Alabama governor on Hurricane Sally damage: 'It's really, really bad'

“I’m sure it could be worse. But what I’ve seen this morning in the flyover, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, it’s really, really bad,” Ivey said.

Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 hurricane and left a swath of destruction across the state. The storm flooded neighborhoods, submerged homes and left thousands of residents without power.

Two people died as a result of the storm, according to Baldwin County Coroner Dr. Brian Pierce. One of the deaths was an apparent drowning that occurred in Orange Beach and was discovered Wednesday morning. The second was a death in the Foley area from storm cleanup, Pierce said. The families have been notified.

Alabama Power said Friday morning that power restoration had been completed in central and southeast Alabama but now “all efforts are focused on the Mobile area.”

“There are tens of thousands of people who don’t have power in Baldwin County right now and might not see power for a long time because of the number of trees that are down,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne, who represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District.
An aerial view from a drone shows people walking through a flooded street in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

“The fact that they’re entwined in power lines, just being able to get the roads open has been a real challenge,” he said.

On Thursday, officials urged residents to stay at home until local authorities deemed it safe to leave and evacuation teams can reach them. Ivey says the state government stands ready to help residents with recovery efforts.

Byrne said he’s spoken to the White House and says President Donald Trump is “extremely concerned about the situation” and would like to go to Alabama. Byrne added that he’s not certain when that would happen.

Ivey says she knows many people are hurting in the state because of the storm, and added that she wants them to know that, “we are hurting with you.”

Flooding could last a week in Florida

Sally drenched parts of Florida with '4 months of rain in 4 hours,' officials say

Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says flooding in Florida could last a week following the hurricane.

“The hurricane is past Florida but we are going to continue to see impacts in different parts of Northwest Florida, because of the sheer amount of water that’s been dumped all across the Southeast,” DeSantis said.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has deployed pumps and generators to assist with flooding and power restoration.

“So, even as it moves through states north of us, just remember that widespread river flooding is ongoing and it could continue over the next week in different parts of Florida,” DeSantis added.

He implored people to stay home and off the roads so that power crews can continue restoration work, and reminded them not to drive through standing water, as there could be downed power lines.

Police: Man intentionally set 2 fires at business

RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV) – At Kwik Auto Finance off Blue Ridge Boulevard, crews are repairing damage from the first fire that prosecutors say was intentionally set on July 4. Police believe the same man came back to start another fire on September 4.

“We’ve been here for 30 years and it’s an eerie feeling thinking somebody is out there trying to harm your business,” Kwik Auto Finance Sales Manager Eric Burnett said.

Video from security cameras show how the second fire started. The suspect sat on a bench outside the business. He lit a cigarette then started a small fire next to where he sat. As the fire smoldered, he ate fast food right next to it.

“In the video, he is just playing with the fire. Lit it then played with it,” Burnett said.

Burnett says when they found remnants of the second fire, they checked their surveillance system.

“You’ve got to be kidding me. Not again. Then just grateful,” Burnett said.

Grateful because the second fire burned out on its own. The first fire on July 4 did not. After consuming the bench where it started, the fire spread. It ignited the front entry and walls of the business.

“It blew out the windows,” Burnett said.

The fire grew filling the building with heavy black smoke causing extensive smoke damage. Firefighters put out the flames.

“It was well over $100,000 in damage for no reason. We didn’t know the guy. He didn’t know us. He is not a customer. He was just out to set a fire,” Burnett said.

Prosecutors say Michael L. Hodges was also caught on camera starting the July fire.

“We ended up getting a trailer and continued to sell cars and have a fire sale which we are continuing to do,” Burnett said.

They remain open as crews finish work to get the business back to normal.

“It was a huge impact on our business,” Burnett said.

Hodges is charged with two counts of knowingly burning or exploding for the fires at Kwik Auto Finance. His bond was set at $3,000.

According to court records, Hodges was previously arrested in June in Grandview for arson in the third degree.

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Liquor store cleaning up after someone stole ATM

Workers at the Rapid Liquor Store in Flint Twp. are picking up the pieces after a break-in.

Security camera footage caught a group of individuals driving a truck through the store’s doorway and left a short while later with an ATM.

“That’s a lot of damage for just an ATM,” said the store owner’s son who did not want to be named.

He said the incident happened around 4 a.m.

He says Flint Twp. Police arrived just moments after, but says the damage left behind was far more than the ATM was even worth.

“Maximum ARM could’ve been was like 2K or something, and they did damage worth of like 30K.”

