*Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall in Florida as Category 4 Storm
Irma has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane as its eye reached the Florida Keys on Sunday morning, making landfall at Cudjoe Key with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. More than 1,000,000 homes had already lost power as tropical force winds and heavy rain from the outer bands of the hurricane began to lash the Keys and Miami in the early hours of Sunday morning. Officials in Marco Island, South Florida, told CNN it was now too late to evacuate and warned remaining residents to shelter in place but to seek shelter on the second floor of a building as storm surge waters threaten widespread flooding.
*Hillary on Election Loss Aftermath: ‘I Couldn’t Feel’
In her first televised interview since Election Day, Hillary Clinton
said her election loss weighed on her dramatically. “I just felt this enormous letdown, just kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness,” Clinton told Jane Pauley
Morning, adding she “struggled” with the transition from the campaign trail to day-to-day life. “I couldn’t feel, I couldn’t think. I was just gob-smacked, wiped out,” Clinton said. The former secretary of state added that her biggest mistake was using a private email server.
*Trump Backs Texas Churches in Legal Battle Over Harvey FEMA Funding
President Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Texas churches seeking FEMA disaster relief funds in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” Trump wrote on Twitter lateFriday. His comments came a few days after three Texas churches—Harvest Family Church, the Hi-Way Tabernacle and the Rockport First Assembly of God—sued for access to the funds, which are normally not provided to religious institutions. While Trump did not single out the three churches by name, his tweet has raised questions about whether his public endorsement will influence the case. It was not immediately clear whether his appeal would also apply to local mosques and synagogues assisting in Harvey relief efforts.
*Death Toll From Mexican Earthquake Rises to 90
The death toll from an 8.1-magnitude earthquake that rocked Mexico last week rose on Sunday
to at least 90, official said. Rescue authorities are wary of entering shaken buildings, as aftershocks might crumble them. At least 71 people were confirmed dead in the state of Oaxaca alone, according to the civil protection authority. Mexico is also reeling from Hurricane Katia, which caused two deaths and major flooding.
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*Marines and Special Operators Declare War on Hurricane Irma
As millions of Americans flee the path of Hurricane Irma, several thousand are headed for it: Marines. Defense SecretaryJames Mattis on Wednesday
authorized four U.S. Navy ships and Marines to redeploy from recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas and sail to the Florida peninsula. The main support force is the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The 26th MEU is made up of approximately 2,200 Marines, under the command of a Marine colonel, with rotary-wing aircraft assets, like the MV-22 Osprey and the UH-1Y Venom, the modern version of the Vietnam War vintage Huey helicopter—with a Marine infantry battalion, reinforced with additional supporting units. Approximately 300 Marines from the 26th MEU embarked on the USS Iwo Jima for deployment to Florida. Amphibious landing ships USS Oak Hill and USS Kearsarge have been positioned off the east coast of Florida and can provide assistance if help is requested from Gov. Rick Scott
, a Pentagon spokesman told The Daily Beast. The USS New York is in reserve and can be assigned to recovery efforts as well. MEUs are considered America’s 911 force, usually training for combat operations that could arise anywhere around the world. However, they are routinely tasked with humanitarian missions overseas, making hurricanes like Irma familiar missions.
*Dr. Leslie Bonar, DDS, Comments on New “Sedation Dentistry” Services
Patients come to dentists for a variety of reasons. However, Dr.Leslie Bonar
of Grand Dentistry in Escondido believes that the three overwhelming reasons people visit the dentist are: (a) they like the dentist, (b) they trust the dentist, and (c) their insurance company will pay the bill for them. “Dental offices are virtually never the patients’ favorite places to be,” says Dr. Bonar. “They are places where people go on a routine, six-month basis, to maintain oral health. The old adage, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ holds true in dentistry as well as many other parts of our lives. Some people adhere to that concept and some do not. The ones that do not just stay away…for years, even decades. They are not WRONG, just fearful or had a bad memory from childhood. 45% of Americans do not go to the dentist due to fear and anxiety. That is almost HALF of the country.” Instead of allowing this epidemic to grow, Dr. Bonar is taking action. Her practice now offers “Sedation Dentistry”, a service where clients are allowed to safely relax and sleep during an appointment. “Your vital signs, oxygen, and pulse rate will all be monitored as you are tucked under a nice soft blanket, with a pillow and TLC given during the entire dental visit,” says Bonar, who affirms that this service will appease even the most anxious of patients. Learn more about Sedation Dentistry by following the link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykjA0f-EBKA
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