Heat has already been blamed for the deaths of at least four people, as well as causing more than 100 residents to evacuate a senior center in New Jersey after air conditioning failed. More lives are in jeopardy with heat advisories stretching from eastern Maryland to eastern North Carolina on Monday.
A woman lost consciousness and died while on a hike in Montgomery County, Maryland Saturday, the Associated Press reported.
More than 50,000 Con Edison customers lost power on Sunday in New York City, which drew the ire of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“We’ve been through this situation [with] ConEd time & again & they should have been better prepared—period,” Cuomo said on Twitter. He said he was deploying 200 state police officers, 100 generators and 50 light towers to help those affected by the outages.
Most of the outages occurred in Brooklyn. By Monday morning, more than 30,000 customers had been restored, the utility said on Twitter and the remaining outages were expected to be resolved by Monday afternoon.
More than 100 residents were evacuated to a local high school shortly after 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday from a senior center in New Jersey after the building lost power and air conditioning during the extreme heat wave. No injuries have been reported, according to WPVI-TV.
Before the weekend began, the mayors of Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., declared heat emergencies, and both New York City and Baltimore issued Code Red Extreme Heat Alerts. The heat emergencies are expected to end on Monday.
“The temperatures we’re seeing in our city [this weekend] could be the highest we’ve seen in years. Take it seriously,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged his city in Twitter post Saturday afternoon.
Heat emergencies typically involve the opening of cooling centers and the extension of public swimming pool hour, and cities often implement special measures to keep residents safe.
Police in Braintree, Massachusetts, asked people to hold off on committing crimes until after the heat wave passes.
“Folks. Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday,” the department wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. The post has gained more than 130,000 shares since Friday.
The sentiments were echoed by the Pelham Police Department in New Hampshire.
“Due to the extreme heat, the Pelham Police Department is officially canceling (sic) all criminal activity for today. It is just too hot to be outside committing crimes. We are asking all aspiring criminals, seasoned veterans, and those who find themselves committing crimes out of boredom, to please stay indoors,” the department wrote in a Facebook post late Friday afternoon.
Several locations across the mid-Atlantic reached the 100 F degree mark on Sunday, with several more locations falling a degree short.
The AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature at the nearby airport in Nashua, New Hampshire, reached the century mark for the third consecutive day on Sunday.
Widespread triple-digit AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures created dangerous conditions for residents and visitors across the mid-Atlantic, including at all of the major cities along the I-95 corridor, before noon EDT on Sunday.
“The actual high of 100 F in Baltimore on Saturday was the city’s first triple-digit reading since July 25, 2016,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
“While the heat has been extreme during the daylight hours, the nights have offered no relief,” she added.
The “low” temperature in Boston on Sunday morning sat at 83 F. For comparison, the average high for the day is 82 F.
Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, reached 100 by 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday. This ended up being the high temperature for the day, falling short of breaking the record high of 101 F for July 21 set back in 1991.
“A westerly wind also sent the heat surging across Massachusetts’ Cape Cod on Sunday,” Pydynowski said. “Temperatures soared into the lower 90s at Chatham, where a high in the middle 70s is more common this time of year.”
Atlantic City hit 100 F on Sunday, breaking a record from 1981 of 99 F.
Many records came close to beating the record high temperatures on Sunday, but ended up tying previous records instead. Bridgeport, Connecticut, tied a record high of 98 F, last set in 1991. Also, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York hit 99 F, tying a record from 1991.
From the Northeast to New Mexico, at least seven record high temperatures fell on Saturday.
New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport soared to 99 on Saturday, which broke the daily record of 96 set in 2013 and 1991.
On Saturday night, Pittsburgh International Airport recorded an off-hour (an observation that occurs in between the standard top of the hour readings) dew point of 80 degrees F. According to the National Weather Service, the airport has only recorded one hourly dew point of 80 degrees F since 1948, which was on July 18, 1952.
In central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg and Altoona set daily records for the highest low temperature on Saturday. The temperature in Harrisburg only dropped to 79, breaking the previous record from 2015. The day’s average high is 86, for perspective. In Altoona, the temperature dropped to 74, breaking an almost 30-year record of 72 degrees set in 1991. The day’s average high was 82.
A handful of events previously scheduled for the weekend were either canceled or postponed ahead of the heat.
