On the Radar: Arizona, Northeast blizzard, Australian flooding, quake anniversary
President Barack Obama and the first lady observe a moment of silence Monday to honor the Arizona shooting victims.
January 12th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

On the Radar: Arizona, Northeast blizzard, Australian flooding, quake anniversary

Arizona shooting – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel Wednesday to Tucson, Arizona, and take part in a memorial service for the six people killed by a gunman at a public meeting hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded. The president is expected to speak at the service.

The U.S. House of Representatives will consider a resolution that honors Giffords, who remains in intensive care. The resolution also reaffirms the First Amendment rights of assembly and petition as "bedrock principles" of American democracy. It recognizes the other victims of the shooting and applauds those who subdued the gunman and assisted the victims.

Blizzard in Northeast U.S. – Weeks after a blizzard halted planes and dumped mounds of snow on the Northeast, travelers in New York and New England will get an encore Wednesday, with more snow expected and flight cancellations piling up.

A winter storm that turned roads into ice rinks in the Southeast coupled with a storm from the Plains could leave 12 to 16 inches of snow in Boston and 8 to 12 inches of snow in New York City by late Wednesday.

As of Wednesday morning, every state except Florida has snow on the ground, including Hawaii. Check travel delays and the weather with CNN.com's travel tracker.

Waiting game in Brisbane – In an event that being compared to Hurricane Katrina, residents and officials in Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, are watching floodwaters rise. The flooding of the Brisbane River threatens to exceed the damage done by the record 1974 floods, which killed 14 people and destroyed 6,000 homes.

"We are preparing for the worst natural disaster in our history," said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

Models predict that 19,700 homes will be "completely flooded" in Brisbane, which is home to more than 1 million residents, and another 4,000 homes are likely to be affected in Ipswich, Bligh said.

Earthquake anniversary Haiti's devastating earthquake struck a year ago Wednesday. Despite pledges of massive international aid, the impoverished country remains in ruins, with millions living in tent cities amid mountains of rubble.

A Catholic Mass was to be held Wednesday morning, followed by a memorial service at noon in Port-au-Prince's main square. A moment of silence will be observed at 4:53 p.m., the time the quake occurred.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Sees All Evil

    God be with the victims,families and give them comfort and healing. Also God bless Mr and Mrs Obama as they speak at the memorial to our stunned nation. May we all learn a lesson from these tragic events. our politicians and public speakers need to take this as a hard lesson that guns,crosshairs and violent slogans are fodder for deranged minds and are subject to misinterpretation. please stop the train of ignorance thats fed by the incendiary rhetoric!

    January 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MamaTeeJay

    Another high profile photo op for Obummer & MoocHELLe.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • listentou

      It's people like you that continue to make me ashamed to be an American. This is the First Family of the United States of America. Regardless of your opinion, which does not mean much, you should be ashamed of yourself.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. listentome

    If you are truly American then all opinions should be honored with an open mind, freedom of speech. They may be the first family, but they are certainly the last on my list for another term in office. Being American is something the Obamas no nothing of.

    January 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • listentome

      My error, know nothing of.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |