Gas line rupture disrupts traffic in East Palo Alto | News

PG&E crews work to repair a ruptured gas line on Donohoe Street near University Avenue in East Palo Alto on April 28, 2022. Photo by Sue Dremann.

A PG&E gas line that ruptured while crews were working on the line on Thursday has disrupted traffic in East Palo Alto and blocked access to U.S. Highway 101.

The rupture, which occurred at University Avenue and Donohoe Street, began at about 10:53 a.m., causing a significant hissing of leaking gas. The line is expected to be repaired by about 4 p.m., East Palo Alto police said.

Eastbound traffic on University Avenue was diverted onto northbound Highway 101. Westbound traffic on University was diverted onto Bell Street to Euclid Avenue. From there, drivers were directed to northbound Highway 101 at the freeway entrance where East Bayshore Road transitions to Donohoe Street, police said. Traffic was backed up on Bell Street and Euclid Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

The rupture didn’t cause evacuations except from the Chevron gas station at the corner, police said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

A PG&E gas line ruptured in East Palo Alto on April 28, 2022. Map by Jamey Padojino.

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Wintry weather disrupts travel across the heartland | News

DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain and drizzle is disrupting travel from Central Texas to the Great Lakes, with ice-glazed roads leading to hundreds of traffic accidents.

Hundreds of flights were canceled Wednesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas braced for an ice storm.

More than half an inch of ice could accumulate in parts of the Ozarks through Friday morning, while another area of freezing rain was expected to hit south-central Pennsylvania and western Maryland, the National Weather Service said.

In Arkansas, dozens of schools were closed or switched to remote learning Thursday as another round of freezing rain was expected by midday.

Airlines had canceled more than 2,000 Thursday flights by Wednesday night, according to the tracking site. About half of them were at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, where temperatures were expected to top out above freezing only briefly late Thursday afternoon.

DFW Airport is the biggest in the American Airlines network, and American had canceled 21% of its Thursday flights by Wednesday night, according to FlightAware.

Meanwhile, heavy snow was expected in upstate New York and New England later this week, with more than 6 inches (15 centimeters) possible through Saturday morning.

Winter took a fleeting break in the Northeast on Wednesday, with temperatures soaring into the 60s before plunging within hours.

The warm spell sent people streaming outdoors, but it was bad news for ski areas and other winter sports.

“It’s not exactly what you want to see in the middle of the busiest week of the year,” said Ethan Austin, spokesperson for the Sugarloaf ski area in Maine, which was busy because of school vacation week. But he was happy to hear snow was on the way.

The weather whiplash marked the second time in less than a week that there was to be a temperature swing of more than 40 degrees in 24 hours.

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Storm Eunice cuts power, disrupts travel across Europe

The storm ripped off part of the dome of London’s O2 Arena and thousands watched a live stream on Friday of planes struggling to land in high winds at the city’s Heathrow airport.

Insurance costs from the storm could reach £200m to £350m, Mohammad Khan, general insurance leader at PwC UK, told the BBC.

In Germany, where the storm is named Zeynep, the nation’s shipping agency issued a warning for the nation’s North Sea coast, predicting waves as high as 2m. A 270-year-old windmill in eastern Germany collapsed, according to a local media report.

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said on Saturday afternoon that “massive” disruption is ongoing in northern parts of the country. The state-owned firm said that more than 1,000km of the country’s rail network has been damaged and 2,000 people are working to help resume services. Still, disruptions will continue until Monday afternoon.

Train traffic was progressively getting back to normal in the north of France, after several train lines were damaged, according to SNCF. Meteo France is warning of strong coastal winds from the tip of Brittany to the north of France.

At least 12 people across the continent have been killed, AP reported, many due to falling trees. Three people died in the UK, all in vehicles that were hit by toppled trees or debris, while in Belgium a 79-year-old man drowned after falling from his pleasure boat in the port of Ypres, Le Soir reported. 

In Germany three people died, according to news agency DPA, including a 17-year-old who was in a storm-related car accident. A man on the North Sea coast fell through a damaged roof he was trying to repair, and a man drove into a fallen tree near the Dutch border. Winds in the country on Friday evening were measured at as high as 143km/h.

