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Midmorning With Aundrea - September 5, 2019 (Part 1)

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Midmorning With Aundrea - September 5, 2019 (Part 1)
Midmorning With Aundrea - September 5, 2019 (Part 1)

(Part 1 of 2) Break away from your everyday with Aundrea Self!

Today, we meet storm trackers of the United States Air Force who have flown above Hurricane Dorian to collect much-needed information.

And Allie Martin introduces us to a group of Ham Radio enthusiasts who sometimes have to relay crucial information from storm-ravaged areas. the air with hurricane hunters.

A look at their important jobs just ahead.

And, picking the perfect sunglasses.

And it's not just about fashion.

Plus, audio books for kids.

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Midmorning starts right now.

Onof t m one of the most challenging jobs is forecasting áwhat's nextá when a hurricane churns off the coast.

Most of the information about hurricane dorian comes from hurricane hunters with the u-s air force who track storms from the sky.

Errol barnett was aboard a flight that flew into dorian's eye.

He reports from keesler air force base in biloxi.

23;58;32;12 cockpit: "everybod seated, strapped in?"

As the fifty-third weather reconnaissance squadron begins their ascent... 00;12;14;19 here's the center of our storm, and then this is gonna be our entry point.

The menacing target of their mission: hurricane dorian...threaten s 25 million people in its projected path.

00;13;09;13 sb: it's gonna be very intense.

Chief pilot lt.

Col jeff ragusa and his crew are collecting data to track its projected impact around the clock, about 10,000 feet in the sky.

00;36;25;22 eb: how is what we're doing over the bahamas now helping people in florida and georgia in the days ahead?

00;36;32;21 pilot: knowing what it's doing now is gonna be the information that they need to know, just like knowing the speed in your car is gonna tell you when you're gonna get to the next destination.

Where it's going to be.

The crew drops g-p-s sensors like these while flying directly through the eye to the hurricane's edge and back again, as many as four times.

They gather information about the storm's speed, direction and winds.

00;24;52;13 errol standup: if you take a look at this radar behind me, you can see that we are in the eye wall of hurricane dorian, and you can feel the turbulence increase.

The light is diminishing, and it really gives you a sense of just how unstable the middle of these massive storms can be.

Up here, the sceneary can change within moments, from the gray and choppy eye wall to the storm's eerily bright and serene eye... but on the ground violent and dangerous winds are ravaging the bahamas.

Dorian's next target - the united states.

00;11;22;10 "it' gonna start basically hugging the whole eastern coastline of the united states up until north carolina, so this is part of people being prepared.

Just because it's not gonna make landfall, doesn't mean you're in any less danger.

And as we left the bahamas, we caught sight of this sunset over florida - a reminder that even nature's beauty can betray approaching danger.

Barnett tag: now there are only twelve of these aircraft the hurricane hunters can use the hurricane hunters can use to fly through storms. they can also withstand thunderstorms whereas every other aircraft in the world must stay at least 10- 20 miles away.

This will be the next aircraft to head into hurricane dorian and go on its own data- collecting mission.

Errol barnett, cbs news, biloxi, mississippi.

Former wcbi meteorologist and amory native will simmons captains one of the planes that flies regularly on hurricane missions.

Each day brings new pictures of the destruction left behind in the northern bahamas.

The non-profit "world centra kitchen," led b renowned chef jose andres, is one of the aid groups spearheading relief efforts.

The chef and his team are essentially taking matters into their own hands.

They've already served some 15- thousand meals to people.

David begnaud spoke to him in nassau.

We need to crank as many meals as we can from this kitchen.

It was nearly midnight and chef jose andres is holding court in a make-shift war room.

It needs to be very quick - bop bop bop boom.

Starting today, he and his team from the non- profit organization "world centra kitchen" plan t deliver more than 30 thousand meals daily to abaco and the grand bahama..islands that felt the brunt of dorian's wrath.

The damage is widespread.

U-n officials say more than 60 thousand people on the islands will need food and the red cross says some 62 thousand people will need clean drinking water.

Everything is gone, there's no electricity, there's no communication.

The team's been working ánon- stopá, prepping and delivering meals to those impacted by the hurricane.

We have some sandwiches and some fruit so.

On monday, chef andres traveled to abaco with more than a thousand ham- and-cheese sandwiches.

We're an ngo, we're trying to be // saving as many lives as we can, one meal at a time to carry out the massive operation, andres chartered two seaplanes and this amphibious vehicle.

He says he's also rented at least two helicopters to ferry food from this boat he's hired from florida.

Today, big news!

It's not the first time the celebrity chef used his talents to feed victims of a disaster zone.

áclappingá after hurricane maria devasated the island of puerto rico, "world centra kitchen" steppe in to serve nearly 4 ámillioná meals with the help of thousands of volunteers.

Ja: obviously the most number one priority right now is& db: search and rescue.

Ja: search and rescue.

Andres says their goal in the bahamas is to give the local government less problems to solve.

That's what we are going to try and do.

To create this system of feeding so this problem goes away and they can take care of everything else.

The team is continuing to pinpoint locations to set up additional field kitchens, which could be difficult amid all the severe damage.

But he told his team that "in disaste zones you need empathy and a willingness to just get it done."

As hurricane dorian moves up the east coast of the united states, a group of ham radio operators is keeping track and talking with, those in the possible path of the hurricane.

Wcbi's allie martin has more.


Every tuesday at the tupelo veteran's museum nats members of the tupelo amateur radio club meet, sharing a hobby that connects them with people across the world..

Nats and on this particular day, allen sudduth, dressed as well known captain edward john smith of the rms titanic, "the titanic was one of th very first."

