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Severe Weather coverage on 104.5 WOKV
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Severe Weather coverage on 104.5 WOKV

Severe Weather coverage on 104.5 WOKV

Severe Weather coverage on 104.5 WOKV

104.5 WOKV is committed to serving the NE Florida community with timely, accurate coverage when severe weather threatens.  To help better understand what our coverage sounds (and looks) like, here is an overview:

What is that tone?   The severe weather alert tone, which sounds like, “ding-dong”, is activated when there is an active warned storm in the five county area (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns).  We only activate the tone during a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning to alert listeners that there is potentially dangerous weather in the area.  The tone plays every 90 seconds during programs and commercials (think of it like a crawl on your TV screen).  We recognize the tone can be distracting from normal programming, but we feel it is the best way to keep you aware of severe weather in the area without fully interrupting your favorite program. 

Why are you interrupting Brian/Mark/Rush/Sean?  We take seriously and are committed to providing listeners with timely, accurate reports about severe weather so that they can take appropriate precautions to stay safe.  When a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning is issued in the NE Florida area (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns County) we intend to break in to programming to provide the warning details which include the current location of the storm, where it is moving, how fast it is moving, and the greatest threats it poses.  Our coverage includes updates from the First Alert Weather Team, led by Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh.  We also recognize the impact storms have on the roads and highways in our area, so the WOKV First Alert Traffic Center is a big part of our severe weather coverage. When there is an active severe thunderstorm warning in Duval County, First Alert Storm Center updates are more frequent and may be on the air for the duration of the warning. This continuous coverage should also be expected when there is a tornado warning for any county in the Jacksonville metro area.  

What is severe weather vs. a typical storm? As defined by the National Weather Service, a severe thunderstorm warning is issued when radar indicates, or a trained weather spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail one inch or larger in diameter and/or winds greater than 58 mph. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advance warning.

How can I report severe weather?  You frequently hear reporters and anchors ask for listeners to report what they are seeing. Those first-hand accounts can be valuable, both for the listening public, and also for the National Weather Service.  You can report severe weather in multiple ways:

-Download the WOKV App (Free in the App or Google Play Store) and record an Open Mic.  Think of it like leaving a voice mail that we play back on the radio. 

-Share photos on Twitter or Facebook @WOKVNews.  Use the #firstalertwx on Twitter. 

-Email weather reports and photos to news@wokv.com.

-During wall-to-wall severe weather updates, call in live reports to 855-765-1045.  

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  • Authorities in Oklahoma found a child's body in the Verdigris River in Wagoner County late Tuesday. According to KOKI-TV, Muskogee County authorities said people along the river reported seeing the body. Emergency teams from Wagoner and Muskogee counties searched the river and found the body overnight. Tulsa police are going to Muskogee on Wednesday morning to see whether the body, which has not been identified, is connected to the recent disappearance of two toddlers near Mingo Valley Creek. Crews have been searching for Miracle Lashay Crook, 3, and Tony Demone Crook, 2, who were last seen by their mother, Donisha Willis, on Friday, police said. Willis was later arrested and charged with child endangerment. Read more here. – Visit Fox23.com for the latest on this developing story.
  • A driver is dead after crashing into a utility pole during a high-speed police chase on Jacksonville's westside Tuesday night.   The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says just before 6:30 pm, officers noticed a vehicle driving recklessly through a parking lot near Lem Turner Road and I-95, almost hitting a pedestrian.  JSO attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver failed to stop and fled south on I-95 and continued onto I-10 westbound in the emergency lane.  The driver then lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and hit a utility pole near Chaffee Road. The driver, who has not been identified, died at the scene. 
  • A Texas father is facing a first-degree murder charge after authorities said he fatally shot a man accused of abusing his daughter, Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox said. According to KTRE, deputies arrested Lon L. Hall, 63, of Hemphill, on Saturday in the death of his daughter’s boyfriend, 30-year-old Roshaun McQueen. Hall has since been released from the Sabine County Jail on his own recognizance, the Hemphill Daily News and More reported. Authorities said the shooting occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday at a Hemphill home, KTRE reported. McQueen was dead when deputies arrived at the scene, where authorities found Hall and three other women, according to the Daily News. Hall told authorities that he had come to the home after learning that McQueen had choked Hall's daughter, who was McQueen's girlfriend, during a dispute about marijuana, KTRE reported. The woman told her sister about the attack, who alerted Hall and Hall's wife, deputies said. Hall and the two other women then went to the home, where McQueen 'came to the front door with a gun in an aggravated manner,' according to the news station. Hall then fired at McQueen, hitting him in the chest, deputies said. Read more here or here.
  • Jacksonville small business owners have another opportunity for help with rent and mortgage payments. The Jacksonville City Council passed a bill creating a $9 million relief grant program.  Grants of $2,000 would be available to 4,500 small local businesses. In order to qualify the business would need to have fewer than 100 employees and be able to demonstrate a loss of 25% of more in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Another resolution approved by City Council would help families struggling to afford basic needs. $5 million in CARES Act funds would be available to local families. A report from the United Way of Northeast Florida found one out of every 3 people couldn’t meet their bills before the pandemic; COVID-19 has only amplified that problem. 
  • The soaking start to this week has triggered the start to NE Florida’s wet season.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh is tracking more rounds of heavy rain today. “Midday and afternoon showers and storms should pick up with a little bit of heating. There still won’t be a whole lot of sun today but enough sun and enough dry periods to get hotter than yesterday, into the 80’s. And we may even manage a strong storm or two if we can get enough sunshine”, said Buresh.  The area saw between 1 and 3 inches of rain on Tuesday, locally more rain near and south of I-10, the area that had been the driest.  A summer-like weather pattern continues through the weekend, with hot, humid conditions and heavy afternoon/evening shower and storms.  Buresh says a weak area of low pressure near Florida is not likely to become tropical before moving ashore in the Carolina’s later today or tonight. He says there is a slight chance it could become a tropical depression but doesn’t change the local forecast.  LISTEN TO THE MIKE BURESH WEATHER PODCAST HERE 

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