Rip tides can turn fun beach vacations to nightmares

In less than two weeks, rip currents have taken the lives of at least 11 people.
Rip Tides Can Turn Fun Beach Vacations Into Nightmares

MISSISSIPPI (WCBI) – It is one of the most popular vacation spots for people in North Mississippi and West Alabama, but there are dangers in the water from Fort Morgan to Panama City Beach.

First responders said there have been multiple drownings.

In less than two weeks, rip currents have taken the lives of at least 11 people. Data shows rip currents kill more people than tornadoes or hurricanes. Even if you are a good swimmer, you are no match for a rip current.

A popular hotspot for the Fourth of July weekend, Panama City Beach, has had emergency workers respond to 70 swimmers in distress over ten days.

Columbus Fire Search and Rescue Caption Damon Estes has been caught in a rip current before.

“Luckily, I had a flotation device with me,” Estes said. “It’s kind of nerve-racking experience you all of a sudden get swept away from the shore which is your safe zone.”

The water can look calm in one minute, but all of that can change in an instant.

“The big thing with that is paying attention to the beach flags if you’re going to the beach area,” Estes said. “They’re gonna have flags that tell you the green or obviously the red is closing the beach and stuff like just a level to be on alert. So, that’s gonna be an important aspect that’s gonna help you stay safe and know the risk of a rip current. We have to remember that drowning is a silent event. Movies make you think people are hollering and stuff, but they’re not. If you’re drowning, the last thing you’re gonna do is waste your breath. If someone is in a safe location

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LIST: Canceled flights on Feb. 14 due to bad weather

October 28 canceled flights due to bad weather

Canceled flights

MANILA, Philippines — Some domestic flights were canceled on Tuesday due to bad weather at their destination, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced Tuesday.

As of 9:30 a.m on Tuesday, the MIAA logged the following canceled flights:

PAL Express (2P)

  • 2P 2557 Manila-Dipolog
  • 2P 2558 Dipolog-Manila

Cebu Pacific (5J)

  • 5J 703 Manila-Dipolog
  • 5J 704 Dipolog-Manila

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the trough of low pressure area will bring moderate to heavy rains over Visayas and Mindanao while the northeast monsoon will affect Luzon on Tuesday. – Meralyn Melitante, trainee

This is a developing story. Refresh page for updates.


LPA trough continues to affect Visayas, Mindanao – Pagasa

1 tropical cyclone expected in February – Pagasa


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Why paying a fee lets you skip airport security line (VIDEO)

Airport security lines are almost a given when traveling.

The Sept. 11 attacks led to the creation of government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, and federal regulations tightened up security in the aftermath.

Since then, how people get through security has continued to evolve. While they have figured out how to use state-of-the-art scanners and other technology, one very visible problem has stuck around.

“Here we are, 22 some odd years later, where we’re still trying to figure out how to keep the line short,” said Jeff Price, a professor of aviation at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “We’re still trying to figure out how to keep them moving. A lot of people don’t understand that moving the lines quickly is not just a efficiency function and a passenger experience element; it’s also a security element because the more passengers I have packed into a public area waiting to go through the screening process, the more vulnerable I am to things like suicide bombers, active shooters.”

Price knows this firsthand from his past experience as an assistant security director at Denver International Airport and as a manager of a smaller regional airport. He told Scripps News there are a few distinctions within security.

Most airports rely on the TSA to administer the process. A handful, including San Francisco and Kansas City, rely on private contractors, but they all adhere to tight TSA guidelines, making them all look the same in operation.

But the lines can look very different depending on the airport and how much a person is willing to pay.

A sign warns travelers not to bring guns through a TSA checkpoint.

Record number of guns seized by TSA: Here’s which airports fared worst

The agency reported that it confiscated 6,542 firearms in 2022. That’s an increase of 570 firearms over 2021.

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New Go-Kart & Minature Golf Complex Coming To Evansville?

Evansville could be the home of a new indoor/outdoor facility where families can race go-karts and play miniature golf.

You hear some people say that there’s nothing for families to do in Evansville. I am one who disagrees with that statement. We have plenty of things to do such as Walther’s Golf & Fun, Bowling, cMOE, High Score Player Two, Bowling, Escape Rooms, Birdies, Burdette Park, and more. There are a lot of things to do here in Evansville, however, when I was growing up, there was one place that I used to love to visit. That place was Kart World. Evansville’s only go-kart track was located on Morgan Center Drive, in conjunction with Adventureland Golf, was a blast. I could have raced all day in those go-karts if my parents would have let me! However, Kart World closed down in the early 2000s leaving a void for those who enjoyed the thrill of racing their friends and family members in go-karts.

Ever since Kart World closed I have been hoping that another place like that would open up in the area. The closest place for public go-kart racing is in French Lick. However, that could soon change.

New Go-Kart Facility Eying Evansville

According to Evansville 411 News, a local developer is looking to bring a new go-kart and miniature golf complex to Evansville. My prayers have been answered! Evansville 411 News reports that the developer is looking to build the complex on Evansville’s east side and is in the early stages of planning. The complex details (as of this writing) include:

  • 6 miniature golf courses (18 holes each)
    • 3 indoor courses
    • 3 outdoor courses
  • 2 go-kart tracks
    • 1 indoor track
    • 1 outdoor track

I don’t know about you, but I am all for this happening. Since this

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Two 90s Bands are Playing a Free Show at Adventureland

The summer season is going out with a bang at Adventureland! Two 90s acts will be visiting the Altoona amusement park this September to play a concert.

On Saturday, September 17th, the bands Everclear and Fastball will be playing a concert at Adventureland. The concert is free for parkgoers with the purchase of park admission for the day.

