Delta and American Airlines under investigation after two planes nearly collided on runway
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a near-miss between two commercial passenger planes at JFK airport. A Delta 737 and an American 777 came within 1,000 feet of colliding on the runway. Kris Van Cleave reports.news.yahoo.com
Labor Day marks the end of a summer of travel chaos. Here's what travelers should know heading into the holiday weekend — and for the fall
More than 12.6 million passengers are expected to pass through the nation's airports between Thursday and Monday, but fewer could fly through the end of the year as travel chaos eases.cbsnews.com
In dry California, salty water creeps into key waterways
Charlie Hamilton hasn't irrigated his vineyards with water from the Sacramento River since early May, even though it flows just yards from his crop. Nearby to the south, the industrial Bay Area city of Antioch has supplied its people with water from the San Joaquin River for just 32 days this year, compared to roughly 128 days by this time in a wet year. In dry winters like the one California just had, less fresh water flows down from the mountains into the Sacramento River, the state's largest.news.yahoo.com
Dozens of Delta passengers have been stranded at the Atlanta airport for more than 24 hours, as airlines struggle to overcome mounting cancellations and delays
Airlines have had difficulty keeping up amid skyrocketing travel demands and the ongoing labor shortage, which have contributed to growing flight disruptions.news.yahoo.com
How strong is your immunity against Omicron?
For months, scientists, public health officials, politicians and the general public have debated whether prior coronavirus infection — touted as "natural immunity" — offers protection against COVID-19 that is comparable to vaccines. The answer to that debate is complicated, but studies show the best way to protect yourself against the Omicron variant is to get vaccinated and then boosted. An infection on top of that, while not desirable, offers even more protection.news.yahoo.com
COVID-19 batters crumbling Afghan health care
Only five hospitals in Afghanistan still offer COVID-19 treatment, with 33 others having been forced to close in recent months for lack of doctors, medicines and even heat. This comes as the nation is being hit by a steep rise in the number of reported coronavirus cases. (Feb. 9)news.yahoo.com
Airlines close books on rotten 2020 and so far, 2021 is grim
An American Airlines Boeing 777 is framed by utility wires as it prepares to land at Miami International Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Miami. And now a halting rollout of vaccines threatens to further delay a recovery in travel and the travel industry. On Thursday as airlines reported results, a new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa was found in the United States for the first time, with two cases diagnosed in South Carolina. “Travel restrictions on international have resulted in a reduction in demand,” American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said. AdJETBLUE AIRWAYSJetBlue reported a loss of $381 million, after reporting a profit in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights
Delta, United and Alaska airlines said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 they will bar passengers flying to Washington from putting guns in checked bags. The moves follow the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and politically tinged confrontations on some flights. American Airlines is bringing back a ban on serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington area — flights go dry starting Saturday through next Thursday. Price also said that it is “a good idea” to prohibit passengers from putting guns in checked bags if they are flying to Washington. Federal law allows passengers to put guns in checked baggage if they are unloaded and in a locked, hard-sided case, although airlines have the discretion to ban guns.
Amazon buys 11 jets for 1st time to ship orders faster
An Amazon logo appears on an Amazon delivery van, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Boston. Amazon said Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, that it bought 11 jets from Delta and WestJet airlines to boost its growing delivery network and get orders to shoppers faster. The company said its the first time it purchased planes for its delivery network. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)NEW YORK – Amazon said Tuesday that it bought 11 jets from Delta and WestJet airlines to boost its growing delivery network and get orders to shoppers faster. The company said it's the first time it has purchased planes for its delivery network.
2 months after hurricanes, Louisiana residents still hurting
– As southwest Louisiana recovers from the back-to-back hurricanes that hammered the region this year, signs of progress compete with lingering evidence of mass destruction. Hurricane Laura roared ashore in southwestern Louisiana on Aug. 27 as a Category 4 storm just south of Lake Charles. According to Louisiana government figures, nearly 47,000 homes were damaged by Hurricane Laura, with about 16,000 of those in need of major repairs. The bulk of those homes are in Calcasieu Parish, home to the state's fifth-largest city, Lake Charles, with 80,000 residents. A Facebook group set up after Hurricane Laura has become a lifeline for struggling residents.
Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim
Tourists walk on the beach as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Zeta, the 27th named storm of a very busy Atlantic hurricane season, was a hurricane when it began raking across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday. It emerged in the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm but was expected to regain hurricane strength before landfall south of New Orleans on Wednesday evening. Officials in two Mexican states hit by Zeta reported power outages and damage caused by downed trees, but no deaths. The extraordinarily busy hurricane season has focused attention on the role of climate change, which scientists say is causing wetter, stronger and more destructive storms.
Winds and rain whip Yucatan resorts as Hurricane Zeta nears
Clouds gather over Playa Gaviota Azul as Tropical Storm Zeta approaches Cancun, Mexico, early Monday morning, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz Garcia)MIAMI – Hurricane Zeta lashed Mexico's Caribbean coast resorts around Tulum with high winds and rain Monday night as it headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula and then a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. It was the second time this month that boat captain Francisco Sosa Rosado had to perform the same maneuver, after Hurricane Delta hit the resort in early October. Trees felled by Hurricane Delta barely three weeks earlier still littered parts of Cancun, stacked along roadsides and in parks. There was also a Tropical Storm Zeta in 2005, but that year had 28 storms because meteorologists later went back and found they missed one, which then became an “unnamed named storm."
Louisiana's back-to-back hurricanes: Future unsure for many
Blue tarps cover houses in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, in Iowa, La. – Michele Vincent’s home was largely intact in spite of hurricanes Laura and Delta. Coastal Cameron Parish had about 9,800 residents when Hurricane Rita hit in 2005. “Leave Cameron Parish and go into Calcasieu it's bad there too. They were the only red lights we had in Cameron Parish.
Delta departs; two fronts reinforce autumnal air throughout the week
ROANOKE, Va. – Following our sixth round of tropical remnants this season, we’ll gradually see some changes throughout the week that lead to more favorable fall weather. Other parts of the area are seeing some fog and mist as well, thanks to the moisture that Delta has brought. Only a few showers are expected throughout the day as the remnants of Delta depart to the east. Lows by Wednesday morning fall into the 40s, thanks to the drier air, clearer sky and calmer wind. If you had fall activities planned this past weekend that fell through, this coming weekend looks much better for them!
Tracking rain and localized flooding as Delta’s remnants continue to move through
ROANOKE, Va. – We started the weekend on a soggy note as Saturday featured numerous showers associated with what was once Hurricane Delta. Rainfall from Delta so far (WSLS)We have 1-2″ of additional rain on the way as the remnants of Delta move closer to us today and tonight. The clouds and rain keep temperatures from moving much as we generally stay in the 60s for the next 24 hours. What we're tracking Sunday 8 a.m. (WSLS)The storm system will pass over us late tonight into Monday morning. What we're tracking Tuesday 8 a.m. (WSLS)Another front is expected to pass through on Friday, bringing our next chance of rain.
'We can’t lose our momentum:' Louisiana vows to rebuild
A 70-year-old woman in Iberia Parish died in a fire likely caused by a natural gas leak following damage from Hurricane Delta, the Louisiana Department of Health said Sunday. Clair Hebert Marceaux lost her home in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, during Hurricane Laura and said the community was hard at work on rebuilding when Delta struck. “We can’t lose our momentum,” she said, though she added there was “utter devastation” in the area. Earnestine and Milton Wesley had decided to ride out Delta in their Lake Charles home, damaged by Laura. “And with God’s help we made it.”After blowing ashore, Delta moved over Lake Charles, a city where Laura damaged nearly every home and building.
Umbrellas needed! What’s left of Delta and a warm front give us a soggy weekend
ROANOKE, Va. – Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana Friday evening as a Category 2 storm. An associated warm front is draped across the southeast and is driving rain into our area this morning. A flood watch has already been posted from 4 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday for parts of the New River Valley and Southside. Flood watch Sunday 4 a.m. - Monday 8 a.m. (WSLS)The front is directly overhead Sunday and eventually lifts north of us Monday. What we're tracking Sunday 8 p.m. (WSLS)From now through Monday morning, we expect 1 to 3 inches of rain around the area.
