There is a very bad ice and snow storm across the United States.
At least 17 people died in the Midwest.
Trees fell on power lines so there is no electricity in lots and lots and lots of houses.
Some school are closed because it is dark and too much snow so people cannot go out side.
There are lots of accident because the roads are too slippery.
It is hard to walk out side because it is icy and too slippery.
Anyway the ice on the trees look so beautiful.
There is lots of snow in Ohio and I think there is a lot of snow outside Uncle Arif’s house in Columbus.
CHICAGO (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of people were left shivering in the dark after a massive ice and snow storm cut a swath across the United States Wednesday, knocking down power lines, snarling traffic, grounding flights and forcing schools to close.
Freezing rain on the southern end of the storm covered trees and bridges with brilliant ice crystals but made roads incredibly slick and dangerous from Texas to Pennsylvania.
At least a dozen deaths were reported.
The northern side of the snow dumped as much as a foot (30 centimeters) of snow in some areas of Ohio and the US east coast.
And with a cold front moving in behind the storm it could be days before the ice melts and weeks before all the damage is repaired, officials warned.
There are some peanut butter from the U. S. that can’t be eaten because they carry salmonella.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can make us very sick.
Actually bacteria is a germ.
Salmonella food poisoning gives us diarrhoea, fever and tummy cramp.
Some people died because of salmonella food poisoning.
People use peanut butter to make cookies, ice cream, cake and other food.
Those food can’t be eaten too if they carry salmonella from the peanut butter.
Some schools in the U.S. ban peanut butter.
It means there is no peanut butter in the schools.
Anyway I don’t like peanut butter so I don’t eat peanut butter.
I think if we want to made peanut butter make sure there is no salmonella.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sole source of the U.S. salmonella outbreak involving contaminated peanut butter appears to be the Peanut Corp of America’s Blakely, Georgia processing facility, federal officials said on Wednesday.
More than 125 products including cookies, crackers, ice cream and even some pet food have been recalled in connection with the outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
Six deaths may be associated with the outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC said at least 486 people from 43 states and one person in Canada have been reported ill from the outbreak of the Salmonella typhimurium strain, with 107 of them being hospitalized.
Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said Connecticut health authorities tested an unopened container of peanut butter from the PCA’s Blakely plant and discovered the strain linked to the outbreak of illness.
The fact that the unopened container had the strain indicates contamination did not occur after it was shipped from the facility, Sundlof said. Coupled with previous evidence, Sundlof said authorities believe the Blakely plant is the only source of the outbreak.
“That is our assumption at this point. We will continue to follow up on any leads that point us in a different direction,” Sundlof told reporters during a conference call.
It was still alive but it died about an hour later.
It was a female blue whale.
The blue whale was very big.
I think it was bigger than me.
KUALA TERENGGANU, Jan 21 (Bernama) — The blue whale that beached at Batu Buruk is said to be a Kogia Breviceps (Pygmy Sperm Whale), a species rarely found in Malaysian waters, Terengganu Fisheries Director Munir Mohd Nawi said today.
He said the 3.14m female blue whale, weighing an estimated 150kg, had critical injuries with scratches on its body and pectoral fins.
“The whale was still alive when it was washed ashore at around 9.30pm yesterday but died an hour later due to the injuries,” he told a news conference here.
Munir said the carcass would be preserved and kept in the fisheries gallery in Dungun for display and student research.
The whale was found alive on the Batu Buruk beach by members of the public but died after attempts to drag it back into the water failed due to strong waves.
WELLINGTON, Jan 19 (Bernama) — A strong earthquake measuring 6. 7 on the Richter scale jolted Kermadec Islands north of New Zealand early Monday, China’s Xinhua news agency quoted the U.S. Geological Survey as reporting.
No casualties or damages were reported. The Kermadec Islands are uninhabited apart from Raoul, where the Department of Conservation maintains a field station.
The quake occurred at 3:11 a.m. New Zealand local time on Monday (14:11 GMT Sunday), some 80 km south of Raoul Island, and 1, 005 km northeast of New Zealand’s largest city Auckland. Its depth was just 10 km.
No tsunami warning was immediately issued.
The quake might have been felt along New Zealand’s east coast.