(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEIL JACOBS, NOAA'S ACTING ADMINISTRATOR, SAYING: "Weather should not be a partisan issue." The acting administrator of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration defended the agency on Tuesday, amid concerns that it had become politicized during Hurricane Dorian.
The controversy started September 1st when President Donald Trump tweeted a warning for much of the U.S. Southeast, including Alabama.
But the National Weather Service office in Birmingham quickly responded, saying the state would not see any impacts from Dorian.
Days later, NOAA sought to quash the controversy with an unsigned statement.
It suggested the Birmingham office tweet was inconsistent with NOAA forecasting probabilities.
Neil Jacobs, NOAA's acting head, later defended the Birmingham office in a speech Tuesday.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEIL JACOBS, NOAA'S ACTING ADMINISTRATOR, SAYING: "What it did not say, however, is that we understand and fully support the good intent of the Birmingham Weather Forecast Office, which was to calm fears in support public safety." Trump, meanwhile, has stood by his original tweet, going as far as showing a dated and altered forecast map of the hurricane.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "We had, actually, our original chart was that it was going to be hitting Florida directly.
Maybe I could just see that, Kevin.
It was going to be hitting directly and that would've affected a lot of other states." The map included a black line drawn around Alabama's southeast coast, extending from the actual potential track area that was forecast.
Dorian eventually became a category 5 storm, pummeling the Bahamas where it killed at least 50 people.
The storm then turned north and hugged the U.S. Atlantic coast.
[NFA] Storm Sally on Thursday dumped more than a foot of rain on parts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia, killed at least one person, washed out bridges and roads and left hundreds of thousands without power. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
President Donald Trump took a swipe at the Duchess of Sussex after she andhusband Harry participated in a Time 100 video urging Americans to vote. MrTrump said: "I'm not a fan of hers and I would say this, and she probably hasheard that, but I wish a lot of luck to Harry. He's going to need it."
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[NFA] With President Donald Trump poised to nominate a U.S. Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy created by the death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a new 6-3 conservative majority could be emboldened to roll back abortion rights. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
More than 200 people were airlifted to safety overnight after a fast-moving wildfire cut off the only road out of the Mammoth Pool Reservoir, a popular recreational site in California's Sierra National Forest. Gloria Tso reports.
[NFA] Hurricane Laura was expected to cause catastrophic damage and "unsurvivable storm surge" to the Gulf Coast near the Texas and Louisiana border after strengthening on Wednesday to a Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
"This could be a catastrophic, life threatening event," said Ken Graham, the National Hurricane Center Director for NOAA's National Weather Service, adding that Laura is "a very healthy storm, and what that tells us is there's still actually room for further intensification."
The rising summer heat is driving up the demand for air conditioning in the US and across the globe. According to Gizmodo, a new report says the surge will only become more dramatic as the climate crisis relentlessly drags on. A new analysis from Climate Central shows that the U.S. will see a shocking 59% increase in home air conditioning use by 2050. The National Weather Service fears the extreme heat currently blanketing California will rival that of 2006, which was connected to 130 deaths.
Wesley Streete has been found guilty at Stafford Crown Court of the 2019 rapeand murder of Keeley Bunker. The court heard that Keeley had “trusted” herkiller to walk her home safe, given that they were childhood friends. Thecourt was shown CCTV and bodycam footage of the night Keeling died, onSeptember 19, when Streete travelled to Birmingham and met his victim on anight out, and later, when he is arrested and lies to police about hisknowledge of her death. He repeatedly lied about what had happened to 20-year-old Ms Bunker as they returned to their hometown of Tamworth, changing hisaccount at least four times before trial at Stafford Crown Court. Streeteinitially claimed to have left Ms Bunker to walk home alone, before lateralleging he “accidentally killed her” during consensual sex in Wigginton Park.Ms Bunker’s uncle Jason Brown discovered her partially submerged body during amassive search effort. The jury, returning verdicts on Wednesday, convictedStreete in just over eight hours.
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Passengers from Barcelona, Ibiza, Mallorca and Alicante arrive at BirminghamAirport on Monday, after the UK Government imposed coronavirus travelrestrictions for Spain on Saturday and announced 14-day quarantine rules fortravellers.
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[NFA] New York state's attorney general sued to dissolve the National Rifle Association on Thursday, alleging senior leaders of the non-profit group diverted millions of dollars for personal use. At the same time, the attorney general for Washington, D.C., filed suit against the NRA, alleging the misuse of charitable funds. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Isaias, downgraded from a hurricane but still a powerful tropical storm, moved along Florida's eastern coast on Sunday, bringing strong winds but no longer posing a storm surge threat. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
(CNN) Like many in southeastern Florida this weekend, West Palm Beach resident Benjamin Peterson was at Costco Friday stocking up on essentials in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Isaias. The storm -- pronounced (ees-ah-EE-as) -- is the Atlantic's earliest storm on record to begin with an "I." As of 2 a.m. Saturday, Isaias was about 115 miles south-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, and was moving northwest at 14 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
An ex-military policewoman is fulfilling her ‘Fantasy’ and raking in over£1,500 an hour for impersonating her idol Mariah Carey – after more than 4,000fans subscribed to her YouTube channel to see her lip-sync to the diva’s hits.Now Jessie Castro, 39, of Orlando, Florida, USA – who has appeared in adocumentary and on US talk shows after her lookalike videos went viral – ispreparing for a full-on festive season, when she will come into her own lip-syncing to the singer’s Yuletide classic, All I Want For Christmas Is You. Andwith multi-Grammy award winning Mariah turning 50 this year, launching a newbook this month and releasing an album in October, mum-of-one Jessie isanticipating a lucrative few months ahead – even though her performing work isjust a ‘side hustle’ to her current job as a college administrator at FullSail University in Winter Park, Florida. She said: ““I can’t say there’s anaverage amount I make each year because I can go for months without doinggigs, but it must be in excess of $20,000 (£15,640) annually, if I do a gigevery three months and two a week at Christmas.” It was after a video callwith the world number one Madonna impersonator, Chris America, following alookalike convention in 2015 that Jessie, who has a son, Arian, 12 – havingnoticed a surge in people saying she looked like Mariah after her album,Butterfly, went multi-platinum in 1997 – started to develop her career. Shesaid: “I had met Chris America over video call and she became kind of a mentorto me. She was amazing. She is a star among lookalikes.”
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The PACE Center for Girls is a Florida based organization that is doing phenomenal and life changing things for young girls across the nation. Executive Director Chantell Miles talks about how this organization prepared for and withstood the pandemic, and how they can help you or someone you know who needs a helping hand.
Despite opposition from environmentalists, the Trump administration plans to roll back the Waters of the United States act from 2015. The Obama Era regulation was meant to preserve clean water sources..
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