Eta weakens but could restrengthen as it heads toward Florida next week

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Eta continues to produce deadly floods in Central America, with some areas are getting up to 40 inches of rain.At least for now, Eta is falling apart Thursday. The surface circulation has been broken up by high mountains and the system is not tropical anymore.The National Hurricane Center and most computer models, however, believe that remnants of Eta have a chance of re-emerging in the northern Caribbean Sea and strengthening back to a tropical storm by Saturday.On Sunday, the strengthened Eta will cross Cuba and will move into the Florida straits by early next week as a strong tropical storm with winds of 65 mph.Heavy rain will spread into southern Florida well ahead of Eta this weekend, which could cause flooding, especially in the urban areas in Miami-Dade County.A good amount of models show the system not coming back and just drifts south into the Pacific Ocean.A European model shows the newly developed Eta just south of Florida Keys by Monday morning with heavy rain plaguing Miami-Dade County.The National Weather Service in Miami said the heavy rain will begin well ahead of Eta, as tropical moisture moves north.Rain, heavy at times, will begin Thursday into Friday and continue into next week. Some areas in southern Florida, on the east coast, could see 10 to 15 inches of rain, while the west coast of Florida could see 4 to 8 inches of rain.Later next week, combined with the new moon causing king tide, flash flooding could be significant.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

When your ZIP code costs you more

first_imgWhat if you can save hundreds of dollars on SAT tutoring by one weird trick? Try a different ZIP code.When researching the Princeton Review website for SAT tutoring, four Harvard College students discovered that the site required a ZIP code be entered prior to learning the cost of the private online tutoring services. With this information, Keyon Vafa, Christian Haigh, Alvin Leung, and Noah Yonack tested 33,000 ZIP codes. The results? The Princeton Review would charge you from $2,760 to $3,240 for 24 hours of private online SAT tutoring depending on your ZIP code. The student researchers learned that it even made a difference whether you lived in ZIP codes 13901 or 13905 in Binghamton, N.Y., where you’re charged $2,760 versus paying $3,000 if you live in 13903 or 13904.Their research, which appeared online in Technology Science, published by the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University, was advanced by ProPublica’s data journalists Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, and Julia Angwin, who published an accompanying paper in Technology Science that found areas with high Asian populations are 1.8 times more likely to be paying more for the tutoring services than similar areas without Asians. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Batesville Mayor Bettice: Our city is on the rise!

first_imgBatesville, In. —Batesville mayor Mike Bettice delivered his third state of the city address last night to about 60 people at the BNS Commons.The mayor cited many accomplishments while crediting department heads, board & commission volunteers, independently elected officials, municipal employees and community partners.Highlights of the presentation: The final bond payment for improvements to the Batesville Water Clarifier Plant done in 2003 will be paid in January of 2021. Once the final payment is made, $700,000 will be available in the annual budget. At about the same time, the final phases of the Long Term Water Project could be underway. City officials say that project will be financed through the Indiana Finance Authority Revolving Fund Loan Program.The city currently has the capacity to produce about 2 million gallons of water per day and demand is between 1.2 and 1.8 million gallons per day. The Long Term Water Project will be an important part of future expansion for the city.The Batesville Police Department will add a patrol officer, allowing the reassignment of another officer to work on drug-related cases moving forward. The mayor said the department is committed to using Community Policing tactics as a tool to reduce property crime.Reflecting on change and upgrades at the Batesville Fire Department, the mayor said they are always looking for EMS/Firefighters and this year the hourly wage has been increased. A new Training/Storage Building has been added, significant renovations have been done to the interior and exterior, a new ambulance has been procured and a new low-profile apparatus has been purchased. The new apparatus will become the primary response tool and able to access the city limits south of the railroad tracks in the event of a train crossing.The mayor thanked multiple community partners for improvements and ADA upgrades at Liberty Park, the addition of the north side park and the Star Spangled Symphony.The completion of Merkel Road, a major stormwater project in downtown, the demolition of Feller’s Service Station and the Military Banner Program were all mentioned as significant accomplishments.For 2019 there are plans to replace liner at the Memorial Pool, replace the roof and SCADA System at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Northside Park construction and maintenance and repair to the Memorial Building.Long-term plans were announced for a pedestrian path that would connect the Baseball Complex, YMCA, Brum Woods, the possibility of an I-74 Gateway Project that would refurbish “Batesville” signs, a railroad bridge and a trail to connect the city with the new Northside Park.last_img read more