3 Things To Know Today

1 Nearly One-Million Without Power As Frida Slams South, Mid-Atlantic

Mondays have a reputation for being awful – and yesterday was no different as folks in the south and Atlantic regions were pummeled by snow and freezing temperatures. As the sun rises today, officials have confirmed five deaths – and nearly one-million people without power. More than a foot was reported in some areas around Washington DC. As part of that, the nation's capital is trying to recover with just about everything shut down yesterday. The mayor declared an emergency as heavy snowfall closed government offices and schools, and even grounded President Biden's helicopter. As for those power outages, they’re mainly in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland and North Carolina. The domino effect can be felt across the country as flights are still being cancelled. More than seven-thousand flights within, into, or out of the U.S. were delayed or canceled yesterday. Not surprisingly, FlightAware says airports on the East Coast are having the most problems. Other problem spots include Baltimore, New York's LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty in New Jersey.

2 U.S. Recorded 1Million COVID Cases Monday

The United States broke a COVID-19 record after a million people tested positive yesterday. Yesterday's record is almost twice the previous daily record, set just four days earlier. The highly infectious omicron variant is fueling the surge, though remember, it’s the Delta variant that’s causing the hospitalizations. In fact, researchers say the omicron variant is less severe because it doesn’t get into the lung tissue. Meanwhile, it's now up to the CDC to decide on COVID booster shots for 12-to-15-year-olds. The FDA gave approval yesterday as the omicron variant rages across the nation. The agency also cut the wait time for a booster for anyone 12 and older, from six to five months. A top FDA official says he hopes this will be a call for millions of people to get vaccinate, stressing it's not too late. CDC advisers meet tomorrow and the director could sign off right after.

3 Powerball Jackpot Rolls Over – Again

Time to go to work today – that’s because, no…you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot last night. The winning numbers were 2, 13, 32, 33 and 48. The Powerball was 22 and the PowerPlay multiplier was 2x. The good news? The jackpot keeps growing – and it now stands at a staggering 575-million dollars. What could that mean to you? If you take the lump sum cash option, it works out to over 409-million bucks. The next drawing is tomorrow night with the odds of winning it all is roughly one in 292-million. In other words, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning after being bitten by a shark. For a little perspective, the last time someone won was October 4th- winning $699.8-million. At the time, that jackpot was the fifth largest in Powerball history and seventh largest in U.S. lottery history.

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