In our news wrap Friday, power was out across Puerto Rico as a tropical storm passed south of the island where Hurricane Maria hit just a year ago this month. Also, a powerful typhoon has slammed into the northeastern Philippines, with winds of 127 miles an hour.
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In the days other news, Puerto Rico had new power outages today, as remnants of another tropical storm passed south of the U.S. territory. Forecasters predicted three inches of rain and possible flash floods. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico last September hard. It took nearly a year for power to be mostly restored in its aftermath, but the system remains fragile.
In the Western Pacific, a powerful typhoon has slammed into the Northeastern Philippines, with winds of 127 miles an hour. The eye of the storm made landfall on the island of Luzon early Saturday morning local time. Hours earlier, heavy rains and winds were already lashing the island. The storm could threaten more than five million people.
An investigation is under way north of Boston after gas explosions rip through three towns yesterday, killing one person. Today, state officials blamed overpressurized gas lines. But they said it is still not clear exactly what sparked the explosions. The fires engulfed at least 39 homes in North Andover, Andover, and Lawrence, forcing 8,000 people to flee.
The Andover fire chief said it looked like a war zone.
I have been in this — in the fire service for almost 39 years, and I have never seen anything like this in my entire career. It looked like Armageddon. It really did. There were billows — billows of smoke coming from Lawrence behind me. I could see plumes of smoke in front of me within the town of Andover.
The governor of Massachusetts declared an emergency today, as safety workers checked homes block by block.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is accusing his predecessor, John Kerry, of working against President Trump's policy toward Iran. Last May, Mr. Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal that Kerry had negotiated under President Obama. Today, Pompeo attack Kerry's meetings with Iran's foreign minister since leaving office.
What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented. This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world's largest state sponsor of terror. Actively undermining U.S. policy, as a former secretary of state, is literally unheard of.
Last night, President Trump accused Kerry of holding illegal meetings. And late today, Kerry tweeted that the president's real worry should be his former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, meeting with the Russia special counsel under a plea deal.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today hailed his victory in Thursday's Democratic primary. The two-term governor defeated actress-turned-activist Cynthia Nixon by 30 points after outspending her 8-1. Cuomo now heads into November's general election as the heavy favorite.
And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained eight points to close at 26154. The Nasdaq slipped three points, and the S&P 500 added a fraction.
Still to come on the "NewsHour", following his guilty plea, what could Paul Manafort bring to the Mueller investigation?; the role that climate change plays in today's hurricanes; Russia flexes its military strength with the largest exercises since the Cold War; and much more.