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- 10/03/16--18:52: New Haven School District Prohibits Clown Costumes
- 10/03/16--20:34: Haitian Community in New Haven Have Eyes on Hurricane Matthew
- 10/03/16--12:58: NY AG Issues Cease and Desist to Trump Foundation
- 10/04/16--03:49: Haiti's History Suggests Matthew Could Be Disastrous
- 10/04/16--03:42: Fla. in State of Emergency
- 10/04/16--03:19: CCHD Offers Flu Shot Clinic in Wethersfield Tuesday
- 10/04/16--07:48: Rhode Island Hopes Tax Incentives Draw Insurance Companies
- 10/04/16--04:55: Merritt Parkway South Reopens
- 10/04/16--04:12: Assange Again Vows 'Significant' Election-Related Leak
- 10/04/16--07:48: Millennials Fuel Housing Boom in Downtown Hartford
- 10/04/16--09:42: Vets Rally Outside Trump Tower
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New Haven Public School district is prohibiting clown costumes and any other "symbols of terror" during this year's Halloween season.
The district said they are working with the New Haven Police Department to invetigate the authenticity of a number of clown-related Instagram posts.
While there is no indication these posts pose any real threat to the city's school district, administrators said they are taking the incidents very seriously.
Various towns in the country are stepping up patrols as the creepy clown craze stays steady. In August, children in South Carolina reported seeing multiple clowns lurking in the woods and showing them money.
Twelve people were arrested across Georgia, Alabama and Virginia in the past two weeks for making false reports of clown threats or chasing people while costumed, authorities said on various county police Facebook posts, NBC News reports.
Sightings and hoaxes have spread to more than a dozen states, including New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania in September and have led to elementary, middle schools and high schools being shut down in Ohio and added police patrols in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, according to NBC News.
On Monday, two teens in New Jersey were arrested for allegedly making threatening social media posts about clown attacks at students and residents in the town. Another 13-year-old girl, on the same day, was posting threatening comment with a clown account.
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CHICAGO - OCTOBER 17: Clown masks are displayed at the Fantasy Costumes HDQ. store October 17, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. Halloween, the day normally observed with dressing up in disguise, trick-or-treating, and displaying jack-o-lanterns during the evening is only two weeks away on October 31. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Many people with families in Hurricane Matthew's path are hoping and praying. A New Haven church has a plan to help those who will need it the most.
Hundreds of Haitian-Americans live in the New Haven area and thousands more reside across Connecticut. Many have their eyes on Hurricane Matthew as the storm barrels toward their homeland. Fifteen hundred miles away from Haiti, and the potential impact of the storm could be felt in a small church in the Elm City.
“You can’t turn your back on it so you have to face it,” said Reverend Leonce Alexis of the French Speaking Baptist Church of New Haven. The congregation is made up of Haitian-Americans with deep ties to the island nation.
“We have siblings,” said Rev. Alexis of loved ones currently in Haiti. “We have family members, cousins, mother, father, you name it.”
Some areas could see up to 40 inches of rain, triggering mudslides.
“We hope for the best. We do know the Haitian people are very strong,” said Alexis. “They get through some tough time.”
Haiti is still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake six years ago.
Rev. Alexis and other church members were there helping in the aftermath then and they vow to be there again - with food, clothing and supplies - if need be.
“We’re going to keep a close eye on the storm to see what happens,” he said. “I believe they are going to get through it and by my faith, God will help them out.”
Hurricane Matthew is being blamed for at least three deaths, one of which was in Haiti. The government there is urging people to take cover in shelters until this massive storm moves on.
The New York attorney general's office is ordering the Donald J. Trump Foundation to stop soliciting funds because it doesn't have the proper certification.
James Sheehan, head of the attorney general's Charities Bureau, issued a cease and desist order to the charitable foundation created by Donald Trump in 1988.
The order, released Monday afternoon, claims that the foundation wasn't registered with the state charities bureau in 2016 but has engaged in fundraising activities during that time.
