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Tough decisions about school closures looming in Galesburg

GALESBURG, Illinois - With fewer students and too many outdated buildings, Galesburg may close at least three schools in coming years.

District 205 is trying to get the most from its funding.  That likely includes cuts to classrooms.

During story time on a stifling Tuesday, there's no air conditioning at Nielson Elementary School.  It's dismissing early, and one reason why it may eventually close.

"You never want to close a school," said Dr. John Asplund, District 205 superintendent.  "That's hard for families.  That's hard for teachers.  It's hard for kids.  It's hard for the community because it's a loss."

With some 4,200 students, the district is charting its future during challenging times.  That includes proposals to close at least three schools in coming years while improving others.

School leaders will be pouring over public input in coming weeks.  The school board could reach a decision in November, but nothing is cast in stone.

"This isn't really a staff reduction measure at all," said Dr. Asplund.  "It's really just trying to make our resources fit the money that we're getting."

Schools needing the most repairs are up for closure.  That includes Gale Elementary School and Churchill Middle School.  Nielson and King Elementary are also on the bubble.

Decison-makers want to make sure that changes reach across all sectors of the district.

"We don't really want to raise the taxes for people here," Dr. Asplund continued.  "We already feel like the rate is pretty high."

Students probably won't feel the impact for nearly two years.  For them, hopefully, a happy ending to the story.

"There's a lot of emotion tied up in that, and we know that," Dr. Asplund concluded.

Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament to stay in the QC

MOLINE, Illinois -- The Missouri Valley Women's Basketball Tournament has called the Quad Cities home since 2016; and that's not changing anytime soon.

In September of 2018, the Missouri Valley and the QC Convention and Visitors Bureau announced a contract extension, keeping the Valley ladies at the TaxSlayer Center for two more years.

Hoops in the Heartland has found a home in the Quad Cities and will continue to play here for the 2020-2021 seasons.

Both sides call the extension a no brainer.

This year's Hoop in the Heartland will take place March 14th - 17th.

Volunteers help stop hunger on Hunger Action Day

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Volunteers at the RiverBend Foodbank stepped in to sort food and pack bookbags for kids in the Quad Cities.

The whole operation was in honor of the 2018 Hunger Action Day.

Volunteers from Wells Fargo packed up the food and it around to area food pantries. They also stopped by a mobile food pantry at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline.

The event is part of the organization's effort to end hunger in the QCA.

"A lot of people think about hunger a lot during the holidays, but hunger is a year round issue," said Jennifer Schroder with the RiverBend Food Bank. "Especially right now, kids are back in school now and families may be struggling now to put food on the table. So this is a great time of year to help bring awareness to the issue."

The food bank was expected to send out 14 extra mobile food pantries during September.

QC Convention and Visitors Bureau introduces new president

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau introduced their new president in September of 2018.

Dave Herrell, from Jacksonville, Florida, was introduced during a ceremony at Modern Woodmen Park.  He joined the bureau with 20 year of prior experience serving in management positions.

He also helped with professional sports franchises, hoping to bring more sporting events to the area.

He was expected to begin his new position in October.

Fertility blogger dies during emergency C-section

A Spanish blogger whose fertility journey was followed by thousands on Instagram died giving birth to her son via emergency C-section, Cafe Mom and Kidspot report.

Vanessa Fernandez Arango started her Instagram in May with a photo of a positive pregnancy test, explaining that after two ectopic pregnancies damaged her fallopian tubes, she was five months pregnant thanks to assisted reproductive technology.

“The beginning of the end. The beginning of feeling life and the end of suffering,” she wrote. “So here begins our story, our story with a happy ending.”

But at 38 weeks pregnant, Arango, in pain, passed out at the breakfast table, her husband Jonathan Garcia posted on her Instagram account Sept. 2. Doctors decided she needed to deliver the baby via emergency C-section.

The couple’s son survived the birth, but Arango had a heart attack during the surgery and did not recover.

Garcia posted a photo of baby Alvaro Sept. 6, noting that he had received “an avalanche of messages of support” from his wife’s followers—and that while he initially planned to close his wife’s account, he decided to continue on with her mission of helping others trying to become parents.

