Severe states

States with severe coronavirus outbreaks should ‘seriously look at shutting down,’ Dr. Fauci says – CNBC

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2020.

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States with rapidly expanding coronavirus outbreaks should seriously consider “shutting down” like the country did when the virus first hit the U.S. in March, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

His comments Wednesday come as the U.S. continues to push records for new cases reported each day, driven primarily by states in the South and West, across the so-called Sun Belt.

“What we are seeing is exponential growth. It went from an average of about 20,000 to 40,000 and 50,000. That’s doubling. If you continue doubling, two times 50 is 100,” Fauci said on a Wall Street Journal podcast. “Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down. It’s not for me to say because each state is different.”

On Thursday, however, Fauci said states should not necessarily think about it as a complete shutdown, according to the Hill, but rather that states should update their restrictions, tailoring them to what is currently known about the virus. 

“Rather than think in terms of reverting back down to a complete shutdown, I would think we need to get the states pausing in their opening process, looking at what did not work well and try to mitigate that,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The Hill’s Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons. “I don’t think we need to go back to an extreme of shutting down.”

Earlier this week, the U.S. reported a record single-day spike of 60,021 confirmed cases. Arizona, California, Florida and Texas have accounted for nearly half of all new cases in the U.S. in recent days.

The country has reported about 52,444 new cases per day on average over the past seven days, up 20.3% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average has a hit a record high every day for the past two weeks, according to CNBC’s analysis.

Despite a major surge in Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has previously said the state will not order businesses to close again. Though local officials in particularly hard-hit counties and cities might take matters into their own hands.

“We’re not going back, closing things. I don’t think that that’s really what’s driving it, people going to a business is not what’s driving it,” DeSantis said on June 30. “I think when you see the younger folks, I think a lot of it is more just social interactions, so that’s natural.”

The surge in cases across much of the U.S. has been driven by some states that reopened too early, said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He added that people who failed to practice public health guidance even if their state officials tried to encourage it have also driven the spread of the virus. 

Florida, for its part, was among the first states to reopen, with DeSantis allowing most restaurants and stores to open with modifications on May 4.

“Among the states, and there’s admission from within, some states went too fast, some states went according to what the timetable was, but the people in the state didn’t listen and just threw caution to the wind,” he said. “Some states, it gets frustrating, because, not to name any states, but some states admittedly opened up too early and too quickly, so that was something that probably should not have happened that led to this.”

Even as new cases have skyrocketed, the average age of an infected person has fallen in many states. That’s significant because younger and otherwise healthy people are less likely to become severely sick or die from Covid-19. However, Fauci said the more young people who are infected, the more likely they will pass the virus on to a vulnerable person who’s older or has an underlying condition that places them at greater risk of dying.

“To say that it’s benign is not true, because we’re already seeing the hospitalizations going up in these states,” he said. “We’re seeing the intensive care beds are now almost being fully occupied, so this is not inconsequential what’s going on. It’s having an impact.”

The seven-day average of hospitalizations rose by at least 5% in 25 states on Wednesday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project, an independent volunteer organization launched by journalists at The Atlantic.

To get the outbreak under control, Fauci urged Americans to follow public health guidance and to take the threat of the virus seriously. He added that U.S. officials ought to better coordinate their messaging to more effectively reach the American people.

“Obviously, you’d like to see a consistent message all along that people understand,” he said. “But for better or worse, unfortunately, that’s not exactly what’s going on.”

— CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.

Correction: States with rapidly expanding coronavirus outbreaks should seriously consider “shutting down,” White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday. An earlier version misstated the day.

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Severe storms, flooding and excessive heat make for a messy Memorial Day weekend – CNN

(CNN)Memorial Day weekend is in full swing, but if you’re planning on going outside you might want to pack a poncho or umbrella. It’s going to be a wet one in many areas across the United States.

Rain showers, large hail, strong winds and record temperatures are all part of the forecast.


It was a rainy Saturday in cities across the Northeast, including New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut. Fortunately, that’s about to change.
Sunday and Monday will bring gradual clearing to these cities, with more sunshine and drier conditions. But high temperatures are expected to remain below average through Monday.
Much warmer temperatures are expected Monday for cities like Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Syracuse, New York.


Rain is the main theme for the Southeast.
Gulf of Mexico moisture will surge into the region, triggering heavy rain and thunderstorms Sunday and Monday. It won’t be an all-day washout for most areas, but plan on showers interrupting your BBQ, hike or pool time.
South Florida may be one of the rainiest places over the next week. Cities like Miami, West Palm Beach, Naples and Ft. Myers have heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast for every day of the week. This could lead to localized flooding.
On Saturday, many cities — including Atlanta, Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee — saw their first day with above average high temperatures in nearly a week. It’s expected to stay above average for all these areas through Monday.

Plains and the Midwest

Severe storms are likely from Texas to Iowa on Sunday. Damaging winds and large hail pose the main threats but isolated tornadoes are also possible. The system that is bringing the severe storms is not expected to move very much over the next 48 hours, so flooding will also be a concern. Widespread rainfall accumulations from Texas to Iowa are expected to range between 3 to 5 inches, with isolated higher amounts.
Some areas of the Midwest will experience their warmest temperatures of the year so far. Monday morning low temperatures are expected to reach record high levels for at least six cities.

