From the daily archives: Monday, July 30, 2012

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST /MIDNIGHT PDT/ TONIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF ARIZONA AND CALIFORNIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN ARIZONA… LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY AZ… SOUTHWEST DESERTS… WEST CENTRAL DESERTS AND YUMA/MARTINEZ LAKE AND VICINITY. IN CALIFORNIA… IMPERIAL COUNTY… JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK… LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY CA AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY/EASTERN DESERTS.

* UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST /MIDNIGHT PDT/ TONIGHT

* A NEARLY STATIONARY UPPER AIR DISTURBANCE WILL INTERACT WITH A VERY MOIST AND MODERATELY UNSTABLE AIR MASS TO GENERATE NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN… ENOUGH TO CAUSE FLOODING… WILL BE POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT FLOODING OF WASHES… CREEKS AND OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS IS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA. IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA… YOU SHOULD WATCH THE WEATHER AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION SHOULD HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING OCCUR OR A FLASH FLOOD WARNING BE ISSUED.

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STAY UP-TO-DATE ON THE LATEST FORECASTS BY LISTENING TO WEATHER RADIO ON THE PUBLIC SERVICE BAND. MORE DETAILED INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX ON THE INTERNET AT

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… LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING…

.A WEATHER DISTURBANCE OVER THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY WILL INTERACT WITH A VERY MOIST AND UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERE TO TRIGGER SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. SOME STORMS WILL PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN… WHICH MAY RESULT IN FLOODED ROADWAYS AND WASHES.

 

An onion recall from a Southern California grower and food processing firm has led to a cascade of subsequent recalls spanning multiple products and states.

Gills Onions LLC initially issued a voluntary recall of a single day’s production of onions on July 18 due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The list of recalled items was expanded July 26 to include diced, slivered and whole-peeled onions and diced onion and celery mix with use-by dates on or before Aug. 3, which were shipped to multiple states including California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Following the expanded recall, a number of products containing the onions as an ingredient have also been recalled.  The list of recalled products includes:

Various Whole Foods Market prepared foods in Florida

Trader Joe’s salsa, balela and barbecue chicken salad in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Southern region of Virginia

Cool Creations, LLC bean dips and salsas in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma

Various Wegman’s prepared foods at three Pennsylvania stores

Various GH Foods CA, LLC, products in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah

Listeria is an organism that can cause serious or fatal infections in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  No illnesses have yet been linked to the recent recalls.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 
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