TV5 spoke with some local customers who come to shop here regularly. They say they were just as shocked and disappointed to hear this news.

“You know, you go in there, they’re nice and courteous,” said Kyle Mason. “They have everything you need. You know, so somebody picking them to rob them and bust a building up is a bad thing.”

Mason says he’s been coming to the store for the past few months and was upset to see a small business like this get targeted.

“There’s a good community around here,” said the store owner’s son. “They understood it. They helped out, and they’re good people.”

Protests in Rochester over Daniel Prude's death begin peacefully but end with damage and clashes with police

It was the third straight night of demonstrations in the city after video was released earlier in the week showing officers holding Daniel Prude on the ground with a spit sock on his head in March. Prude stopped breathing and was declared brain dead at a hospital, and died a week later.

Rochester police arrested 11 people during the outbreaks of violence Friday night, the department said in a statement. Three officers were hurt and were hospitalized, but later released, police said.

The protest Friday evening began with as many as 1,000 people gathered in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, where they chanted and listened to speakers and music, according to the Rochester newspaper the Democrat & Chronicle.
Later, the group moved from the park and headed toward the city. As they marched, some protesters stopped at two restaurants on Alexander Street, where “some in the crowd flipped over tables; glass could be heard shattering,” the newspaper reported. Video recorded and posted on Twitter by Geoffery Rogers shows protesters at both restaurants.

In video posts from CNN affiliate WROC’s social media account, masked protesters could be heard shouting, “Black Lives Matter!” as they marched down Court Street, carrying signs reading “They knew” and “Silence is Compliance.”

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When demonstrators approached the public safety building, they were met by police in riot gear standing behind metal barriers, the newspaper said.

Images from CNN affiliate WHAM show several protesters wearing bike helmets and carrying umbrellas as they approach the police barricade.

In video from Rogers, police are heard on a loudspeaker declaring the protest an “unlawful assembly” and ordering the crowd to disperse.

Police said officers were hit by projectiles and incendiary devices were thrown at them.

In Thursday night’s protests, eight people were arrested and two police officers were injured, authorities said.

A fatal encounter with police

The anger stems from another case of a Black man dying in or after an encounter with police, an issue in the national spotlight.

Attorneys for the family of Daniel Prude released police dash and body cam videos earlier this week showing the encounter between Prude and officers as they responded to multiple calls about his erratic behavior.

The family said Prude was having a mental health episode and was under the influence of drugs early in the morning of March 23.

At approximately 3:16 a.m., the videos show, an officer approaches a naked Prude in the middle of a street with his Taser pointed at him and tells him to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back. Prude complies. He is told not to move and is cuffed.

Daniel Prude&#39;s brother said he was acting erratic, suicidal before his deadly interaction with police

After discussing a report that Prude said he had coronavirus, police then place a spit sock over his head as he sits on the street. When he becomes agitated, police put him on his stomach and hold him down. He stopped breathing shortly afterward.

His death a week later was ruled a homicide by the Monroe County Medical Examiner, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by lawyers for his family. The report cites complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint as a finding, as well as excited delirium and acute PCP intoxication as causes of death.

Seven police officers involved in the encounter have been suspended, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Thursday.

Warren said she had been misled by Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, who she said led her to believe that Prude died in police custody of an overdose. She also said she had first seen the body camera footage in August.

The president of Rochester’s police union said Friday the mayor was not being honest about what she knew and when she knew it. Rochester Police Locust Club President Michael Mazzeo insisted the officers involved in the incident followed their training and protocols.

New York Attorney General Letitia James started an investigation of the case on April 16.

CNN’s Alta Spells, Dave Alsup, Melanie Schuman and Kelly McCleary contributed to this report.



Chile earthquake: Powerful 6.8 quake causes major damage – evacuation underway

The quake struck off the coast of northern Chile, which caused damage. Panicked residents were urged to evacuate as a precaution. An aftershock, which measured 6.3 magnitude, followed within half an hour. It landed in the Ring of Fire, so-called because a huge number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place there.

 

It earlier showed the magnitude as 7 and 6.7, with the quake at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

There was no tsunami threat from the earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: “Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.

“No action is required.”

The volatile Ring of Fire is a string of volcanoes and potential earthquake sites dotted around the boundaries of the Pacific Ocean.

Nearly 75 percent of the active volcanoes on earth are situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire and nearly 90 percent of the major earthquakes occur in and around this zone.

