Monday, September 26, 2022

Wake-Up Call: Florida Radio Hunkers Down As Hurricane Ian Approaches

Cone of Concern
After a historically quiet start to the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, a flurry of tropical activity has changed the course of the season recently, and this morning  recently formed Tropical Storm Ian was upgraded to Hurricane status.

With the looming threat of Ian to the U.S., Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a pre-landfall state of emergency for the entire state and urged residents to be prepared for Ian's impacts. DeSantis also stated Sunday that he has activated the National Guard to help with the landfall, as well as power crews to aid with power renewal post-storm.

The storm formed in the central Caribbean on Friday, after the system first became noteworthy several days prior, when it remained a disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms located just east of the Caribbean Sea. 

As of 5 a.n. EDT Monday, Ian had sustained winds of 75 mph, and was moving northwest at 14 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 40 miles outward from the storm's center.

In recent days, the storm's strength and ability to stay organized have been hindered by persistent wind shear, which frequently limits the strength of tropical systems. However, as Ian moves into the western Caribbean, conditions are set to become much more favorable for continued strengthening.

Daily Mail composite 9/26/22

➤ARTEMIS LAUNCH DELAYED BY WEATHER:  NASA has been forced to postpone the launch of moon rocket Artemis 1 for a third time as Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida. Artemis 1 is a space launch vehicle designed to bring astronauts and equipment to and from the moon after a 50-year wait. The last manned mission to the Moon was Apollo 17, taking place from December 7 to December 19 in 1972. The space agency is still deciding whether to bring Artemis 1 back to it's assembly site, and if they do so, they would not be able to launch during the launch window that ends on October 4. The National Hurricane Center issued warnings of storm surges across parts of coastal Florida including the Florida Keys as forecasters predict water levels could rise by several feet.

➤U.S. THREATENS ‘CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES’ IF RUSSIA USES NUKES: President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, has warned Russia that there will be “catastrophic consequences” if it chooses to use nuclear weapons in its desperation to win its war in Ukraine. Sullivan delivered the warning in three television interviews yesterday. Sullivan did not specify whether the consequences would be military, economic or diplomatic, but said U.S. officials had spelled them out in talks with Russian officials. Russian President Vladimir Putin made the threat in an address last week.

➤ITALY MOVES HARD RIGHT: Provisional results of yesterday’s general election in Italy indicate that a coalition of three right-wing parties is likely to win majorities in both houses of the Italian Parliament. The new prime minister would likely be Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy, a party with fascist roots.

➤19TH CENTURY ABORTION BAN IS RESTORED IN ARIZONA: An Arizona judge has ruled that a state law prohibiting nearly all abortions can take effect, restoring restrictions first enacted in 1864 before Arizona was a state. The law was found unconstitutional after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which has now been overturned. Arizona clinics immediately stopped offering abortions after the judge’s ruling on Friday.

➤MEASLES OUTBREAK KILLS 700 CHILDEN IN ZIMBABWE: An outbreak of measles has killed more than 700 children and infected thousands in Zimbabwe, according to a report in The New York Times. Measles had been vanquished around the world. It returned with a vengeance in Zimbabwe during the COVID-19 pandemic as health workers usually assigned to routine immunizations were reassigned and lengthy lockdowns disrupted outreach programs. The World Health Organization and UNICEF have warned that the pandemic and other obstacles had caused millions of children, most of them in poor countries, to miss out on routine vaccinations.

🛫GOOD TIME TO VISIT LONDON: The value of the British pound dropped to a historic low against the U.S. dollar of $1.03 in early trading today. The pound dropped more than four percent in trading in Asia and Australia, extending losses sustained last week. The new Conservative prime minister has decided to cut taxes on corporations and bankers’ bonuses to stimulate the economy at a time when inflation is soaring and a deep and lasting recession is expected.

➤JOHN FETTERMAN WANTS TO TALK ABOUT HIS TATTOOS: John Fetterman, the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania and a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, wants to talk about the nine tattoos on his right forearm. The tattoos were the subject of an on-air commentary by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who referred to them as “all your stupid little fake tattoos.” In an op ed for NBC News, Fetterman explained that each tattoo represents the date that a resident of Braddock, Pennsylvania, died violently while he was mayor. He said they are a permanent reminder of the issues of gun violence and violent crime. Fetterman’s Republican opponent in the race is television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz.

🎥‘DON’T WORRY DARLING’ DEBUTS WITH $19.2 MILLION DESPITE RUMORS:  Don’t Worry Darling saw a solid debut at the domestic box office over the weekend, pulling in $19.2 million in spite of recent headlines. Warner Bros. was expecting $17 million for the film’s opening weekend. The company’s President of Domestic Distribution Jeff Goldstein said on Sunday morning (September 25th), “We’re continuing to bring non-traditional audiences back to theatres with a predominantly female-skewing film, proving that audiences of all kinds are willing to return to theatres given the  appeal.”

