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Poll shows Americans’ trust in the Black Lives Matter Movement has fallen #BLM

Americans’ trust in the Black Lives Matter movement has fallen and their faith in local law enforcement has risen since protests demanding social justice swept the nation last year, according to an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll.

The debate over the intersection of racism and policing will be in the spotlight again as jury selection opens Monday in the Minneapolis trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, which sparked nationwide marches last year.

The debate over the intersection of racism and policing will be in the spotlight again as jury selection opens Monday in the Minneapolis trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, which sparked nationwide marches last year.

The survey finds complicated and shifting views about Chauvin’s actions and broader questions of race. On many issues, there is a chasm in the perspective between Black people and white people.

Last June, 60% in a USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll described Floyd’s death as murder; that percentage has now dropped by double digits to 36%. Uncertainty has grown about how to characterize the incident, caught on video, when Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck and ignored his protests that he couldn’t breathe. Last year, 4% said they didn’t know how to describe it; that number has climbed to 17%.

“There were eight minutes that the officer could have made a different decision, and he willfully held a man,” said Valda Pugh, a 67-year-old retiree from Louisville who is Black. She was among those surveyed. “It was a murder. It was willful – maybe not premeditated. Nonetheless, the young man died.”

Kevin Hayworth, 66, of Garner, Iowa, who is white, disagreed. “I think it was a police officer doing his job,” he said in a follow-up phone interview. “It was just a tragedy, but I think he was within the limits of his duty of jurisdiction.”

Nearly two-thirds of Black Americans, 64%, view Floyd’s death as murder; fewer than one-third of white people, 28%, feel that way. White Americans are more likely to describe it instead as the police officer’s “negligence,” 33% compared with 16% of Black respondents.

That said, Americans who have heard at least something about Chauvin’s trial say 4 to 1, or 60%-15%, that they hope Chauvin is convicted. That included 54% of white Americans and 76% of Black Americans.

The online poll of 1,165 adults, taken Monday and Tuesday, has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

[Full Story] Did Biden Just Called Abbott a Neanderthal?

President Joe Biden on Wednesday slammed states that repealed Covid-19 restrictions on businesses and rescinded mask mandates for residents, calling the moves a “big mistake.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, both republicans announced Tuesday they would allow buisness to reopen at 100% capacity and lift mask mandates. Biden’s remarks were in response to shouted questions from the press specifically about the two states.

“Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms… The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking, that, ‘In the meantime, everything’s fine. Take off your mask. Forget it.’ It still matters.”

He added that it is “critical, critical, critical” that state officials “follow the science” and encourage Americans to continue to wear masks and follow all public health guidelines.

“I know you all know that,” Biden told reporters. “I wish the heck some of our elected officials would.”

In response to Biden’s remarks, Reeves tweeted that “Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.”

In announcing their decisions, Reeves and Abbott both cited the declining number of new Covid-19 cases and the increasing availability of vaccines as reasons for ending the restrictions. But federal officials have been warning that the decline in new cases appears to be stalling out and that the emergence of new coronavirus variants could lead to a resurgence.

“It is clear from the recoveries, the vaccinations, the reduced hospitalizations, and the safe practices that Texans are using, that state mandates are no longer needed,” Renae Eze, Abbott’s press secretary, said in a statement to CNBC. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans. The Governor’s focus has been, and always will be, protecting the lives and livelihoods of Texans.”

She added that Texas have “the tools and knowledge to combat” Covid-19 and can make their own decisions. Eze said the “Governor was clear in telling Texans that COVID hasn’t ended, and that all Texans should follow medical advice and safe practices” during the pandemic.

Both governors struck a similar tone in making their announcements Tuesday, saying that people should still follow public health guidance, but that statewide mandates are not appropriate. Despite the rollback of the restrictions some businesses in both states have said they will still require masking in their stores.

On Monday, before the two governors made their announcements, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned state officials against lifting public health restrictions too quickly.

Over the past seven days, the U.S. reported an average of more than 65,400 daily new cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That’s far below the peak of about 250,000 new cases every day that the country was reporting in early January, but it’s still well above the rate of infection the U.S. saw over the summer when the virus swept across the Sun Belt.

“At this level of cases, with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” Walensky said Monday. “With these statistics, I am really worried about more states rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from Covid-19.”

“Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” she said.

Republican House Leader Refuses to admit Joe Biden won, WHY?

A senior Republican House leader has refused to admit Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump.

Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House minority whip, appeared on ABC’s This Week more than three months after Biden won the electoral college 306-232 and the popular vote by more than 7m ballots and just over a month after the Democrat was sworn into office.

Trump now lives in Florida but he has refused to accept reality and concede, even after having the vast majority of cases mounted to pursue baseless claims of voter fraud laughed and thrown out of court.

He was impeached a second time for inciting the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January, having told supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn the election. Thanks to Republicans in the Senate, he was acquitted.

“Clear this up for me,” ABC host Jonathan Karl said to Scalise on Sunday. “Joe Biden won the election. He is the legitimate president of the United States. The election was not stolen, correct?”

“Look,” Scalise said, “Joe Biden’s the president. There were a few states that did not follow their state laws. That’s really the dispute that you’ve seen continue on.

“And, look, if you’re Joe Biden, you probably want to keep talking about impeachment and anything other than the fact that he’s killed millions of American energy jobs, that … they just signed the Paris [climate] accord. It’s going to kill manufacturing jobs in America.

“But at the end of the day, when you look at where we are in this country, either we’re going to address the problems that happened with the election that … millions of people are still concerned about, the constitution says state legislatures set the rules for elections, that didn’t happen in a few states, and so, going forward – look, Joe Biden’s the president. But does he…”

Karl interjected.


“But, congressman, I know Joe Biden’s the president. He lives at the White House. I asked you, is he the legitimate president of the United States, and do you concede that this election was not stolen? Very simple question. Please just answer it.”

“Look,” said Scalise, not answering the question. “Once the electors are counted, yes, he’s the legitimate president. But if you’re going to ignore the fact that there were states that did not follow their own … laws, that’s the issue at heart, that millions of people still are not happy with and don’t want to see happen again.

“You know, look … you can rehash the election from 2020 all day long, but there are people concerned about what the next election is going to look like. Are we going to finally get back to the way the rule of law works?”

Scalise’s comment about the rule of law echoed statements from Trump, his supporters and his lawyers, who have insisted he represents the forces of law and order despite having incited an assault on Congress in which a police officer was one of five people killed and scores of others were injured.

Scalise told Karl he had recently visited Trump.

“I was doing some fundraising throughout a number of parts of Florida,” he said, “ended up at Mar-a-Lago, and the president reached out, and we visited. I hadn’t seen him since he had left the White House. And it was actually good to catch up with him. I noticed he was a lot more relaxed than in his four years in the White House.

“He still cares a lot about this country and the direction of our country. But, you know, it was a conversation more about how he’s doing now and what he’s … planning on doing and how his family is doing.”

In the long term, Trump’s plans may include another run for office – or other ways of keeping congressional Republicans firmly under his thumb. In the short term, the former president will next week address the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in Florida.

Malcolm X Family demands justice and reopening of the murder case

The daughters of assassinated US black civil rights leader Malcolm X have requested that the murder investigation be reopened in light of new evidence.

They cite a deathbed letter from a man who was a policeman at the time of the 1965 killing, alleging New York police and the FBI conspired in the murder.

Raymond Wood wrote his responsibility was to ensure Malcolm X’s security team were arrested days before he was shot dead in Manhattan, his family says.

Three men were convicted of the murder.

The men – all members of the Nation of Islam political and religious movement – were each sentenced to life in prison. One of them has since died, while the other two have been paroled.

By the time he was gunned down, Malcolm X – who was at one time seen as a public face of the Nation of Islam but then left the movement – had moderated his militant message of black separatism.

However, he remained a passionate advocate of black unity, self-respect and self-reliance.

In 2020, the Manhattan district attorney launched a review of the convictions after meeting representatives of the Innocence Project, a non-profit legal group campaigning for justice for individuals it says have been wrongly convicted.

What does Wood’s letter allege?

The letter says the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) covered up details of the assassination on 21 February 1965 in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom, Upper Manhattan, according to Wood’s family and their lawyer.

Wood alleges that he was tasked with making sure that Malcolm X would have no door security in the building where he was due to speak in public.

At a press briefing on Saturday, Wood’s family members provided no details about how and when Raymond Wood died.

