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#1 Tornado • National Weather Service • Trumbull County, Ohio • Bazetta Township • Cortland

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TORNADO CONFIRMED- Viewer Joshua Lee Nelson sent in this video of a EF-1 tornado moving through Cortland this morning. This is on Market Street. The National Weather Service has confirmed that an...

 

Winter tornado lands in Cortland

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Photo special to the Tribune Chronicle / Aaron Chine The funnel of a confirmed tornado can be seen above the trees at Mosquito Lake State Park in this photo taken by Warren artist Aaron Chine, who was fishing Tuesday morning when the tornado made its way through the Cortland area. The National Weather Service categorized it as an EF-1 storm.

A slideshow of photos can be seen here.

A moment later, when Kwiecinski looked out the home’s front picture window, she said she saw a part of a large tree flying across the front yard. Litter and debris also was in the air.

It was then she said she yelled for everyone in the house to get into the basement.

“I’m from Simi Valley, Calif., I’ve never seen a tornado,” she said. “I’ve experienced earthquakes, but not a tornado.

Kwiecinski said she and most other members of her extended family went to the basement to ride out the storm.

Randy Kellerman, 51, 1118 Everett Hull Road, said he had just stepped into the shower when he heard his cousin, Kwiecinski, yelling about the high winds. He said he looked out the bathroom’s window as a tree was being knocked down. He stayed in the bathroom’s shower.

“It’s true that the winds sound like a freight train passing by,” Grant Kellerman said.

The tornado hit the ground about 10:25 a.m. Tuesday in northwest Champion Township and it traveled through Cortland, according to Paul Wetzl, meteorologist with Tribune Chronicle news partner WKBN 27.

The EF-1 tornado was described as 75 yards wide with wind speeds of between 95 and 100 mph, Wetzel said, adding it traveled about 4.5 miles from Champion into Cortland.

Brody Campbell, 43, 1212 Everett Hull Road, said he was working on his laptop in the four-bedroom farmhouse his family has lived in for about a year.

When he looked out the house’s rear side window, Campbell said the basketball hoop at the end of the driveway was knocked over. Several large trees on a grassy area on the other side of the driveway already were bowing, he described.

Campbell said he quickly moved from his office to the basement, because he feared large trees on the property could fall toward the house.

“The rains were blowing sideways,” Campbell said.

After a few moments, the sounds of the winds eased and then died down, he said.

Campbell said it was then he ventured out of the house and noticed the high winds had severed several trees in half and pulled others out of the ground from the root level.

Electric power lines and telephone poles also were knocked down, both from the high winds and the weight of dozens of trees that fell across the lines, which now were dragging along the ground.

Campbell’s home, along with several others along Everett Hull and Hoagland Blackstub roads, lost power.

Penni Rohrabaugh, the owner of Campbell’s home, already had reached out to her insurance company. She said she wanted the level of damage noted, so work could begin on needed repairs on the property as soon as power was restored.

“I’m just happy no one was hurt,” she said.

Dave Miller, 4086 Hoagland Blackstub Road, said he was watching television when he heard the wind outside the window, which made the portable air conditioner in the window lift off the sill. Miller then said he heard a crash and the power went out in the house.

The Marine Corps veteran said he ran outside to look toward the Bazetta Christian Church, 4131 Hoagland Blackstub Road, where his granddaughter attends daycare.

“That’s what I care about the most,” Miller said. “I worried the limbs from the largest trees in my yard could have fallen. If they did, they would have crushed the house.”

Bazetta fire Chief Dennis Lewis said his department worked to respond to every call received during and after the tornado, including one for a missing kayaker who Lewis said later made contact with family members.

Firefighters and emergency workers traveled from Everett Hull Road, across Durst Clagg Road and North Park Avenue into Cortland.

Lewis said members of his department responded to calls from numerous residents who experienced damage to garages and their homes. Bazetta Township Road Department’s storage shed, located in the Hillside Cemetery off West Main Street in Cortland, was destroyed.

The cemetery’s chapel had some roof damage, and numerous grave stones were knocked over by the high winds while others were damaged by fallen trees.

