These Beautiful Second Homes Are For Sale, Furnished And Move-In Ready

These Beautiful Second Homes Are For Sale, Furnished And Move-In Ready

This fully furnished 3,297-square-foot home at Hualālai Resort in Hawaii offers three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and overlooks the 9th fairway of the stunning Hualālai Golf Course.

This fully furnished 3,297-square-foot home at Hualālai Resort in Hawaii offers three bedrooms, … [+] three-and-a-half bathrooms and overlooks the 9th fairway of the stunning Hualālai Golf Course.


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Thinking of buying a second home in a vacation destination? Consider buying one that is fully furnished, saving you the time and trouble of having to get it move-in ready.

We found several fully furnished homes in such desirable locations as Lake Tahoe in Nevada, Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii, Bethel Island in Northern California and Mexico’s Punta Mita. Invest in one of these homes and you can start using the property immediately after the close.

This newly constructed 2,818-square-foot mountain cottage at Clear Creek Tahoe features spectacular views.

This newly constructed 2,818-square-foot mountain cottage at Clear Creek Tahoe features spectacular … [+] views.


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3229 Summit Camp Way 

Clear Creek Tahoe, Tahoe, Nevada  

Asking Price: $2,595,000 

On the eastern slope of the Carson Range in Tahoe, Nevada, this newly constructed 2,818-square-foot mountain cottage features spectacular views of unique granite rock outcroppings. Offering four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, the home is ideal for families with its open floor plan and large great room downstairs. Designed by Kelly and Stone Architects, the home perfectly blends contemporary and traditional mountain design with its light-filled modern interiors, exposed wood and natural materials throughout.

Designed by Kelly and Stone Architects, the home at Clear Creek Tahoe perfectly blends contemporary and traditional mountain design with its light-filled modern interiors, exposed wood and natural materials throughout.

Designed by Kelly and Stone Architects, the home at Clear Creek Tahoe perfectly blends contemporary … [+] and traditional mountain design with its light-filled modern interiors, exposed wood and natural materials throughout.


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The home is located at Clear Creek Tahoe, a private club that is located approximately 20 minutes from Heavenly Ski Resort, 20 minutes from Incline Village and 35 minutes from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport.

Members of Clear Creek Tahoe have access to Summit Camp which offers three Har-Tru tennis courts, a sport and pickle ball court, game deck, grill service, locker rooms and showers, and more. The resort’s Coore & Crenshaw golf course is rated #1 in Nevada and #24 in the United States.

Located on the eastern slope of the Carson Range in Tahoe, Nevada, the mountain cottage features spectacular views of unique granite rock outcroppings.

Located on the eastern slope of the Carson Range in Tahoe, Nevada, the mountain cottage features … [+] spectacular views of unique granite rock outcroppings.


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A 20,000-square-foot, two-story clubhouse, currently under construction, will offer members indoor and outdoor dining, a fitness facility that will offer a spin studio, movement classes and a variety of wellness programs. In addition, the resort’s Twin Pines Lake & Ski House, designed by Julia Morgan (architect of Hearst Castle), offers a 180-foot-long beach on Lake Tahoe.

Clear Creek Tahoe is located in Nevada which does not have a state income tax, business tax or inheritance tax.

For more information about real estate opportunities, contact the Clear Creek Tahoe Sales Office.

This 2,849 square-foot-home at Delta Coves offers three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms and common spaces with water views.

This 2,849 square-foot-home at Delta Coves offers three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms and … [+] common spaces with water views.


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67 Edgewater Court

The Edgewater at Delta Coves

Bethel Island, California

Asking Price: $1,110,000

If you love boating and dream of waterfront living, this is the home for you. Located at Delta Coves, a club community by DMB Development, LLC, this 2,849 square-foot-home offers three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms and common spaces with water views. The kitchen features matte black Samsung Appliances and an expanded island that is ideal for family meals.

The home is move-in ready with contemporary furnishings.

The home is move-in ready with contemporary furnishings.


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A junior master suite provides an opportunity for first floor living while upstairs there is a bonus room for movie and game nights. Off the master bedroom is a covered deck for sunrise views over the water with Mt. Diablo as the backdrop. There is also a large covered veranda on the main level.

