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EDM Monday Briefing: Midwest Meteor; Foot and Mouth Outbreak; Chilean Wildfires

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for February 6, 2017: A meteor lights up Midwest skies early Monday, authorities searching for gunman after three found dead in Jupiter, Fl., a new round of rainy weather prompts mudslide concerns for Southern California residents, Winter Storm Maya delivers wintery conditions coast to coast until late Wednesday, South Korea elevates alert as foot and mouth disease confirmed, rail cars pulled from service for structural failures may cause public transportation delays in Philadelphia, Pa., rain and cooler temperatures halts raging Chilean wildfire spread, and the alleged suspect in the Louvre Museum attack in Paris, France refuses to talk.

  1. Early Monday morning, a large blue-green ball of flame illuminated the sky over several states, including Illinois and Wisconsin. Several dashboard cameras from police cars recorded the meteor as it streaked across the sky around 1:30 a.m. A meteorologist from Chicago's National Weather Service (NWS) office, Ricky Castro, noted that the event was interesting, but in this area, uncommon. Sonic booms occurring north of Milwaukee were also reported to that city's NWS office.
  2. Authorities in Jupiter, Florida are searching for a gunman after finding three people dead in the Indian River Estates Neighborhood. Police were called to the area around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night after receiving a report of shots fired and found the victims. Officials have not yet released the names of the victims or a suspected motive for the killings. Authorities originally asked residents in the area to remain indoors with their doors locked, however that request was later lifted when it was determined the suspect was no longer in the area.
  3. California is bracing itself for yet another round of wet weather through its Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Another one half inch to one inch of rain is expected in the area prompting fears of flooding, along with mud and debris flows from areas recently burned in Southern California's catastrophic wildfires. Farther inland, rainfall amounts will be closer to an inch, with higher elevations expected to receive anywhere from one to three inches of fresh snow.
  4. South Korea confirms an outbreak of foot and mouth disease on a dairy farm in Boeun County, approximately 106 miles from Seoul. Authorities do not expect the disease to spread widely because it regularly inoculates against it, however, another case is suspected at separate location. Erring on the side of caution, the government increased its alert to the second highest level and placed a ban on the transport of cloven-hoofed livestock for 30 hours. All 195 cows at the farm where the disease was confirmed have been destroyed.
  5. Winter Storm Maya dumped snow on Seattle most of Sunday into Monday morning and is currently blanketing the northern Rockies with even larger amounts of snow. Areas of northwest Montana had already received three feet of snow by Sunday evening, with expected snowfall rates remaining steady at one to two inches per hour, causing Glacier National Park to issue a blizzard warning through Monday morning. Maya is expected to continue its path across the nation, impacting the Plains and Great Lakes regions and portions of Canada on Monday into Tuesday. The storm will begin its move into New England and the northern East Coast on Tuesday evening into Wednesday.
  6. Public transportation riders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania might be facing delays Monday after a structural defect was found in at least two of its rail cars. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTAP) found a main load carrying-beam crack on two rail cars on its Market-Frankford Line during regularly scheduled vehicle service. After further inspection of other rail cars, SEPTA removed additional cars suspected of having similar cracks.
  7. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet stated that nation's worst wildfires in history are now largely under control thanks to dropping temperatures and the welcome arrival of rain. The drop in temperatures and rain arrival have helped stop the spread of the wildfires, but fire officials remain on guard and alert to any changing conditions that could reignite the fires. In what has been deemed the worst wildfires in Chilean history, more than 1 million acres have been burned across the nation with over 1,600 homes destroyed since the nation's wildfire season began on July 1.
  8. French investigators have attempted to question Friday's terror suspect, Abdullah Reda al Hamamy, a 29-year-old Egyptian without success. The suspect, who was shot multiple times by a soldier after allegedly attacking military personnel with a machete on Friday outside France's famed Louvre museum in Paris, refused to speak with investigators on Monday. The suspect's father is calling the incident a cover-up alleging that soldiers mistakenly shot his son. The alleged attack has been labeled a terrorist attack by French President Francois Hollande.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.