Freeze Warnings, Statements From Kidnapped Women, Giant Deadly Snails

Frost advisories and freeze warnings continue this morning for areas south and west of Cleveland.  It's a very cold morning for everyone.  With the wind out of the northwest temperatures will top out in the low 50s this afternoon.  After midnight the wind will shift out of the south allowing for warmer air to start to return.  I expect a few showers along a warm front to arrive Tuesday afternoon.

TODAY:  Partly cloudy.  High: 52  Wind: W at 10-15 mph

TONIGHT:  Partly cloudy.  Low: 42  Wind: W turning S at 5 mph

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a few afternoon showers.  High: 61

Jim Wooley of Hennes Paynter Communications read the following statement on behalf of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight:

"Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are extremely grateful for the generous assistance and loving support of their families, friends, and the community. They are also very grateful for the tireless efforts of numerous law enforcement officials with the Cleveland Police Department, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff, the FBI, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office."

Amanda Berry says, "Thank you so much for everything you're doing and continue to do. I am so happy to be home with my family."

Gina DeJesus says, "I'm so happy to be home and want to thank everybody for all your prayers. I just want time now to be with my family"

Michelle Knight says, "Thank you to everyone for your support and good wishes. I am healthy, happy and safe and will reach out to family, friends and supporters in good time."

The women have said that they will not be giving any interviews to the media because there is a pending investigation into what happened to them and they are witnesses to those proceedings.

A giant African land snail was discovered in the backyard of a Houston home.

Researchers are sending out a serious warning because the snails can be dangerous.

Though they look pretty, scientists say they spread a deadly disease and people are being warned not to touch them.

Dr. Autumn Smith-Herron is the director of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University and wants people to know they can get very sick if they handle one.

"Unfortunately humans are picking the snail up," she said. "They also carry a parasitic disease that can cause a lot of harm to humans and sometimes even death."

The snails can cause meningitis.

The giant African land snails can reproduce rapidly and can lay as many as 100 eggs a month, so it's likely there are more where the one was found.

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Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager