Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island has been placed under a tropical storm watch as Tropical Storm Hermine threatens to churn up the East Coast and disrupt Labor Day Weekend festivities. The National Weather Service placed the region under a tropical storm watch at 11 a.m. Friday. The agency issues the alert when sustained winds of 39 to 73 miles per hour or higher are possible. Although Hermine is currently moving across Florida and into Georgia, Long Island is still in store for strong rip currents and high surf throughout the weekend. Both Nassau and Suffolk counties could experience strong winds late Saturday and then possible coastal flooding Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. “This is our greatest concern,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said of the possibility that Hermine stalls off the coast of Long Island and creates several days of nor’easter-like weather, which will cause coastal flooding and beach erosion.“The water can be deceiving,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said of the rip currents at oceanfront beaches in advance of the storm.Bellone said he’ll have a better idea on Saturday on whether the county will order evacuations of flood-prone areas.Hermine made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early Friday, but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. As of 5 a.m., the National Weather Service said the weakened Hermine’s maximum sustained wind was measured at 70 mph. The National Hurricane Center said Hermine was moving into southeastern Georgia, bringing with it heavy rain and winds as it glided toward the Carolinas. The massive storm is expected to turn east toward coastal North Carolina Friday evening before heading off the Carolina coast Saturday morning. If Hermine continues its path, it could batter the Long Island region with tropical storm conditions beginning late Saturday lasting through the middle of next week, the weather service said.The biggest concern as of now is major coastal flooding as well as heavy rain and strong winds—but that could all change depending on the storm’s track, and if it gains or loses strength as it approaches the region. Nevertheless, there will be a high risk of rip currents and beach erosion through the weekend and into next week, the weather service said. Officials have already begun urging residents to prepare for a potential Labor Day weekend storm. The weather service is forecasting possible tropical storm conditions beginning Sunday night into Tuesday. “Even if the storm is no longer tropical when it emerges off the Mid-Atlantic coast, the potential for significant impact remains,” the weather service said in its briefing. The last major tropical storm or hurricane to hit the Island was Hurricane Sandy in 2012.That was just a year after Tropical Storm Irene slammed the Island in 2011. Irene was downgraded from a hurricane before it made landfall in New York. Both storms resulted in prolonged power outages and weeks of clean up efforts. In the case of Sandy, some residents are still reeling from the nearly 4-year-old storm. -With Timothy Bolger (Featured photo credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)
Sep 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US officials have resolved what they’re calling a lapse in communication that has contributed to China’s delay in sending promised poultry samples of H5N1 avian influenza virus to the United States.Early last week, a Chinese agricultural official told news services that Beijing was still working out a protocol for sharing poultry H5N1 samples with the international community, even though the government had promised in March to provide up to 20 samples for analysis in World Health Organization (WHO)-affiliated laboratories.After the announcement, the newspaper China Daily reported that the agriculture ministry had blamed a US lab for the delay, saying the lab did not complete required import procedures. A WHO representative, however, told Agence France-Presse last week that logistical arrangements were already in place.Kathy Harben, a spokesperson on global issues for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Associated Press (AP) Sep 8 that the samples were delayed because China and the CDC had problems agreeing whether the samples should be classified as diagnosed or undiagnosed.Packing and handling procedures are the same for both, but Harben said the CDC preferred the samples be shipped as “undiagnosed” because the forms and approval process for such samples take less time. She said the approval process for “diagnosed” samples, the classification preferred by the Chinese agriculture ministry, could take weeks.China and the CDC agreed to have the samples shipped as “diagnosed,” Harben told the AP, and said she expected that the CDC would receive the samples by the end of September.Harben told CIDRAP News today that officials are still working out details about what samples are coming. “We’ll know more later,” she said.The CDC routinely works with China’s health ministry whenever it receives human H5N1 samples; however, Harben said receiving poultry samples is rare and has been somewhat more difficult because CDC officials are making arrangements with a different branch of government, the agriculture ministry.China has not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.
By John O’BrienSINGAPORE, (Reuters)-Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated his 200th Formula One race by retaking the championship lead from Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton after a pole to flag win in Singapore yesterday.After a chaotic start that brought out a safety car on the opening lap, Rosberg stayed clear of Red Bull’s late-charging Daniel Ricciardo at the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit.Triple world champion Hamilton completed the podium in third place.“The whole car was on the edge, it always is here in Singapore, so it’s very satisfying to finish like that,” Rosberg told reporters.The German’s third victory in a row, and 22nd of his career, lifted Rosberg on to 273 points, eight clear of Hamilton, with six rounds remaining and Australia’s Ricciardo a distant third on 179 in the title race.Rosberg’s win was his eighth of the season and first in Singapore, a grand prix that has only been won by world champions until now.The German had started two points behind Hamilton and, despite leading comfortably halfway though the race, crossed the line just 0.488 seconds ahead of Ricciardo after having to complete the last 28 laps on the same soft tyres.Red Bull opted for a bold tyre strategy to put pressure on Rosberg late on and Ricciardo was eating into the advantage at roughly three seconds a lap in the closing stages but ran out of road before the chequered flag.“Of course Daniel tried to pull one up on me with the pitstop at the end, we knew it was going to be tight but we got there so I’m very happy,” added Rosberg, who opened a 43-point lead on Hamilton at the start of the season before falling behind when the Briton won six of seven races.OVERHEATING BRAKESHamilton had his own private battle with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen behind the leading duo, the Briton losing third place to the Finn after a mistake on lap 34 but reclaiming the position with a timely pit stop to hold on to the finish.“This weekend has been a tricky one for me but I’m just happy to get on the podium and get some points for the team,” Hamilton said.“The brakes were way overheating so I had to slow down. Once I did my second or third stop we managed to sort it out.”Last year’s race winner Sebastian Vettel drove brilliantly from last on the starting grid to claim fifth place in the other Ferrari, the German coming home ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso in a McLaren.The safety car was deployed immediately after the start when Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, eighth on the grid, suffered a heavy crash after making contact with Carlos Sainz’s Toro RossoRosberg got away cleanly to lead from Ricciardo, with Hamilton in third and Raikkonen behind him after Verstappen suffered a woeful start to slip back to eighth from fourth on the grid.The race restarted and Rosberg would have been startled to see a marshal at the end of the start-finish straight picking up debris, the man just managing to get off the circuit before the Mercedes reached him.There were no more safety cars, throughout a 61-lap race that has yet to be completed without one, but the different tyre strategies of the leading cars made for a tactical and exciting race on a circuit that offers very few overtaking opportunities.Mexican Sergio Perez was eighth for Force India with Russian Daniil Kvyat ninth for Toro Rosso.Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen scored the final point for Renault in only the second finish in the points for the team this season.