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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Eastern Kentucky on Monday to survey the damage from last week’s devastating floods and meet with those affected.

The White House announced Friday that the Bidens would join Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife, Britainy, at a Federal Emergency Management Agency State Disaster Recovery Center.

At least 37 people lost their lives in the flooding after 8 to 10 1/2 inches (20 to 27 centimeters) of rain fell in just 48 hours last week in the Appalachian mountain region. The flooding also hit areas just across the state line in Virginia and West Virginia.

More than 1,300 people were rescued in the days after the storm as teams searched in boats and combed debris-clogged creekbanks. Work crews were still trying to restore power and water connections to homes, as residents look to repair their homes and lives after the floods.

Thunderstorms on Friday brought a renewed threat of flooding to parts of Kentucky ravaged by high water a week ago.

The trip will be Biden’s first trip outside of Washington since he tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21. He has been in insolation awaiting a negative virus test since July 30 with a rebound case of the virus.

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San Francisco 49ers | 49ers vs. Dolphins: 5 keys to a fifth straight win

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Dre Greenlaw confidently explained the 49ers’ defensive mentality for Sunday’s visit by the fast and furious Miami Dolphins.

“We know how they like to play. But they have to match us,” Greenlaw said. “We’re not matching them.”

Opposing offenses have been no match for the 49ers (7-4) in their four-game win streak. In World Cup parlance, here are the point totals allowed after halftime: nil, nil, nil, nil. That latest feat was a complete-game shutout of the New Orleans Saints, a 13-0 win last Sunday.

The Dolphins (8-3) did not score after halftime of their last game, by the way. They did not need to, as they parlayed a 30-0, first-half outburst into a 30-15 win over the Houston Texans. The Dolphins are on a five-game winning spree, so, no doubt, the 49ers’ defense vs. the Dolphins’ offense is the marquee attraction.

The sideshow is how many Dolphins are ex-49ers, from first-year coach Mike McDaniel to running backs Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, plus other assistants (Wes Welker, Jon Embree) and other offensive weapons (Trent Sherfield, River Cracraft).

As the Dolphins embark on a three-game road trip, they’re one win shy of matching last season’s total, before they surprisingly hired McDaniel, who was the 49ers’ 2021 offensive coordinator and Kyle Shanahan’s right-hand man for 14 seasons. Miami will present the 49ers defense’s toughest challenge since the Kansas City Chiefs scored 30 points after halftime in a 44-23 comeback win.

“This week, it’s high explosives, speed, and really just seeing if we can hold them to not scoring 40 points on our head,” linebacker Fred Warner said.

Here are five ways to securing a fifth-straight win for the NFC West-leading 49ers:

5. DISRUPT TUA

Two months since prompting the NFL to intensify its concussion protocol for players, Tua Tagovaiola is thriving in a season that appeared over after a Week 4 concussion (and a Week 3 return-to-game clearance). He leads the NFL with a 115.7 passer rating (19 touchdowns, three interceptions, 69.7-percent completion rate).

“He’s tougher than a lot of people give him credit for, and he’s smart, too,” Greenlaw said. “He knows how to manipulate guys with his eyes. He can find the space in coverage and throw into tight windows.”

“He knows where to go with the ball and he doesn’t really need to see the guy open,” Nick Bosa added.

In welcoming Arik Armstead back from a seven-game absence, the 49ers’ defensive front must disrupt his timing, quickly. Tagovailoa takes an average of 2.6 seconds to throw; his quick-strike counterpart Jimmy Garoppolo, is clocking in at 2.65 seconds. Coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers are coming off their worst pass-rush game of the season — despite the shutout result — and that Arik Armstead’s return from a seven-game absence should provide a big boost.

Tagovailoa certainly could have less time to throw this game. The Dolphins could be without their starting tackles in Terron Armstead (pectoral) and Austin Jackson (ankle), and, even if Armstead guts it out, he’ll at times be matched against Bosa, who blasted off from right defensive end last Sunday for a fourth-and-goal sack.

4. PROTECT GAROPPOLO

Garoppolo is not getting sacked and not throwing interceptions, but he is getting hit, and that is not good for the 49ers’ long-term outlook at quarterback, having lost Trey Lance in Week 2 and installing rookie Brock Purdy as their next-QB-up.

Garoppolo’s surgically repaired left knee endured a hit that riled him last game, and, if he’s less mobile this game because of it, the 49ers’ pocket needs more than a “Keep Out” warning sign for the Dolphins.

