Natural disasters and extreme weather events cause great physical damage, but they can also take a toll on mental health. That’s the topic the state Department of Health and the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council will explore this week at workshops they are co-sponsoring.
The workshops are tailored for mental health practitioners, health department employees, and the general public.
Hurricane Arthur is churning towards New England. But forecasters are worried about an entirely different weather system hitting the area today.
National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Field is hunkering down for a busy day. This afternoon and evening, Field says he’s watching a cold front that’s on track to bring severe weather and a couple of inches of rain to Rhode Island.
Hurricane Arthur has been downgraded from a category two to a category one storm as it makes its way toward New England. The National Weather Service is still expecting between three and five inches of rain to hit Rhode Island. A flash flood alert has been issued for the region and will be in place from noon until 2AM tomorrow morning.
Emergency response managers and regional officials gather as the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season kicks off. The National Hurricane Center forecasts the season will be average to below-average, with about three to six hurricanes, and only one or two of those likely developing into major storms.