Voting to end KICs

Panthers, it has been a crazy week with midterm elections this past Tuesday. While you are stressing over who is going to win the midterms, take a look at these KICs. This week we have a blood moon, chemical explosions, book signings, another hurricane, and voting updates. 

November 7 – ‘Blood moon’ set to arrive this Tuesday

This week on Tuesday, the blood moon will set in sight. Those who miss seeing the blood moon will have to wait another three years. 

This total lunar eclipse will be visible worldwide but at different times. In North America, it will be visible before dawn on Tuesday. For the rest of the Pacific, it would be visible after sunset. The eclipse will last for 90 minutes, from 5:16 a.m. to 6:41 a.m. eastern time.  

Most of South Africa and the Middle East will be able to see this blood moon as long as the weather cooperates, but it looks like Europe will not. Most of Europe will have to wait until the next opportunity in 2025.

November 8 – Chemical explosions cause evacuation 

The Symrise Chemical plant on Colonels Island caused multiple southeastern Georgia neighborhoods to evacuate after several explosions caused a fire. The neighborhoods that have already been evacuated consist of The Hickory Bluff, Satilla Shores, and Royal Oak. 

Symrise Chemical plant was reported to have multiple explosions, which caught the plant on fire. The plant was evacuated, with several surrounding neighborhoods following suit soon after.

There is no clear reason why Symrise had an explosion, and Symrise does not believe that the fire will cause any health problems to the people exposed. However, a firefighter suffered minor damages from the fire. The fire is currently contained. 

November 9 –  Book signing announced

Actress Karen Grassle, who played Ma in “Little House on the Prairie,” just announced that she would be doing a book signing at Peachtree City Library in the Floy Farr room at 6 p.m. on November 14.

Grassle is a UC Berkeley alumni and also attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright. After she went on to start her career in New York along with other theaters around the U.S.

Karen is known for her advocacy as a representative of equality for women. In the last fifteen years, she has played in plays nationwide, along with three indie films. As of now, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Attendees of the event are encouraged to park in the back of the library and enter through the downstairs entrance of the library.

November 10 – Nicole, next hurricane to hit Florida

Hurricane Nicole hit the east coast of Florida on Thursday morning but was downgraded to a tropical storm when it reached the central part of the state. The National Hurricane Center warned about dangerous winds, a storm surge, and heavy rain, which led to the closing of airports and other public places. 

The hurricane’s strongest winds were 70 mph in the Grand Bahama Islands. Buildings and homes were destroyed by Hurricane Ian in September, and Nicole now threatens the state. Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis stated that schools have closed and shelters are being provided. 

Nicole is the third hurricane to hit the coast of Florida in the month of November. President Biden announced a state of emergency in Florida as the tropical storm crossed the state.

November 11 – Control of Congress remains uncertain while counting continues

As of Friday, the results of who is in control of both the House and the Senate remains uncertain three days after election day. While Republicans are confident they will sweep control of the House, the Western states are more in favor of Democrats. 

As for the Senate, Nevada and Arizona are still uncertain. In Georgia, the race continues between Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Reverend Raphael Warnock and will be decided in a runoff on December 6.

Both the Republican party and the Democratic party need two of three remaining uncalled races to win over the Senate. Even though Alaska is still uncalled, the top candidates are both Republican and will not affect the Senate.