Powerful Hurricane Zeta Winds Send Trampoline Soaring in Belle Chasse, Louisiana


Hurricane Zeta Batters Southern Louisiana as Thousands Left Without Power

At least 400,000 homes were without power in Louisiana on Thursday, October 29, after Hurricane Zeta battered the state on Wednesday. NOLA.com reported that more than 400,000 Entergy customers were without power on the morning of Thursday, October 29, with approximately 175,000 without power in Jefferson Parish and almost 70,000 homes and businesses suffering power outages in St Tammany Parish. The National Hurricane Center had warned of “life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain” as Zeta moved through southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Video, posted by Richard Nolen, shows a gas station being battered by wind and rain in Slidell in St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Credit: Richard Nolen via Storyful

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Girl, 8, dies after being forced to jump on trampoline in extreme heat as punishment: police

The autopsy said the death was a homicide and the cause was dehydration.

Two people have been arrested following a capital murder investigation of an 8-year-old girl who died after being forced to continuously jump on a trampoline in extreme heat as a punishment, according to police.

Odessa Police in Odessa, Texas, charged 44-year-old Daniel Schwarz and 34-year Ashley Schwarz with Capital Murder “Capital Felony” on Oct. 12 after an investigation stemming from an incident that occurred on Aug. 29 when Odessa Police responded to a medical call at the couple’s home where they found the dead 8-year-old girl.

“[The] investigation revealed that the 8-year-old child had been punished and was not allowed to eat breakfast and was required to jump on the trampoline without stopping for an extended period of time,” the Odessa Police Department said in a statement. “Further investigation revealed that the 8-year-old child was not allowed to drink any water because she was not jumping.”

According to authorities, after a search warrant was obtained, the temperature of the trampoline was approximately 110 degrees and the ground temperature was approximately 150 degrees.

“On October 8, 2020, the Odessa Police Department received the final autopsy report, which listed the manner of death as homicide and the cause of death to be dehydration,” police confirmed in their statement.

Odessa Police Department spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur told the Odessa American that he could not confirm if the child was in foster care or not but that Daniel Schwarz and Ashley Schwarz were the non-biological parents of the 8-year-old girl.

Daniel and Ashley Schwarz have now been charged and arrested accordingly, according to the Odessa Police Department, and they have been taken into custody at the Ector County Law Enforcement Center.

It is not yet clear if either Daniel Schwarz or Ashley Schwarz have retained an attorney in this case.

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Family discovers mystery trampoline in Adelaide backyard after tornado sweeps through

While Adelaide’s recent mini tornado may not have caused much in the way of major damage, some of the more unusual fallout is still coming to light.

On Tuesday evening, a tornado swept through Adelaide’s southern suburbs, impacting several homes at Morphett Vale, bringing down powerlines and tree branches.

One family at nearby Happy Valley was yesterday surprised to discover another apparent consequence of the storm — a trampoline in their backyard.

“My kids opened up the blinds and they’re like, ‘Mum, there’s a trampoline out the back and it’s not ours’,” said local mother Lauren Bennett.

“There’s an enormous trampoline, with an enclosure, up on our paved area.

Ms Bennett said she could only assume it had been picked up and blown there by a “massive gust of wind” during Tuesday night’s wild weather.

“We’re a little bit higher and our back neighbours are lower. But I’ve asked all the back neighbours, I’ve asked the ones even on our street,” she said.

“It would have to have gone over fences and trees to get in there, no-one said it was theirs.

“This one has obviously not been pegged down and come flying through.”

‘Lucky it missed the solar panels’

Local MP Nat Cook shared an image of the equipment on social media, asking whether anyone was “missing this fine flying trampoline?”

“One has landed in a backyard and is looking for its owner,” she wrote.

The storm felled tree branches and damaged houses at Morphett Vale.(ABC News: Joshua Boscaini)

Ms Bennett said she recently got a new trampoline for her children last Christmas, and did “not really” need another one.

She said the trampoline had landed near where she was hoping to put up a pergola, and would be difficult to remove without being dismantled.

Tuesday night’s wild weather was widespread across Adelaide, but Morphett Vale was among the hardest hit areas.

Initial suspicions that a tornado may have been generated were later confirmed by the Bureau of Meteorology.

“Tornados aren’t as uncommon as one would think, in the Adelaide area we probably get one or two a year,” duty forecaster Mark Anolak said yesterday.

“With these vigorous cold fronts, it’s quite likely there would have been more tornados somewhere across the state.”

A damaged ute and felled tree branches on a Morphett Vale street.
Trees and powerlines were brought down on Tuesday night.(ABC News)

Morphett Vale resident Steven Laidlaw’s roof and fence were damaged as tree branches fell into his front garden.

“It was like an aircraft going over, I thought a comet went over or something like that,” he said.

“The guy next door — his roof actually lifted off and dropped back down again and so it was deemed unsafe and they had to leave.”

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