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Storm brings rain to Northeast, drenches Georgia and Carolinas after battering Florida

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A path of destroyed and precariously perched beachside homes, damaged hotels and condos along Florida’s Atlantic coast, and four injuries or deaths were left behind by Storm Nicole as it made its way north on Friday, drenching parts of Georgia and the Carolinas with heavy rains.

Late Thursday, hours after the storm made landfall along Florida’s Atlantic Coast as a Category 1 hurricane, local authorities in Volusia County ordered the evacuation of 24 beachfront hotels and condos because the buildings were deemed unsafe.

In Wilbur-by-the-Sea, a posh beachfront neighborhood just south of Daytona Beach, 25 single-family homes were deemed structurally unsafe and evacuated, according to reports posted online. Six houses or so completely fell into the water.

In a statement, Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald said. “Our coastline has sustained unprecedented structural damage,”

He mentioned. “This is something we’ve never seen before…. It will take a while to fully recover from this.

The 30,000-person community’s beaches were covered in heaps of concrete, wood, and rebar where once stood sizable homes with lovely ocean views. The locals looked in shock at the 

Two more people died in a car accident on the Florida Turnpike during the storm, according to the Orlando Sentinel, citing the state Highway Patrol, in addition to the two who died from electrocution in Orange County, home to Orlando and Disney World, after the storm.

Over 300,000 homes and businesses lost service on Thursday as a result of the storm’s sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour), which tore down power lines. According to Power Outages. About 44,500 homes and businesses were still without power on Friday morning.

According to sheriff’s officials, Nicole’s storm surge also contributed to the collapse of a portion of the picturesque A1A highway that runs along the Atlantic coast in Volusia County.

Nicole was downgraded to a tropical depression on Friday and began to move north, passing through central and northern Georgia as cleanup operations began in Florida. With wind gusts of more than 35 mph, it was still dumping a lot of rain (56 kph). It was anticipated that as it approached the western Carolinas later in the day, it would weaken into a post-tropical cyclone.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will continue to weaken on Saturday as it pours rain on New England and the Middle Atlantic states.

Up to 8 inches (20 cm) of rain may fall in some areas of the Southeast, the Appalachians, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio; this amount of precipitation has the potential to cause sporadic flooding. According to forecasters, 3 inches (8 cm) of rain may fall in the northern Mid-Atlantic and up into New England.

Six weeks ago, Hurricane Ian, a devastating Category 4 storm that first pounded Florida’s Gulf Coast before sweeping across the state and into the Atlantic, severely damaged Volusia County along with several other East Coast areas. Ian’s damage totaled $60 billion, and it claimed the lives of over 140 people.

After November 4, Nicole was just the second hurricane in history to make landfall in the continental United States. On November 21, 1985, Hurricane Kate made landfall close to Mexico Beach, Florida, according to Philip Klotz Bach, a hurricane specialist.

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Joe Biden Believed to Have Invited PM Modi for State Visit to US

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It has been reported that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, has extended an invitation to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, for a state visit this summer. The invitation has been accepted in principle, and both sides are now working on scheduling a mutually convenient date. Currently, the visit is in the early stages of logistical planning.

India is set to host a series of events in the lead-up to the G-20 summit in September. This includes several events aimed at showcasing the country’s progress and achievements. Given the significance of the G-20, the state visit by President Biden is expected to be a significant event that will highlight the strong partnership between the two countries.

The visit will also provide an opportunity for the two leaders to engage in discussions on a range of important issues, including trade, investment, and regional security. India and the United States share a strong relationship, built on shared values and mutual interests. The state visit will further strengthen this relationship and deepen the ties between the two nations.

The visit is expected to generate significant media coverage and will likely be seen as a significant event in the region. Both sides are expected to take advantage of the opportunity to highlight their respective achievements and to set the tone for future cooperation.

The state visit is expected to last for a minimum of a couple of days and will involve several key events such as a joint address to the US Congress and a state dinner at the White House. Prime Minister Modi has a busy schedule ahead, including participation in the G-20 summit, domestic and international commitments, and campaigning for state assembly elections later in the year.

Sources, who remain unnamed due to the sensitive nature of the matter and restrictions on discussing it publicly, have not disclosed the timing and messenger of President Biden’s invitation to Prime Minister Modi. Biden previously hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for his first state dinner in December.

A senior official from the Biden administration has stated that the President values the partnership between India and the United States, which is seen as critical for addressing global challenges and advancing shared interests.

In conclusion, the state visit by President Biden to India this summer is expected to be a significant event that will reinforce the strong partnership between the two countries and deepen the ties between their people. Both sides are working to ensure that the visit is a success and will contribute to the continued growth and prosperity of both nations.

