the Federal Courthouse where National Action Network leaders and Mayor John Cranley addressed the crowd. The group then marched north to Over-the-Rhine, some wearing white masks signifying anonymity.
“Like all of you, I am deeply concerned about the loss of life and the events that are unfolding in Ferguson, Mo.,” Cranley said. “I can sympathize with all aspects of what the community is experiencing because Cincinnati has had similar tensions in the past.”
Approximately 10 people were arrested. Cincinnati police said the protest was dangerous and that those arrested would at least be cited for pedestrian violations.
Hundreds of protesters marched from Cincinnati District 1 headquarters to the Ezzard Charles exit.
“Please, get off the expressway or you will be arrested,” police told protesters through bullhorns.
The highway was closed for about 20 minutes, but it remains unclear at this point where they were planning to go or why they sat on the highway. There were approximately 200 people marching.
Those arrested were charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct, police said.
A police spokeswoman said everyone arrested was from Cincinnati.
Many other rallies were planned across the nation Tuesday in places like Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
** This story has been updated.
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Enterovirus-D68, a severe respiratory illness that mainly affects children and teens has been confirmed in both Cincinnati and Dayton.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has confirmed 11 cases of EV-D68, while Dayton Children’s Hospital has confirmed eight cases. The recent outbreak of infections has been suspected for months, but now the Ohio Department of Health has indeed confirmed the positive results.
The wait took so long due to samples having to be tested by the CDC, which has been dealing with Ebola as of late. A spokeswoman says the hospitals had to send the tests to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and that a backlog is why they are just now getting confirmation.
Health experts say an extra strong strain of the respitory virus sickened more children than usual this year.
EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
- Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
- Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.
EV-D68 can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s nose and throat. Parents should inform their child’s doctors of the symptoms present and the possibility of EV-D68.
Many hospitals and some doctor’s offices can test ill patients to see if they have enterovirus infection. However, most cannot do specific testing to determine the type of enterovirus, like EV-D68. CDC and some state health departments can do this sort of testing.
There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Health experts advise good hand washing, not sharing utensils and to stay home if you’re not feeling well.
Crossposted from Examiner.com.
Cincinnati, OH – Barack Obama won Hamilton County twice and was re-elected to a second term, just as President Ronald Reagan was. This is enough for one State Senator Eric Kearney (D–Cincinnati) to warrant the honor and recognition of naming a highway after the current Commander-in-Chief.
Kearney, a Democrat representing the 9th District introduced a bill on Thursday to rename a portion of State Route 562 between I-75 and I-71 in Cincinnati also known as the Norwood Lateral. It would be the second highway in Hamilton County named after a president.
President Obama, like President Reagan, won Hamilton County twice and was a two-term president, Kearney said in a statement. “President Obama’s presidency is historic and deserving of a lasting recognition.
President Obama and his administration have presided over the Benghazi attacks, Fort Hood “work place violence” attack, the IRS scandal, Operation Fast and Furious, Eric Holder, NSA and their overreach, Obamacare, Eric Holder, spying on the press, droning American citizens, Hillary Clinton, Solyndra, Border insecurity, Eric Holder, closing down of monuments and scenic overlooks, author of “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it”, Healthcare.gov, Eric Holder, Russia and Mr. Putin, Timothy Geithner, VA scandal, fudged unemployment numbers to win re-election, the burning of the Middle East, and now the Ebola fiasco. This list is not all encompassing, but this State Senator believes President Obama deserves to have a highway named after him? Yeah about that.
WCPO reports: Cincinnati residents have mixed opinions on the idea.
“I think it’s crazy,” said resident Lisa Phelps. “It has always been Norwood Lateral. Why change it?”
Resident Raymond Kelly said he loved the idea and called it “a good thing.”
“I think they should give (Obama) that recognition,” Kelly said. “He needs it. He deserves it.”
Republican Norwood Mayor Tom Williams spoke out against the bill writing to Hamilton County Board of Commissioners President Chris Monzel (R), “I, in no uncertain terms, vehemently oppose the change of the name of the Norwood Lateral… I hope to receive your support in this matter.”
Kearney represents Ohio’s 9th district, which includes parts of Cincinnati, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Norwood, Golf Manor, Hollydale, Columbia Township, Silverton and Springfield Township.