Delta Coves is home to 494 waterfront residences each with a private boat dock giving homeowners access to the Delta’s 1,000-plus miles of waterways in addition to 740,000 acres of preserve for unlimited boating, fishing and water sports pursuits.

Delta Cove's Island Camp is a 15,000-square-foot complex that offers fitness, movement and swimming facilities (including a toddler pool), fire pits, and a boat-themed bar. Seen here is its games pavilion.

Delta Cove’s Island Camp is a 15,000-square-foot complex that offers fitness, movement and swimming … [+] facilities (including a toddler pool), fire pits, and a boat-themed bar. Seen here is its games pavilion.


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A private clubhouse, called The Island Camp, is a 15,000-square-foot facility that offers fitness, movement and swimming facilities (including a toddler pool), a games pavilion, fire pits, and a boat-themed bar. 

Delta Coves is approximately one hour from San Francisco by car. Delta Coves real estate office can be contacted at this link.

Located at Hualālai Resort, this furnished three bedroom home is ideal for entertaining. It offers spectacular views of the 9th fairway of the Hualālai golf course and the Pacific Ocean.

Located at Hualālai Resort, this furnished three bedroom home is ideal for entertaining. It offers … [+] spectacular views of the 9th fairway of the Hualālai Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean.


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72-147 Paku’i Street 

Hualālai Resort

Kailua Kona, Hawaii 

Asking Price: $4,225,000 

Located at Hualālai Resort, where the world-renowned Four Seasons Hualālai Resort is located, this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home overlooks the 9th fairway of the Hualālai Golf Course. The home boasts 3,297 square feet of interior space as well as a 668-square-foot lanai for outdoor entertaining.

The kitchen features rich mahogany cabinetry, sleek countertops, high-end appliances, bar seating and a built-in office desk.

The kitchen features rich mahogany cabinetry, sleek countertops, high-end appliances, bar seating … [+] and a built-in office desk.


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The elegantly appointed custom residence offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, the island of Maui and the Kohala Mountains. A large great room features pocket sliding doors that open up to the golf course and ocean views. Both guest bedrooms can be accessed from the garden courtyard, allowing guests to enter and depart the home privately.

Interior appointments feature a collection of fine artwork and furnishings that complement the homes tropical ambiance.

Interior appointments feature a collection of fine artwork and furnishings that complement the homes … [+] tropical ambiance.


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The home’s location sets it within walking distance of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai amenities, while offering convenient access to the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse and Hualālai Canoe Club via a short drive in your own golf cart.

Located at Hualālai Resort, this three-bedroom furnished home overlooks the 9th fairway of the Hualālai Golf Course.

Located at Hualālai Resort, this three-bedroom furnished home overlooks the 9th fairway of the … [+] Hualālai Golf Course.


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Golfers can also enjoy the Hualālai Golf Hale, the newest golf offering at Hualālai and the only facility in Hawaii of its kind, bringing together the state-of-the-art technology and instruction to improve each member’s golf game. Programming at The Hale includes a variety of offerings that combine fun, fitness, technology and luxury. This comprises instruction services with video analysis, on-course lessons, mini golf schools, full-day retreats, multi-student lessons, indoor “learn and play” sessions using TrackMan flight simulation, fittings and other, custom programs (read our story about Hualālai Resort here).

For more information about the listing, contact Hualālai Realty.

Located in one of the most sought-after developments at Punta Mita, this beautifully constructed five bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom stucco home was built in 2016. The villa boasts 5,590 square feet of interior space.

Located in one of the most sought-after developments at Punta Mita, this beautifully constructed … [+] five bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom stucco home was built in 2016. The villa boasts 5,590 square feet of interior space.


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El Encanto Residence 13

Punta Mita, Mexico

Asking Price: $4,450,000

Located in one of the most sought-after developments inside the gates of Punta Mita, this beautifully constructed five bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom stucco home was built in 2016. The villa boasts 5,590 square feet of interior space with panoramic mountain and ocean views from all entertaining areas. Situated on the only lot in El Encanto that offers views of both the east and the west, the home is ideal for entertaining as it has a large salt water swimming pool, an extended outdoor living space with treated pine pergolas and a redesigned indoor courtyard.

The home features artisanal woodwork and imported marble throughout. An industrial strength air conditioning system keeps the interiors cool and comfortable.