Delta inflicts new damage on storm-weary Louisiana
This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. – Delta has been downgraded from a once powerful hurricane to a tropical storm as it moves inland across the U.S. South. Delta's reach stretched as far west as Galveston, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from where the storm struck Louisiana. Tropical Storm Marco fizzled as it hit the southeast Louisiana tip just three days before Laura struck. And Tropical Storm Cristobal caused damage in southeast Louisiana in June.
Get our app! Clouds, rain from Hurricane Delta gradually move through our area
ROANOKE, Va. – For the sixth time in two months, we’ll be on the receiving end of remnant tropical rain. After starting around 45-50° Friday morning, temperatures in the afternoon rise into the upper 60s and lower 70s. Rain first thing Sunday morning will mainly be confined to areas west of the Parkway. As the remnants of Delta inch closer, however, we expect rain to increase from west to east throughout the day Sunday. What we're tracking by Sunday eveningThis rain will be heavy at times, thanks to the tropical nature of what we’re dealing with.
Hurricane Delta inflicts new damage on storm-weary Louisiana
This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. – Ripping tarps from already damaged roofs and scattering debris piled by roadsides, Hurricane Delta inflicted a new round of destruction on Louisiana as it struck communities still reeling after Hurricane Laura took a similar path just six weeks earlier. Delta's reach stretched as far west as Galveston, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from where the storm struck Louisiana. Tropical Storm Marco fizzled as it hit the southeast Louisiana tip just three days before Laura struck. “The wind is much worse than what Hurricane Laura brought,” Gove said in a message on Twitter.
Experts: Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster
This Oct. 8, 2020 photo made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico at 12:41 p.m. EDT. Delta is the sixth storm this year and the second in a week to reach the threshold, Lillo calculated. Hurricanes Hannah, Laura, Sally and Teddy and tropical storm Gamma all gained at least 35 mph (56 kph) in strength in 24 hours. This year is particularly nasty and Delta is a good example, said study co-author Gabriel Vecchi, a Princeton climate scientist. “This season has given a lot of examples of these rapidly intensifying storms that we expect to be more common,” Princeton’s Vecchi said.
Can we retire a Greek hurricane name? Delta made us wonder.
Louisiana residents who are still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Associated Press reported. “They do not retire Greek alphabet storm names -- at least so far,” Gross said. The last time we went through all the letters of the alphabet and moved on to the Greek alphabet was 2005. In 2005, a record-breaking year of devastating hurricanes, we made it through six Greek letters. The Committee also agreed that it was not practical to retire into hurricane history a letter in the Greek alphabet.
Bright & warm before Delta’s remnants bring rain at times this weekend
ROANOKE, Va. – A stretch of bright, sunny days continues into Thursday, thanks to high pressure being in control of our weather. Forecast high temperatures for Thursday, 10/8/2020Clouds increase Friday ahead of Hurricane Delta, as the storm makes landfall in Louisiana. There will likely be a break before rain turns more widespread Saturday night and Sunday. Weekend plans for Friday, 10/9/2020, through Sunday, 10/11/2020Come Saturday, Delta will still be well to our south and west. What We're Tracking by midday SaturdayWe expect the heaviest and most widespread rain with Delta to come Sunday.
'This is not a bad dream': New hurricane menaces Louisiana
Louisiana residents still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula. The projected path included the southwest area of Louisiana where Category 4 Hurricane Laura made landfall less than two months ago. Randazzo watched pieces of one of his restaurants, Panorama Music House, fly past a meteorologist’s car on a Facebook Live video during Hurricane Laura. The most recent forecast for Hurricane Delta has the storm making landfall “almost precisely” where Hurricane Laura struck — a region where homes and electrical infrastructure are still damaged, Edwards said in a radio interview. New Orleans, well to the east of the projected landfall area, was expected to escape the worst of Hurricane Delta.
