As the sun rose on Thursday over Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, more than 2.5 million homes and businesses had no electricity.
That was just one of the effects of Hurricane Zeta following its landfall the day before and its race across the southeastern U.S. This was a very fast-moving system. In one way, that's good because it didn't sit too long over any one area lashing it for hours with wind and rain. In another way, it made the storm worse because it was able to carry its strength far inland.
Zeta made landfall in Cocodrie, Louisiana but 500 miles away Atlanta, Georgia was under a tropical storm warning for the first time in two years.
All along Zeta's path it left a trail of damage. At least three deaths were blamed on the storm and though Zeta was officially a Category 2 hurricane when it hit the Gulf Coast, its sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour put it right on the cusp of Category 3 status.
What nation has both the largest economy and the largest population in Africa? Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt or Kenya? With the continents highest GDP and a population of more than 214 million people, Nigeria tops the list.
Despite that though, there is widespread poverty in Nigeria according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. It estimates that 70 percent of Nigerians live below the poverty line and that more than 60 percent of them live in extreme poverty. There's also a significant difference in literacy rates between men and women. An estimated 71 percent of Nigerian men can read and write while the estimate is less than 53 percent of women. So, the CIA says, better educational opportunities for women could help Nigeria overcome some of its problems. Sandra Aguebor has the tools of the trade that's making a difference.
这只是前一天登陆并横扫美国东南部地区的飓风“泽塔”所造成的影响之一 。“泽塔”是移动非常快的系统 。从某种程度上说，这是件好事，因为它不会在任何一个区域停留太久，不会对一个区域进行持续数小时的风雨冲击 。另一方面，它使风暴变得更糟，因为它能够将力量带到遥远的内陆 。
“泽塔”在过境区域留下破坏踪迹 。这场风暴造成至少三人死亡，虽然“泽塔”袭击墨西哥湾沿岸时的官方级别为2级飓风，但其持续风速达到每小时110英里，这相当于3级飓风的强度 。
尽管如此，根据美国中央情报局的数据，尼日利亚仍存在普遍贫困 。据估计，70%的尼日利亚人生活在贫困线以下，超过60%的人生活在极端贫困之中 。男性和女性的识字率也有显著差异 。据估计，71%的尼日利亚男性会读写，而女性的这一比例不到53% 。因此，中情局表示，为妇女提供更好的教育机会可以帮助尼日利亚克服一些问题 。桑德拉·阿奎博尔的交易工具带来了改变 。
1. be able to do sth. 可以…的，能够…的；
You need to be able to handle pressure in this job.
2. for the first time 第一次；首次；
House prices are rising fo r the first time since November.
3. at least （数量）至少，不少于；
At least ten people were killed in the crash.
4. according to 据（…所说）；按（…所报道）；
According to official statistics the disease killed over 500 people.