Hurricane Sally tore off a section of a major bridge, damaged buildings and caused “catastrophic” flooding as it pummeled parts of Florida and Alabama Wednesday, according to reports and dramatic footage.
A swath of Three Mile Bridge in Pensacola was shown missing after the Category 2 storm made landfall early Wednesday, packing ferocious winds of 105 mph, according to the local station ABC 3.
City streets in the Florida panhandle city looked more like rushing rivers — with feet of water threatening to engulf some cars — by Wednesday afternoon, according to footage posted by CNN.
In the city of Gulf Shores, Alabama the side of a condo tower was blown off, exposing the interior of five levels of homes, footage captured by nature photographer Brian Emfinger shows.
The slow-moving cyclone — which was inching along at 5 mph Wednesday afternoon — triggered water rescues, downed trees and sparked at least 500,000 power outages in the area, authorities said.
“Historic and catastrophic flooding, including widespread moderate to major river flooding, is unfolding,” forecasters said, according to USA Today.
As of Wednesday afternoon, some areas had already been flooded with 24 inches of rain and could receive up to 35 inches by the end of the week.
Forecasters warned that a storm surge will cause dangerous flooding in areas ranging from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland over the next several days.
“This is a LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW!!” The National Weather Service Tweeted.
LA cop recovering from bullet grazing the top of his head during shootout
An LAPD Harbor cop was recovering from an apparent graze wound to the head under circumstances that remained unclear early Sunday.
The shooting injury follows by two weeks the ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriffs as they sat in their patrol car in Compton, also on a Saturday night.
Both have since been discharged from the hospital.
“We can confirm that there has been an Officer-Involved Shooting at LAPD’S Harbor Station,” the department tweeted just before midnight Saturday, Los Angeles time, without providing more details.
The officer was in stable condition, Police Chief Michel Moore tweeted.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino tweeted that he was headed to the hospital.
Soon afterward the councilmember told the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles that the officer is expected to be fine after suffering a graze wound to the head.
“This is a reminder of the danger of police work in our city, in our state, in our region,” Buscaino told the station.
“Thankfully, he’s going to be okay.”
Rochester names first female chief after protests
NEW YORK – The mayor of Rochester, New York named the city’s first female police chief on Saturday, weeks after firing the previous chief amid protests over the death of a Black man in police custody.
Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, a top official at the Rochester Housing Authority who previously served as a city police officer for more than 20 years, takes over as interim head of the police department on Oct. 14, Mayor Lovely Warren said.
“As the first woman to serve in this role, I am confident she will bring a different perspective and instill a fresh approach to policing, which are very much needed in our city at this particular time,” Warren said in a statement.
The mayor fired the last chief, La’Ron Singletary, on Sept. 14 as racial justice demonstrations boiled over the department’s handling of the asphyxiation death in March of Daniel Prude, 41, who was having a psychotic episode when he was arrested.
Warren also suspended without pay for 30 days two city officials amid questions about a possible cover-up of the events around Prude’s death, and has called for a federal investigation into whether Prude’s civil rights were violated.
Video footage, released by Prude’s family, showed officers using a mesh hood and pinning him to the pavement, in a scene reminiscent of George Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis police custody.
Seven Rochester police officers involved in the arrest were suspended on Sept. 3. The medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide by asphyxiation, with the drug PCP a contributing factor.
NASA astronaut will vote in 2020 presidential election from space
Her vote will be out of this world.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins plans to cast her vote for the 2020 presidential election on the International Space Station — more than 200 miles above the Earth’s surface, according to The Associated Press.
“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” said Rubins.
“If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”
Rubins, who is currently stationed in Star City, Russia, along with two other astronauts, is preparing for her trip into space in October and will complete a six-month stay at the ISS.
She says she won’t let a little thing like low-earth orbit stop her from exercising her right to vote.
“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” she said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”
Most United States astronauts live in Houston, where election law lets astronauts vote while floating amongst the stars.
Her vote would be cast securely using an electronic ballot relayed to Mission Control, which will then forward it on to the county clerk.
Back in 2016, both Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their vote from space.
During her six-month tour on the ISS, Rubins will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the continuous human presence in the space station, as well as welcome the second Space X group, who are set to arrive in late October.
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