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Fatal car crash in Aurora disrupts train travel | Local News

A 33-year-old man died Sunday when his pickup truck went off the road, crashed into two fences and fell several feet onto the train tracks in Aurora.

The crash occurred around 6 a.m. in the 2600 block of South Abilene Street in the city’s Heather Gardens neighborhood, according to the Aurora Police Department.

The crash forced the Regional Transportation District to close its light rail tracks that run through central Aurora. As of early Sunday afternoon, the tracks had not reopened.

Medics took the man to a hospital, where he later died. Investigators said they believe he might have been drinking. Authorities have identified the man but aren’t releasing his name until relatives are notified. 

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WA border opening delay disrupts travel plans for thousands as medically vulnerable back decision

Molly Richter was all set for her new life with her fiance in Western Australia.

Now, an 11th-hour decision by Western Australia to keep its border closed has left her stranded in Sydney with just a suitcase and no home.

The decision has created chaos for tens of thousands of people who were expected to arrive in WA from February 5 onwards.

American woman Ms Richter, 43, fell in love with her fiance Paul Woolerton six years ago.

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Minimal flight delays at Sky Harbor as COVID disrupts travel nationwide | Arizona News

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The Omicron COVID variant and weather continue to disrupt travel across the state. Multiple airlines are reporting widespread flight cancelations Wednesday. The good news: it appears Sky Harbor is only seeing minimal delays.

“Smooth traveling, on-time departure, having an event tonight, so just hoping everything goes smoothly,” said Seth Miller, traveling out of Sky Harbor.

Wednesday, Sky Harbor reported at least 45 cancelations, down from more than 275 cancelations on Christmas Eve. American Airlines said 80% of flights in and out and Phoenix are arriving on time. Meanwhile, Delta, Jet Blue, and United all said the Omicron variant is impacting flight crews.

“I know for us in healthcare, it is very hard to staff, so I imagine that is hitting a lot of different industries. People getting sick and not being able to do their job affects all the way down the chain,” Miller said.

Hundreds more flights canceled across US, impacting Phoenix Sky Harbor

Meanwhile, Alaskan Airlines is asking non-essential travelers planning to fly before Jan. 2 to consider rescheduling their flights.

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COVID disrupts travel worldwide on Christmas weekend: Live news | Coronavirus pandemic News

Commercial airlines around the world cancelled more than 5,700 flights over the Christmas weekend according to a flight tracker website, as a mounting wave of coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant created greater uncertainty and misery for holiday travellers.

On Saturday, Pope Francis prayed for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, using his Christmas Day address to urge vaccines for the poor and health care for all.

“Grant health to the infirm and inspire all men and women of good will to seek the best ways possible to overcome the current health crisis and its effects,” Francis said in his address.

Here are the latest updates for Saturday:

Indian PM Modi announces booster shots to healthcare workers next month

India will start administering COVID-19 booster shots to healthcare and frontline workers from January 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

In an address to the nation, he also said those aged 15-18 would start receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations from January 3.

Turkmenistan to register Russian Sputnik Light vaccine

Turkmenistan became one of the first nations to approve the use of Russian COVID-19 vaccines, including Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona, and Sputnik Light, according to the country’s Ministry of Health and Medical Industry.

The ministry said in a statement that it registered the Sputnik Light vaccine and issued a corresponding certificate for its use.

Another Top14  Rugby games gets postponed

Clermont’s visit to Brive became the third game in the post-Christmas round of Top 14 Rugby matches to be cancelled because of a cluster of coronavirus cases.

The match, scheduled for Sunday, was called off after Clermont reported coronavirus cases in their squad, the French league (LNR) announced.

“Due to the health situation of the squad of Clermont, following new tests, the match Brive-Clermont, is postponed. The rearranged date will be communicated later,” said the LNR in a statement.

More than 5,700 flights scrapped on Christmas weekend

At least 5,743 flights have been cancelled worldwide over the long Christmas weekend and thousands more were delayed, a tracking website reported.

According to, more than 2,500 flights were scrubbed around the globe on Christmas Day, including more than 870 originating from or headed to US airports, with some 4,200 delays as of 1430 GMT.

On Friday, there were around 2,400 cancellations and 11,000 delays, while Sunday cancellations have already topped 800.

