5 things to know this weekend

As Ida’s clean-up continues, Larry is expected to strengthen considerably

Flooded cars and strewn debris washed away on Friday as cleanup continues this weekend after Hurricane Ida hit the south then shocked the northeast, killing more than 60 in eight states last week. Yet the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season shows no signs of slowing down. Hurricane Larry is expected to strengthen over the next two days and is expected to remain in major hurricane strength until early next week, the National Hurricane Center said early Saturday morning. Significant swells will likely hit the east coast of the United States after the holiday weekend, the Hurricane Center added.

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Another European country tightens travel restrictions for American travelers

The Netherlands, a member state of the European Union, on Saturday placed the United States in its “very high risk” category, which will bar entry to unvaccinated travelers from the United States and will require testing and a period of quarantine for those who are vaccinated. This means that from Saturday, vaccinated U.S. travelers must quarantine 10 days but may shorten isolation period if they test negative for the coronavirus on the fifth day. Children 12 and under are exempt, according to the Netherlands government website. The changes follow the European Union’s decision to remove the United States from its safe travel list, which has signaled members that they should no longer ease restrictions on non-essential travel for people from the United States. as COVID-19 cases increase. Bulgaria has announced that it will move the United States to its “red zone” and ban travel from the United States, and Italy added testing and self-isolation requirements for American travelers.

College football is back for most major programs

Week 1 of the college football season has arrived, with many major programs taking the field on Saturday. In a weekend that includes five Top 25 clashes, most notable is No.2 Clemson vs. No.5 Georgia in the Duke’s Mayo Classic in Charlotte, NC (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC ). Earlier today, the defending Alabama No.1 champion faces a tough test when he takes on No.16 Miami in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A kickoff game (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). With the NFL not starting its season until next weekend, the first week of the college football season is often extended with key games also being played on Sunday. This year, Notre Dame No.9 will start his season Sunday night with a trip to Tallahassee to play Florida State (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC). Although the Week 1 fixture list marks the start of the college football season as a whole, a handful of programs have started early with their “Week 0” matches August 28.

Djokovic continues story continuation with US Open third round match

Men’s number one Serbian Novak Djokovic continues his quest for the Grand Slam calendar when he faces Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a third round match at the US Open in New York on Saturday. Djokovic has won five victories in the first men’s Grand Slam of the calendar year since Rod Laver accomplished the feat in 1969, 52 years ago. A victory at the US Open would also give Djokovic a record 21st Grand Slam title. He is currently tied with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Also on Saturday, Australia’s Ash Barty, the No. 1 and 2021 Wimbledon women’s champion, will try to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open for the first time when she takes on Shelby Rogers. In a major development on Friday night, Naomi Osaka lost her third round match to unranked Canadian Leylah Fernandez. She later cried as she tried to explain how she dealt with wins and losses and ended her press conference by saying she thought she will take a break from playing “for a while”.

When not to hit the road this weekend

Going on a trip over Labor Day weekend? You might be faced long lines of traffic. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises unvaccinated Americans stay home This Labor Day weekend, traffic in some hallways is expected to increase between Sept. 2 and 7, as travelers take advantage of the three-day weekend, according to transportation analysis firm INRIX. For the long weekend, including Mondays, the best time to drive would be early in the morning, and the worst times are in the afternoon, according to INRIX.

Contribution: The Associated Press

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