But they said he did not want to make the letter public until after his death, fearing repercussions from the authorities.

“Any evidence that provides greater insight into the truth behind that terrible tragedy should be thoroughly investigated,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s daughters.

How have the NYPD and the FBI responded?

In a statement, the NYPD said: “Several months ago, the Manhattan district attorney initiated a review of the investigation and prosecution that resulted in two convictions for the murder of Malcolm X.

“The NYPD has provided all available records relevant to that case to the district attorney. The department remains committed to assist with that review in any way.”

The FBI has so far made no public comment on the issue

Is Ted Cruz really in Cancun during Texas Winter Disaster? #Cancun #Texas

Photos circulating on Twitter late Wednesday purport to show Texas Senator Ted Cruz on a flight to Cancun, Mexico, during the state‘s historic disaster.

The images show a man with a striking similarity to Cruz in an airport and on a plane. Cruz’s office didn‘t respond to a request for comment but this story will be updated if they do. Other reporters said they had reached out as well but not heard back.

Some Twitter sleuths claimed they matched a mask, glasses, a ring, tennis shoes and headphones to past social media posts. One photo appears to show Cruz’s wife – who has appeared on national television – at his side.

One sleuth cited clues from a photo that puts Cruz inside the Houston International Airport near the terminal for a United flight to Cancun at 4:10 p.m.

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Journalist wins case against ex Indian Minister #Metoo

A former Indian minister has lost a defamation case against a journalist, in a ruling with huge implications for the country’s #MeToo movement.

MJ Akbar was accused by Priya Ramani and several other women of alleged “predatory conduct”.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled that “a woman cannot be punished for raising her voice against sexual abuse”.

Ms Ramani said she felt “vindicated on behalf of all the women who have spoken up against sexual harassment at work”.

The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi says Wednesday’s judgement by the trial court in the capital is extremely significant as it will set a precedent for other #MeToo cases in India. It will serve as encouragement to other victims and survivors to take on their abusers.

A celebrated editor and author-turned-politician, Mr Akbar was the most high-profile figure to be named in India’s #MeToo movement. He resigned as junior foreign minister after the scandal in October 2018.

He sued Ms Ramani, saying her accusations had damaged his “stellar reputation”.

Ms Ramani said in court that her defence was “truth and public good” and that Mr Akbar’s reputation was “flawed”.

What did the judge say?

In his landmark order, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Pandey said that “a man of social status can also be a sexual harasser” and that “sexual abuse takes away dignity and self-confidence, and right of reputation can’t be protected at the cost of right to dignity”.

He accepted Ms Ramani’s contention that Mr Akbar’s claim of a stellar reputation had been demolished by the testimony of another journalist who also accused him of sexual abuse.

In court, Mr Akbar’s lawyers questioned why Ms Ramani had not complained earlier about something that happened in 1993, but the judge ruled that a “woman has the right to raise her grievances even after decades”.

Ms Ramani said with this order “sexual harassment at the workplace has got the attention it deserves, despite the fact that it was me, the victim, who had to stand up in court as the accused”.

What is the case about?

In 2017, Ms Ramani wrote an article in Vogue about the behaviour of male bosses in the context of the American #MeToo movement and the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

While researching the article, she told the court, she remembered her personal story of her first male boss who’d called her into his hotel room for a job interview. The article – titled “To the Harvey Weinsteins of the world” – did not name him but a year later – on 8 October 2018 – she tweeted that the unnamed boss was MJ Akbar.

In the days before and after her tweet, more than a dozen women alleged that they had been harassed, sexually assaulted and even raped him – charges he strongly denied and described as “false” and “baseless”.

What were Ms Ramani’s allegations?

In the Vogue Article that was presented in court as a key piece of evidence, Ms Ramani writes about when she went to a hotel to meet Mr Akbar for an interview in 1993 for a job in The Asian Age newspaper.

She says he invited her to his room – in court, Mr Akbar has denied the meeting ever took place.

“It was more date, less interview,” wrote Ms Ramani. “The bed, a scary interview accompaniment, was already turned down for the night. Come sit here, you said at one point, gesturing to a tiny space near you… I escaped that night, you hired me, I worked for you for many months even though I swore I would never be in a room alone with you again.”

