Florida emergency management chief says state will have enough ICU beds and ventilators
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Officials in New York and elsewhere have raised alarms about shortages of critical-care hospital space and ventilators, but Florida’s emergency management chief said Sunday the state would be able to meet the need.He also said the state has a dedicated team of people assigned to plan for how the state should deal with the threat of a hurricane during a time of coronavirus. The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.“I have full confidence that we’ll be able to meet the ICU capacity,” state Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said in an interview on WPLG-Ch. 1...
Busy hurricane season projected, but early months could be light as coronavirus concerns continue
ORLANDO, Fla. — With just two months before the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season meteorologists are expecting some overlap with the coronavirus pandemic.However, meteorologists at AccuWeather predict low activity in the Atlantic during the early part of the summer, but they’re also expecting the peak of hurricane season to experience an above-normal rate of activity, said Dan Kottlowski, lead AccuWeather meteorologist, during a Tuesday webinar.An average hurricane season has 12 named storms, according to data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The 2020 season beg...
Citgo must pay for a massive 2004 Delaware River oil spill, Supreme Court rules
The former owner of a Philadelphia area asphalt refinery is liable for a massive 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River and must pay back millions of dollars in cleanup costs, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday.In a 7-2 ruling, the court said that Citgo Asphalt Refining Company, the former owner of the refinery in Paulsboro, N.J., was responsible for clean-up costs after a vessel it had chartered struck a submerged, discarded anchor in the river as it nudged toward the Citgo refinery dock.The puncture in the 748-foot vessel, the Athos I, released 264,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into the river,...
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Editorial: Coronavirus enables a less tribal, more ingenious America. Let's not backslide
Once again humanity is humbled, this time not by fire, earthquake or tornado. Instead a wee creature our naked eye cannot see commandeers the Earth — yet another killer reminder that many forces dwarf us cocky-to-a-fault mortals. So we learn anew that in nature we’re but temporary components of perpetual systems much bigger than ourselves.For most of us, the less than draconian demand is that we stay secluded — incarcerated at home with our loved ones. We know teenagers who dutifully avoid their early-to-rise parents by sleeping from 3 a.m. until the crack of 2 p.m. There being no immunity to ...
Commentary: Protect our first responders
For more than 20 years, in my former role as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency response team, I have worked on several natural and man-made disasters.I have seen the heroism of men and women during deadly storms and floods.I’ve watched the incredible dedication of first responders rushing into the twin towers in New York on 9/11, not knowing if they would ever return home to see their families. I have witnessed the painful search for the missing by exhausted first responders and volunteers.I have stood by as firefighters fought to contain wildfires in California and ...
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Commentary: In support of President Trump's use of the Stafford Act
The tornadoes that tore through my former congressional district that spring day in 1985 took 42 lives, injured dozens more and leveled three towns. Tornadoes are rare in northwestern Pennsylvania, but the three that clobbered Albion, Atlantic and Wheatland, near Erie, left a lasting mark — not just on the residents of those communities, but also on their second-term congressman. A lousy federal response to the disaster spurred me to author what would become known as the Stafford Act.Thirty-five years after those devastating tornadoes, the changes we authored about how our federal government r...
New York Daily News
Mark Zeigler: Postpone Summer Olympics if necessary, but let's keep hope alive as long as possible
The Olympic flame arrived in Japan from Greece on Friday with a modest ceremony at an air base north of Tokyo. A judoka and wrestler together lit a cauldron in the shape of a cherry blossom.The next day, the flame was put on display at Sendai station in Miyagi prefecture, an area devastated by the 2011 earthquake that registered 9.0 on the Richter scale, brought a 133-foot tsunami onshore, led to the level 7 meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and resulted in nearly 16,000 deaths. The World Bank estimates the damages at $235 billion, the most expensive natural disaster on rec...
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Chicago man charged with battery for allegedly yelling 'corona,' coughing in cop's face
CHICAGO — A man “acting belligerently” at the scene of a car accident mumbled something about having the coronavirus and then twice deliberately coughed in a Chicago police officer’s face, Cook County prosecutors said in court Monday.Anthony Ponzi, 21, was ordered released on his own recognizance on charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer.Chicago police officers responding to a car crash in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Sunday saw Anthony Ponzi, 21, of Wilmette, in a “highly agitated” state, slurring his speech and foaming at the mouth, according to an arrest report.When an officer ...
Survivalists have been prepping for a disaster scenario like coronavirus. Now, many feel vindicated
RINGTOWN, Pa. — When Dan Wowak went to live alone in the wilds of Patagonia in 2016 for a chance to win a half-million dollars on reality television, he was allowed to bring 10 items. Toilet paper wasn’t one of them.Wowak, a Mahanoy City native, did bring an ax and saw, a sleeping bag and a ferro rod, which you can strike to make sparks in just about any condition. He also chose fishing line and hooks, which proved invaluable. Over 51 days, he ate nothing but fish he caught in a lake: nine of them.“I lost 54 pounds,” he said. “I know what hunger feels like.”Wowak, who worked in the juvenile ju...
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4.8-magnitude quake rattles Northern California coast, USGS reports
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A 4.8-magnitude earthquake Sunday morning in the Pacific Ocean rattled the Northern California coastline, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.The 7-mile deep quake hit about 30 miles west of Petrolia at 9:27 a.m. Pacific time, according to the USGS. Scores of people from as far away as Chico and Crescent City reported feeling the tremor to the agency, with most reports coming from Eureka and Arcata.There were no reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued.Magnitude measures the energy released at the source of the earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey ...
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