Nov 29, 2019 3:33 PM

Service issues blizzard warnings for northwest Nebraska

Posted Nov 29, 2019 3:33 PM

Authorities have issued blizzard warnings for northwest Nebraska that go into effect Friday evening and last through Sunday morning.

Snowfall ranging from 3 to 12 inches (7.6 centimeters to 30.5 centimeters) is predicted for the northern Nebraska Panhandle east through Cherry County. Howling winds with gusts to 65 mph (104.6 kph) are expected as well.

The snow and wind are part of a large storm system expected to drop up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) of additional snow from the Sierra Nevada to the central and northern Rockies as it rolls across a large swath of the western and central United States.

Less extreme but still dicey weather for travel is forecast for the rest of Nebraska.

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Lawsuit filed over hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha woman who contracted hepatitis A after eating blackberries she bought at a Fresh Thyme grocery store has sued the company.

The woman who filed the lawsuit Wednesday, Kerrie Tabaka, said she was hospitalized for a week for treatment of hepatitis A and continues to experience fatigue and other symptoms.

Earlier this month, health officials warned consumers in 11 states against eating some berries bought from the Fresh Thyme chain. Federal and state health officials have confirmed 14 cases of hepatitis A, including six in Nebraska, as part of the outbreak in Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Fresh Thyme officials didn’t immediately respond to the lawsuit filed Wednesday. The company has said it is cooperating with investigators to identify the source of the contamination.

Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and can cause mild, flu-like symptoms for several weeks. According to the World Health Organization, a small proportion of people infected with the virus could die from fulminant hepatitis.

“Hepatitis A in berries has been generally a problem with imports,” said Tabaka’s lawyer, Bill Marler. “We look forward to getting to the bottom of where these berries were grown and processed and how this potentially deadly pathogen contaminated the berries.”

The Food and Drug Administration last week urged consumers in Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania to not to eat any fresh blackberries bought from Fresh Thyme between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30.

Anyone who froze the berries for later use should throw them out, the FDA said.