Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction, NASA rams an asteroid, consumers gain confidence

Hurricane Ian dominated the news cycles for most of the week. After forming and eventually leaving Cuba without power after hitting the island, the Category 4 storm became one of the strongest ever to hit the US

As of this writing Friday morning, the storm had killed at least six people in Florida and was moving north toward Charleston, South Carolina.

For historical context, we’ll look at how the storm evolved over the course of the week.

By Tuesday morning, Ian had strengthened to a Category 3. By the afternoon, fears were growing that the storm would continue to strengthen. More than a million people in Cuba were left without electricity.

On Wednesday morning, winds in Iain reached 155 mph, and the region around Tampa, Florida was bracing for a direct hit. By mid-afternoon, the storm had reached Florida, and more than 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate.

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Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday morning as the state dealt with the damage. Meteorologists also warned that the storm could intensify again.

On Friday, Ian was again a Category 1 storm and was moving north along the Atlantic coast.

There have been some interesting stories surrounding the riots at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The trial of the founder of the Oath Keepers and four of his associates has begun. In separate trials, one rioter was sentenced to 7 years in prison, and the other was convicted. Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, spoke to a House committee investigating the day’s events.

In other national news, President Joe Biden had an embarrassing moment during a press conference. Sirhan Sirhan, who killed Robert Kennedy, asked for his release. A gunsmith was sued for shooting at a 4th of July parade. And Virginia students protested transgender policies.

In science, health and technology news, NASA rammed an asteroid. Pumpkin growers are adapting to changing conditions. Nightly newscasts change due to broadcasting habits. And teenagers are seeking birth control after the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion.

In economic news, consumers are gaining confidence as gas prices have fallen. Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits. The White House wants airlines to provide more detailed information about airline ticket prices. Apple postpones iPhone production, and Amazon plans another premiere day.

And in international news, Russia annexed four regions of Ukraine on Friday. Edward Snowden received Russian citizenship. Patrol boats spotted ships of the Chinese and Russian navies off the coast of Alaska.

— Collected and narrated by Terry Lipshetz from Associated Press reports

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