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Carolina Hurricanes partner with Greenville Swamp Rabbits of ECHL
The Carolina Hurricanes have a new ECHL affiliate, reaching a one-year agreement with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Swamp Rabbits President Steve Donner released a statement on the partnership: This a landmark day for our franchise. A year ago, we set out on a goal to find a regional NHL partner to build a relationship with who is committed to development at the AHL and the ECHL level. In partnering with the Hurricanes, we have found that partner for player development with a huge added bonus of marketing synergy in the Carolinas.
The might of a hurricane is simultaneously mesmerizing and horrifying. Large 'canes have the ability to release the energy equivalent of 10 atomic bombs per second, with the eye spewing the most violent and powerful winds and rains, according to the University of Utah's Natural History Museum.
And if a hurricane alone wasn't bad enough, some give birth to tornadoes. While these hybrids aren't as powerful as tornadoes that form on their own, they continue to wreak havoc until they die down. Here's where tornadoes come from, what they do, and how to protect yourself if you ever encounter one.
Hurricanes to buy out Marleau's contract
The Carolina Hurricanes will buy out the final year of Patrick Marleau's contract, general manager Don Waddell told Luke DeCock of the News & Observer on Thursday. Carolina acquired the 39-year-old from the Toronto Maple Leafs via trade at the draft and owes Marleau his $3-million signing bonus plus $833,333 split over the next two years, DeCock adds. The Leafs packaged Marleau along with a conditional first-round pick and a seventh-rounder in 2020 to offload his $6.25-million cap hit and received a sixth-round selection in return. Marleau hasn't missed a game since the 2008-09 campaign and registered 16 goals and 21 assists for Toronto last season.
What Is a Hurricane?
A hurricane is a tropical storm that forms over warm tropical waters and begins as a disturbance that is categorized as a "tropical depression" when it's under 38 miles per hour (mph). Anything that exceeds 39 mph is given a name—Katrina, Sandy, etc.—and categorized as a hurricane.
Hurricanes are destructive and strong and leave mass devastation in their wake, including the phenomenon known as storm surge—a rapid increase in sea levels—and long-term flooding. Hurricanes can exceed speeds of 200 mph; in 2015, Hurricane Patricia produced 215 mph winds, which were the strongest ever recorded, according to National Geographic.
How Do You Stay Safe in a Hurricane?
The best way to survive a hurricane is to heed evacuation notices and give yourself enough time to head somewhere safe, such as a disaster shelter. Stay away from valleys and other low-lying areas that can easily become flooded, and stay indoors, as flying debris presents a huge danger during these violent storms.
Hurricanes owner: Aho offer sheet was 'waste of time'
The Montreal Canadiens shocked the hockey world on Monday when they signed Carolina Hurricanes restricted free-agent forward Sebastian Aho to a five-year, $42.27-million offer sheet. It was the first time since 2013 that an offer sheet had been signed. For Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon, who said Tuesday his club will match the offer sheet, it was apparently more of a nuisance than an actual obstacle. "Everyone's trying to make their team better," Dundon told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. "We've looked at all the ways to (do that), never came to the conclusion that the offer sheet was the best way. Your probability of succeeding is almost zero.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has also created hurricane survival guidelines, including these three crucial preparation and safety strategies.
Before a hurricane hits your area, have an emergency kit stocked with bottled water, a first aid kit, flashlights, and non-perishables. You should have a plan in place and review it with your family so that everyone knows what steps to take in the event a hurricane strikes.
The NWS advises that you "know your zone," meaning that if you live in a hurricane hotspot like those on the Atlantic or Gulf coasts, you know where the evacuation areas are. The NWS also recommends reviewing insurance policies across the board (home, auto, life) to see what could be a good fit.
When a hurricane hits, ideally, you're far from where the storm makes landfall. Covering all windows (i.e.: installing permanent storm shutters) in your home is a good idea. If you're ordered to evacuate, you should do so. If there's a hurricane warning in your area but no evacuation order, be prepared to shelter yourself in a small room where there aren't any windows, such as a closet, and steer clear of structures like skylights and glass doors.
Hurricanes unsure if Williams will retire or return next season
The Carolina Hurricanes are awaiting a decision from captain Justin Williams on whether he'll retire or return for a 19th NHL season. "We've been in contact with Justin here recently," general manager Don Waddell told NHL.com's Tom Gulitti. "He hasn't given us 100 percent yet which way he's going to go. I think he potentially could be leaning toward playing, but I think in the next few weeks it will shake out." Williams, who will turn 38 in October, had his two-year, $9-million contract with the Hurricanes expire on July 1. This is his second stint with the club, which believes Carolina is where he'll end his career - one way or another.
And if a hurricane passes through your area, know that just because the eye brings calm, it's surrounded by violent winds. Momentary calm does not mean the storm has passed. Always check with a verified source such as the NOAA Weather Radio before leaving the safety of your evacuation zone.
After a hurricane, the damage to your area will be extensive. If you've been ordered to evacuate, don't return home unless officials have said it's safe to do so. Avoid driving, as flooding may hide dangerous debris like fallen electrical wires and faulty infrastructure like damaged bridges.
Getting back home will be tough, too. Before you can assess internal damage, you have to look for downed power lines, external structural damage, and consider gas leaks. If you suspect a gas leak or if your home is surrounded by flooding, you should refrain from entering.
Additionally, the NWS reports that carbon monoxide poisoning is a leading cause of death after storms hit. Don't use machinery such as a portable generator inside the home, a garage, or another enclosed space. The CDC says generators should be used at least 20 feet away from a home and that houses should be outfitted with carbon monoxide detectors.
Hurricanes officially match Canadiens' offer sheet for Aho
The Carolina Hurricanes have officially matched the Montreal Canadiens' five-year, $42.27-million offer sheet for Sebastian Aho, the team announced Sunday. Carolina was given seven days to match after Montreal signed the young Finn on July 1. The following day, Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon announced his club would match the offer, calling the ordeal a "waste of time." General manager Don Waddell said matching was an "easy decision." Aho issued the following statement: 5 more years in Carolina????❤️???? pic.twitter.com/PsrG65T8C0— Sebastian Aho (@SebastianAho) July 7, 2019 The 21-year-old tallied a career-high 83 points in 2018-19.
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