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Nicole To Hit Florida As A Hurricane Tonight With Storm Surge, Strong Winds, Flooding Rain

A real-time tool that helped track Hurricane Ian’s path toward Florida, and then its second landfall in the Carolinas, will now monitor Tropical Storm Nicole as it strengthens and moves toward the United States.

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  • Hurricane Nicole is forecast to make landfall in Florida tonight.
  • Hurricane, storm surge and tropical storm alerts have been issued in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
  • Coastal flooding, strong winds, flooding rain and tornadoes are expected along the Southeast coast.
  • Flooding rain, strong winds and a few tornadoes are possible in the rest of the East Friday into early Saturday.

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Girl says man with homemade ‘Ski Patrol’ jacket followed her on Colorado mountain

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A man wearing a red jacket with “Ski Patrol” written in permanent marker followed a girl at a Colorado ski area, police said.

The man impersonating a ski patroller followed a girl from a ski run last week at Copper Mountain, a ski resort about 75 miles west of Denver, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said Jan. 27.

“The unidentified adult male was wearing a red jacket with ‘Ski Patrol’ written poorly on the outside, in what appeared to be Sharpie marker,” deputies said in a news release.

The man followed the girl across the ski resort from the Center Village to the East Village, officials said. She was then able to elude him.

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The incident was reported to the sheriff’s office on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Deputies opened an investigation after receiving the report and are searching for the man.

“The odds of solving a case can drop by 50% in the first 48 hours after a crime is committed,” Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said in the news release. “Therefore it is imperative to any investigation that both victims and witnesses report a crime to law enforcement immediately.”

Officials ask that anyone who has information contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Copper Mountain told Fox 31 that its ski patrollers wear black pants and red coats. The resort logo is visible on the uniform and name tags.

“All on-mountain personnel have been notified of the incident and the description of the individual,” the resort told FOX 31. “Copper Mountain takes the incident very seriously and is conducting an internal investigation.” – Emergency Alert


‘Going to be a mess’: Up to 8 inches of snow with freezing rain, sleet from winter storm

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Weather experts are urging people to stay home if possible starting Wednesday night as a winter storm is forecast to dump up to 1.25 inches of rain on Monroe County, followed by up to 2 inches of sleet and up to 8 inches of snow.

“It’s going to be a very impactful storm,” said Sam Lashley, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

The NWS expects rain to switch to freezing rain and sleet sometime Wednesday afternoon to evening. For much of Wednesday night through Thursday, Monroe County will see a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow.

Lashley told The Herald-Times parts of the county could see sleet accumulations of up to 2 inches, which is rare.

He urged people to avoid travel starting Wednesday evening.

“It’s going to be a mess through the end of the day Thursday,” he said. “Staying at home is the best course of action.”

Precipitation will switch to snow Thursday morning and will be heavy at times, along with strong wind and gusts of up to 30 mph, Lashley said.

He projected snowfall of 6-8 inches, with the larger accumulation expected for northern parts of the county.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits Friday night into Saturday. Lashley said the low temperatures will quickly harden the snow, which, accompanied by the earlier freezing rain and sleet, will make shoveling difficult.

“It’s not going to be an easy system to deal with,” he said.

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CDC Adds Another 12 Destinations, Including Mexico, to Its Highest Warning Level

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans against traveling to Mexico along with nearly a dozen other destinations, adding the vacation hotspot to its highest travel advisory list.

The agency classified Mexico as a “Level 4” destination, indicating there is a “very high” level of COVID-19 transmission in the country and telling Americans they should not travel there. If people do decide to head to Mexico, the CDC recommended they be fully vaccinated and “up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before travel.”

In addition to Mexico, the CDC classified Anguilla, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, French Guiana, Kosovo, Moldova, Paraguay, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, Singapore, and the Philippines under its highest travel warning, which the agency updates on a weekly basis.

Destinations are classified as “Level 4” if they report more than 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the last 28 days. Currently, there are 128 destinations classified as “Level 4,” including popular spots like Canada, St. Barths, Aruba, Spain, Italy, and France.

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Coast Guard searching for man who fell from a boat that capsized off the Lower Keys

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A search is underway for a man who fell from a small boat Saturday night off the Lower Keys, according to authorities.

Erik Rundle was last seen around sunset on the capsized boat in the Man of War Harbor— located west of Fleming Key, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Twitter.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the search and rescue operation of the man who they believe is around 40-years-old.

“We are assisting the U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in trying to locate him,” sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt said Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information about Rundle’s whereabouts is asked to call the Coast Guard at 305-292-8727.