The order states that the Trump Foundation has 15 days to register with the charities bureau or "shall be deemed to be continuing fraud upon the people of the state of New York."
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump's presidential campaign, said "we remain very concerned about the political motives behind AG Schneiderman's investigation."
"The Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation," she said.
The order comes after The Washington Post reported that Trump's foundation used donations to pay legal settlements, political contributions and portraits of the billionaire businessman.
The Post has also reported that the foundation solicited donations from the public without the required certification under New York state law. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been investigating the foundation since the Post's story was published.
Read the full order below:
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Hours before Hurricane Matthew was coming ashore in Haiti on Tuesday, flooding was already reported Monday — a warning sign of what history tells us could be another devastating episode for the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, NBC News reported.
Matthew was a Category 4 hurricane late Monday afternoon, making it the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, stronger even than the three hurricanes — Gustav, Hanna and Ike — that killed more than 800 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes in 2008.
"This is likely to be a humanitarian disaster," said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. "I think very bad things are coming up here for Haiti over the next 24 to 36 hours."
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A girl watches as the authorities arrive to evacuate people from her house in Tabarre, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.
As Hurricane Matthew churns across the Caribbean Florida's officials prepare for the possibility that the Category 4 storm may move closer to the Sunshine State.
While visiting the City of Hialeah Emergency Operations Center Monday, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all counties in Florida.
Scott signed the executive order to ensure counties have resources for evacuations and shelters.
"If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven't seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992," said Scott.
The governor also said the National Guard is standing by if needed. He added that officials are taking steps to move additional fuel to the state's east coast.
The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 145 mph early Tuesday, and forecasters said its slowly advancing center would likely pass near or over Haiti's southwestern tip after dawn. It would continue on for another landfall expected in the lightly populated eastern end of Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
The center said that a tropical storm watch or hurricane watch was likely for parts of Florida later Tuesday as the storm moved north.
At least four people have been killed, including two fishermen in Haiti, as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
"The best way to prevent further loss is to get prepared now and take this storm seriously," said Scott.
The National Hurricane Center says the slow moving storm could impact Florida as early as Wednesday.
State law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities such as food, ice, gas, hotels, lumber and water during a declared state of emergency.
She encourages anyone who suspects price gouging to contact the Attorney General's office at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.
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The Central Connecticut Health district is hosting a flu shot clinic in Wethersfield Tuesday.
The event is scheduled at the Pitkin Community Center, located at 30 Greenfield Street, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Attendees should bring their insurance information. Shots are free for those with insurance through Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA Healthcare, ConnectiCare, and certain Medicare plans and Medicare Part B insurance. Shots are $25 for anyone not covered by those insurance plans. Organizers said everyone planning to attend should wear loose-sleeved shirts.
No one will be denied vaccination for inability to pay.
There are no residency requirements but shots will only be given to attendees at least 4 years old.
The Health District is hosting a series of clinics in October. For a full list visit their website.
Residents of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield who cannot leave their home can call the Health District at (860) 721-2818 to arrange a home visit.
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Gov. Dannel Malloy and business leaders do not expect to see insurance companies based in Connecticut to pick up and head east, but Rhode Island is giving companies a reason to think about it.
Rhode Island is offering new tax incentives to lure businesses there that would lower insurance industry taxes as companies bring more jobs to that state.
Around Harford it’s easy to spot the insurance giants with a major presence in the city, including Aetna, The Hartford and United Healthcare.
Those companies and their jobs have also caught the eye of Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.
On Monday she ceremonially signed a law that offers tax incentives to insurance providers, hoping to create more jobs in Rhode Island.
In a statement, the Democrat wrote in part: “These bills will play an important part in revitalizing our economy and transforming Rhode Island into the next great hub of innovation and enterprise.”
Her plan does not seem to rattle people here in Connecticut, including Malloy, who does not think any businesses here will now think about moving to Rhode Island.
