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‘Straight out of hell.’ Videos capture drama, destruction as Hurricane Florence rages

‘Straight out of hell.’ Videos capture drama, destruction as Hurricane Florence rages Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. [Full Article...]

FEMA director under investigation for possible misuse of taxpayer resources

FEMA director under investigation for possible misuse of taxpayer resources The DHS IG is examining whether Long misused government vehicles and personnel for his six-hour drives between his home in North Carolina and FEMA headquarters in Washington , DC, Politico reported . "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA, and not part of my track record and my whole entire career". FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a news conference at the National Hurri... [Full Article...]

'Don’t Relax.' Officials Prepare for the Worst in North Carolina's Emergency Center

'Don’t Relax.' Officials Prepare for the Worst in North Carolina's Emergency Center There is overwash but nothing we are not used to", she said . In South Carolina there were 7,000 people staying in shelters, according to the state's emergency management office. The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by th... [Full Article...]

Over 1 million people evacuated from coast as Hurricane Florence bears down

Over 1 million people evacuated from coast as Hurricane Florence bears down Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm and is "rapidly strengthening" as it heads toward the Carolinas coast, bringing "exceptionally heavy rain", the National Hurricane Center said Monday. "Florence has rapidly intensified into an extremely unsafe hurricane", Blake wrote Monday evening, predicting that the hurricane's top sustained winds would approach the 157 miles per hour (253 kph) th... [Full Article...]

Several dead, hundreds rescued as Florence pounds Carolinas

Hurricane Florence is poised to hit the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas this week, and satellite images of the storm are nothing short of terrifying. Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of sea water. Twenty inches were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental. [Full Article...]

Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm

Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm The mayor of a SC city in the path of powerful Hurricane Florence is warning citizens to get out or stay "at your own peril". The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Subtropical Storm Joyce has formed in the north Atlantic, but is not now a threat to land. [Full Article...]

Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles (485 kilometres) ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged. But the firm warns that Tropical Storm Isaac , which formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, is right behind Florence. At 2pm Tuesday afternoon, Florence was located 845 miles (1360km) southeast of Cape ... [Full Article...]

First Hurricane Florence deaths: mother, baby killed by tree

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week. A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police. Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water. [Full Article...]

United States hurricane could kill 'a lot of people'

Cooper spoke at a news conference Thursday afternoon with state emergency management officials. Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) earlier in the week, and the hurricane was downgraded from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Signs its First Private Passenger to Fly 'Round the Moon

SpaceX Signs its First Private Passenger to Fly 'Round the Moon It may be noted, in February 2017 SpaceX said that two people have signed a deal with SpaceX to make a trip around the moon aboard - a Falcon Heavy rocket. "And they're very serious about it". SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday. The new heavy-lift rocket that NASA is developing for deep-space missions - known as the Space Launch System - could se... [Full Article...]

More than 80,000 without power in North Carolina as Florence moves closer

More than 80,000 without power in North Carolina as Florence moves closer Hurricanes , on the other hand, stick around much longer. A now weakened Category 2 storm, Hurricane Florence still is expected to be "extremely dangerous" and a "life-threatening hurricane" the National Hurricane Center said . Cooper said Florence would spread heavy rainfall across the state for days, even if the storm veers south and comes ashore in South Carolina: "We're on the wrong sid... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall in North Carolina Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by. The Category 1 hurricane - with maximum winds of 90 mph and dumping 3 inches of rain an hour - made landfall at 7:15 a.m. near Wrightsville Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center . [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence begins to batter U.S. east coast

With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater. [Full Article...]

Amazon's Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion fund to help the homeless

Amazon's Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion fund to help the homeless Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is giving billions to a fund that will focus on helping homeless families and creating preschools for low-income communities. Earlier this year Amazon played a pivotal role in diminishing and ultimately defeating a Seattle business tax to fund homelessness services and affordable housing. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence may spare Savannah; evacuations ordered in Bluffton, Hilton Head

Hurricane Florence may spare Savannah; evacuations ordered in Bluffton, Hilton Head In North Carolina, all Hatteras Island residents and visitors were ordered to evacuate starting at noon Monday, according to Dare County Emergency Management. McMaster estimated about 1 million residents would be fleeing the coast before Florence's arrival. As of the 5am update from the National Hurricane Center , Florence is still a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 mi... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence still poses grave threat despite weaker winds

The track also shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril as Florence moves inland. "Florence is intensifying", said North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper, adding: "This storm is strong, and its gettings stronger". "They say it's about as big as they've seen coming to this country and certainly to the East Coast as they've ever seen". "Once you leave, hard to get back in t... [Full Article...]

After Florence, sea level rise threat will remain for North Carolina shore

But the biggest danger could be life-threatening storm surges. On top of that, a disastrous amount of rain - 500mm, possibly even as much as 1m - is expected to fall. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area. As a result, state projections for future sea level rise are more modest than the mainstream. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence Is a 'No-Kidding Nightmare' in These New Astronaut Photos

Hurricane Florence Is a 'No-Kidding Nightmare' in These New Astronaut Photos From his orbiting perch, Gerst offered Earthlings yet another warning about the hurricane's dangers: "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you". For the Carolinas, the NHC predicts a "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall". A camera aboard the International Space Station recorded video of Hurricane Florence on Wednesday morning, when it was about 500 m... [Full Article...]

WaPo: Say, this attack on Collins might well be bribery after all

WaPo: Say, this attack on Collins might well be bribery after all Collins has been considered a potential vote against Kavanaugh on the abortion issue since she supports abortion rights and hinted last week to a Maine newspaper that if Kavanaugh "was not truthful [during his confirmation hearing], then obviously that would be a major problem for me". [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast More than 1.5 million people living on the US East Coast have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Florence heads towards them. The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland. [Full Article...]


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