Op operates a kenwood radio, as other members of the club, known as "hams" listen i "we're monitoring th hurricane watch frequencies."

Some frequencies even use morse code.

Nats ham radios are a reliable way to communicate, when cell phones, landlines and electricity may be out.

"when high winds com through, cell phone towers go down, trees, power lines, all that that's necessary for communication goes down, and ham operators usually have equipment staged at different places, can quickly put a station on the air."

Standup bridge ham radio operators not only listen in as people give reports from areas that could be affected by natural disasters, they are also able to play vital roles in helping people find valuable information about their loved ones.

"when the hurricane hi puerto rico a couple of years ago, i got on my home station, made contact with a radio station in puerto rico, took information from many different folks down there, and relayed it to loved ones, or others here in the us.

" and when they can, ham radio operators take their equipment on the road, staging in areas hit hard by natural disasters, providing assistance to first responders and other emergency agencies.

Allen sudduth has taken this airstream across the country on relief trips.

"i was one of the very first a katrina, we set up under a shell station awning, and passed traffic on it."

As for hurricane dorian, members of the tupelo amateur radio club will keep monitoring the airwaves, and help out any way they can.

Allie martin, wcbi news the tupelo amateur radio club invites anyone interested to drop in on their weekly meetings at the veteran's museum, that is located at tupelo's oren dunn museum.

For more information, go to our website at wcbi dot com.

Everyone who has been through rough storms can relate to the wind and rain.

One common problem is flooding.

Floodwaters pose a number of hazards and require certain precautions for cleaning up.

Karin caifa has more.

With a powerful storm like dorian -- the dangers don't end, when the sky clears.

A major post-hurricane concern, is flooding.

Regardless of where or how an area gets saturated -- in addition to dangers for drivers, standing floodwaters can pose other health risks.

It's never quite certain what's lurking in there - potentially toxic mixtures of household waste and other contaminants.

The c-d-c says that's why it's important to protect yourself with rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles, if you need to enter floodwaters at all.

And make sure you have clean, safe water on hand to drink, wash dishes and prepare food.

Any food and water that's had contact with flood waters -- should be thrown out.

If the waters permeate your home, the c-d-c says to practice "safe cleaning.

Get rid of drywall and insulation that's been contaminated, clean walls, floors and household surfaces with soap and water, and disinfect them with a solution of one cup of bleach to five gallons of water.

And anything that can't be cleaned with a bleach solution -- like pillows, carpets and mattressess -- should get tossed.

For today's health minute, i'm karin caifa.

Some days it's just too hot.

Too hot even for her majesty's guard.

That sungsses sunglasses are not just a summer necessity, doctors say they're important to wear all year round to protect against the sun's harmful rays.

Chris martinez has more on what you should look for when choosing the right shades.

Brittany bronson never heads outdoors without her sunglasses, but admits she's not focused on eye safety.

"i probabl should look more at how they're gonna protect me, but it's definitely more of a fashion statement, what they look like, are they gonna look good on my face."

It's basically like wearing sunscreen but for your eyes dr. andrea tooley is a spokesperson for the american academy of ophthalmology she says sunglasses are important because the sun's harmful rays can damage the eyes.

They can cause cataracts over time, skin cancer around our eyes and eyelids, and then also cancers on the surface of our eyes, they increase the risk of macular degeneration doctor tooley says it's vital to look at the label - and choose sunglasses that offer 100 percent protection from u-v-a and u-v-b radiation.

And darker lenses don't always mean you are getting more protection.

Bigger sunglasses are better because they cover more of your eyes and the skin around them.

That's what bert kreischer prefers& "i nee sunglasses that literally cover my eyes, too small sunglasses and i'm seeing around the size of them."

Dr tooley also says you don't have to spend a lot of money to get the protection you need.

"very expensiv designer sunglasses might not offer the uv protection that you're looking for.

And you can actually find 100 percent uv protection in cheap sunglasses that you pick up at a corner drug store."

And those shades are not just important on sunny days - but on cloudy days as well, when damaging u- v rays can ástill reach your eyes.

Chris martinez, cbs news, los angeles you can double check uv protection in your sunglasses at many optical shops - with a u-v light meter, which can test how well your glasses block rays some people just are not used to the heat.

Especially those wearing unseasonably warm clothes.

Britain just suffered through its second brutal heat wave of the summer.

Elizabeth palmer shows it's got some people really down.

On the hottest day of the year in london, the queen's guards are quick marching into 100 degree heat.

And every one of them is hoping not to do& &this.

All soldiers are prone to fainting in the heat& even the us marines&.

In fact it's such a problem that the british army is funding research on how to prevent it.

Major iain parsons is an army cardiologist.

So it's actually just standing for prolonged periods of time, still, that puts you at increased risk.

Now if you add in heat to that, as an extra, that adds in further risk.

Talk about adding heat&take a look at this uniform!

Thick wool trousers& a snug jacket&done all the way up&.

And to top it all off&.

Liz: oh my god&when are you going to put that on?

Guard: i'll put it on now.

That's bear fur!

Frankly it's a wonder this doesn't happen more often.

So how do these soldiers prepare?

Hydrate, eat your scoff in the morning&and wiggle your toes&and you're fine.

Translation&drin k lots of water, have a good breakfast&and yes - that's right - wiggle your toes.

It keeps the blood flowing and it doesn't show the army research suggests that eating up to four times as much salt as normal also helps, so does exercising in the heat.

Which could be good advice for all kinds of people.

Like policemen, people who are exposed to lots of heat like firefighters, or people just on packed commuter trains, packed buses, who don't have seats.

If the army does work out how to keep the queens guards upright&we all stand to benefit.

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