PINEVILLE, La. – Sept. 5 2020 – As of 8 p.m. Saturday, Cleco had restored power to 89 percent, or 124,863, of the 140,000 customers affected by Hurricane Laura.
"Because of the widespread nature of the damage and the vast number of trees that have pulled down utility poles and power lines, we want to remind customers not to remove a tree from a power line because the line may not be grounded and de-energized," said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management. "Now is not the time to let your guard down. Always assume all downed power lines are energized."
To report a downed or burning power line or any other type of dangerous situation involving electricity, contact Cleco's customer call center at 1-800-622-6537 and press option 1.
Below are customer outages by parish as of 8 p.m.
Parishes % of Customers With Power
Jefferson Davis 40%
Red River 100%
St. Landry 100%
St. Martin 100%
St. Mary 100%
Percentages are based on total customers affected by Hurricane Laura; not Cleco's total customer base.
For additional information on Cleco’s storm restoration efforts, follow the company on Facebook @ClecoPower or visit Cleco’s Storm Center page at cleco.com/storm-center.
Record heat sends more waves of people to LA County’s beaches, parks
An historic heat wave sent the mercury to record levels on Sunday, Sept. 6 — topped by 121 degrees at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Los Angeles County — fueling multiple wildfires, triggering waves of power outages and again sending waves of people headed for beaches and parks during the long Labor Day weekend.
Highs climbed deep into three digits in communities all over Southern California, including Van Nuys, Calabasas, Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Downey and Burbank. Such usually cool coastal communities as Torrance and Long Beach endured highs that simmered deep into the 90s. Downtown L.A. hit 111 degrees, two degrees short of 2010’s all-time record.
As air conditioners worked overtime on Sunday, California’s electric grid operators watched the demand for electricity soar and worried that they may have to shut off power for millions if consumers didn’t ease up on their power usage. California’s grid — which relies on solar power that dips when the sun begins to set — borrowed some power from neighboring states to cover the gap on Saturday, officials said, but it wasn’t clear if that would be possible on Sunday.
Residents flocked to the county’s beaches and parks to find respite from the heat, while worried public health officials continued to warn against overcrowding that could spur a resurgence in the novel coronavirus outbreak. Spikes in L.A. County’s caseload, hospitalizations and deaths were reported after the Memorial Day and July 4 holidays, leading to the shutdown of some many businesses and public venues and keeping most in-person education at local schools on hold.
All trails in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu were ordered closed through the Labor Day weekend on Sunday after a hiker’s apparent heat-related death. A 41-year-old woman was pronounced dead at Tapia Park in Malibu Creek State Park, according to Lt. Greg Evans of the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, after she suffered an apparent seizure.
An advisory added that Malibu Search and Rescue responded to several heat-related rescues. The statement urged: “Please do not hike in this heat wave.”
Earlier in the weekend, Hiking trails in Burbank were shut down because of the extreme heat, including the Stough Canyon and Wildwood Canyon recreation areas and trails.
Along the county’s coastline, officials warned that if crowds got too large and people failed to adhere to the pandemic-propelled safety guidelines, the beaches could be cleared.
At Redondo Beach, the beaches and pier appeared to be full by noon on Sunday.
Oscar Vasquez, a Torrance resident, said that he was preparing to head home. “We came early to beat the crowds, but there’s a lot of people here now so I said it’s time to go,” he said as he helped his three boys, all under 10, pack their beach bags. “There’s too many people here now, it’s not safe to be in crowds anymore.”
“We do respond if someone calls about groups not social distancing,” said Redondo Beach Sgt. Mike Snakenborg, said. “But it’s been a pretty normal beach day. It’s a holiday weekend, so you’re going to be seeing extra crowds.”
Public health officials urged people to only gather with members of their household, and to use their own utensils, cups, food, and drinks and not share with others. Requirements for social distancing and face coverings are being enforced at beaches for the remainder of the holiday weekend, with some coastal cities prepared to issue fines for violators.
In Manhattan Beach, for example, people who fail to wear masks can face fines beginning at $100 and ranging up to $350. In Santa Monica, violators could be fined as much as $500.
At Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, all parking lots were full by the afternoon, with droves of beachgoers searching for parking elsewhere. Many appeared to give up and leave their beach day behind.
“People seem to be taking social distancing seriously enough because we haven’t received any complaints about anyone not following those rules,” said LAPD Sgt. Mike Morales. “We have had a number of complaints about illegal parking, however.”
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Britain's oldest artwork has been unearthed on the Channel Island of Jersey, showing what appear to be Ice Age scenes of mammoths in ancient lands now drowned by the sea.
The drawings are thought to be at least 15,000 years old At that time, a vast land bridge — now known as Doggerland — connected the British Isles to the European continent.
