Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1990 · Page 8
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Page 8 — Friday, September 19, 2003 NATION/WORLD (gazette In hurricane's aftermath Isabel blamed for 14 deaths Continued from page 1 flood waters moving into tributaries throughout the day. "So people just because they see blue skies should not think, 'Oh this storm is gone and the aftermath is over with."' In Washington, the federal government shut down for two days. Offices, monuments and subway tunnels were all but abandoned, frustrating tourists. Some were surprised that monuments and museums were closed Thursday, hours ahead of the storm. "I think it's a little overkill," said Sandra de Dubovay, who was visiting from the Los Angeles area. "Some people only have a day here. It is frustrating." With mid-Atlantic states left sodden by an unusually wet summer, the winds toppled trees and rains flooded creeks and low-lying areas. This morning, Isabel was 25 miles east of Pittsburgh, moving northwest at around 22 mph. Up to 5'/2 inches of rain was possible in West Virginia, down from an original forecast of as much as a foot. One to 3 inches were forecast for parts of Pennsylvania. In Virginia alone, more than 1.5 million people lost power by late Thursday and more than 16,000 people filled evacuation shelters. Six people were killed in a pair of weather-related traffic accidents in the state; two wt/e killed by failing trees. One man drowned while canoeing. "Virginians need to realize that they're in for a tough couple of days," said Gov. Mark R. Warner. Some of the worst flooding on Thursday was along the Chesapeake Bay, where an 8.2-foot storm surge sent water into low- lying areas, particularly Norfolk and Portsmouth. Along the York River in Gloucester County, authorities rescued eight people stranded on a small island surrounded by raging currents. Water around the island started to recede Marcella Willis, 62, right, was helped through thigh-deep flood water in WiM/ston, N.C., by her son's finance, Darlene Ford. (AP photo) Isabel moves up the Atlantic coast Thursday, lessening the danger to others who remained stranded. President Bush declared major disasters in North Carolina and Virginia, ordering federal aid to both states. The governors of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware declared state emergencies. Maryland Gov. Robert Ehriich said flooding, whether from storm surges on the Eastern Shore or heavy rainfall, was "the No. 1 danger." In Baltimore, the storm blew down three buildings that would have to be demolished and downed trees and utility lines. About 63,000 homes and businesses lost power, and 34 people, were rescued, some by boat, from their homes in a neighborhood where waist-high water flooded some streets, Mayor Martin O'Malley said. The storm knocked out generators at two water treatment plants and a sewage treatment plant in neighboring Anne Arun- del County. County Executive Janet Owens urged residents to be patient and conserve water until power was restored. "Putting it bluntly, please don't flush," Owens said. "It buys us some time." The storm spared much of North Carolina the kind of flood damage is experienced from Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The storm flooded some low- lying areas and knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands, but it didn't appear to pack the same destructive punch as Floyd, which left 56 dead and a wide swath of the state underwater. On isolated Ocracoke Island along the Outer Banks, about 15 people gathered at Howard's Pub to ride out the storm. "Isabel's eye 1 passed right over us," said Buffy Warner, the pub's owner. "It was so dramatic. The rain was actually driving horizontally with these incredibly dark skies and no visibility. Then, within about 60 seconds, the sky became bright white." Bobby Acker climbed out from under the roots of a 100- year-old oak tree toppled Thursday in Vanceboro, N.C, (AP photo) East Coast planes getting back to flights Israel, Palestinians try to rebuild government By LARA SUKHTIAN Associated Press Writer RAMALLAH, West Bank — Israeli troops blew up the West Bank homes of two Hamas suicide bombers today and searched a town for fugitives, as Yasser Arafat and leaders of his Fatah party started putting together a new Cabinet. The Palestinian prime minister-designate, Ahmed Qureia, has given Arafat and Fatah considerable say over the composition of his government. Qureia has said he wants to avoid confrontations with Arafat that helped bring down his predecessor, Mahmoud Abbas. Arafat's central role in forging the new governing team flew in the face of criticism from Israel and the United States, who charge that he is tainted by terrorism. Both nations are boycotting Arafat and want him sidelined from involvement in diplomacy. Arafat's standing among his people improved considerably following Israel's threat to "remove" him, possibly by expulsion or assassination. Arafat and Abbas, who resigned Sept. 6, had been locked in a struggle over authority, with the veteran Palestinian leader refusing to relinquish control over se- curity forces. Some 70 Fatah leaders met for six hours late Thursday, discussing the basic guidelines for the new government, to be headed by Qureia. Participants said the makeup of the Cabinet was discussed, but a list of ministers was not drawn up. "There are different camps in Fatah and each camp has different opinions on what this government should look like and what policies it should have," Amin Maqboul, a Fatah leader in the West Bank, said Friday. Maqboul said younger Fatah members wanted new faces in the Cabinet, while others resisted changes. President Bush heaped