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Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 5:01 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 5:01 AM
— Subtropical Storm Alberto has been downgraded to a depression after making landfall Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle in Laguna Beach.
Millions of people in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi were under a state of emergency as Alberto lumbered ashore ruining Memorial Day holiday plans across the region.
Forecasters warned the storm could bring gusty winds, heavy rains, flash flooding and intense storm surge.
--Update May 29, 2018--
5 a.m. EDT: The center of Subtropical Depression Alberto is moving through central Alabama with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. The storm is moving north-northwest at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“The system is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday evening,” the center said.
--Update May 28, 2018--
11:30 p.m. EDT: Subtropical Storm Alberto has been downgraded to a depression.
The storm is moving north at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
It’s maximum sustained winds were clocked at 35 mph.
10 p.m. EDT: Subtropical Storm Alberto is moving north at 10 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to 40 mph after is blew ashore Monday afternoon in Laguna Beach in Florida’s Panhandle.
Millions of people across three states are still under a state of emergency.
5 p.m. EDT: The storm was moving north at 9 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph.
The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto came ashore in Laguna Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center. Parts of the Southeast will see remnants from Alberto across the region for the next several days, according to the NHC.
2 p.m. EDT: Subtropical Storm Alberto is approximately 30 miles SSW of Panama City, Florida, according to the latest National Hurricane Center news advisory.
The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
Landfall is still expected by late afternoon or early evening.
11:00 a.m. EDT: Subtropical Storm Alberto is approximately 50 miles south of Panama City, Florida, the National Hurricane Center reported in its latest public advisory. The center of the storm is nearing the coast of the Florida panhandle, with rain bands and gusty winds spreading onshore. Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
Landfall is still expected by late afternoon or early evening.
8:00 a.m EDT: Subtropical Storm Alberto is about 75 miles SW from Apalachicola, Florida. The storm has slowed down but expected to make landfall later Monday.
Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and is moving at approximately 6 mph.
A storm surge watch is in effect for Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida and there is a tropical storm warning in effect for Suwannee River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.
--End of Update--
Isolated tornadoes are possible as Alberto closes in on the region. Forecasters are predicting Alberto will bring gusty winds, heavy rain, flash flooding and storm surge to parts of the Gulf Coast.
“Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall with a risk of flooding and flash flooding over western Cuba, the Florida Keys and south Florida today. The risk for heavy rainfall and flooding will then spread over much of the southeast U.S. tonight and Monday,” according to the NHC.
The NHC is warning of “dangerous surf and rip current conditions” along parts of the eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Monday.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Florida Gulf Coast including from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River as well as north near the Aucilla River to the Mississippi/Alabama border, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.
Heavy rainfall is expected as the storm, with sustained winds of 40 mph, continues to move at 13 mph through the Dry Tortugas.
A storm surge watch has also been issued for parts of Florida and the Mississippi/Alabama border, officials said.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
— A teen girl helped a blind, deaf man communicate on a recent Alaska Airlines flight, according to KIRO.
Dianne McGinness with Alaska Airlines shared the heartwarming story after a passenger on the flight wrote a post this week about the interaction that was shared over 400,000 times.
The passenger, Lynette Scribner, was traveling on the same flight as the teen and man, and was moved to write a post on the touching encounter.
Scribner said the man, Tim Cook, was traveling home to Portland after visiting his sister. Cook lives at Portland's Brookdale Senior Living.
When passengers of the flight realized Cook was blind and deaf, many helped ensure he was comfortable. A man sitting next to Cook gave him the aisle seat and helped with little tasks like opening his coffee creamer and pouring it into his coffee, Scribner shared.
A flight attendant made an announcement asking if a passenger on board knew American Sign Language. Fifteen-year-old Clara Daly, who has studied ASL for the last year, rang her call button.
When Daly learned the man could communicate only if someone signed into his hand, she immediately went to help.
Cook asked Daly questions and she patiently sign-spelled answers into his hand.
Scribner said Daly learned ASL because she has dyslexia, and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn.
“Clara was amazing,” an Alaska Airlines flight attendant said in the news release. “You could tell Tim was very excited to have someone he could speak to -- and she was such an angel.”
“When (Cook) asked (Daly) if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as the seat mate, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim,” Scribner shared. “I don't know when I've ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being. All of us in the immediate rows were laughing and smiling and enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to.”
After the flight, McGinness said Cook met a service provider from Brookdale Senior Living at the gate.
Cook said the flight was the best trip he's ever taken.
Daly told her mom she thought the encounter was "meant to be," since her original flight was canceled and she was redirected to Cook's flight.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:50 PM
— Thousands of senior citizens across the United States are finding a profitable side hustle --- opening up their homes to strangers on Airbnb.
Nearly 78,000 seniors (ages 60 and up) across the U.S. shared their homes on Airbnb in 2017 -- accounting for $700 million in earnings, the company reports.
The typical host earned an extra $7,000 in income a year -- a positive boost for people living on fixed incomes.
Airbnb is a website that allows people to open up their homes for vacation rentals or short-term leasing. There are over 5 million homes listed on Airbnb in over 81,000 cities.
According to Airbnb’s annual survey, 41 percent of seniors reported that hosting their home has helped them afford to stay in their homes -- places they’ve often lived most of their lives.
Airbnb states that 45 percent of senior hosts rely on that extra income to make ends meet and spend it on important costs of living.
Senior hosts are beloved on Airbnb, the company said.
88 percent of trips hosted by seniors last year resulted in 5-star reviews.
Percentage of active listings with senior Airbnb hosts
Typical host earnings for seniors by state
Percentage of senior host reviews with 5-stars
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:52 PM
LEXINGTON, Va. — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she and seven members of her family were kicked out of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia on Friday night.
TMZ first reported that the restaurant’s owner kicked out Sanders and her family out of “moral conviction.”
A waiter posted on Facebook that Sanders was in the restaurant for “a total of two minutes” before being asked to leave.
Sanders confirmed the incident on Twitter.
“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted Saturday. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
Sanders’ father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, tweeted his support, saying it was an act of “bigotry.”
Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the “Hate Plate”. And appetizers are “small plates for small minds” https://t.co/rHEVdcQwwh— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 23, 2018
The Red Hen’s Facebook and Yelp pages were bombarded with reviews from people from both sides.
While some praised the restaurant, many others said the owner was being “intolerant.”
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:58 PM
— Chef and author Anthony Bourdain did not have narcotics in his body when he died on June 8, a French judicial official told The New York Times.
Bourdain, 61, was found dead in a hotel in a small village in France on June 8.
He was staying in Kaysersberg, a small village in the Alsace region of France, filming a new episode of his CNN show “Parts Unknown.”
Police ruled his death as suicide by hanging.
Local prosecutors say Bourdain, who was open about his lifelong struggle with drugs and alcohol, was not intoxicated when he died.
“No trace of narcotics, no trace of any toxic products, no trace of medicines, no trace of alcohol,” prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told Reuters.
Bourdain skipped dinner the night before his body was discovered, The New York Times reports.
When he did not arrive for breakfast with Eric Ripert, Bourdain’s close friend and chef of Le Bernardin in New York, a hotel receptionist went to his room to check on him and found his body.
Bourdain was cremated in France.
His remains and travel belongings have been sent to his younger brother, Christopher.
Gladys Bourdain, Anthony Bourdain’s mother, told the New York Times that the family will likely hold “a small, private ceremony of some kind.”
Italian actress Asia Argento remembered her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain on Twitter Friday, marking two weeks since his death.
Two weeks without you pic.twitter.com/C5Hqe4LG73— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) June 22, 2018