West Coast

After dealing with red flag warnings and increased fire weather risks the past few days, areas of Colorado, western Kansas and northern New Mexico will finally get some relief. The chance of rain and slightly cooler temperatures are expected on Sunday and Monday.
The Southwest can expect to heat up. Many cities, including Phoenix, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Palm Spring, California, are under Excessive Heat Watches next week.
They aren’t alone. Sacramento, Los Angeles, Reno, Nevada and Tucson, Arizona, will also experience temperatures well above average for much of next week.

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Severe weather

Severe weather threat for 60 million, strong storms likely from Texas to Wisconsin – Fox News

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Tens of millions of Americans from Texas up toward the Great Lakes face the threat of severe weather Tuesday, including the risk of hail, winds that could reach hurricane force, and some tornadoes.

A weather system moving into the Plains is expected to spark widespread thunderstorms stretching from central Texas to the Mississippi River Valley and into the Midwest.

“If you live across portions of the Plains states up towards the Midwest, you need to pay close attention to your local weather forecast as well as your watches and warnings, because we have another round of strong storms, including large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes that are going to stretch from Texas all the way up towards the Great Lakes,” Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends First.”


According to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC), at least 60 million Americans will be threatened by that severe weather throughout the day, including those in major cities like Oklahoma City, Houston, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Austin, Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis, and Madison, Wis.

The threat for severe weather on Tuesday stretches from Texas to the Great Lakes.

The threat for severe weather on Tuesday stretches from Texas to the Great Lakes.
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Storms could reach Chicago, Milwaukee and Memphis, Tenn., later in the day.

Forecasters said a “moderate” risk of severe weather, the second-highest on the SPC’s rating scale, exists in Eastern Oklahoma, Northeast Texas, and Western Arkansas. Some 1.8 million people in this region, including cities such as Tulsa, Okla., and Fort Smith, Ark., are under a moderate risk, according to the SPC.

“We have that bull’s-eye there, where we could see the potential for long-track, dangerous, potentially life-threatening tornadoes,” Dean said.

A damaging squall line is forecast to develop by Tuesday afternoon, moving east.

A damaging squall line is forecast to develop by Tuesday afternoon, moving east.
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Storms are expected to develop during the afternoon hours, with a potentially damaging squall line over eastern Oklahoma before it surges south into Northeast Texas.

“Severe winds will likely materialize as the frontal squall line matures and surges south,” the SPC said.


It should spread into Northeast Texas, possibly into the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex during the evening hours.

The NWS’ Weather Prediction Center (WPC) said that the threat of damaging thunderstorm winds is “especially high.”

“A damaging squall line is expected, with perhaps hurricane-force winds in some places, along with wind-driven hail,” forecasters noted.

Thunderstorms are forecast to develop across the Mississippi River Valley by Tuesday afternoon. Large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible as they develop.

“That’s going to continue throughout the afternoon into the overnight,” Dean said on “Fox & Friends First.”

They could bring excessive rainfall and flash-flooding, as some storms may produce 2 inches of rain in just 45 minutes.


Storms are forecast to move east into the overnight hours, with the threat lingering into early Wednesday.

Severe thunderstorms are forecast across the Plains and into the Midwest on Tuesday.

Severe thunderstorms are forecast across the Plains and into the Midwest on Tuesday.
(Fox News)

“So we’re going to be talking about the threat for severe storms this time tomorrow, unfortunately, as these lines really potentially get volatile over the evening hours into the overnight,” Dean said.

The severe weather threat shifts to the Southeast by Wednesday.

The severe weather threat shifts to the Southeast by Wednesday.
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Scattered storms will be a threat again on Wednesday for the Gulf Coast and Southeast.


“Some of the same areas that have been hit hard over the last few weeks,” Dean said.

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Severe storms and tornadoes could hit the South again on Sunday, forecasters warn – USA TODAY

Published 11:23 a.m. ET April 17, 2020 | Updated 11:59 a.m. ET April 17, 2020


One week after the Easter Sunday tornado outbreak, parts of the South will once again be at risk for more dangerous weather.


A week after the deadly and devastating Easter Sunday tornado outbreak, another round of severe weather is forecast for Sunday across portions of the South.

Severe storms are most likely Sunday across the Gulf Coast states, the Storm Prediction Center said. “The greatest threat appears to be from Louisiana to Georgia, with significant severe storms expected including tornadoes and damaging winds. Large hail is likely as well,” the center warned.

Adding to the danger will be the risk that some of the tornadoes could be wrapped in rain or may occur after dark, AccuWeather said.

Cities within the greatest risk area include Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama. Big cities like New Orleans, Houston and Atlanta could also see powerful storms.

Drenching rain will accompany the severe weather, especially in portions of central Alabama and central Georgia, where flash flooding is possible, the National Weather Service said. 

However, the overall setup does not look as favorable for as numerous and intense tornadoes as was seen across the South on Easter Sunday and Monday, the Weather Channel said.  

During last week’s outbreak, more than 100 tornadoes struck the South, killing at least 36 people, the National Weather Service said. 


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Looking ahead, additional rounds of severe weather are anticipated for the South in the coming weeks, AccuWeather said.

“In terms of severe weather and tornado risk, the overall weather pattern is loaded for the rest of April and into May,” Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather’s top long-range forecaster, said.

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