Box Office Numbers from Friday Thru Sunday:

1. Don’t Worry Darling, $19.2 million
2. The Woman King, $11.1 million
3. Avatar(re), $10 million
4. Barbarian, $4.8 million
5. Pearl, $1.918 million
6. See How They Run, $1.9 million
7. Bullet Train, $1.81 million
8. DC League of Super-Pets, $1.76 million
9. Top Gun: Maverick, $1.56 million
10. Minions: The Rise of Gru, $1.04 million

Monday Night: Cowboys vs Giants
  • Miami Dolphins 21, Buffalo Bills 19
  • Tennessee Titans 24, Las Vegas Raiders 22
  • Cincinnati Bengals 27, New York Jets 12
  • Minnesota Vikings 28, Detroit Lions 24
  • Baltimore Ravens 37, New England Patriots 26
  • Carolina Panthers 22, New Orleans Saints 14
  • Philadelphia Eagles 24, Washington Commanders 8
  • Indianapolis Colts 20, Kansas City Chiefs 17
  • Chicago Bears 23, Houston Texans 20
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 38, Los Angeles Chargers 10
  • Los Angeles Rams 20, Arizona Cardinals 12
  • Green Bay Packers 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12
  • Atlanta Falcons 27, Seattle Seahawks 23
  • Denver Broncos, 11, San Francisco 49ers 1

⚾DON MATTINGLY RETIRES AS MARLINS MANAGER: Don Mattingly will not be back as manager of the Miami Marlins after seven seasons, he announced. He said he and Marlins management have decided that “a new voice is needed” going forward. Mattingly is the Marlins’ all-time leader in managerial wins by a wide margin.

 ⚾PUJOLS JOINS THE 700 CLUB: Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals slugged his way into the exclusive 700 career home runs club in Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s only the fourth player in MLB history to reach the milestone, along with Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.

🏌TEAM USA TAKES 9TH STRAIGHT PRESIDENTS CUP WIN: Team USA rolled to victory over the International Team yesterday to record its ninth straight win at the biennial Presidents Cup event in Quail Hollow, North Carolina. The Americans hold a 12-1-1 overall record at the event and have never lost in the U.S. Jordan Spieth defeated Cam Davis yesterday, giving him a perfect 5-0-0 for the week.

🏈GEORGIA TECH FIRES COACH COLLINS: Georgia Tech is firing coach Geoff Collins, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That would make Collins the third casualty among Power Five school coaches in just three weeks. Scott Frost was fired from Nebraska and Hern Edwards lost his job at Arizona State.

🏈LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE CAROLINA PANTHERS! The Carolina Panthers ended their historic losing streak yesterday with a 22-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints. The team lost the last seven games of the 2021 season and the first two games of 2022 for an NFL record of nine straight defeats.

🏀MAGIC’S FULTZ OUT INDEFINITELY: The Orlando Magic’s Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely after fracturing a big toe during a preseason workout, the team announced. He is the second key backcourt player that the Magic have lost in the offseason. Gary Harris is recovering from a knee injury.

🏈 YOU BREAK IT, YOU BUY IT:  The NFL sent out a memo to players this week informing them that they could face “significant fines” if they break the tablets they were issued. The memo was a clear reference to the antics of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who trashed a Microsoft Surface tablet last Sunday in a fit of temper during the Bucs’ game against the New Orleans Saints. A later report said Brady broke another one on the sidelines during the game, and a third got stepped on by accident. In a radio appearance, Brady joked that he was aiming for “the perfect tablet slam,” but the NFL might not have thought that was funny.

The Bradys
⚭THE BRADY TENSION IS OFF THE FIELD:  Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's recent rocky relationship has nothing to do with the NFL player's decision to go back to football after announcing his retirement - and the married pair are still living in separate houses, can reveal. The Brazilian supermodel, 42, and her seven-time Super Bowl winning husband, 45, have been at the center of a spell of speculation after fans noticed that Gisele was conspicuously missing from the sidelines - and the stands - of Brady's first home game on Sunday. 

Since rumors of the tensions between the pair first emerged, multiple reports claimed that Brady's decision to U-turn on his retirement earlier this year was the trigger for their marital problems. He had initially quit his career, in part, to focus on his family - as he vowed to spend more time with them since Gisele 'deserves what she needs from me as a husband, and my kids deserve what they need from me as a dad.' Many believed that Brady re-entering the NFL became a bone of contention for Bündchen. However, their rift is completely unrelated to the former Patriots' star's football career, can confirm. Bündchen is her husband's 'number one cheerleader' and said that she would not care if he played until he was in his 50s. But the friction between the two has still resulted in them living apart from one another.

➤FLORIDA RESIDENTS WARNED: Federal and state officials are urging Florida residents to get ready for Tropical Storm Ian, which was intensifying into a hurricane as it approaches western Cuba. A storm watch is in effect for the lower Florida Keys. Ian’s current path is expected to take it along the west coast of Florida and the Panhandle in the middle of the week. 
  • In Nova Scotia, “the devastation is immense” from tropical storm Fiona, according to Tim Houston, premier of the province. The storm struck the eastern coast of Canada late last week with winds up to 80 miles and hour and waves up to 40 feet. More than 300,000 people in five Canadian provinces were still without electricity yesterday.
  • And in Puerto Rico, about half of the population was still in the dark yesterday, a week after Hurricane Fiona made landfall. About 20 percent have no running water.

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