“I can assure you my administration understands it’s a competitive environment and that’s what we work on every day,” Malloy said.
The Connecticut Business & Industry Association, or CBIA, said the financial sector makes up about 10 percent of the state’s workforce.
It argues time is better spent making sure companies here are happy and not looking to leave, especially when it comes to taxes.
“I think they have seen -- the elected officials -- over the last two years what the impact can be of either spending too much or taxing too much or really sitting down across the table working with businesses,” Brian Flaherty, CBIA's senior vice president, said.
Raimondo said the bill in Rhode Island would be budget neutral.
Governor Gina Raimondo ceremonially signs a law that offers tax incentives to insurance providers
The southbound side of the Merritt Parkway was closed near exits 27 and 28 in Greenwich after a minor crash, but it has reopened.
No additional information was immediately available.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continued on Tuesday to promise a "significant" reveal of information somehow related to the U.S. presidential race before the November election but nothing was revealed so far, NBC News reported.
"We are going to need an army to defend us from the pressure that is already starting to arise," Assange said via video link in an event timed to coincide with the group's 10-year anniversary.
He said WikiLeaks aimed to publish previously unreleased material weekly for the next 10 weeks, but did not say exactly what it would be.
The organization also declined to say whether any upcoming releases would involve the Republicans. In August, Assange also said he was planning to release "significant" information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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File photo: Julian Assange, editor in chief of WikiLeaks, attends the Hay Festival on June 4, 2011 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Assange continued to promise that a big reveal would be leaked before the U.S. presidential election.
There’s a housing boom in downtown Hartford and millennials look for an urban spot to call home.
Hundreds of apartments are under construction, with many more than that in the works. Only 3.5 percent of units are open, while it should be closer to 10 percent, and that demand has helped drive new development.
The Capitol Region Development Authority is overseeing 12 housing projects. Some are finished, some are underway and others are just about to get off the ground. In total, this could add possibly 1,500 units.
“We’re very excited. The units we’ve put out into the marketplace have been really well received. They’re actually out-performing our forecasts and the demand is still strong enough for us to look at a whole new series of projects,” Michael Freimuth, CRDA's executive director, said.
At the Radisson Hotel on Morgan Street, nearly 100 rooms on the tops floors are being converted to apartments.
On Asylum Street, near Union Station, crews will spend also about $20 million to build 60 spots and across from the new UConn Hartford campus on Arch Street, there are plans to build 54 apartments for also about $20 million.
Experts said millennials' desire to live downtown could benefit the whole city.
“What’s interesting is the dynamic that happens in retail, entertainment and restauranting. They all get strong with more residential living,” Freimuth said.
The goal set by the state legislature was 3,000 apartments and if all these projects come to fruition it would already meet about half of that.
State money is used as part of a revolving loan fund.
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U.S. military veterans are rallying outside Trump Tower in New York City after Donald Trump seemed to suggest that veterans returning from war with post traumatic stress disorder are not as strong as others.
A small group of veterans turned out early Tuesday morning at the Fifth Avenue tower where the Republican presidential candidate has a residence and office. They started by sharing their personal stories of being wounded in combat, suffering from nightmares and losing battle colleagues to suicide.
Stressing the importance of treatment, some held signs that read: #VETS AGAINST TRUMP; one held a banner that read: Sacrifice is NOT weakness.
Trump made the controversial comments about PTSD while speaking to a group of retired military supporters during the Retired American Warriors conference in Herndon, Virginia, on Monday.
"When people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you're strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can't handle it," he said.
Trump's statement came during questions about veterans and suicide and the care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
It prompted a quick response on social media and a statement from Jon Soltz, an Iraq War veteran and the chairman of VoteVets.org.
"These comments, as horrible as they are, are not shocking," he said. "We're talking about a person, in Trump, who believes that POWs aren't real heroes, and that he's made sacrifices akin to Gold Star Families who lost their loved ones in war. The constant disrespect Donald Trump shows towards our veterans and service members is sickening, and completely and totally disqualifying."
