The 2020 hurricane season is at its peak and with it, there is a record number of storms in the Atlantic basin. Near home, the previously slow-moving Hurricane Sally is now bashing the southern Gulf States as it made landfall on Wednesday morning after picking up some speed.
What We Know:
- As of midday Wednesday, there are hundreds of reports of water rescues, loss of power, and downed trees. The systems slow moment has consequently drenched the affected areas leaving serious, possibly historic, flooding across the Florida panhandle.
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) September 16, 2020
- According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Hurricane Sally is expected to keep its grip on these regions until it finally moves away by Thursday, leaving massive amounts of rain that will lead to “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding.
- Sally’s eye was reported to have made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama early Wednesday morning as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph. The slow movement allowed it to re-intensify just hours before coming onshore.
- Despite its track, some of the hardest-hit areas will be east of the storm given where the actual rain is located. The eye brushed about 30 miles west-northwest of Pensacola, Florida, one of the hardest-hit areas, with storm surge and winds of up to 70 mph.
#Sally has made landfall near Gulf Shores Alabama at 445 AM CDT as a category 2 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds were 105 mph with a minimum central pressure of 965 mb. More: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/zdyilBhdic
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 16, 2020
- Pensacola Beach has reported extensive damage throughout the city with debris flying off buildings and power going out. PowerOutage.us shows that nearly 500,000 customers in Alabama and Florida are without service. Another major infrastructure blow was a section of Pensacola’s Three-Mile Bridge, which connects to the city of Gulf Breeze, has been destroyed.
- After its slow entrance into the continental US, Sally is expected to continue moving north-northeast at a higher 5 mph, but still not fast enough to avoid flooding. Forecasters stated that should the storm continue its current speed, it could dump nearly three feet of rain in some places and see storm surge of up to seven feet. Severe weather from its remnants threatens Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.
- “On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move across the extreme western Florida panhandle and southeastern Alabama through early Thursday, move over central Georgia on Thursday, and move over South Carolina Thursday night,” says the NHC.
Like other storms, Sally will continue to weaken as it moves inland around the late Wednesday to early Thursday timeframe. From there, the tropical depression will affect the rest of the southeast in the form of prolonged rain, which still has the possibility to produce flash flooding.
Breonna Taylor Grand Jurors Say Police Actions were ‘Negligent’ and ‘Criminal’
Ever since the death of Breonna Taylor last March, calls for justice continue to be heard in a country plagued by social unrest. This week, two Kentucky jurors have finally spoken on the decision to not charge the three police officers involved in the raid. They described their actions that night as “criminal” and “negligent”.
What We Know:
- During an interview on CBS This Morning with Gayle King, two jurors were asked their thoughts of “the police behavior and actions” on March 13th. The jurors’ faces were blurred to hide identities and they are the first of a dozen people from the grand jury to speak. This is the first time the jurors broke their silence since the September 23rd ruling.
- This development comes amid the increasing call to release grand jury records to the public after jurors disputed how Attorney General Daniel Cameron handled the case.
- A majority of the interview focused on King and the two jurors, referred to as No. 1 and No. 2, sharing their honest thoughts on how they would assess the police’s actions in the incident of Taylor’s Louisville home, where she was shot five times after a mishandled no-knock raid.
- “Negligent,” stated the first of the jurors. “They couldn’t even provide a risk assessment and it sounded like they hadn’t done one. So their organization leading up to this was lacking. That’s what I mean by they were negligent in the operation.”
- Grand juror No. 2 did not hesitate to back up the first juror’s remarks. They said the officers were “criminal” for their actions. “They were criminal leading up to this in everything that they [did],” the juror said. “The way they moved forward on it, including the warrant, was deception.”
- The two grand jurors previously called out Cameron for stating that the reason the officers couldn’t be charged before for their actions was that they claimed it was in self-defense after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire. The jurors now bring up the point that they were in fact not given a proper opportunity to discuss murder-related charges.
- As we previously reported, former officer Brett Hankison was eventually fired from duty. Cameron also served as a special prosecutor in his case. The grand jury has since charged him with three counts of wanton endangerment, of which he pleaded not guilty.