Opening up the concert is Fastball, a band that first formed in Austin, Texas back in 1995. The group found success in 1998 with their album All the Pain Money Can Buy, which featured the hit songs “The Way” and “Out of My Head,” and they were even nominated for a couple of Grammy awards! Their latest album The Deep End was released this year.

Everclear, the headliner for the night, got their start in Portland, Oregon in 1991. Their 1995 album Sparkle and Fade put the group on the map with their first hit song “Santa Monica,” and they went on to release other popular songs like “Father of Mine” and “Wonderful.” The band’s last studio album was released in 2015.

Adventureland has welcomed a few 90s acts already this summer with their Summer’s On! concert series. Vertical Horizon played on July 1st, Uncle Kracker was there on the 4th of July, and Marcy Playground is scheduled for August 5th. Actually, Fastball is on the schedule again, too! They’re set to play a solo set this Friday, July 29th. You can check out the full schedule HERE.

If you want to check out Everclear & Fastball, Adventureland is currently selling park tickets for $44.99. You can purchase yours HERE.

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Take A Look Back At The Iconic Adventureland From 20 Years Ago

Adventureland was first opened in 1974. It has been an iconic spot for both kids, and adults for years. As an Iowan, I have gone to this spot at least once every year. It was a popular spot for my grandparents to take me as a kid.

Many people In Iowa have great stories about Adventureland.

More About The History

While construction of Adventureland Park began in 1973 on a site formerly occupied by a small airport in Des Moines. The first full season began in 1975. A quick history of the land is as follows,

Active in the 1920s until a larger municipal airport was built in 1933 at a different location. The area was later used for farming until Adventureland’s construction broke ground. Its grand opening was scheduled for July 1974, but the park suffered light damage from a tornado, delaying the opening until late August.

My personal favorite, the Tornado was added in 1978. It was a  wooden roller coaster named after the tornado that delayed the park’s grand opening. It is still up today. Over the years many more popular rides have been taken down, and others have been added. On December 21st, 2021,adventureland-altoona-iowa-what-we-know/8994978002/”it was announced that Palace Entertainment would be acquiring Adventureland.

Adventureland Photos

One of the park’s biggest and most popular rides was The Dragon. It was replaced by the “Dragon Slayer” on May 29, 2021.


Another ride replaced by a coster was the log ride. It was replaced by the roller coaster called “The Monster.”


And who could forget the photos it took while you were going down?


The Circus is still going on, but these photos are of the one that was formally located by the Outlaw before moving closer to the center of the

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Adventureland Has Announced 2 New Rides for 2023


Adventureland has announced not one, but TWO new rides arriving in 2023! The post reads:

“The first leg of the Viking invasion happens by sea. Introducing DRAKEN FALLS, a next-generation flume ride coming to Adventureland in 2023!

One new ride isn’t enough – Adventureland guests deserve two! Get ready for FLYING VIKING, a frenetically fun family coaster that’s made better by weaving together with DRAKEN FALLS for two incredible, uniquely themed attractions arriving next summer.”

You can get more details on both new rides HERE.


Get ready for some big news from Adventureland!

Earlier this week, Adventureland Park in Altoona made an interesting post on social media. The photo showed a Viking helmet sitting in the dirt, with the caption:

“We unearthed something interesting at the site of our 2023 adventure. What could it mean? Stay tuned, more news is sure to come soon!”

Just one day later (August 4th), Adventureland gave us another clue as to what the announcement will be! They posted a scenic, 15 second video featuring Vikings that reads:

“They’re coming – by land and by sea. The Viking Invasion. Hang on to your helmet. Adventureland 2023.”

The posts make it pretty clear that a new Viking-themed ride will be arriving next year, but what kind of ride? Adventureland fans have been speculating in the comments. Facebook user Rob Howe wrote,Zamperla family rollercoaster and log flume combo?” Another commenter, Kayla Coon, said, “New water ride like the log ride I hope.” User Logan Ingersoll added, It must be a Water Coaster.” Unfortunately, we won’t know for sure until next week. Adventureland promises, “the journey to 2023’s new adventure begins Tuesday, August 9!”

Adventureland has made all sorts of changes this past year. Three older rides, Lighthouse,

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Are there any end-of-summer travel deals left?

2022 has been the summer of the “flightmare”. Every weekend comes reports of hundreds (if not thousands) of canceled flights, lost luggage, and long delays.

It all had traveler Tamara Mims very nervous.

“My flight doesn’t leave till 4, so I am having a little anxiety about it being delayed,” she said, rushing to catch her fight.

On top of all the problems, ticket prices are up 25% over last summer, according to the government’s most recent price data. So what can you do if you were hoping for an end-of-summer deal?

The first thing to do is to lessen your chances of getting stuck somewhere, or at home, with your vacation flight canceled.

Make sure you get there on time

To improve your chances of avoiding delays, Caroline Teel of says:

  • Avoid connecting flights, which double your chance of a problem.
  • Don’t check a bag if possible.
  • Book a morning flight. And never the last flight of the day.

“Try to get the first flight of the day if you can,” Teel said. “I know no one wants to wake up and get a 4 am taxi to the airport, but you are so much less likely to be delayed if you are on that first flight.”

Where are the end-of-summer deals?

Normally by late July, airlines and hotels start lowering prices for late August travel. But there are fewer deals this year.

Soaring jet fuel prices, pilot and other staffing shortages, and higher-than-normal demand this year are all contributing to high prices, as well as a record number of delays and cancellations.

Unfortunately, those same factors are why it’s also tough to find some end-of-summer deals this year, as there are so few empty seats that airlines need to fill.

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