Sunrise Smart Start: Friday, August 28

Sunrise Smart Start

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Here are the latest headlines in today’s sunrise Smart Start on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020.

RNC Night 4: Trump’s moment, Ivanka and Rudy Giuliani

Facing a moment fraught with national crises, President Donald Trump accepted his party’s renomination on a massive White House South Lawn stage Thursday night, breaking with tradition by using the executive mansion as a political backdrop and defying pandemic guidelines to address a tightly packed, largely maskless crowd.

As troubles churned outside the gates, Trump painted an optimistic vision of America’s future, including an eventual triumph over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 175,000 people, left millions unemployed and rewritten the rules of society. But that brighter horizon can only be secured, Trump asserted, if he defeats Joe Biden, against whom he unleashed blistering attacks meant to erase the Democrat’s lead in the polls.

Cuomo: Colleges must go to 2 weeks of remote learning if 100 cases or 5% test positive, 20th day infection rate below 1%

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a conference call with media on Thursday to give an update on New York State’s coronavirus response efforts.

Thursday marked the 180th day since the coronavirus arrived in New York and the governor says the data continues to trend in the right direction statewide.

Across New York, about 83,437 COVID-19 tests were conducted Wednesday, with 791 testing positive — making an infection rate of .95%. It was the 20th straight day of an infection rate less than 1%. The governor said four New Yorkers died Wednesday and 490 New Yorkers remain hospitalized with the virus.

DMV wait times and where Monroe County stands on service

Monroe County Clerk Jamie Romeo says all Department of Motor Vehicles in the county and other places across the state are operating on an appointment-only basis.

She says she knows it might not feel like it, but Monroe County is staying on top of their operations the best they can to make it efficient and effective. 

Romeo says DMVs are built on a system of ‘walk in’, much like a retail store. A customer shows up at their leisure to get served. 

Weather forecast: Dry and cool today, a 50/50 weekend

Yesterday was a wild one for Western New York with more than a dozen severe thunderstorm warnings and flash flood warnings as well. You may find yourself cleaning up the damage from the downed trees and power lines. There was even hail the size of a lime (2″ in diameter) in Livonia, Livingston County!

Today we get “a breather” but it will not be the sunniest of days. Look for more clouds than sun along with a bit of a muggy feel. Most any shower that does try to develop will be confined to the Southern Tier, otherwise, much of the day is dry with highs into the middle and upper 70s. A few towns may toy with the 80 degree mark.

No rest for the weary as a warm front approaches into Friday night. This will kick off another round of drenching downpours especially south of Rochester. Additional showers and storms will continue Saturday into the early afternoon before tapering off from west to east.A few of those storms Saturday could be strong or even borderline severe, but the threat appears much more limited compared to what we dealt with Thursday. Sunday should be the better of the two weekend days as cooler and drier air returns.

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