October 2022


Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s A-Lister Neighborhood Targeted By NEW ‘Bling Ring’ Burglars!


Man, look at Netflix killing it with the cross-promotion!

Last week their new true crime docuseries The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist premiered, and this week their collaborators Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the crosshairs of a new ring of burglars?? Clever viral marketing!

OK, getting serious here… There really is apparently a new crime wave crashing on the Sussexes’ high-priced beachside neighborhood, as well as a few around it. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department is installing extra security in the area in the form of license plate recognition cameras. The Montecito Association sent out a warning to Harry and Meghan, as well as other residents, explaining the cameras were “in response to the high-value property crime we’ve experienced recently.” They added:

“These crimes are being committed by sophisticated out-of-the-area theft gangs.”

The six high-tech cameras should give police a better idea who was in the area at the time of any given burglaries as they can identify not just license plate numbers but also make, model, and even body damage on passing cars.

Related: Little Mix Star Perrie Edwards’ Home Burglarized While She Was Inside With Baby!

Santa Barbara County Undersheriff Craig Bonner said in an online meeting for residents:

“We’ve had some problems with professional burglars coming into the Montecito community. We want these cameras up and running as quickly as possible to capture these folks as they come and go from the area. They have a proven ability to aid investigators effectively solve crimes by providing leads on vehicles that were in an area when a crime is committed. They help speed up investigations, and they are a force multiplier; they’re out there working 24/7, rain or shine.”

He added that the technology here isn’t for traffic enforcement and won’t recognize their famous faces:

“It does not involve facial recognition, and the data will be deleted after 30 days unless it is part of an investigation.”

Other big names in the area include Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry, Ariana GrandeScooter BraunRob Lowe, and Adam Levine. These are all stars whose activities — like when they’re on vacation for an extended period or, say, bringing their whole families along for a Las Vegas residency to show a united front during a cheating scandal. For instance. The whole thing reminds us of the burglars in 2018 who hit celebs because they could see when they were and weren’t home on social media.

You may have heard, there were actually two separate intruder alerts at Meghan and Harry’s home in May alone. So this is probably a good call on the part of local police. Of course, it might be smart of the burglars to just steal the cameras — they’re worth $2,500 apiece!

Here’s hoping everyone stays safe! What do YOU think of this technology?

[Image via MEGA/WENN/Ellen/Netflix/YouTube.]


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Arizona GOP chair: DOJ has not attempted to enforce false-elector subpoenas


The batch of subpoenas was one of the earliest public signs of DOJ’s rapidly unfolding criminal investigation related to Trump’s effort to remain in power despite his defeat. The wave of subpoenas also coincided with the public hearings held by the Jan. 6 select committee, which highlighted the effort by Trump to assemble false presidential electors to provoke a controversy intended to overturn the election on Jan. 6, 2021.

It’s unclear if DOJ has taken steps to enforce subpoenas issued to false electors in states other than Arizona. It’s also unclear how the false Arizona electors lodged the objections to the grand jury subpoenas that Ward described in her filing, however, the grand jury probe is overseen by Washington, D.C.‘s chief federal district court judge Beryl Howell, who has been adjudicating closed-door disputes throughout the investigation.

Ward, one of 11 false electors for Trump in Arizona, has also been locked in a legal battle since February against the Jan. 6 select committee, which subpoenaed T-Mobile for her phone records as part of its expansive probe. Ward’s description of the status of the grand jury subpoenas came in filings connected to her appeal of a federal judge’s ruling granting the select committee access to her phone logs.

U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa ruled last week that Ward could not block the select committee from accessing her phone logs from T-Mobile. Ward quickly appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As part of her appeal, Ward submitted an update on the status of the grand jury subpoenas.

Two attorneys for Ward, and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., did not respond to requests for comment.

Ward contends that the select committee’s bid for her phone records is a political effort to punish a close ally of Trump. But the select committee has said it requires them as part of an effort to piece together contacts between key figures during the chaotic weeks that preceded the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.


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Meghan King Got Her Boobs & Nose Done – And She’s Sharing All!


Meghan King is getting candid about her recent cosmetic surgeries!

At the beginning of the month, the Real Housewife got a breast augmentation and a rhinoplasty, and she’s being so open about it! WAY more than most celebs!

