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Millions brace themselves as Hurricane Florence approaches US coast Millions brace themselves as Hurricane Florence approaches US coast
- September 15, 2018

FRIDAY: Widespread showers and thunderstorms. Massive waves of up to 83 feet were measured inside the storm on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch said , citing satellite altimeter data. Evacuation orders for low-lying areas were issued Monday and continued Tuesday. To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials switched traffic patterns so that all major roads led away from shore. (more...)
Hurricane Florence has forced these businesses to halt operations Hurricane Florence has forced these businesses to halt operations
- September 15, 2018

He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet. The baby's father was taken to hospital. Twenty inches (50 cm) were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental. Amber Parker , a spokeswoman for Craven County, where New Bern is located, told CNN early Friday morning the county had already logged more than 100 service calls from residents trapped on their roofs or in their cars. (more...)
First deaths reported from Hurricane Florence after Wilmington home collapses First deaths reported from Hurricane Florence after Wilmington home collapses
- September 14, 2018

The port city of Wilmington woke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions, according to an AFP reporter at the scene. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said. "Catastrophic effects will be felt". The storm was reduced to a Category 1 Hurricane just before it barrelled into the US East Coast. (more...)
Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall
- September 14, 2018

The danger came in the form of a massive storm surge . Its storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3 1/2 feet of rain were considered a bigger threat than its winds, which dropped off from an alarming 140 miles per hour - Category 4 - earlier in the week. (more...)
Florence sits on doorstep of Carolinas with projected winds of 100mph Florence sits on doorstep of Carolinas with projected winds of 100mph
- September 14, 2018

The NHC said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 195 miles out. Florence should weaken to a tropical storm after 24 hours and then to below tropical storm strength after 48 hours. The latest flash flood predictions for Friday and Saturday . (more...)
Mandatory evacuations ordered in Carolinas, Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence Mandatory evacuations ordered in Carolinas, Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence
- September 14, 2018

A hurricane warning remains in effect for all of the N.C. coast and into SC. "People are doing a pretty good job now". That would mean more flooding rains across a large part of the U.S. Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the SC plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said. (more...)
Scotland's weather: Storm Helene 80mph winds warning Scotland's weather: Storm Helene 80mph winds warning
- September 14, 2018

RTE reports that the National Hurricane Centre in the USA said that the weather event will be packing wind speeds of 140km/h, but that by the time it reaches the United Kingdom and Ireland, it won't be as severe as it has been elsewhere. (more...)
Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas
- September 14, 2018

Although the storm was downgraded to Category 1 before landfall, it still brought a unsafe risk of strong winds and hazardous flooding. "I just hope that people will not decide to write off the storm, and that's the most important thing to save peoples's lives". (more...)
SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon
- September 14, 2018

SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being created to carry people into deep space. SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday. Musk responded to questions from Twitter users following the announcement, saying that the rocket is still in development and has been " intentionally " created to resemble one seen in a classic comic book series, ... (more...)
Hurricane Florence close to landfall in N. Carolina Hurricane Florence close to landfall in N. Carolina
- September 14, 2018

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage. (more...)
Alex Cora discusses Trump's comments on Puerto Rico Alex Cora discusses Trump's comments on Puerto Rico
- September 14, 2018

He falsely claimed the number had been inflated by Democrats "in order to make me look as bad as possible". Puerto Rico finally accepted the conclusion of an independent report on hurricane-related deaths, conducted by George Washington University , last month. (more...)
'Life-threatening' Hurricane Florence lashing Carolinas 'Life-threatening' Hurricane Florence lashing Carolinas
- September 14, 2018

It is an enormous storm, and it's moving slowly. He said the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of the state-activated National Guard troops. For comparison, Hurricane Irene caused a 7-foot surge in 2011, and Hurricane Hazel caused an 18-foot surge in Calabash and Carolina Shores in 1954. Millions of people were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks. (more...)
More than 20,000 on NC coast already without power from Florence gusts
- September 14, 2018

Some forecasters have predicted it could be the most powerful storm ever to hit the region. A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet high as Florence churned toward shore. After criticism for its response in Puerto Rico to last year's Hurricane Maria, which officials there said was responsible for 3,000 deaths, Trump has vowed a vigorous response to Florence and defended his handling of Maria. (more...)
Breathtaking Space Photos Showcase Hurricane Florence Breathtaking Space Photos Showcase Hurricane Florence
- September 14, 2018

NASA shared photos Wednesday showing the unsafe storm from the International Space Station. NASA also posted an incredible video of Hurricane Florence viewed from space. It is estimated that the wind speed in the eye of the hurricane reaches more than 200 kilometers per hour. Fellow astronaut, Ricky Arnold, also took photos Hurricane Florence from space, while sounding out that the crew members of the International Space Station are thinking of the people who will be affected. (more...)
Hurricane Florence weakens, US East Coast still on high alert | Infographics
- September 14, 2018

As of 8 p.m., the storm was centered 335 miles (540 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina , moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph). Florence is now expected to pass over much of SC, with storm force winds beginning Thursday and hurricane force winds on Friday, said John Quagliariello with the National Weather Service in Columbia. (more...)
Don't Be Fooled by Hurricane Florence Being 'Downgraded.' It's Still Very Dangerous
- September 14, 2018

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference that the "historic" hurricane would unleash rains and floods that would inundate nearly the entire state in several feet of water. At a press conference Thursday morning, officials stressed that Hurricane Florence's wind speed may have fallen, but the danger has not. "Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" are expected in portions of the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). (more...)
Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos
- September 14, 2018

If the storm stalls, some areas could see feet of rain, especially if downpours focus over the higher terrain in western North Carolina and southwestern and central Virginia Authorities said such volume could cause flash floods, mudslides, and other risky conditions. (more...)
Read Jeff Bezos' full statement about his $2 billion Day One fund Read Jeff Bezos' full statement about his $2 billion Day One fund
- September 14, 2018

But in the year since Amazon announced its intent to build a second headquarters in another North American city with room for up to 50,000 employees, the company's every move has been closely scrutinized in an effort to divine which city will win the extraordinary contest. (more...)
Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head
- September 14, 2018

Adding to the storm stress is uncertainty about where exactly Florence will make landfall, after a shift in its track put more of the Southeast in danger. "It's still going to be the same result with the amount of water that's being pushed on shore", he explained. Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly. (more...)
Doug Ford Overrules Provincial Judge Over Toronto Council Size Doug Ford Overrules Provincial Judge Over Toronto Council Size
- September 14, 2018

In a decision early Monday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba rejected Ford's plan to slash city council from 47 to 25. Then, of course, the judge found that the bill breached two sections of the Charter - the first, because it was enacted in the midst of an ongoing election campaign; the second, because by increasing the size of city wards, "it breached the municipal voter's right to cast a vote that can result in effective representation". (more...)

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