Here are the Big 3 news stories of the day for Monday, August 30, 2021:

1.) Weekend Storms: Strong winds and several inches of rain pelted South Dakota over the weekend leaving many residents in clean-up mode on Sunday. Check out some of these rainfall totals:

  • Crooks: 4.05 inches
  • Sioux Falls Airport: 3.19 inches
  • 6 miles South East of Baltic: 6.74 inches
  • Brandon: 3.56 inches
  • EROS Data Center north of Brandon: 6.74 inches
  • Pipestone, MN: 3.52 inches
  • Hills, MN: 4.94 inches
  • Lennox: 4.16 inches
  • Harrisburg: 5.43 inches
  • Tea: 4.15 inches
  • Larchwood, IA: 5.17 inches
  • Wall Lake: 5.0 inches

Meanwhile, the Lennox school will not hold classes today due to damage and loss of power.

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2.) Trouble in Afghanistan: Civilian evacuations continue at the Kabul Airport in an increasingly dangerous region. Over the weekend, the United States confirmed a drone attack and took out a suicide bomber with a vehicle filled with explosives which resulted in the death of 6 children. It is reported that the Taliban has access to over $85 billion in U.S. weaponry and supplies. (source: Daily Beast)

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3.) Hurricane Packs Powerful Punch to New Orleans: On the 16th anniversary of Katrina, New Orleans was dealt another blow - literally - from Hurricane Ida. The category 4 packed winds of 150 mph taking out power for the entire city leaving residents stranded on the rooftops waiting for rescue. This morning, the storm was moving into Mississippi but had been downgraded to a tropical depression. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warns that the death toll from Hurricane Ida will "go up considerably throughout the day."

Meanwhile, The New Orleans Saints are planning to practice at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium today, tomorrow, and Wednesday after evacuating from New Orleans

On a side note: Upon hearing the warnings, the residents of New Orleans did the smart thing and stocked up on stuff before the storm hit, emptying shelves at stores. Except ... they didn’t seem to want the Ruffles potato chips featuring basketballer Anthony Davis on the package. Davis, of course, forced his way out of New Orleans to go play with the Los Angeles Lakers. The fans in New Orleans apparently have not forgotten that.

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