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Sign1News 9.2.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).


Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News live. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Here are your top stories for today. Dorian slammed into the Bahamas as a category
five storm Sunday night, the strongest storm to ever hit the island. Bahamas prime minister says the devastation
is unprecedented. Authorities say an eight-year-old boy drowned
in rising waters and his mother is missing. There have also been numerous reports of more
casualties but officials say that cannot be confirmed until they see the evidence for
themselves. Whipping winds of 180 mph pulverized cars
and homes, leaving many residents homeless. Forecasters say the biggest problem is the
massive storm is only moving about 1 mph, slower than walking pace. That means it’s pounding the same decimated
area over and over again causing absolute devastation. Officials have warned residents not to go
outside due to downed power lines, lampposts and trees and catastrophic storm surge flooding. Right now the National Weather Service says
hurricane Dorian continues to fluctuate between category four and category five. And at this point hurricane models aren’t
certain if Dorian will make landfall in the US Tuesday or stay offshore. Officials in coastal counties in Florida,
Georgia and South Carolina are not waiting to find out. With millions of Americans living along the
East Coast, the three states have ordered mandatory evacuation orders. Several Florida highways will suspend tolls
to ease the evacuation efforts while thousands of utility workers and the National Guard
are moving into position. The American Red Cross has mobilized thousands
of trained volunteers to impacted areas and has loaded up ninety-nine tractor-trailers
loaded with relief supplies including cots, blankets and 63,000 ready-to-eat meals. We want to remind you again: Sign1News will be
posting live press conferences on storm updates and warnings from local, state and federal
officials with sign language interpretation on our app, website, YouTube and Facebook
page. Please share the updates with family or friends
who may be living in the path of the storm so they can stay safe. A vigil was held Sunday night in Texas for the victims of the Odessa shooting rampage. Seven people were killed and twenty-two others
were injured Saturday night. Those killed ranged in age from 15 to 57. A seventeen-month-old baby girl was listed
among the injured. Law-enforcement officials say thirty-six-year-old
Seth Ator went on a 20 mile shooting spree from Midland to Odessa. A LinkedIn page under his name says he’s a
truck driver. But the New York Times is reporting that he
was fired from his trucking job just hours before the shooting. Ator was later killed by police in a gun battle
in a local mall parking lot. It’s still unclear why he went on the shooting
spree. The trade war between the United States and
China is escalating. This weekend the US started implementing a
15 percent tariff on some consumer goods from China including shoes, TV sets and clothes. President Trump has another phase of tariffs
against China set to go into effect in mid December. Trump says “We can’t allow China to rip us
off anymore. We can’t allow China to take $500 billion a year out of our country.” China has countered with its own tariffs against
the US on billions of dollars of US goods. This trade war has had a ripple effect causing
concern for executives and investors worldwide. But despite the tit-for-tat tariffs, the US
and China are still expected to meet for another round of trade talks later this month. US and Chinese officials have not given a
final date for when September’s trade talks will be held and some Chinese officials say
that the new US tariffs need to be stopped before things can move forward. Have you ever taken your blood pressure at
home and noticed that it is noticeably lower than when you’re at your doctor’s office? A new study says many people experience whitecoat
hypertension. That’s a phenomenon where blood pressure spikes
in a clinical setting because of anxiety. And it could be dangerous. If your blood pressure is falsely elevated
due to the anxiety of being in the doctor’s office, you may be prescribed medicines that
you’re not supposed to be on. Health experts say here are some simple tips
patients can do to make sure blood pressure levels are accurate. First make sure you’re relaxed, not talking,
your feet are shoulder-length apart flat on the ground and your arm is level with your
heart. The blood pressure cuff should also fit easily
over the patient’s arm and should be placed on bare skin. Putting the cuff over clothing can add as
much as fifty points to the reading. Also be aware of what can drive your blood
pressure upward. Experts say having a full bladder can raise
your level by 10 to 15 points. Experiencing stress like being late or getting
stuck in traffic before your appointment can also raise the level. If you think you have whitecoat hypertension,
experts suggest asking your doctor about wearing a blood pressure monitor for twenty-four hours
to help determine if your high blood pressure only happens at the doctor’s office or is
a persistent condition that needs to be treated. The zoo in Berlin welcomed a pair of newborn
panda twins! It the first time ever that a panda has given
birth in Germany. Meng Meng is the proud mother of two cubs. The zoo says they are in good health and will
be closely monitored. The baby pandas will take turns spending about
2 to 3 hours at a time with your mama who is already showing lots of love for her new
babies. Pandas are notoriously difficult to breed
since there is only a window of about 24 to 72 hours a year when females can get pregnant. Congrats, mama Meng Meng! And those are your top stories for today. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to follow us on all of our social
media platforms and be sure to download our app too. Sign1News. Your life. Your language.

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