He has since posted more updates on Alvaro’s progress, noting in one that the baby had been receiving breast milk donations.

On Saturday, he posted a photo of himself, Alvaro, and their dog, announcing the baby had been allowed to leave the hospital and come home.

“Here you have our first family photo, missing the fourth member of the group that watches us from the sky and helps us get up at 3,” he wrote, ending the post with his gratitude for the clinic that helped him and his wife get pregnant.

Storm chances to be the highlight for the next couple of days

Another warm and fairly humid day it has turned out to be for most, where areas north of the Quad Cities have experienced a few showers and thunderstorms.   This activity has been centered along a boundary which wobbled a bit more south from midday through most of the afternoon hours. This resulted in showers as well as a few strong thunderstorms especially just south of the Quad Cities.

It appears any activity leftover this evening will wind down for the rest of the night as overnight lows drop around the mid to upper 60s.

This same boundary will become active once again on Wednesday with more scattered showers  thunderstorms.  Temperatures may be the challenge here with highs likely in the lower 80s.

The boundary will regress even farther north resulting in a hot and windy day with highs in the lower 90s.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms will return that night before ending Friday morning.  That will lead to some beautiful, dry autumn weather for the weekend.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Animals stranded by Hurricane Florence headed to Ohio

Elyria, Ohio - Animals stranded by Hurricane Florence are being rescued from catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas and evacuated to Northeast Ohio, according to WJW.

Six dogs arrived over the weekend at the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria, Ohio, just west of Cleveland.

Volunteers were ready and waiting for the new arrivals and have been showering them with love, trying to make them feel as comfortable as possible.

“The thing with animals, they don’t understand why people are leaving. They’re innocent in all of this; they don’t know what’s happening or what’s going on,” said Suzy Peoples, animal care supervisor at the facility.

The rescued dogs will be available for adoption later this week.

The shelter also has dozens of other adorable puppies and young adult dogs in need of a family that will be available for adoption starting Tuesday.

“Hopefully, as we make more space, as more adoptions happen, we can bring more of these dogs from North and South Carolina in and continue to help out, “ said Peoples.

All animals at the Friendship APL are vaccinated, tested for heartworm, microchipped, de-wormed, flea treated, and spayed or neutered.

Dozens of other rescued dogs have been transported to animal shelters in other states, and more furry friends are heading to Ohio later this week.

Mother blames ‘extreme hazing’ for college student’s sudden death


RIVERSIDE, Calif – Homicide detectives have opened an investigation into the death of a University of California, Riverside student whose family claims he is the victim of extreme hazing.

Tyler Hilliard, 20, was set to start his third year at the university next week. But the business major, who was pledging the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, died Sunday after an outing with his pledge class.

"I couldn't ask for a better kid," his mom, Myeasha Kimble-Hilliard, told KTLA. "He had a bright future ahead of him."

Hilliard was rushed to the hospital around 9 p.m. Saturday from Mount Rubidoux, where the fraternity was hosting a gathering of some sort.

Kimble-Hilliard said the version of events the pledge master gave her after she confronted him in the emergency room doesn't add up.

"He said that they were about to go for a hike at Mount Rubidoux - they had not started hiking yet - and that Tyler was feeling short of breath," she said. "Shortly after that he collapsed, and (the pledge master) called 911."

The family claims Hilliard's heart stopped seven times over the next few hours before he was pronounced dead.

Texts later uncovered on Hilliard's phone indicate the Mount Rubidoux trip involved a hazing ritual, according to his cousin Robyn Fountain. She said she discovered messages referring to it as a "gold paddle day."

"So, I don't know," Fountain said. "I assume that means that they were going to be beaten in the wilderness."

Other messages made reference to other meetups earlier in the week during which the family suspects hazing also occurred, she added.

Riverside police agree that the circumstances surrounding Hilliard's death are strange.

"It's a little bit suspicious, a 20-year-old young man, college student passing away like this," Officer Ryan Railsback said.

Now, the family wants answers from the fraternity.

"Their organization is hazing and they need to be aware of it," Kimble-Hilliard said. "And they need to put a stop to it."