The drawings appear to show mammoths, a bovid animal like a bison or an ox, and a horse — all prey animals for human hunters at the time — as well as abstract patterns. Many of them are overlaid on top of one another.
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The images are engraved on 10 fragments of flat stone, known as plaquettes, uncovered at Les Varines, in southeast Jersey, between 2014 and 2018.
The director of the excavations, geoarchaeologist Ed Blinkhorn of University College London, said the site was discovered after fragments of flint were brought up by a farmer ploughing nearby.
Flint isn't local to Jersey, so archaeologists knew the material must have been carried there from elsewhere, he said.
"We traced this flow of material to its source — a largely intact saddle of land between an ancient sea stack [a coastal rock formation] and a buried granite cliff," Blinkhorn told Live Science.
Their excavations revealed a number of pits, traces of ochre (a pigmented mineral often used by prehistoric peoples for rituals and body paints), large slabs of granite and several hearths for fires, all protected by a layer of silt and clay, he said.
Most of the stone plaquettes were found near one of the hearths, and three were found under a nearby granite slab.
Plaquettes engraved with drawings have also been found in Portugal, Spain, France, southern Germany and Belgium; and they are attributed to the Magdalenians, an early hunter-gatherer culture that flourished between 23,000 and 14,000 years ago.
"These engraved stone fragments provide exciting and rare evidence of artistic expression at what was the farthest edge of the Magdalenian world," study co-author Chantal Connoller, an archaeologist at Newcastle University in England, said in a statement.
Stone tools were used to scratch fine lines on the plaquettes, and they appear to have been made by the same person in short succession, Connoller said.
The abstract designs use a combination of straight lines and longer, curved incisions..
One of the drawings shows the body of what may be a bison or ox, overlaid with the towering form and tusks of a mammoth. A further overlaid drawing consists of roughly circular lines that may portray a human face.
But the drawings would have quickly faded — incising the stones created a powder in the lines that would have been only visible for a short time after they were made, Connoller said. "The act or moment of engraving was more meaningful than the object itself."
The island of Jersey, just 9 miles (14 kilometers) wide, is much too small to support large animals, so any mammoths or herds of bison and horses must have been seen in lands now covered by the ocean.
The Doggerland land bridge that once connected the British Isles to the European continent sank beneath rising sea waters after the end of the last Ice Age, about 8,000 years ago.
It was warm and dry, however, for thousands of years before that, and scientists think the land was covered with forests and densely populated by animals, including small groups of early humans.
Several ancient human bones and Stone Age artifacts have been dredged or fished up from the sunken lands, especially in the shallow area of the English Channel known as Dogger Bank, which gives the region its name.
The researchers think the site at Les Varines was a temporary encampment used by a Magdalenian group who lived there only as long as the weather and hunting stayed good.
But the deliberate decoration of the stone fragments hints at more permanent settlements, Conneller said.
"The engraved stones are firmly domestic art," she said. "The people at Les Varines are likely to have been pioneer colonisers of the region, and creating engraved objects at new settlements may have been a way of creating symbolic relationships with new places."
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A 15-year-old is being held on a $2 million bond in connection with the alleged rape of a 91-year-old Mississippi woman with dementia.
“Humphreys County Jail officials confirm 15- year old Tydarius Wade is in custody still this morning after being accused of stabbing, beating, and raping the elderly woman in her Isola home,” Delta News reported Friday.
The suspect faces charges of rape, breaking and entering, and attempted murder, the outlet noted.
A caregiver reportedly found the victim and also discovered a bloody knife under a couch inside her home, WLOX reported.
“DNA tests from the Mississippi State Crime Lab would uncover blood on it from both the victim and from Wade,” the article stated, adding that a shirt taken from the suspect had the woman’s blood DNA on it.
However, attorney Tanisha Gates questioned the prosecution in court Thursday about the evidence gathering and said she believed her client was “given a disservice.”
“I think that disservice was the result of poor law enforcement work and investigation,” she commented.
Despite her claims, Justice Court Judge Shirley Cummings found there was sufficient evidence to send Wade’s case to a grand jury and said “perpetrating a crime on such a fragile victim showed blatant disregard for life.”
Wade was charged as an adult and his juvenile record sealed, according to WLOX.
Isola resident Rodney King Taylor told reporters he knows the victim and said she never bothered anyone.
“That old lady, she don’t bother nobody, she’s friendly,” Taylor recalled. “She’ll talk to anybody. Anybody walks by, she says, ‘Hey, how you doing? Have a good day, God bless you.'”
Outside the courtroom on Thursday, Gates expressed disagreement with her client’s $2 million bond.
“We think it’s excessive,” she commented. “We have a long road ahead, but we’re going to travel that with grace and dignity.”