California wildfires live updates: ‘Potentially historic wind event’ over weekend could inflame blazes

first_imgABC News(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) — Northern California could experience a “potentially historic” wind event this weekend, according to officials at the National Weather Service — a development that could have a dangerous effect on the wildfires that are ravaging the area.Dry winds up to 65 mph could lead to downed trees and power lines, as well as erratic and dangerous fire growth, bringing even more critical fire conditions to parts of the Golden State.As of Saturday morning, the Kincade Fire in Sonoma and Lake County had burned 25,455 acres and was 10% contained, according to Cal Fire. At least 49 structures had been destroyed, with another 23,500 at risk of being damaged, the agency saidJonathon Cox, the division chief at Cal Fire, described the wind as having a possible “explosive” effect on the fire.More than 2,000 people were ordered to evacuate in the community of Geyserville. Residents in Gifford Springs, Whispering Pines, Anderson Springs, Adams Springs, Hobergs and Cobb were issued an evacuation warning.Authorities asked the public in the affected areas to stay home unless they were being evacuated.The Kincade Fire started three days ago in the same area that a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) transmission tower broke, according to a report from the company.Around 1,000 PG&E customers in Sonoma County are still without power, and there is no estimate to when it will be restored, according to the company.If the wind conditions hit California as expected, PG&E said approximately 850,000 customers could have their power shut off starting Saturday afternoon. The preemptive shutoffs are for safety, the company said, to help prevent fires from sparking.Multiple other wildfires have scorched thousands of acres throughout the state.The Tick Fire, in Southern California, has burned 4,615 acres and was 25% contained as of Saturday morning, after erupting Thursday in Los Angeles County, Cal Fire reported. The fire’s containment level was up substantially from Friday evening, when it was only 5% contained.At least nine structures have been destroyed as a result of that wildfire, according to Cal Fire.Evacuation orders were issued, but some residents have since been allowed to return home.High pressure building across the Pacific will nudge eastward beginning Saturday and through the next few days, bringing dry north to northeasterly winds into parts of the West.In Northern California, wind gusts will gradually increase throughout Saturday then peak on Sunday. Relative humidity could be as low as 8%, bringing extremely critical fire weather on Sunday, such that any fire that ignites could rapidly spread out of control.Beginning on Sunday and lasting into Monday, the dry damaging offshore winds will expand into parts of Southern California. These Santa Ana winds could gust as high as 50 mph and relative humidity could be as low as 5%.Another Santa Ana wind event, perhaps another significant one, will arrive by the middle of the upcoming week.Overnight, post-tropical cyclone Olga made landfall near Morgan City, Louisiana. Olga spawned five reported tornadoes, all near Mobile, Alabama, Friday evening, doing damage to homes in that region.New Orleans International Airport, meanwhile, has recorded 5.71” of rain so far. As of 8:50 Saturday morning, the New Orleans Airport was still experiencing power outages due to the storm and there were at least 136,000 people without power in the state.As Olga becomes a common mid-latitude cyclone, heavy rain will continue to spread inland through the Mississippi River Valley, eventually getting to the Midwest later Saturday, and into ports of the Northeast by Sunday and Sunday night.Flood alerts have been issued from Louisiana to Illinois for the possibility of excessive rainfall, and heavy rain is expected in parts of the Central and Eastern U.S. this weekend.Up to 4 inches of rain is expected in parts of Illinois and Missouri — and perhaps Indiana — through the end of the weekend.A new winter storm is also developing in the Rockies this weekend, which will quickly dive down into the I-25 corridor from Cheyenne to Denver late Saturday and into Sunday.Winter storm watches have been issued for those areas this weekend. Snow will pick up in intensity on Sunday in Denver and last through Monday morning, perhaps impacting the Monday morning commute.Five to eight inches of snow is possible along the I-25 cities in Colorado and Wyoming, from Pueblo to Denver through Monday morning. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Growing Pumpkins

first_imgHigh temperatures, humid nights and disease pressure make growing pumpkins difficult for south Georgia farmers, according to Tim Coolong, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist.Georgia only produces a few hundred acres of pumpkins, and an estimated 80 to 90 percent of those are grown in north Georgia, he said. Most pumpkins grown in Georgia are sold as decorations, and pumpkin growers in north Georgia sell most of those to tourists, Coolong said. Disease plays a major role in the lack of pumpkins grown in south Georgia. Due to the high temperatures in the region, especially in mid-July and early August, when pumpkins are grown, farmers face disease pressure and are often unable or discouraged to produce pumpkins. “During those hot temperatures, sometimes we don’t get very good pollination and fruit set,” Coolong said. “In addition, if there were some virus-resistant pumpkins, certainly people could grow more down here and do fairly well at it. But as of now, it’s limited to just a few growers.” Growers in north Georgia are more likely to grow bigger pumpkins because of the cooler nights in September and October. According to Coolong, in places such as Michigan and Wisconsin, producers can grow pumpkins that weigh more than 1,000 pounds. “In order to get really big pumpkins, you need cooler nights,” Coolong said. “The cooler night weather allows those pumpkins to get bigger. We can certainly grow pumpkins that weigh several hundred pounds in south Georgia, but to really get a lot of size out of them, it would help if you lived in Blairsville (Georgia) or a similar area.”Due to adverse weather conditions in the Midwest, pie and jack-o’-lantern pumpkins have been in short supply. The current pumpkin shortage in the Midwest will likely not have a large impact on the market for Georgia farmers, but Georgia consumers could see an increase in prices in stores, at vegetable stands and in pumpkin orchards, Coolong said.“The conditions in the Midwest have disproportionately affected pumpkins grown for processing compared to traditional jack-o’-lanterns. Therefore, it should not have a large impact on decorative pumpkins in Georgia, which are most common,” he said.(Tatyana Phelps is a student intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

