On Tuesday, at 7:40 a.m. cargo ship, Ever Given lost power and blocked the Suez Canal. The vessel is Taiwan-owned and one of the world’s largest, measuring 1,312 feet long, 175 feet wide, and weighing 200,000 tons. At the time, the ship was pushed sideways by winds reported at 30mph. With the ship still stuck, this is having huge ramifications on global trade.
There is a major snowstorm headed for the East Coast on Wednesday, December 16th around 2:00 p.m., with New York City being the bullseye. According to AccuWeather, it could bring as much as 10-18 inches of snow between Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service at State College predicts, a high temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 24 degrees Fahrenheit. The storm will have winds of 25 to 35 mph, in areas along the Atlantic Ocean, gusts could reach as high as 50 mph. The storm is expected to taper off on Thursday, around 8:00 a.m.
Similar to how the U.S. has been handling coronavirus restrictions, Europe is planning to add localized restrictions to curb the increase of infections. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director of Europe, Hans Kluge said, “7 European countries caseloads have doubled in the past two week and over half the European countries have reported a greater than 10 percent increase in the past two weeks.” Kluge also said that the majority of the increase has been seen in the younger population but there has been an increase in the older demographic as well.