The organization's local chapter did not respond to a request for comment from KTLA. But on its national website, Alpha Phi Alpha says it actively fights and strictly prohibits hazing. It also says pledging has been abolished as a necessary step to gain membership into the group.

The fraternity is historically African-American and boasts several civil rights leaders among its former members, including Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens.

UC Riverside issued a statement, saying it was cooperating in the investigation and was offering grief counseling services to the campus community.

"The UC Riverside community grieves the loss of our student Tyler Hilliard. We've shared our condolences and offer of support with Tyler's family and have made counseling services available to students, faculty, or staff who knew him. UCR Student Affairs and UCPD are collaborating with the Riverside Police Department to determine the circumstances regarding Tyler's passing."

Man huffs spray paint, then beats mother with spatula, police say

ST. ALBANS, West Virginia — A West Virginia man was arrested after being accused of huffing paint and then beating his mother.

Glenn Allen Casdorph, 30, faces charges of malicious wounding in the incident, WCHS reports

Police say they responded to reports of domestic violence and found Casdorph, a known huffer, sitting on a bench in the front yard. He had a large amount of silver spray paint on his face and hands. He also was holding a large steel bar.

Police say his mother was inside the home, and her head was wrapped with gauze. She was also covered in blood. Police said the weapon used in the attack was actually a spatula.

Casdorph is in jail on $10,000 bond.

 

Baby squirrels rescued after tails get tangled together

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Their bushy tails entangled in a knot, five juvenile Gray Squirrel siblings were saved by the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center this week.

WHS officials say the squirrels were stuck in a "Gordian Knot" -- their tails entangled with long-stemmed grasses and strips of plastic their mother used as nest material.

Thankfully, someone found the animals and brought them to the rehabilitation center for help.

According to WHS, when a good Samaritan brought the "ball" of squirrels in, they were wiggly, unruly and distressed. All five were anesthetized at the same time so caretakers could carefully snip away the grass and plastic bit by bit.

WHS officials say it was impossible to tell whose tail was whose during the process. Overall, it took about 20 minutes.

All the squirrels had suffered varying degrees of tissue damage to their tails caused by circulatory impairment.

One day later, the family of five are "all bright-eyed" and three of the five are "bushy-tailed!"

The squirrels will need to be monitored by WHS for a few days to make sure their tails heal properly.

Details emerge in ‘extremely troubling’ slaying of Iowa State golfer Celia Barquín

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(CNN) — A homeless man charged with killing an Iowa State University golfer appeared in court Tuesday morning, and a judge set a $5 million cash-only bond.

The body of Celia Barquín Arozamena, 22, was found Monday in a pond “some distance” from an unattended golf bag at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, police said.

Court documents said she had been stabbed several times in the upper torso, head and neck. Ames police said she had been “assaulted.”

Police have charged Collin Daniel Richards, 22, with first-degree murder. Commander Geoff Huff said Richards is homeless and has been living in nearby woods.

‘An urge to rape and kill’

While they investigated the scene Monday, police spoke with a man who knew Richards and asked them, “What did he do to her?” The man also told police that Richards had told him recently “of having an urge to rape and kill a woman,” an affidavit filed in court says.

Police found Richards at a homeless camp. He had “fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting,” the affidavit says. He also was trying to hide a deep cut on his left hand, which he tried to bury in the ground.

In Richards’ backpack were bloodied clothes and a knife, the document says.

Huff said police don’t know of any relationship connecting the suspect and the victim. He said police have had “past encounters” with Richards but that he did not know details, or any information about Richards’ criminal record.

Barquín was golfing alone, and the strange site of an abandoned golf bag led to the discovery of her body, Huff said.

“It’s extremely troubling,” Huff said. “It’s an awful thing that’s happened.”

University mourns ‘tragic loss’

Iowa State University paid tribute to Barquín, a student and European champion.

She was named Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. She won the 2018 Big 12 championship, an annual tournament contested between 10 leading US sports universities, and was crowned European Ladies’ Amateur champion in July.

She was described as “one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history,” in reference to the name for the university’s sports teams.

“Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends,” said Christie Martens, Iowa State head women’s golf coach.

“She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life.”

