Thursday, April 7, Eyewitness News at 6

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  <<opening for eyewitness news at six>>
 HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US. I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX..
  LEAH JOHNSON AHS THE NIGHT OFF..


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE TWO TORNADO'S THAT TOUCHED DOWN IN CENTRAL GEORGIA EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WERE UNCOMMON TYPES OF TWISTERS CAUSED BY A QUASI-LINEAR CONVECTIVE SYSTEM.
BOFTA YIMAM EXPLAINS HOW THIS TYPE OF TORNADO IS DIFFERENT FROM A SUPERCELL... AND WHY THE WEATHER SERVICE DIDN'T ISSUE ANY TORNADO WARNINGS.
NATS "It came right that way"


SHANEKA BOATWRIGHT SAYS TUESDAY'S TWISTER THAT STRUCK HER HOME... HIT LITERALLY WITHOUT WARNING... 


"didn't hear any tornado warning, no siren, nothing"


THE 19-YEAR-OLD DIDN'T MISS IT... IT WAS NEVER ISSUED... SAYS STEVE NELSON WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.


Steve Nelson, 
"What I saw was not evidence of a tornado, surge, straight line winds."


HE SAYS THE TORNADO'S TYPE... MADE IT DIFFICULT TO SPOT.   IT'S CALLED A QUASI-LINEAR CONVECTIVE SYSTEM.  


Steven Nelson, 
"It is different because the tornados that tend to be produced tend to be brief, they can be intense but they don't last long and can be challenging to detect."


Bofta Yimam, Eyewitness News 
Nelson says a supercell tornado typically develops in the clouds.. but the tornado that hit early Tuesday is the opposite... it develops near the ground and then spins up ... making it difficult to spot on the radar.  Although Nelson says the twister lasted only one minute... in both Bibb and Dodge counties... you can see the quick tornado left its mark.


NATS Sonya Stevens 


13WMAZ METEOROLOGIST'S TEAM... INCLUDING SONYA STEVENS... KEPT A CLOSE WATCH ON THE STORM'S PROGRESS. 


Stevens,
"but this one was so quick between radar scans it was just hard to pick up"


NELSON SAYS ONGOING RESEARCH INTO AN ADVANCED RADAR CALLED CASA... COULD HELP BETTER IDENTIFY THOSE TWISTERS.


Nelson,
"It may not give a lot of advanced notice but it would certainly give better capability to detect them better than what we have now."


NATS shaneka


NELSON SAYS THE TWISTER TRAVELED ONE MILE---


NATS 


WITH A WRATH AND SPEED... THAT MAKES BOATWRIGHT GRATEFUL.


"I got my life this can be replaced, but my life can't be replaced "


BOFTA YIMAM 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS 
NELSON SAYS QUASI-LINEAR CONVECTIVE SYSTEMS MAKE UP 20 TO 30 PERCENT OF TORNADOES THAT HIT THE SOUTHEAST.


  PEOPLE LIVING IN A SOUTH BIBB TRAILER PARK WANT TO KNOW WHO WILL PAY FOR THE DAMAGE AFTER A NEARBY POND FLOODED THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.
NORTH PARK MANOR WAS EVACUATED LAST NIGHT... AND TODAY MANY ARE STILL WITHOUT CLEAN WATER OR POWER.
AS VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS... A COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OWNS THAT POND.. AND SAYS IT WAS DRAINING IT... WHEN THE FLOOD HAPPENED.<<
Nats Yates "and so the whole pond flooded this way.."


GENE YATES SHOWS US THE WATER IN HIS YARD IS MOSTLY RECEDED... BUT EARLY WEDNESDAY EVENING... HE SAYS IT LOOKED SOMETHING LIKE THIS...


AND THE WATER DIDN'T STOP THERE... HE AND OTHERS IN NORTH PARK MANOR SAY BY NIGHTTIME, LEVELS WERE KNEE TO WAIST HIGH..


"All this... you couldn't see no grass... nothing."


WITH POWER SHUT OFF... AND CONTAMINATED TAP WATER... FAMILIES WERE FORCED TO EVACUATE.


Gail Williams "We had to get equipment out of there and grab some clothes and leave."


Standup "Property manager Tina Upshaw says the full extent of the damage has yet to be totaled, but she says it's safe to say nearly all of the 44 trailers in this park took a hit."


