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Flooding Hammers DC

(Washington, DC-AP) — Flooding is causing major problems in the DC region. Up to four inches of rain fell over the area in under an hour this morning, causing flash flooding in downtown DC and surrounding suburbs.

Fire crews responded to dozens of high water rescues to pull commuters from stalled vehicles on flooded roads.

Videos on social media showed water pouring into the basement of the White House, and parts of Constitution Avenue were shut down due to high water.

Three Dead, Hundreds Evacuated In Historic Midwest Flooding

(AP) – A state of emergency has been declared in Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin as devastating floods in the Midwest have killed three. Hundreds of people have been forced out of their homes as the historic flooding has washed over the Missouri and Mississippi river basins.

Heavy rain and melting snow are swelling the Missouri River out of its banks in Nebraska and Iowa. The river is more than two feet over its previous record and topping levees in southwestern Iowa. Much of Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha is underwater.

The Air Force says floodwaters aren’t expected to recede until Thursday at the base that’s home to strategic nuclear forces.

Powerful Storm Threatens Central US With Heavy Rains, Flooding, Tornadoes

(AP) – The powerful late winter storm that blasted Colorado with snow and hurricane-force winds is now threatening the center of the country with heavy rains, flooding, and tornadoes.

More than 100-million people are under some sort of watch, warning, or advisory. Everyone in a tiny Hornick, Iowa had to evacuate Thursday after a levee broke because of heavy rains. Drenching rains are causing major flooding and damaging roads and bridges in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri. Tornado watches are out in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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Hurricane Irma Upgraded To Category 4 Storm, Florida Governor Calls For State Of Emergency

(SL) – As Hurricane Irma inches closer to the US, Florida Governor Rick Scott is putting Floridians on alert and declaring a state of emergency for the sunshine state.

Scott says, “Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.”

Irma grew into a Category 4 storm on Monday as it approached the northeastern Caribbean with winds of 140 mph. In comparison, Hurricane Harvey had winds of 130 mph when it made landfall in Texas last week.

The Daily Mail reports, it is forecast to begin buffeting the region on Tuesday and the US National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening was expected.

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While Hurricane Harvey Was Hitting Texas, Trump Pardoned Racist Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio And Formally Banned Transgenders From Joining The Military

(Washington, DC) – While most people were glued to their televisions and social media sites following Hurricane Harvey’s destruction on Texas, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.  Arpaio is the former Arizona Sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants  landed him with a criminal conviction.

The New York Times reports, Mr. Arpaio, 85, served for 24 years as sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix , building a national reputation for harsh conditions in his county jail, and for his campaign against undocumented immigrants.

_97561664_aa16b4ad-3b87-47c5-bcd8-d5ae0ac30084Mr. Arpaio had touted himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” making inmates wear pink underwear and serving jail food that at least some prisoners called inedible. He was also at the forefront of the so-called birther movement that aimed to investigate President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The criminal conviction grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally and turning them over to the immigration authorities.

In 2011, a federal district judge hearing the case ordered Mr. Arpaio to stop detaining people based solely on suspicion of their immigration status, when there was no evidence that a state law had been broken. But the sheriff insisted that his tactics were legal and that he would continue employing them.

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