On Thursday evening, the 2019 Verizon New York City Triathlon was canceled due to severe heat warnings and thunderstorm watches in the New York City metro area. There will not be an alternate race weekend. The race had previously been scheduled to take place on Sunday.
Even though the race was canceled, the triathlon and Life Time passed out water bottles and Gatorade at a hydration station.
Saturday horse races at New York’s Saratoga Race Course were also postponed.
“This is a responsible and prudent decision that aligns with our New York Racetrack Heat Management Protocol designed to ensure safe racing for all participants,” New York State Gaming Commission Equine Medical Director Dr. Scott E. Palmer said in a statement.
Remember, during hot weather, never leave children and pets unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Car interiors can reach lethal temperatures very quickly; it takes only two minutes for a car to reach unsafe temperatures. There have already been 21 children who have died this year from being left in a car for an extended period of time.
On Thursday, the National Weather Service Office in Omaha, Nebraska, demonstrated how hot cars can get in the summer by baking biscuits on the front dash. After a total of eight hours, the staff had their snack. But it took much less time for the interior to reach a literally baking heat.
“This is a good time to remind everyone that your car does in fact get deadly hot. Look before you lock! On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year. Don’t be a statistic!” the service posted with a photo of a thermometer that read 175 degrees F for the surface of the baking pan after staying inside the car for an hour. It took 45 minutes for the dough to start to rise.
“Relief from the oppressive heat wave will gradually sweep over the central U.S. and into the Northeast into early week but will come at the expense of severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours,” according to Pydynowski.
Download the free AccuWeather app to stay alert to temperature trends in your community. Keep checking back for updates on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.
Oboe player dies in fall at concert hall before performance
A Miami symphony oboe player died after she tumbled down a flight of stairs minutes before a season-opening concert performance, the band said.
Greater Miami Symphonic Band member Janice Thomson, 62, hit her head Sunday when she fell on the tile floor of the lobby of the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables, according to the symphony’s Facebook page.
One concertgoer said she was in the lobby purchasing a ticket when she heard a “bone-crunching splat,” the Miami Herald reported.
“We turned around and everyone was screaming and she was on the floor bleeding,” Grace Harrington told the newspaper. “Everyone was running to get her. They were screaming for a doctor.”
Thompson was rushed with internal bleeding to Jackson South Medical Center, where she succumbed Monday to her injuries, the Miami Herald reported.
The Greater Miami Symphonic Band said Monday that it will dedicate their Dec. 10 concert to Thomson.
“As has been our tradition, we will have an unoccupied seat in the oboe section with a single rose on it,” the band wrote on Facebook.
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Venice Floods Because of Highest Tide in 50 Year
VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – Venice’s mayor called the city a disaster zone on Wednesday after the second highest tide ever recorded swept through it overnight, flooding its historic basilica and leaving many squares and alleyways deep under water.
A local man from Pellestrina, one of the many islands in the Venetian lagoon, died when he was struck by lightning while using an electric water pump, the fire brigade said.
City officials said the tide peaked at 187 cm (6ft 2ins) at 10.50 p.m. (2150 GMT) on Tuesday, just short of the record 194 cm set in 1966.Night-time footage showed a torrent of water whipped up by high winds raging through the city centre while Luca Zaia, governor of the Veneto region, described a scene of “apocalyptic devastation”.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the situation was dramatic. “We ask the government to help us. The cost will be high. This is the result of climate change,” he said on Twitter.
He said he would declare a disaster zone and ask the government to call a state of emergency, which would allow funds to be freed to address the damage.
Saint Mark’s Square was submerged by more than one metre of water, while the adjacent Saint Mark’s Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years – but the fourth in the last 20.
A flood barrier was designed in 1984 to protect Venice from the kind of high tides that hit the city on Tuesday, but the multi-billion euro project, known as Mose, has been plagued by corruption scandals and is still not operative.
Brugnaro said the basilica had suffered “grave damage”, but no details were available on the state of its mainly Byzantine interior, famous for its rich mosaics.
Its administrator said the basilica had aged 20 years in a single day when it was flooded last year.
‘ON ITS KNEES’
Some tourists appeared to enjoy the drama, with one man filmed swimming across Saint Mark’s Square wearing only shorts on Tuesday evening.
“Venice is on its knees.. the art, the basilica, the shops and the homes, a disaster.. The city is bracing itself for the next high tide,” Zaia said on TV.