This week, the RHOC star gave her Instagram followers all the behind-the-scenes deets. On Monday she posted a clip to her story taken on the morning of the procedure. In the video, she nervously admitted she was worried about looking “too different” after the surgery:

“I’m feeling ready. I just don’t want to look too different. That’s where my anxiety’s coming from right now. I don’t want my boobs to look so big that I look like I’m bigger than I am. … I’m feeling sentimental, pensive.”

She then revealed she had to go by herself, as her friend couldn’t make it last minute! Noooo!

“I got this. I’m alone for a lot of things. It’s just another thing.”

In a second story, where she showed a photo of herself in a medical gown, the Bravolebrity thanked the surgical team for doing a great job and keeping her calm:

“Even though I was nervous, Dr. Niccole & his team were amazing at talking me through it. Thankful for the Cosmeticare team who was at my side every step of the way.”

It wasn’t until Tuesday did she finally say what exactly she had done on the ‘gram — and that she was planning on telling all!

“So, cat’s out of the bag. I’ve gotten my nose upgraded and my chest upgraded after 10 years. I am going to share the story of how it happened … stay tuned.”

On Friday afternoon she shared a side-by-side pic to show how much the swelling has gone down…

Meghan King Instagram Story surgery updates swelling comparison
(c) Meghan King/Instagram Story

And another WITH makeup to show what’s pretty much at this point the final product!

Meghan King Instagram Story surgery updates finished nosejob
(c) Meghan King/Instagram Story

Clearly she’s happy with the results! She excitedly told US Weekly things went exactly how she wanted them to:

“Dr. Niccole is an artist! I totally felt at ease and came out looking like a natural, enhanced version of myself, which is what I wanted! Props to Cosmeticare!”

Awesome news! We’re so glad it went well!

Related: Scooter Braun Regrets How He Handled Purchase Of Taylor Swift’s Music

The 38-year-old actually subtly first revealed this summer she would be getting her boobs done. In a post from July showing her stunning figure in a swimsuit, she captioned the post hinting at her new “melons.” Ch-ch-check out the full post (below):

Didn’t even catch that one! Ha!

We’re so happy for Meghan and wish her a speedy recovery!

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Bella Hadid Just Gave Us The Most Epic Nude Runway Moment EVER!


Leave it to Bella Hadid to completely blow everyone away — in a SPRAY PAINTED dress?!

Yes!! On Friday, the model walked out on the Coperni runway at Paris Fashion Week, stripped down to only a thong and a pair of heels before designers went to work painting a dress onto her body. Literally! Yes, literally!!

The hard-at-work designers used paint sprayers loaded with a special kind of liquid fabric to create a truly one-of-a-kind dress right on Bella’s nude form. She delicately held her arms above her head while the white garment began to take shape right before shocked onlookers’ eyes.

Related: Lisa Rinna Reveals What Kathy Hilton Said About RHOBH Co-Stars

After the fabric began to mold to her body, another designer walked up and appeared to peel the sleeves off her shoulders and let them fall down her arms in an off-the-shoulder neckline. The skirt was also cut to create a sexy thigh-high split. All from a liquid that came out of a paint sprayer! Incredible!

Hadid then walked down the runway, looking as gorgeous as ever in the almost-glowing gown, and posed for the cameras. The celeb-filled audience was stunned as to what they just saw — and we can’t say we blame them!

On Instagram, i-D posted the video of the amazing feat, captioning it:

“@coperni just sprayed a liquid fabric dress onto @bellahadid
To close the show, a live one of a kind dress was created using spray on fabric, which Bella then wore down the runway.”

Ch-ch-check out the mind-blowing video (below):


What do U think, Perezcious readers? Sound OFF in the comments (below)!

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Melania Trump’s Ex-BFF Blasts Former First Lady For Selling Christmas Ornament NFTs During Hurricane Ian


A devastating natural disaster hit the USA this week, killing several and doing billions of dollars in damage. So many Floridians lost their homes…

But not to worry! The former First Lady is here to… encourage you to buy her new Christmas ornament NFTs??

Yes, announced this week, Melania Trump‘s holiday grift… sorry, gift… is a Christmas ornament NFT. It’s like an actual Christmas ornament except instead of sitting in a box in the attic for ten months out of the year and being taken out for display during the holidays, it’s… kind of like if you open that box and there’s just a receipt for a hypothetical ornament. There’s nothing to display, but you can… say you supported a “charity” effort from a family so crooked they aren’t legally allowed to run charities anymore. So that’s nice!

