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Wind turbine loses blade in Gloucester

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GLOUCESTER — No injuries were reported after a wind turbine lost its blade in Gloucester this morning.

Gloucester Fire Department responded at around 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 31 after it was discovered that one of three blades on a 492-foot wind turbine at Applied Materials on Dory Road fell off the turbine.

There were no reported injuries and no structural damage aside from the damage sustained in the turbine failure itself, Mayor Greg Verga and Fire Chief Eric Smith said in a statement.

The Gloucester Fire Department set up an approximately 450-foot collapse zone around the turbine as a precaution; as a result a portion of Great Republic Drive in the Blackburn Industrial Park was closed. 

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“Due to the size of the turbine, the Gloucester Fire Department and the city of Gloucester are working closely with Applied Materials to establish an appropriate isolation area around the turbine, determine current hazards and concerns, and ensure the safety of the turbine and the area,” the statement said.

On Sunday afternoon, Applied Materials, which owns and operates the turbine, informed the city that the cause of the failure remains unknown but that multiple inspections of the turbine tower and remaining two blades identified no imminent structural concerns, the statement added.

Once the company provided written notification that the area could safely be reopened, Great Republic Drive was reopened to traffic. An exclusion zone remains in place around the tower, but the entirety of the exclusion zone is on Applied Materials property.

“Applied Materials reported that it appears from preliminary inspections that built-in safety mechanisms caused the turbine to shut down when an issue was detected and that the safety mechanisms functioned as designed to stop the turbine,” the statement said.

“Applied Materials reported the remaining blades of the turbine have been locked into place and that the blades are under far less stress than they are when they are operational.”

The city of Gloucester has a power purchase agreement with a separate, private company that operates two other wind turbines in the Blackburn Industrial Park, and the city works closely with the owners of those turbines to ensure inspections and maintenance are conducted regularly.

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Wind turbine loses blade in Gloucester

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GLOUCESTER — No injuries were reported after a wind turbine lost its blade in Gloucester this morning.

Gloucester Fire Department responded at around 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 31 after it was discovered that one of three blades on a 492-foot wind turbine at Applied Materials on Dory Road fell off the turbine.

There were no reported injuries and no structural damage aside from the damage sustained in the turbine failure itself, Mayor Greg Verga and Fire Chief Eric Smith said in a statement.

The Gloucester Fire Department set up an approximately 450-foot collapse zone around the turbine as a precaution; as a result a portion of Great Republic Drive in the Blackburn Industrial Park was closed. 

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“Due to the size of the turbine, the Gloucester Fire Department and the city of Gloucester are working closely with Applied Materials to establish an appropriate isolation area around the turbine, determine current hazards and concerns, and ensure the safety of the turbine and the area,” the statement said.

On Sunday afternoon, Applied Materials, which owns and operates the turbine, informed the city that the cause of the failure remains unknown but that multiple inspections of the turbine tower and remaining two blades identified no imminent structural concerns, the statement added.

Once the company provided written notification that the area could safely be reopened, Great Republic Drive was reopened to traffic. An exclusion zone remains in place around the tower, but the entirety of the exclusion zone is on Applied Materials property.

“Applied Materials reported that it appears from preliminary inspections that built-in safety mechanisms caused the turbine to shut down when an issue was detected and that the safety mechanisms functioned as designed to stop the turbine,” the statement said.

“Applied Materials reported the remaining blades of the turbine have been locked into place and that the blades are under far less stress than they are when they are operational.”

The city of Gloucester has a power purchase agreement with a separate, private company that operates two other wind turbines in the Blackburn Industrial Park, and the city works closely with the owners of those turbines to ensure inspections and maintenance are conducted regularly.

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Wind turbine loses blade in Gloucester

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

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GLOUCESTER — No injuries were reported after a wind turbine lost its blade in Gloucester this morning.

Gloucester Fire Department responded at around 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 31 after it was discovered that one of three blades on a 492-foot wind turbine at Applied Materials on Dory Road fell off the turbine.

There were no reported injuries and no structural damage aside from the damage sustained in the turbine failure itself, Mayor Greg Verga and Fire Chief Eric Smith said in a statement.

The Gloucester Fire Department set up an approximately 450-foot collapse zone around the turbine as a precaution; as a result a portion of Great Republic Drive in the Blackburn Industrial Park was closed. 

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“Due to the size of the turbine, the Gloucester Fire Department and the city of Gloucester are working closely with Applied Materials to establish an appropriate isolation area around the turbine, determine current hazards and concerns, and ensure the safety of the turbine and the area,” the statement said.

