CLAUDETTE EXPECTED TO BECOME TROPICAL STORM AGAIN AFTER 13 KILLED IN ALABAMA: Claudette is regaining strength and is expected to become a tropical storm again as it heads towards the Carolinas, after 13 people were killed in Alabama Saturday (June 19th) due to the storm. The depression is forecasted to become a tropical storm sometime this morning (June 21st) over eastern North Carolina, on a track to move into the Atlantic Ocean after dropping one to three inches of rain in parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, with tornadoes also possible. Eight of those killed in Alabama were children who were in a van for a youth home for abused and neglected children that was involved in a multi-vehicle highway crash, with the Butler County coroner saying the vehicles likely hydroplaned in the wet conditions. Two other people, a man and his nine-month-old daughter, also died in the same crash in another vehicle, and multiple people were injured. Also Saturday, a man and a three-year-old boy were killed Saturday when a tree fell on their house, and a 23-year-old woman died when her can ran off the road into a swollen creek.
IRAN’S ONLY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT HAS UNEXPLAINED EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN: Iranian state TV reported Sunday (June 20th) that the country’s only nuclear power plant, which went online in 2011, has had an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown. An official from Iran’s state electric company, Tavanir, said on a talk show that the shutdown of the Bushehr plan began Saturday and would last for three or four days, with power outages possible because of it. The electric company released a statement earlier in the day saying the power plant was being repaired, with the work to last until Friday.
CRASH AT SOUTH FLORIDA PRIDE PARADE THAT KILLED ONE WAS UNINTENTIONAL: Officials said Sunday (June 20th) that a car crash at a Pride parade in South Florida a day earlier was unintentional, dispelling initial speculation that it might have been a hate crime against the LGBTQ community. The director of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus said a member of the group accidentally drove into other members, killing one of them and seriously injuring another. The 77-year-old driver was taken into custody, but no charges have been filed, with police saying the investigation is ongoing. The crash took place at a staging area where the floats were being readied for the parade in Wilton Manor, and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said a pickup truck driver suddenly sped up when told he was next in the parade, crashing into the victims.
U.S. TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR CANADA, MEXICO EXTENDED FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER MONTH: The pandemic restrictions that have kept U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico closed except for essential travel since March 2020 will remain in place until at least July 21st, the Department of Homeland Security said yesterday (June 20th). The 30-day extension of the requirements that were supposed to end today came after Canada announced its own extension of them on Friday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that the Canadian border would stay largely closed until 75 percent of Canadians had received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine and 20 percent had gotten both shots.