Hillary Clinton's campaign said in a statement: "It’s no surprise that someone who attacked a Gold Star family, who insulted prisoners of war, and who dismissed the impact of IED attacks on soldiers in armored vehicles would diminish the suffering some veterans face after serving our country."
But one of Trump's advisers, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, said Trump's words had been taken out of context.
"Mr. Trump was highlighting the challenges veterans face when returning home after serving their country," Flynn said. "He has always respected the service and sacrifice of our military men and women—proposing reforms to Veteran Affairs to adequately address the various issues veterans face when they return home."
And the veteran who asked the question, former Marine Staff Sgt. Chad Robichaux, also defended Trump.
"I think it's sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump's comments to me in order to pursue a political agenda," said Robichaux, president and founder of Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. "I took his comments to be thoughtful and understanding of the struggles many veterans have, and I believe he is committed to helping them."
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Many likely voters say they don't know enough about both vice presidential candidates to have positive or negative thoughts about them going into Tuesday night's debate, according to a new NBC NewsSurveyMonkey poll.
The poll found that 40 percent of likely voters said they didn't know enough about Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, while 33 percent said they didn't know enough about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Of those surveyed, 56 percent of Democrats and those who tend to lean toward Democrats with an impression of Kaine said it is favorable. Sixty-six percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners said they have a favorable impression of Pence.
Both candidates will seek to give themselves a greater presence among voters during tonight's debate.
A new NBC NewsSurveyMonkey poll finds that many likely voters don't know much about either Tim Kaine, left, or Mike Pence, right, are.
A Maryland man is in critical condition after suffering a head injury during a fight with two Oakland Raiders fans from the tri-state area during a Baltimore Ravens game.
Susan Bauer told The Baltimore Sun that her 55-year-old brother Joseph Bauer was attending the game with his wife Sunday when he got into an argument with a group of Raiders fans at M&T Bank Stadium.
She says her brother is on life support and doctors have told the family he had a 30 percent chance of survival.
Court records show 28-year-old Scott Smith of Mount Vernon, New York, and 31-year-old Andrew Nappi of Eastchester, New York, have been charged with assault. It is unclear whether either man has an attorney.
The Ravens said in a statement that their sympathies go out to Joseph Bauer and his family.
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Scott Smith (left) and Andrew Nappi (right) are accused of critically injuring a Baltimore Ravens fan at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump by six percentage points according to the latest NBC NewsSurveyMonkey Poll.
The Democratic candidate leads Trump 46 percent to 40 percent. In a two way general-election match-up, Clinton leads Trump 50 percent to 44 percent; a margin that has remained essentially unchanged in the last week, following the first presidential debate on Sept. 26.
Among likely women voters, who historically make up a larger share of the electorate, 52 percent say they support Clinton, while 34 percent say they support Trump.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson fell one percentage point since last week while Jill Stein, the Green party candidate, has remained at 3 percent.
The poll was conducted online Sept. 26 through Oct. 2, 2016, among likely voters.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., in this Sept. 26, 2016. A new poll shows Clinton leading Trump nationally.
The Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary in Lebanon is a safe-haven for dozens of domestic ducks and geese.
Over the last 12 years, they have helped about 350 animals and planned on helping many more in the years to come, Kimberly Link said, but that plan is now on hold.
On Monday, she had to call the rescuers she works with and explain how low water levels mean they won’t be able to take in any more animals.
“The normal water that used to circulate through our land and take care of and nurture all of our animals with drinking water and hydrotherapy is now suddenly gone,” Link said.
Kimberly and her husband Anthony believe a pond belonging to their upstream neighbor is to blame and said work done in 2010, plus the pond’s depth, is what is depriving their ducks.
Their neighbor would only tell NBC Connecticut she “sympathizes” with the sanctuary, but her pond isn’t the issue.
