Hurricane Ophelia is a very unusual storm. For starters, it was the farthest east (26.6°W) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed on record. I was the farthest north (35.9°N) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed this late in the calendar year since 1939. And it has taken a direct path toward Ireland.

For a complete analysis of what makes Ophelia so unusual, check out this article.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-ex-hurricane-ophelia-took-a-wrong-turn-toward-ireland-and-britain-mdash-and-carried-all-that-dust/

Hurricane Ophelia is a very unusual storm. For starters, it was the farthest east (26.6°W) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed on record. I was the farthest north (35.9°N) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed this late in the calendar year since 1939. And it has taken a direct path toward Ireland.

For a complete analysis of what makes Ophelia so unusual, check out this article.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-ex-hurricane-ophelia-took-a-wrong-turn-toward-ireland-and-britain-mdash-and-carried-all-that-dust/

Columbia, SC (WOLO) — Here’s a look at one of the stories we’re working on for the news at 11 in your ABC Columbia News Update.

Columbia, SC (WOLO) — Shakin’ Dave Aiken tries a new addition to the Midway. Check out his take on the FBB better known as the Fried Bologna Burger.

Columbia, SC (WOLO)  — ABC Columbia had a chance to go behind the scenes of a SC State Fair favorite.

NASHVILLE, TN — Former Gamecock Ryan Succop (Titans) set an NFL record with 51 consecutive successful kicks inside 50 yards in Tennessee’s 36-22 win over Indianapolis.

Succop made all five of his field goals Monday to extend his streak, which started in 2014.

He not only sets an NFL record by also a franchise record, beating Al Del Greco’s streak from 1995-1996.

CLEMSON, S.C. (WOLO) – Clemson’s program has only lost three games in total since the start of the 2015 season. Their most recent defeat was hung on their record Friday night, a surprise to many across college football, falling to Syracuse 27-24.

As the Tigers enter their bye week, they discuss what Dabo Swinney’s told them in the aftermath of week seven, the mentality around the program, and how they can grow from defeat.

 

Columbia, SC (WOLO)– Sandcastles are something many of us remember making as kids, but for a couple at the State Fair, it has become a 30-year hobby.

 

“I’ve never even seen anything like this before, this is crazy,” Taylor Winter said, as this is her first time at the South Carolina State Fair. 

 

For some people, it is something new, but for others, it has been a tradition at the fair for at least 23-years.

 

“Every year I come to watch it and try to figure out the theme here,” Danny Howard said, a frequent fair goer. 

 

“As we go it evolves, changes every day,” Brandi Glenn said, of her and her husbands’ creation. “So you’ll see something one day and then come in the next day and there’ll be something completely new added to it.” Brandi Glenn said.

 

People have come to the great big sand sculpture at the State fair to marvel at the detail in every single grain of sand put perfectly in place by Greg and Brandi Glenn, a couple from California. 

 

“And the awe, because a lot of people don’t believe anything we do. People really love the eyeballs. You really have to get the eyes right. And there’s something to that. I mean they have to be even, the reflections are really important. People will walk up and go OH, look at the eyes,” Glenn said. 

 

“The details are crazy, like the eyes. That’s insane,” Winter said in awe. 

 

Every year the couple tackles a new theme and a new challenge. This 75-tons worth of sand began taking shape on the first day of the fair and won’t be completed until Thursday.

 

“I like the story behind it, because it’s something new, it’s something we’ve never done. For me that’s the exciting part because we’re going into territory we don’t normally do,” Glenn said. 

 

This year, there’s some mystery behind it with some creatures and meaning hidden in the philosophy.

 

“People come back and go oh my god I never saw that before, or that kind of thing,” Glenn said. 

 

“It’s sort of like finding the prize at the end of the crackerjack box. It’s towards the end, you have to find out where it is,” Howard said. 

 

It is something many of us would not have the patience to build in the first place. 

 

“No, especially not with my wife,” Howard laughed. 

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Family and friends packed Fort Jackson’s Main Post Chapel Tuesday, remembering Timothy Ashcraft of Ohio and Ethan Shrader of Tennessee.

“When a tragedy like this happens, it really saddens all of us. We are sad at the loss of Ethan Shrader and Tim Ashcraft, their potential as soldiers and defenders of our country,” said
Lieutenant Colonel Jason Pieri, the trainee’s battalion commander.

Though they mourn, members of their Echo Company remember the 18 and 19-year-olds as young men who committed to something bigger than themselves.

“He had a great work ethic, he was a very hard worker and never gave up. Shrader and I did PT (physical training) next to each and every morning. Seeing him work as hard as he did pushed me to do the same. Every day, he gave it all he had,” said Private Daren Sikes.

“On October 6th, we lost more than a platoon member, we lost more than a battle buddy. We lost a dear friend and we will never forget you Tim. I’m sorry we can’t go back home together,” Private Jarret Honner who began his journey to Fort Jackson in Cincinnati.

The impact of the loss is felt throughout their battalion but their commander says his trainees will get through this dark hour.

“As an American soldier, it’s okay to be nervous, it’s okay to be scared, but we have to go forward. We talked to them already earlier this week, they have to go forward too. These kinds of things happen in combat, unfortunately, this happened here at Fort Jackson but they have to go forward,” Pieri said.

Pieri said he plans to keep their legacy alive by honoring them at the what would have been their trainee graduation in November and immortalizing their name in bricks on base.

Six additional members were injured in the October 6th accident, all but one have been released. According to Palmetto Health, Private Emmett Foreman remains in the hospital in fair condition. Fort Jackson officials said the safety investigation into the accident is ongoing.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard PJ Dozier to a two-way contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In two seasons at South Carolina, Dozier (6-6, 205) appeared in 70 games (64 starts) and averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.34 steals in 24.0 minutes per game.

During the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Dozier averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as he helped the Gamecocks clinch their first Final Four berth in school history.

Starting in the 2017-18 season, each team is allowed two players on two-way contracts, in addition to the standard 15 players on the roster. Players on two-way contracts spend most of the season in the NBA G League, but can be called up to their NBA team for a maximum of 45 days.

OKC contributed to the writing of this article.

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