“Jimmy got hit too much Sunday, so there was a lot of reasons to be upset, but that last 6:18 took it all away for me,” offensive line coach Chris Kocurek said in reference to the final drive that killed the clock.

An especially intriguing Dolphin: Bradley Chubb, who sacked Garoppolo (against fill-in left tackle Colton McKivitz) for the Broncos in an 11-10, Week 3 win. Miami also comes strong with Melvin Ingram (five sacks, nine hits) and Jaelen Phillips (4 ½ sacks, 13 hits). Safety Jevon Holland (Bishop O’Dowd High-Oakland) recorded the NFL’s second-fastest sack this season (2.17 seconds).

One offensive lineman to watch: Daniel Brunskill, who figures to reclaim the starting role at right guard after rotating the past two months with rookie Spencer Burford.

3. TACKLE EX-TEAMMATES

Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. were fantastic 49ers who mightily contributed to the franchise’s ascent the past few years. Their Levi’s Stadium return, however, casts them as enemies of the NFL’s No. 1 rushing defense (79.5 yards per game, 3.3 yards per carry).

Mostert rested his surgically repaired knee and did not play last Sunday, so it’s unlikely he’ll be as healthy and quick as when he ran for a 49ers-record 220 yards and four touchdowns in the January 2020 NFC Championship Game win. Mostert not only has run for 543 yards with Miami, he has 119 yards on 17 receptions.

Wilson has scored a touchdown in all three games since the Dolphins traded for him, a game after the 49ers’ acquired Christian McCaffrey. Wilson is averaging 5.4 yards per carry and ran for 119 yards in a Nov. 13 rout of the Browns.

“Raheem and Jeff who can gash you in a second,” Bosa said. “It can be a day where you’re playing the run well, and then in one play, it’s a bad day on the ground.”

2. SPICE-RACK SHUFFLE

No, the 49ers aren’t terribly thin at running back, just because Wilson and Mostert are on the other team while Elijah Mitchell is out again with a knee sprain and Christian McCaffrey is battling his own knee issue.

Think of the 49ers’ running back options as a spice rack. Each recipe calls for a different seasoning. McCaffrey, if indeed healthy, should get most action. After him, it’s a bigger mystery, although several teammates expect Jordan Mason to see more action.

Mason impressed to help close out Sunday’s win, and if Mason gets to ratchet up his career (10 carries, 46 yards), he has Garoppolo’s endorsement. “He’s just so strong. He’s explosive, has a low center of gravity and his cuts are aggressive,” Garoppolo said. “It’s everything you want in a running back, honestly. He makes it tough on defenses and those are body blows that wear on you in the fourth quarter. It’ll be interesting to see a full game with him.”

Added Kittle: “He’s learning, especially how to attack edges to set up your block. When he runs downhill, he runs very violent and physical. I’m excited to see him carry the ball a little bit more this week.”

Fellow rookie Ty Davis-Price could get his first significant carries since a high-ankle sprain in the home opener. Or the 49ers could rely on Tevin Coleman off the practice squad, which worked to the tune of two touchdowns from him in Week 5 at Carolina. Or is it time for the 49ers to again turn December into Deebocember? Deebo Samuel is questionable with a quadriceps contusion that kept him from practicing most of the week.

1. KEEP UP PACE

Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are two of the NFL’s fastest players, so, obviously, the 49ers’ safeties must be on alert as the last line of defense. Open-field tackles will be challenging, hence the need for “sticky” coverage.

“There’s a number of fast people in this league, and, to me, he’s different than everyone else, probably ever, with just the physicality and speed,” Shanahan said of Hill, who famously burnt down the 49ers’ Super Bowl hopes with a third-and-15, 44-yard reception to ignite the 2019 Kanas City Chiefs’ comeback in 31-20 tilt.

Hill has at least five catches in eight straight games, and, for the season, he’s already tallied 115 receptions for 1,233 yards (with four touchdowns). Waddle has 85 catches for 963 yards, and, of his six scores, he produced a touchdown in each of their last two road games.

“Tua, to me, is the reason that they’re leading the league in explosives because he knows how to hit people over the middle,” Shanahan added. “It’s rarely deep. It’s usually running and hitting these guys on the move and there’s some really open space with all that speed. And then there’s the quarterback, who can drop it over linebackers, who is not worried about safeties and is doing that part of his game as high as anyone I’ve seen right now.”

Safety Talanoa Hufanga said of their countermeasures: “We just have to have great eyes and be disciplined in our assignments. I have a lot of trust and confidence in these guys to do their job, and hopefully I can respect that by doing my job. If we give great effort, great things will happen.”Related Articles

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