Related: Donald Trump Reportedly Took Money From A Children’s Cancer Charity

OK, we joke, but along with the NFT you do get an actual brass ornament — and for only $45 it’s a steal! Yes, that’s the wording we’re going with… And like she said in her tweet earlier this week, the Econotimes reports the former FLOTUS is promising to give “part of the proceeds” to children’s educational charities. Maybe she’ll send them the blockchain record of the profit and keep the practically worthless physical money.

For real though, these are the only tweets Melania sent out this week, amid the landfall of the destructive Hurricane Ian in her home state:

And then…

And only after those did she retweet:

BTW, that account is USAmemorabilia, “the premiere NFT platform featuring United States memorabilia.” They’re the company putting out the Christmas ornament NFTs. She couldn’t even write her own message of hope to Florida.

Amazing… This family is truly one of a kind.

Twitter obviously gave her the business about her new… business, with demands like:

“how desperate, now selling cheesy Christmas ornaments that look like something out of a dollar store”

“Why is there no record of your “charity”? How much of the profit goes for scholarships… a penny per ornament? If you really cared and weren’t out just to make money it would be a non profit”

“Tell us how much the charity receives per ornament. And if the charity is the same Trump superpac that’s paying for your designer clothes.”


One of the many former employees of the Trumps to turn around and trash them once they were out of the business is Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. Only in addition to being Melania’s senior adviser she was also her BFF. But she’s spent the last couple years blasting her ex-boss, spilling all the inside dirt on the selfishness, corruption, and greed.

So if you think random tweeters were going to do a better job of slamming this move — and its cynical timing — better than she was, you have another thing coming! Stephanie went off to, excoriating:

“Just when I thought the Trumps couldn’t go any lower. As we witness the catastrophic devastation in Florida, our former first lady Melania Trump is focusing on selling tchotchkes and rehashing something she herself said about Christmas but claiming otherwise. Did she not listen to herself trash Christmas? It’s appalling that Melania is grifting off of Florida’s tragedy in order to remake her image.”

Oh yeah! We almost forgot about that one! Wolkoff is the former friend who leaked that audio in which Melania trashed the idea of Christmas decorations she was expected to work on as First Lady, saying:

“Who gives a f**k about Christmas stuff and the decoration? But I have to do it.”

Someone call Kirk Cameron to save Christmas from this lady! LOLz!

Related: Candace Cameron Bure KNOWS Her Brother’s Christmas Events Are Dangerous

It is pretty hilarious that she’s the one now trying to take advantage of people’s love for the holidays to sell overpriced knickknacks. Her former friend wasn’t done taking her to school, slamming:

“Hundreds of people are faced with loss of life and Melania Trump wants to sell you digital Christmas ornaments for a roofless house that lacks electricity. This is Melania…she is out of touch with reality and out of touch with the needs of people. For Melania, it is all about money and attention. Nothing, absolutely nothing has changed about her.”

Seems pretty clear Wolkoff regrets helping her for so long. She added:

“It took me years to accept that Melania does not care. She doesn’t care about Christmas, she doesn’t care about reuniting split families, she does not care. Period. And it’s sad that a person in her position of power cared so little about so much.”

Yeah, sad is the right word. Certainly better than “merry” in any case.

Melania did NOT forget what she said about Christmas btw. She’s just got some “alternative facts” to present about that whole mess. In a statement to Breitbart News last week, she actually addressed the scandal, saying:

“I will personally set the record straight because the mainstream media has failed to provide context for these misleading exchanges. Christmas is an important time for me, my family, and the American people, and my devotion to the holiday is personal and profoundly serious.”

She also said her former friend “spitefully edited and released our conversation to create the perception that Christmas is not significant to me.” Inneresting that she never claimed the audio was edited until now… when she had Christmas baubles to sell.

On the denial, Stephanie hit back:

“Melania is absolutely deluded if she thinks she can justify what she said about Christmas. Tell me, how does one edit that statement? You can’t make this stuff up. Nothing in those audio recordings were diced or sliced. Nothing was edited. They speak for themselves.”

She jabbed:

“This is what you call a poorly executed publicity stunt in hopes of gaining some sort of traction for her trinkets. All of a sudden Melania is a Christmas enthusiast? Does she not realize how embarrassing this is, not to mention how incredibly desperate she must be to drag me into her marketing scheme?”