Lewis said there were no injuries or loss of life due to the tornado.

rsmith@tribtoday.com

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#2 Groton • Robert E. Fitch Senior High School • Connecticut • Student • Orion Avenue

Barricade Continues in Groton, Conn. Home

A police standoff for a barricaded person in Groton is ongoing after officers were called to a disturbance near the Navy Lodge last night.

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Barricade Continues in Groton, Conn. Home

Sub base military will be granted an administrative leave until the incident is over.

A police standoff for a barricaded person in Groton is ongoing after officers were called to a disturbance near the Navy Lodge last night.

Residents in the neighborhood, which is described by police as mostly military families, were asked to shelter in place and a SWAT team was called in.

A post on the Naval Submarine Base New London Facebook page says the (SUBASE) Child Development Center will be closed today.

The Sub Base Facebook post says SUBASE military living in the area will be granted administrative leave until the incident is over and said personnel with questions about reporting to work should contact their chain of command.

Groton Town Police Chief L. J. Fusaro said officers were called to the area of Orion Avenue around 7:15 p.m. for a disturbance. When they arrived, residents reported there might have been shots fired, so officers set up a perimeter.

An NBC Connecticut crew at the scene said police were using an intercom to speak with someone barricaded inside a home.

Fusaro said multiple departments, including the Connecticut State Police tactical unit, have been called in.

He described the situation as a “confined incident” and said at this time there is no danger to the public.

Police remain at the scene Wednesday morning and said the situation is ongoing. Officials are trying to use different techniques to get the person out.

Officials from Student Transportation of America said they are aware of the situation, but have not heard from the superintendent and the buses will run as scheduled unless they get a call from the superintendent.

No other information was immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Sub base military will be granted an administrative leave until the incident is over.

A police standoff for a barricaded person in Groton is ongoing after officers were called to a disturbance near the Navy Lodge last night.

Residents in the neighborhood, which is described by police as mostly military families, were asked to shelter in place and a SWAT team was called in.

A post on the Naval Submarine Base New London Facebook page says the (SUBASE) Child Development Center will be closed today.

The Sub Base Facebook post says SUBASE military living in the area will be granted administrative leave until the incident is over and said personnel with questions about reporting to work should contact their chain of command.

Groton Town Police Chief L. J. Fusaro said officers were called to the area of Orion Avenue around 7:15 p.m. for a disturbance. When they arrived, residents reported there might have been shots fired, so officers set up a perimeter.

An NBC Connecticut crew at the scene said police were using an intercom to speak with someone barricaded inside a home.

Fusaro said multiple departments, including the Connecticut State Police tactical unit, have been called in.

He described the situation as a “confined incident” and said at this time there is no danger to the public.

Police remain at the scene Wednesday morning and said the situation is ongoing. Officials are trying to use different techniques to get the person out.

Officials from Student Transportation of America said they are aware of the situation, but have not heard from the superintendent and the buses will run as scheduled unless they get a call from the superintendent.

No other information was immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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#3 Interstate 10 • New Orleans • Veterans Memorial Boulevard

Traffic on I-10 snarled in both directions in Metairie, Kenner after 18-wheeler fire

TRAFFIC I-10 east at Veterans Blvd. due to 18-wheeler fire Jefferson Parish Fire Chief David Tibbetts said the single-vehicle crash happened when the 18-wheeler lost control and flipped on its side. Interstate 10 is closed eastbound at Veterans Boulevard after a tandem 18-wheeler crashed and caught fire early Wednesday morning.

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I-10 east closed at Veterans Blvd. due to 18-wheeler fire

Jefferson Parish Fire Chief David Tibbetts said the single-vehicle crash happened when the 18-wheeler lost control and flipped on its side.

NEW ORLEANS — Interstate 10 is closed eastbound at Veterans Boulevard after a tandem 18-wheeler crashed and caught fire early Wednesday morning.

Jefferson Parish Fire Chief David Tibbetts said the single-vehicle crash happened when the 18-wheeler lost control and flipped on its side. The truck's second trailer then fell over the railing of the bridge to a grassy area below.