On Sunday afternoon, Applied Materials, which owns and operates the turbine, informed the city that the cause of the failure remains unknown but that multiple inspections of the turbine tower and remaining two blades identified no imminent structural concerns, the statement added.

Once the company provided written notification that the area could safely be reopened, Great Republic Drive was reopened to traffic. An exclusion zone remains in place around the tower, but the entirety of the exclusion zone is on Applied Materials property.

“Applied Materials reported that it appears from preliminary inspections that built-in safety mechanisms caused the turbine to shut down when an issue was detected and that the safety mechanisms functioned as designed to stop the turbine,” the statement said.

“Applied Materials reported the remaining blades of the turbine have been locked into place and that the blades are under far less stress than they are when they are operational.”

The city of Gloucester has a power purchase agreement with a separate, private company that operates two other wind turbines in the Blackburn Industrial Park, and the city works closely with the owners of those turbines to ensure inspections and maintenance are conducted regularly.

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Wind turbine loses blade in Gloucester

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GLOUCESTER — No injuries were reported after a wind turbine lost its blade in Gloucester this morning.

Gloucester Fire Department responded at around 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 31 after it was discovered that one of three blades on a 492-foot wind turbine at Applied Materials on Dory Road fell off the turbine.

There were no reported injuries and no structural damage aside from the damage sustained in the turbine failure itself, Mayor Greg Verga and Fire Chief Eric Smith said in a statement.

The Gloucester Fire Department set up an approximately 450-foot collapse zone around the turbine as a precaution; as a result a portion of Great Republic Drive in the Blackburn Industrial Park was closed. 

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“Due to the size of the turbine, the Gloucester Fire Department and the city of Gloucester are working closely with Applied Materials to establish an appropriate isolation area around the turbine, determine current hazards and concerns, and ensure the safety of the turbine and the area,” the statement said.

On Sunday afternoon, Applied Materials, which owns and operates the turbine, informed the city that the cause of the failure remains unknown but that multiple inspections of the turbine tower and remaining two blades identified no imminent structural concerns, the statement added.

Once the company provided written notification that the area could safely be reopened, Great Republic Drive was reopened to traffic. An exclusion zone remains in place around the tower, but the entirety of the exclusion zone is on Applied Materials property.

“Applied Materials reported that it appears from preliminary inspections that built-in safety mechanisms caused the turbine to shut down when an issue was detected and that the safety mechanisms functioned as designed to stop the turbine,” the statement said.

“Applied Materials reported the remaining blades of the turbine have been locked into place and that the blades are under far less stress than they are when they are operational.”

The city of Gloucester has a power purchase agreement with a separate, private company that operates two other wind turbines in the Blackburn Industrial Park, and the city works closely with the owners of those turbines to ensure inspections and maintenance are conducted regularly.

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Wind turbine loses blade in Gloucester

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

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GLOUCESTER — No injuries were reported after a wind turbine lost its blade in Gloucester this morning.

Gloucester Fire Department responded around 7 a.m. Sunday, July 31,after it was discovered that one of three blades on a 492-foot wind turbine at Applied Materials on Dory Road fell off of the turbine.

There were no reported injuries, and no structural damage aside from the damage sustained in the turbine failure itself, Mayor Greg Verga and Fire Chief Eric Smith said in a statement.

The Gloucester Fire Department setup an approximately 450-foot collapse zone around the turbine as a precaution, and as a result closed a portion of Great Republic Drive in the Blackburn Industrial Park. 

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“Due to the size of the turbine, the Gloucester Fire Department and the City of Gloucester are working closely with Applied Materials to establish an appropriate isolation area around the turbine, determine current hazards and concerns, and ensure the safety of the turbine and the area,” the statement said.

On Sunday afternoon, Applied Materials, which owns and operates the turbine, informed the city that the cause of the failure remains unknown, but that multiple inspections of the turbine tower and remaining two blades identified no imminent structural concerns, the statement added.

Once the company provided written notification that the area could safely be reopened, Great Republic Drive was reopened to traffic. An exclusion zone remains in place around the tower, but the entirety of the exclusion zone is on Applied Materials property.

“Applied Materials reported that it appears from preliminary inspections that built-in safety mechanisms caused the turbine to shut down when an issue was detected, and that the safety mechanisms functioned as designed to stop the turbine,” the statement said.

“Applied Materials reported the remaining blades of the turbine have been locked into place, and that the blades are under far less stress than they are when they are operational.”

