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US Hurricane Zeta, Southern California wildfires, coronavirus pandemic: 5 things to know Wednesday

10:51  28 october  2020
10:51  28 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Zeta: Louisiana must prepare for new storm while recovering from two hurricanes, governor says

  Zeta: Louisiana must prepare for new storm while recovering from two hurricanes, governor says With Hurricane Zeta approaching the Gulf Coast, Louisiana is preparing for potential impact while still working to repair the damage from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. © NOAA A NOAA map of Tropical Storm Zeta entering the Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane watch is now in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and metropolitan New Orleans, according to the National Hurricane Center.

5 things to know about CBS News' 2020 Battleground Tracker. Two wind-driven wildfires are raging in Southern California on Monday, forcing tens of thousands of mandatory evacuations Both wildfires have zero containment. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for about 60,000 residents in

Historic wildfires have been ravaging California , and the numbers are grim: At least 24 dead, with an astonishing 3.3 million acres burned in less than a month. Photos: Wildfires burning in the West. An inmate firefighter takes a break while working to contain the Bear Fire in Oroville, California , on

a lot of smoke coming out of a car: Traffic is diverted off of the 71 freeway during the Blue Ridge Fire on October 27, 2020 in Chino Hills, California. Strong Santa Ana Winds gusting to more than 90 miles per hour have driven the Blue Ridge Fire and Silverado Fire across thousands of acres, grounding firefighting aircraft, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee, and gravely injuring two firefighters. © David McNew, Getty Images Traffic is diverted off of the 71 freeway during the Blue Ridge Fire on October 27, 2020 in Chino Hills, California. Strong Santa Ana Winds gusting to more than 90 miles per hour have driven the Blue Ridge Fire and Silverado Fire across thousands of acres, grounding firefighting aircraft, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee, and gravely injuring two firefighters.

Wind-driven wildfires to cause more concern in Southern California

More than 100,000 California residents have been forced by fire out of their homes, even more are without power as wildfires continue rage in the southern part of the state, fed by strong winds which are expected to subside by Wednesday. There's no wet weather in the forecast yet, but fire officials remain hopeful for rain to soak the dry brush that is quick to ignite. Officials are investigating whether electrical equipment may have sparked the Silverado Fire, which forced 70,000 Orange County residents from their homes and severely injured two firefighters. The fire had blackened 11,200 acres by Tuesday and was 5% contained. The Blue Ridge Fire had charred more than 15,000 acres as of Tuesday and was 0% contained. Officials have issued a windblown dust and ash advisory, warning that strong gusts of wind could spread hazardous particulate matter from recent wildfires.

Hurricane Zeta lashes Mexico's Yucatan with heavy rain and strong winds after making landfall

  Hurricane Zeta lashes Mexico's Yucatan with heavy rain and strong winds after making landfall Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Mexico Monday night, bringing heavy rains and possible storm surge to a region struck by Delta just three weeks ago. © NOAA Hurricane Zeta at 20.6°N - 87.9°W Zeta struck the Yucatán Peninsula north of Tulum, Mexico, shortly after midnight as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The area is being pummeled by strong winds and heavy rains, and the storm is expected to bring storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tides, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.

He also discusses the impact of Hurricane Zeta , which is likely headed to New Orleans. Al Roker, Today show co-host, joins Shep Smith to talk about the impact of 55 active wildfires that have caused 100,000 evacuations in Southern California .

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Zeta eyeballs Louisiana's gulf coast

After weakening to a tropical storm after coming ashore Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Zeta regained hurricane strength early Wednesday as it charged toward a projected afternoon landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. Zeta carried top winds of 75 mph, a weak Category 1 hurricane, but the Hurricane Center warned of "additional strengthening" ahead of landfall. It was centered over the Gulf of Mexico and moving northwest at 15 mph, about 365 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 410 miles south of New Orleans. Zeta broke the record for the previous earliest 27th Atlantic named storm that formed Nov. 29, 2005. It’s also the 11th hurricane of the season.

Zeta strengthens into a hurricane and will reach the coast of Louisiana

 Zeta strengthens into a hurricane and will reach the coast of Louisiana © Handout Satellite image of Hurricane Zeta heading for the coast of Louisiana, October 28, 2020 Weather downgraded to tropical storm after crossing the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, Zeta again became a hurricane overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday over the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to hit the coasts of the US state of Louisiana in the afternoon on Wednesday.

NBC's Al Roker reports on the progress of wildfires in the West and Hurricane Zeta , which is currently a category 1 storm and approaching New Orleans, with a likely landfall on Wednesday night.

The city of Irvine, California , issued an immediate evacuation order for about 60,000 residents as the Silverado Fire rapidly spread in the area. © Mike Blake/Reuters A firefighter uses a hose as the Silverado Fire approaches, near Irvine, California , on October 26, 2020.

Republicans to accuse Facebook, Twitter of bias in Senate hearing

Republicans will escalate charges of anti-conservative bias against social media companies on Wednesday when they haul the leaders of the nations’ top internet companies before a Senate committee to question how these powerful online platforms decide what content is allowed. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Google’s Sundar Pichai are scheduled to answer questions over the moderation of prominent conservatives' posts, including President Trump. Fueling tensions ahead of the hearing are allegations that Facebook and Twitter interfered in the 2020 election by throttling an article earlier this month that alleged ties between Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business dealings with Ukraine. Tech companies deny any partisanship, saying their policies strike a balance between allowing users to freely express themselves and keeping hate, abuse and misinformation off their platforms.

Every Celebrity Cameo in Sarah Cooper's Netflix Special, Everything's Fine

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Marchers call for justice after couple shot by police in Illinois

Ahead of the expected release of footage from the fatal shooting, social justice organizations from Chicago, Milwaukee, Kenosha and St. Paul are expected to attend a march in Waukegan, Illinois on Wednesday afternoon, calling for justice for a Black couple who were shot by police. Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was killed, and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Tafara Williams, remains hospitalized after both were shot by a police officer on Oct. 20 when the car they were in allegedly reversed toward him. Mayor Sam Cunningham said the city intends to release the video before a Thursday deadline, but will let Stinnette's family review it first. The city is about 15 miles south of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake, 29, was shot in the back multiple times as he was getting into a car, triggering unrest in the city and sparking protests around the nation.

Zeta weakens to tropical storm over Alabama after making landfall as Category 2 hurricane in Louisiana; at least 1 dead

  Zeta weakens to tropical storm over Alabama after making landfall as Category 2 hurricane in Louisiana; at least 1 dead Zeta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday in Louisiana, with winds of 110 mph, and later weakened to a tropical storm over Alabama.Zeta is the 11th tropical storm or hurricane to hit the U.S. this year, an all-time record high for the nation. It's also the fifth tropical storm or hurricane to hit Louisiana this year, an all-time record for the state.

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Coming only weeks after Hurricane Delta ravaged the Yucatan region earlier this month, Zeta was expected to disrupt oil installations and barrel towards southern U.S. states on Wednesday . The U.S. reported record coronavirus infections for the second day in a row, adding 85,317 cases.

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New Jersey's largest city begins new coronavirus curfew

On Wednesday, people in New Jersey's largest city might need to make some accommodations as they go about their day: Newark's mayor has ordered all nonessential businesses to close.  The city is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, with nearly 2,000 new positive cases, the highest daily total since May. Salons and barbershops will be open by appointment only with no customers allowed to wait inside.  All sports games and practices have been canceled in the city's East Ward, which has the highest positivity rate of more than 25%.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hurricane Zeta, Southern California wildfires, coronavirus pandemic: 5 things to know Wednesday

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