DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The National Weather Service in Des Moines has lost the ability to transmit updates through its central Iowa weather radio system due to a storm-related telephone service outage.
David Sheets, a meteorologist in the Davenport office, says the eastern Iowa office has taken over forecasting duties for the Des Moines office until service is restored.
The Des Moines office posted a message on its website indicating that all phone lines are down and its weather radio system isn't working.
More than a dozen radio transmitters were off the air, including those in Des Moines, Waterloo, Ottumwa, and Forest City.
Sheets says such an outage is rare but it has happened before. He advises people to tune into commercial stations until the Weather Service transmitters are back up.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu. 1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."