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‘Dreamers,’ 7-Eleven, Michelle Williams: Your Thursday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the 2,000th false or misleading claim from the White House, as tracked by The Washington Post. • Quotation of the day “It’s like watching a telenovela. Every day is different. Now we’re just going to the stressful part of the telenovela where you wonder what will happen to the protagonist.” Continue reading the main story — Francis Madi, 28, who arrived in the U.S. from Venezuela in 2003, on the tension she and other “Dreamers” feel as they watch their fate being debated. Back Story In the 1850s, a U.S. Army lieutenant exploring the Grand Canyon made one of history’s less accurate predictions, saying that the area had no financial value and that his party would probably be the last to visit […]

New York Today: New York Today: The Latest on the Snowstorm

• Bridges and tunnels: Motorists are encouraged to drive at reduced speeds on bridges and tunnels across the city, so expect a slower-than-usual commute. A speed restriction of 35 m.p.h. is in place on the George Washington Bridge and there are residual delays at the Lincoln Tunnel.• Ferries: All Seastreak service is suspended. NYC Ferry’s East River and Astoria routes are running on normal schedules, but there are suspensions and service changes on the Rockaway and South Brooklyn routes.• Newark, La Guardia and Kennedy airports: Airlines have already canceled many flights to and from East Coast destinations.PhotoCommuters begin to make their way through Lower Manhattan this morning.Credit Stephanie Keith for The New York TimesAlternate-side parking is suspended for snow removal today and Friday.The flurries should dwindle by this evening, but it may feel as icy as zero degrees or lower. What might be more concerning, according to Tim Morrin of the National Weather Service, are the days to follow.“After the snow is over, we’re expecting a very frigid period of weather on Friday and Saturday,” Mr. Morrin told us. “Wind chill factors can be even worse than we had during the New Year’s period, so everything’s going to be really frozen in. For citizens who need to be outdoors, it’s really going to be a tough go.”Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Friday and Saturday are showing highs near 12 and lows around 4, but with the wind chill, it may feel as biting at 20 below zero.Plan accordingly and stay warm (think: hearty dishes like soups and stews, or hot chocolate and cold-weather cocktails).We will continue updating the column regularly throughout the morning, and you can read more in our live briefing about how the ‘bomb cyclone’ is affecting New York and other parts of the country.Continue reading the main story […]

In Deadly Bronx Blaze, Responders Battled Fire and Ice

“The ice builds up on our tools, our ladders, which becomes a safety problem,” Mr. Fitzgerald said. “And inside the building it can become like an ice-skating rink. It adds a whole bunch of different obstacles for us to fight the fire and to make rescues.”Continue reading the main storyFire officials said there were also instances when ladders froze and were unable to extend.Emergency responders in other cities have encountered similar issues during frigid winter months […]

What are Diablo Winds?

The winds fanning the historically dreadful California fires are borne from a complicated mash-up of meteorology, physics, geography, and topography. […]

The Monster Surge That Wasn’t: Why Irma Caused Less Flooding Than Expected

The surge also caused flooding in the enclaves of Coral Gables and Palmetto Bay. As Irma, now a tropical storm, traveled further north Monday, its eastern winds continued to push water up into the coasts of eastern Florida and Georgia, with parts of the region facing seven feet of storm surge. In Jacksonville, coastal surges and heavy rains have swamped the central business district and swelled the nearby St. Johns River. Sea-level rise caused by climate change also worsened the storm surge that did occur in many areas. In Miami, sea levels have risen roughly 10 to 12 inches in the past century. “That may not sound like a big deal, but when combined with a four foot surge, it can mean the inundation of thousands of more buildings,” said Dr. Needham. Still, the damage could have been far worse […]

How Hurricane Irma Became So Huge and Destructive

PhotoHurricane Irma as it moved toward Florida on Friday.Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationWASHINGTON — As Hurricane Irma barrels dangerously toward Florida, scientists say that a perfect mix of meteorological conditions has conspired over the past week to make the storm unusually large and powerful.“You need just the right ingredients for a hurricane of this magnitude to last for so long,” said Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University. “And Irma has had them all.”Weather forecasters had already expected this summer to be an active hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean because of warmer-than-average ocean surface temperatures, which provide fuel for hurricanes, as well as weaker-than-average wind shear, which can help to dissipate storms.But even in that context, Irma was special.Irma initially developed near Cape Verde off Africa’s coast on August 30, and a ridge of high pressure kept the storm from wandering off harmlessly into the cooler northern ocean. Instead, it was pushed inexorably westward, with plenty of time to intensify over the warm Atlantic waters.On its journey west, Irma underwent at least six cycles called “eyewall replacement,” when the eye of the hurricane naturally contracts. While storms can weaken during this process, they also can quickly intensify and expand in size once the cycle is complete. And Irma did not weaken — it just grew and grew.GraphicA ‘500-Year Flood’ Could Happen Again Sooner Than You Think. […]

Harvey Live Updates: Death Toll Rises in Texas

• Flooding remained severe in eastern Texas and western Louisiana, but the storm is starting to lose its tropical characteristics as it moves toward the Ohio Valley, according to the National Weather Service.• Anxiety about another hurricane is growing as Irma builds strength on the open Atlantic. Forecasters warned that it was still far too early to know whether its path would lead it toward the United States.• The electricity provider Entergy said about 61,000 customers without power in eastern Texas on Friday morning, down from a peak of 84,000. About 9,500 customers in western Louisiana were also without electricity.• There were about 136,000 flooded structures just in Harris County, the state’s most populous, the county Flood Control District estimated on Thursday night.• Nationally, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline continues to hit new highs for the year, reaching $2.52 on Friday morning, up from $2.45 on Thursday, according to the AAA motor club.• About 42,000 people were housed overnight at Red Cross and partner shelters in Texas, Suzy DeFrancis, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross told CNN Friday, an increase since the day before. She said that the organization would probably be in an emergency relief mode until at least Thanksgiving.• In Beaumont, the Neches River was expected to crest on Friday more than seven feet higher than the previous record, and to remain above the old record for several days, the National Weather Service reported. […]