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US Plans to End Public Health Emergency for Covid in May

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The Biden administration has announced its plan to end the coronavirus public health emergency in May, signaling a shift in the perception of the pandemic’s severity. The expiration of the emergency will bring both symbolic and practical changes, as millions of Americans have received free Covid tests, treatments and vaccines that may not be available without cost after the emergency ends. 

The White House intends to keep the emergency in place for a few more months to provide adequate time for hospitals, health care providers, and health officials to prepare for the changes that will come with its end.

Although Covid-19 is still taking an average of over 500 lives daily in the US, about double the number of deaths during a severe flu season, the pandemic is no longer disrupting daily life to the same extent it once did. This is due, in part, to the increasing number of people who have received vaccinations or have developed some level of protection from prior infections.

The White House is committed to an orderly transition out of the public health emergency. Additionally, the administration intends to let a separate declaration of a national emergency expire on the same day, May 11.

The White House has warned against the sudden end of the emergency declarations, stating that it could result in widespread chaos and uncertainty across the healthcare system. The statement highlights the potential impact on states, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and most importantly, millions of Americans. 

The White House emphasized the importance of an orderly transition to minimize disruption to the healthcare system and to ensure that the needs of all stakeholders are addressed. The message serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic and the need for continued vigilance and preparation to manage its impact on public health and the healthcare system.

The White House statement was released prior to a planned vote in the House on a bill named the “Pandemic Is Over Act,” which aims to end the public health emergency immediately. The Republican-led House is scheduled to discuss several pandemic-related measures this week. The White House’s statement serves as a response to the proposed bill, as well as another bill aimed at ending the national emergency.

The disagreement between the White House and House Republicans indicates a likely prolonged political dispute over the administration’s handling of the pandemic. Republicans aim to criticize the Biden administration for excessive spending in response to the coronavirus crisis. Representative Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana and the Majority Leader, has called on the Biden administration to end the emergency declaration immediately instead of waiting until May 11. Scalise believes that the Biden administration has used the Covid crisis as a cover to waste taxpayer dollars on unrelated policies.

However, the White House claims that it is the federal Covid policies, including free tests, treatments, and vaccines, that have improved the control of the pandemic. The officials have reported that Covid was the third leading cause of death from 2020 to mid-2022, but is no longer among the top five killers.

In conclusion, the decision to end the coronavirus public health emergency marks a significant turning point in the pandemic, reflecting the administration’s confidence in the progress made in controlling its spread. However, it also brings with it the challenge of ensuring a smooth transition that addresses the impact of the emergency on the healthcare system and its stakeholders.

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Boeing’s 747, The Original Jumbo Jet, Prepares for Final Send-Off

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The Boeing 747, affectionately known as the “Jumbo Jet” and “Queen of the Skies,” has revolutionized air travel for over five decades. However, its reign as the largest commercial passenger airplane has come to an end, with the final delivery of the freighter version being handed over to Atlas Air on Tuesday. The 747’s iconic design, featuring a distinctive hump on its silhouette, made its debut in the 1960s in response to the growing demand for mass travel. 

The first twin-aisle wide-body jetliner offered luxury on its upper deck and nose, but it was its ability to accommodate a large number of passengers that truly transformed air travel. Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden and former 747 pilot, describes the airplane as stately and imposing on the ground, yet surprisingly agile in the air. Despite its retirement from commercial passenger service, the 747 remains a beloved symbol of a bygone era of air travel.

The Boeing 747, nicknamed the “Jumbo Jet” and “Queen of the Skies,” transformed air travel, making it affordable for the middle class. Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith notes that prior to the 747, the average family couldn’t affordably fly from the U.S. to Europe. 

The 747 played a significant role in global affairs, serving as the “Doomsday Plane” for the U.S. and chartered for papal visits as “Shepherd One.” Today, two previously delivered 747s are being fitted to replace U.S. presidential jets known as Air Force One. 

Linda Freier, a former Pan Am flight attendant, recalls the incredible diversity of passengers on the 747, including well-dressed individuals and those who spent everything they had on a ticket. When the first 747 took flight on January 22, 1970, it doubled plane capacity to 350-400 seats, drastically altering airport design.

The 747 was known as the “aircraft for the people” due to its ability to bring air travel to the masses. Aviation historian Max Kingsley-Jones states that the 747 was a game-changer across all aspects of the aviation industry. The story behind the 747’s birth is steeped in aviation mythology.

 The founder of Pan Am, Juan Trippe, wanted to reduce costs by increasing the number of seats. During a fishing trip, Trippe challenged Boeing President William Allen to create an aircraft that exceeded the 707. Allen put legendary engineer Joe Sutter in charge of the project and Sutter’s team, nicknamed “the Incredibles,” took only 28 months to develop the 747, which made its first flight on February 9, 1969.

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