Eta Lashes Florida’s Gulf Coast, Causing Power Outages

first_imgMayor Lenny Curry of Jacksonville, in Florida’s northeast corner, said the storm was expected to hit the city on Thursday, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and some flooding. He urged residents to stay out of the water, warning that the surf and rip currents could be dangerous. The city did not anticipate evacuations and planned to keep municipal offices open.“I know this has been a rough year,” Mr. Curry said at a news conference. “2020 has been something else for our country, the world and our community, and experiencing a tropical storm after the end of hurricane season just adds to it.”Azi Paybarah and Michael Levenson contributed reporting. Josh Rojas, a reporter with Spectrum Bay News 9, said one thoroughfare in St. Petersburg, Coffee Pot Boulevard, was “completely flooded.” Eta is the 28th named storm and the 12th hurricane of an unusually busy Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The storm’s formation tied a record set in 2005 when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma devastated parts of the Gulf Coast.Eta first became a tropical storm on Oct. 31, according to the hurricane center. It grew into a category 4 hurricane and thrashed Nicaragua on Nov. 4, killing at least three. By Nov. 9 the storm then traveled to South Florida where it caused intense flooding and produced more than 13 inches of rainfall.Eta has now produced nine named storm days, according to Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University. Only two Atlantic named storms forming in November in the satellite era had generated more named storm days: Epsilon in 2005 with 9.25 days and Gordon in 1994 with 9.5 days, he said. “This storm has been less predictable than most storms,” she said. “This one has changed its trajectory more than once — and it may do it again — so we want to ensure everyone is safe.” By early Thursday morning, more than 40,000 customers were without electrical power from Tampa to Gainesville, according to Duke Energy. Streets were submerged just days after Eta soaked the central part of the Florida Keys and its strongest winds battered the Upper Keys and Miami-Dade and Broward Counties over the weekend. On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida urged Florida residents to prepare for the storm and said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had granted his request for “a pre-landfall emergency declaration” to help mobilize federal aid to the affected parts of the state.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – MIAMI — Tropical Storm Eta continued to whip the Gulf Coast of Florida early Thursday morning, producing dangerous storm surge, heavy rain and gusty winds in the region and leaving tens of thousands without power.Eta was expected to make landfall on Thursday morning, its second time coming ashore in the state this week, according to an early morning advisory from the National Hurricane Center.- Advertisement – “It’s really been a crazy storm to watch,” Mr. DeSantis said.Earlier on Wednesday the storm had briefly regained hurricane strength but weakened again to a tropical storm.Mayor Jane Castor of Tampa said Wednesday that the city was expecting a tidal surge of up to four feet. She urged people to remain at home but said five shelters had been opened. She warned that “the weather can change in an instant” and asked residents to stay vigilant.- Advertisement – The center of Eta was about 80 miles north west of Tampa and had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, the agency said. Slow weakening was expected as Eta approaches the West Coast of Florida overnight, followed by more rapid weakening after landfall. Eta, the center said, will dissipate over the western Atlantic Ocean by the weekend.last_img read more

PREMIUMActivists to protest systematic violence against women on Women’s March

first_imgForgot Password ? More than 60 civil society groups under the Women’s Movement against Violence Alliance (Gerak Perempuan) plan to take to the streets on the International Women’s Day on Sunday to demand the government to stop its systematic violence against women including transgender women.The groups believe violence against women has rooted from the patriarchal values embedded through the government, the legislative, the cultural, religion and even educational institutions.“Violence is not only promoted but rather executed by the state,” Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) chair Asfinawati said in a press conference Thursday.She cited unresolved rape cases in which rape was an ancient way to show domination and almost always used in many conflicts like those taking place during the May 1998 riot. Furthermore, she also said women are susceptible to v… Facebook Google Topics : Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Women womens-march womens-march-jakarta violence violence-against-women violence-against-women-in-Indonesialast_img read more

Adaptation: Offensive coordinator Cignetti builds offense to fit Pittsburgh’s strengths