The City of Gloucester has a power purchase agreement with a separate, private company that operates two other wind turbines in the Blackburn Industrial Park, and the city works closely with the owners of those turbines to ensure inspections and maintenance are conducted regularly.

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Wind turbine loses blade in Gloucester

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Image posted to Facebook by Stephen Aiello

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GLOUCESTER — No injuries were reported after a wind turbine lost its blade in Gloucester this morning.

Gloucester Fire Department responded around 7 a.m. Sunday, July 31,after it was discovered that one of three blades on a 492-foot wind turbine at Applied Materials on Dory Road fell off of the turbine.

There were no reported injuries, and no structural damage aside from the damage sustained in the turbine failure itself, Mayor Greg Verga and Fire Chief Eric Smith said in a statement.

The Gloucester Fire Department setup an approximately 450-foot collapse zone around the turbine as a precaution, and as a result closed a portion of Great Republic Drive in the Blackburn Industrial Park. 

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“Due to the size of the turbine, the Gloucester Fire Department and the City of Gloucester are working closely with Applied Materials to establish an appropriate isolation area around the turbine, determine current hazards and concerns, and ensure the safety of the turbine and the area,” the statement said.

On Sunday afternoon, Applied Materials, which owns and operates the turbine, informed the city that the cause of the failure remains unknown, but that multiple inspections of the turbine tower and remaining two blades identified no imminent structural concerns, the statement added.

Once the company provided written notification that the area could safely be reopened, Great Republic Drive was reopened to traffic. An exclusion zone remains in place around the tower, but the entirety of the exclusion zone is on Applied Materials property.

“Applied Materials reported that it appears from preliminary inspections that built-in safety mechanisms caused the turbine to shut down when an issue was detected, and that the safety mechanisms functioned as designed to stop the turbine,” the statement said.

“Applied Materials reported the remaining blades of the turbine have been locked into place, and that the blades are under far less stress than they are when they are operational.”

The City of Gloucester has a power purchase agreement with a separate, private company that operates two other wind turbines in the Blackburn Industrial Park, and the city works closely with the owners of those turbines to ensure inspections and maintenance are conducted regularly.

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Storms bring flooding, downed power lines and car accidents to the Valley

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Saturday’s thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall, high winds and dust storms, causing floods and water rescues in the Phoenix area.

Gabriel Lojero, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said the monsoon storm on Saturday was one of the most active ones they have seen this year. 

“These storms that moved across the Phoenix area we7tre pretty vigorous, creating flooding as well as wind damage,” Lojero said.

Some areas north of Phoenix along Interstate 17 received between 1 to 2 inches of rain, according to Lojero. Most of the rain fell in a span of about 30 minutes to one hour, which is a lot of rain in a short amount of time for an urban area, Lojero said. This led to the flooding that many residents in the north Valley witnessed. 

The Cave Creek wash also saw a significant rise of its water levels during the storms, according to Lojero. 

The Phoenix Fire Department responded to four water rescues in the north Valley related to the storms, according to Captain Scott Douglas, a spokesperson for the department. Two of those rescues required technical assistance to evacuate people from their vehicles which were partially submerged in water.

“It is unknown for sure why they became stuck but I assumed they tried driving through moving water,” Douglas said in an emailed statement.

Phoenix firefighters also responded to calls about flooding, downed power lines and car accidents related to the storm, according to Douglas. 

The Maricopa County Elections Department closed the vote center at 39 East Jackson Street in Phoenix due to flooding, according to a Tweet from the department. They were working to determine if the center could open on Monday or if they had to find a different place, the tweet said.

On Sunday, according to Megan Gilbertson, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Elections Department, the department worked with the facility owners and found another room in the same building to reopen the Vote Center as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday.

One person uploaded a video showing flooding on West Elm Street near Seventh Avenue. Another video shows cars traveling in flooded roads and splashing water.

Wind speeds higher than 60 mph were recorded at the Deer Valley Airport, which Lojero said coincides with the fallen trees seen in that area. 

The high wind speeds could be seen in the video of another resident who recorded trees and heavy rain. 

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A dust storm that originated in Pinal County made its way into the Phoenix area. Lojero said a dust storm’s affect on the air quality could become hazardous for drivers due to visibility reduction.

The latest storms have increased moisture and led to cooler than normal temperatures, Lojero said. However, temperatures are expected to increase to about 106 degrees this upcoming week.

Storm activity is expected to decrease with 20% to 30% storm chances in the Phoenix area on Sunday, according to Lojero. 

“The coverage is going to be not nearly as much as what we saw yesterday,” Lojero said. “There could be some isolated thunderstorms today (Sunday) in the Phoenix area in the evening but it’s not going to be as bad as what we saw last night.”

