Heading from Ohio down to Florida? I-75 traffic impacted by Irma

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 12:03 PM


Traffic on Interstate 75 from Michigan all the way down to Florida has been heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, and travelers should be prepared for delays if they’re traveling South.

In Ohio, there are road closures and road work currently taking place along I-75 right now. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, there are several major roadwork projects along I-75 in the state right now. ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning told this news organization that travelers should download the OHGO app to get real-time traffic information before leaving for a trip.

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In the Toledo area, traffic has seen some delays due to one project. “On I-75, from I-280 to I-475, we have a major project that has the road restricted to two lanes with no shoulders. It’s tighter than normal, but it is open and flows at construction zone speeds. There are some local ramp closures associated with the project, but it shouldn’t affect people traveling to Florida,” said ODOT District Two spokeswoman Rebecca Shirling Dangelo.

The largest road work projects are currently happening in the Toledo, Findlay and Cincinnati areas. If you’re traveling from Dayton to Florida on I-75, some road traffic to be aware of includes:

• In Dayton, there is currently roadwork on I-75 northbound between SR-4 and Stanley. The left lane is closed. This shouldn’t impact a trip down to Florida, but could slow traffic on the way back home. Travelers can view local accidents in real time here. In Norwood in Cincinnati, between I-71 southbound and Smith near mile marker 6, there is ramp construction that has closed the left lane.

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I-75 is also seeing some delays in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. In the aftermath of Irma, Georgia transportation personnel have been working since the storm passed through the state to clear debris and ensure safe and passable interstates and state routes.

Following the storm, more than 1,100 incidents of roadway closures were reported. Currently, fewer than 100 remaining roadway closures exist on state routes, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Nearly 1,000 maintenance and construction forces continue to work to ensure all interstates and state routes are open and remain open.

Transportation officials advised travelers to check their gas level before leaving, as gas shortages continue in Georgia and Florida. Visit GasBuddy for a list of open gas stations in the areas that you are traveling through. Motorists should also pay attention to malfunctioning traffic signals and slow down while watching for downed trees, power lines and debris.

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In Florida, motorists traveling back after evacuating for Irma are dealing with increased traffic congestion, The Miami Herald reported. I-75 over the Sante Fe River near mile marker 408 near Miami remains open, but major delays would occur if it did shut down.

“If the interstate had to be shut down, however, such a closure of the interstate would force drivers onto long detours that could add as much as 200 or 300 miles to an already grueling trip home,” the Miami Herald reported.

Find more travel information for specific states at:

• Ohio: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/pages/home.aspx

• Kentucky: http://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

• Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/tdot

• Georgia: http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Emergency/Hurricane

• Florida: http://www.fdot.gov/


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Troopers: Naked couple crashes car while having sex; baby was in back seat

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:25 AM

Washington State Patrol.
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Washington State Patrol.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A naked couple, having sex in their car while their baby was in the back seat, crashed while driving, the Washington State Patrol said.

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The man was driving on Highway 7 near La Grande in Pierce County, naked and having sex with a woman who also was naked, when he missed a curve, went off the road and struck a tree, State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said.

The crash occurred Wednesday at 6 p.m. troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers both the man and woman were naked when they got out of the car, The Everett Herald reported. Troopers said they were also both impaired.

The woman wasn't wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. The 3-month-old child in the back seat was not injured.

The man was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and child endangerment, the Herald reported.

Troopers said the man has three prior DUI convictions.

Shoppers claim online company grabbed bargains to sell for profit

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

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(Photo via WPXI.com)

Holiday bargains were scooped up at some stores before customers could buy them.

Hopeful Black Friday shoppers in Indiana, Pennsylvania, told WPXI an online company allegedly took advantage of store bargains with plans to sell the discounted items at a profit.

Customers were not happy about it.

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One shopper told WPXI a third-party company sent people into a local Walmart before the store's sale started, loaded up and then cashed out at 6 p.m. with all the sale toys and items.

"It's very frustrating because I saw a lot of young, hardworking people up here," said Edmund Porta, who sent photos and videos of the alleged incident. "I just think, at that point, Walmart should say, 'I'm sorry, we can’t let you buy all that stuff.' Like, you can only have five of each item,’ or something like that."

Walmart couldn't confirm what happened, but said it's looking into it.

Militants kill at least 184 in Egyptian mosque

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

Egyptian mosque.
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Egyptian mosque.(AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 184 people were killed and 125 were injured Friday when Islamist militants exploded a bomb and opened fire on people attending prayers at an Egyptian mosque in the northern section of Sinai, Reuters reported.

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The attack targeted Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, the Egyptian state-owned news agency MENA reported.

No group has claimed responsibility for the assault, so far.

State media showed images of bloodied victims and bodies covered in blankets inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of the city of El Arish.

“They were shooting at people as they left the mosque,” a local resident, whose relatives were at the scene, told Reuters. “They were shooting at the ambulances, too.”

Uma Thurman blasts Harvey Weinstein in Instagram post

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

Uma Thurman has appeared in several films directed by Harvey Weinstein, right.
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Uma Thurman has appeared in several films directed by Harvey Weinstein, right.(Dimitrios Kambouris / WireImage file)

Actress Uma Thurman wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving on Instagram on Thursday, but made one notable exception.

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Thurman ripped into producer Harvey Weinstein and hinted that she might have been a victim of sexual harassment, The New York Post reported.

“Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators — I’m glad it’s going slowly — You don’t deserve a bullet). Stay tuned,” she wrote.

Thurman has appeared in several films that were produced by Weinstein, including “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill.”

Thurman added the hashtag #metoo to her post, adopted by victims of sexual abuse.

“I am grateful today, to be alive, for all those I love, and for all those who have the courage to stand up for others,” Thurman wrote on Instagram. “I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face.

“I feel it's important to take your time, be fair, be exact. Stay tuned.”

Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Thurman praised women who were speaking out about harassment and assault.

“I have learned, I am not a child and I have learned that... when I've spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself,” she said.

“So I've been waiting to feel less angry. And when I'm ready, I'll say what I have to say.”