THAT HIT... RESIDENTS SAY... CAME FROM THIS POND... A COUPLE HUNDRED YARDS AWAY...OWNED BY THE MACON BIBB INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY.
YATES TOOK US THERE... AND SHOWED WHERE CREWS HAD ALREADY DAMMED UP THE DITCH -- WHERE WATER WAS SPILLING OUT.


REACHED BY PHONE... THE AUTHORITY'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KATHY BOWDEN SAID IT WAS DRAINING IT WHEN THE FLOOD HAPPENED.
SHE WOULD NOT SAY WHETHER THE AUTHORITY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE... AND DECLINED TO COMMENT FURTHER.


MEANTIME... NEIGHBORS SAY THEY HOPE SOMEONE STEPS UP...


Russell Dart "We hope we can get some help from somebody... from whoever opened that dam up over there."


... BECAUSE OPENING UP THEIR WALLETS... TO PAY FOR REPAIRS.. IS SOMETHING THEY SCARCELY CAN AFFORD.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE AUTHORITY RELEASED A STATEMENT JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO SAYING THAT THE FLOODING HAPPENED BECAUSE DRAINAGE DITCHES FAILED...AND THAT THEY REGRET THE DAMAGE TO THE TRAILER PARK.
BUT THEIR ATTORNEY KEVIN BROWN SAYS THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY IS READY TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DAMAGES.


     THERE'S STILL NO DEAL TO KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RUNNING.
       PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER WEREN'T ABLE TO WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT DURING MEETINGS LAST NIGHT AND TODAY.
       THE DEADLINE LOOMS AT MIDNIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT.
      AFTER THAT... THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE A PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.
      REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN AUSTIN SCOTT IS JOINING US BY PHONE TO TALK ABOUT THE SITUATION.
      THANK YOU FOR JOINING US CONGRESSMAN...


THE OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT IS ONE OF THE FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT WOULD BE AFFECTED BY A SHUTDOWN.
NATIONAL PARKS WOULD BE FORCED TO CLOSE AS EARLY AS SATURDAY.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SHOWS YOU WHAT SOME MONUMENT VISITORS HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE UNCERTAINTY. VISITORS COME FROM ALL OVER... TO LEARN ABOUT MACON'S NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY... AND TAKE IN THE OCMULGEE MONUMENT'S SCENERY.


Vicki Allen, Jonesboro: "I feel very at home at places like this."


VICKI ALLEN STOPPED BY THURSDAY... SO HER FRIEND TAMMY SEXTON COULD GET A FIRST HAND LOOK AT ITS BEAUTY.


"Vicki Allen, Jonesboro" this is a great place to come and have barbeques"


WITHOUT A FEDERAL BUDGET... FAMILIES MAY NO LONGER BE ABLE COUNT ON THE PARK FOR FREE FUN. SUPERINTENDENT JIM DAVID SAYS WEDNESDAY... THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ADDRESSED THE ISSUE.


Jim David, Park Superintendent: "The statement says all national parks, in the event of a shutdown, all national parks will be closed"


Lauren DiSpirito, Eyewitness News: "If the government shuts down, David says that would force the park to close during one of its busiest seasons and he says that would put 15 employees out of work."


Nats register


TYPICALLY... VISITORS CAN USE THE PARK SEVEN DAYS A WEEK... 


Nats register


BUT IN 1995... DAVID SAYS A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN FORCED THE PARK TO CLOSE TWICE... FOR ABOUT 4 WEEKS ALTOGETHER.


Vicki Allen, Jonesboro: "there needs to be a way that we can keep those places open."


ALLEN SAYS THE MONUMENT SHOULD BE TREASURED. SEXTON DOESN'T WANT TO SEE IT CLOSE.


Tammy Sexton, Forest Park: "They need to come together and understand and decide you know what's best for the United States and not within themselves."


IF FORCED TO CLOSE... THERE'S NO WORD NOW.. ON WHEN THE MONUMENT WOULD RE-OPEN.
LAUREN DISPIRITO
13 WMAZ
EYEWITNESS NEWS
NEARLY 19 THOUSAND FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA  MAY BE AFFECTED BY A SHUTDOWN.
THE BIGGEST EMPLOYER...OF COURSE...IS ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE. 
SPOKESWOMAN CAPTAIN PAM STAUFFER SAID SOME BASE EMPLOYEES WOULD BE FURLOUGHED... INCLUDING MANY IN ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT DUTIES. 
OTHERS WOULD BE EXEMPTED.... SUCH AS SECURITY WORKERS.
SHE SAID ALL BASE WORKERS WOULD BE ASKED TO REPORT MONDAY TO GET THEIR SHUTDOWN INSTRUCTIONS.
     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WOULD A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DO MORE HARM OR GOOD?
      SO FAR 57 PERCENT OF YOU SAY HARM.
      AND 43 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT WOULD DO MORE GOOD.
      VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