Tibbetts added that the driver of the truck was in good condition and was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Video from WWL-TV viewer Vincent James shows a large fire engulfing one of the vehicles. Can't see the video? Click here.

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The crash also closed I-10 west for about an hour as first responders worked to extinguish the flames. As of 8 a.m., I-10 was reopened westbound.

Below is a live view of the interstate from DOTD traffic cameras:

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Stay with Eyewitness News on WWL-TV and WWLTV.com for more on this developing story.

 

I-10 East and West closed at Veterans due to crash

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METAIRIE – I-10 Eastbound and westbound is closed at Veterans due to a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a box truck.

Officials say the semi and a box truck collided just before 6:00 this morning.

The 18-wheeler caught initially and then flames were appearing from the box truck as well which went over the side into the canal. Traffic was back up in both directions approaching that area.

Eastbound traffic is being diverted at Williams Blvd, while westbound traffic is exiting at Clearview.

Expected additions delays and congestion on surface streets in the area.

Stay with WGNO News for the latest on this developing story.

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#4 Advanced Micro Devices • Radeon • Graphics processing unit • AMD Vega • The International Consumer Electronics Show • 7 nanometer • Ryzen • Lisa Su AMD – Home

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AMD updated their cover photo.

 

AMD announces Radeon VII, its next-generation $699 graphics card

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Competing with Nvidia’s RTX 2080

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AMD has been lagging behind Nvidia for years in the high-end gaming graphics card race, to the point it’s primarily been pushing bang-for-the-buck cards like the RX 580 instead. But now at CES, the company says it has a GPU that’s competitive with Nvidia’s RTX 2080. It’s called the Radeon VII (“Seven”) and it uses the company’s first 7nm graphics chip, one we’d seen teased previously.

It’ll ship February 7th for $699, according to the company. That’s the same price as an standard Nvidia RTX 2080.

Here’s the large, shiny graphics card that AMD CEO Lisa Su held up on stage:

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AMD says the second-gen Vega architecture offers 25 percent more performance at the same power as previous Vega graphics, and the company showed it running Devil May Cry 5 here at 4K resolution, ultra settings, at framerates “way above 60fps.” AMD says it has a terabyte per second of memory bandwidth.

If you’re curious about other tech specs, here’s are the ones we have so far from AMD’s press release:

  • 60 compute units
  • 3840 stream processors running at up to 1.8GHz
  • 16GB of HBM2 memory
  • 1 TB/s memory bandwidth
  • 4,096-bit memory interface

The real question is whether AMD will be able to ship enough of this GPU, at a competitive enough price (since GPU prices go up and down at retail according to supply and demand) that gamers can actually buy one. The first-gen Radeon RX Vega GPUs were technically competitive with Nvidia on speed, but harder to actually find and buy.

The Radeon Vega VII comes armed with 16GB of HBM2 memory that provides 1TB/s of memory bandwidth. We know that the MI60 offers up to 7.4 TFLOPS of FP64, 14.7 TFLOPS of FP32, and 29.5 TFLOPS of FP16 performance, but we'll have to wait for more details from AMD to see if the Vega VII matches that level of performance.

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IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019 24 IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019AMD designed the Radeon Vega VII for gaming, so it faces Nvidia's 20-series that's designed to excel in raytraced titles. Relative to the previous-gen Radeon Vega 64 cards, AMD claims the card offers an average of 29% higher gaming performance, up to 29% more performance in Battlefield V, up to 40% more performance in games that use the Vulkan API, and 20-25% more performance in eSports titles. AMD also claims that card is, on average, 36% faster in content creation than the Vega 64.

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IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019 26 IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019AMD is now demonstrating Devil May Cry 5 running at a 4K resolution. Su is also talking about eSports and how faster GPUs help gamers improve their performance.

