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Hurricane Arthur to Pass by Ocean City Out to Sea on Friday

first_imgThe predicted track for Tropical Storm Arthur takes it out to sea when it passes Ocean City on Friday.Tropical Storm Arthur became the Atlantic Ocean’s first hurricane of 2014, but the storm will be well out to sea when it passes Ocean City on Friday (July 4) as a Category 2 (96 mph winds).The storm is expected to produce rough surf for Ocean City, but it is not expected to otherwise affect the holiday weather.As of Thursday afternoon, Arthur had sustained winds of 90 mph. The storm is expected to strengthen overnight an pass the Carolinas early Friday morning.Forecasters predict a hurricane track that will take Arthur parallel to the East Coast of the United States. It could pass close enough to bring rain to the Southeast, but it will arc away from land as it moves northward, passing Ocean City’s latitude at some time on Friday.A separate front is expected to bring rain storms to Ocean City overnight Thursday and possibly early Friday.Arthur’s primary effect will be heavy surf. Local surf shops are predicting 5- to 6-foot swells on Friday and into Saturday morning. Local winds will be northeast on Friday.Conditions will be good for surfers, but bathers will be asked to swim only at protected beaches, where Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards will keep a tight rein on holiday crowds.last_img read more

‘Just the Beginning’ as Australia Flips Switch on World’s Largest Electric-Grid Battery

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Tesla Inc switched on the world’s biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia’s shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free.“South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy,” state Premier Jay Weatherill said at the official launch at the Hornsdale wind farm, owned by private French firm Neoen.Tesla won a bid in July to build the 129-megawatt hour battery for South Australia, which expanded in wind power far quicker than the rest of the country, but has suffered a string of blackouts over the past 18 months.In a politically charged debate, opponents of the state’s renewables push have argued that the battery is a “Hollywood solution” in a country that still relies on fossil fuels, mainly coal, for two-thirds of its electricity.Supporters, however, say it will help stabilize the grid in a state that now gets more than 40 percent of its electricity from wind energy, but needs help when the wind dies down.“Storage can respond within a fraction of a second. It can address those stability issues very quickly without needing to resort to using large power plants,” said Praveen Kathpal, vice president of AES Energy, a losing bidder to build the battery.Highlighting industry hopes for the take-up of battery storage, Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited the site some 225 kms (141 miles) north of the state capital Adelaide in July, hailing the battery as “just the beginning.”Weatherill came under fire last year after the entire state went black following a major storm, and raced to shore up the state’s grid with a A$510 million ($385 million) plan, including ordering the big battery and installing diesel-fueled turbines.AES’s Kathpal, who is also chairman of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, said South Australia’s commitment to turn to energy storage was an important step for the rest of the industry.More: Tesla switches on giant battery to shore up Australia’s grid ‘Just the Beginning’ as Australia Flips Switch on World’s Largest Electric-Grid Batterylast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

first_imgWellington Police Notes: Wednesday, July 13, 2016•12:24 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 1100 E. Harvey, Wellington by a known suspect.•1:06 a.m. Daniel R. Palmer, 29, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.•5:16 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 800 block N. Blaine, Wellington.•6:40 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle window in the 600 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•10:12 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•10:20 a.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the area of Grandview Road, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Bryan A. Stewart, 48, Wellington and a fixed object/fence post.•10:47 a.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 800 block N. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.•7:19 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 200 block N. A, Wellington.•7:37 p.m. Officers took a report of found bicycles in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.last_img read more

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