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More than 1 million power outages in the Northeast after blockbuster fall storm

“The storm unleashed damaging winds and pockets of flooding rain” reports washingtonpost.com. More than 1.3 million customers lost power, mostly in New England, the most since Hurricane Sandy five years ago.The storm drew a tremendous stream of moisture into the region, sourced from the Caribbean, and including the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe.The winds and resulting power failures closed schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.Tropical storm-force wind gusts rattled the Mid-Atlantic while some hurricane-force gusts battered coastal New England, the hardest-hit area. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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PSE&G prepares for powerful coastal storm

“PSE&G is preparing for a powerful storm that is expected to bring heavy winds and flooding across New Jersey on Sunday afternoon” writes The Jersey Journal for nj.com. To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.  Customers can report outages by logging into their PSE&G account online or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734).Most of the state could see between 2 and 4 inches of rain from the coastal storm.Additionally, PSE&G says not to run any generators in an enclosed space if power goes out…

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5 people in South Florida nursing home die; facility evacuated as region continues to recover from Irma

“The Associated Press reported that before the deaths at the Hollywood nursing home, Irma was blamed for a combined 19 fatalities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina” reports washingtonpost.com. For three days, the facility lacked power, and for three days, elderly patients suffered in rising heat.Millions of people across Florida have lost power since Irma began lashing the state, and utilities have warned that some of the outages could extend for days or even weeks.The death toll left behind by Hurricane Irma continued to rise Wednesday, as five people died…

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flooded superfund sites

“But if a big chunk of refining remains offline, crude oil inventories in the U.S. are destined to climb, potentially dragging down WTI. The United States Oil Fund LP ETF (NYSE:USO) rose $0.08 (+0.83%) in premarket trading Tuesday” reports etfdailynews.com. A sudden surge in oil stocks could deflate the recent bullishness surrounding the direction of the oil market, reversing what has been months of inventory declines.Forthcoming data release from the EIA will offer a clearer picture on what the Hurricane has done to U.S. oil storage, refined product supply, and…

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WhatsApp is down in parts of Brazil, Europe, and the U.S.

“WhatsApp went down for some of its users around the world today, leaving some unable to send or receive messages” writes Khari Johnson for venturebeat.com. Users reportedly experienced the worst outages in parts of western Europe, southern Brazil, and in the eastern United States, according to website DownDetector.com.Reports of outages began around 8 a.m.Pacific Time. “Earlier today, WhatsApp users in parts of the world had trouble accessing the app for a couple hours. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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As hurricane Harvey slams gulf coast, Facebook and Instagram go offline

“Some had trouble logging into their Facebook account entirely, others reported having issues posting on the platform, or sharing from platforms like Twitter onto their Facebook page” writes Sara Ashley O’brien for cnn.com. ET, according to Down Detector, a site that tracks real-time outages and other online issues.Some people reported difficulties accessing the two social platforms beginning at about 9 a.m. Source: cnn.com Share This:

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Some Facebook and Instagram users are experiencing outages

“Facebook users have reported issues accessing page mailboxes, uploading images, and posting updates, on both the mobile and web versions” writes Aug Edt for theverge.com. Some users received messages saying that there was a “temporary problem with this post,” or an issue with a URL, and to try again in a few minutes.Other users were greeted with a message that Facebook is down for “required maintenance.” Instagram users also found some issues when trying to access the site this morning: The outage doesn’t appear to be affecting all users, and…

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AT&T customers in central Indiana, other parts of U.S. report outages

“July 3 (Reuters) – AT&T customers in central Indiana including Indianapolis experienced service outages on Monday, the company said on social media” writes Finanzen Net Gmbh for businessinsider.com. According to Downdetector.com, reports of AT&T outages began at 4:00 p.m. AT&T customers also reported experiencing service issues in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and several metropolitan areas along the East Coast, a map on Downdetector.com showed. (Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee). It was not clear how many customers were effected or what caused the outages. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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