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IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019 28 IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019The Radeon Vega VII will be available February 7th. AMD will sell the card through third-party retailers as usual beginning on October 7, but the company will also sell the card directly, a new tactic for AMD, through its website beginning February 7. The card retails for approximately $699. For a limited time the GPU will come bundled with three games: Resident Evil 2Devil May Cry 5, and Tom Clancy's The Division.

AMD has been working with Google to bring game streaming to life for AAA title through its Project Stream initiative. Google has chosen Radeon Pro graphics cards to run the workloads in its data centers.

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IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019 30 IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019Su is now talking about the company's Epyc processors for the data center. Su says that it is the optimum platform for supercomputing. The 7nm Epyc Rome server chips come bearing the Zen 2 microarchitecture and come with 64 physical cores, which equates to 128 threads per processor, double that of the first-gen Naples chips. In a two-socket server, that equates to 128 physical cores and 256 threads in a single box.

Rome is also the first PCIe 4.0 CPU, which offers double the bandwidth per channel. AMD has also made the processors backward compatible with its existing server ecosystem with the caveat that previous-generation motherboards only support PCIe 3.0. These drop-in replacements offer twice the performance of the previous generation per socket. You also get four times the floating point performance per chip.

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IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019 32 IT40 Places & Things in the Media for 01/09/2019AMD conducted a demo of one 64-core Epyc processor against two of Intel's fastest data center processors. The single Epyc processor beat the two 28-core Intel Xeon 8180 processors in the scientific NAMD workload. The Epyc processor won by ~19%.

Here comes the third-gen Ryzen announcement.

AMD is demonstrating an "early" third-gen Ryzen processor running a game paired with a Radeon VII.  These 7nm chips will be the first desktop processors to support PCIe 4.0 right out of the box. That also implies that the new 500-series chipsets will also support the new standard. The new Ryzen processors come with the Zen 2 microarchitecture that provides a higher level of instruction level parallelism (IPC) than the first-gen Zen design, meaning the chips can process more cycles per clock. That will provide an additional speedup beyond the normal gains from increased clock frequencies.

AMD demoed a pre-production Ryzen 3000-series processor head-to-head against a Core i9-9900K. It's noteworthy that AMD hasn't fully tweaked the design yet, meaning that it will likely extract more performance from the chip before it comes to market. The eight-core 16-thread Ryzen processor beat the eight-core 16-thread Core i9-9900K in a Cinebench multi-threaded workload.

AMD demoed a pre-production Ryzen 3000-series processor head-to-head against a Core i9-9900K. It's noteworthy that AMD hasn't fully tweaked the design yet, meaning that it will likely extract more performance from the chip before it comes to market. The eight-core 16-thread Ryzen processor beat the eight-core 16-thread Core i9-9900K in a Cinebench multi-threaded workload.

Given that both processors have eight cores and sixteen threads, the benchmark results suggest that AMD is matching Intel's single-threaded performance, at least in this particular benchmark. Cinebench does respond well to AMD's SMT implementation, but the results are impressive nonetheless.

Possibly matching Intel's single-threaded performance is a watershed moment for AMD, as that type of workload has long been one of the few areas where the Ryzen processors lagged behind Intel's models. But that isn't all. Su also pointed out that the denser 7nm node allowed the Ryzen processor to consume less power, which ultimately equates to heat, than the Core i9-9900K.

The AMD processor pulled ~30% less power than the Core i9-9900K. That's a tremendous advantage over Intel's processors, which have gained a reputation for requiring high-end motherboards, power supplies, and coolers to extract the optimum level of performance. The Ryzen processors' impressive achievement means that it could be much cheaper to build full systems with AMD's Ryzen 3000-series processors, thus offering a similar level of performance while maintaining the value advantage.

Su held up a naked chip, showing that the third-gen Ryzen processors have two dies: one for compute and one for I/O. That's much like the design the company uses in its Epyc Rome processors.

Third-gen Ryzen is coming to market in the "middle of 2019," and Su said that the company would share more details as it comes closer to launch.

Su closed the show on a personal note, saying that she wants the industry to come together industry together to cross boundaries, and that together they can enable the impossible and allow the smartest and brightest minds to solve the most interesting and challenging problems.

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