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NWS: Weather summary

Good afternoon, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast.

This afternoon will be sunny with a high near 77 degrees. East winds will be around 5 mph.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 52 degrees. 

Tuesday will be sunny with a high near 80 degrees and a low around 53 degrees.

Hawks win honors, Penn State game kicks off at night

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Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Brady Reiff (91) celebrates with teammates after winning a 44-41 overtime battle against Iowa State on Saturday.

To the victors go the spoils. It’s an award-winning Monday edition of the Hawkeye 10 @ 10, with national recognition for Akrum Wadley, Big Ten honors for Nate Stanley and a big NFL debut for George Kittle among today’s daily dose of Iowa news and notes. 10 @10 is delivered at 10 a.m. each weekday at Hawkmania.com, your home for all things Iowa. Read more.

And in other Hawkeye news, Iowa's Big Ten football opener against Penn State will be played under the lights at Kinnick Stadium.

It was announced today that the first night game of the season for the Hawkeyes will be the game on Sept. 23 between Iowa and the fifth-ranked Nittany Lions. Kickoff has been set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ABC.

Best of the week: 9 things to do this week

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Joyce Spengler of West Palm Beach, Florida browses some of Photographer Michael Zecher's prints for sale at the Riverssance Festival in Davenport on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Entertainment reporter Amanda Hancock serves up a heaping helping of entertainment fun for the upcoming week. Riverssance, Quad-City's premier fine arts festival, is celebrating its 30th year and is at the top of her list. Read more.

TV correspondents face danger they told others to avoid

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This image taken from video shows CNN's Chris Cuomo during his afternoon coverage of Hurricane Irma in Naples, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Journalists were the shock troops allowing the nation to experience the storm from the comfort of their living rooms. Networks all brought their top teams in on the weekend for special coverage, non-stop on the news channels. (CNN via AP)

It's a paradox of hurricane coverage: people on television spend days warning the public to get out of harm's way, then station their correspondents squarely in the middle of howling wind and rain and hope they don't get hurt.

That was the case throughout Sunday's gripping coverage of Hurricane Irma's assault on Florida. Journalists were the shock troops allowing the nation to experience the storm from the comfort of their living rooms. Networks all brought their top teams in on the weekend for special coverage, non-stop on the news channels.

Yet when a huge tree limb crashed to the ground behind NBC's Gabe Gutierrez, forcing him to scurry away during a live shot, it illustrated the danger many journalists faced. Network executives were one flying projectile away from a tragedy that would have them facing hard questions about whether they were placing a quest for exciting TV and ratings above common sense and public safety.

Several journalists stationed outside sought the relative security of building balconies that blocked some of the wind or, like NBC's Kerry Sanders, a concrete parking garage. Yet many felt they couldn't truly convey the storm's power without showing themselves getting buffeted by the elements.

The rain "does seem like it's getting shot through a fire hose at you," said CNN's Chris Cuomo, assigned to Naples, Florida, as the intense eye wall passed over him.

NBC's Miguel Almaguer had a yellow tow line, one end wrapped around his waist and the other around a concrete pillar, to steady him as he did a live shot. ABC's Gio Benitez also employed a rope as he stood on a balcony. CNN's Kyung Lah gripped a metal railing.

Other correspondents frequently struggled to keep their footing. "I'm just taking a knee for a second," said Sanders said when the wind got too intense. NBC's Jo Ling Kent seemed fearless walking around Miami Beach. CBS' Elaine Quijano spied some debris blowing her way; fortunately it proved only to be some palm fronds.

The wind blew The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes four or five steps as he stood outside in Naples. But for a nerdy meteorologist, there was a payoff when he spotted a glimpse of the sun as the hurricane's eye passed over him.

"After getting beaten and bruised and battered, there is the eye," he said. "That is nice."

Bettes' Weather Channel colleague Mike Seidel, stationed in Miami, seemed a gust away from real danger as he stationed himself on a dock overrun by water, as wind whipped around. He eventually thought better of it.

"We're going to be packing up and moving to higher ground," he said.

Fox News Channel's Steve Harrigan earned the assignment to stand outside in a hurricane on his birthday.

"I'm just sorry for old people, I'm sorry for people on oxygen," he said. "I'm sorry for people out here who are scared. You know, we've been through them, we're not scared. I just consider it a technical challenge trying to stay up and to stand here."

After a couple of hours getting water blown in his face, CNN's Cuomo was comfortable enough to offer advice to a colleague on positioning himself for a live shot: don't stand with your back to the wind.

Cuomo's experience passing through the Irma's eye offered some of the coverage's most fascinating moments. Only minutes after getting hit by the worst of the winds, he found himself standing on a Naples street during a period of eerie calm. The palms stood limp beside him. He consulted with meteorologist Chad Myers, who was stationed in a dry studio reading maps and estimating how many minutes Cuomo had until the wind would return, this time from the opposite direction.

"Now I get why people get lulled into a false sense of security," he said, "because it does feel like it's over."

It wasn't. The danger hadn't passed for journalists or Florida, particularly as the challenge to capture storm surge added a fresh layer of risk.

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