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*Lots of sunshine today the high is 53
There's a lane closure happening this weekend that you might want to know about, IDOT is closing the westbound right lane on the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Crews have to repair the bridge deck. That starts at 9 a.m. Friday. It should be reopened by 5 a.m. Monday.
Nor’easter Is Packing A Punch For The Northeast -
An intense winter storm is expected in the Northeast! Forecasters say the nor'easter could create dangerous coastal flooding, and damaging winds causing widespread power outages. Wet, heavy snow and heavy rain are also in the forecast as the jet stream pushes an area of low pressure through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast. The lower pressure system will develop quickly when it hits the East Coast, creating an intense storm today and lingering into Saturday.
The cold air pushing through the Great Lakes region is creating heavy snow in Detroit and Buffalo, and could dump a foot of snow in northern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. High wind warnings are being posted from Maine to the southern Appalachians, where gusts of up to 60-miles-per-hour can be expected. Higher gusts are possible, bringing down trees and power lines. Strong winds over the ocean could lead to coastal flooding along the Northeast Seaboard.
Coastal flood watches and warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service from Maine to North Carolina. Forecasters say flooding could be life-threatening along the Massachusetts coast, where water levels could reach five-feet above normal tides. Some towns have issued evacuation orders.
The National Weather Service in Boston is warning of hurricane force winds, offshore waves of 40-feet and a three-to-four-foot storm surge. Peak tide levels at Boston Harbor may be their highest in decades.
Source: NBC News
Ben Carson Cancels Dining Table Order; House Committee Looks At The Situation -
HUD secretary Ben Carson has canceled the order of a 31-thousand plus dollar dining room table and accompanying pieces after the backlash over the price tag.
Carson had said he found out about the price tag for the table and has canceled the order. HUD has said that he furnished his office with older furniture stored in the agency’s basement.
The House Oversight Committee is now investigating the spending practices of HUD and the demotion of Helen Foster. Republican Chairman Trey Gowdy sent a letter to Carson demanding all documents related to the renovation. Gowdy also wants to know about Foster, the whistleblower who claims she was subject to retaliation after refusing to break the rules and exceed a five-thousand-dollar limit on office redecoration.
Ben Carson tweeted that there's been no wrongdoing by him.
*Rev. Billy Graham - The Protestant preacher known as "America's pastor" will be remembered at a funeral Friday under a large white tent evoking his first "Canvas Cathedral" revival nearly 70 years ago. The private service for the Rev. Billy Graham, who was 99 when he died at home in Montreat, North Carolina, last week, is expected to be attended by about 2,300 guests, including President Donald Trump and the first lady.
*Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech Thursday he has a new breed of "invincible" nuclear weapons that he said could outsmart American defenses and hit the U.S.
During the presentation, an animated video showed multiple missiles hitting Florida, the state that's home to Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where he frequently stays when not at the White House.
Although some experts think Putin is exaggerating about the missiles, he did focus on holes in the U.S. defense systems that are based on knocking down high-flying missiles before they can hit their targets. Putin said the new Russian missiles travel lower and too fast for U.S. defense systems to react.
*The Blues are off until Saturday