Ms Ramani said she called him “a predator because of my personal and shared experiences, since over the years, many colleagues and ex-colleagues have shared similar or significantly worse stories of their experiences of sexual harassment by him”.

What was Mr Akbar’s response?
A week after Ms Ramani’s tweet named him, the former minister sued her for criminal defamation.

In court, he denied the incident alleged by Ms Ramani – he said he had not asked her to meet him at his hotel, or that she called him from the hotel reception, or that he called her to his room.

He accused her of using “language that was deeply offensive… and a web of fabrication, spun out of lies” and said her tweets became “the basis of articles in Indian and international press”.

“This has adversely affected my public reputation as well as my standing within family and friends,” he said, and that he had filed the case “to protect my reputation”.

“I’ve been harmed by the offensive words used which were false and caused irreparable damage to my stellar reputation which I had built over many years.”

What did other witnesses say?
In the days before and after Ms Ramani’s tweet, 14 women journalists made similar or even more serious allegations against Mr Akbar.

Some of their articles and tweets were presented as evidence in court.

Ms Ramani and several of the witnesses who testified in court said that in the 1990s, Mr Akbar was a powerful man – editor-in-chief of The Asian Age newspaper, a former MP and former spokesman of the Congress party.

They pointed out that he was in his 40s, had power and clout and that the women he allegedly preyed on were in their early 20s, they were his subordinates, had no influence, and many of them desperately needed to keep their jobs.

In what appeared to be one of the most damning testimonies against him, a former colleague Ghazala Wahab alleged in an article in The Wire that her last six months at The Asian Age “were pure hell” when he repeatedly “sexually harassed and molested” her.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Mr Akbar said Ms Wahab’s – and other – allegations were politically motivated:

Trump Plaza Casino is going down also #TrumpPlaza

Former President Donald Trump’s Atlantic City, New Jersey, hotel and casino will be demolished on Wednesday morning.

Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino has been closed since 2014. The building, once a staple on the Boardwalk, has deteriorated so much that chunks of it have begun to peel off.

Bernie Dillon, the former events manager for the casino, recalled how the hotel used to be a hot spot for celebrities.

“The way we put Trump Plaza and the city of Atlantic City on the map for the whole world was really incredible. Everyone from Hulk Hogan to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was the whole gamut of personalities,” he told NBC Philadelphia. “One night before a Tyson fight, I stopped dead in my tracks and looked about four rows in as the place was filling up, and there were two guys leaning in close and having a private conversation: Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.”

“It was like that a lot: You had Madonna and Sean Penn walking in, Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson, Muhammad Ali would be there, Oprah sitting with Donald ringside,” he recalled. “It was a special time. I’m sorry to see it go.”

Trump cut ties with the casino in 2009 after a series of bankruptcy filings, but his name continued to adorn the building for a time, according to The New York Times. Billionaire investor Carl C. Icahn acquired it out of bankruptcy in 2016, the newspaper reported.

The demolition comes less than a month since Joe Biden was sworn in as President. It is scheduled to occur at 9 a.m

[Full Story] Twitter rally to #FindSai & expose mystery around Sai Land

On February 17th, Twitter appeared to rally together in an effort to find Sai Land, who was allegedly a missing person in Cincinnati, Ohio. The #FindSai hashtag has seen both detective work and ongoing updates on the situation although there has yet to be any confirmation as to whether the mysterious story is true or a Twitter hoax.

Since the early hours of February 17th (US time), #findsai has been continuously trending on Twitter, with over one million tweets. The tag itself started with a picture-statement about the situation. The statement claimed that:

“Sai is a young Black trans woman who is at an increased risk of facing violence and has been kidnapped and is in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. On their Instagram story, they posted a quick video in the dark, and said, “tall, 40-50 Latino male, and 5’10, please I’m in Cincinnati Ohio, I’m in the basement he could be back any second please help’”

The image quickly gained traction and the hashtag became filled with information, calls for help, and DIY detective work.

@onesweetpotatoes is the Instagram account allegedly belonging to Sai, while @seasonedburberry is reportedly her Twitter account.

However, at the time of writing, the information provided by anyone on social media and within this article has not been confirmed by any legal departments, which is why there is an ongoing online debate as to whether the missing person’s Twitter search was real or not.

Here’s everything we know so far, so you can come to your own conclusion.