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North Korea nuclear warning: Danger after damage to Kim's biggest nuclear reactor site

This warning comes as Typhoon Bavi is set to hit South Korea, North Korea and Japan this week, which could bring torrential rain and strong winds. The Korean Peninsula has been affected by a prolonged rainy period recently with many floods and landslides.

The North Korean analysis website, 38 North, has reported damage to the pumps and piping is the biggest risk to the reactors.

The website, which monitors North Korea, has reported commercial satellite imagery from August 6 to 11 has shown how vulnerable nuclear reactor is to extreme weather events.

Yongbyon is the home to nuclear reactors, fuel reprocessing plants and uranium enrichment facilities which, some believe, are being used for the country’s nuclear weapons programme.

The report warned: “If the reactors were operating, for instance, the inability to cool them would require them to be shut down.”

The uranium mine could be overflown by water and there is a threat the radioactive waste could get into the environment and even the drinking water.

Olli Heinonen, the former Deputy Director-General for Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency, said: “So, when you have these big ponds where the wastewater goes, we don’t know how well they are designed and how they deal when there is a huge rain—whether the rain just falls into these open ponds, or whether they overflow and then this radioactive waste gets to the environment, groundwater, and then eventually either to the river, or to the drinking water of the people.

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He said: “There is one thing that people also need to remember.

“The construction of the buildings, in North Korea, their standards are not that advanced as you and I have become used to.

“For example when it rains a lot, in some facilities, water can get to the cellar because of the poor isolation in the basement.

“So that’s another thing that is probably taking place in some of the facilities. We’re just not seeing it because satellite imagery will not show it.”



Husband, wife escape burning home in TN

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) – A husband and wife were able to get out of their home on Calumet Trace after a fire in their garage quickly spread.

Murfreesboro officials say crews arrived on scene and saw smoke and flames coming from the home. Firefighters began attacking the fire in the garage and in the attic. 

The home sustained major fire, smoke and water damage. 




Murfreesboro Fire - Calumet Trace




Investigators believe the fire may have started in the garage and quickly spread to a bonus room on the second floor and the attic at around 10:21 a.m. Friday. 

While crews extinguished the fire, other firefighters were able to save several family photos. 

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. 

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A Levels fiasco: Gavin Williamson ordered to act to repair damage ‘fighting for his job’

Robert Oulds, director of the Bruges Group think tank, said Mr Williamson, who has offered an apology to young people up and down England, was fighting for his job – and said it was now critical for him to make amends. Mr Oulds also pointed the finger at the Department for Education, deploying Michael Gove’s famous 1950s B movie analogy by saying students had been “robbed by The Blob”. And he also contrasted the situation faced by poorer students compared with those at top public schools – for example Eton.

Robert Oulds, director of the Bruges Group think tank, said Mr Williamson, who has offered an apology to young people up and down England, was fighting for his job – and said it was now critical for him to make amends. Mr Oulds also pointed the finger at the Department for Education, deploying Michael Gove’s famous 1950s B movie analogy by saying students had been “robbed by The Blob”. And he also contrasted the situation faced by poorer students compared with those at top public schools – for example Eton.

Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson has been told to get a grip (Image: GETTY)

Michael Gove

Michael Gove has compared the DfE to The Blob in the past (Image: GETTY)

Examinations watchdog Ofqual has estimated teachers in England had almost 40 percent of their A-level assessments – amounting to 280,000 results – downgraded by its algorithm.

Mr Oulds, whose organisation is a staunch advocate of Brexit, told Express.co.uk: “The school grading fiasco has caused a clamour of calls for Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to resign.

“This is unfair, but as the buck stops with him, Williamson must act swiftly to repair the damage.”

Mr Oulds said: “The downgrading of 40 percent of pupils has particularly hit those of lower socio-economic background, while posh schools such as Eton can rest on their laurels.

“Historic social class disadvantages and institutional bias should be tackled rather than perpetuated by a Conservative government that promised to level up the north and midlands with the more privileged south. The Red Wall expects.”

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The Blob

The Blob is a 1958 sci fi movie starring Steve McQueen (Image: IMDB)

The grading algorithm needed to be adjusted to give a fairer account of the hard work of people from provincial areas, Mr Oulds said.

With GCSEs out next week, and two million results expected to be similarly downgraded, the pressure on Mr Williamson is unlikely to ease any time soon.

Mr Oulds said: “It is crucial that Williamson acts. He has come under sustained attack from The Blob, and his mission to improve standards in schools must not be derailed.”

Mr Gove compared the DfE to the monster in the 1958 sci fi classic starring Steve McQueen over perceived similarities between its army of bureaucrats and the creature in question, which terrorises a small town in Pennsylvania.