The home features artisanal woodwork and imported marble throughout. An industrial strength air … [+] conditioning system keeps the interiors cool and comfortable.


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The interior of the home, which was constructed in 2016, has Mexican beam and tile ceilings. A picturesque living room and a kitchen with top-end appliances and Quetzal cabinetry extend to a beautiful dining room on the main floor.

The home is offered fully furnished and includes many unique handmade and antique pieces.

The home is offered fully furnished and includes many unique handmade and antique pieces.


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Three bedrooms are located on the second floor while a convertible den is found on the ground level (with a full bathroom). An additional bedroom with landscape views is on the basement level (this level also features a 1,500-square-foot media/games room). Offered fully furnished, this home houses many unique handmade and antique pieces that were sourced internationally.

The home is ideal for entertaining as it has a large salt water swimming pool, an extended outdoor living space with treated pine pergolas and a redesigned indoor courtyard.

The home is ideal for entertaining as it has a large salt water swimming pool, an extended outdoor … [+] living space with treated pine pergolas and a redesigned indoor courtyard.


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The home is located in Punta Mita, an ultra-luxurious 1,500-acre resort and residential community that lies on a private spear-shaped peninsula surrounded on three sides by white sand beaches, Pacific Ocean waters and lush tropical flora. Situated in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, the resort offers two signature Jack Nicklaus golf courses and is ideal for ocean adventures, from stand up paddle-boarding to snorkeling and fishing. Two five star hotels are also located at the resort, including the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and The St. Regis Resort Punta Mita.

Real estate opportunities at Punta Mita can be seen at this link.

Coronavirus: First death may have occurred months earlier than previously thought

Coronavirus: First death may have occurred months earlier than previously thought

The first death involving coronavirus in England and Wales occurred months earlier than previously thought after a coroner said a patient died with Covid-19 in January.

A man aged in his early 80s, from Medway in Kent, died in hospital in the week ending January 31, according to the Office of National Statistics.

His death suggests the virus was circulating much earlier than the date of the first confirmed UK case of coronavirus, on 31 January.

It was was not registered by the coroner until the first week of September. Until then, the earliest known death involving Covid-19 was thought to be on 2 March.

The ONS said it was carrying out a review of the details registered by the coroner.

A spokeswoman said: “This death was registered by a coroner which is why it took so long to be registered.

“We do not know if more deaths involving Covid-19 will be registered in future weeks that occurred prior to our previous first recorded death of 2 March but as it stands this is the only Covid-19 case in the UK before March, however this might shift if deaths going through the coroner system come to light.

“The only information we are able to provide is what is currently published: A death of a man aged 80-84 was registered in week ending 4 September 2020, which occurred in week ending 31 January 2020. We are reviewing the details of this registration.”

In its latest weekly statistics, the ONS said deaths involving Covid-19 continued to fall with just 83 Covid-19 deaths registered across the UK in the week to 4 September. In England there were 78 deaths, the lowest number of deaths involving the virus in the last 25 weeks.  



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While the August bank holiday may have affected the reporting of deaths, the statistics body said the number of Covid-19 deaths continued to decrease across the majority of English regions.

Since the start of the year, a total of 33,214 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales occurred in hospitals. A total of 15,501 deaths were recorded in care homes while 2,485 people died in private homes.  

In the latest week, up to 4 September, the ONS said deaths in hospitals, care homes and other locations were below the five-year average by 1,032, 448 and 108 deaths respectively.

But the number of deaths in people’s private homes continued to be above the five year average by 143 deaths. This follows concern over the numbers of patients who have avoided seeking help from the NHS for chest pains and other conditions during the pandemic.

The ONS said: “Looking in more detail at deaths in private females accounted for more excess deaths (118 deaths) than males (25 deaths).

“Overall, those aged 70 years and over had 146 excess deaths, while those aged under 70 years did not have any excess deaths in Week 36 for those who died in private homes.”

Tua Tagovailoa’s time will come for Miami Dolphins, but how soon?

Tua Tagovailoa’s time will come for Miami Dolphins, but how soon?

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — There’s going to come a moment, and perhaps it won’t be as loud as it would have been in a normal season, but there is going to come a moment when Dolphins fans do this:

“Tua!… Tua!… Tua!”