Through Wednesday, the storm chances in the lower deserts are expected to be about 20% and it looks like the activity will be confined to the higher terrains, Lojero said. On Thursday, there is a probability that activity will increase again.

“So we’re going to get a brief break and then we’re going to get back into the active pattern once again as we get through the second half of the week and into the weekend,” Lojero said.

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Storms bring flooding, downed power lines and car accidents to the Valley

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Saturday’s thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall, high winds and dust storms, causing floods and water rescues in the Phoenix area.

Gabriel Lojero, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said the monsoon storm on Saturday was one of the most active ones they have seen this year. 

“These storms that moved across the Phoenix area we7tre pretty vigorous, creating flooding as well as wind damage,” Lojero said.

Some areas north of Phoenix along Interstate 17 received between 1 to 2 inches of rain, according to Lojero. Most of the rain fell in a span of about 30 minutes to one hour, which is a lot of rain in a short amount of time for an urban area, Lojero said. This led to the flooding that many residents in the north Valley witnessed. 

The Cave Creek wash also saw a significant rise of its water levels during the storms, according to Lojero. 

The Phoenix Fire Department responded to four water rescues in the north Valley related to the storms, according to Captain Scott Douglas, a spokesperson for the department. Two of those rescues required technical assistance to evacuate people from their vehicles which were partially submerged in water.

“It is unknown for sure why they became stuck but I assumed they tried driving through moving water,” Douglas said in an emailed statement.

Phoenix firefighters also responded to calls about flooding, downed power lines and car accidents related to the storm, according to Douglas. 

The Maricopa County Elections Department closed the vote center at 39 East Jackson Street in Phoenix due to flooding, according to a Tweet from the department. They were working to determine if the center could open on Monday or if they had to find a different place, the tweet said.

On Sunday, according to Megan Gilbertson, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Elections Department, the department worked with the facility owners and found another room in the same building to reopen the Vote Center as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday.

One person uploaded a video showing flooding on West Elm Street near Seventh Avenue. Another video shows cars traveling in flooded roads and splashing water.

Wind speeds higher than 60 mph were recorded at the Deer Valley Airport, which Lojero said coincides with the fallen trees seen in that area. 

The high wind speeds could be seen in the video of another resident who recorded trees and heavy rain. 

A dust storm that originated in Pinal County made its way into the Phoenix area. Lojero said a dust storm’s affect on the air quality could become hazardous for drivers due to visibility reduction.

The latest storms have increased moisture and led to cooler than normal temperatures, Lojero said. However, temperatures are expected to increase to about 106 degrees this upcoming week.

Storm activity is expected to decrease with 20% to 30% storm chances in the Phoenix area on Sunday, according to Lojero. 

“The coverage is going to be not nearly as much as what we saw yesterday,” Lojero said. “There could be some isolated thunderstorms today (Sunday) in the Phoenix area in the evening but it’s not going to be as bad as what we saw last night.”

Through Wednesday, the storm chances in the lower deserts are expected to be about 20% and it looks like the activity will be confined to the higher terrains, Lojero said. On Thursday, there is a probability that activity will increase again.

“So we’re going to get a brief break and then we’re going to get back into the active pattern once again as we get through the second half of the week and into the weekend,” Lojero said.

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Storms bring flooding, downed power lines and car accidents to the Valley

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Saturday’s thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall, high winds and dust storms, causing floods and water rescues in the Phoenix area.

Gabriel Lojero, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said the monsoon storm on Saturday was one of the most active ones they have seen this year. 

“These storms that moved across the Phoenix area we7tre pretty vigorous, creating flooding as well as wind damage,” Lojero said.

Some areas north of Phoenix along Interstate 17 received between 1 to 2 inches of rain, according to Lojero. Most of the rain fell in a span of about 30 minutes to one hour, which is a lot of rain in a short amount of time for an urban area, Lojero said. This led to the flooding that many residents in the north Valley witnessed. 

The Cave Creek wash also saw a significant rise of its water levels during the storms, according to Lojero. 

The Phoenix Fire Department responded to four water rescues in the north Valley related to the storms, according to Captain Scott Douglas, a spokesperson for the department. Two of those rescues required technical assistance to evacuate people from their vehicles which were partially submerged in water.

“It is unknown for sure why they became stuck but I assumed they tried driving through moving water,” Douglas said in an emailed statement.

Phoenix firefighters also responded to calls about flooding, downed power lines and car accidents related to the storm, according to Douglas. 

