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Death Toll From Florence Reaches 32, Officials Say Death Toll From Florence Reaches 32, Officials Say
- September 19, 2018

One person was killed in Virginia by an apparent tornado whipped up by Florence, and six were killed in SC. One road was opened into Wilmington at least briefly, officials said , and items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also have been used to pluck hundreds of harried people from atop homes and other structures. (more...)
‘If it turns, we’re ready’: Georgia American Red Cross prepped for Florence ‘If it turns, we’re ready’: Georgia American Red Cross prepped for Florence
- September 18, 2018

Donations made to the Charleston Animal Society will support animal rescue efforts in the affected areas of SC. Eli Russ, of Mamaroneck, is overseeing American Red Cross operations from drier land in Virginia . Lowe's has committed $2 million to support relief efforts, with the Lowe's Emergency Command Center expediting more than 2,800 truckloads of needed supplies, including generators, bottled water, sand, plywood, chainsaws, trash bags, gas cans and tarps. (more...)
Hurricane Florence death toll climbs as flooding spreads Hurricane Florence death toll climbs as flooding spreads
- September 18, 2018

At least two people died from electrocution while attempting to connect their generators, while one couple died of monoxide poisoning from running their generator indoors. "I lost everything in the flooding", he said. I can see how badly we've been hit. "It happened so fast". The largest amount so far was in Elizabethtown, which has received 35.93 inches (0.91 meters). (more...)
Florence causes near-record rain totals, river flooding in NC Florence causes near-record rain totals, river flooding in NC
- September 18, 2018

Two men in their 70s died in Lenoir County. Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a Category 1 hurricane Friday morning. Speaking with members of the press outside of the Craven County Courthouse, Cooper said state and local governments have to figure out how to rebuild their communities after the destruction of Hurricane Florence. (more...)
Carolinas brace for days of floods after Florence's deluge Carolinas brace for days of floods after Florence's deluge
- September 18, 2018

Cooper said help is getting into areas that have been cutoff by floodwaters. In the town of Trenton, North Carolina , the Trent River surpassed its flooding record of 28.42 feet, also set during Hurricane Floyd. "We understand that many peopleare anxious to return homeor visit property they have down east", Abbott said in an email Monday morning. "As the water recedes things will get better". (more...)
SpaceX says it will fly private passenger 'around the Moon' SpaceX says it will fly private passenger 'around the Moon'
- September 18, 2018

While Tesla has been plagued by production problems, SpaceX , which is also led by president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell, has been far more stable, churning out 34 straight successful rocket launches over the last 20 months. (more...)
SpaceX to Announce Private Moon Flight Passenger SpaceX to Announce Private Moon Flight Passenger
- September 18, 2018

The announcement was made at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Tuesday. This lunar mission - a flyby, not a landing - represents "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space", SpaceX said in a tweet . (more...)
Hurricane Florence dumping ‘epic amounts of rainfall’ on Carolinas Hurricane Florence dumping ‘epic amounts of rainfall’ on Carolinas
- September 18, 2018

After blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 miles per hour winds, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore. According to CNN , the storm has weakened somewhat, but is still moving to the West. At 5 a.m. Sunday, Florence was about 20 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of Columbia, South Carolina . (more...)
Nasa satellite launched to measure Earth’s ice changes Nasa satellite launched to measure Earth’s ice changes
- September 17, 2018

Delta 2 rockets have launched scores of and satellite telephone relay stations, seven Mars missions - including the Pathfinder, Spirit and Opportunity rovers - Earth observation satellites, commercial payloads and trail-blazing NASA science probes, including the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. (more...)
Florence hovers over coastal states, raising fears of epic flooding Florence hovers over coastal states, raising fears of epic flooding
- September 17, 2018

After tearing through the Carolinas for several days, Hurricane Florence severely damaged tens of thousands of homes, killed over a dozen people, left almost a million households without power, and unleashed thousands of cubic yards of toxic coal ash-and authorities are warning that the worst flooding from the storm is yet to come. (more...)
83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence 83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence
- September 17, 2018

In less than 24 hours, Florence has dropped from category 4 to category 2. A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC. But barber Josh Dais says the island's 5,000 residents now are trying to decide whether to flee ahead of Hurricane Florence . "It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said. (more...)
Florence death toll at 17, including 3-month-old
- September 17, 2018

In New Bern , a riverfront city near North Carolina's coast, the storm tore away porch steps, splintered balconies and sent a yacht plowing into a garage that shattered like kindling. More than 641,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in North and SC and surrounding states, down from a peak of almost 1 million. As the United States dealt with Florence, a super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday after barreling past Hong Kong and Macau and killing dozens of ... (more...)
Hurricane Florence: Warnings of ‘catastrophic’ flash flooding Hurricane Florence: Warnings of ‘catastrophic’ flash flooding
- September 17, 2018

Despite the downgrade the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that "life-threatening storm surges " would continue into the night, predicting "catastrophic freshwater flooding" over parts of North and SC. Parts of the Carolinas are expected to see 20 to 30 inches of rain over the next seven days. North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters). (more...)
California governor urges world to work together on climate change California governor urges world to work together on climate change
- September 17, 2018

That announcement was based on a report written by researchers at the University of Maryland and the Rocky Mountain Institute that found that business, regional and local efforts have taken the USA almost halfway towards meeting its 2025 Paris goal and will carry it two-thirds of the way by 2025 without federal support, according to a GCAS press release. (more...)
USA plant operators prepare for Hurricane Florence USA plant operators prepare for Hurricane Florence
- September 17, 2018

National Hurricane Center (NHC). The Weather Channel estimated that up to 3 million customers might lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence. The Union of Concerned Scientists, said it was anxious about the Brunswick plant's capabilities to weather out the storm. (more...)
'Catastrophic' Florence Buffets US East Coast 'Catastrophic' Florence Buffets US East Coast
- September 17, 2018

After landfall, Florence slowed to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding. Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, triggering risky flooding, toppling trees, cutting power to almost a million homes and businesses while causing at least five deaths. (more...)
Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm
- September 17, 2018

Heavy rainfall began after dark. "We are not directly affected here", Williams said . Storm swell is predicted to reach almost 4 metres in height near the coastal cities of Wilmington and Jacksonville , absolutely devastating structures in the region. (more...)
No Kenyan reported dead after Hurricane Florence
- September 17, 2018

In the state´s Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. Another two people died in the city of Kinston, said Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail. "These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said. (more...)
Dog rescued from hurricane flooding Dog rescued from hurricane flooding
- September 16, 2018

At 2 p.m., Florence was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina , and about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As of Friday morning, the state was housing nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters, Gov. Cooper told Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition . Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, not far from the SC line, coming ashore ... (more...)
At least 6 killed in southeastern NC due to Hurricane Florence At least 6 killed in southeastern NC due to Hurricane Florence
- September 16, 2018

The hurricane hit the coast around 7:15 a.m. ET, after being downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 1 storm the day before. Parts of New Bern, North Carolina, which is home to 30,000 people, were 10ft (3m) underwater on Friday. "Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house. (more...)

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