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Ian death toll reaches 76

STORM water from Hurricane Ian has flooded many roads in Florida (U.S. Border Protection Service photo).

The death toll – likely to increase –  from Hurricane Ian’s stormy assault  on Florida has risen to 76.

According to the Associated Press, over 1,000 people have been rescued from rising waters, but flooding continues, blocking many roadways and making it difficult for all kinds of vehicles to bring medical help, food and other vital items to the affected areas.

An estimated 670,000 customers – homes, businesses, etc. – remain without power and many others are without access to clean water.

Meanwhile, Gov. Ron DeSantis defended against criticism that the state’s response to the hurricane was slow and ignored pre-disaster planning.

Far-right vs. far-left in Brazil

BRAZIL (Wikipedia)

The Oct. 30 runoff presidential election in Brazil will pit a far-left former president against the far-right incumbent for the leadership of Latin America’s largest nation.

Neither Righest president Jair Bolsonaro nor leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the ex-president, polled a majority in Sunday’s vote, according to United Press International.

Polls suggest that Lula will be the favorite in the runoff.

Sports: Chargers outlast the Texans

ARE you ready for the Los Angeles Chargers?

The Los Angeles Chargers improved to 2-2 with a 34-24 win over the Texans (0-3-1) in Houston Sunday. The Bolts built a 27-7 halftime lead and held off a second half surge by the home team.

Justin Herbert passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.  Austin Ekeler caught the key fourth quarter touchdown pass. Top receiver LAC was Mike Williams with seven catches for 120 yards.

BASEBALL: The Los Angeles Angels won their seventh straight game, defeating the Texas Rangers 8-3 in Anaheim on Sunday. The  Halos (73-86), started with six runs in the first innings. Mike Trout had an epic day going 3-for-4 with a home run (his 38th of the season), a walk two runs scored and a RBI. Livan Soto was 3-for- 4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.  Taylor Ward was 3-for-4 also, with one RBI and two runs scored.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (110-49) lost 4-1 to the San Diego Padres at Chavez Ravine. The Blue Crew was held to three hits, two by Trayce Thompson.

Weather: Some fog, some cloud

Warmer weather in on the way for the West Orange County area, but we’ll keep our morning fog and afternoon overcast and sun.

The forecast for Monday calls for a daytime high of 81 and an overnight low of 64. Tuesday will be a bit warmer at 84 (66), followed by Wednesday’s 84 (66).

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