ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A derecho moved through the Midwest Monday from Nebraska to Ohio producing more than 500 damaging severe storm reports and leaving more than one million people without power. A derecho is a powerful line of severe storms that produces straight line winds that can cause major damage. The highest winds in this derecho were in Linn County, Iowa, of 112 mph. In Lee County, Illinois, winds gusted to 92 mph and in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, a weather observation recorded a wind gust to 85 mph. Meanwhile, the Northeast still has thousands of people that are without power from last week’s Tropical Storm as the heat wave is set to continue there.Eight states from New Jersey to Maine are under Heat Advisory where some areas could feel like it’s 95 to 102 degrees. So when will this sauna-like weather will be over in the Northeast? Looks like not until Thursday, and Wednesday will be another hot and humid day.In the West, it’s bone dry with erratic gusty winds that are spreading wildfires quickly. Because of these dry and windy conditions, the Grizzly Creek Fire in western Colorado spread so quickly that interstate 70 had to be shut down overnight. The fire is now covers 1,300 acres and containment is currently unknown. Ten western states are under Red Flag Warnings, Fire Weather Watches and Excessive Heat Watches. Western Colorado is expected to see gusty winds to near 30 mph with relative humidity as low as 7%. An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for southern California deserts and into Arizona including Phoenix, where temperatures are expected to reach 110 to 120 by the end of the week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
With the event’s hype, Minnesota athletes will have plenty of energy to feed off of, which men’s head coach Steve Plasencia said can cause remarkable performances. While the women’s team only sends distance runners to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete this weekend, the men’s team will send more athletes. Brown said the excitement builds throughout the week, peaking with the high school and college meets. “In a couple weeks, when we go to the Big Ten outdoors, there are going to be times when we struggle,” Plasencia said. “Individuals might struggle this weekend.We have to learn how to pick those individuals up when they struggle. We have a great opportunity in front of us.” “We try and create events that are fun for all ages, regardless of how much they enjoy track and field,” Drake Relays director Brian Brown said. “The student body also plays a crucial role in creating the environment. They look forward to this week the minute that they step on campus.” “It’s really more than just any other track meet,” women’s head coach Matt Bingle said. “The atmosphere that Drake and the Des Moines area create is one of the best in the nation for track and field.” To go along with the environment, the Drake Relays provide the Gophers with some much-needed experience against top competition. “When you go from running in front of a couple hundred of people to running in front of over 10,000, it can sometimes overwhelm kids,” he said. “But for others, it’s what they need to really do something special.” Drake Relays mark special weekend for Minnesota track and field Grant DonaldApril 23, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMembers of both women’s and men’s Minnesota track teams will make the brief trip south to Iowa this Friday to take part in the annual Drake Relays — a meet that has become a highlight of the Gophers’ outdoor season. Even though the women’s team has multiple meets between this weekend and Big Ten outdoor championships in May, only one will be against mostly Division I competition. However, the event is more than just the meet that will occur Friday and Saturday. Drake Relays festivities began last Sunday with a bulldog beauty contest and have continued throughout the week. At last year’s meet, more than 14,000 people flooded Drake Stadium to watch the final day of competition. “We always set this weekend as a checkpoint during our season,” Bingle said. “We want to see those distances and times to be nearing the marks that it will take to place in Big Ten [championships].” Therefore, Plasencia said the experience has more of a championship feel.
Kenyan University students showcase their prowess in Chinese Language competition Kiarie Kamau A Kenyan publisher plans to roll out Chinese folktales for local readers by the middle of next year in order to boost Sino-Africa cultural cooperation, an official said on Thursday evening.Kiarie KamauKiarie Kamau, CEO of East African Educational Publishers told Xinhua in Nairobi that he is currently in discussions with Chinese publishers and printers to translate popular Chinese literature for Kenyan children.“We want to publish culturally relevant stories from China’s rich heritage which will be translated into English, Swahili and other African languages so that they are read by children in Kenya,” Kamau said during the launch of a book on British explorer David Livingstone.He noted that Chinese publishers have also expressed interest in translating African folktales into Chinese so that Chinese children are exposed to African culture at an early age.“The idea is to break the territorial barriers so that both Chinese and Kenyan children understand each other from an early age so that by the time they interact as adults there is a greater understanding of each other,” he added.He observed that books will be both for educational purposes and general readership.Kiarie revealed that as the Chinese economy expands the Asian nation can no longer be ignored.“Kenyans are now increasingly interacting with Chinese as they undertake infrastructure projects or trading activity,” he added.According to the East African Educational Publishers, Kenyans reading culture remains strong despite the huge influence of social media on the lives of both children and the youth.Related