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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The brutal arctic air will soon lose its grip on the East Coast, while out west, a new storm is slamming the Rockies.Temperatures were brutal on the East Coast Monday, with wind chills reaching minus 30 degrees in Albany, minus 17 in New York City, minus 16 in Boston and minus 10 in Philadelphia.Over 10,000 Rhode Island residents were left without heat Monday night, the governor said, after gas was suspended to more than 7,000 customers “out of an abundance of caution due to a supply issue,” according to National Grid U.S.Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo declared a state of emergency in Newport County and activated the National Guard to help residents.Raimondo said it may be a week or more until heat is restored to every customer.East Coast firefighters have also struggled in the intense cold as they work to battle blazes.In Philadelphia, one block is “encased in thick ice” after firefighters used water to stunt a weekend fire that reignited on Sunday night, reported ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.New York City firefighters battling a blaze in Queens overcame “freezing, slipping hazards and getting hoselines in position” during the brutal cold, the FDNY said Monday. The aftermath of that fire left the street covered in ice.Temperature forecastMuch of the Northeast remains under wind chill alerts Tuesday morning.Wind chills were still near or below zero Tuesday morning in much of the Northeast, with the cold extending all the way into the Southeast.The intense cold should subside by late morning.A new storm developing in the central U.S. is forecast to move north into Canada, and, as a result, the warmer section of that storm will overtake much of the East, pushing up temperatures over the next 24 to 36 hours.Tampa will see a Wednesday high of near 80 degrees, while New York and Boston will be back up around 40 degrees.The Midwest is forecast to see brutally cold wind chills by the end of the week.Snow forecastA new storm is bringing snow into the Rockies and the upper Midwest.Denver saw near-blizzard conditions Tuesday morning with wind gusts over 40 mph and near-zero visibility.Throughout Tuesday, bands of heavy snow will be moving into the northern Plains as well as parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with snowfall rates of more than 1 inch per hour possible.By early evening, snow may just barely reach Chicago, dropping in bursts during rush hour.The snow is likely to last through the night in the upper Midwest, with the heaviest totals from Iowa to Wisconsin, with more than 6 inches possible locally.Heavy rain also is expected from Texas to Ohio, with localized flooding possible.With colder air traveling behind this storm, the parts of the southern U.S. may see a wintry mix on Wednesday and into Thursday.With the storm pulling milder air into the eastern U.S., precipitation in the major Northeast cities should stay as rain, not snow.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. read more
iStock(NEW YORK) — There was a rise in the number of North Americans who looked up into the sky in 2019 and found something that didn’t look like a bird or a plane.The National UFO Reporting Center, which tracks calls and messages from people around the U.S. and Canada about strange sightings in the sky, reported that it received 5,971 sightings in 2019 — a jump from 3,395 in 2018.Peter Davenport, who runs the independent organization that’s based in Davenport, Washington, said he couldn’t explain why more people called about seeing flashing white lights, fireballs, disc-shaped objects or other oddities in 2019.“One of the mysteries of ufology is there is a fluctuation in the number of reports over the years,” he told ABC News in a phone interview. “Some years it’s been low, but it’s gotten higher recently.”California led the country last year with the most number of UFO observations to the site: 485 in total, an increase of 182 sightings from 2018. Florida came in second with 385 sightings in 2019, which was 156 more reports than in 2018, according to UFO Reporting Center data.Washington came in third with 222 reports last year, which represented an increase of 51 from 2018, according to the site.Davenport’s site takes reports from callers and online submissions, many of which are anonymous, and lists them with as much detail as possible. For example, on April 15, a man and his girlfriend reported they saw a formation in the sky near Bakersfield, California.“We witnessed 3 unidentified objects, one in middle being the larger escorted by two other smaller unidentified objects one to the left and one on the right having no lights and no sound and dark colored objects heading southeast traveling at an unknown speed and disappeared into the clouds beyond sight,” the report said.Davenport said he does not investigate any of the claims he collects and noted that some of the sightings may have been the same object that was seen by multiple people.Rick Fienberg, a spokesman for the American Astronomical Society, emphasized that the “u” in UFO stands for unidentified, and many people are unaware of astronomical goings on in space on any given day. For instance, Jupiter and Venus were more visible to Earth last year and they can stand out in the night sky, according to Fienberg.He also noted that Space X launched 180 new satellites into space last year, and those devices have lit up the night skies.“If you’re not keeping up with the news and not familiar with the skyline, you might mistakenly see an unidentified flying object. It may be unidentified to you, but known to others,” Fienberg said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. read more