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Ida weakens to tropical storm, still threatens dangerous flash floods

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Ida weakened to a tropical storm over southwestern Mississippi Monday, a day after slamming into Louisiana as a dangerous Category 4 storm packing winds of up 150 mph – but left a wake of destruction in its wake and still brings the threat of floods.

The storm still packed sustained winds of 60 mph and continued to pose a threat of life-threatening flash floods, according to CNN.

“We’ve suffered flooding before. We suffered storms before. But I’ve never seen water like this in my life. It just hit us in the worst way possible and it was such a massive storm that it just totally devastated us,” Tim Kerner Jr, mayor of Jean Lafitte, south of New Orleans, told the network.

He said levees were overtopped in his city and residents were forced to their roofs, waiting for boats to rescue them.

More than one million customers in Louisiana were without electricity as of early Monday, according to PowerOutage.US. 

A section of a building's roof is seen after being blown off during rain and winds.
A section of a building’s roof is seen after being blown off during rain and winds.
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Among them is all of Orleans Parish, which was hit with “catastrophic transmission damage,” the city office tweeted Sunday night. 

Staffers at New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO on Galleria Drive in Metairie were forced to evacuate their control room Sunday night, NOLA reported.

“The ceiling has peeled away,” anchor Susan Roesgen wrote during the station’s live coverage.

Reporter Chris Welty tweeted an image showing the sky seen through the damaged roof.

“Portions of the WGNO roof is coming off,” he wrote.

Meteorologist Brooke Laizer described how parts of the ceiling came down inside the weather center.

Satellite image of Ida.
Tropical Storm Ida still pacs sustained winds of 60 mph and continues to pose a threat of flash floods.
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“Now in Chief Meteorologist @HankAllenWX’s Pad Thai dinner, I imagine he is not pleased,” she joked amid the chaos.

Meanwhile, a nurse captured terrifying footage of the moment the roof was ripped from her hospital near New Orleans, Newsweek reported.

Christiane Gottbrath posted on Instagram the horrifying video from Ochsner Health’s main campus hospital in Jefferson, where medical workers continued to treat patients.

Christiane Gottbrath.
Nurse Christiane Gottbrath captured terrifying footage of the moment the roof was ripped from her hospital near New Orleans.
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The nurse move away quickly from the window the moment the roof was torn off by the high winds in a nearby building.

All of the patients at Ochsner St. Anne Hospital in Raceland and Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center in Houma were expected to be evacuated Monday morning, WWL-TV reported.

“There’s pieces of roof coming off at lots of our facilities,” Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas said Sunday night.

Nurse Christiane Gottbrath posted a video of the roof being torn off a building at Ochsner Health's main campus hospital.
“There’s pieces of roof coming off at lots of our facilities,” Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas confirmed.
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Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson was swaying at the height of the storm.

Thomas said some skylights were broken at the site and that water had come through.  

“We’ve got leaks in lots of different areas in the facility,” Thomas said, adding that it was not impeding patient care, according to the news outlet.

Hotel staff brace a door to keep it from opening in high winds after the hotel lost power.
Hotel staff in New Orleans brace a door to keep it from opening in high winds after the hotel lost power.
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On Monday morning, the National Weather Service in New Orleans tweeted a list of flooded streets and urged residents to “stay sheltered in place unless you absolutely have to travel.”

Eerie photographs show the city in complete darkness amid damage to Entergy’s power grid.

Four parishes in southeast Louisiana had their main source of electricity cut when eight Entergy transmission lines failed, including a tower that fell into the Mississippi River, NOLA reported.

Rain batters N Peters Street in New Orleans.
National Weather Service in New Orleans urged residents to “stay sheltered in place unless you absolutely have to travel.”
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“Tomorrow we’ll know more. Hopefully we’ll build on that, once we have boots on the ground,” Entergy New Orleans CEO Deanna Rodriguez said about 1 a.m. 

 In Lafourche Parish, the Sheriff’s Office said it has deployed its deputies “in full force” to find people in need of help, CNN reported.

“Hurricane Ida has caused catastrophic damage in Lafourche Parish. Deputies have been deployed in full force today responding to emergencies, searching for those who need help, and helping clear roads,” the department said in a tweet.

Ida weakened into a tropical storm but is expected to continue unleashing heavy downpours “likely to result in life-threatening” flooding.

The full extent of storm damage still remains to seen in daylight.

On Sunday night, the sheriff’s office in Ascension Parish reported the first known US fatality from the storm, a 60-year-old man killed by a tree falling on his home near Baton Rouge.

Debris from a building that collapsed.
The full extent of storm damage from Ida still remains to seen in daylight.
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Ida, the first major hurricane to strike the US this year, made landfall around noon Sunday as a ferocious Category 4 storm over Port Fourchon, a hub of the Gulf’s offshore oil industry, packing sustained winds of up to 150 mph.

Its arrival came 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina, one of the most catastrophic and deadly US storms on record, struck the Gulf Coast, and about a year after the last Category 4 hurricane, Laura, hit Louisiana.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

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