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Post by thelivyjr » Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:40 p


"Tornado sweeps through suburban Chicago, causing damage"

21 JUNE 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — A tornado swept through communities in heavily populated suburban Chicago, damaging more than 100 homes, toppling trees, knocking out power and causing multiple injuries, officials said.

There was relief Monday, though, as authorities reported that it appeared no one had died.

Less than a dozen people were hurt in the tornado that touched down after 11 p.m. Sunday, and all were expected to recover.

At least eight people were hospitalized in Naperville, where 22 homes were left “uninhabitable” and more than 130 homes were damaged in the suburb of 147,500 people that’s about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Chicago.

Two people initially described in critical condition had improved by Monday afternoon, said Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis.

“It could have been a lot worse, I will say that,” Puknaitis said.

“When you look at the destruction that has occurred over this five square block area or so, it’s amazing that we can stand here and report that we only had eight people that were transported to a hospital.”

Officials in the nearby village of Woodridge said a tornado damaged at least 100 structures.

The village’s fire chief said three people were taken to hospitals, but he could not provide more detail on their injuries during a Monday press conference.

Woodridge Police Chief Brian Cunningham said early warnings likely minimized the number of injuries.

“It was a nighttime event, a lot of people were sleeping, weren’t aware of what was going on,” he said.

“The early warning got people to shelter."

"And the fact that there’s only three people injured and the amount of devastation that’s in the community, it’s just amazing.”

The storm destroyed the second floor of Bridget Casey’s Woodridge home.

She sat in a lawn chair in the driveway before sunrise Monday.

Her 16-year-old son, Nate, said he was watching TV when the storm swept through and he raced to help his mother get his three younger siblings to the basement.

“I just heard a loud crash and I’m thinking, ‘Oh, what are my brothers up to?’"

"I go look and I see the sky, and then I hear my brothers screaming from the room,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mayor Gina Cunningham called the damage to homes and other property in the village “extensive.”

“I’m just emotional because it is devastating to drive through the community that I grew up in and worked in and share with so many wonderful neighbors,” she said.

The tornado was confirmed by radar, and a team with the National Weather Service began surveying damage Monday to determine its strength and path.

The agency said one tornado likely caused damage in Naperville, Woodridge and Darien.

“If there were no fatalities — and there haven’t been any reported to us — that’s great news considering the population of the area, the level of damage and the time of day, after 11 p.m. when many people may be asleep,” Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, said.

Radar also showed storm rotation over several other areas of suburban Chicago, and in northwestern Indiana in the Hobart and South Haven areas, Friedlein said.

The weather service was surveying areas of northern Indiana and southern Michigan to determine if damage there was caused by tornadoes or high winds, said Nathan Marsili with the National Weather Service.

He noted that the town of Fremont in Indiana’s far northeastern corner sustained “pretty significant damage.”

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. reported that more than 15,000 of its customers remained without power at mid-afternoon Monday.

Severe storms also hit other parts of the Midwest.

A tornado damaged several buildings and knocked down power lines and trees in eastern Iowa on Sunday night.

And in Missouri, a thunderstorm with strong winds whipped through parts of the state, knocking down trees and power lines.

This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the Chicago suburb of Woodridge, from Woodbridge.

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Post by thelivyjr » Wed Jun 30, 2021 1:40 p


"Pacific Northwest cities shatter heat records again, life grinds to a halt"


June 28, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore., June 28 (Reuters) - The cities of Portland and Salem in Oregon, and Seattle in Washington set new temperature records on Monday as the Pacific Northwest baked under a heatwave that has shut down much of daily life for residents.

In Salem, Oregon's state capitol, temperatures reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit (47.2 degrees Celsius), the hottest since record-keeping began in the 1890s.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport set an all-time high temperature of 106 Fahrenheit, breaking the record set one day earlier.

Portland's airport temperature reached 115 on Monday, breaking the all-time high for the third day in a row.

Before setting a record of 112 on Sunday and 108 on Saturday, the previous mark of 107 had not been reached since 1981, the National Weather Service said.

