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5 things to know for May 22: Severe turbulence, Middle East, Tornadoes, Georgia elections, Space weapons


By Alexandra Banner, CNN

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Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

1. Severe turbulence

One person was killed and at least 71 others were injured on board a Singapore Airlines plane that encountered severe turbulence on a flight from London to Singapore. The flight carrying 229 people was cruising at 37,000 feet when flight tracking data shows the plane rapidly plunged before climbing several hundred feet, then repeated the dip and ascent, for about 90 seconds. Images from the aircraft afterward show the cabin in disarray, with papers, cups, and pitchers scattered on the floor and ceiling panels hanging loose. Meteorologists say the plane likely encountered rapidly developing thunderstorms over Myanmar when the extreme turbulence was reported.

2. Middle East

Norway, Spain and Ireland announced plans to formally recognize a Palestinian state, calling the move an “important step” toward “peace” in the region. “In the midst of a war, with tens of thousands killed and injured, we must keep alive the only alternative that offers a political solution for Israelis and Palestinians alike: Two states, living side by side, in peace and security,” Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said. The landmark decision by three key European players sparked swift condemnation from Israel, with a senior lawmaker ordering the immediate recall of Israeli ambassadors to Ireland and Norway. Meanwhile, in Iran, funeral ceremonies continue today for the late President Ebrahim Raisi after he died in a helicopter crash.

3. Tornadoes

Powerful tornadoes tracked across western Iowa on Tuesday, causing multiple fatalities and major damage in the small city of Greenfield — about 50 miles southwest of Des Moines. “There is basically nothing left,” Clel Baudler, a former Iowa state representative who lives near Greenfield, told CNN. Around 20 tornado reports were generated in Iowa in the last 24 hours — part of a parade of storms marching across the US that left nearly 200,000 homes and businesses in the dark as of Tuesday night. Even more outages are anticipated as the storm system rolls through a 1,500-mile expanse from Texas to western Vermont today.

4. Georgia elections

Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney who is prosecuting former President Donald Trump, is projected to win her election in Georgia. The 2020 election interference case in the state was sidetracked for months over whether Willis should be disqualified following revelations that she had a romantic relationship with her lead prosecutor, Nathan Wade. Also in Georgia, Judge Scott McAfee — who is overseeing the former president’s case — is projected to win his nonpartisan election for Fulton County Superior Court. McAfee has recently faced criticism from conservatives over his handling of the decision not to remove Willis from the prosecution when details of her romantic relationship with Wade emerged.

5. Space weapons

The US has assessed that Russia likely launched a counter space weapon last week that is close to, and capable of attacking, a US government satellite orbiting nearby. It is not the first time Russia has launched a counter space weapon, which is designed to incapacitate or destroy satellites. But the last time it did so was in 2022, US Ambassador Robert Wood said. The launch comes at a time when the US and its allies are increasingly concerned about Russia’s efforts to develop a nuclear space weapon. If deployed, such a weapon could potentially cripple a vast swath of the commercial and government satellites that the world below depends on to make cell phone calls, pay bills, and surf the internet.


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