Wolf Administration Awards $4 million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs to Battle Addiction Epidemic

first_img October 17, 2017 Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today awarded $1 million grants to four organizations to build medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction. The announcement was made at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, a collaboration between Penn State Health and UPMC Pinnacle.Grants also were awarded to the Allegheny Health Network, Geisinger Clinic, and Wellspan Health.“Medication-assisted treatment helps someone suffering from the disease of addiction to recover from their illness,” Governor Wolf said. “Through these grants, we can expand access to this treatment to all Pennsylvanians in their own communities through a ‘hub-and-spoke’ network of health care providers.”Pennsylvania’s hub-and-spoke model has an addiction specialist physician at the center as the hub, providing expert guidance and support to primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state who serve as the spokes. The primary care physicians will provide the direct-patient care, including the medication-assisted treatment prescription. Patients also will be connected to drug and alcohol counseling in their communities.“It’s clear that Pennsylvania needs a new and comprehensive approach to this disease,” said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, CEO of Penn State Health, dean of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs. “We know from research that when treatment includes both medication and therapy, patients do better. And when patients do better, families and communities do better.”“In 2016, the Wolf Administration secured funding for Centers of Excellence (COE) across the commonwealth focusing on evidence-based medication-assisted treatment to combat the opioid epidemic,” Acting Secretary for Human Services Teresa Miller said. “While the COEs serve individuals primarily on Medicaid, today, these grants will broaden access to commercially insured individuals to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to high-quality treatment that focuses on the whole person.”“These grants will provide more primary care physicians with the support they need to prescribe medication-assisted treatment to their patients,” Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “These grants will lay the groundwork for patients to receive quality addiction treatment in their community.”“Pennsylvania continues to battle the heroin and opioid crisis head-on and these grants will expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment, helping to treat individuals suffering from substance use disorder,” said Acting DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “At a time when we are losing 13 Pennsylvanians each day to overdoses, increasing access to care is a top priority of the Wolf Administration.”The grants are funded through the 21st Century Cures grant, a $26.5 million federal grant received by the Wolf Administration to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder. Twenty-three organizations applied.The Wolf Administration holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority. To continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf, working with the General Assembly, has included the following in the 2017-18 budget:Expanding access to life-saving naloxone by providing $5 million through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to first responders, law enforcement, and other public entities across the commonwealth;Maximizing federal 21st Century Cures Act funding, which includes $26.2 million in each of the next two years for Pennsylvania, to expand access to treatment services, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured; andProviding $2 million to expand specialty drug courts to expand treatment strategies that divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery.Some of the administration’s other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines;Increasing the number by 25 of rural Medicaid providers who are able to prescribe MAT through funding from a federal grant;Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients, including guidelines specific to orthopedics and sports medicine;Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools;Educating and encouraging patients to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through drug take-back initiatives, and expanding the number of drug take-back locations to more than 600; andIncreasing the availability of naloxone. 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Health officials to lead ‘house-to-house’ search for COVID-19 patients

first_img“Ang mangunguna ‘yung LGU at ang public health authority, pangungunahan ito ng city or local epidemiological surveillance unit kasi sila talaga ang mga expert dito. Pati ‘yung resulta ng contact tracing, pati kung sino ‘yung te-testing, ililipat o ire-refer sa ospital,” DILG chief said. Año also said that visiting houses would only be done in areas where there is an outbreak or surge of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those that are under localized lockdowns. “Ang ating kapulisan naman ay mag-a-assist lang sa kanila para sigurado na ma-implement ang lockdown at sigurado din na maayos naman ‘yung paglilipat ng ating mga positive patients,” he added. MANILA – Health officials will spearhead the house-to-house search for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said. “Gagamit tayo ng ambulansiya para diyan at pagpapaliwanagan naman natin ‘yung pamilya kung bakit natin ginagawa… Kailangan ambulansiya kasi violation ng protocol kapag mobile atsaka ‘yung pulis kasi hindi naman trained ang pulis diyan,” he said. Año, in an interview with GMA 7’s “Unang Balita” yesterday, said that policemen will be present but will only assist local government officials and health personnel in the search for patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19. The house-to-house search is in line with the government’s “Oplan Kalinga” program, which seeks to transfer COVID-19 patients whose homes are ill-equipped for home quarantine to temporary isolation facilities./PNlast_img read more

Indiana General Assembly recognizes Olympic medal winner, Goepper

first_imgPhoto: USA Today Sports, Kevin KairajIndianapolis, In. — Olympic Silver Medalist Nick Goepper was recognized by the 2018 Indiana General Assembly on Monday. Goepper got to meet lawmakers, including Governor Eric Holcomb.Goepper won the Silver Medal in the men’s slopestyle skiing event during the winter Olympics.last_img