fresh criticism on Arafat on Thursday. Speaking at Camp David, Bush said Arafat "has failed as a leader" and accused him of forcing Abbas out. Bush said he still supports the establishment of a Palestinian state as foreseen in the stalled "road map" plan. "But first things first: Defeat those who want to stop this from happening," he said. Fatah is to choose 15 of Qureia's 23 Cabinet ministers. The remaining eight positions are to be filled with representatives of other Palestinian groups and independents. Three Afghans killed in blast Explosion came unexpectedly while handlina rocket near base By ALEKSANDAR VASOVIC Associated Press Writer BAGRAM, Afghanistan — An explosion caused by locals handling an unexploded rocket killed three people and injured five today at a house near the U.S. military headquarters at Bagram air base, officials and residents said. U.S. and Afghan troops rushed to the scene of the blast, which occurred around noon when the father of the family living in the house apparently tried to dismantle the 122mm rocket, officials said. Maj. David Long said two bodies had been recovered and a third may have been buried under the rubble of the house. He said five injured people were taken to the hospital at the U.S. base. Long said the man had appar- endy been trying to dismande the rocket to recover scrap aluminum. But Mohammed Araf, an Afghan commander, said the man, Shah Mohammed, was trying to extract explosives for use in a construction project. Explosives are often used to clear rocky areas or to break down large rocks into smaller ones used for building. Mohammed's wife and two children were killed, and Mohammed was injured, as were three other members of his family, Araf said. Position: 39.2° N, 78.7° W Movement: NNW at 21 mph Sustained winds: 50 mph As of 5 a.m. EOT Friday I Canada Predicted path Pittsburgh \ Ohio ' '' Va ' Rateigh ^_ PhiladeipWa tfaahJ 11 ^ n R»" — N tNorfoBc x S C ~«* r • /'"'WMmingtoh Ga V s -, Creriesion /Sa^nnab; Ocean . • \jacksonvilfe , ^ „„ ^^K;^** SOURCE: AccuWealher AP WASHINGTON (AP) — After canceling thousands of flights as Hurricane Isabel moved up the Atlantic coast, federal authorities prepared to get the nation's air traffic system back to normal. "We've had something like 5,700 flights that have been canceled by the airlines," Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Thursday on CNN's "Larry King Live." "And that's affected some 20 airports." Asked on the same program when planes would be back on schedule, Rico Short, national operations manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, said "things will be better" by the weekend. Short said the agencies would have a planning teleconference early today and would work with airlines to determine when normal service on the East Coast could resume. Washington's Reagan National Airport was closed at 4 p.m., and airport officials planned to survey how much flooding occurred on the airfield before deciding when to reopen. Washington Dulles International Airport remained open through the storm, though airlines had removed their planes before the storm arrived. Commercial flights were arriving at Dulles airport this morning. All flights were also canceled Thursday at Baltimore Washington International which remained closed today because of power outages. "Our message is: Don't come to the airport .without checking with your airline first," said Tara Hamilton, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Some flights to New York's La- Guardia Airport were delayed Thursday by as much as 13 hours, and some flights arriving at Philadelphia International Airport were delayed by as much as 9 hours, the FAA said. Russell Drozdiak, M.D. and Anne T. Long, M.D. are pleased to announce that Joseph Lamantia, D.O. has joined them in the practice of Family Medicine in Clymer, Pennsylvania. The two-story, mud-brick house was largely destroyed in the blast. The roof and one of the walls were both blown away, and smoke rose from the gutted wreckage. The grounds was strewn with rubble and torn clothes. "I heard a huge explosion and the entire house went up in flames," said a neighbor, identified only as Jawid. U.S. and Afghan troops sealed off the site and closed the road to the Bagram base, the U.S. military's main center of operations in Afghanistan, about a half-mile away. U.S. soldiers could be seen removing what looked like ammunition and artillery shells from the house and loading them onto a truck. There was no indication the blast had anything to do with operations at the base. Dr. Lamantia trained at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed a family practice residency at Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Islip, New York, in 2002. Drs. Drozdiak, Long and Lamantia are board certified in Family Medicine. They provide care for adults and children, including immunizations. All three doctors admit patients to Indiana Regional Medical Center. Their office is located at 349 Franklin Street, Clymer. Telephone: 724-254-4314 The Alzheimer's Association is currently taking orders for doves to be released on September 27, 2003 at Blue Spruce Park in Ernest, PA. Anyone may purchase a dove at the cost of $8.00 each to honor or in memory of a loved one that has had or has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The proceeds will benefit this years Memory Walk. The name of the purchaser and the name of the loved one will be read prior to the start of the walk. ALZHEIMER'S MEMORY WALK 2003 Saturday, September 27, 2003 Start Time: l(hOO a.m. Blue Spruce Park, Ernest Interested Parties Should Contact: Michele Skultety @ Scenery Hill Manor 724-463-8705

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