Nov 27, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

🦃 Happy Thanksgiving Eve. Hope you already thawed the turkey!

  • Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 378 words, a 1.5-minute read.
1 big thing: Extreme weather on Thanksgiving menus

Brutal road conditions in Iowa. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Better get cozy: Two powerful storm systems are doing their thing over America right now, with the possibility of a third hitting over the weekend.

Why it matters: Big chunks of the U.S. are facing extreme weather during busy travel times, imperiling motorists and threatening to strand air travelers.

  • 1) In the West, "a record-breaking 'bomb cyclone' ... will continue to dump snow in the Sierra Nevada while bringing heavy rain, coastal flooding and even isolated thunderstorms to Southern California," the WashPost reports. "It will also spread rain and heavy mountain snows into Utah, Nevada and parts of Colorado."
  • 2) In the Midwest and on the Plains, a system brought "thundersleet" to Nebraska, tornadoes to Louisiana and snow aplenty.
  • 3) The rest of the U.S. might not be spared, as the "same upper-level disturbance that helped spin up the West Coast bomb cyclone will generate a third potent storm [that will] probably impact the eastern half of the Lower 48 this weekend."

The bottom line: Stay safe out there, and please enjoy the respite with friends and families.

Go deeper: Regional reports and what to expect

Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Parade volunteers work on a balloon during the inflation process in New York City.

  • Winds could ground the giant balloons, according to city regulations. Giant balloons cannot fly with wind gusts above 34 mph.
2. What you missed
  1. The U.S. economy grew at a 2.1% annualized pace in the third quarter — faster than the initial read of 1.9% — according to revised data released by the Commerce Department.
  2. The Department of Homeland Security never had proper systems in place to keep track of separated migrant children under the "zero tolerance" policy. Go deeper.
  3. Rudy Giuliani pursued thousands of dollars in business from Ukrainian officials in the same months he was attempting to unearth damaging information about Trump's political rivals in Ukraine. Go deeper.
  4. Breitbart's Middle East bureau chief has been advising Benjamin Netanyahu. Go deeper.
  5. Twitter is putting on hold a plan to delete inactive accounts amid concerns that accounts from deceased users would be swept up in the purge. Go deeper.
3. 1 piece of good news

Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former President Jimmy Carter was released today from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and will spend his Thanksgiving at home in Plains, Georgia, according to the Carter Center.

  • Carter, 95, has been recovering from brain surgery earlier this month to relieve pressure caused by a subdural hematoma.
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