"To put it in perspective, today will likely go down in history as the hottest day ever recorded for places such as Seattle, WA and Portland, OR," the National Weather Service said, predicting the heatwave could begin to ease on Tuesday.

The heat has been attributed to a dome of atmospheric high pressure over the upper U.S. Northwest and Canada, similar to conditions that punished California and southwestern states earlier this month.

Portland, known for rainy weather and sparse sunshine, was especially ill-prepared to handle the high temperatures.

Stores sold out of air conditioning units and ice was hard to find.

Bars and restaurants closed because kitchen vents could not keep up with the rising temperatures, creating dangerous conditions for cooks.


"It's completely shutting down our life; my kids are stuck inside," said Jake Edgar, 30, a chef at a Portland restaurant.

Multnomah County, which includes Portland, has opened 11 emergency "cooling shelters," most of them in public libraries, where people without air conditioning could escape the sweltering heat.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, eased COVID-19 restrictions for theaters, swimming pools and shopping malls and residents flocked to public pools and even fountains to cool off.

But Portland Parks and Recreation closed down public swimming pools on Monday after several lifeguards experienced heat-related illnesses, the agency said.

Some companies with AC stayed open as informal cooling shelters for employees, said Sarah Shaoul, co-founder of Bricks Need Mortar, a business advocacy and consulting group.

In Seattle, Washington state's largest city, the mercury climbed on Sunday to an all-time high of 104 degrees F, surpassing a 2009 record of 103 degrees.

The state capital of Olympia likewise set a new benchmark high of 105 degrees, exceeding its 2009 record by 1 degree, according to the Weather Service.

The heat wave was expected to ease somewhat west of the Cascade range by Tuesday but persist through the week to the east of those mountains, it added.

Experts say extreme weather events such as the heatwaves that have descended on parts of the United States this year cannot always be linked directly to climate change.

But more unusual weather patterns could become more common amid rising global temperatures, weather service meteorologist Eric Schoening said in an interview this month.

Reporting by Sergio Olmos in Portland Writing and additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Alistair Bell

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Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 02, 2021 1:40 p


"Elsa becomes first hurricane of 2021 Atlantic season; Florida in path early next week"

Diane Pantaleo and Doyle Rice


2 JULY 2021

Tropical Storm Elsa strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic storm season on Friday as it battered the eastern Caribbean, where officials closed schools, businesses and airports.

The storm could impact Florida early next week and officials are urging residents there to make preparations.

Friday morning, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is putting together a potential emergency order as Elsa approaches.

DeSantis said South Florida could see tropical storm force winds as soon as Sunday night.

Sustained winds were near 75 mph, making the storm a Category 1 hurricane, according to an 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Elsa was located 5 miles south of St. Vincent and was moving west-northwest at 29 mph.

Elsa became the earliest E storm on record, beating out Edouard, which formed July 6, 2020.

Elsa is the fifth named storm of the season in the Atlantic.

The first hurricane of the Atlantic season typically forms around Aug. 10, University of Georgia meteorologist Marshall Shepherd wrote in Forbes.

We usually do not see the E storm, the fifth of the season, “E” (5th) storm of the season until around Aug. 31,he said.

The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network said Elsa could turn north and weaken after strengthening into a hurricane.

Even though a track into the eastern Gulf is most likely, Elsa could potentially track northward over the Florida Peninsula – or even just to the east of the Sunshine State, according to AccuWeather forecasters.

There is a risk of storm surge, wind and rainfall impacts to the Florida Keys and portions of Florida early next week, the Hurricane Center said.

"Impacts to the contiguous United States would begin Monday night at the earliest after the system passes through the Caribbean."

"Residents from the central Gulf Coast, across Florida and to the Carolina coast should monitor the progress of Elsa," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Adam Douty.

The forecast uncertainty remains larger than usual because of Elsa's potential interaction with the Greater Antilles over the weekend.

AccuWeather predicts 15 inches of rain in Cuba and Florida from late in the weekend into early next week.

