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Thursday September 19, 2013 6:35 
Good morning:

It's a brisk, refreshing 9 degrees Celsius in St. John's this morning, but it looks like it will be a beautiful day.

Environment Canada is forecasting a mainly sunny day, something we haven't heard in a long while and the high temperature today is expected to be 18 Celsius.

There's a 60 per cent chance of showers tonight and Friday morning and Friday and Saturday are expected to be much cooler with highs of 10 and 12 degrees Celsius throughout the day. But then Sunday, the forecast is calling for temperatures to rise again to a high of about 18.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic for St. John's and vicinity and the more detailed text version of the forecast.

Thursday September 19, 2013 7:00 
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:00 
Today, 19 September
Mainly sunny. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate.

Tonight, 19 September
Increasing cloudiness. 60 percent chance of showers overnight. Fog patches overnight. Wind becoming west 20 km/h this evening then becoming northeast 20 gusting to 40 before morning. Low 9.

Friday, 20 September
Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers or drizzle in the morning. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature steady near 10.

Saturday, 21 September
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 3. High 12.

Sunday, 22 September
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 6. High 18.

Monday, 23 September
Periods of rain. Low 11. High 16.

Tuesday, 24 September
Periods of rain. Windy. Low 11. High 13.

Wednesday, 25 September
Showers. Low 9. High 12.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:01 
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:07 
Above is the latest image from the National Hurricane Center in the U.S. showing the storms that are being tracked.

Humberto is now close to becoming a post tropical depression, according to the NCC.

But there's another system, Hurricane Manuel, that has caused a lot of devastation in Mexico, flooding, landslides and deaths.

Here's an excerpt from the latest Associated Press story on the situation there:

Mexican officials say 58 are missing after landslide smashes into tiny mountain village

By Michael Weissenstein
The Associated Press — Acapulco, Mexico
Mexico’s government said 58 people were missing after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village deep in the country’s southern mountains, where fresh waves of rain threatened to unleash more danger for rescue workers trying to evacuate the last residents from the isolated hamlet.

The storm that devastated Mexico’s Pacific coast over the weekend regained strength Wednesday and became Hurricane Manuel, dumping rain on fishing villages on the coast of Sinaloa state. It is a third blow to a country still reeling from the one-two punch of Manuel’s first landfall and Hurricane Ingrid on Mexico’s eastern coast.

Federal officials raised the death toll from Manuel from 60 to 80 earlier Wednesday. They said they were not yet declaring the 58 dead in the village of La Pintada several hours north of Acapulco, but it appeared unlikely that they had survived.

“It’s very likely that these 58 missing people lost their lives,” Angel Aguirre, governor of storm-battered Guerrero state, told reporters.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Manuel was a Category 1 hurricane nearing Mexico’s coast early Thursday and expected to produce 75 mph winds and between 5 and 10 inches of rain over the state of Sinaloa. Sinaloa state civil protection authorities said some areas were already flooding and dozens were evacuated in an area of small fishing villages.

Heavy rains also began pelting the state of Guerrero again Wednesday night, increasing the risk for federal police trying to evacuate the last 45 residents of the village of La Pintada, where tons of dirt and rocks smashed through the centre of town Monday night, burying a church and an untold number of two-story homes.
Federal authorities reached La Pintada by helicopter and evacuated 334 people, some of whom are hurt, one seriously, said Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.
Osorio Chong said there was a risk of more landslides for the federal police who stayed in the village overnight and hoped to leave with the last 45 residents on helicopters early Thursday morning.
He said the landslide went right through the middle of the village of some 600 people, accessible in normal conditions by winding mountain roads now broken multiple times by landslides and flooding.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:12 
People wade through waist-high water in a store's parking, looking for valuables, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:16 
The live webcam view this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:18 
All flights at St. John's International Airport are on time this morning, with the exception of a Provincial Airlines flight from St. John's to Deer Lake and Wabush that's listed as delayed.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:20 
On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service, the MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay are operating on normal daily schedules today.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:22 
Curriculum Night for parents/guardians of Holy Cross Junior High students will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in the gym.

The NL English School District says schools are having curriculum nights this week. Check normal communication means or call the school for details.

There don't appear to be any other announcements this morning from the school board.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:28 
While still on the topic of the mega school board that was created in Newfoundland with the merger of regional boards, I came across something interesting this morning that could also be confusing for some people on the internet.

I ususally just Google the board to go directly to the site and this morning, I accidentally went into a site that said "Former Eastern School District now part of the English Language School Board."

Sound familiar?
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:31 
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:31 
The site above directed me to another link that went to English Language School Board. Another familiar term?
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:32 
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:32 
But it turns out this board is in Prince Edward Island.

The more we change in Newfoundland, the more we copy what's been done in another province.

