5 things to know for September 19: Queen, Hurricane Fiona, Covid, Ukraine, Truck recall

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1. Queen Elizabeth II

Britain bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth II today with a grand funeral full of tradition to honor her 70-year reign. Presidents, prime ministers, princes, emperors and empresses and other public figures attend to pay their last respects, a testament to its wide appeal. The funeral service is being held in the same abbey where the Queen was crowned 69 years ago and where, 75 years ago, Prince Philip, who died last year, married her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. In recent days, thousands of Londoners have lined up to say goodbye to the Queen as she lay in state, with some waiting up to 20 hours for her coffin to pass.
You can tune in to CNN for live coverage of the Queen’s state funeral from 5am to 1pm ET or follow live updates here.

2. Hurricane Fiona

More than a million people in Puerto Rico are without power today as Hurricane Fiona batters the island with heavy rains and life-threatening flooding. The Category 1 storm made landfall Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and has already dropped 6 to 24 inches of rain in some areas, the National Hurricane Center said. Fiona could bring a total of 30 inches of rain to Puerto Rico and up to 12 inches to the Dominican Republic, which the storm hit early this morning. Puerto Rico’s main power utility said it could be days before power is restored, adding that “some transmission line outages” are contributing to the blackout.

3. Covid-19

As more and more states move away from Covid-19 restrictions and quarantine measures, President Joe Biden has said he believes the pandemic is “over” but acknowledged the US still has a “problem” with the virus. “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work … but the pandemic is over,” Biden said in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” The US government still designates Covid-19 as a Public Health Emergency and the World Health Organization says it remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Data shows that about 65,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported every day in the last two weeks and they are falling in almost every state. However, about 400 people in the US are dying each day from Covid-19, the CDC said.

4. Ukraine

Ukraine has captured more territory in one week than Russian forces have in five months, observers say. Recent gains by Ukrainian troops, particularly in the east of the country, have forced Russia to regroup amid some shortages—which won’t ease with the onset of winter. Russians currently hold about 20% of Ukraine’s territory, including Crimea and parts of the south. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday said the slowdown in his military’s advance was “preparation” to liberate more cities soon. “Perhaps it seems to some that now we have a kind of lull after some victories. But this is not a lull. This is preparation for the next sequence,” he said.

5. Remembering trucks

Nissan is recalling more than 200,000 pickup trucks due to the risk of driving while the vehicles are parked. The affected models are the 2020 to 2023 Nissan Frontiers and Titans, with 203,223 vehicles sold. The trucks could roll away because the transmission’s parking brake, which prevents vehicles from moving, failed to engage when the trucks were parked, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. It comes just months after Nissan recalled more than 180,000 Frontiers and Titans from 2020-2022 for the same risk. Owners of affected models have been advised to use the parking brake whenever they park.

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TODAY’S NUMBER

300,000

That’s roughly how many homes in southwestern Japan were left without power after Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall on Sunday, prompting local authorities to issue a rarely used “special warning” to signal the storm’s severity. About 10 million people on Japan’s third-largest island, Kyushu, have been advised to seek shelter in sturdy buildings or move to higher ground, officials said.

TODAY’S BUDGET

“My intention, as I said at the beginning, is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision to run again? That remains to be seen.”

— President Biden, said in an interview that aired Sunday that it is “too early” to decide whether he will run for president again in 2024. Biden’s comments during the CBS “60 Minutes” interview represent a shift from what he and his aides have held. he has said publicly for most of his presidency – and open the door for Biden to possibly seek another term. However, when asked about criticism that he was unfit for the job at age 79, Biden said: “Watch me.”

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

Horses enjoy the violin

Watch these horses express their approval of a soft violin song. (Click here to view)