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Study: 5,000 Deaths In Puerto Rico Tied To Hurricane Maria

(Cambridge, MA) – Deaths related to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico could be higher than first thought. Officially, the death toll is at 64, but that could be closer to five-thousand if a new Harvard University study is to be believed.

A survey of more than three-thousand households indicates as many as 46-hundred-45 more deaths happened than would have under normal conditions. Researchers say a third of the deaths can be attributed to delayed or interrupted healthcare.

The survey covered from the time the storm made landfall on September 20th to December 31st. The study was published in the “New England Journal of Medicine” today.

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Two TV Journalists Killed While Covering Storms

(Polk County, NC) – Two South Carolina journalists are dead after a tree fell on their SUV. Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of WYFF in Spartanburg were covering rainstorms in nearby Polk County, North Carolina today when the tragedy occurred.

Everyone at the station is grieving and says they are thankful for the community’s support. The area is a under flood watch from storms linked to moisture pushed up from Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Flash Flood Forces Wedding Party To Scramble For Higher Ground

(Ellicott City, MD) – A couple in Maryland probably has enough good luck to last a lifetime. Whoever said it’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day most likely wasn’t referring to the intense flooding that hit Ellicott City on Sunday.

A wedding party and all the guests had to scramble for higher ground when floodwater gushed into the venue. One of the groomsmen said water was actually pouring down the staircase as the group was climbing upstairs. However, the bride and groom were still able to exchange vows. Search crews found the wedding and told everyone to shelter in place.rKCeo-1527552011-110269-blog-wedding3A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the bride and groom recover from the event. So far, the couple has received 750-dollars of a 50-thousand-dollar goal.

Alberto Brings Flood Watches To Gulf Coast

(SL) – Flood watches are in effect in parts of the Southeast as the first storm of the hurricane season moves over the Caribbean Sea.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to move north across the Gulf of Mexico through the Memorial Day weekend, bringing possible flash flooding, rip currents and strong winds to parts of the Gulf Coast, and potentially spawning tornadoes.

Tropical winds of 40-miles-per-hour and storm surge are possible from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle by late in the weekend. Up to four inches of rain is possible from southern Florida to the Carolinas over the next five days.

Nor’easter Drops Over A Foot Of Snow On Northeast

(SL) – A major storm that slammed the East Coast is moving through New England today. Millions in the Northeast are digging out from the storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places. More than four-thousand flights were canceled yesterday and more than 80-thousand homes and businesses were without power.

The heaviest snow fell in southern Pennsylvania, where some areas got a foot-and-a-half of snow. Snow is continuing to fall from New Jersey to southern New England. The nor’easter is the fourth to hit the region in three weeks.

Snow In Mid-Atlantic Storm May Evolve Into Blizzard

(SW) – A new mid-Atlantic storm may cause blizzard-like conditions in New England early this week. The storm is expected to pick up pace Monday night and into Tuesday. The heavy snow may bring travel to a stop in Boston and Portland, Maine on Tuesday.

Coastal communities from North Carolina to New England continue to face the risk of coastal flooding and power outages. The Monday morning commute is expected to be a slick one in and around southwestern Virginia.

Eastern New England is bracing for the worst part of the storm with over a foot of snow, blizzard conditions and strong winds.

Nor’easter Leaves At Least 7 Dead And Millions Without Power

(SL) –  Millions are without power as a deadly winter storm pounds the East Coast with heavy rain and hurricane force winds. The National Weather Service says heavy snow and rain will taper off today, but wind gusts of up to 50-miles-per-hour are expected through the day.

The highest wind gust recorded so far as been 93-miles-per-hour in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Hurricane-force winds are expected to continue overnight on the Massachusetts coast and in Rhode Island. The winter storm is also dropping heavy snow on the Northeast. New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania had already got ten inches of snow by afternoon. Connecticut and Boston have also been hit with heavy rain and flooding.

Governors in Virginia and Maryland have declared states of emergency with several deaths being blamed on the massive storm. “ABC News” says seven people were killed by falling trees. Airlines have cancelled thousands of flights and utility companies are warning customers that power might not be restored until late today or tomorrow because of high winds.

Lucky Calif Mudslide Driver Speaking Out

(Burbank, CA) – The driver of a vehicle caught on camera floating away in Tuesday’s mudslides in Southern California is talking about the frightening experience.