He said: “Williamson has important work to do, including reforming universities and defending academic freedom from ideological puritanism.

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Gavin Williamson

There have been calls for Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to resign (Image: GETTY)

Hackney students A Levels

Hackney students open their A Level results (Image: GETTY)

“He is fighting for his job and I hope he stays but the best way to guarantee that is to do the right thing and honour the grades. It’s what they did in Scotland.

“Interestingly no grades from Eton have been marked down.”

The lockdown had been particularly hard on young people, stripping away their education and employment opportunities, argued Mr Oulds.

In a message to the Government, he said: “They need to help young people, the social costs of the lockdown and taking away their education and employment opportunities has been bad enough.

“Now hitting their grades with an unfair algorithm has made it even worse.

“The Government risks further harming their prospects with this, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and further alienating the young.

Gavin Williamson factfile

Gavin Williamson factfile (Image: Express)

“If he doesn’t reject the algorithm for English students then Scottish students will be attending English universities with A level grades being assessed differently.”

Mr Oulds added: “This algorithm is disadvantaging English pupils and their families

“It’s also against natural justice, given a grade, and a place at Uni then its all robbed away by The Blob.”

The situation for further complicated yesterday after Ofqual suspended its criteria for students hoping to challenge their A-level grades on the basis of their results in mock exams – just hours after publishing them.

An Ofqual spokesman said: “Earlier today we published information about mock exam results in appeals.

Eton Prince Harry

Results at Eton – where Prince Harry studied – have not been downgraded (Image: GETTY)

“This policy is being reviewed by the Ofqual board and further information will be published in due course.”

Defending Ofqual’s grading method in today’s Sunday Express, Mr Williamson said: “No system that was put in place was going to be able to replicate the exams process.

“But the calculated grade overseen by Ofqual makes certain that everyone can be confident that these qualifications carry the same weight as previous years.

“And our triple lock process means if any young person is unhappy with their result, they can appeal on the basis of a valid mock exam and, in England, have the chance to sit exams in the autumn.”

However, Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, said: “The latest chaos is the inevitable consequence of this government’s shambolic approach to exams, which saw solutions dreamt up on the back of a cigarette packet and announced barely a day before young people received their results.”



Wuhan horror: Chinese patients STILL suffering lung damage from deadly virus months later

As of August 6, coronavirus has infected 18,727,530 people worldwide. The horrific findings come after research into Wuhan, China’s intensive care patients from Dr Peng Zhiyong. The study has renewed fears of the long-term impact of COVID-19 in survivors, with previous findings suggesting a higher risk of strokes and heart failure in ex-coronavirus patients.

Dr Peng, intensive care director at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, issued his findings from a year-long study into how COVID-19 impacts health even after recovery.

His research from last month tracked 107 patients who suffered viral pneumonia after contracting coronavirus, and were placed in intensive care.

At the end of the three-month mark after discharge, Dr Peng reported that a staggering 90 percent still suffered from lung damage.

The group, who had an average age of 59, struggled with key respiration functions like ventilation and gas exchange.

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Other findings from Dr Peng reported his patients lacked energy and found it difficult to walk long distances after being discharged from hospital.

Dr Peng tested the patients strength against a healthy group, finding the patients who could walk covered an average of 400 meters in six minutes compared to the standard 500 meters.

He also reported that the immune systems of most COVID-19 patients were still compromised three months after discharge.

About one in 10 had lost the antibody needed to fend off coronavirus in a matter of months.

Dr Peng said: “The results revealed that the patients’ immune systems are still recovering.”

Wuhan, China saw the original outbreak of coronavirus in December 2019, seeing 4,512 deaths and almost 70,000 cases.

It is the first study conducted into the long-term effects of COVID-19 in recovering patients.

A similar study, by Liang Tengxiao, deputy chief physician at the Dongzhimen Hospital in Beijing, found many of his patients over 65 who had recovered from severe disease still required oxygen support.

The study also found many had not regained their sense of smell or taste, a recognised a symptom of infection, months after recovery.

It comes as the World Health Organisation announced they will conducting an international investigation into the virus’ origins in Wuhan.

Two members of the study have already had “extensive discussion” with Chinese scientists about where the virus’ origins.

A WHO spokesman said that the talks included updates on animal health research.

China shut down a wildlife market in Wuhan at the start of the outbreak, a day after discovering that some patients were vendors or dealers.

The WHO has said they believe the virus probably came from bats and had another intermediary animal “host”.