     RIGHT NOW.... WARNER ROBINS POLICE ARE DIVERTING TRAFFIC ON RUSSELL PARKWAY...DUE TO A BOMB SCARE
     POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH SAYS A CALLER CLAIMED THERE WAS A BOMB AT THE OLD TIMES COUNTRY BUFFET.
     THEY EVACUATED THE RESTAURANT...AND HAVE CALLED IN A BOMB SNIFFING DOG FROM THE HOUSTON SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.
     PUGH SAID RUSSELL PARKWAY...IS BLOCKED OFF...BETWEEN TYREE DRIVE AND CORDER ROAD.
     WE'LL UPDATE THIS STORY ON OUR WEB SITE...13WMAZ-DOT-COM.


     SENATOR ROBERT BROWN HELD A news CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON OUTSIDE MACON CITY HALL... URGING state LAW MAKERS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A CONSOLIDATION BILL.
    HE HANDED OUT  A DOCUMENT WITH WRITTEN REPONSES TO CONCERNS OF THE CARL VINSON INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT... WHich ANALYzED THE BILL.
      HE SAYS HE'D BE WILLING TO OFFER AMENDMENTS TO SATIFISY SOME OF THEIR CONCERNS.
NONE OF THE AMENDMENTS WOULD ADDRESS THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE VERSIONS OF THE BILL... LIKE THE ROLE OF THE MAYOR... OR NUMBER OF COUNCIL PEOPLE. 
      BROWN SAYS THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET A BILL IN FRONT OF VOTERS IN 2012.
"If we lose this opportunity at this moment in history, it's not going to come back to us."
  REVEREND WALTER GLOVER JUNIOR OF GREATER ZION HILL BAPTIST CHURCH IN MACON ALSO SPOKE AT THE MEETING IN FAVOR OF BROWN'S PROPOSAL.


     EVERY WEEK AS PART OF JOB MARKET THURSDAY... WE'RE BRINGING YOU JOB SEARCH TIPS FROM CAREERBUILDER DOT COM.
    THIS WEEK... WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT SIMPLIFYING YOUR JOB HUNT.
     FIRST... LEARN HOW TO GET PAST THE GENERIC HUMAN RESOURCES INBOX BY INCLUDING KEYWORDS.
    SECOND... DON'T STRESS OVER THE RESUME... AND DON'T RELY ON IT COMPLETELY.
     INSTEAD... TAKE THE TIME TO MAKE CONNECTIONS... EVEN IF THERE ARE NO OPEN JOBS.
     THIRD... HAVE A GAME PLAN.
       CREATE AN OVERALL STRATEGY... THEN BREAK IT DOWN AND MAKE A SCHEDULE.
     FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF WAYS TO STREAMLINE YOUR SEARCH... HEAD OVER TO CAREERBUILDER DOT COM... AND CLICK ON ADVICE AND RESOURCES IN THE MENU BAR.


BUSINESS MAY NOT BE BOOMING... BUT IT IS BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN WARNER ROBINS.
EVENTS AND EFFORTS AROUND COMMERCIAL CIRCLE ARE GENERATING SOME BUZZ.
THE SECOND SEASON OF THE INTERNATIONAL CITY FARMER'S MARKET STARTED THIS AFTERNOON... AND WILL BE OPEN EVERY THURSDAY FROM TWO UNTIL SIX.
SATURDAY... THE JOANNA MCAFEE CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION WILL START  A BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT... INCLUDING LANDSCAPING AND A LIFESIZE STATUE OF THE FOUNDATION'S NAME SAKE.
RESTAURANT OWNER AND DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY MEMBER KEN McCALL SAYS EVERY LITTLE PIECE MATTERS.
Ken McCall, McCall's Sandwich Shop: (6:30) "Anything to beautify this area and to bring the focus back is one step further."
MCCALL SAYS THE D-D-A IS ALSO TRYING TO BRING BACK THE INTERNATIONAL CITY FESTIVAL TO COMMERCIAL CIRCLE THIS FALL.
CITY COUNCIL IS ALSO WORKING TO IMPROVE PARKING... BY PAVING A GRASS AND A GRAVEL LOT AT THE CORNER OF WATSON BOULEVARD AND DAVIS DRIVE.



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