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Delta leaves nearly 700,000 homes, businesses without power in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi

Nearly 700,000 homes and businesses in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi are in the dark after losing power due to Delta, which hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression.

According to the data aggregator PowerOutage.us, 685,195 utility customers were without power across the three states as of 2:40 p.m. ET Saturday.

That was down from the nearly 750,000 households and businesses that had power outages earlier Saturday. The highest number of outages is in Louisiana with more than 546,000.

Delta made landfall on Friday evening as a Category 2 near Creole, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. Just six weeks earlier, the Louisiana coastal area was battered by Hurricane Laura.

The storm then moved directly over Lake Charles, a waterfront city about 30 miles inland where homes and buildings were already damaged by Laura.

The storm is expected to track northeastward across the Lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys, bringing “destructive winds and dangerous flooding,” according to the National Weather Service.

Parts of the Southeast will continue to see heavy rain, resulting in flash floods. A few tornadoes are also possible for the area, while New England was advised to prepare for strong to severe thunderstorms.

Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter, who rode out Delta’s arrival downtown, said tarps were flying off homes across the city and piles of wreckage were being blown around, some of it floating in the surge of ocean water.

Brian Schexnayder walks down a flooded street Saturday in Iowa, La.Jonathan Bachman / Reuters

“I’m in a building right now with a tarp on it and just the sound of the tarp flapping on the building sounds like someone pounding with a sledgehammer on top of the building,“ Hunter said. ”It’s pretty intense.”

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Home Improvement: Safe and effective ways to clean up leaves – Salisbury Post

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Removing leaves from the yard is a task that homeowners must perform each fall. Thousands upon thousands of leaves can drop from a single tree. Multiply that by the number of trees on a property, and it’s no surprise the task of leaf cleanup can seem so daunting. Furthermore, not all leaves are shed at the same time, so several cleanup sessions may be necessary before the last leaf is banished from the yard. Just like removing snow, leaf cleanup can be a taxing job if done by hand. For people unaccustomed to exercise, cleaning up leaves can turn into quite a workout.

According to the Discovery Health Calorie Counter, raking leaves for one hour can burn nearly 292 calories. Shoulders and arms will feel the burn. Raking leaves is considered moderate physical activity, similar to brisk walking. Those who find themselves straining or out of breath should take a break, and these tips also make the job safer and easier.

• Wear layers when cleaning up leaves. It may be cool at first, but it’s easy to work up a sweat after raking for awhile. Layers can be peeled off so as not to get overheated or risk hypothermia from sweating in chilly temps.

• Pay attention to your posture while raking. James Weinstein, chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Dartmouth Medical School, recommends forming a wide base with the feet and holding the rake slightly toward the end of the handle with one hand three-quarters of the way down the handle from the other. Do not twist the spine; move your entire body. Avoid overuse of muscles on one side of the body by switching sides periodically.

• Do not try to rake or blow leaves on windy days. Wind will only make the task

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Person leaves poop in mailboxes with Trump signs in Maine

Three homes along Constitution Ave. in Hampden reported to police that a person had left what is likely animal poop in their mailboxes.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Thursday, Hampden Deputy Police Chief Scott Webber confirmed the person behind these actions was a female minor.

Webber said two of the three houses were repeated offenses. On the first day, there was poop in their mailboxes. The next day, their Trump signs were vandalized.

A Facebook post on Hampden Public Safety’s page with a picture of the minor has now been deleted. 

ORIGINAL: Hampden residents had poop left in their mailboxes, police say, prompting a call for the public’s assistance to help find a woman who may have information about the incident.

Police say three homes along Constitution Ave. reported that poop, likely from an animal, had been left in their mailboxes. A common trait linking all three homes: Trump campaign signs in the yards.

Officer Monic Christian of the Hampden Police Department tells NEWS CENTER Maine police would like to talk to the person who was seen in the area of Constitution Ave on Sunday and Monday where the incident took place. It is believed she may have information about the incident, which is currently under investigation.

Officer Christian said the incident could result in charges of harassment and trespassing, in addition to possible federal charges for interfering with mail services.

Anyone with information can call police at 207-862-4000.

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