Finally, Wolkoff dealt the savage coup-de-grace:

“Why would Melania rehash what she absolutely DID say about Christmas? Doesn’t she have more pressing issues right now, like her husband and his kids being sued by New York’s attorney general for fraud?”


We’re thinking legal fees, but that’s just a guess. What do YOU think of Melania selling Christmas ornament NFTs for “charity”?

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Feds seek to fast-track appeal in Trump Mar-a-Lago documents fight


“The government is … unable to examine records that were commingled with materials bearing classification markings, including records that may shed light on, for example, how the materials bearing classification markings were transferred to Plaintiff’s residence, how they were stored, and who may have accessed them,” DOJ officials, including counterintelligence chief Jay Bratt, wrote in the filing with the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. “The records not marked as classified may also constitute evidence of potential [obstruction] and [concealment or removal of government records].”

The Justice Department is seeking an expedited review of its appeal of Cannon’s order establishing the special master review. Though legal briefing in the appeal was slated to carry through mid-December or longer, DOJ’s proposed expedited schedule would conclude that process by mid-November and have oral arguments set soon thereafter.

The filing also hints at prosecutors’ irritation with Cannon, a Trump appointee confirmed days after his defeat in the 2020 election. The Justice Department noted that she has repeatedly overruled decisions made by the special master she appointed at Trump’s suggestion, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Dearie. Those rulings could significantly delay Dearie’s review, prosecutors indicated.

“Based on the district court’s orders thus far, the government is barred from accessing all of the materials except those with classification markings recovered in August pursuant to a lawful search warrant — and it may continue to be barred from doing so until mid-December or later,” the officials wrote as they asked the appeals court to weigh in promptly on the legal issues, including Trump’s claims of executive privilege.

“Absent such resolution by this Court, the special master proceedings could result in prolonged litigation, including through seriatim appeals to the district court from reports and recommendations and other rulings issued by the special master,” the prosecutors wrote.

The Justice Department’s motion also seeks to capitalize on a ruling earlier this month from an 11th Circuit panel which unanimously granted the government’s request to exclude about 100 documents with classification markings from the special master review. Prosecutors suggest that decision may have created a precedent that undermines Cannon’s essential rationale for the review.

Despite press reports that one member of Trump’s legal team, attorney Christopher Kise, has stepped back from involvement in the special master litigation, the government’s new filing says Kise was the lawyer prosecutors consulted about Trump’s position regarding the government’s request to expedite the appeal. Kise said Trump’s side plans to oppose it, according to the filing.


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Love Is Blind’s Danielle Ruhl Reveals How Divorce With Nick Thompson Came To Be!


Danielle Ruhl is opening up about her breakup with Nick Thompson.

As fans know, the couple tied the knot during season two of Love Is Blind, but Danielle officially filed for divorce last month. The news shocked many fans of the Netflix series as it came the same week their castmates Iyanna McNeely and Jarrette Jones revealed their split. But apparently, Nick and Danielle’s love just wasn’t in the cards!

And now, the 29-year-old reality star is speaking out about what really went down with her and Nick’s breakup — and the aftermath of it. Speaking with E! News on Friday, Danielle shared there wasn’t a single reason or drama behind their divorce, explaining:

“Everyone’s wanting some sort of big story when that wasn’t necessarily the case. It was hard to speak about it at first because of how raw the emotions were and still are. But also, it’s not that interesting of a story. It was just two people decided that it was best to go their separate ways.”

Related: Deepti Vempati Shares Emotional Post After Kyle Abrams Split!

She continued:

“There was no catastrophe that had happened. And a lot of people had also assumed that there was some sort of incentive for the couples to stay together for a year and that wasn’t the case.”

As for the critics who believed the pair’s marriage was only for show? The television personality insisted she and Nick were not “faking anything” for the cameras, saying there truly was “love” between them:

“We didn’t stay together for a year because it was fake – we truly love each other, and that’s why this breakup was incredibly hard, it’s why it’s taken us so long to talk about it. But again, like it’s you have to think about the fact that it was a while ago.”

Even though it seemed like the two were incredibly happy during the After the Altar special, which premiered on the streaming service in mid-September after their split was announced, Danielle noted that viewers did not see what was really happening behind the scenes between them:

“The one thing that I get asked about a lot is like, ‘Oh, you guys seem so perfect during After the Altar. But I think it’s also important to remember that was filmed in March. And just because we were going [until] March doesn’t mean that we necessarily didn’t have certain difficulties leading up until, when we decided to end the relationship.”

