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Failure of Hawaii’s emergency sirens prior to wildfire tragedy exposed

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Hawaii was plagued by a lack of emergency alerts as the death toll from this week’s devastating wildfires is anticipated to rise.

According to official reports, the emergency sirens, a key component of the world’s largest outdoor public safety system, failed to activate on Tuesday prior to the destructive inferno that engulfed the historic town of Lahaina on Maui island.

Residents of Hawaii were left without any warning signals, and survivors recounted that the island’s 400 sirens went unheard, with realization of the fires only occurring when they sighted flames or heard explosions.

The current death toll stands at 59 and is projected to increase, with around 1,000 individuals reported missing. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency turned to mobile phones, TV broadcasts, and radio announcements for communication, yet these methods were likely hampered by outages.

Deadliest wildfire incident

These wildfires on Maui constitute the most fatal natural catastrophe in Hawaii in over six decades and the deadliest wildfire incident in the United States since California’s Camp Fire in 2018, which claimed a minimum of 85 lives and obliterated the town of Paradise.

Fueled by parched conditions and powerful winds, these fires have leveled over 1,000 structures. The extent of the damage is becoming apparent as residents return to their homes after being evacuated, and the grim recovery effort is supported by cadaver dogs from California and Washington.

Mayor Richard T Bissen Jr of Maui expressed the impossibility of the situation and the swiftness with which the fires escalated. Hawaii’s Governor, Josh Green, stated that the returning residents would witness unprecedented destruction. Meanwhile, concerns mount over the fate of missing loved ones as people scour lists, social media, and shelters for information.

As of now, the cause of these devastating fires remains unknown.

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Trump & Biden prepare for the earliest debate in modern U.S. history

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The first debate of the year between President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump will take place this week in Atlanta.

This debate marks a milestone as the earliest presidential debate in modern U.S. history, and will prove to be a critical event for both candidates.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in national opinion polls, with a considerable slice of the electorate still undecided five months before the Nov. 5 vote. #featured #trending

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Ferrari’s debut high-performance electric vehicle will be priced above $500,000

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Ferrari has unveiled details about its inaugural electric car, slated to be priced upwards of $500,000, as first reported by Reuters.

This announcement comes amidst growing global interest and competition in electric vehicles, with Ferrari aiming to blend its iconic design prowess with sustainable technology.

The Italian automaker, renowned for its high-performance sports cars, is expected to maintain its commitment to superior craftsmanship and engineering excellence in its electric offering.

Following the EV announcement, Ferrari also confirmed plans to establish a new manufacturing plant aimed at enhancing production flexibility and significantly reducing car development times.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss the latest in EVs. #featured #trending

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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