Even as the virus has slowed its growth in overwhelmed Italy and in China, where it first emerged, hospitals in Spain and France are reaching their breaking points and the U.S. and Britain are bracing for incoming waves of desperately ill people.
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A mostly cloudy afternoon across the region, with warmer temperatures as we are in the lower to middle 70′s. We are tracking showers and storms as we head into the weekend, which may interrupt any plans of getting some fresh air.
We’re now officially less than two months away from the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season which means it’s time for those first seasonal outlooks to start rolling in with the first being from Dr. Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University.
A few scattered showers are moving through the region very early this morning with the more widespread rain north of the viewing area. Temperatures off to a warmer start in the upper 50′s for a few areas and lower 60′s for many of us.
The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.
MICHAEL R. SISAK, LORI HINNANT and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press
Early Wednesday morning, over a cup of coffee, I video chatted with a new friend who lives all the way in China. Damien Thibodeaux is originally from Lake Charles, but he lives overseas teaching English to kids through theater and dance.
The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses have shut down across the world.
A mostly cloud afternoon across Southwest Louisiana as we have seen clouds increasing throughout the morning with a few breaks allowing for sunshine to filter through. Temperatures are warming nicely as well as we have seen them climbed into the lower 70′s.