WV and National Disaster News - January 27, 2021


West Virginia
·         Cases challenging Justice pandemic orders continue (Weirton Daily Times)
·         Vaccinate West Virginia (WTRF)
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·         WV COVID Daily Update and Stats for 1-27-21 (WVDHHR)
National COVID-19
·         8 Myths about the COVID-19 vaccine (The Mercury News)
·         COVID Travel Restrictions by State (Mercury News)
One person is dead and at least 30 people injured after an EF-3 strength tornado left a path of destruction in Fultondale, Alabama, Monday night. AccuWeather reports the tornado had peak wind gusts reaching up to 150 mph. Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday, "The people of Fultondale took a hard hit last night — I’m grieved over the loss of life, injuries, homes & damaged businesses. I offer my prayers & deepest sympathies & pledge the full support & resources our state has to offer. I am with you, Fultondale!" The Associated Press reports search efforts continued for hours in one neighborhood where every visible structure was damaged or destroyed
Another round of drenching rains has triggered evacuation orders in parts of burn-scarred Californian as an atmospheric river migrates southward through the Bay Area toward Southern California. The Weather Channel reports the system is part of Winter Storm Orlena,  which will also bring another round of heavy snow to higher elevations. Evacuations apply to several communities in San Mateo County that were previously under a warning and parts of Santa Cruz county. Much of the region is expected to receive between 2 and 5 inches of rain, but some areas may get up to a foot. The rain could cause fast-moving, deadly debris flows or mudslides and areas with wildfire burn scars are more susceptible. Search and rescue crews and other emergency personnel were being staged ahead of the threat.
AccuWeather reports this system will bring another round of snow and ice to the Midwest and Northeast starting this weekend. AccuWeather says the region is recovering from historic snowfall amounts that were caused by the previous system on Monday and Tuesday. How much snow falls from the mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians to New England will depend on whether the storm re-strengthens or a secondary storm forms along the Atlantic coast on Monday.
President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that his administration plans to buy 200 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses as part of a “wartime” effort to boost vaccine supplies. USA Today says Biden also said his team will surge vaccine deliveries to states for the next few weeks and pledged greater transparency.
The Associated Press reports vaccine shortages have been so severe that some vaccination sites around the U.S. had to cancel tens of thousands of appointments with people seeking their first shot. Biden said, “This is unacceptable. Lives are at stake.” He promised a roughly 16% boost in deliveries to states over the next three weeks.

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