Minister Celso Amorim and general officials visited Foz do Iguaçu to obtain information on the partial results of Operation Ágata 7, performed within the 10,492 miles of Brazilian border with ten South American countries. The Military will be used right before the Confederations Cup, and it is one of the axles of the security plan organized by the Ministry of Defense for the large upcoming events in Brazil. On May 29, the remote controlled entrance of the airplanes was presented to Defense Minister Celso Amorim, during his visit to the base of São Miguel do Iguaçu, in Parana, on the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This was developed as a result of having used this equipment during Operation Ágata 7, which began on May 18, to combat cross-border crimes. The plan consists of moving part of the equipment to the Naval Base in São Pedro da Aldeia, in the state of Rio, and another part to Brasília. As far as Rio de Janeiro, the airplanes may be used to protect authorities and the local aerial space. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Federal Police may use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) during two games of the Confederations Cup, between June 15 and June 30, in Brazil. This aircraft would be used during the opening of the competition, in Brasília, and the closing, in Rio de Janeiro, within the scope of the aerial space defense plan established by the federal government. This was the first integrated action between the Brazilian Air Force and the Federal Police, which resulted in the forces’ decision to keep the project on course. “This demonstrates that we work with both institutions in harmony and in an integrated manner,” said Minister Amorim. The decision regarding the use of UAVs will be made within the next few days. By Dialogo June 06, 2013 The UAVs assisted in locating 3.5 tons of marijuana in the southern border region. The drugs seized by the Military and Police were already being monitored by intelligence information. The information on the location of the drugs allowed to plan the action. Later, the aircraft cameras registered the vessels moving along Itaipu Lake, leading the Brazilian Federal Police to deploy to the location where the boat docked.
MASON CITY — Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal are expected to reach Iowa Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rain and potential flash flooding.Meteorologist Brooke Hagenhoff, at the National Weather Service, says those big named storms over the Gulf of Mexico usually break up before they reach Iowa, but this one should remain a post-tropical depression, which is very uncommon.“That has really only happened once since records have been kept and that was in 1900, a Galveston (Texas) hurricane,” Hagenhoff says, “so, very rare.” The storm’s arrival will mean the end of the hot and humid weather in Iowa, funneling in much cooler temperatures and the potential for multiple heavy downpours between Tuesday morning and evening.“We are looking at rainfall totals of between two to three inches that go across portions of southeast and eastern Iowa,” Hagenhoff says. “That’s really where the main axis is going to be for the heavier precipitation.” The storm may bring western and central Iowa just an inch to an inch-and-a-half of rain, but then another system will arrive from the west late Tuesday into Wednesday morning, which could bring another inch or two of rain.“Thankfully, the rain with that secondary system coming out of the west is going to bring the heavier rainfall across western and central Iowa,” Hagenhoff says. “So, the axis for the heavy rainfall from the tropical system and the secondary one are not going to overlap.”A Flash Flood Watch is in effect along and east of the Interstate 35 corridor, including the Mason City-Clear Lake area.