Looking back, Danielle also shared that it was difficult having to watch the special after their separation:

“Obviously, breakups are hard. They’re always going to be hard. It’s been a pretty difficult time and then re-watching After the Altar just kind of adds an additional element of feelings to everything. There’s ups and downs. You just have to ride the wave.”

We cannot imagine how painful it must be to watch those happy moments on the screen, all while dealing with the hurt of a breakup! Super tough. But despite going through a difficult split, Danielle has nothing but sweet things to say about Nick, even calling him “a great guy” at the end of the day:

“Just because it didn’t work out like in the way that we had hoped, I would love to be friends in the future. I think it’s a little bit raw right now. So, it’s kind of difficult, but we went through something that no one else in the world has.”

While she is single now, she’s def not ready to meet someone new just yet:

“I don’t think I’ll be ready to date anytime soon. It takes me a long time to get over people. We’re still going through the divorce process. Dating is not in my near-term feature right now.”

Nothing wrong with taking a moment or two to focus on yourself before jumping into a relationship again! We are wishing both Danielle and Nick the best while they go through this divorce process. Reactions, Perezcious readers? Let us know!

[Image via Danielle Ruhl/Instagram, Nick Thompson/Instagram]


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4 things holding back restoration of Florida’s electric grid


Utility companies still have no estimate of how long it will take to put the lights back on for all those Floridians. Duke Energy Florida said, for example, that wind was still too strong Thursday to deploy bucket trucks to help work on power lines.

Here are four things to know as Florida works to recover from the Category 4 hurricane:

Preparations aren’t enough

If any state is best prepared for hurricanes, it’s arguably Florida.

The peninsula-shaped state juts out into warm waters with the Atlantic Ocean on its east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west, making it a prime target for tropical storms and hurricanes spinning off the coast of Africa.

That means Florida, and those in charge of its infrastructure, have had plenty of experience in prepping for storms and cleaning up after them.

“Florida, because of the nature of the weather that they see, has a lot of experience with this, and as a result, is particularly well prepared,” said Scott Aaronson, a senior vice president of the Edison Electric Institute, the trade group for the nation’s investor-owned electric utilities.

It took a few hard lessons, however, before the state and its power companies began to make significant changes.

Back-to-back hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 pummeled Florida, drawing the ire of lawmakers.

That led state utility regulators to require electric companies to come up with storm-hardening plans that included a more succinct schedule for vegetation management and shoring up areas around hospitals, schools and other critical infrastructure. In some areas, that also meant burying power lines.

“Storm hardening has been a journey for us,” said Bryan Garner, a spokesperson for Florida Power & Light, during a Thursday afternoon media briefing from the electric company’s storm center. “We’ve been on this journey for well over a decade.”

FPL is the state’s largest electric company, serving almost all of Florida’s east coast, much of the southwest and the Panhandle.

During a period roughly from 2005 to 2015, the utility, among others in the state, worked to replace wooden poles with concrete ones, buried power lines underground and made sure that its infrastructure was “one of the most resilient grids in America,” Garner said.

Eric Silagy, FPL’s chief executive, said earlier this week it is “indisputable” that the billions of dollars the company has spent on grid hardening since hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 has paid off “significantly” (Energywire, Sept. 28).

Then came Hurricane Irma. The Category 4 storm plowed through Florida in 2017, leaving millions without power. The storm also led to 12 deaths at a South Florida nursing home after it lost air conditioning.

FPL alone initially reported 2 million customer outages from Irma, and a spokesperson said the restoration would be the most complex in history for the company and the country (Energywire, Sept. 11, 2017).

The outcry led state lawmakers to file a number of bills aimed at making the grid more resilient and promoting clean-energy policies designed to keep the lights on during natural disasters. But few of those proposals gained traction in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

And as the storms become more intense, the utilities’ improvements haven’t been enough. Electricity officials have stressed this week that it is impossible to have a hurricane-proof power grid.

“A storm like this is devastating, and it’s going to impact thousands and thousands of people,” Garner said.

Supplies of key electrical parts are tight

Hurricane Michael, which slammed into Florida’s Panhandle a year after Irma, prompted a new effort by Florida’s electric companies to make their grids more resilient to natural disasters. For FPL, that has meant continuing to replace any remaining wooden poles with steel or concrete ones and working on cheaper ways to bury more of its distribution system.

Now worries are emerging about the supply of critical electrical components.

