Sally updates: Storm slamming Gulf Coast with life-threatening flooding

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first_imgABC NewsBy WILLIAM MANSELL, EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a dangerous Category 2 hurricane Wednesday morning, and is slamming the Gulf Coast with torrential rain and catastrophic flooding.The latestSally, now a tropical depression, is crawling north-northeast at 9 mph, near Dothan, Alabama.Even though Sally is weakening in terms of wind speed, the torrential rain is extremely dangerous, especially in eastern Alabama and western Georgia.Parts of western Florida and the southeastern Alabama coast were under flash flood emergencies through Wednesday evening. Roughly 544,598 customers have lost power in Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama.Officials in Baldwin County, Alabama, reported “major to catastrophic flooding,” urging residents to stay off the roads.The water is continuing to rise and crews are conducting search-and-rescue efforts at homes where residents are trapped, said Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop, spokesperson for Baldwin County Emergency Management.Some people have been airlifted from shelters, Botop said.At least 90% of the county is without power, she added.In Florida’s Walton County, a man was running out of oxygen when waist-deep floodwaters filled his home. Deputies and a good Samaritan helped him evacuate.In Florida’s Santa Rosa County, officials reported downed trees and power lines and said emergency crews were “only responding to high water calls due to the high wind and the excessive rain.”Escambia County, Florida, is facing massive flooding due to the historic rainfall, local officials said. Water rescue operations are ongoing there as residents in about 300 homes did not evacuate, officials said. Escambia County Public Safety Director Jason Rogers said 200 National Guardsmen are expected to arrive Thursday.In Pensacola, located in Escambia County, where wind gusts reached 92 mph, the flooding is extremely dangerous.Downtown Pensacola was submerged under 3 to 4 feet of rain Wednesday morning.Nearly 25 inches of rainfall hit Pensacola while storm surge in the area climbed to 5.5 feet.“Flooded roadways and intersections, along with hazardous debris in roadways (locations), have become too numerous to list,” the Pensacola Police Department said. “Please stay off the roadways now.”Sally even destroyed a Pensacola bridge; local authorities posted a photo showing the missing section.Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson told ABC News Live that winds made it difficult for crews to inspect the damage. He urged residents not to go out.“One of the biggest problems that our police department had today was getting cars that would drive into running water and get stuck. So it wasn’t people trying to evacuate during the middle of the storm it was the people, sightseers, who wanted to get out after the storm,” he said. “So right now, if you could stay home, wait for us to get through and then we can get out there and see everything.”Robinson also noted that the city has an issue with shelters, due to the coronavirus pandemic.“We used to pack a lot of people into a shelter. We can’t do that with COVID,” he said.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference Wednesday evening that there were no credible reports of fatalities in Florida.“Be mindful of the rivers rising. Remain vigilant,” he said.The storm forced some Alabama first responders to stay indoors — the Orange Beach Police Department said it could no longer respond to calls.“Present conditions are preventing us from answering calls at this time. Please take all measures to be as safe as possible,” the department tweeted. “If you have the option to move to higher ground do so now.”As of Wednesday evening, power outages were impacting more than 287,000 customers in Alabama, 252,000 customers in Florida, 3,100 customers in Georgia and 739 customers in Mississippi.The forecastSally will likely become a tropical depression as it moves north Thursday night. Flash flood emergencies and tornado watches remain in effect across portions of the Florida panhandle into southwest Georgia. This watch includes cities such as Tallahassee and Valdosta.The storm will bring heavy rain and possible flash flooding to Georgia and the Carolinas from Thursday through Friday.Up to 1 foot of rain is possible across southern Alabama, central Alabama and the Atlanta area.Sally is the eighth continental U.S. named storm to make landfall in 2020. The other named storms to make landfall in 2020 so far have been: Bertha, Cristobal, Fay, Hanna, Isaias, Laura and Marco.Sally’s landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama, comes 16 years to the day after Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Gulf Shores as a Category 3 storm.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Scott J. Campbell Will Step in as Beautiful’s Newest Gerry Goffin

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first_img Related Shows Featuring songs written by King, Goffin, Mann and Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. The production is directed by Marc Bruni. View Comments Scott J. Campbell will step into Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as Gerry Goffin beginning September 23, taking over for Jake Epstein, who originated the role on Broadway. The jukebox tuner continues to play the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where it opened in January. Campbell made his Broadway debut as a swing in Jersey Boys. He also appeared in the national tour of American Idiot, coincidentally alongside Epstein. Campbell will join a cast that includes Tony winner Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

Belmont looks to extend streak vs Morehead St.

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first_img___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBelmont (20-7, 11-3) vs. Morehead State (12-15, 6-8)Ellis T Johnson Arena, Morehead, Kentucky; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Belmont looks for its eighth straight win in the head-to-head series over Morehead State. Belmont has won by an average of 17 points in its last seven wins over the Eagles. Morehead State’s last win in the series came on Feb. 13, 2016, a 78-77 win. Associated Press Belmont looks to extend streak vs Morehead St.center_img SUPER SENIORS: Morehead State’s Jordan Walker, Justin Thomas and Djimon Henson have combined to account for 46 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 44 percent of all Eagles points over the last five games.MIGHTY MUSZYNSKI: Nick Muszynski has connected on 34.1 percent of the 44 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also converted 62.2 percent of his free throws this season.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Bruins have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Eagles. Morehead State has 27 assists on 72 field goals (37.5 percent) across its past three contests while Belmont has assists on 56 of 87 field goals (64.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Belmont offense has scored 81.1 points per game, the seventh-highest figure in Division I. Morehead State has only averaged 69.4 points per game, which ranks 207th nationally.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 February 19, 2020last_img read more

Governor signs K-12 funding bills for 2019-2020 school year

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first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds has approved legislation providing a nearly $90 million state funding boost to public K-12 schools in Iowa.“This new education funding helps us continue moving forward to get our young people ready for the challenges of the 21st century economy,” Reynolds said during a bill signing ceremony in the capitol, “and that’s why education is and will continue to be a top priority.”One bill increases the state’s per pupil spending on public schools by 2.06 percent. In the other bill, per pupil spending in 170 districts is boosted by $5 per student, to correct an inequity in the state’s school funding formula. There’s nearly $8 million in that bill as well to increase state spending on school transportation budgets to help rural districts struggling to pay for busing students to and from school.“I want to commend lawmakers for their quick action on school funding this session,” Reynolds said. “Having these bills to me in February willKids and supporters watch the bill signing.definitely help Iowa school districts better prepare for the next school year.”School boards are required by law to certify the budgets for the next academic year by mid-April. A state law requires the legislature to make the basic decision on school funding by mid-February, but there’s no penalty for missing the deadline. Lawmakers have often been tardy in taking final votes on school spending plans.last_img read more