Report: German police see surge in fake vaccine certificates
(Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP) (Stefan Sauer)BERLIN — (AP) — Police in Germany are investigating thousands of cases of suspected forgery of coronavirus vaccine certificates, the dpa news agency reported Wednesday. Those who supply or use fake certificates could face severe penalties, from fines and suspended prison sentences to losing their jobs. Prosecutors have opened a manslaughter investigation in one case after a woman used a fake vaccine certificate to continue working at a nursing home, despite having family members ill with COVID-19 at home. Almost 73% of the German population have received a full course of vaccines against COVID-19, while nearly 48 % have had an additional booster shot. The country's disease control agency reported 112,323 new infections in the past 24 hours, and 239 COVID-related deaths.wftv.com
Winter storms 2022: Photos capture snow, ice slamming South, Northeast
Winter storms 2022: Photos capture snow, ice slamming South, Northeast A couple walks through McCabe Golf Course during a winter storm in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP)A deadly winter storm system slammed the South on Sunday and Northeast on Monday, bringing snow, ice and dangerous travel conditions to the regions and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people. >> PHOTOS: Winter storms wallop South, East Coast, leave thousands without powerPeople took to social media to share photos of the wintry weather. (Photo: #I81 #Shenandoah Co.)@VDEM @VaDOT pic.twitter.com/sPiAacbQmy — VA State Police (@VSPPIO) January 16, 2022Photo by @WakeForestPD, TwitterDriving conditions are worsening throughout our community. #SCGuard pic.twitter.com/3jqUwOqsz4 — SC National Guard (@SCNationalGuard) January 16, 2022Photo by @boston_bellissima, InstagramPhoto by @crazyjmom, InstagramExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 13 Photos: Winter storms wallop South, East Coast, leave thousands without power A winter storm creates dangerous conditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, on January 16, 2022.wftv.com
Powerful winter storm slams East Coast with heavy snow, whipping winds and freezing rain
The storm pounded Interstate 90 in Pennsylvania and created chaos for cars on North Carolina's highways. In Virginia, the treacherous snow and ice wreaked havoc on truck drivers attempting to navigate the highways.cbsnews.com
Brrr! Some schools close as extreme cold grips US Northeast
Winter Weather Commuters brave frigid temperatures as they arrive on a ferry, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Portland, Maine. Parts of the Northeast are expected to have a wind chill of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Syracuse, New York, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Burlington, Vermont, were among communities that also closed public schools. Wind chill temperatures in areas near lakes Erie and Ontario in New York state were expected to drop as low as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 34 Celsius) by the afternoon. Temperatures dropped into the single digits Fahrenheit in many areas of Massachusetts, with the wind chill making it feel well below zero.wftv.com
Brrr! Some schools close as extreme cold grips US Northeast
BOSTON — (AP) — The Northeast girded Tuesday for extreme cold that was expected to reach a wind chill value of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 Celsius) in some northern areas and closed some schools elsewhere. Boston's public school system, the largest in Massachusetts, announced Monday that schools will not open on Tuesday because of expected extremely cold temperatures. New York City, too, was in for subzero temperatures with wind chill factored in, the weather service warned. It could feel as low as minus 15 F (minus 26 C) in some areas of Massachusetts, according to the weather service. And it could be even colder elsewhere in New England, as forecasters said wind chill could approach minus 40 F (minus 40 C) in some parts of western Maine.wftv.com
After the extreme cold, more snow is on the way
The relatively quiet, albeit very cold, weather pattern setting into much of the Midwest and Northeast during the second week of January will be short-lived, AccuWeather forecasters caution, as they monitor for more weather trouble and any storms lurking in the long-range forecast. A storm originating from western Canada will track southeastward to bring a broad zone of accumulating snow that will result in slippery travel conditions from parts of the Plains and Midwest late this week to portionnews.yahoo.com
Winter storm wreaks havoc in several states, leaving drivers stranded for hours
Severe winter weather traveling through the U.S. is causing power outages for nearly half a million people. Hundreds of flights continue to be canceled or delayed as airports grapple with staff shortages. Errol Barnett has the details.news.yahoo.com
One dead as powerful typhoon batters the Philippines
Philippine Coast Guard officers wade through the chest-deep flood in Cagayan de Oro City in the southern Philippines to rescue a one-month-old baby. Heavy rains brought by Super Typhoon Rai caused a creek to swell and flooded some areas, triggering rescue operations to evacuate remaining residents trapped in their flooded homes.news.yahoo.com
Taiwan rushes to contain sudden cane toad invasion