On Monday, the Links took their concerns to the Lebanon Inland Wetlands Commission, which heard their arguments, but voted unanimously to approve the work that was done on the neighbor’s pond and decided not to move the matter forward for a public hearing sighting no “significant impact.”
“I know that it is a significant impact to us,” Anthony Link said.
The Links are now at a loss and said their only other option at this point is to create their own pond or well to increase their water supply.
They plan to bring in environmentalists on Wednesday to try and determine if a water source is even available. Even if they find one, the Links said the work won’t be possible without funding .
“Estimates have placed it between $5,000 and $20,000,” Anthony said.
Without the money, Kimberly said, the sanctuary will be forced to close. With winter coming, she fears many domestic ducks and geese will die.
“I’m devastated,” Kimberly said.
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The White House officials told NBC News they are now considering escalating the United States' involvement in the Syrian civil war as thousands of women and children die in Aleppo, NBC New reported.
These considerations include unspecified "actions…that would further underscore the consequences of [Russia] not coming back to the negotiating table."
The hope for a diplomatic solution went out the window after Secretary of State John Kerry's ceasefire agreement with Russia never worked out. The U.S. suspended talks with Russia on Monday.
As fear for the city of Aleppo looms, audio recording released over the weekend showed Kerry saying that he's argued unsuccessfully for military action over the conflict.
An administration official told NBC News that the U.S. will continue to send humanitarian relief to the war torn nation.
A hospital that was bombed in Aleppo is shown in this file photo. According to the White House, the U.S. may take "actions" if Russia doesn't start to negotiate a resolution to the conflict in Syria.
Two people were taken to the hospital after a crash in Somers Tuesday morning, police said.
State police said the crash happened on Route 190 near Sokol Road. Two cars were involved and two people were transported to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.
Police have not released the names of the victims.
Route 190 was closed in the area while police investigated but has since reopened.
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Editor's Note: This story was originally published in June 2015 and has been updated as part of coverage of Hurricane Matthew.
The last time southern Florida faced down a hurricane's full wrath was more than a decade ago.
Since then the state has grown by at least 2.5 million people. Many newcomers may be unprepared for the punishing winds and surges of water that come with a direct hit, and not used to boarding up their windows or evacuating their homes.
That worries professional hurricane watchers.
“There are going to be people who have moved to the state and don’t know what to do, how well to prepare for a hurricane,” said David Nolan, the chairman of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Others who experienced a hurricane may have forgotten how to prepare for one or become complacent, he said.
While Hurricane Hermine struck North Florida earlier this year, the last hurricane to hit southern Florida was Wilma in 2005. It killed 25 people, left most of South Florida without power and cut a broad swath of damage in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Tuesday morning and is heading toward Cuba and the southeastern coast of Florida. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for South Florida late Tuesday morning.
Gov. Rick Scott warned residents to take the storm seriously, adding "we cannot rule out a direct hit."
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most destructive for the United States, largely because of Hurricane Katrina two months earlier, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. Katrina alone caused $151 billion in damage and killed 1,833. In all, seven named storms made landfall in the United States during 2005, and eight the year before.
Why was there a flurry of storms in Florida and then none?
“I don’t think anyone can give a specific answer to that,” Nolan said. “Hurricane activity has been reduced a lot in the last 10 years.”
In addition, in the last few years, the jet stream has dipped over the East Coast, bringing cold and stormy winters — a weather pattern that can draw storms such as Sandy up to the Northeast and away from Florida, he said.
Hurricanes are very unusual, so 10 years without one is not that odd, he said. Florida had a long period of little hurricane activity in the 1970s and 1980s until Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992, destroying homes and downing power lines from Fort Lauderdale to the Florida Keys. Five thousand people were left homeless.
Elliott Stares, 42, is among the newcomers to Florida. Originally from the United Kingdom, the public relations consultant with his own firm moved to South Beach 14 years ago. He and his wife are creating a "go bag" for an emergency evacuation from their Miami neighborhood.
