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Morning Briefing Aug. 30, 2021: Hurricane Ida becomes tropical storm after hammering Louisiana, more flooding for Metro Detroit residents

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New Orleans Police detective Alexander Reiter, looks over debris from a building that collapsed during Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. Hurricane Ida knocked out power to all of New Orleans and inundated coastal Louisiana communities on a deadly path through the Gulf Coast that is still unfolding and promises more destruction. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
New Orleans Police detective Alexander Reiter, looks over debris from a building that collapsed during Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. Hurricane Ida knocked out power to all of New Orleans and inundated coastal Louisiana communities on a deadly path through the Gulf Coast that is still unfolding and promises more destruction. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Hurricane Ida traps Louisianans, leaves the grid a shambles

A fearsome Hurricane Ida left scores of coastal Louisiana residents trapped by floodwaters and pleading to be rescued Monday while making a shambles of the electrical grid across a wide swath of the state in the sweltering, late-summer heat.

One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland weakened into a tropical storm overnight as it pushed inland over Mississippi with torrential rain and shrieking winds, its danger far from over.

Read more here.


💨 Live stream: Tracking Tropical Storm Ida as it moves through the South


Residents hit with flooding again after severe weather swept across Metro Detroit

Severe weather once again crossed the region Sunday evening. Several Metro Detroit interstates, like I-94 and I-75, flooded Sunday night -- a sight we’re all too familiar with.

See more here.


Community celebrates Taylor North’s Little League World Series championship win

The Taylor North Little League team defeated the West Side Little League squad from Hamilton, Ohio, on Sunday to capture the Little Little World Series title.

The final score was 5-2.

See the story here.


🍎 Good news for college graduates: Teachers in high demand amid pandemic


Rockets fired at Kabul airport but US flights continue

Rocket fire apparently targeting Kabul’s international airport struck a nearby neighborhood on Monday, the eve of the deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The rockets did not halt the steady stream of U.S. military C-17 cargo jets taking off and landing at the airport. Afghanistan’s IS affiliate launched a devastating suicide bombing Thursday at one of the airport gates that killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members.

Learn more here.


Ann Arbor family hosting fundraiser to benefit young adults struggling with mental health

While the stigma around mental health is starting to subside across the U.S., there is still a desperate need for more resources.

One Ann Arbor family, who lost their son to suicide, wants to prevent others from going through the same thing.

Learn more here.


🏈 Detroit Lions cut WR Breshad Perriman just months after signing him to free agent deal


Weather: Finally breaking the heat

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.
Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 3,958 new cases of COVID-19 and 69 virus-related deaths Friday -- an average of 1,979 cases over a two-day period.

Of the deaths announced Friday, 42 were identified during a review of records.

Friday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 941,678, including 20,230 deaths. These numbers are up from 937,720 cases and 20,161 deaths, as of Wednesday.

Testing has increased to around 20,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 8.83% as of Friday, slightly higher than the previous week. The positive test rate has been steadily climbing since the end of June, when it was at its lowest. Hospitalizations have increased by 231% since July 1.

Cases are rising again in Michigan. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,743 on Friday -- a significant jump since the beginning of July. The 7-day death average was 17 on Friday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.2%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 39,500 on Wednesday.

Michigan has reported more than 9.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Sunday, with 65.4% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 57.1% of 12+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Here’s a look at more of the data:


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