There’s going to come a moment when Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t firing on all cylinders and everything that Miami fans have been hoping for is right in front of them on the sideline and the change is going to happen, if not at that precise moment, soon thereafter.

“I don’t know how much time it’ll be before Tua is in the lineup,” said Fitzpatrick, the 37-year-old starting quarterback. “I know that I am the placeholder.”

And Tua Tagovailoa‘s time will arrive.

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And the best part about all of this? Fitzpatrick won’t be mad. He won’t go all Brett Favre on Aaron Rodgers. He won’t go all Aaron Rodgers on Jordan Love.

Fitzpatrick will happily pass the torch to Tua, the 22-year-old rookie out of Alabama. And he’ll do it because Tua is not only accurate and poised but also humble and gracious.

“How he presents himself in the building and how he shows Fitz that he’s willing to learn and not like, ‘Hey, this is my spot’ or something like that,” offensive lineman Jesse Davis said of Tua. “It’s very nice to see a young star like that come in and be ready to work.”

There are so many similarities between Fitzpatrick, one of the great leaders Miami has seen in the past 20 years, and Tua, the quarterback who has energized the Dolphins franchise and its fan base, in a way perhaps unlike any player since Dan Marino.

Mostly, it’s that people want to be around them. And they want to play well for them.

Of all the attributes that quarterbacks would like to have – arm strength, mobility, quick release – it’s the intangibles that are too often overlooked.

“He’s a really good dude,” tight end Mike Gesicki said of Tua, though he may just as well have been speaking about Fitzpatrick.

The Dolphins drafted Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick, and they cut Josh Rosen, who was once selected with the 10th overall pick, because they view Tua as the clear future face of the franchise.

Tagovailoa instantly was the most popular player on the team and online stores can’t stock his #1 jerseys fast enough. The expectations are immense. The excitement is palpable.

“I’m chasing to be the best Tua that I can be both on and off the field,” Tagovailoa said at the end of training camp.

In the second half of August, Tagovailoa showed coaches, media and his teammates that he had made great progress, after a slower start.

“He has an arm,” Dolphins defensive back Eric Rowe said. “He can put zip on the ball. I’ve noticed through camp that he’s gotten better with his eyes. At safety, we just kind of read the quarterback and beforehand, he was kind of staring down at routes, but he’s gotten a lot better with his eyes and from what I can tell, his progression. Obviously, he’s only going to keep getting better.”

Tagovailoa exhibited outstanding accuracy on slants, out patterns and medium-depth routes underneath. He showed excellent poise, good footwork, and increased confidence as camp progressed.

Did Tagovailoa wow in ways Marino is said to have from his first day as a Dolphin? No, but these are players with completely different skill sets. Marino brought the howitzer. Tua possesses a precision laser. Tua is more Drew Brees than John Elway.

And how badly would the Dolphins, after having famously passed on Brees, like Tua to perform up to that level?

“When he does get his shot, I think he’s going to do very well,” veteran guard Ereck Flowers said.

Which brings us to when.

Year after year, coaches and general managers have set out with the intention to allow their rookie quarterback to watch and learn. And it almost never lasts. Without fail, the rookie quarterback, especially first-rounders, plays sooner than expected.

In the last 10 years, half of the 20 first-round quarterbacks selected in the Top 10 picks started the first game. It has long been projected that Tua would not do that.

On average, those Top 10 quarterbacks started in Week 4 of their first NFL season.

Miami, in all likelihood, would prefer to see Fitzpatrick play so well that a decision extends at least into November. But, again, best laid plans often go awry.

So, yes, it is certainly possible Tua’s time could arrive as early as Game 6 (at Denver) or Game 9 (at Arizona) or Game 10 (Jets) or perhaps for Game 11 (at Jets), after a bye. Whenever it happens, it certainly figures to last longer than the Rosen era did.

Rosen started three games last season, Games 3, 4 and 5, after playing a handful of snaps in the first two blowout losses. It never really felt like coach Brian Flores was anywhere close to enamored with Rosen as he was with Fitzpatrick.

With Tua, it’s different.

“He’s a really interesting guy,” Fitzpatrick, who is just about an assistant head coach to Flores, said of Tua. “He’s got a lot of energy to him and you can just tell that guys are going to gravitate to him. There’s something about him that is just very likable and I can already tell that he’s going to be one of those guys that gets along with everybody, that guys are going to want to follow. He just has that kind of aura about him.”

