It looks like that tropical weather didn't have much impact on the toxic algae that's closed beaches across the Mississippi coast. The Department of Environmental Quality had said that any algae that washed ashore would probably dehydrate and die. But initial tests on Sunday showed that, despite the storm, the algae is still there in the coastal waters of Biloxi and Jackson County. More water samples will be collected today.
Portions of Mississippi are still feeling the effects of Tropical Depression Barry. A flash flood watch remains in effect for much of the area, including Hinds, Rankin, and Warren Counties. Forecasters say another three to five inches of rain could fall today before things begin to clear out this evening. That's on top of the eight-inches that fell yesterday in Jasper and Jones counties. Of course, all that rain is only making things worse for those living in the Mississippi Delta, where the swollen river has left some areas underwater for months. Governor Phil Bryant is renewing calls for the EPA to install flood pumps in the region.
Governor Phil Bryant is renewing calls for flood pumps in the South Delta following Tropical Storm Barry. During a tour of the Yazoo Basin in Warren County yesterday, Bryant said that if the region had pumps like the rest of the country, flood waters could be brought down some five-to-seven-feet. He's asking FEMA to fast-track the installation of pumps in the Steele Bayou Basin. More than 500-thousand acres have been underwater since February, and several more inches of rain could fall today as Barry continues its trek north. Residents are being warned that flash flooding is still possible through this evening, including in and around Jackson.
Health officials in Mobile say heavy rain and flooding from Hurricane Barry, caused some 80-thousand gallons of sewer overflow to spill into the streets of the city this weekend. Advisories were issued on Saturday for people to take precautions when handling or preparing seafood harvested from waters surrounding the Mobile area.
Beaches along the Alabama Gulf Coast technically remain closed today. The remnants of Hurricane Barry are keeping rip currents high, posing a potential danger to surfers and swimmers. Double red flags are still posted in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. However, the sand portion of the beaches are open. Police say people who enter the water are subject to arrests and fines.
Flesh eating bacteria is the cause of death for a Tennessee man. The man became infected while in the water off the coast of the Florida panhandle Friday and was dead Sunday. His immune system had already been weakened by a fight with cancer.
For the seventh week in a row, Mississippi has the cheapest gas in the country -- even though prices at the pump have jumped about five and a half cents since last week. Triple A says the statewide average price -- two-40 a gallon -- is 39 cents below the national average. The auto club says Mississippians are paying almost 12 cents more than a month ago but about 16 cents less than this time last year.
President Trump is not backing down from his tweets concerning what he calls the "Radical Left Congresswomen." This morning he asked when they will apologize to our country and Israel for their foul language and the terrible things they've said. This, after facing backlash for his earlier comments in which he told a group of freshmen Democratic lawmakers to go back to their countries and fix problems there. All of the congresswomen he was referring to are Americans and only one wasn't born in the U.S.
ICE raids are still expected to take place this week even though they seem to have fizzled out yesterday. A few people were reportedly rounded up but seemed to be routine activity for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The raids were reportedly supposed to focus on illegal immigrants who have already been sent final orders of removal, around two-thousand people who haven't turned themselves in.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is releasing his health care plan, an expansion of Obamacare that would provide a public option for people to buy into. The former VIce President's plan is not a "Medicare-for-all" system like those promoted by several of his rival candidates. His campaign puts the price tag for the plan at 750-billion-dollars over ten years.
Con Edison says it could take weeks to find out the cause of a massive power outage in New York City that left more than 70-thousand customers in the dark on Saturday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was not the result of an act of terrorism, excessive electrical use or a cyber attack.
The Air Force is warning people not to try and storm Area 51. Hundreds of thousands of people have signed up for a Facebook group that proposed everyone rush the top secret military base in the Nevada desert this September, in an effort to unlock its alien secrets. A joke or not, the Air Force says don't try it.
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