Electric companies maintain what’s known in the industry as a “storm stock” — hundreds of thousands of poles, transformers and other supplies as they plan for major storms. The increase in intensity of hurricanes is just one reason the industry has raised concerns about a “misalignment” of supply and demand, EEI’s Aaronson said (Energywire, Aug. 22).

A host of factors added to concerns about the supply chain, he said — including investments in the clean energy transition, labor issues, inflation, the war in Ukraine and the recovery from the pandemic.

The average lead time to procure distribution transformers jumped from roughly two to three months to a year between 2020 and 2022, according to municipal power providers that are members of the American Public Power Association.

This has led as many as one in five public power utilities to defer or cancel infrastructure projects, APPA said in an email to POLITICO’s E&E News.

“What we’re hearing from our members is that when faced with a major outage event, things get tight,” said Tobias Sellier, an APPA spokesperson. “When you look at multiple events, it gets really concerning.”

Indeed, one-quarter of the public power utilities that responded to APPA’s survey reported “high risk” of running out of stock of at least one voltage class of transformers.

“With the long lead times we’re seeing, the concern is that even with sharing (resources), eventually the stock will run out before these long-lead orders come in,” Sellier said.

Ian left a lot of wreckage in its wake

Florida’s electric companies said Ian’s flying debris, tornadoes, life-threatening storm surge and floods created significant challenges in repairing and rebuilding the grid.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said this week that crews would be clearing debris and trees from roadways to allow utility trucks to pass through so they could get to restoration sites quickly.

In addition to wind, flooding in Central Florida also has been a challenge, said Duke Energy Florida, which supplies electricity to St. Petersburg and much of central and northwestern Florida.

Tampa Electric Co. said downed trees and debris presented obstacles in some places.

Electric companies began restoring electricity, when possible, even as Ian’s winds were building Tuesday and continued after the storm made landfall Wednesday. Thursday was the first day it was safe to begin assessing damage to power plants, solar arrays and the rest of the power grid, however.

Heavy rain and flooding as well as the continued threat of tornadoes are “still challenges that we’re still grappling with across the state,” FPL’s Garner said Thursday.

Ian’s damage was catastrophic in some parts of Florida.

Along the coast in Fort Myers, homes and businesses were ripped off their foundations and reduced to rubble, and fires were burning in some of the wreckage. A section of a causeway leading to Sanibel Island, where more than 6,000 people normally live, collapsed into the water and left the community cut off.

As it surged inland, the storm dumped more than a foot of rain into areas that had already been saturated, leading to heavy flooding as far inland as Orlando, more than 100 miles from the landfall site on the Gulf Coast.

The National Weather Service said Ian was tied with other storms as the fifth-strongest hurricane to hit the U.S., and the data firm RMS said flooding tied to the storm will likely set records.

Tidal gauges near Naples recorded their highest levels in the 50 years that data has been collected, RMS said.

The Peace River reached a record-high level near the town of Zolfo Springs, which is more than 50 miles inland, and the water was still rising in some areas, said Jeff Waters, a staff product manager at RMS.

“A lot of these rivers haven’t even crested yet, and some of them are already at records,” he said in an interview.

More catastrophic hurricanes are here to stay

Waters cautioned that it’s difficult to tell if climate change is driving a trend of busy hurricane seasons in recent years. Ian’s damage, though, fits with what scientists have predicted for a warmer world: stronger and wetter hurricanes, though not necessarily more of them.

“This business about very, very heavy rain is something we’ve expected to see because of climate change,” said Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “We’ll see more storms like Ian.”

The storm could give Florida a chance to build a more resilient grid, said Christopher Burgess, a researcher at RMI, the clean energy firm formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Utility companies could incorporate more solar power and batteries onto their systems, which can be turned on more quickly after a shutdown, he said. And they could divide the grid into smaller segments, which will allow them to bring homes and businesses back online faster.

The Inflation Reduction Act passed this year by Congress, H.R. 5376 (117), includes billions of dollars in funding for renewable energy and upgrades to electric transmission systems around the country.

“We’re going to be able to redesign the grid, put all kinds of other options in the grid,” Burgess said.

The drumbeat of stronger hurricanes should be a wake-up call, even for states like Florida that have a history of preparing for storms, said Alison Silverstein, a former staffer at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who studies grid issues.

Companies and governments should assess their vulnerabilities over a 20- to 40-year period and plan for the worst, she said.