Toads are a symbol of prosperity and good fortune in Taiwan, but the unexpected discovery of an invasive species has officials and environmentalists scrambling to contain their spread. With flashlights in hand and shielded by protective gloves, dozens of volunteers from the Taiwan Amphibian Conservation Society worked through the night searching rice fields and vegetable plots for their quarry -- the cane toad.news.yahoo.com
American, JetBlue ask court to toss US lawsuit against deal
BOSTON — (AP) — American Airlines and JetBlue Airways asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss a government lawsuit aimed at blocking deal that lets the two airlines cooperate on service in the Northeast. Lawyers for the airlines said there is no evidence that letting the airlines work together has led to higher fares or reduced service. Under the Trump administration, the Transportation Department allowed American and JetBlue to work together in setting schedules and service in New York and Boston. But shortly after the Biden administration came into power, the Justice Department began taking a new look at the deal. They also argued the deal would make JetBlue less willing to compete against American in other parts of the country.wftv.com
Study: Warmer summers worsen tick infestations for US moose
The Michigan Tech team estimated year-to-year levels of tick infestation for hundreds of Isle Royale moose using photographs showing hair loss between 2001 and 2019. Carstensen, who did not participate in the study, said it's enlightening, but she noted that Isle Royale has unique characteristics. But ticks are rampaging in New England, which has by far the highest moose population in the Lower 48 states. Because of environmental differences between regions, the Isle Royale study’s conclusions should be applied cautiously elsewhere, said Pekins, who didn’t participate. “Maybe this is where we can reach people and make them understand climate change is real,” he said.wftv.com
Study: Warmer summers worsen tick infestations for US moose
It’s a ghastly sight: ticks by tens of thousands burrowed into a moose’s broad body, sucking its lifeblood as the agonized host rubs against trees so vigorously that much of its fur wears away. Winter tick infestation is common with moose across the northern U.S. — usually survivable for adults but less so for calves, and miserable either way. Data collected over 19 years at Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park shows moose have more ticks during winters following particularly warm summers, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.news.yahoo.com
Coldest air of the season, lake-effect snow set to blast Northeast
In the wake of a potent cold front that will track through the Northeast early Thanksgiving week, the coldest air of the season will bring temperatures plummeting to levels more typical of mid-December to the Great Lakes region and Northeast. The wintry chill will also fuel the lake-effect snow machine, sending snow squalls barreling across the region. As a storm brings rain to the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast through Sunday night, the cold front associated with the storm will sweep througnews.yahoo.com
'Difficult to breathe': Schools closed in smog-hit Delhi
Schools are closed for a week in New Delhi as winter pollution levels remain dangerously high. Delhi is ranked one of the world's most polluted cities, with a hazardous melange of factory and vehicle emissions and smoke from agricultural fires turning its air a toxic grey every winter.news.yahoo.com
'A long two days': Major storm pummels Northeast with snow
Although the heaviest parts of the storm had moved through the metropolitan area by Monday evening, lighter snow showers were expected to continue virtually all day Tuesday, forecaster James Tomasini said. “We’re looking at a long two days here,” New York Gov. Across the Northeast, many coronavirus vaccination sites closed Monday. AdHundreds of flights and many trains and were canceled, and aboveground New York City subway service stopped at 2 p.m. In recent days, a storm system blanketed parts of the Midwest, with some areas getting the most snow in several years.
Major snowstorm heads to Northeast after blanketing Midwest
It was already impacting coronavirus vaccinations in New York and New Jersey, with appointments for Monday needing to be canceled and rescheduled. The storm system blanketed parts of the Midwest in the most snow some places had seen in several years. In Wisconsin, snow depths in some counties near Lake Michigan had reached more than 15 inches (38 centimeters), and the snow was still falling. AdThree to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) of snow arrived in central Ohio by early Sunday, making for some slippery roads. Much of the region could see blizzard-like conditions, with a foot to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimeters) of snow.
Massive winter storm expected to bring snow, ice to Mid-Atlantic, Northeast
Up to two feet of snow is possible in parts on the northeast. ORLANDO, Fla. – The winter storm that extends from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico is ramping up for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Future radarUp to two feet of snow is possible from Southeast Pennsylvania to New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. A winter storm watch covers all of Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine with the potential for heavy snow arriving late Monday. This snow and ice is part of a system that will bring another blast of cold air to Central Florida Monday.