Born in Puente San Miguel, Spain, Barquín was completing a degree in civil engineering and was described by Iowa State director of athletics Jamie Pollard as “a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador.”

“Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed,” Pollard added.

Barquin also competed in the 2018 US Women’s Open in June as an amateur.

“This is a tragic and senseless loss of a talented young woman and an acclaimed student athlete,” said Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University’s president.

“We mourn with her family and friends in Spain, her teammates here and all who knew her. On behalf of the entire Cyclone family, I extend our deep condolences to Celia’s family and her many friends and teammates at Iowa State. We are deeply saddened.”

Emmys viewership hits an all-time low

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(CNN Money) — Television’s biggest night ended up with its smallest audience ever.

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards averaged 10.2 million viewers for NBC. That number is down 11% from last year, which makes Monday’s show the least-watched Emmys on record.

The Emmys aren’t alone when it comes to declining viewership. The Oscars and Grammys’ numbers have also suffered in recent years.

The awards broadcast clocked in at three hours and went up against ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

Highlights include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” win in the best comedy category, “Game of Thrones” reclaiming the best drama award and director Glenn Weiss’ on-stage marriage proposal while accepting the Emmy for his work at the Oscars.

Related: Glenn Weiss wins best Emmy moment with live proposal

The overall broadcast was on the receiving end of some bruising critique.

“With Michael Che and Colin Jost unable to set an amusing tone, the Emmys became a bloated ‘Saturday Night Live’ episode,” wrote Daniel Fienberg, TV critic for the Hollywood Reporter.

CNN’s Brian Lowry agreed with this assessment.

“There was simply too much ‘SNL,’ past and present, as if producer Lorne Michaels — overseeing the telecast for host network NBC — could scarcely be bothered to reach beyond his comfort zone,” Lowry wrote in his Emmy review.

‘It’s just pizza’: Angry customer attacks Domino’s manager

GUTHRIE, Okla. - An angry Domino's Pizza customer was arrested after he allegedly got the wrong order and took his anger out on an employee recently, according to KFOR.

The customer, identified by police as Milton Ray Davis, was arrested and charged with assault and battery.

The Domino's manager working at the time, Mike Merkle, got an angry phone call from the disgruntled customer.

“I apologized to him and told him, ‘Hey, I’ll be happy to remake your pizza, no big deal,'” Merkle said. “He started getting belligerent with me and cussing me out.”

Davis took his pizza to the store, and security camera footage shows the entire encounter.

“He came in the door, and slammed the pizza down and immediately started yelling, and screaming and going off the deep end,” Merkle said.

Merkle refunded his order, but that wasn’t enough. Davis allegedly demanded more money that he claimed he tipped the driver.

“'Give me back my $25,' something about he tipped my driver $25,” Merkle said. “No, not in this town. Trust me, not in this town. There’s no way. I refused.”

That wasn’t the response Davis was looking for, and that’s when Merkle told police Davis attacked him.

“He just lost what little control he had, came around the corner, threw me in a headlock,” Merkle said. “Slung me around, physically slung me around behind the counter.”

After a few seconds, Davis released Merkle and continued yelling at him. Davis almost left, but he wasn’t finished. He turned around and went back, acting like he was looking for more.

“Jumped with his hands up like he was ready for me to take a swing at him,” Merkle said.

But, the manager kept his cool: “Nope, I’m good, dude,” he said.

Merkle said he’s dealt with angry customers before but it’s never gotten physical.

“Dude, come on,” he said. “It’s just pizza, man.”

Davis finally left, and it wasn’t long before police found him and allegedly admitted what he did.

“I believe his words were, ‘Sometimes, you just need to take a charge,’” said Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs. Davis has pleaded not guilty to the assault charge.

“Some people get really mad over the stupidest things,” Merkle said.

Quad City airport gets $3.12 million in federal grants

MOLINE, Illinois — The Quad City International Airport (MLI) is getting a $3.12 million face lift thanks to a larger federal fund for airport infrastructure.

According to a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration will award $586 million in airport infrastructure grants, which comes from the $3.18 billion allotment from the Airport Improvement Program.

