Ice jams cause flooding in Northeast as more cold and snow loom

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Winter weather conditions continue to plague the Northeast.The combination of melting snow, mild temperatures, and heavy rain have caused numerous ice jams to form in several Northeast states, including Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts. The ice jams have caused some evacuations in areas near rising creeks and rivers. The ice jams are also responsible for shutting down parts of roadways.Despite much colder temperatures than the end of last week, the threat of ice jam-related flooding will remain on Sunday across much of the Northeast. Runoff from heavy rain in area waterways, combined with chunks of ice will continue to cause water levels to change. Some parts of the region have flood watches and advisories through Sunday. Some waterways began to refreeze on Sunday.Some parts of the Northeast quickly dropped in temperature on Saturday and most locations were 30 to 50 degrees colder than they were compared to Friday. This latest cold blast extends all the way to the Southeast coast.A weak disturbance moved Sunday morning through parts of the Central Plains, including Kansas and Missouri. Accumulations are expected to be light with only a couple of inches expected, but slick roads will be likely through the day on Sunday. The disturbance will dissipate as it moves south and east this morning.Another Arctic front is moving in from Southern Canada and will bring another punch of colder air and light snow to the central U.S. Light snow will be possible all the way from the Dakotas and Minnesota by Sunday tonight, and to the central Plains and Midwest by Monday Morning. Behind it, another intense blast of cold air will move in with wind chills heading into minus 20s and minus 30s in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest by Monday morning.By late Monday and early Tuesday, the light snow will reach the Ohio and Tennessee valley, as well as parts of northern Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Concern is growing for a more notable wintry mix event through much of Central and Southern Texas by Tuesday. The snow and wintry mix could hamper travel in the region on Tuesday. The cold air will surge southward and bring wind chills to near zero for parts of the southern Plains.Despite plenty of cold air, the fast moving nature of the front and the limited moisture will hold accumulations to only a couple of inches at best over the next few days. Locally enhanced accumulations over 2 inches will be possible in parts of the Great Lakes, as well as parts of eastern Kansas and western Missouri.Snow along the front will also reach the east coast by late Tuesday and Wednesday, with a possible new storm developing near the coast line during this time frame.There is a possibility that at least part of this new, more organized storm will affect some portion of the East Coast during this time frame. At this point, there isn’t a clear signal to determine the magnitude of the impacts to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. It appear, however, that there is at least some potential for some snow during this time frame. However, at this time, it is too early to determine the exact track of this new system, and therefore it remains unclear the magnitude the system could have on the Northeast.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Deployed dad can watch infant son in hospital 24-7 thanks to webcam technology

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(OREM, Utah) — Despite being overseas and thousands of miles away from his family, a deployed member of the U.S. Air Force was still able to check in on his son while the newborn was in a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) thanks to modern technology.“He loved it,” said Mary Girtman, wife to Staff Sgt. John Girtman. “It was really nice for him just because we have such a big time difference between us right now. He didn’t have to rely on me being there a certain time for him to see his son.”John Carter Girtman was born prematurely on Jan. 29. He later stayed in the NICU for a little over a month while being treated for pneumonia and an urinary tract infection (UTI) at Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Utah.The cameras were installed in each of the hospital’s 24 NICU bays in 2017 through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence program and a grant from The Pathway of Excellence, the hospital told ABC News in a statement.“The Girtmans have given so much for our country, and we were thrilled to help them better connect from thousands of miles away,” said Sandy Ewell, the chief nursing officer at Timpanogos Regional Hospital. “These cameras also help local families who can’t be here with their babies as often as they would like due to other kids and responsibilities at home. There is great peace of mind that comes with the ability to check-in on their baby anytime and from anywhere.”The Girtmans have two children, 2-month-old John Carter Girtman and 1-year-old Maley Girman. John attended his son’s birth via FaceTime and has not yet met him in person.When baby John was admitted to the NICU, the hospital provided Mary with a username and password so her husband could use the webcam to look in on his son, the mom told ABC News.The infant has since been discharged from the hospital and is waiting for his father’s return.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Liberians Call on UN Forces to Stay

first_imgA delegation from Liberia’s major opposition parties and civil society groups has petitioned the UN to maintain its peacekeeping forces in the country.A 25-member delegation presented a petition to the UN’s Special Representative in Monrovia on Friday, calling for the soldiers to stay until after 2017’s general and presidential elections.The group, under the banner of the Joint Action Committee, said their coming together was driven by their desire for stability in the country.In the past weeks the group had threatened mass peaceful protests to make the UN extend its mandate.Presenting the petition, Mulbah Morlu, a member of the country’s leading opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change, cited recent violent encounters between members of the president’s Executive Protection Services and members of the Liberia National Police, which he said had stoked public fears.They also cited the recent sacking of some members of the national police force for their purported involvement in armed robberies, news of which caused public unrest.The group believes the security of the state will be at risk if the UN departs.The Joint Action Committee said the incidents reinforced the need for the UN to reevaluate Resolution 2229.This UN Security Council resolution says that that by Sep. 30 this year, UNMIL would have significantly reduced its presence, leaving just 600 police officers.In response to the petitioners, the Special Representation to the United Nations in Liberia said the decision on the future of UNMIL rested with the Security Council.However, the local UN has promised that the petitioners’ request and concerns will be presented at a Security Council meeting on March 17.The UN’s Dr. Farid Zarif said the Security Council does not want to “waste all the gains of the past 13 years,” adding that the UN will continue to support local government institutions.The United Nations has been in the West African country since 2003 to oversee a peace which followed years of civil unrest which killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced many, many more.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more