“The stakes aren’t just about dollars here, they’re about human lives and misery and societal and economic well-being, and the cost of additional climate change preparation and mitigation pales next to the costs of failing to do so,” Silverstein said in email.

A version of this report first ran in E&E News’ Energywire. Get access to more comprehensive and in-depth reporting on the energy transition, natural resources, climate change and more in E&E News.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.


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Prince Nikolai Of Denmark Is ‘Confused’ And Shocked By Grandmother Queen Margrethe’s Decision To Strip Him Of Royal Title


Prince Nikolai is breaking his silence after his grandmother Queen Margrethe II of Denmark announced plans to strip him and his three siblings of their royal titles!

ICYMI, on Wednesday, the royal palace announced the children of Prince Joachim, Queen Margrethe’s second son, will no longer get to use their prince/princess or His/Her Highness titles beginning on January 1, 2023. Instead, they will just be known as His/Her Excellency Count of Monpezat. This affects the 23-year-old and his siblings Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10.

At first, it seemed like the Queen was just trying to do a nice thing for her grandchildren… until family members started to speak out and the decision looked like a royal diss! Not unlike some of the s**t Prince Harry has faced from his family!

Related: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Desperate To Edit Netflix Series

Now, Nikolai is addressing the shocking change. Speaking to local outlet Ekstra Bladet outside his Copenhagen home on Thursday, the young prince revealed he is “very sad” and “confused” by the move, saying:

“My whole family and I are, of course, very sad. We are, as my parents have also stated, in shock at this decision and at how quickly it has actually gone.”

He continued:

“I am very confused as to why it has to happen like this.”

Hmm. Definitely sounds like something shady was going on behind the scenes! While the model, who has walked the runway for Dior, couldn’t remember exactly when he was first informed, he speculated that it couldn’t have been more than a few days before the public was made aware of the title change. He noted:

“I haven’t counted the days, but it can’t be longer than a little over a week ago.”

DRAMA!!! Prince Joachim Speaks Following Queen Margrethe's Decision To Removes His Kids' Royal Titles...
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At least he had a tiny bit of time to process in peace, but a change of this magnitude is hard to grasp so quickly! Nikolai’s father Prince Joachim spoke to the same outlet on Thursday to share his opinion on the news. He explained he was given “five days’ notice” of the announcement and had to inform his children. The disappointed father revealed:

“We are all very sad. It’s never fun to see your children being mistreated like that. They find themselves in a situation they do not understand.”

His ex-wife Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, with whom he shares Nikolai and Felix (while his youngest children he shares with his current wife Princess Marie), has also spoken out about the shift. In a statement shared with Se og Hør by her press advisor Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen, she remarked in a translated message:

“We are all confused by the decision. We are saddened and in shock. This comes like a bolt from the blue. The children feel ostracized. They cannot understand why their identity is being taken away from them.”

It’s definitely ostracizing considering their cousins — the children of Crown Prince Frederik, who is heir to the throne — didn’t get their titles revoked! But for now, Queen Margrethe doesn’t think what she’s done is a problem, she said according to Hello! Magazine:

“It is a consideration I have had for quite a long time and I think it will be good for them in their future. That is the reason.”

Crown Princess Mary, Prince Frederik’s wife, also spoke about the decision on Friday at the opening of the 6th International Youth Conference called “Re-imagine Youth Mental Health” — and she’s sided with the Queen! This totally makes us think there’s a major rift occurring between the family members!! She said:

“I can understand that it is a difficult decision to make and a very difficult decision to receive. Change can be difficult and can really hurt. But this does not mean that the decision is not the right one.”

Oof. What’s the point of stripping them of their titles, though? Is it really a chance to give the kids an opportunity to find their identities outside of the royal family or is the Queen just trying to cut ties with them?? And if so, why?! Hmmm.

Related: King Charles NOT Bringing Brother Prince Andrew Back Into The Royal Family!

Interestingly, Princess Mary suggested her own children may see title changes in the future, too, especially when her son Prince Christian, 16, currently second in line to the throne behind his father, accedes the position of monarch. She said of Princess Isabella, 15, and 11-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine’s titles:

“We will also look at our children’s titles when the time comes. Today we do not know what the royal house will look like in Christian’s time, or when Christian’s time begins to approach.”

Wow. Who knew there was another royal family with as much contention as the Brits!? What do you think about this controversy, Perezcious readers? Let us know (below)!

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