ABC News(NEW YORK) — There were 120 damaging storm reports across the country on Wednesday, including six reported tornadoes in South Dakota and Nebraska and flash flooding in Iowa and Wisconsin. More severe storms and heavy rain are expected on the Fourth of July.Severe storms are likely Thursday in six states: Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota. These areas will see damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes.Scattered strong storms are expected not only in the Plains, but also in the western Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and into the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast. Lightning, gusty winds and flash flooding are the biggest threats with these storms.More storms are expected from the Plains into the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast through the holiday weekend, including Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Some areas could see more than 3 inches of rain in a short period of time, which could cause flash flooding.In addition to the strong to severe storms, very hot and humid conditions are expected from the Mid-Atlantic to Florida and into the Southern Plains.The highest heat and humidity will be in the Southeast, from Georgia to Florida, where a heat advisory has been issued. At times it could feel like it’s nearly 110 degrees in the region.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo led an opening ceremony by video conference on Thursday for Infectious and Emerging Diseases Isolation and Quarantine Facility in Lamongan regency, East Java.Speaking during the virtual event, Doni expressed appreciation for the Public Works and Housing Ministry for its success in constructing the facility in just five weeks.”I hope the Lamongan administration will manage the facility to the best of its ability,” he said.Doni also thanked local health workers for their contributions in mitigating the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.”We are sure that the professionalism of the health workers has helped Lamongan’s residents to get the best health service,” he said.Read also: As COVID-19 transmission rate soars, Surabaya urged to restore restrictionsAt the same occasion, public works deputy minister John Wempi Wetipo said that the new facility would help the regency’s health service provide faster treatment for COVID-19 patients.”We hope that developing the isolation and observation facility will greatly benefit [efforts to curb] the spread of COVID-19 in Lamongan regency,” said John.The new infectious diseases facility, which covers 6,180 square meters, is to admit and treat COVID-19 patients from Lamongan regency as well as other regions in East Java, the new epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak.Read also: ‘COVID-19 is real’: Virus ravages family in Indonesia’s second-largest cityThe regent of Lamongan had specifically requested the development of the new facility, as the regency did not have a designated COVID-19 hospital despite its being the second-hardest hit region in East Java.The newly inaugurated facility is located close to Dr. Soegiri Regional General Hospital. It is equipped with a screening ward, a quarantine ward that can accommodate 75 patients and an isolation ward accommodate 7 patients.Topics :