More than $3 million of this total funding will go toward expanding a service road at MLI.

“These Airport Improvement Grants are investments in our country’s critical infrastructure,” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said. “This grant is a down payment to ensure that the Quad City Airport remains an economic engine as demand grows.”

The FAA designates a certain amount of AIP funding each year based on traffic and growth. You can find a complete list of the funded airports, here.

Every Illinois adult owes $4,000 for teacher health care; pensions not included

(Illinois News Network) — Every adult in Illinois is on the hook for $4,000 in retired teacher health care costs, according to a new study showing the state has no money saved to pay for the growing cost of its promises.

The report released Tuesday by Bellwether Education Partners estimates that Illinois owes $54 billion in future health care costs that have been promised to teachers after retirement. That’s the sixth-most of any state when divvied up by each state’s adult population. This is not included in the estimated $130 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities.

Thirty-five states offer post-employment health coverage to teachers, of which Illinois is one, according to the report.

“For too long, employers were able to promote the benefits without recognizing their long-term costs,” the report said. “That reckoning is coming, and there are better and worse ways to tackle it.”

Chad Aldeman, principal at Bellwether, said the growing bills from health care could edge out dollars intended for the classroom.

“Less money is going to current services like schools or teachers that are in the classroom right now,” he said, adding that the costs are bound to grow as retirees live longer and health care costs increase.

The growing cost will have to be paid for by either cuts to retiree benefits, tax hikes, or a combination of both, Aldeman said.

Health care benefits, like pension payments, are a promise made by the state and local school districts but, unlike pensions, the benefits aren’t protected from diminishment by Illinois’ constitution.

States should put qualified retirees into health care exchanges, the report said, and rescind coverage of retirees making more than a certain amount.

“The state is providing retiree benefits even to a retired superintendent who’s making $150,000 or $200,000 a year in a pension and they get free healthcare on top of that,” Aldeman said. “That may not be a good use of public dollars.”

Trump administration sets refugee admissions cap at record low

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(CNN) — The Trump administration will cap refugee admissions at the lowest levels since the refugee resettlement program began, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday. It’s the second year in a row the administration has set the cap at a record low.

The US will cap refugee admissions at 30,000 in 2019, a 33% drop from 2018’s record-low ceiling of 45,000.

Pompeo said the number should not be considered as “the sole barometer” of the US’ commitment to humanitarian efforts around the world, adding that the US would “focus on the humanitarian protection cases of those already in the country.”

As evidence, Pompeo cited the number of asylum applications expected next year, saying the US will process up to 280,000 such applications in 2019.

“The ultimate goal is the best possible care and safety of these people in need, and our approach is designed to achieve this noble objective,” Pompeo said. “We are and continue to be the most generous nation in the world.”

Asylum and refugee protections are designed on similar grounds to protect immigrants who are being persecuted. Refugee protections are granted to immigrants who are still abroad, whereas asylum is reserved for immigrants who have already arrived on US soil.

There is no cap on asylum numbers, and in recent years, roughly 20,000 to 25,000 asylum seekers have been granted protections annually, according to the latest available government statistics.

There are two resource and funding streams each for refugees and asylum cases.

Refugee resettlement agencies, immigrant rights groups and religious leaders had been pushing for the administration to increase the cap, noting that the number of refugees who need help around the world is larger than ever.

Last year, officials lowered the cap to 45,000, a dramatic decrease from the ceiling of 110,000 that President Barack Obama’s administration had set for the 2017 fiscal year.

Monday’s announcement was met with swift condemnation from refugee resettlement organizations.

“The United States is not only abdicating humanitarian leadership and responsibility-sharing in response to the worst global displacement and refugee crisis since World War II, but compromising critical strategic interests and reneging on commitments to allies and vulnerable populations,” the International Rescue Committee said.

But immigration hardliners and the administration have sought to curtail to the growing number of asylum claims each year, driven in large part by immigrants arriving at the southern border.

The number announced Monday reflects a compromise between hardliners in the Trump administration, such as Stephen Miller, who favored capping the ceiling at 20,000, and Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who argued to keep it at 45,000, according to several senior administration officials.