Can't we at least come up with some original names?
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:34 
#nltraffic Some slowdowns eastbound on CBS Bypass near Fowler's Rd this morning, but not too bad. 15 minutes from Foxtrap to Kenmount Rd.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:40 Raindance Skipper
Cbs bypass backing up east bound! #nltraffic
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:40 marc sample
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:42 Peter Lynch
Some traffic Tweets above on Twitter this morning.

Below are some weather Tweets. Meteorologist Brian Walsh says Newfoundland could feel the effects of a tropical disturbance early next week.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:47 
The area of tropical disturbance east of Florida: is what I mentioned a few days ago could affect NL Mon/Tue #nlwx
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:47 Brian Walsh
NHC gives a low chance of disturbed weather east of Florida becoming a sub-tropical system this weekend: #nlwx
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:47 Brian Walsh
Frost Warnings issued for the Northern Peninsula tonight.… #nlwx
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:47 Kelly Butt
And, Labrador west seems to be getting winter weather already. Here's a photo posted on Twitter last night.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:48 
Appears some of the wet snow flurries are beginning to stick in Lab City/Wabush. MT @rcbstormpost #nlwx #Labrador
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:48 Kelly Butt
The price of gas is down today by 4.4 cents a litre and all other fuel prices have dropped slightly as well.

Here's the latest from the NL Petroleum Pricing Office.

The changes to maximum fuel prices are as follows:
• all types of gasoline motor fuel will decrease by up to 4.4 cents per litre (cpl);
• diesel motor fuel will decrease by up to 2.6 cpl;
• furnace oil heating fuel will decrease by 1.49 cpl;
• stove oil heating fuel will decrease by 1.49 cpl; and,
• propane heating fuel will increase by 1.4 cpl.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:55 
A comparison of fuel prices around the province from the NL Petroleum Pricing Office.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:55 
The front page of today's Telegram.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:56 
Kevin Tobin's editorial cartoon in today's Telegram.
Thursday September 19, 2013 7:57 
[Comment From JKBJKB: ] 
Why is it so important that construction on the Manuals Access begin at 7am.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:00 JKB
[Comment From JKBJKB: ] 
It makes more sense begin after peak traffic hrs to me. I would rather the construction take longer to complete if it meant I didn't have to sit in traffic every day
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:01 JKB
[Comment From JKBJKB: ] 
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:01 JKB
I just received these comments above from a reader.

A lot of motorists have been complaining about road work in Conception Bay South at peak traffic hours, causing huge backlogs.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:01 
CBC's Cecil Haire Tweeted this photo this morning, showing one of the backlogs.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:03 
Traffic is backed up on CBS bypass east bound due to a lane closure near Fowler's. #nltraffic
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:03 Cecil Haire
[Comment From JKBJKB: ] 
Love this forum, Deana. I can get all the info I need to begin my day....and be entertained at the same time. Keep up the good work
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:04 JKB
Thanks for the comment about the blog. And, great to hear that I'm entertaining.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:04 
Great drive between Gander and Gambo. Very bright heading east. Wear those shades people @cecilhaire #nltraffic
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:06 Gary Knapman
Moose lights flashing near GFW. Keep an eye out for the dangerous morning DEW! #nltraffic
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:06 Trevor Young
#nltraffic twitter sucks and now I am stuck in traffic...fowlers is blocked as opposed to previous post.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:06 Amanda Smith
Now, for some links to Telegram stories in our paper today and online.

Kenn Oliver has a story in today's paper about the Targa Newfoundland rally.

Wednesday’s leg marked the first time Targa made its way on to the Bonavista Peninsula, with stages run out of communities such as Brooklyn, Trinity, Goose Cove, New Bonaventure, Port Rexton and Lethbridge.

His full story can be read by clicking the link in the Tweet below.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:10 
Targa Newfoundland returns to full throttle in Leg 3
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:10 The Telegram
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:10 
Andrew Robinson writes about Wabana Mayor Gary Gosine who, despite being in hospital waiting to have heart surgery, is actively campaigning to keep his seat.

The link to his story is below.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:16 
Wabana mayor campaigns from hospital. #telynl
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:16 The Telegram
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:16 
Some construction happening on Harvey Road by Garrison Hill. No delays but you have to slow down. #telynl
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:16 Gary Grant
[Comment From JKBJKB: ] 
speaking of the school a teacher, I didn't have a problem until today. my wife and I are both teachers, have been for a long time here in metro. we didn't get paid last night --- strike 1 nlesd.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:17 JKB
Another comment from JKB. I would imagine the huge new English school board will have a lot of organizational issues to iron out this year.

It will be interesting to see what happens when we start getting winter storms, considering the weather is always different from one Newfoundland community to another. Making decisions on closures should be challenging for the board.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:19 
Bonnie Belec has an article of page 1 of today's Telegram on municipal candidates who favour regionalization.

A link to that story is in the Tweet below.
Thursday September 19, 2013 8:21 
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