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THE HIGHLIGHTS

A deadly tornado outbreak tore through multiple states. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

A tornado is basically a dangerous rotating column of air that meets both the surface of the Earth and a cloud. They are formed when warm, humid air hits cold, dry air, and they usually go hand-in-hand with thunderstorms. Sometimes, a single weather system spawns multiple tornadoes, amounting to a tornado outbreak. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The other day, a tornado outbreak ripped through six US states: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. One tornado left a 220-mile path of ruin. This outbreak was part of a weather system that also brought lots of snow to parts of the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes. 

 

THE DEETS. 

The death toll isn’t exactly clear, but it’s already devastating. In Kentucky, the governor confirmed at least 64 deaths, with four counties reporting tolls in the double digits. There were also deaths reported in four other states. See: a tornado caused an Amazon warehouse in Illinois to collapse, killing at least 6 people. Search and rescue operations are underway as authorities attempt to locate missing people. As for the damage? Officials are still taking stock, but it doesn’t look good. Kentucky’s governor said he doesn’t think “we’ll have seen damage at this scale, ever.” 

 

THE TAKE. 

This is shaping up to be one of the deadliest tornado events in Kentucky history. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: South Africa’s prez, Cyril Ramaphosa, has tested positive for coronavirus. Ramaphosa is reportedly being treated for mild symptoms and has temporarily handed over all responsibilities to the deputy prez, David Mabuza. In other news, one person has now died in the UK after contracting Omicron - the first publicly confirmed death globally from the variant. Over in the US, the total death toll for coronavirus is nearing 800,000. A new study shows that about 1 of every 100 Americans over the age of 65 have now died of the virus. Meanwhile, a new restriction just went into effect in New York. The mandate requires people to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces…unless bizes implement a vaccine requirement. 

 

COURT: Last year, tens of thousands of people participated in a (banned) candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of China’s 1989 Tiananmen massacre. In response, more than two dozen politicians and activists were charged. Because, China’s crackdown on Hong Kong. Now, it looks like media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 13 months in jail for taking part in the vigil. Meanwhile, Inger Stoejberg - a former Danish immigration minister - was just found guilty of illegally separating young asylum-seeking couples. Judges sentenced Stoejberg to 60 days in jail. The ruling comes as part of a landmark impeachment trial and the first in Denmark in three decades. 

 

LEADERS: Some countries are making big steps toward peace. Here’s what you need to know. Recently, it was revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met up with Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed at his private palace in Abu Dhabi. It’s the first official visit of an Israeli prime minister to the United Arab Emirates, ever. The meeting comes 15 months after the signing of a normalization agreement between the two countries. Also making headlines? North and South Korea have agreed “in principle” to declare a formal end to the Korean war, nearly 70 years after the conflict ended in an unsteady truce. Talks are reportedly being held back by North Korea’s opposition to “US hostility.” Suspense, thick. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Megan Thee Stallion:” who graduated from college. Megan Thee Graduate. 


SAY WHAT?

“No, Santa Claus does not exist” - this Italian bishop, talking to schoolchildren. Guess who’s getting coal this year?




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