Tropical Storm Isaac leaves ten dead in Hispaniola

first_img Tweet NewsRegional Tropical Storm Isaac leaves ten dead in Hispaniola by: – August 27, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Tropical Storm Isaac is seen in this August 26, 2012 NASA handout satellite image as it approaches the Florida Keys. (NASA/HANDOUT)MIAMI, USA — At least two people were killed in the Dominican Republic and eight in Haiti as heavy rains and winds from Tropical Storm Isaac battered the island of Hispaniola, officials said on Sunday.The bodies of two men reported missing on Saturday in the Dominican Republic were found, media reports said, adding that the victims were swept away by swollen rivers. Nearly 13,000 others were forced to evacuate their homes.The storm damaged 864 dwellings in the Dominican Republic and left 90 towns cut off, emergency management officials said.Isaac also battered neighbouring Haiti, where at least six people were killed. As many as 5,000 people were evacuated because of flooding.Chocolate-brown water spilled through the sprawling shantytown of Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, collapsing scores of tents and flooding homes with three feet of water.Doctors Without Borders said it anticipated a spike in cholera cases due to flooding, and it was preparing to receive more patients.No deaths or injuries were reported in Cuba, where moderate coastal floods were reported in Baracoa, Guantanamo, and the lower coastal areas of the municipalities of Gibara and Banes, Holguin. Electric service was interrupted in Baracoa, from where 1,093 persons were evacuated due to Isaac’s heavy rains and wind of up to 53 per hour, which caused the total or partial collapse of 17 houses, according to preliminary figures.Rain continued on Saturday night in the eastern provinces, which were heavy and intense in some areas, mainly in the mountainous regions. Rain was expected to expand to the island’s central region on Sunday. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms remain disorganized in association with a broad area of low pressure located about 750 miles west of the Cape Verde islands. This system has the potential to become a tropical depression over the next day or two as it moves west-northwestward to northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. This system has a medium chance — 50 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Ole Miss and TCU create unlikely but exciting Peach Bowl

first_imgOXFORD — It’s the matchup no one saw coming, but is a potential boon for the Peach Bowl.No. 9 Ole Miss will play No. 6 TCU in the Atlanta-based bowl game on Dec. 31, which seemed unlikely for both schools just 48 hours before.The Horned Frogs (11-1) were No. 3 in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, and therefore had reason to believe a blowout win of Iowa State on Saturday was enough to seal their stop in the top four. And the Rebels (9-3) were at home, believing they had lost one too many times this season.But Ohio State leap-frogged over TCU into the playoff, and a loss by Kansas State pushed Ole Miss into the New Year’s access bowl games. The College Football Playoff selection committee then put together the matchup: the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense (Ole Miss, 13.8 points per game) against the No. 2 scoring offense (TCU, 46.8).“You can’t write that up to have a better bowl game,” Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan said.Ole Miss headed to the Peach Bowl against TCUHow did coaches vote for Ole Miss in final poll?Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and TCU coach Gary Patterson are friends, and both spoke at length about their respect for the other. Freeze even admitted that when Ole Miss beat then-No. 4 Mississippi State on Nov. 29, he told his assistant coaches that he hoped it would push TCU into the playoff.But he did not have as much confidence about his own team’s bowl chances until the favorites won on the last Saturday of the season; Freeze said he went to bed believing his team would make it into the top-10 and into one of the four bowl games just below the playoff.Perhaps because of that, Freeze said he was not concerned with ending the season, in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, at the same place it started. Ole Miss beat Boise State 35-13 on Aug. 28, the start of a seven-game winning streak that propelled Ole Miss to as high as No. 3 nationally. The Rebels lost three in a row in the SEC, but recovered to beat Mississippi State (its second win against teams in the top 10).“To be one of the first teams chosen in the New Year’s six bowls and to come to a place that is extremely dear to us in Atlanta and particularly the Peach Bowl … we’re honored,” Freeze said.What Ole Miss has accomplished this season will be enough, Patterson insisted, for his team to get over the fact it is not playing in the Sugar or Rose Bowls as part of the playoff.“They wanted to play somebody that was a caliber of a top five team and we feel like Ole Miss is that team,” Patterson said.Ole Miss is going to its third-straight bowl game, but has not been the Peach since 1971. TCU has never been to Atlanta for a bowl game, and is coming off a 4-8 season that was only the second time in 16 years the Horned Frogs missed the postseason.“This senior class was redshirted when we won the Rose Bowl (in 2011),” Patterson said. “It was one of their goals to get back to one of these games.”Ole Miss is 5-1 against TCU alltime, but has not played the school since 1983. The programs previously met in the 1948 Delta Bowl and 1956 Cotton Bowl.last_img read more