Passengers check the flight board in a terminal at the international airport in Frankfurt [File: Michael Probst/AP Photo]

Two more members of Korean group BTS test positive for virus

Two more members of the K-pop group BTS tested positive for COVID-19 following their return to South Korea from the band’s first pandemic-era concerts in the United States, their management company Big Hit Music said.

Rapper RM, 27, and vocalist Jin, 29, were diagnosed with COVID-19 a day after Suga, a songwriter and rapper for the seven-member group, tested positive.

All three had completed second doses of a coronavirus vaccine in August, the company said.

South Korean K-pop band BTS pose for photographers ahead of a press conference to introduce their single “Butter” in Seoul, South Korea [File: Lee Jin-man/AP Photo]

Japan’s Fukuoka finds first Omicron case

Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture has confirmed its first infection with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, its governor Seitaro Hattori said.

The case was a result of possible community transmission as the infection route was unclear, Hattori told a news conference.

Pope prays for end of pandemic in Christmas blessing

Pope Francis prayed for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, using his Christmas Day address to urge health care for all, vaccines for the poor and for dialogue to prevail in resolving the world’s conflicts.

“Grant health to the infirm and inspire all men and women of good will to seek the best ways possible to overcome the current health crisis and its effects,” he said on Saturday.

“Open hearts to ensure that necessary medical care – and vaccines in particular – are provided to those peoples who need them most.”

Read more here.

Pope Francis waves after delivering his traditional Christmas Day Urbi et Orbi speech to the city and the world from the main balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, December 25, 2021 [Yara Nardi/Reuters]

Djokovic ‘won’t go’ to pre-Australian Open ATP Cup: Local media

Novak Djokovic will not play in the ATP Cup ahead of the Australian Open, where his participation is in doubt as the Serbian tennis star refuses to say if he has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, his team have told Serbian newspaper Blic.

“It is 99 percent sure that Novak won’t go to the ATP Cup. He is training here (in Belgrade) but he has decided to give that tournament a miss,” an unnamed member of his team said.

The ATP Cup in Sydney is a team tournament that traditionally kicks off the men’s season.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic [File: William West/AFP]

Kenya to start booster shot drive amid virus fears

Kenya will offer COVID-19 booster shots to individuals six months after their initial shots, the health ministry said in a document published a day after the country logged its highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests.

Kenya last month said it would demand proof of vaccination to access public spaces and transport from December 21. The move met with a combination of bemusement, dismissal and occasional spot enforcement, given the country’s low vaccination rate.

By Friday just over 14 percent of Kenyan adults had been fully vaccinated.

US hit by further flight cancellations

According to, at least 2,000 flights were cancelled worldwide on Christmas Day.

On Friday, there were around 2,400 cancellations and almost 11,000 delays. The site also reported over 600 cancellations for Sunday.

Pilots, flight attendants and other staff have been calling in sick or having to quarantine after exposure to COVID, forcing Lufthansa, Delta, United Airlines and many other carriers to cancel flights during one of the year’s peak travel periods.

China’s COVID-hit Xian city reports rise in infections

China’s Xian city has reported an increase in daily COVID-19 infections and local companies curtailed activity as the country’s latest COVID-19 hot spot entered its third day of lockdown.

Xian, a northwest Chinese city of 13 million, detected 75 domestically transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms for December 24, its higest daily count of the year and reversing the previous day’s decline, official data showed on Saturday.

Residents are banned from leaving town without clearance from employers or local autorities and households can send only one person to shop for necessities every two days.

Workers in protective suits stand at an entrance to a university’s residential area under lockdown following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Xian, Shaanxi province, China [File: China Daily via Reuters]

India COVID deaths rise by 387

India’s health ministry reported on Saturday that daily COVID-19 deaths in the country have risen by 387, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to at least 479,520.

COVID cases have also risen by 7,189 to at least 34.8 million.

In Omicron-free New Zealand, Christmas without restrictions

New Zealanders celebrated Christmas on Saturday in the warmth of southern midsummer with few restrictions, in one of the rare countries in the world largely untouched by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Ninety-five percent of adults in New Zealand have had at least one dose of a vaccine, making it one of the world’s most vaccinated populations. The only Omicron cases that have been found in New Zealand have been safely contained at the border.