Aside from Hankison, the other two officers involved, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, remain in the police force. According to ballistics tests, Cameron was able to conclude that it was Cosgrove who fired both a shot into Walker’s leg and the fatal shot that unfortunately ended Taylor’s life. It was later revealed that the same officer tried to raise money to retire shortly after the incident.
Lil Wayne Meets With President Trump
According to Judd Deere, White House Deputy Press Secretary, on Thursday, October 29, 2020, rapper Lil Wayne met with President Trump at one of Trump’s Miami resorts. The rapper took to Twitter after their meeting to praise the president for the ‘Platinum Plan’.
What We Know:
- Lil Wayne stated the Platinum Plan would help Black America with ownership within the community. Lil Wayne also said the meeting went great. However, the Louisiana rapper did not detail what aspects of the plan he found most favorable. He simply stated the program would be good for the Black community. Lil Wayne did say President Trump had done an excellent job with prison reform since being elected to office.
- The Platinum Plan includes President Trump’s vision to bring more jobs and business ownership opportunities to the Black community, better educational opportunities, and safer streets. The project has four fundamental pillars, which include security, fairness, opportunity, and prosperity. The plan is also supposed to make Juneteenth a national holiday.
- President Donald Trump is running for his second term in office on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, against former Vice President Joe Biden. The two men have clashing views as to what this country needs.
- Lil Wayne has received backlash in the past from the Black community for supporting President Trump in the 2016 Election. Although, Lil Wayne did not say who he was voting for this time around.
The Platinum Plan is a great idea, but it comes late on this election year’s cusp. President Trump stated the Black Lives Matter movement is “a symbol of hate” after a Black Lives Matter mural was commissioned outside Trump Towers in New York in July 2020. Since then, the completed Black Lives Matter mural has been vandalized numerous times outside Trump Tower. It is great that he is finally working on a plan for the inclusion of minorities.
9.9 Million Americans are behind on their rent or mortgage
There’s no hiding the fallout from the way the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the United States. It’s shuttering to think about, considering the response from the government has been less than favorable. We now know that over 9.9 million Americans are behind on their rent or mortgage.
What We Know:
- Data from the US Census Household Pulse Survey shows that at the end of October, 9.9 million Americans were not current on their rent or mortgage payments and had little to no confidence or hope that their household would be able to pay next month’s rent or mortgage on time.
“To be able to understand the eviction crisis that we’re facing today, we have to recognize where we were before Covid-19 came to our country –and that was in the midst of a severe affordable housing crisis,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).
- Black America is plagued with several struggles right now, including but not limited to a sudden economic downturn, a grip of the population experiencing long-term homelessness, job loss, and now scrambling to figure out how to obtain or sustain a place they call home. The economic toll Covid-19 has had on families and individuals across the country is unprecedented, and there has been little light at the end of the tunnel.
- Few resources are available for those unable to pay their bills or rent, and the United States Senate has continued to stall on instant relief measures, including additional stimulus payments and extension of unemployment insurance (UI benefits) proposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and house democrats. Political pundits cite the heated election and partisan nature of current government leaders as an additional reason for the delay.
- At one point, President Donald Trump reversed course on offering relief, but the House and Senate failed to come to terms that would be acceptable to both parties. While leaders dispute, the trouble at home lingers on.
- Despite a recent eviction moratorium that has been issued by the CDC, hundreds of thousands of eviction actions have been filed according to data compiled by the Private Equity Stakeholders Project.
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order that bans evictions between September 4 and December 31, 2020, estimating up to 40 million people could lose their homes if it were not in place. To be eligible and covered by this, you will need to fill out a declaration form affirming that you meet several requirements, including applying for government assistance for rent or housing. If you meet all of the stringent conditions, you sign the declaration form and give a copy to your landlord. The NLIHC has the declaration form translated into 15 different languages.
The NLHIC has compiled a database of local resources to help citizens find local relief. The CDC is encouraging families in need to search for local relief in addition to completing the declaration form. A Justice Department listing of pro bono legal service provides may also provide relief for families already in litigation.
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