Desionne Franklin says he was evacuating from his Burbank home when a rush of water hit his Prius and it hydroplaned the rest of the way down a hillside.

Local firefighters captured Franklin’s wild ride on video.

Franklin says his girlfriend was screaming with fear, but his faith helped him to stay calm. He described the car’s rumbling over the rocks as “thunder that was below your feet.” Amazingly, no one was hurt and the car suffered only minor damage.

Oprah Caught In Mudslide That’s Killed 16, Has 24 Missing And 300 Trapped

(Montecito, CA) –  Oprah’s home is one of many that was surrounded by the deadly mudslides in Southern California. The Queen of talk posted a video on Instagram last night, which shows her walking through the backyard of her Montecito residence in Santa Barbara County.

Knee deep in mud, she says, “Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern,” Winfrey wrote on her Instagram page today. “My property is fine. Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru.”

In the brief video, Winfrey  further surveys the muddy aftermath near her Montecito home. “Oh god,” she says. “So, there used to be a fence right here. “That’s my neighbor’s house, devastated. And debris is everywhere.”

As the rain moves out of Southern California, the heavy equipment is moving in after deadly mudslides. Bulldozers, tractors and military grade trucks are all being used today to clear the roads to make way for more rescue crews heading to the upscale coastal community of Montecito in Santa Barbara County.

Officials say the tons of trash, trees, rocks and mud that slid off the hillsides and knocked homes off their foundation yesterday has led to the deaths of at least 16 people. Officials believe that number is expected to climb, with dozens of people missing and hundreds still trapped in their homes.

Twenty-five-people were injured and 50 had to be rescued by helicopters when the muddy runoff swept through neighborhoods, knocked homes off foundations and overran the 101-Freeway in some areas. The mudslides were triggered by yesterday’s heavy rainstorm in hillsides left barren by the massive Thomas Fire.

 

Top Headlines: Trump Rolling Back Federal Mandate On Contraceptives, Girlfriend Of Vegas Shooter Speaks, Tropical Storm Nate Headed For Gulf Coast And More……

(SL) –States on the Gulf Coast are bracing for Tropical Storm Nate as it is expected to hit the region as a Category One hurricane. The eye of the storm is expected to come within 50 miles east of New Orleans Saturday or early Sunday. States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Louisiana and Alabama.

Tropical Storm Nate is being blamed for 22 deaths in Central America as it tracks toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm dumped heavy rain and caused widespread flooding in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is likely to strengthen today, before a possible hurricane-strength hit near Cancun, Mexico.

donald-trump-featured_1024The Trump administration is rolling back a federal mandate on contraceptives. The Obamacare rule required employers to include contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans. The new rule will allow more employers and insurers to exempt themselves for moral and religious reasons. Millions of woman currently have free access to contraceptives because of the federal mandate.

article-nasty-1005President Trump is once again saying the federal government is doing a great job in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. During a White House event today, Trump said the government has been doing a great job there adding that Puerto Rico has been through a lot. The administration has come under fire for its initial response to the natural disaster.

2017-10-03t22-35-13-166z--1280x720.nbcnews-ux-1080-600The girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter is giving new details about the gunman. Marilou Danley told investigators Stephen Paddock showed some symptoms of mental illness. She said she remembers him lying in bed, moaning and screaming “Oh, my God.” State and federal law enforcement officials confirmed that Paddock had been prescribed anti-anxiety medication Valium in the past.

2017-10-04T224057Z_1_LYNXMPED93235-OUSHE_RTROPTP_3_HEALTH-US-CIGNA-OPIOIDSInsurance giant Cigna will be ending coverage for most OxyContin prescriptions. Starting January 1st, Cigna will not cover most prescriptions for the widely-prescribed opioid in group health insurance plans. The change announced this week is part of Cigna’s efforts to help rein in a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse.

171006114954-rip-aim-thumbnail-1024x576A-O-L’s is wrapping up its instant messaging service. The company announced today that A-O-L Instant Messenger will be discontinued on December 15th, after 20 years of chat history online. The long-running instant messaging service was many people’s first social experience on the internet. Launching back in 1997, the service preceded the ever-growing popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Slack.