As COVID-19 spread across the globe in the past two years, New Zealand used its isolation to its advantage. Border controls kept the worst of the virus at bay, and by Christmas this year, New Zealand had recorded just 50 deaths in a population of 5.5 million.

Daily COVID cases in Australia’s New South Wales top 6,000

Australia’s most populous state recorded more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time Saturday, adding a sombre note to Christmas celebrations.

Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, reported 2,108 new cases and six deaths on Saturday.

Health expert highlights importance of wearing mask to fight COVID

US Navy warship sidelined with COVID-19 outbreak

A US Navy warship has paused its deployment to South America because of a coronavirus outbreak, the Navy said Friday.

The USS Milwaukee, a littoral combat ship, is staying in port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where it had stopped for a scheduled port visit. It began its deployment from Mayport, Florida, on December 14 and was heading into the US Southern Command region.

The Navy said in a statement that the ship’s crew is “100% immunized” and that all of those who tested positive for COVID-19 have been isolated on the ship away from other crew members. The number of crew testing positive was not disclosed. The ship has a crew of a little more than 100.

The Navy said that “a portion” of those infected are having mild symptoms and that the specific variant is not yet known. COVID-19 cases have surged across the country due to the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant.

Antetokounmpo clears NBA’s COVID protocols

The Milwaukee Bucks received an early Christmas present in the form of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo clearing the National Basketball Association’s health and safety protocols on Friday.

However, Antetokounmpo’s status remains up in the air for Milwaukee’s Christmas Day showdown against the visiting Boston Celtics on Saturday afternoon.

For their part, the Celtics officially placed five more players into COVID protocols on Friday, bringing the team’s total to 12.

Blinken thanks South Africa in call with counterpart Naledi Pandor

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke via phone with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor about an earlier announcement that the US plans to lift travel restrictions on several southern African nations, imposed last month amid fears over the Omicron variant.

“The Secretary again thanked South Africa’s scientists and government for their transparency and expertise,” State Department Spokesman Ned Price said in a statement describing the call.

“He emphasized the importance of the longstanding partnership between the United States and South Africa to combat the impacts of COVID-19.”

More than 4,000 Christmas flights cancelled worldwide

Airlines around the world called off more than 4,000 flights over the Christmas weekend, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant.

The website FlightAware showed 2,314 flights had been cancelled worldwide on Christmas Eve, a typically robust day in passenger transit. About a quarter of those suspended itineraries were in the US.

Another 1,404 flights scheduled for Christmas Day were cancelled globally, the website said, along with 340 more that had been scheduled for Sunday, Boxing Day.

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Volcano in Canary Islands disrupts air travel, sends residents fleeing

Sept. 25 (UPI) — Flights have been canceled and residents ordered to evacuate as a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma intensified.

The volcanic eruption began Sept. 19 in Cumbre Vieja rift located in the Canary Islands archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa and is the first since 1971.

The Canary Islands government said Saturday that it’s maintaining the evacuation of the villages of Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo and Tacande de Arriba as a safety measure. Enaire, an air navigation manager in Spain and west Sahara, has also restricted areas in for the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane.

Lava has destroyed 400 homes and buildings on the island of 85,000 and caused the evaluation of 6,000 people, reports CNN.

Ash rising from the volcano continues to be a concern and the local government has instructed residents to remain inside and to wear goggles and face coverings if they venture out.

The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said on Twitter on Friday that the eruption sent shockwaves of air from sudden decompression through the atmosphere that can travel faster than the speed of sound. Earlier that day, a second emission vent opened west of the eruption’s primary allowing more gas and lava to escape.

Spanish airport operator Aena said Friday on Twitter that it closed the La Palma airport because of the build-up of ash, which crews were cleaning Saturday.

Local authorities and the Spanish government were working to provide relief to residents, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday. He said his government was preparing for the island’s reconstruction, pledging that residents would not be forgotten.

Rivers of lava have continued flowing down the mountainside of the island, reports the Guardian. But the speed has slowed considerably, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, head of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan, told the news outlet.

“I don’t dare to tell you when it’s going to get there, nor do I dare to make a forecast,” Morcuende told reporters, according to the Guardian.

The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute posted some positive news to Twitter on Saturday.

“In the last few hours, the amplitude of the volcanic tremor has decreased notably in all the stations of the Canary Islands Seismic Network in La Palma,” it said.

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