Winds and rain whip Yucatan resorts as Hurricane Zeta nears
CANCUN, Mexico — Hurricane Zeta began lashing Mexico’s Caribbean coast resorts of Playa del Carmen and Cozumel with high winds and rain Monday evening as it headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula and then a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek.
Zeta was centered about 45 miles south-southeast of Cozumel island, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
A hurricane watch was posted from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama state line.
100,000 in Southern California to evacuate as blaze grows
LOS ANGELES — Fast-moving wildfires forced evacuation orders for more than 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.
A smoky fire exploded in size to over 11 square miles after breaking out around dawn in Orange County, south of Los Angeles.
Two firefighters, one 26 and the other 31 years old, were critically injured while battling the blaze, according to the county’s Fire Authority, which didn’t provide details on how the injuries occurred.
Winfrey suggests 7 books
NEW YORK — With Election Day approaching and the pandemic ongoing, Oprah Winfrey is setting aside her usual book club recommendations and instead citing seven personal favorites, ranging from James Baldwin’s landmark essays in “The Fire Next Time” to Mary Oliver’s poetry collection “Devotions.”
Her new list, announced in partnership with Apple, includes Eckhart Tolle’s spiritual guide “The Power of Now,” Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon.” Winfrey also chose Ta-Nehisi Coates’ prize-winning book on race and police violence, “Between the World and Me”; historian Jon Meacham’s “The Soul of America: The Battle For Our Better Angels”; and an anthology edited by U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo, “When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry.”