Michigan residents on alert over floodwaters, McDonald’s workers strike for more coronavirus protection and more things to start your Wednesday.

Michigan residents on alert as Midland could be under 9 feet of water
Urging residents to evacuate and warning that downtown Midland could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency after the Edenville and Sanford dams breached. Several dams upstream of Midland along the Tittabawassee had either been breached or were releasing water uncontrollably after 4 to 7 inches of rain fell Sunday and Monday, including the Edenville and Sanford dams, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people in mid-Michigan. “Please do not hesitate. Go to stay with a friend or relative or go to one of these shelters now,” Whitmer warned, adding that even at a shelter, people should try to do the best they can to practice social distancing and wear a face covering to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. 
Some Michigan residents are being told to evacuate their homes following heavy rains that put pressure on dams in the area. (May 19)
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Bring your mask to the Disney Springs reopening
Face masks and temperature checks are in and cash payments are out Wednesday for the partial reopening of Disney Springs, the large shopping, dining and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Visitors must have temperature checks before entering and wear face masks except when dining. Disney also will limit the number of people allowed in and in certain areas. Wednesday’s move is the first phase of Disney World’s comeback plan, the company said, though no reopening dates have yet been announced. The resort has been closed since March amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s what the parks could look like when they reopen their gates.
Some J.C. Penney stores reopen as more plan to close
Retailer J.C. Penney plans to reopen about 115 of its stores on Wednesday that had been closed since March because of COVID-19. Forty-one stores previously reopened. The move comes days after the troubled chain filed for bankruptcy. According to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, about 29% of the retailer’s 846 stores, or 242 locations, will close between the current fiscal year and next fiscal year. Meanwhile, Amazon is reportedly in talks to acquire J.C. Penney, according to a report by Women’s Wear Daily. 
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McDonald’s workers plan strike for better coronavirus protection
Hundreds of McDonald’s workers in 20 cities plan to strike Wednesday, part of an effort to pressure the fast-food chain into improving what they say are inadequate protections for employees from COVID-19. Labor organizers, which include the “Fight for $15” minimum wage labor campaign, say there have been dozens of McDonald’s workers who have had COVID-19. They also cite a survey of more than 800 McDonald’s workers in which nearly one quarter reported being told not to wear masks and gloves and four in 10 reported that social distancing was very difficult or impossible at their restaurants. The company disputes the allegations. The strike comes one day before the companys annual shareholders meeting.
McDonald’s joins fast-food chains like Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell in removing restaurant seating and moving to drive-thru only.
Millions flee as powerful cyclone threatens India, Bangladesh
A potentially catastrophic cyclone is bearing down on India and Bangladesh, with howling winds, drenching rain and a devastating storm surge. Cyclone Amphan is forecast to make landfall near India’s West Bengal state and Bangladesh on Wednesday. Millions of people are evacuating as the storm approaches, while still trying to practice social distancing due to the coronavirus. Amphan’s large size and previous extreme intensity will result in an immense amount of water being pushed northward through the Bay of Bengal, the Weather Channel said. India’s Meteorological Department is warning that a storm surge of 13 to 16 feet is possible in low-lying areas near where Amphan makes landfall.
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