Busy 2020 hurricane season has Louisiana bracing a 6th time
The storm being watched Wednesday was Hurricane Delta, the 25th named storm of the Atlantic's unprecedented hurricane season. Forecasts placed most of Louisiana within Delta's path, with the latest National Hurricane Center estimating landfall in the state on Friday. Along with getting hit by Hurricane Laura and escaping Hurricane Sally, Louisiana saw heavy flooding June 7 from Tropical Storm Cristobal. Tropical Storm Beta prompted tropical storm warnings in mid-September as it slowly crawled up the northeast Texas coast. “Not seeing any signs of any additional tropical weather in the extended which is OK with us because we are SO DONE with Hurricane Season 2020,” they wrote.
Wednesday offers a dose of late summer days prior to Delta’s remnant rain
ROANOKE, Va. – Tuesday’s warmth may have only been an appetizer to Wednesday’s full course of warm, late summer-like air. Forecast high temperatures for Wednesday, 10/7/2020This isn’t record-breaking, but it is about 10° above average by early October’s standards. We’ll stay warm Thursday with temperatures coming down a bit Friday, as clouds from Delta begin to drift northward. Just this year alone, we’ve seen rain from five different tropical systems. Rain from tropical systems in our area this year
Delta weakens to a post-tropical cyclone
5:00 a.m. Sunday UpdateROANOKE, Va. – The National Hurricane Center says Delta has become a post-tropical cyclone, but it’s still a heavy rainfall threat. 5:00 p.m. Friday UpdateHurricane Delta is expected to make landfall on the southwestern Louisiana coast within the next few hours. Delta is expected to bring hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge to portions of the northern gulf coast on Friday. 11:00 p.m. Wednesday UpdateAs of 11 p.m., Hurricane Delta has maximum sustained winds near 90 mph with higher gusts. 5 p.m. Tuesday UpdateCategory 4 Hurricane Delta continues to strengthen as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula.
Warming trend begins as Delta strengthens in the Caribbean
ROANOKE, Va. – It may not feel like it Tuesday morning, but we’re at the beginning of a warming trend. Hourly planner for Tuesday, 10/06/2020Come Wednesday, a wind coming west down the mountains will pick up speed. What we're tracking for Thursday, 10/8/2020During this time, Hurricane Delta will likely be a Category 3 storm in the Gulf of Mexico. Delta is forecast to become the 7th landfalling storm along the Gulf Coast and 10th on U.S. soil this season. Tropical headlines for Hurricane Delta as of 3 a.m. 10/6/2020Major flooding, at the moment, is unlikely for our area.
Dangerous Hurricane Delta closing in on Mexico's Yucatan
Fishermen pull in a boat before the arrival of Hurricane Delta in Puerto Juarez, Cancun, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Tuesday on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then continue on to the U.S. Gulf coast this week. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz Garcia)MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a dangerous Category 4 storm Tuesday while on a course to hammer Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and then continue on to the U.S. Gulf Coast later in the week. From Tulum to Cancun, tourism-dependent communities still soaked by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gamma could bear the brunt of Delta. Delta increased in strength 80 mph, more than doubling from a 60 mph storm at 2 pm EDT Monday to 140 mph at 2 pm EDT Tuesday.
Post-Tropical Remnants Of Delta Continue Weaken, As The Heavy Rainfall Threat Diminishes Late Sunday Night
Location 90 miles S of Knoxville Tennessee Wind 15 mph Heading E at 15 mph Pressure 29.77 Coordinates 84.1W, 34.5NDiscussionAt 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Delta was located near latitude 34.5 North, longitude 84.1 West. The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east near 15 mph, and this motion is expected to continue tonight and Monday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 15 mph (30 km/h) with higher gusts. Some further weakening is possible tonight as a new surface low develops in the Carolinas, and Delta's surface low is expected to be absorbed by this new low pressure area on Monday. Moderate to major river flooring will continue across the Calcasieu and Mermentau river basins in Louisiana through much of next week
Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs
About 40,000 workers in the airline industry are facing layoffs on Thursday, Oct. 1, unless Congress comes up with another aid package. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)DETROIT – The worries are growing for United Airlines flight attendant Jordy Comeaux. Airlines in Europe are expecting years of trouble and have acted quickly to cut jobs even as they get government rescue loans. Allie Malis, an American Airlines flight attendant in Washington, D.C., also faces layoff Thursday. Many United flight attendants, he said, took special leaves with no pay to preserve jobs for others.