Where the heaviest rain pours down will depend on the exact track of Elsa, but significant rain can occur well away from the center of the storm.

Hurricane warnings were issued for Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Officials in St. Vincent and the Grenadines closed schools, businesses and an international airport on Friday.

Heavy rains and winds were already lashing Barbados, which imposed similar closures late Thursday.

Authorities opened dozens of shelters in St. Vincent and urged people to evacuate if they lived near a valley, given the threat of flash flooding, mudslides and lahars, especially in the northern part of the island where La Soufrière volcano is located.

Hurricane Elsa is expected to produce rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches with maximum amounts of 10 inches Friday across the Windward and southern Leeward Islands, including Barbados.

This rain may lead to isolated flash flooding and mudslides.

Over Puerto Rico, rainfall of 1 to 3 inches with localized amounts of 5 inches is expected late today into Saturday.

This rain may lead to isolated flash flooding and minor river flooding, along with the potential for mudslides.

Contributing: Rick Neale, N'dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY NETWORK: Elsa becomes first hurricane of 2021 Atlantic season; Florida in path early next week

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Post by thelivyjr » Fri Jul 09, 2021 1:40 p


"New York City subway stations flooded in waist-high water ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa"

Ryan W. Miller and Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

9 JULY 2021

NEW YORK — Heavy thunderstorms caused a deluge of rain, flooding subway stations and roadways in New York City hours before Tropical Storm Elsa arrived Friday.

The thunderstorms Thursday evening caused flash flooding in Manhattan and the Bronx that submerged at least one subway stop with waist-high water and soaked several others as traffic on busy roadways came to halt.

The rains prompted flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings from the National Weather Service.

Some pockets of the city saw nearly 3 to 3.5 inches of rain Thursday, according to weather service data.

Elsa had not yet reached New York when the flooding started but the tropical storm is expected to bring even more rainfall to the city, which had seen another severe thunderstorm Wednesday evening.

More than a dozen people were rescued from vehicles that got stuck on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, police said, and parts of Harlem River Drive also temporarily closed due to the floods.

Photos and videos shared on social media showed cars in several inches of water, yet still driving through the drenched roads.

At the No. 1 station on West 157th Street in upper Manhattan, subway riders trekked into waist-high waters in attempts to catch their trains.

Videos showed one woman stepping into the murky waters of a flooded station while another man tried to walk through with a garbage bag around his legs.

At other stations, videos and photos showed water pouring down stairs or leaking through the ceiling.

Sarah Feinberg, interim president of New York City Transit, said crews were working to address issues as the water receded.

"Drains are working remarkably well," she said in a tweet.

Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor, blamed the flooding issues on "bad spending decisions for decades" and called for "green infrastructure to absorb flash storm runoff."

"This cannot be New York," he said in a tweet sharing the video of the woman trudging through the water at the No. 1 station.

Farewell, Elsa: Tropical storm wallops Northeast as it heads offshore

Friday morning, Elsa soaked the city after having killed at least one person and injuring 10 others in its path up the East Coast.

Much of the city was under a flood advisory.

Heavy rainfall and gusty winds continued to hit much of the Northeast.

As of 11 a.m. ET, the center of the 50-mph storm was located over eastern Long Island, New York, the National Hurricane Center said.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect for portions of the coasts of Long Island and southern New England.

In all, some 17 million people live where the tropical storm warning was in effect.

On the current forecast track, the center of Elsa will move near eastern Long Island and the coast of southern New England through Friday afternoon, and then offshore of the northeastern United States coast by this evening, the hurricane center said.

The hurricane center also said a tornado or two was possible through early afternoon Friday over parts of Long Island and southeastern New England.

The system should move over Atlantic Canada by late Friday night and Saturday, then it will gradually dissipate as it spins over the Labrador Sea.

Scattered power outages were still being reported along Elsa’s path Friday morning, with about 24,000 homes and businesses without electricity from Delaware to Massachusetts, according to the website poweroutage.us.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New York City subway stations flooded in waist-high water ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa

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