The luxury Hotel Gritti, a landmark of Venice which looks onto the Lagoon, was also flooded.
On Wednesday morning the tide level fell to 145 cm but was expected to rise back to 160 cm during the day.
Local authorities and the government’s civil protection unit will hold a news conference at 1100 GMT.
The overnight surge triggered several fires, including one at the International Gallery of Modern Art Ca’ Pesaro, with hundreds of calls to the fire brigade.
Video on social media showed deep water flowing like a river along one of Venice’s main thoroughfares. Other footage showed large waves hammering boats moored alongside the Doge’s Palace and surging over the stone sidewalks.
“A high tide of 187 cm is going to leave an indelible wound,” Brugnaro said.
Much of Italy has been pummelled by torrential rains in recent days, with widespread flooding, especially in the southern heel and toe of the country.
In Matera, this year’s European Capital of Culture, rain water cascaded through the streets and inundated the city’s famous cave-dwelling district.
Further bad weather is forecast for the coming days.
Reporting by Riccardo Bastianello; Writing by Crispian Balmer, Giulia Segreti and Gavin Jones; editing by Grant McCool and John Stonestreet
Disney Plus streaming package debuts Tuesday with Marvel, Star Wars and more
The new service is $7 a month, commercial free
NEW YORK — Disney will sprinkle its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot.
The $7-a-month commercial-free service is poised to set the standard for other services like WarnerMedia’s HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock to follow, as major media companies behind hit TV shows and movies seek to siphon the subscription revenue now going to Netflix and other streaming giants.
Disney’s properties speak to its strengths. Besides classic characters such as Snow White and Pinocchio, Disney has Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic — big names that most people would recognize. Disney Plus will also have all 30 past seasons of “The Simpsons.” Original shows include “The Mandalorian,” set in the Star Wars universe, and one on the Marvel character Loki.
“I really love both the Star Wars and Marvel franchises and I grew up watching classic Disney shows and movies so I do think there will be enough content for me,” she said.
Marlina Yates, who works in marketing in Kansas City, said she signed up because of her husband’s enthusiasm about the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian” and her daughter’s “love affair with princesses and everything Disney.”
Disney Plus’s $7 a month price is about half of the $13 Netflix charges for its most popular plan, and there are discounts for paying for a full year up front. Disney is also offering a $13 package bundling Disney Plus with two other services it owns, Hulu and ESPN Plus. That’s $5 cheaper than signing up for each one individually.
Everything won’t be available to stream right away, though, as Disney needs to wait for existing deals with rival services to expire. Recent movies missing at launch include the animated Pixar movie “Coco” and the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” Others like “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” haven’t been released for streaming yet. Disney expects 620 movies and 10,000 TV episodes by 2024, up from 500 movies and 7,500 episodes on Tuesday.
Disney has said that it is losing about $150 million in licensing revenue in the most recent fiscal year from terminating deals with Netflix and other services. But Disney is betting that what it makes through subscriptions will more than make up for that — at least eventually.
Disney is boosting its subscription base initially with heavy promos, much as Apple TV Plus has done and HBO Max and Peacock plan to do. Members of Disney’s free D23 fan club were eligible to buy three years of Disney Plus service up front for the price of two years. Customers of some Verizon wireless and home-internet plans can get a year free.
The hope is that subscribers will stick around once they see what the service offers.
Long-term success is by no means guaranteed. With a slew of services launching, subscription fees can add up quickly. Consumers might be reluctant to drop an existing service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime to pay for something untested.
“I can’t keep up with so many services. It gets expensive,” said William Pearson, a Drexel University student who describes himself as a “massive” Marvel fan but already pays for Netflix, HBO and the DC Comics streaming service.
But compared with other newcomers, experts believe Disney will have no problem gaining — and keeping — the 60 million to 90 million worldwide subscribers it is targeting for 2024. It took Netflix twice as long to get to 90 million.
“Disney Plus has a gigantic array of content and a library that’s unmatched, so it feels like an easy addition for consumers to get a gigantic library at that low price,” said Tim Hanlon, CEO of Vertere Group.
Bernie McTernan, internet and media analyst at Rosenblatt Securities, said Apple’s venture into streaming, Apple TV Plus, has to build brand recognition for its new shows, while viewers may have difficulties seeing what HBO Max offers beyond the standard HBO subscription.
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