Labor Day 2014 Weekend Weather, Travel; National Weather Service / NOAA Says Severe Weather in Central US

Labor Day weekend is historically a big travel day for many people, and it looks like 2014 will be no different.

The National Weather Service and other services have forecasted that there will be severe weather in the central United States, including tornadoes and thunderstorms.

The states that could be impacted include central-northeastern Nebraska, eastern South Dakota, and west-central Minnesota.

There could be a tornado threat on Sunday afternoon.

AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Expert Senior Meteorologist Scott Breit said, “That would be primarily from eastern Nebraska and western Iowa northward into Minnesota.”


AP: Burke won’t appear with Obama on Labor Day 
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke won’t take the stage with President Barack Obama when he speaks at the Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, marking the second presidential visit to Wisconsin that will pass without Burke’s involvement.

Both Burke and Obama will be at the “Laborfest” celebration of organized labor that attracts thousands to the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, but Burke will be meeting privately with the president and not speaking, said her spokesman Joe Zepecki on Thursday.

Republicans, including Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign, said Burke was ducking Obama because his approval ratings have dipped below 50 percent in Wisconsin. But Zepecki said Burke has invited Obama to return for a campaign event and she is confident that will happen before the Nov. 4 election.

“Unfortunately, that was not an option for this event,” Zepecki said.

Burke, a former state Commerce Department secretary and Trek Bicycles executive, had planned to attend the event before Obama’s participation was announced on Wednesday. It makes no sense for her to be among the speakers because she isn’t an elected official, Zepecki said.

At the 2010 event, which was the last time Obama attended, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett spoke.