US home construction jumps 5.8% in December to 1.67 million
The number of newly issued permits to build fresh housing rose 6.2% in November on a seasonally adjusted basis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)WASHINGTON – U.S. home construction jumped 5.8% in December to 1.67 million units, a 14-year high that topped the strongest annual showing from the country's builders in 15 years. For the year, construction began on 1.45 million units, up 4.8% from 2019 and the best pace since construction starts totaled 1.8 million units in 2006. For December, construction of single-family homes increased by 7.8% to 1.23 million units. Construction rose 13.6% in the Midwest, 11.2% in the West and 1.3% in the South.
40 inches of snow: Snowstorm buries parts of the Northeast
Reports of the snow that fell from Wednesday's snowstorm. ORLANDO, Fla. – Those who were dreaming of a white Christmas in the Northeast got closer to their dream Wednesday. The bullseye with this storm was interior Pennsylvania and New York, where more than 40 inches of snow fell. Snow reports in the Northeast from Wednesday's storm. With Christmas a little more than a week away, most of these areas should hang on to the snow to achieve a white Christmas.
'If not one thing, it's another': Northeast preps for storm
“Our theme today ought to be, ‘If it’s not one thing, it’s another,’” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said as he gave residents storm guidance that's new this year — mask up if you help your neighbors shovel. In New York City, officials braced for the biggest storm in about three years. But they are being told to secure outdoor furniture, remove heaters and take other steps to make way for plows. Gina Raimondo suspended the scheduling of coronavirus tests for Thursday and said some outdoor testing sites may close, though others will remain open.
The Latest: CT bans semitrailers on some roads for 12 hours
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NEW YORK – The latest developments on the winter storm moving across the Northeast (all times local):7:45 p.m.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday he is banning tractor trailer and tandem trailers from all limited access highways, beginning at 9 p.m. due to the severe winter snow storm. ___2 p.m.PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island has closed all state-run coronavirus testing sites as the region braces for a major winter storm. A winter storm warning has been issued for Providence and Kent counties from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 1 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, New Jersey is poised to restrict commercial traffic from some highways because of the impending snow storm.
UPDATE: Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in Atlantic
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Storm Epsilon formed Monday morning in the Atlantic Ocean, about 730 miles southeast of Bermuda. Epsilon, which could become a hurricane in the near future, has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, with higher gusts and is currently stationary, according to the National Hurricane Center. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the tropical storm could near or reach hurricane strength on Wednesday, according to the latest advisory. As of now, computer models show the system staying away from Florida and heading to the Northeast United States or staying out to sea. Meet Tropical Storm Epsilon.
Drought conditions affecting fall foliage this year
Is it the cooler weather, the pumpkin scent or a lush landscape covered in the fall color pallet of orange, reds and yellows? Why are we seeing fall colors earlier this year? Through October 12thWhen can we expect the fall colors to peak this season? So, the big question is, what is the perfect time to experience Mother Nature’s fall painting across the country? Check out the predicted peak fall colors map below.
August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains
WASHINGTON U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April. Applications for building permits, which is a good barometer of future activity, dipped a slight 0.9% in August to a seasonally adjusted 1.47 million but that decline followed solid gains in the previous three months including a 17.9% rise in July. While the drop-off in new homes was greater than economists had expected, construction remains 51.6% above an April low. Declines in activity were led by the Northeast, where home construction fell 33.1%. Strength in August came from solid gains of 28.4% in the Midwest and 19.5% in the West.
Schools, offices close as long-lived storm clobbers US East
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said city schools were canceling classes and afterschool activities Tuesday. At least four counties closed schools Monday in West Virginia, where 2 inches to a foot of snow was forecast. Only 3 inches of snow was forecast for New York City, where schools were expected to remain open, and 5 inches for Philadelphia. Communities north of Boston could see a foot in the storm expected to reach its peak Tuesday morning, snarling the morning commute. Rowe in western Massachusetts received 16 inches of snow from the storm that started Sunday night.
Central Florida to see cool, breezy day
ORLANDO, Fla. – The same weather system bringing a blizzard to the Northeast is blowing strong winds to Central Florida. [MORE WEATHER INFO: Storm Tracking App | Get Storm Pins | Weather Page]"Winds will be on and off, gusting at near 40 miles per hour on Tuesday," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. Temperatures started off in the 30s and 40s across Central Florida, but highs will later reach the mid-60s in Orlando. "The wind is making it feel 5 degrees colder in many areas," Bridges said. High temperatures will be in the low and mid-60s through Wednesday before warming back to the low 70s for the end of the week.