In part because he was raised in Hawaii, in part because of his Samoan culture and in part because of his tight-knit family, Tagovailoa brings positive vibes to the locker room and to his new city.

After all, Tagovailoa is the young man who sang songs and played a ukulele in a hospital bed shortly before surgery to repair a badly-injured hip that cut short his last college season.

Says tight end Durham Smythe: “He’s a great teammate. He’s one of the guys already.”

The thing that perhaps has surprised Miami players most is Tagovailoa’s mobility. He has looked good throwing on the run. He appears a threat to scramble.

“Me personally, I can’t tell that he was injured before,” running back Jordan Howard said.

It would be wonderful if Miami could get into November without playing Tagovailoa. Perhaps Fitzpatrick is playing well and the Dolphins are in the playoff hunt. Perhaps Miami could get to or close to that one-year mark (Nov. 16) following his serious injury while playing against Mississippi State.

But the Dolphins clearly believed Tua is close enough to be ready to have let Rosen go when final rosters were set on Saturday. In all likelihood, he suits up in aqua and orange for Week 1. And when Tua does take over, when the placeholder is replaced, Fitzpatrick believes the rookie will succeed.

“I told him I’m going to do the best I can to lead this team and to win football games,” Fitzpatrick said. “Whenever it is that Tua gets his chance, whether it’s early or late or whenever it is, I’m going to be his biggest cheerleader.”

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GM to reveal GMC Hummer electric pickup with ‘crab mode’ Oct. 20

GM to reveal GMC Hummer electric pickup with ‘crab mode’ Oct. 20

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Crab Mode1 feature is enabled by the GMC HUMMER EV’s four-wheel steering capability, allowing it to move in a diagonal direction.

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General Motors will reveal its GMC Hummer electric pickup Oct. 20 and begin taking preorders for the vehicle at that time.

GMC will release details of the reveal closer to the date, but it will not be live.

GMC showed reporters a short video Monday of the pickup, saying GMC will introduce the Hummer’s four-corner steering and “crab mode,” said Duncan Aldred, global vice president of Buick GMC brands. 

Crab Mode is enabled by the Hummer EV’s four-wheel steering capability, allowing it to move diagonally, a functionality custom made for off-roading customers, GMC said in a statement released later Monday.

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“The more we get in touch with it, the more impressed with it we are from the capability, to it being a technologically advanced vehicle, to its interior and exterior design,” Aldred said, adding that the GMC Hummer will set the tone for EV pickups. 

In the video, the vehicle is seen mostly from an aerial view, as it creeps along a beach near the shoreline. The camera pans down to the beach where a crab crawls in front of the Hummer’s thick off-road tires. The video ends, dubbing the vehicle as the “world’s first all-electric super truck,” adding customers can reserve one from participating GMC dealers. 

On Oct. 20, Aldred said, “We will be taking reservations and expanding a little bit on what crab mode is, which has people intrigued … why it’s relevant in this space and what it can do.”

GMC will provide more detail on the process to reserve a Hummer closer to the reveal date, but Aldred said it is, “not dissimilar to process in other recent reveals,” insinuating there will be a fee or down payment required to order one. 

There are about 1,700 GMC dealers and nearly half have chosen to sell the Hummer, Aldred said. Those dealers are going through training now and will receive the special “hardware” needed, such as charging stations, to sell and service the electric pickup. 

“We’re in really good shape from (a dealer) standpoint,” Aldred said.

The Hummer will be assembled at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant starting late next year. GM has invested $2.2 billion to retool the facility to build all-electric vehicles going forward and Aldred said the retooling process is on schedule. 

“We’ve held to our original timing and so we’ve seen exceptional progress from the team and we’re right on track,” Aldred said.

Last week, GM said it is taking a stake in electric vehicle maker Nikola Corp. in a deal that will eventually deliver $4 billion in benefits to GM as it commercializes its EV technology. The 10-year agreement with Nikola will ultimately reduce costs for each company as GM pursues its all-electric vehicle strategy.

The deal announced would allow Nikola to exchange $2 billion in newly issued stock for services and access to GM’s parts and components. Nikola has yet to make any of the heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell trucks it is developing. Both sides expect to close the transaction prior to Sept. 30.