"Since I've been here, I've been lucky enough not to experience a direct hit like Andrew," said Stares, who became a citizen in March.
If an evacuation is mandatory and there is enough time, they would try to reach his wife's parents in Dallas, he said.
The condominium complex where he lives has hurricane-proof windows so he feels it is "pretty well battened" for a mild storm.
"But anything from 3 and above, based on the authorities' advice on evacuating, then we would oblige," he said.
The number of hurricanes predicted for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season called for a near-normal season with 10 to 16 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and one to four "major" ones.
Officials cautioned in 2015 that even a below-normal season can still be devastating and pointed to 1992, when only seven named storms formed but the first was Andrew, a Category 5 hurricane. Category 5 storms — the most powerful classification — have sustained wind speeds on 157 miles per hour or more and cause catastrophic damage.
Because of Andrew, Miami-Dade County has some of the toughest building codes in the country, particularly for wind, said Brian Haus, professor of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School. But the state’s housing is a mix of old and new, and many of the coastal areas were built before there were strong storm surge codes, he said.
“So many coastal buildings in the older areas are not elevated,” he said. “They need to be.”
Late in 2014, the school opened a new research complex that includes a hurricane wind-wave tank that can generate Category 5 hurricane-force winds. Researchers are trying to get better data on the effects of wind and water surges, not only on individual buildings but on neighboring structures as well. Driven by intense winds, the seawater exerts extreme force on buildings, he said.
During the 2015 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center introduced a new graphic specifically for storm surges in addition to one for wind speeds. The center will issue separate storm surge watches and warnings separate from the hurricane watches and warnings it has traditionally broadcast. A watch is defined as the possibility of life-threatening flooding within 48 hours; a warning, within 36 hours.
The graphic complements a potential storm surge flooding map, released during Hurricane Arthur in 2014, which shows where inundation could occur and how high above group the water could potentially reach.
A surge of seawater is often the greatest threat. It can occur at different times and places than a hurricane’s winds and well inland from the coast and might require evacuation.
Hurricane Ike — which devastated the Bolivar Peninsula of Texas and caused widespread damage in other areas of southeastern Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas in 2008 — was the impetus for the emphasis on storm surges, said Jamie Rhome, the leader of the National Hurricane Center’s Storm Surge Unit.
More recently Hurricane Sandy focused the public’s attention on the damage that could result. Though only a Category 1 when it made landfall in southern New Jersey in 2012, with sustained winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour, Sandy was a massive storm that did $67 billion in damage from flooding, according to NOAA. The storm surge — the rising seawater that results from wind and changes in atmospheric pressure — pushed water inland.
Recent research shows that storm surges are the primary killers during hurricanes, but polling indicates that the public believes otherwise, Rhome said.
“People really only think wind when they hear hurricane, they’re primarily focused on wind, yet it’s water that’s resulting in the largest loss of life,” he said. “That disconnect is what we’re really seeking to tackle with these new maps.”
As far as Florida’s hurricane-free streak?
“I guarantee you that remarkable streak is going to end,” said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. “And we have to go into 2015 assuming that it’s going to end this year.”
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A lone palm tree stands by a demolished mobile home in Park City Estates in Davie, Florida after Hurricane Wilma passed through, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2005.
Mountain Road in West Hartford is closed at Boulevard after a car rolled over.
Police said they do not think there are injuries.
No additional information was available.
Naugatuck police said they are investigating social media posts by "clowns" that mentioned the town's school district.
As a precautionary measure, Naugatuck schools will have added security and police presence on Tuesday.
Police said they do not believe the threats are credible, however, they are still investigating.
Earlier, New Haven schools said it was prohibiting clown costumes during the Halloween season following a number of clown-related Instagram posts.
The Naugatuck PD is asking anyone that might have information regarding these posts to contact the Naugatuck Police Department at 203-729-5221 or the NPD Confidential Tip Line at 203-720-1010.
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