Tropical Storm Hermine forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Hermine forms in Gulf of Mexico

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A hurricane warning was issued for parts of Florida’s northwestern coast Wednesday night as a tropical storm strengthened, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Storm Hermine — pronounced Her-MEEN — is expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall sometime Thursday night or Friday morning.

Northwest Florida could see between 5 to 10 inches of rain, and some isolated spots could get 20 inches, the hurricane center said. A hurricane warning was issued Wednesday for a stretch of coast from the Suwanee River, southwest of Gainesville, to Mexico Beach.

The storm in the Gulf of Mexico was about 315 miles west-southwest of Tampa as of 11 p.m. ET. Maximum sustained winds of 60 mph were recorded, up from 40 mph earlier in the day.

A hurricane watch was in effect for an area of the coast from the Anclote River to the Suwanee River, and a tropical storm warning was issued from Suwanee River to the city of Destin, west of Mexico Beach.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning, when the system was still known as Tropical Depression 9.

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“It is crucial that every Floridian has a plan in place to ensure their families, homes and businesses are fully prepared,” Scott said in a statement. “By declaring a state of emergency in advance of this storm, we are ensuring that state, regional and local agencies can work together to meet the needs of our communities.”

Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth warned the system could bring a storm surge of up to 3 feet to the areas between Apalachicola and Tampa in northwestern Florida.

“But there could be a few spots that could go up to 4 or 5 [feet] and this part of this coastline is susceptible to flooding,” he added.

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Hermine is part of a triple weather threat currently looming across the U.S., with storms also set to hit the Southeast and Hawaii.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks will likely be drenched as a tropical weather system blows by with up to 5 inches of heavy rain, forecasters said.

NBC meteorologist Bill Karins warned of rough surf and dangerous rip currents off of North Carolina as so-called Tropical Depression 8, which had glanced the coastline late Tuesday, headed back out into the Atlantic. The storm system had maximum sustained wind speeds of 35 mph and was moving northeast at 5 mph early Wednesday.

In the Pacific, Category 1 Hurricane Madeline churned toward Hawaii, promising to bring heavy rain and high winds. Category 4 Hurricane Lester followed roughly Madeline’s path and toward the islands. It was forecast to hit over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

“Madeline is going to pass dangerously close to the Big Island of Hawaii late today into Thursday morning Hawaiian time,” Karins said early Wednesday.

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Trump recommits to mass deportation in fiery immigration speech

Trump recommits to mass deportation in fiery immigration speech

Trump: 'There Will Be No Amnesty'

Donald Trump‘s self-declared “softening” on immigration is gone, replaced by a recommitment to a hardline policy that could best be described as mass deportation.

Shouting his remarks to a fired-up crowd in Arizona, which has been home to some of the most contentious immigration policy fights of the last decade, Trump pledged a maximal approach that would target every undocumented immigrant in the country without mercy.

“There will be no amnesty,” Trump said. “Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country.”

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The speech came just hours after Trump appeared in Mexico, where he struck a more conciliatory tone after meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Trump’s warm-up speakers Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) wore “Make Mexico Great Again Also” hats.

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“We will build a great wall along the southern border,” Trump said in Arizona before being drowned out by cheers. “And Mexico will pay for the wall.”

Whatever crisis of conscience Trump had this month after talking to Hispanic supporters and hearing tales of longtime residents torn from their families passed in the rear-view mirror. Instead, Trump used his remarks in Arizona to reassure his core supporters that he would focus on deporting criminals, but remain true to his original pledge to target all undocumented immigrants without mercy, whether illegal workers or DREAMers or the parents of U.S. citizens.

“We will set priorities, but unlike this administration, no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement,” Trump said.

After repeating horrifying tales of murders and rapes committed by undocumented immigrants that he highlighted at his convention, Trump said that anyone who enters the country illegally would be “subject to deportation” and that “is what it means to have laws.”

Trump’s only advice to undocumented immigrants was to leave the country and try to enter legally. There is no current means for the overwhelming majority to do so — many are barred under current law from even applying for years — and Trump offered no plans to expedite their reentry. In fact, he suggested he would restrict legal immigration levels further in order to reduce competition with American workers.

Meanwhile, Trump promised a far more sweeping enforcement regime to carry out his hard turn.

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He said he would create a “new special deportation task force” to focus on tracking criminals. But he also promised a major expansion of enforcement in general, including a recommitment to an earlier proposal to triple the number of ICE agents devoted to enforcing immigration laws within the country. He proposed requiring all businesses to use an e-verify system to screen illegal workers and a return to work-site raids.

“If we only enforce the laws against crime, then we have an open border to the entire world,” Trump said.

Trump also pledged to deport any undocumented immigrant taken in by law enforcement without regard to the severity of their crime or whether they were convicted. To add teeth to this measure, he threatened to cut off federal funding to any “sanctuary city” that ordered local authorities not to work with federal immigration officials.