The Maricopa County Elections Department closed the vote center at 39 East Jackson Street in Phoenix due to flooding, according to a Tweet from the department. They were working to determine if the center could open on Monday or if they had to find a different place, the tweet said.

On Sunday, according to Megan Gilbertson, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Elections Department, the department worked with the facility owners and found another room in the same building to reopen the Vote Center as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday.

One person uploaded a video showing flooding on West Elm Street near Seventh Avenue. Another video shows cars traveling in flooded roads and splashing water.

Wind speeds higher than 60 mph were recorded at the Deer Valley Airport, which Lojero said coincides with the fallen trees seen in that area. 

The high wind speeds could be seen in the video of another resident who recorded trees and heavy rain. 

A dust storm that originated in Pinal County made its way into the Phoenix area. Lojero said a dust storm’s affect on the air quality could become hazardous for drivers due to visibility reduction.

The latest storms have increased moisture and led to cooler than normal temperatures, Lojero said. However, temperatures are expected to increase to about 106 degrees this upcoming week.

Storm activity is expected to decrease with 20% to 30% storm chances in the Phoenix area on Sunday, according to Lojero. 

“The coverage is going to be not nearly as much as what we saw yesterday,” Lojero said. “There could be some isolated thunderstorms today (Sunday) in the Phoenix area in the evening but it’s not going to be as bad as what we saw last night.”

Through Wednesday, the storm chances in the lower deserts are expected to be about 20% and it looks like the activity will be confined to the higher terrains, Lojero said. On Thursday, there is a probability that activity will increase again.

“So we’re going to get a brief break and then we’re going to get back into the active pattern once again as we get through the second half of the week and into the weekend,” Lojero said.

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Storms bring flooding, downed power lines and car accidents to the Valley

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Saturday’s thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall, high winds and dust storms, causing floods and water rescues in the Phoenix area.

Gabriel Lojero, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said the monsoon on Saturday was one of the most active ones they have seen this year. 

“These storms that moved across the Phoenix area were pretty vigorous, creating flooding as well as wind damage,” Lojero said.

Some areas north of Phoenix along Interstate 17 received between 1 to 2 inches of rain, according to Lojero. Most of the rain fell in a span of about 30 minutes to one hour, which is a lot of rain in a short amount of time for an urban area, Lojero said. This led to the flooding that many residents in the north Valley witnessed. 

The Cave Creek wash also saw a significant rise of its water levels during the storms, according to Lojero. 

The Phoenix Fire Department responded to four water rescues in the north Valley related to the storms, according to Captain Scott Douglas, a spokesperson for the department. Two of those rescues required technical assistance to evacuate people from their vehicles which were partially submerged in water.

“It is unknown for sure why they became stuck but I assumed they tried driving through moving water,” Douglas said in an emailed statement.

Phoenix firefighters also responded to calls about flooding, downed power lines and car accidents related to the storm, according to Douglas. 

The Maricopa County Elections Department closed the vote center at 39 East Jackson Street in Phoenix due to flooding, according to a Tweet from the department. They were working to determine if the center could open on Monday or if they had to find a different place, the tweet said.

On Sunday, according to Megan Gilbertson, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Elections Department, the department worked with the facility owners and found another room in the same building to reopen the Vote Center as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday.

One person uploaded a video showing flooding on West Elm Street near 7th Avenue. Another video shows cars traveling in flooded roads and splashing water.

Wind speeds higher than 60 mph were recorded at the Deer Valley Airport, which Lojero said coincides with the fallen trees seen in that area. 

The high wind speeds could be seen in the video of another resident who recorded trees and heavy rain. 

A dust storm that originated in Pinal County made its way into the Phoenix area. Lojero said a dust storm’s affect on the air quality could become hazardous for drivers due to visibility reduction.

The latest storms have increased moisture and led to cooler than normal temperatures, Lojero said. However, temperatures are expected to increase to about 106 degrees this upcoming week.

Storm activity is expected to decrease with 20% to 30% storm chances in the Phoenix area on Sunday, according to Lojero. 

“The coverage is going to be not nearly as much as what we saw yesterday,” Lojero said. “There could be some isolated thunderstorms today (Sunday) in the Phoenix area in the evening but it’s not going to be as bad as what we saw last night.”

Through Wednesday, the storm chances in the lower deserts are expected to be about 20% and it looks like the activity will be confined to the higher terrains, Lojero said. On Thursday, there is a probability that activity will increase again.

“So we’re going to get a brief break and then we’re going to get back into the active pattern once again as we get through the second half of the week and into the weekend,” Lojero said.