FACT: THERE’S A GOFUNDME PAGE

A GoFundMe page has been shared on social media in aid of finding Sai. The page is titled ‘Help a Black trans woman FFS, SRS, & survival’ and it has gained over $41,000 already and well on track to reach the 60k aim.

Although the page is being shared with the #FindSai tag and donation messages include hopes to find her, the page was created previous to the social media outpour.

Sai herself regularly tweeted about the page having first shared it on January 30th on Twitter and originally creating it on January 8th, 40 days before the viral #findsai hashtag.

CLAIM: SAI’S INSTAGRAM STORY UPDATE
A video, which people are claiming features Sai, is still circulating online.

The video is a screen recording of a story uploaded to the Instagram account @onesweetpotatoes, which is said to be Sai’s Instagram handle. In the video, a woman can be seen saying:

“Hey, so everything got blown out of proportion, I’m fine. Thank you so much for the messages and the support but everything’s good. Thankyou.”

ALLEGED: ‘ROOMMATES’ HAVE BEEN UPDATING ON #FINDSAI
Various individuals have been making claims in regards to friendships or relationships with Sai. Instagram user @_deevious has claimed that she knows Sai, and that her last name is Land. It has also been claimed that Instagram user @princessculo is Sai’s current roommate. While neither of these statements can be confirmed, there are pictures on Princess Culo’s Insta account that @onesweetpotatoes had commented on.

The latest update from @princessculo claims that Sai has been found and will be retuning home: “UPDATE: I was just told that Sasha is ok and will be flying back to LA tomorrow,” reads the Instagram story text.

While @_deevious also vouched that @meanmug_mamii is a close friend of Sai’s. Said friend has claimed on Twitter that Sai is safe, and posted a screenshot of an alleged FaceTime call with her.

“I just got off facetime with Sai, we talked she’s okay. I’m a close friend of her and she reassured me that she’s not in any danger. She’s coming back to California tomorrow,” she wrote.

As it stands, neither the allegations of Sai being missing or found have been confirmed by any officials or police departments.

Greta Thunberg Betrays Disha Ravi and exposes toolkit in Twitter #AskGretaWhy

According to Delhi Police, Disha Ravi had asked the Swedish environmental activist to delete her post fearing action under the stringent law UAPA as her name was mentioned in the document. Police claimed that Thunberg allegedly deleted the tweet following Disha`s request and later, shared an edited version of the document. They also claimed that the edits were made by 22-year-old Disha.

The alleged WhatsApp conversation between Swedish teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg and the Bengaluru-based climate activist Disha Ravi has now come to fore. According to Delhi Police, Disha had expressed fears of being charged under the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in her leaked WhatsApp conversation with Greta Thunberg.

After the Swedish activist leaked the anti-India toolkit on social media, Disha has reportedly said, “Can we just not say anything at all for a while. I am going to talk to lawyers.”

Disha Ravi has reportedly confessed before Delhi Police that she has been in touch with several questionable entities. She had tried to conceal details about her acquaintance with accused Nikita Jacob who has been evading the law enforcement agencies.

According to Delhi Police, Disha Ravi had panicked after Greta Thunberg shared the toolkit on farmers’ protest on Twitter, which triggered a political storm in the country.

Disha Ravi had asked the Swedish environmental activist to delete her post fearing action under the stringent law UAPA as her name was mentioned in the document. Police claimed that Thunberg allegedly deleted the tweet following Disha’s request and later, shared an edited version of the document. They also claimed that the edits were made by 22-year-old Disha.

Police sources said Disha wrote to Thunberg on WhatsApp, saying, “Okay can you not tweet the toolkit at all. Can we just not say anything at all for a while. I am gonna talk to lawyers. I am sorry but our names are on it and we can literally get UAPA against us.”

Disha allegedly made the request fearing registration of the case under the stringent the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), police claimed. Thunberg, a teen climate activist, had shared the “toolkit” to lend her support to the farmers’ agitation against the three farm laws.

In the document, various urgent actions, including creating a “Twitter storm” and protesting outside Indian embassies, were listed which needed to be taken to support the farmers’ protest. A senior police officer said that while examining the WhatsApp chats between Thunberg and Disha Ravi, it came to notice that Disha had requested Greta Thunberg to delete the tweet as the “toolkit” had her name in the document.

