From the daily archives: Thursday, January 21, 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 8 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM MST /9 PM PST/ THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS…

IN ARIZONA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 4 COUNTIES…

IN SOUTH-CENTRAL ARIZONA…

MARICOPA COUNTY… PINAL COUNTY…

IN SOUTHWEST ARIZONA…

YUMA COUNTY…

IN WEST-CENTRAL ARIZONA…

LA PAZ COUNTY…

IN CALIFORNIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 COUNTY…

IN EXTREME SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA…

IMPERIAL COUNTY…

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF… APACHE JUNCTION… BRAWLEY… CALEXICO… CASA GRANDE… EHRENBERG… EL CENTRO… ELOY… FLORENCE… GADSDEN… GILA BEND… GLENDALE… MESA… PARKER… PEORIA… PHOENIX… QUARTZSITE… SALOME… SAN LUIS… SOMERTON… WICKENBURG AND YUMA.

IF YOU OBSERVE THREATENING WEATHER… DO NOT WAIT FOR A WARNING TO BE ISSUED… GO TO AN INTERIOR ROOM INSIDE A STURDY BUILDING.

 

Issued by The National Weather Service
Phoenix, AZ
3:31 pm PST, Thu., Jan. 21, 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… EXTREME NORTHEASTERN IMPERIAL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA… NORTHEASTERN YUMA COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ARIZONA… EASTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA… LA PAZ COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ARIZONA…

* UNTIL 530 PM MST/430 PM PST/

* AT 328 PM PST… NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 15 MILES NORTH OF BLYTHE TO RIPLEY TO 27 MILES SOUTHWEST OF RIPLEY… OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 25 MILES SOUTH OF VIDAL JUNCTION TO 38 MILES NORTH OF MARTINEZ LAKE TO 29 MILES NORTHWEST OF MARTINEZ LAKE… AND MOVING EAST AT 70 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO QUARTZSITE… BOUSE… BRENDA… VICKSBURG… VICKSBURG JUNCTION… HARCUVAR… SALOME AND WENDEN

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED… ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IN A STURDY STRUCTURE… SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM MST THURSDAY EVENING/900 PM PST THURSDAY EVENING/ FOR SOUTHWESTERN ARIZONA AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

 

Issued by The National Weather Service
Phoenix, AZ
3:14 pm PST, Thu., Jan. 21, 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR… NORTHEASTERN IMPERIAL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA… SOUTHEASTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA… SOUTHWESTERN LA PAZ COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ARIZONA…

* UNTIL 400 PM PST/500 PM MST/

* AT 306 PM PST… NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO AS WELL AS DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH. METEOROLOGISTS ALSO DETECTED AT LEAST TWO AREAS WHERE SHORT LIVED TORNADOES COULD DEVELOP… ONE AT ABOUT 5 MILES WEST OF BLYTHE AIRPORT AND A SECOND MAINLY OVER OPEN COUNTY… OVER FAR EXTREME NORTHEAST IMPERIAL COUNTY.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO CIBOLA… NICHOLLS WARM SPRINGS… RIPLEY AND BLYTHE

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO… THIS STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING INCH SIZE HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT… OR SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES… EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE… LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM PST THURSDAY EVENING/1000 PM MST THURSDAY EVENING/ FOR SOUTHWESTERN ARIZONA AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

 

Toyota Files Voluntary Safety Recall on Select Toyota Division Vehicles for Sticking Accelerator Pedal

• Lexus and Scion Models Not Affected
• Filing Addresses Isolated Customer Complaints
• Separate From On-Going Recall Involving Floor Mat Pedal Entrapment Issue
TORRANCE, Calif., January 21, 2010 — Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models. This action is separate from the on-going recall of approximately 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out of place accessory floor mats. Approximately 1.7 million Toyota Division vehicles are subject to both separate recall actions.
“In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats,” said TMS Group Vice President Irv Miller.  “Our investigation indicates that there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. Consistent with our commitment to the safety of our cars and our customers, we have initiated this voluntary recall action.”
Toyota’s accelerator pedal recall is confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles:
• 2009-2010 RAV4,
• 2009-2010 Corolla,
• 2009-2010 Matrix,
• 2005-2010 Avalon,
• 2007-2010 Camry,
• 2010 Highlander,
• 2007-2010 Tundra,
• 2008-2010 Sequoia
No Lexus Division or Scion vehicles are affected by this recall action.  Also not affected are Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and select Camry models, including all Camry hybrids.
The condition is rare, but can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn and, in certain conditions, the accelerator pedal may become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position.  Toyota is working quickly to prepare the correction remedy.
In the event that a driver experiences an accelerator pedal that sticks in a partial open throttle position or returns slowly to idle position, the vehicle can be controlled with firm and steady application of the brakes. The brakes should not be pumped repeatedly because it could deplete vacuum assist, requiring stronger brake pedal pressure. The vehicle should be driven to the nearest safe location, the engine shut off and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance.
Toyota will continue to investigate incidents of unwanted acceleration and take appropriate measures to address any trends that are identified.
Toyota owners who have questions or concerns should contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
 

Tucson, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Station apprehended an illegal alien from Mexico late Tuesday. When the individual was processed using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, records showed that he had an outstanding warrant for homicide.

The man was identified as Guzman Badilla-Corona, a wanted fugitive featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” He was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to face his charges.

Guzman Badilla-Corona

“Border Patrol Agents are faced with potentially violent people every day,” said Nogales Patrol Agent in Charge Alan F. White. “Agents have no way of knowing the type of people they have arrested until they can run records checks on them. By using technology like IAFIS we can identify those criminal aliens who are suspected of committing crimes in our country, especially high profile ones, such as Badilla-Corona.”

Individuals that exhibit violent criminal behavior, such as murderers, rapists, and gang members, are among criminal aliens attempting to illegally enter the United States every day. Border Patrol agents remain determined in their efforts to secure or nation’s borders from all threats to keep our communities safe nationwide.

IAFIS technology has been a valuable tool in assisting the Border Patrol in identifying criminal aliens. IAFIS is a national fingerprint and criminal history system maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This system provides automated fingerprint search capabilities, electronic image storage, and electronic exchange of fingerprints and responses around the clock.

 
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