If the bills passes, the Norwood Lateral could soon become the “Barack Obama Norwood Lateral”.
No word at this time whether or not Democrats will choose to avoid this stretch of highway if it bears the President’s name.
River City News reports: Two cars crashed on the Roebling Suspension Bridge Tuesday afternoon sending at least one man to the hospital.
The crash happened at around 3:30 and forced the bridge to be shut down in each direction.
Covington Police and Fire responded quickly, transporting at least one man from the scene.
Two trucks arrived at 3:45 to remove the vehicles. The bridge is expected to reopen soon after their removal.
A coalition of business groups and community leaders has formed in Northern Kentucky to formally oppose tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge.
Northern Kentucky United launched www.nkyunited.com Thursday and is seeking members for its group as well as signatures on a petition to reject tolls as an option to pay for a new bridge.
The group’s campaign, NoBStolls.com, vows to fight tolls for a new bridge and provide “an education campaign” about the impact of the bridge project on the region.
“Northern Kentucky is united in its opposition to tolls and is united in its demand for specific, accurate details about the potential impacts of the project on our region,” said Joe Meyer, a Covington resident, member of the coalition, and former secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet.
“Much of the Northern Kentucky delegation in the General Assembly fought hard against tolls last session, and we want to make sure they have public support to continue the fight,” Meyer said.
He said the region deserves an “open, transparent discussion about the project not scare tactics and fear-mongering.”
The project cost for replacement and renovation is $2.6 billion, and federal and state officials have said repeatedly that revenue from tolls is the only feasible way to pay for the replacement of the functionally obsolete bridge.
Northern Kentucky United’s petition urges residents to “stand united against tolls,” and Meyer said the economic impact of tolls on the region will be devastating to families and small businesses.
“We’ll be paying as much as half a billion dollars in direct and indirect costs to the region,” Meyer said. “That’s not an acceptable price to pay for a project that should be funded by the federal government.”
WARREN COUNTY, OHIO — A stretch of Interstate 75 was closed down Friday between OH-63 and OH-122 at about 1:00 p.m. due to a hostage situation, involving a murder suspect from Kentucky. Police stopped a car holding a man, Terry Froman, 41, from Illinois and wanted for killing a 17-year-old in Kentucky earlier Friday. Froman shot and killed 17-year-old, Michael “Eli” Mohney, then took his mother, Kim Thomas, 34 hostage. He then shot and killed the mother before turning the gun on himself.
According to Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon, “Apparently the son intervened and tried to protect his mother, and it cost him his life,” the sheriff said. Froman was arrested by police in Warren County.
From WKRC: Earlier Friday, authorities found the body of her , in the front part of their home in Mayfield, Kentucky, Redmon said. There were signs of a struggle, he said. “What we believe, . The teenager suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and an autopsy was scheduled, said Graves County Coroner Phillip McClain.
Mohney attended Mayfield High School. Students formed prayer circles after learning of the tragedy, and grief counselors and youth ministers were brought to the school, said school district spokeswoman Kim Hamby.
Kentucky authorities were tipped off when a bloodied Thomas was seen trying to flee from a vehicle at a food mart in Paducah, Kentucky, Redmon said. Froman caught her, put her back in the vehicle and fled, he said. That prompted the multistate police search that included the vehicle’s license plate and descriptions of the man and woman inside, Redmon said.
During a standoff with the man in the car, a Local 12 photographer saw officers smash the car window and drag him from the car. He appeared incapacitated, but some movement was seen. He was transported to Atrium Medical Center in non-life threatening condition.
Officials completely closed the northbound lanes of I-75 indefinitely . The southbound lanes of I-75 reopened a short time after 2:00 p.m.
According to the Highway Patrol in Warren County Terry Froman’s injuries were non-life threatening. No description was given from officials as to where Froman’s injuries were inflicted or what they included. Local 12 was told the injuries were minor and he was expected to recover.
Friday afternoon Ohio Highway Patrol received an alert from authorities in Kentucky saying to be on the lookout for Froman. Officials at the time believed he may have been traveling to Ohio, which he was. Froman was spotted along I-75 near the Mitchell Avenue exit. Troopers were able to pull the vehicle over just north of the Monroe exits in Warren County. When police got out of their cars Ohio Highway Patrol said multiple shots were fired from inside Froman’s vehicle.