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    So much for the earth worshippers.

    Hurricane Ophelia is heading north through cooler waters past the European west coast and United Kingdom. She's predicted to retain powerful hurricane force winds.

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    Ophelia is much farther north than you will find most hurricanes in the open Atlantic, which means it is not caught up in the normal tropical trade winds that push systems from east to west across the ocean. This is allowing Ophelia to drift towards the north and east, towards Europe.

    While the ocean waters there are not as warm as those in the Caribbean, which allowed previous storms to reach peak intensity, they are warm enough to let Ophelia maintain hurricane strength for the next several days as it picks up speed.

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    Ophelia will get caught in the "westerlies," the jet-stream-powered flow that moves mid-latitude weather from west to east, over the weekend as it passes Portugal and Spain and heads towards Ireland.

    Its interaction with colder water and the jet stream means Opehlia will likely lose its tropical characteristics before reaching Ireland and the UK, becoming a post-tropical (also called extra-tropical) storm. But that will not have a significant impact on its overall strength as it nears Europe, as Ophelia is expected to have winds of up to 75 mph.

    Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, says Ophelia "has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country," listing strong winds, heavy rain, and high seas as likely impacts.

    While rare, it is not unprecedented to have post-tropical storms reach the British Isles. The post-tropical remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved over Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2006 with winds of 65 mph, leaving more than 120,000 people without power.


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    Hurricane Ophelia remnants to thrash Britain with gale force winds and heavy rain

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    Calif. declares state of emergency over deadly hepatitis A outbreak

    SACRAMENTO -- California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday due to a lack of vaccines in a deadly hepatitis A outbreak in several California counties, CBS Los Angeles reports.
    The declaration allows the state to "increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in order to control the current outbreak," Gov. Brown said in a statement.
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    Confession: I just blew through the first and last pages of this discussion. That being said, glad the originator is still here.

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    LONDON — Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland.

    The former Atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves surging over coastal defenses and disrupted transport again Tuesday, a day after making landfall on Ireland's south coast with gusts of almost 100 miles an hour (160 kilometers an hour).

    Britain's Met Office weather service said Scotland could see heavy rain and gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph), with winds gradually diminishing through Tuesday.

    Schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were closed for a second day as authorities assessed the damage from the worst storm to hit Ireland in decades.

    Irish authorities said it could take several days to restore power to 330,000 homes.

    Commuters faced delays and downed trees blocked rail lines.

    Train services between the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and from London to Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth were slowed down by trees that were blown onto the tracks.

    In Dumfries and Galloway in western Scotland, a scout hall roof was blown off amid winds of up of up to 77 mph (124 kph). In Cumbria in northwest England, part of a soccer club's stand was ripped off by the wind.

    Some areas hit by the storm were affected by water shortages.

    By Tuesday, the UK Met Office reduced the area covered by a yellow weather warning, though it said windy weather is still likely.

    Parts of southern Norway reported a smoky smell on Tuesday morning, which the local meteorological institute said it was likely carried there by Ophelia from the wave of forest fires in Portugal and Spain that killed at least 41 people over the weekend.

    In Sweden, people in the capital of Stockholm and elsewhere launched a flurry of calls to authorities, saying the skies were much darker than usual Tuesday morning. That was also probably due to Ophelia's strong winds, which carried a mix of red sand from the Sahara and tiny particles from the Iberian forest fires across western Europe.
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    Sounds like someone is desperately hoping for the Rapture and the Tribulation.

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