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*Partly cloudy this morning high 84
*More than 50 trained American Red Cross volunteers from Eastern Missouri have joined the Harvey relief effort. The organization is looking to recruit more people who want to help during future crises.
There's an orientation today at 6:30 p.m. at its location off Lindbergh in Creve Coeur (10195 Corporate Square, St. Louis 63132).
Find out more online: http://www.redcross.org/volunteer-interest-form
Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but we can't let down our guards. Tropical Storm Irma is gathering steam.
Irma is far out in the Atlantic, but the National Hurricane Center predicts that it will reach major hurricane strength in a few days and that its track will take it into the Caribbean Sea. Beyond that, it's too early to tell whether the storm will head for the Gulf of Mexico, turn up the East Coast or simply fizzle out.
In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Lidia is headed for the Baja Peninsula, but forecasters say because of interaction with land, it's unlikely to strengthen much.
The situation is Texas isn't getting any better as the former hurricane known as Harvey came back for an encore Wednesday with record rains and more flooding in the small cities east of swamped Houston.
In the 55,000-population Port Arthur, much of the town was under water, including a shelter for victims of the flood.
In Houston, about 35,000 have left their submerged homes for shelters.
The death toll was up to at least 37, but Houston Police Chief Art Acedvedo said that 20 people were still missing.
Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette had a stern warning to citizens after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the floodgates of the Neches River. He wrote on the county's Facebook page, “Anyone who chooses to not heed this directive cannot expect to be rescued and should write their social security numbers in permanent marker on their arm so their bodies can be identified. The loss of life and property is certain. GET OUT OR DIE!" (The Washington Post)
U.S. Is Looking To Disrupt ISIS Convoy-
The U.S. coalition is not happy some ISIS members are getting a free pass. The coalition is trying to keep ISIS fighters from evacuating the border region between Syria and Lebanon. Around 600 of the terror group members and their families are trying to leave Lebanon and make it to eastern Syria as part of a temporary truce with Lebanon, the Syrian army and Hezbollah.
The Pentagon has been sharply critical of the deal, which the U.S. was not at the table for, and has used the airstrikes to crater the roads in an effort to disrupt the evacuation. The strikes didn't target the convoy itself.
Source: NBC News
Dems Demand Judiciary Committee Hearings On Arpaio’s Pardon-
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are calling for a hearing over President Trump's decision to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio [[ are-PYE-oh ]].
All the Democrats on the committee signed a letter requesting the hearing, calling the pardon a "gross injustice" based on Arpaio's history. Democrats are the minority party and have no authority to call hearings.Source: The Hill
*Cards lost to the Brewers 6-5, they take on the Giants today it's an away game!