Mar 28, 2019

Air Force bases ask for billions following historic extreme weather

Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida is demolished following Hurricane Michael in Oct. 2018. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Following historic extreme weather in Florida and Nebraska, the U.S. Air Force is asking for $5 billion to repair two major bases in each state, reports Defense One.

Details: Officials said they will have to cut projects at the Offutt Air Base in Nebraska and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida if they don't receive $1.2 billion for repairs by June, which could affect 18,000 pilot training hours.

Background: Offutt Air Force Base, a strategic command center in Nebraska, is essentially submerged after melting snow and heavy rain caused historic flooding. Hurricane Michael hit Florida in early October 2018. The storm devastated the Tyndall Air Force Base, one of the largest F-22 bases in the country, and damaged numerous aircrafts.

Our thought bubble, per Axios Science Editor Andrew Freedman: The military has long viewed climate change as a national security threat, both at home and abroad. Now it's becoming clear that, through extreme weather events, climate change is already damaging military readiness and costing the Defense Department billions, as both Hurricane Michael and the spring floods have ties to a warming planet.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wanted to keep his momentum after winning contests in New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hoped to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates were just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination were in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They spoke, sometimes over each other, about health care, Russian interference in the election, foreign policy the economy, gun control, marijuana, education, and race.

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4 takeaways from the South Carolina debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden, right, makes a point during Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders listens. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The 10th Democratic debate was billed as the most consequential of the primary thus far, but Tuesday night's high-stakes affair was at times awkward and unfocused as moderators struggled to rein in candidates desperate to make one last splash before Saturday's primary in South Carolina and Super Tuesday.

The big picture: After cementing himself as the Democratic favorite with a sweeping win in Nevada, Sen. Bernie Sanders came under fire as the front-runner for the first time on the debate stage. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will be on the ballot for the first time next Tuesday, was a progressive foil once again, but he appeared more prepared after taking a drubbing at the Nevada debate.

Coronavirus spreads to Africa as U.S. soldier in South Korea tests positive

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

A 23-year-old American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive to the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak spreads to more countries.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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