“We will issue detainers for illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever and they will be placed in immediate removal proceedings — if we even have to do that,” Trump said.

To the extent there was a pivot, it appeared to be from the hard right to the alt right.

“I think I’ll watch this speech every night before going to bed so that I will sleep like a baby,” conservative author Ann Coulter, who had chided Trump for waffling on immigration earlier this month, tweeted.

At the end, he offered a briefest nod to a possible point, far in the future, when he might consider a “discussion” about what to do with remaining undocumented population, a line that contradicted his earlier pledge in the speech to never entertain legalization.

But the overall message was clear. When it comes to Trump’s platform now, and not in some hypothetical land where illegal immigration has been ended, the plan is mass deportation.

Create the best appetizer with just 3 ingredients

Create the best appetizer with just 3 ingredients

By Sweet & Savory
Bacon and fingerling potatoes are all you need for these finger-licking appetizers. Savory little bites full of flavor!

Ok, who doesn’t like bacon and potatoes? My guess is no one.

So, I don’t think it’ll take much convincing to get you sold on this recipe. Especially when we’re talking about fingerling potatoes!

What? You’ve never had fingerling potatoes? You’re missing out, my friend! But if you’re familiar with fingerling potatoes, you know how amazingly buttery these potatoes are.

These skinny elongated potatoes are unique and flavorful! With creamy, buttery taste and firm texture, they are especially great for roasting.

To take things up a notch, I smeared pesto on the fingerling potatoes and wrapped them in thin bacon slices. Boom, flavor explosion!! If potatoes could talk, they’d tell you how incredibly happy they are.

Oh and if you don’t have pesto on hand, don’t sweat. A little bit of extra sharp cheddar cheese would be a great alternative as well.

These finger-licking little bites are the best at room temperature.

Recipe:

  • 5 fingerling potatoes
  • 5 thin bacon strips
  • 5 teaspoons basil pesto*

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with silicone mat, or parchment paper.
  2. Wash and peel (if desired) the potatoes. Cut them in half lengthwise. Cut the bacon strips in half as well.
  3. Spread about ½ teaspoon or so pesto on the fingerling potatoes and wrap the bacon around them. Place the seam side down on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked.
  4. Serve at room temperature with pesto sauce on the side, if desired.

The post 3-Ingredient Bacon Wrapped Fingerling Potatoes first appeared on Sweet and Savory

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If there ever was a time to make BLTs it is right now at this perfectly-ripe-unbelievably-juicy tomato time of year. Although, I love BLTs so much that I will eat them any time of year. Any time of day. With any tomatoes. But when they can be made with a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes so beautiful that it is almost painful to eat them? Well then things are just really good.
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On the topic of really good things, let’s talk about caramelized black pepper bacon. The only way that I make bacon is in the oven because a) I have no desire to clean up a greasy mess on the stove or microwave b) i I line the pan with enough foil, I don’t even have to clean the pan and c) all laziness aside, it really does just taste better. But my favorite thing to do is cover the bacon in brown sugar or maple syrup before it goes in the oven so that the sugar caramelizes as it bakes making the crispiest, most addicting sweet/savory combo ever created. If I were doing a breakfast thing, I would just go straight sugar or syrup. When I am using it in a more savory thing, I like to mix in some spices to bring a little bit of heat. The bacon in this sandwich gets a mixture of brown sugar, black pepper and cayenne and can I just say, you will never want another kind of bacon ever again.

Of course, no BLT is complete without mayo. I love, love, love chipotle mayo but in the interest of trying something new and not adding the 95th chipotle recipe to this blog, I used green chilies and I was pleasantly surprised! I might still ust chipotles next time (sorry, green chiles) but this mayo is super easy, a little spicy and overall just really wonderful.

Ok, and did I mention the rainbow of tomatoes? Oh, a couple time? Well then, my work here is done.
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BLT with Caramelized Black Pepper Bacon and Green Chile Mayo

Recipe:

  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 4 oz. can diced green chiles, drained
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 8 slices bread
  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes (or any kind. I just like to get all tomato-color-explosion in my sandwiches)
  • 8 large leaves of romaine lettuce or a small head of iceberg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and arrange bacon in a single layer on the two sheets.
  2. Combine brown sugar, black pepper and cayenne. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture over the bacon and rub it in with your fingertips. Bake bacon for 15 minutes. Flip the bacon, sprinkle with the remaining spice mixture and cook 10-15 minutes longer, until it reaches your desired crispiness. I like my bacon borderline burnt, so I kept it in longer than this.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the mayo, chiles and lime juice. Cut the tomatoes into thick slices.
  4. To assemble the sandwiches, toast the bread slices until golden brown. Spread the green chile mayo on 4 slices of bread. On the remaining slices of bread layer the lettuce, tomatoes and bacon. Top each sandwich with the mayo spread slices.

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