Hurricane Sally has brought “historic and catastrophic flooding” to the southern US as it inches ashore.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported flooding from Tallahassee, Florida to Mobile Bay in Alabama.
It also warned of a “life-threatening” storm surge and river flooding inland as far as Georgia.
Hurricane Sally is one of several storms in the Atlantic Ocean, with officials running out of letters to name the hurricanes.
Alabama, Florida and Mississippi have all declared states of emergency. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, whose state is still recovering from Hurricane Laura last month, tweeted on Monday to warn residents to “be smart and be safe”.
What’s the latest?
The latest NHC update says Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama at 0445 local time (0945 GMT).
It has sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (168km/h) and is moving north-northeast at 3 miles per hour (5km/h).
Rain fell sideways and submerged roads as the storm inched ashore. Other areas along the coast were also affected, with beaches and highways swamped in Mississippi and low-lying properties in Louisiana covered by the rising waters.
According to the website poweroutage.us, more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and Florida had reported power cuts by Wednesday morning.
Authorities warned that the storm was moving extremely slowly, which means the rains could linger.
“Sally has a characteristic that isn’t often seen and that’s a slow forward speed and that’s going to exacerbate the flooding,” NHC deputy director Ed Rappaport told the Associated Press.
Hurricane Sally arrives just weeks after Hurricane Laura killed at least six people in the state of Louisiana.
Winds of up to 150mph (240km/h) caused severe damage, with power cuts to more than half a million homes and a chemical fire from an industrial plant.
But the feared 20ft (6m) storm surge was avoided as the hurricane, the state’s biggest, tracked further east.
More storms on the horizon
In addition to Sally, there are four other tropical cyclones – Paulette, Rene, Teddy and Vicky – swirling in the Atlantic Ocean basin.
If only one more storm is officially named – Wilfred has already been chosen – meteorologists will run out of preselected names for the rest of the year and so will begin naming new storms after the Greek alphabet.
Marine Lance Corporal at Large After Fleeing Camp Lejeune
A Camp Lejeune Marine is wanted by authorities after fleeing from the North Carolina base Thursday afternoon, officials said Friday evening.
Lance Cpl. Shawn M. Miller, a field artillery cannoneer with 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, was last seen around 6 p.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, the town outside Lejeune, according to a news release from 2nd Marine Division.
Officials told Military.com that Miller has not been formally charged, but would not otherwise characterize the circumstances that resulted in his being ordered to pretrial confinement. The release stated that Miller has active warrants in the state of North Carolina.
No description of Miller has been released, nor has information on whether he is believed to be armed. A spokesman with Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which is handling the investigation into Miller, told Military.com the investigation was ongoing and no other information was immediately available.
“If you believe you know of Lance Cpl. Miller’s whereabouts, please contact local law enforcement officials,” 2nd Marine Division said in the statement.
— Gina Harkins contributed.
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‘Father of the Bride’ Cast Reunites After 25 Years for Pandemic Wedding
After 25 years, the “Father of the Bride” family reunited on screen, with additional members, for “Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish)” streaming exclusively on Netflix’s YouTube channel and Facebook page on Friday.
The film, a remake of the 1950 original movie of the same name, tells the story of George Banks (Steve Martin), who has to come to terms with his daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) getting married and moving out. Diane Keaton plays his wife, Nina.
The reunion, introduced by Reese Witherspoon, was to benefit the World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meals to communities affected by disasters, such as the coronavirus pandemic.
Called together by the Banks’ son, Matty (Kieran Culkin), for a special wedding announcement, the family gathered for a Zoom call. Along with Martin, Keaton, Williams-Paisley and Culkin, George Newbern and Martin Short reprised their roles as Annie’s husband Bryan MacKenzie and over-the-top European wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer, respectively. All grown up, Georgie (Ben Platt) and Megan (Florence Pugh), the MacKenzie’s children, also appeared on the call.
Newcomers included Rachel (Alexandra Shipp), a doctor on the frontlines of the pandemic and Matty’s fiancé, and Robert De Niro, Rachel’s father, James.
Netflix teased the reunion event Wednesday morning with a short video posted on Twitter, depicting a screen-recorded video of George checking his emails, which included messages about his recent mask order, Annie’s digitized wedding photos and a reminder for a family video call on Sept. 25.
As the family catches up, viewers experience proper nostalgia as George assumes his overprotective fatherly ways, checking in with the family about their cleaning rituals and the status of the thousand masks he sent them, and stressing the importance of disinfecting absolutely everything. When his family assures him there’s no need to worry, he explains he has never had to cope with such a stressful time — well, not since Annie’s wedding.
So, naturally, when Matty announces he called the family together for a surprise online wedding to Rachel, who just finished a 24-hour shift and is quarantining in a hotel room, George freezes on screen — and not as a result of technical difficulties. Once he processes his shock, and irritation with James for getting out of having to pay for an expensive wedding, the festivities commence.
Rachel and Matty recite their vows, mimicking officiant Franck’s thick accent. As the wedding commences, Rachel is directed to find a bouquet of flowers from the minibar and her mother’s wedding ring.
Montages of the films play throughout the Zoom call, and during the wedding, George narrates, “We parents never fully see our children as grownups. We look at them and can still see the little kid they used to be. The memories of all those moments we shared stay with us. Not just the big ones, the ones we all have photos of, but the little ones — it’s especially those memories, the ones you’d think you’d forget over time that we treasure the most.”
Once Matty and Rachel are pronounced husband and wife, Franck’s Zoom background explodes in fireworks and music swells in tune to the joyous moment. Following George’s toast, which emphasizes his happiness at finally having a doctor in the family, Georgie performs a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” bringing the celebration to a close.
Throughout the reunion special, a banner prompted viewers to donate at wck.org/father.
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University police officer placed on leave after dragging female student down steps
A Maryland university put a campus police officer on leave after he was caught on video dragging a Black student down a set of steps.
The “disturbing” incident took place at historically Black university Bowie State after police confronted a group of students playing music outside a dorm.
In the video, widely shared on social media, the Black officer is seen first grabbing a male student by the arm as they are followed by a young woman.
“Stop grabbing him like that, he is cooperating,” the woman can be heard yelling.
As the group approached a set of steps the officer turned and grabbed the woman by the collar and sleeve.
With the crowd around them screaming and shouting the officer pulled her down the steps and led her to a police car.
“Out of great concern for our students and protecting the integrity of our community, I have immediately initiated an investigation into the matter. The officer involved is on administrative leave pending further investigation,” said Bowie State President Aminta Breaux.
Neither student was arrested or charged the university confirmed.
“Bowie State University is a community that embraces strong values of respect and civility in our interactions with one another,” added Breaux.
“We have high expectations for appropriate behaviour at all times from all members of our community, students and staff alike.
“We are committed to community policing in a manner that protects the safety of everyone on our campus, and will work to ensure that those we employ share our values.
“Our goal is to assure that our students feel safe on campus.”
One student said she felt the police had been heavy handed in their actions.
“I felt like the officer was very barbaric when it came to his reaction to the situation,” Casandra Williams told WUSA9.
“And I felt everything was pushed out of proportion given the severity of what was going on wasn’t really that serious to put his hands on a female, a black female at that.”
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