While responding to queries relating to the toolkit document during a press conference at the Delhi Police headquarters, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Anyesh Roy said that it is not a static document.

“It’s a dynamic document which has a large number of hyperlinks, which are links to various Google drives, Google docs and websites. One of the important website present here is askindiawhy.Com. This website has a lot of Pro-Khalistani content. So this document in itself has an action plan,” Roy said.

The DCP said that in the first instance, the document was not to be shared in the public and was private, but it was accidentally shared. “So this was a document to be shared to a limited number of people, who would then influence public opinion. Having global icons to follow this, this toolkit was made to propagate pro-Khalistan propaganda” he also said.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Police said that Disha Ravi along with Mumbai lawyer Nikita Jacob and Pune engineer Shantanu created the “toolkit” related to the farmers’ agitation and shared it with others to tarnish India’s image.

The police claimed that Disha, who was arrested on Saturday from Bengaluru, sent the “toolkit” to teen climate activist Thunberg through the Telegram app, and also “coaxed her to act on it”. The data was also deleted, police said, adding that Disha’s Telegram account shows many links related to the “toolkit” were removed.

Brunswick County tornado live updates: 3 dead, 10 injured. 3,000 without power #BrunswickCounty

A tornado touched down early Tuesday in southern Brunswick County, killing three people, injuring 10 and damaging at least 50 homes. Here are our latest updates:

10:47 a.m. | Emergency response rescues those blocked by debris
A press conference is scheduled for noon to provide updates on the Brunswick County tornado event.
Brunswick County Emergency Services and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will host the press conference to answer questions about their response efforts following the tornado that hit the Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood overnight, according to a press release from Brunswick County.

As of 10:45 a.m., there are three confirmed deaths and 10 people injured, no additional injuries or deaths have been identified since the county’s last update. All of those previously reported to be unable to leave their homes due to debris have since been rescued.

“Public safety teams are finishing their review of the neighborhood and are supporting evacuation efforts for individuals who are displaced due to the storm,” according to the release.

This press conference is anticipated to be the final press briefing, according to the release.

9:54 a.m. | Response team is clearing out the area

A regional response team was dispatched to the area between 1 and 2 a.m. Tuesday to look for missing people, according to Rebekah Thurston, the public information officer for the Wilmington Fire Department.

The response team is currently clearing out of the area.

The National Weather Service issued a serve thunderstorm warning around 11:33 p.m. Monday and six minutes later, issued a tornado warning at 11:39 p.m., said Dave Lowenthal, weather forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office. The office still doesn’t know what time the tornado touched down in southern Brunswick and are headed to the scene this morning to find out more information.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram told reporters at an early morning press conference that the damage was significant.

“This is something unlike I’ve ever seen,” Ingram said

When the office issues a weather alert, they turn toward their radars to determine strong areas of wind and whether there is wind rotation. If conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and tornados in or close to an area, a watch is issued, according to the National Weather Service. These are often issued up to six hours before a severe storm.

A warning is issued if a developing tornado has been detected by the National Weather Service’s doppler radar or has been reported on the ground by reliable sources. These are issued a few minutes to an hour before a severe storm.

Loewenthal said four to five minutes is usually enough time to take cover amid a tornado warning. According to the National Weather Service, this offers enough time to take shelter immediately such as in a basement if you are in a home or a designated shelter area if you are in a hospital or shopping center.

8:23 a.m. | 35,000 initially without power

According to Corey Thurlow from the Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, around 35,000 people were out of power after the tornado first hit.

By around 5 a.m. that number decreased to around 3,000 people out of power, which is still the case. The corporation is working with the county to continue to restore the remaining outages.

Thurlow didn’t have a concrete estimate for when the remaining 3,000 people will have their power restored but said based on the information he has, he expects it to be restored at some point tomorrow.

“But its really going to be based on that effort with the county to access damage and follow behind them,” he said.

8:03 a.m. | NWS survey team heading to area

A National Weather Service survey team will be heading to the area around 10 a.m. to find out more details about the tornado, said Dave Lowenthal, weather forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office.

“Other than the pictures we’ve seen in the media, we haven’t had a chance to do a survey yet,” he said.

Lowenthal said more information will be released this afternoon.

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