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1. Tornado warnings issued as a dangerous storm continues to sweep parts of the U.S. According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms may be experienced in parts of the New York State and also be felt in Florida. However, greater caution is being advised to those living in the mid-Atlantic where there can be tornadoes, large hail and wind gusts. A thunderstorm that may produce a tornado had been detected nine miles of northwest of Spotsylvania and moving northeast at a speed of 65 mph. Locations that can be affected include Storck, Hartwood, Heflin, Logan, Holly Corner, Parker, Dunavant, Somerville, Chancellorsville, Roseville, Cookstown, Goldvein, Ramoth and Glendie.
2. Chicago will be facing a lot of snow and heavy winds tonight. According to the National Weather Service, there is heavy snow fall expected in the afternoon and at night. Expect wind gusts that are as high as 50 mph as well. During the day, snow can pile as high as one to two inches. A winter storm warning is in effect in Chicago and Joliet until 4 AM CST Thursday.
3. Raleigh can expect some severe storms today, accompanied by fierce winds. According to the National Weather Service, there is an 80 percent chance of precipitation tonight, along with wind gusts of up to 30 mph. A tornado watch was earlier issued for various parts of North Carolina and remained in effect until 7 PM.
4. Severe weather has caused for over 300 schools to cancel their classes or close early. For a full list of schools and businesses that are closed or closing early today in Chicago, check out this list from the Emergency Closing Center. Meanwhile, 13 WMAZ has a list of school delays and cancelled classes in Central Georgia.
5. Missing Tara Air plane found, all passengers believed to be dead. Tara Air reported that at 7:50 AM, one of its Twin–Otter 400 series aircrafts had gone missing as it flew from Pokhara to Jomsom. The weather conditions for both the origin and destination airports were described to have been “favorable.” A search and rescue mission was immediately organized using three helicopters, although it had to be grounded due to deteriorating weather. Later on, the rescue efforts continued and the Rescue Coordination Centre soon reported that they had found the wreckage at the Tirkhe Dhunga, Dana VDC, Myagdi District at 1:25 PM. It is believed that all the passengers on board the aircraft are dead. The flight was carrying 23 passengers, three crew members and two infants. Tara Air says the downed aircraft is “factory new.”
6. The U.S. Army just patented a self-destructing bullet intended to protect civilians better. According to the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, three of its engineers had been awarded with a U.S. patent regarding their proof concept work on a limited range projectile. It is intended to help “reduce collateral damage,” especially when the military is engaged in closed combat situations. According to the patent, the said bullet is also meant to be used in firing ranges where stray projectiles might hurt a person or property.
7. Egypt sentences three-year old to life in prison. It is perhaps the most bizarre case of mistaken identity in criminal history. In Egypt, a three-year old boy Ahmed Mansour Qorany Sharara was found guilty of killing three people as well as sabotaging both public and private property during a political demonstration back in 2014. CNN estimates that the boy would have been 16 months old at the time the crimes were committed. Egyptian officials say they will no longer arrest the boy or his father, who had been hiding from authorities for almost 18 months.
8. Hugh Jackman gets to fly in an F-16. The actor and the rest of the cast of the upcoming movie “Eddie the Eagle” were welcomed at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in ForthWorth recently. Even better, Jackman managed to ride up an F-16 fighting Falcon from 301st Fighter Wing while his co-star Taron Egerton and film director Dexter Fletcher watched him from the ground. They later treated the military base members, employees, families and retirees to a sneak preview of the upcoming film. “Eddie the Eagle” hits the theaters on February 26.