This story is developing.

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CDC travel warning flags 5 Caribbean destinations as ‘very high’ risk for COVID-19

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Federal health authorities on Monday warned against travel to 15 countries and territories, including Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates and five Caribbean destinations, because of “very high” risk levels of coronavirus.

By issuing Level 4 advisories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that “even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants” in those locales. The new additions expand a list of more than 100 destinations to receive the agency’s highest travel warning.

In the Caribbean, the CDC urged people to “avoid travel” to Jamaica, Saint Barthelemy, the Dominican Republic and two island territories of France: Guadeloupe and Saint Martin. The agency also issued its highest coronavirus warning for Peru, Colombia, Fiji, Kuwait, Mongolia, Niger, Romania and Tunisia.

Monday’s alerts deal with some of the most popular beach destinations for Americans. According to federal travel data, more than 4.6 million U.S. citizens traveled to the Caribbean from January through September last year. That exceeds the number of U.S. visitors to any other overseas region, including all of Europe.

Other Caribbean tourist spots designated as highest-risk include the Bahamas, Barbados and Sint Maarten, which is part of the Netherlands and on the same island as Saint Martin.

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These Mexico Destinations Will Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test to Enter Bars, Restaurants, and More

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Several popular tourist destinations in Mexico have started requiring or recommending vaccines for indoor activities, including bars.

Starting Friday, the state of Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is located, will require people to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours to enter places like bars and clubs, as well as concerts and stadiums, according to the state government. The new mandate applies to people 18 and older.

Similarly, Baja California has recommended businesses like bars and restaurants ask guests 18 and older to show proof of vaccination or a PCR test taken within five days of entering, according to the state government. However, Baja California stopped short of mandating the policy, noting showing proof of vaccination would be at the discretion of individual business owners.

And Tlaxcala, which sits east of Mexico City, will require proof of vaccination to enter places like hotels, shopping centers, cafeterias, supermarkets, and taquerías, according to Forbes Mexico.

The new rules come as Mexico is reporting more than 26,400 new cases each day, according to Reuters, which is tracking COVID-19 cases around the world. Cases in Mexico are currently the highest the country has ever reported.

In Mexico overall, about 58.4% of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to Reuters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently classifies Mexico as a “Level 3” destination, indicating a “high” level of COVID-19 transmission in the country. The agency recommends Americans be fully vaccinated before traveling there, but only warns unvaccinated Americans to avoid travel to the country.

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Two major cruise lines just postponed sailings on 15 ships — here are all the cruises that have been canceled amid the Omicron surge

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  • On Tuesday, Norwegian postponed sailings across 11 cruise ships.
  • Royal Caribbean has also paused itineraries on four ships as COVID-19 cases continue to spike.
  • These are all the cruise ships Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have postponed.

Two major cruise lines have canceled sailings on a combined 15 ships as COVID-19 continues to spike around the world amid spread of the Omicron variant.

The majority of cruise ships sailing in the US have reported COVID-19 outbreaks in the last several weeks, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These ongoing outbreaks have barred cruise ships from docking at ports of calls, infected crew, and forced passengers to quarantine aboard ships.

Amid these disruptions, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have postponed several sailings, citing travel restrictions or the COVID-19 outbreak. Almost 250 cruises were set to sail throughout the first month of 2022, but this ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases could continue to cause further cancellations.

These are all the cruise vessels now facing cancelations:

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl on the water in Amsterdam on a sunny day.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl in Amsterdam.Norwegian Cruise Line

In early January, Norwegian announced it will be canceling itineraries aboard eight ships due to “ongoing travel restrictions.” On Tuesday, the cruise giant expanded these postponements to include embarkations across 11 vessels:

  • Norwegian Pearl — postponed through January 17
  • Norwegian Dawn — postponed through January 18
  • Norwegian Getaway — postponed through January 19
  • Norwegian Escape — postponed through January 22
  • Norwegian Joy — postponed through January 22
  • Norwegian Sky — postponed through February 25
  • Pride of America — postponed through February 26
  • Norwegian Jade — postponed through March 3
  • Norwegian Star — postponed through March 19
  • Norwegian Sun — postponed through April 19
  • Norwegian Spirit — postponed through April 23

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Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas ship

Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas ship.Royal Caribbean

On Friday, Royal Caribbean also canceled sailings aboard four ships, citing “ongoing COVID-related circumstances”:

  • Vision of the Seas — postponed until March 7.
  • Serenade of the Seas — postponed until April 26
  • Jewel of the Seas sailings — postponed until February 20
  • Symphony of the Seas — postponed until January 29

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