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GM will “engineer, homologate, validate and manufacture the Nikola Badger battery electric and fuel cell versions,” the companies said. The Badger is a heavy-duty fuel-cell electric pickup expected to go into production by the end of 2022.

Despite the deal, Aldred said he is not concerned the Badger would steal sales from the Hummer. 

“It’s going to be a rapidly growing space. Arguably, it will compete in a similar space, in pickup trucks,” Aldred said. “But we do believe in the future of electrification and that it will be expanding rapidly and there’s room for both.”

There are other electric pickups in the works. Rivian, of which Ford Motor is an investor, is designing the R1T pickup set to go into production next year. In June, Ford leaders told Wall Street that its electric version of the F-150 pickup will be available within the next 24 months.

Lordstown Motors in Ohio will start production on its Endurance electric pickup later this year and launch it for sale next year.

Rivian and Lordstown Motors will face Tesla, which has a foothold in the EV space and almost always has Wall Street’s attention. Last year, Tesla revealed its Cybertruck, which goes on sale late next year.

Contact Jamie L. LaReau at 313-222-2149 or jlareau@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @jlareauan.

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16 photos that show Hurricane Sally’s historic floods, destruction along Gulf Coast

16 photos that show Hurricane Sally’s historic floods, destruction along Gulf Coast

by | Sep 25, 2020 | Worldwide Beach News & Updates

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Published 2:25 p.m. ET Sept. 16, 2020 | Updated 2:31 p.m. ET Sept. 16, 2020

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The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Sally would bring “catastrophic flooding” and “life-threatening storm surge” to Florida and Alabama.

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Hurricane Sally dumped heavy rains and brought historic flooding to the Gulf Coast on Wednesday as it battered Alabama and Florida.

The slow-moving storm made landfall early Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, and brought a deluge to much of southeastern Alabama and Florida’s Panhandle.

The storm almost entirely flooded downtown Pensacola, and Alabama’s coastal towns had piers ripped apart and boats thrown around.

The storm was forecast to dump nearly 3 feet of rain in some isolated pockets.

“It’s not common that you start measuring rainfall in feet,” said forecaster David Eversole in Mobile. “Sally’s moving so slowly, so it just keeps pounding and pounding and pounding the area with tropical rain and just powerful winds. It’s just a nightmare.”

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Here are 16 photos that show how widespread the damage from Sally’s winds and flooding are.

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As airlines cut flights, Southwest is adding two new warm-weather destinations

As airlines cut flights, Southwest is adding two new warm-weather destinations

by | Sep 23, 2020 | Worldwide Beach News & Updates

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Published 5:01 p.m. ET Sept. 3, 2020 | Updated 6:18 p.m. ET Sept. 3, 2020

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Southwest Airlines announced Thursday it intends to launch year-round service later this year to two new destinations: Miami International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport. 

The announcement comes as U.S. airlines have slashed fall schedules following a surge in COVID-19 cases and weakened travel demand. Business travel has been at a virtual standstill since March, forcing airlines to woo skittish leisure travelers.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly shared news of the two new destinations in a video message to the airline’s employees, though route details have not yet been announced and are subject to government approvals. 

“Adding these specific airports to our route map will bring us access to additional revenue at a critical time,” Kelly said in the video. 

Southwest currently serves San Diego and several airports in the Los Angeles area in southern California, and Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in southeast Florida. 

The airline’s last U.S. expansion was to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, announced in late February and beginning in mid-December. 

In July, Kelly said an “unexpected” jump in coronavirus cases resulted in a fall off in business that forced Southwest to adjust its flight schedules for August and September, and other carriers have made similar cutbacks.

“We’ve seen a dramatic impact to our trends, as far as traffic, revenue and bookings,” he said on the airline’s earnings conference call in July.

The financial impact: the loss of “hundreds of millions of dollars” in revenue for the third quarter, which runs from July through September.

“We knew this would be a long, saw-toothed slog with a lot of unexpected twists and turns, and its proving to be so,” Kelly said at the time. ”Our country and the world needs to beat this virus. Until then, we’re going to have to be resilient. We’re going to have to persevere and we’re going to have to manage.”

In Kelly’s announcement of Southwest’s two new destinations, he told employees that they would provide new, relevant options as travelers are gradually “rediscovering leisure travel across the country as their own situations allow.” 

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