Hurricane Irma Tears Through The Caribbean Leaving Death And Destruction

By Tyla MacAllister Category 5 Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean Islands Wednesday.  By nightfall at least seven deaths and two injuries had been confirmed. Six of the deaths occurred on the islands of St Martin/Saint Barts and one death was confirmed in Barbuda. The death toll is expected to rise as many areas are still inaccessible. “Barbuda is literally rubble” The island of Barbuda took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma at around 2:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The Barbuda Weather Station recorded sustained wind speeds of 119 miles per…

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Tropical Storm Harvey Claims 5 Lives; Flood Emergency Underway In Houston

Hurricane Harvey on the coast of Texas - satellite image NOAA

By Tyla MacAllister Five people have been confirmed dead in Texas as now Tropical Storm Harvey sits nearly stationery over southeastern Texas. Rockport city officials said a man was killed there Friday night when his house burned down as Harvey made landfall. Rescue personnel could not reach the victim because of the storm conditions. Saturday night the Houston Police Department announced the death of a woman who drove into flood waters on the city’s west side. “It appeared that her vehicle went into high water and she drowned as a…

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Hurricane Harvey Slams Texas And Settles In

Air Force Hurricane Hunters track Hurricane Harvey August 25

By Tyla MacAllister Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane. The monster storm made landfall near Rockport at 10 p.m and moved very little through the night. Harvey weakened to a Category 1 hurricane by 7 a.m. CDT but the storm is expected to linger along the Texas coast into the middle of next week. At 11 am. Saturday Harvey’s center was was located west of Victoria, moving Northeast at 2 miles per hour. Peak winds were 75 MPH. Victoria has received almost 17 inches…

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Alabama Senate Primary: Moore-Strange In GOP Runoff; Doug Jones Wins Dem Nomination

Capitol Building US Senate

by Tyla MacAllister Roy Moore and Luther Strange will face off in the September 26 Republican runoff for Alabama Senate. The GOP runoff winner will face former Federal prosecutor Doug Jones in the December 12 General Election. Jones won the Democratic primary outright with over 60 percent of the vote. At 12:00 a.m. Central Time Wednesday, with over 90 percent of the vote counted former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore had received approximately 40 percent to Strange’s 30 percent. Congressman Mo Brooks was a distant third with only 20 percent…

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Donald Trump Endorses Luther Strange In Alabama Senate Special Election

Senator Luther Strange

By Tyla MacAllister President Donald Trump has endorsed Luther Strange in the special election for the Alabama senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump tweeted Tuesday night: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Also Endorses Strange Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also expressed his support for Strange. “As I would be with any Republican senator. I think he’s done an outstanding job,” the Kentucky Senator said. On July 31 Politico reported Senate Leadership Fund, a pro-McConnell super PAC is set to spend $6-8 million promoting Strange and attacking…

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Alex Bowman Will Replace Dale Earnhardt, Jr In the No. 88 In 2018

Alex Bowman at Thunder Valley

By Tyla MacAllister Alex Bowman will replace Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the No. 88 car in 2018, Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday. Bowman drove the 88 Chevy for 10 races 2016 when Earnhardt was sidelined by a concussion. In a statement released by the team,Bowman said Ever since I was a kid, racing is all I’ve wanted to do. I’ve had so many people believe in me along the way. My family has sacrificed a lot and always been behind me. I would never have this chance without the support of Dale…

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Dale Earnhardt Jr Wins The Pole For Possible Last Daytona Race

Dale Earnhardt Jr Wins Coke Zero 400 Pole

By Tyla MacAllister Dale Earnhardt Jr won the pole for tonight’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The race will be his last at Daytona as a full time driver for the Number 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. It’s Earnhardt’s second career Daytona pole and the 14th pole of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. He hasn’t won a pole since September 2013 at Dover. Earnhardt’s lap of 190.973 mph bumped his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott to the second starting position. “I’m happy for those guys obviously, but…

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Tropical Storm Cindy Takes A Toll On Gulf Coast Sea Turtles and Shore Birds

photograph of Loggerhead Turtle

by Tyla MacAllister DeFreese Tropical Storm Cindy is just a memory for the Northern Gulf Coast now, but the early season storm took a toll on threatened sea turtle nests and shore birds. Loggerhead and leatherback turtle nests as well as the eggs and chicks of Least Terns and Wilson’s Plovers were devastated. Loggerhead turtle nests in northwest Florida seemed to be hardest hit by the tropical storm.  Mark Nicholas, a Gulf Islands National Seashore biologist told The Pensacola News Journal, of the 56 sea turtle nests identified before Cindy…

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Cindy Weakens To Tropical Depression And Spawns E-F2 Tornado in Alabama

By Tyla MacAllister Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in Louisiana early Thursday morning but weakened to a depression by afternoon. The slowly moving tropical system produced torrential rain and spin up tropical tornadoes along its eastern side as it moved inland. In Central Alabama, a tropical tornado spawned by Cindy caused extensive damage in the Fairfield area near Birmingham Thursday afternoon. The tornado destroyed several businesses including a liquor store.  People who were inside the liquor store when the tornado struck said that the building exploded. Four people were transported…

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Suspected Suicide Bomber Shot At Brussels Central Station In Belgium

by Tyla MacAllister DeFreese Belgian officials say soldiers have “neutralized” a man wearing an explosives vest at Brussels Central Station. It has not been confirmed whether the suspect is dead or alive. No other casualties have been reported. Nicolas Van Herreweghen, a Belgium national rail company employee, told The Associated Press the male suspect was very agitated, yelling about jihadists and then “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” before detonating a something on a baggage trolley.  He said the man appeared to be 30 to 35 years of age….

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