Isolated Storms, JcPenney Supports Troops, Lake County West Nile

Right now an isolated storm is affecting northern Lorain county, this will be short-lived and by sunrise it will be dry. Expect storms to develop later this afternoon into tonight along a warm front. Scattered storms will continue mainly before 1am. Then scattered storms will be with us for the 4th of July out ahead of a cold front. The good news is this front should move through by the early evening hours and I anticipate a dry fireworks forecast.

America celebrates Independence Day this month, JcPenney customers can help support our men and women in uniform who make our freedom possible by rounding up their purchases to support the USO (United Service Organizations), a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization dedicated to lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised through customers' "round-up" donations will benefit USO programs and services our troops and their families. Along with round-up donations raised by customers throughout the month of July, JcPenney will be making a $1 million donation to the USO.

The Lake County General Health District announces that the Ohio Department of Health has confirmed one positive mosquito pool for West Nile Virus in Lake County. A "pool" is a collection of no more than 50 mosquitoes. Although this particular positive pool was collected near the Painesville/Mentor border on June 12, it is likely that positive WNV mosquitoes are present throughout the county. This is confirmation that the WNV threat is present and will likely increase for the rest of the summer. Over the years, it has been common to find a positive WNV mosquito pool during this time of year. Due to the lack of rain and extreme heat so far this summer, the local mosquito population appears to be smaller from last year's population levels. Despite this, the types of mosquitoes that may be infected with WNV can increase from normal levels, as they are more resistant to drought conditions and more readily spread the virus within the resident bird population, which serves as the host for WNV.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager