It’s hard not to be moved by the plight of Moore, Oklahoma which was hit by a catastrophic tornado Monday. Hundreds of buildings were flattened and at least 24 people, including nine children, were killed.
Experts say New England is less likely to be hit by a tornado than anywhere else east of the Rocky Mountains. New England averages eight tornadoes a year, but they tend to be weak events – on the scale of EF0 or EF1. The storm that hit Moore, Oklahoma has been categorized an EF5.
Rhode Island still has the highest foreclosure rate in New England but the numbers are coming down. According to Housing Works RI, foreclosure filings fell 11 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. Filings have fallen 36 percent since 2009, when data was first available. The Mortgage Bankers Association says Rhode Island continues to lead New England in foreclosures and is tied for 7th nationwide.
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(Update) As of 8 this morning National Grid reports the number of customers without power is down to 2100. 95 percent of those are in Washington County.
National Grid is working to restore electricity to 2700 customers in Rhode Island. 2600 of those are in South Kingstown and the other communities of Washington County. On its website National Grid reports it hopes to have power back on to all customers by noon today.
The National Weather Service is still compiling the data from this past weekend’s snow storm. But even without official measurements Meteorologist Matthew Belk says: we saw a lot of snow. “Looking across Rhode Island we’re looking at widespread accumulations of a foot and a-half to two and a-half feet of snow. The highest snowfall that I see in RI is 27.6 inches in West Glocester.
And that matters to you because….? Well, because if the bacterial infection you’re suffering from has evolved a resistance to available antibiotics, it will be harder to treat. There’s some new data about the spread of resistance, and new attention on it today.