Miller personally has lobbied cabinet officials to support the President’s desires to focus on border security, officials told CNN, and the issue was discussed at a secret Principals Committee meeting on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of asylum applications are pending between the immigration courts, run by the Department of Justice, and applications to US Citizenship and Immigration Services, run by the Department of Homeland Security.

Depending on how a person is applying for asylum, and where in the process the application is, the case could be pending before either body.

Davenport work-release convict escaped

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Police are looking for a man who failed to report back to the Davenport Work Release Center last night.

According to a statement from the Iowa Department of Corrections, Anthony Michael Duyvejonck, convicted of causing serious, willful injury, did not come back after his work shift on Sept. 18.

The 25-year-old was admitted to the work release facility on August 2. He’s 6 feet tall and weighs 269 pounds.

The work release program allows certain, trusted convicts to continue their employment. They are released to attend their shift and then must return to their designated work release center. Duyvenjonck did not return yesterday.

Police urge anyone who knows where Duyvenjonck is to contact their local police.

 

Officers restrain fake Uber driver in body wrap after he tries to follow woman into home

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Officers restrained a man in a body wrap after he posed as an Uber driver and displayed erratic behavior in a California neighborhood Saturday.

“Suspect is not injured, he is under arrest. He’s being transported by AMR to the hospital for evaluation and then he’ll be taken to jail,” Chula Vista Police Sgt. Steve Szymozak told KSWB.

Police arrived at the 600 block of Gilbert Place around 7:30 a.m. after receiving a call from a female victim.

The woman told police a man approached her and identified himself as an Uber driver. When she told the man that she did not order an Uber ride, he attempted to follow the woman into her home.

“He followed her up to her front door, she was able to close the door, he did not make entry into the house,” said Szymozak.

Once police arrived, they began questioning the man. He turned violent and resisted arrest, according to police.

Officers restrained the man in a body wrap. A small amount of cocaine was found in his SUV.

The man was taken to a local hospital for his injuries sustained in the confrontation. He sustained a few minor scrapes, but no significant injuries, said Szymozak. When he is released, he will be brought into custody.

Complaints about fake rideshare drivers victimizing customers are on the rise across the country. Recently, a man posing as an Uber driver in Las Vegas allegedly abducted a woman from the Strip - she made a brave escape from a moving car.

Uber urges all riders to follow their safety guidelines. The company says before you get in any car, make sure the vehicle and license plate number matches the information provided on the app. Verify the driver’s name and picture, and always ask the driver “who are you here for?”

Why blowing up a hurricane isn’t as far-fetched as you think

Over the weekend, we received an email from "Rick S." who writes:

Many years ago there was a movie about real life person that used to go to oil wells that had blown up and caught on fire. (I think it might have been a John Wayne movie.)  The fire was coming out like a blow torch. He was an expert at this and would use a 55 gallon drum filled with something explosive to blow up inside of the fire and put it out so the well could be capped. I have wondered if this is something that could be used to stop a hurricane or tornado from spinning. Such as a bomber dropping a bomb into the hurricane and stop it from spinning. Probably not useful for a tornado, but when  hurricane is out over the ocean, the destruction would only be water blowing up. Any ideas on this????

While my first inclination was to just reply "That's not possible," I decided to look into it further.

First, how much energy is in a hurricane versus a one megaton bomb? While the graphic above makes it look like they are similar numbers, you've got to consider these numbers are much different. But just for the sake of plausibility, let's say it is possible.

Now let's consider the cost. According to CNBC, the cost of a nuclear bomb is roughly $270 million. The Balance reports the yearly average damage estimate for the United States is $28 billion each year. If it takes less than ten explosive devices in a year, the country would indeed save money damages.

The main issue with this idea is the ramifications such an explosive device would cause in the oceans. Using a bomb that has the capacity needed to influence a hurricane, it would cause a massive amount of radiation. 

That radiation would then be transferred up the food chain to what we eat, exposing many to the biological effects of a bomb deterrent.

Another thing to consider is the real possibility that adding such energy to a storm could "super size" it or at the least push it toward another coastline. That would bring about a moral dilemma if a storm were pushed to a country or island that couldn't afford an explosive deterrent.

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