first_img Published on October 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Dave Wannstedt knows about the Cignetti family. He knows how close they are, and he knows about the western Pennsylvania roots that tie them together. But most importantly for Wannstedt’s program, he knows Pennsylvania football is a bond that may run deeper than those the family shares. When Frank Cignetti Jr. arrived in 2009 to accept the offensive coordinator position and join Wannstedt’s staff at Pittsburgh, he wasn’t just turning a new leaf in his career. He wasn’t just fulfilling a lifelong goal. He was continuing the family tradition at the place where it all began. ‘Frank Cignetti is, quite simply, a great football coach from a great football family,’ Wannstedt said when Cignetti was introduced to the media on Feb. 18, 2009. ‘Not only is he coming back to Pitt, but he is also coming back home.’ For Cignetti, a return to Pitt was a return home. Almost literally. The western Pennsylvania native began his coaching career as a Pitt graduate assistant, following in the footsteps of the older generation of the Cignetti family. The family football legacy begins with Frank Sr., who was an assistant at Pittsburgh before moving on to the head coach position at West Virginia and then at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Cignetti played safety for his father at IUP.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text That was 20 years ago. Since that first job with Pitt, Cignetti has had stints as an assistant with IUP, Fresno State, North Carolina and California, as well as the Chiefs, Saints and 49ers of the NFL. He’s led an offense to a Top 10 finish in the nation in points per game (Fresno State, 2005). But in the mind of those who know him best, all roads led back to Pittsburgh. ‘You could just tell how much he wanted to come back home,’ said former Pitt quarterback Bill Stull, who started every game for the Panthers last season. ‘You could definitely tell he was very excited to get the job and to be in the Pittsburgh area, and also to come back to where he was coaching before.’ Initially, Stull was somewhat concerned with Cignetti’s arrival. Despite Cignetti’s enthusiasm, family history and pedigree, Stull had spent four years learning an offensive system and preparing to excel within it. With Cignetti joining Pitt’s staff, Stull worried he would have to learn a new system during the spring and summer workouts before his final collegiate season. But Cignetti’s ability to help Stull overcome that challenge in the most productive way possible is what Stull says makes him such a special coach. Pitt’s offense torched the competition in 2009 with the detail-oriented Cignetti at the helm, finishing with 32.1 points per game and showcasing breakout seasons for Stull and teammates Dion Lewis, Dorin Dickerson and Jonathan Baldwin. ‘There was detail in every little thing that we did,’ Stull said. ‘Once you get our whole offense on the same page and understand why we’re doing things, it puts more meaning into every play. Once everyone knows what they’re supposed to do, you get a little more out of each player.’ Dickerson earned First Team All-American honors, and Lewis was the Big East’s Offensive Player of the Year in just his freshman season. Baldwin, who caught 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore last season, said Cignetti’s unique approach to a new offense was a major factor in the extraordinary season. It is an approach that is manufactured in part from bouncing around with eight different teams in 20 years and learning to maximize talent on the fly. Baldwin said Cignetti has a tendency to build an offense around his players, rather than force his players to adapt to his offense. With the success of players, such as Aaron Brooks while with the Saints and Jahvid Best at California in his offensive systems, as well as Pitt’s four-headed monster of last season, his strategy has a history of unexpectedly producing the best seasons of his players’ careers. ‘We didn’t really know what to expect because it was a totally different game,’ Baldwin said. ‘He looks at each player and says, ‘Where would he be the most successful in this offense? What plays would he be most successful running?’ It’s not just a case where he says, ‘You’re in my offense, so run this.’ He does a great job of moving people around.’ Though he is known for coming into offenses and making quick stars, Cignetti’s connection with his players runs deeper than a one-way tutoring relationship. His western Pennsylvania roots wouldn’t allow that. The Panthers have 70 players from Pennsylvania on the roster, including Baldwin, who come from Aliquippa. Baldwin said the western Pennsylvania attitude was one of the first things he noticed about Cignetti, and that established an immediate connection on a team full of local players. ‘When he first came here, he told me that he played against Aliquippa in high school, and he mentioned some people from Aliquippa that I know of,’ Baldwin said. ‘When I first met him, I was thinking, ‘How did he know this person?’ It definitely made us closer just from that.’ Despite the growing connections with his offense, the current season is not humming along as it did last year. Cignetti is working with a new quarterback in sophomore Tino Sunseri and a reshaped offensive line, and the offense has not gelled the way it did with Stull. The Panthers are 2-3 to this point, with a big 31-3 loss at home to ACC powerhouse Miami. But some Cignetti trademarks have remained consistent, even in what seems to be a down year as Pitt gets ready to face Syracuse (4-1) on Saturday. He is still moving people around effectively, as four players have already caught at least 10 passes. The team is averaging more than 25 points per game, despite the paltry point total against Miami. And sophomore running back Ray Graham has exploded on the scene with 536 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the latest of Cignetti’s stars to have a breakout season. Cignetti has come full circle in his career, making the rounds from Pitt to the West Coast and back, and has earned the unwavering support of his players, regardless of how the season plays out. The only thing left on the agenda is to follow completely in his father’s footsteps by becoming a head coach, which Stull believes is on the horizon. ‘Coach Cignetti is a great quarterback guy, a better coordinator and, maybe more importantly, a great friend as well,’ Stull said. ‘I think he can do whatever he wants to do, and I absolutely think that he has all the qualities to be a great head football coach.’ jakrakow@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more