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Mom, infant become 1st fatalities of Hurricane Florence Mom, infant become 1st fatalities of Hurricane Florence
- September 15, 2018

A hilarious video which has gone viral on Twitter with over 10 million views shows a weatherman seemingly struggling to stand in high winds during Hurricane Florence - even as two men walk calmly behind him, apparently unaffected. Officials confirmed four deaths as American media reported a fifth with the storm wreaking havoc, lashing the USA states with torrential rain and causing rivers to burst their banks. (more...)
Hurricane Florence: Storm weakens slightly, still risky Hurricane Florence: Storm weakens slightly, still risky
- September 15, 2018

Some fluctuations in strength are expected through Thursday morning. Some 38cm (15in) to 64cm (25in) of rain is forecast in some areas - with up to one metre (40in) at the centre of the storm. Some of these reactors - including Duke Energy's Brunswick and Harris nuclear plants in North Carolina and Dominion Energy's Surry plant in Virginia - may be directly in the hurricane's path, Reuters reported . (more...)
Tropical Storm Helene slows as it moves toward Azores Tropical Storm Helene slows as it moves toward Azores
- September 15, 2018

Former Tropical Storm Isaac dissipated overnight Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said . The hurricane center is giving the system a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days. Sustained winds in this wave are still at 35 miles per hour and Isaac is moving westward in the Caribbean at 16 miles per hour. Florence, a potentially life-threatening Category 4 hurricane, is on track to make landfall in North Carolina or SC on Thursday ... (more...)
Hurricane Florence seen from space is a 'no-kidding nightmare' Hurricane Florence seen from space is a 'no-kidding nightmare'
- September 15, 2018

Now a major hurricane with winds of 115 miles an hour and increasing, the National Hurricane Center says Florence's forecast track will take the system over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and Florence will approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday. (more...)
Florence knocking on Wilmington's door, remains Category 4 storm
- September 15, 2018

Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 miles per hour (110 kph), and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 3 miles per hour (6 kph). But the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening that the storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to the Carolinas as it approaches the coast Thursday and Friday. (more...)
Hundreds rescued from flooding in historic NC city
- September 15, 2018

As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington , North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center said Florence's winds have slowed to tropical storm strength, and said the storm is moving slowly inland with sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour and higher gusts. (more...)
Storm surge could be Hurricane Florence's deadliest, most destructive threat Storm surge could be Hurricane Florence's deadliest, most destructive threat
- September 15, 2018

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds on Thursday but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore. A spokeswoman for Love's Travel Stops says demand for gasoline has doubled at numerous company's truck-stop locations in the path of Hurricane Florence . (more...)
Tropical Storm Isaac Intermediate Advisory Number 19A Tropical Storm Isaac Intermediate Advisory Number 19A
- September 15, 2018

Also spinning in the Atlantic are Tropical Storms Helene and Isaac and Subtropical Storm Joyce , while Tropical Depression Olivia and Super Typhoon Mangkhut are making waves in the Pacific. Emma Smith, meteorologist with the Exeter-based Met Office , said more details would emerge within the next day over what impact the storm might have. (more...)
More Than 1,300 Flights Canceled Ahead of Hurricane Florence’s Anticipated Landfall More Than 1,300 Flights Canceled Ahead of Hurricane Florence’s Anticipated Landfall
- September 15, 2018

Its landfall may be over southern parts of North Carolina affecting North and SC as well as Virginia by Friday morning local time. About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million more live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said. (more...)
Hurricane Florence causes weatherman to evacuate during live TV coverage
- September 15, 2018

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is not clear how many left. Its slow movement meant... "Really all you could do is stay inside and hope for the best". Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the United States, including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence. (more...)
The Hurricane Florence looting has begun
- September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence hit land Friday morning, just east of Wilmington - pounding the area with life-threatening wind and rain. The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses. (more...)
Here's What You Need To Know About Hurricane Florence Here's What You Need To Know About Hurricane Florence
- September 15, 2018

The worst may come as the gargantuan storm swirls past the shore and dumps days of rain on mountainous interiors, potentially creating disastrous mudslides. Today the threat becomes a reality", according to The Associated Press . The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago. (more...)
Hurricane Florence's uncertain track sows fear; 10 million in crosshairs
- September 15, 2018

Calling on residents to follow evacuation orders declared by state and local officials, Byard said the hit by hurricane would not be a "glancing blow", but rather "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast". Hurricane Florence is expected to come ashore as a major hurricane on Friday . Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 metre). (more...)
Hurricane Florence: What we know and what to expect Hurricane Florence: What we know and what to expect
- September 15, 2018

But there are still untold numbers of people who are still in their homes - and they may need help soon. There are about 150 people waiting to be rescued. The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington , with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region. (more...)
Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall
- September 14, 2018

The storm splintered buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. A gust of 169km/h was recorded at Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago. Hurricane Florence has killed at least three people after it crashed on North Carolina's coast on Friday. (more...)
Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas
- September 14, 2018

Storm surge on Seabreeze Dr near Rodanthe, NC . "Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks". "You put your life at risk by staying", Cooper said. What value do these reports have, especially since the wind and rain renders half of them incomprehensible? Cellphone carriers are waiving overage fees for customers impacted by Hurricane Florence , according to a statement from Sprint and Verizon. (more...)
Surge, wind, rain, floods: Hurricane Florence could hit hard Surge, wind, rain, floods: Hurricane Florence could hit hard
- September 14, 2018

Florence's growth from an ordinary tropical storm to a major hurricane had been well-forecasted since the cyclone originated from a strong tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa on August 30. Residents in all hurricane evacuation zones must evacuate beginning no later than NOON TUESDAY, SEPT. 11. 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 ... (more...)
Hurricane Florence forecast: What to expect beyond landfall Hurricane Florence forecast: What to expect beyond landfall
- September 14, 2018

As it moves inland, the storm is expected to bring its high winds and intense rain bands across the southeastern corner of North Carolina and a large chunk of SC. So, what can we tell for certain about what the National Weather Service has called the "storm of a lifetime"? Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington , and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. (more...)
Updates, tracking resources as storm makes landfall Updates, tracking resources as storm makes landfall
- September 14, 2018

The first tropical-storm-strength winds are now expected to hit on Thursday at 2 p.m. and last throughout the weekend. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery. "Incredible job being done by FEMA, First Responders, Law Enforcement and all". CoBank, an agricultural lender, estimates damage to North Carolina farming could hit $US1 billion ($1.3b) before the storm slows. (more...)
Florence isn’t the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing Florence isn’t the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing
- September 14, 2018

This remarkable satellite image shows Hurricane Florence is one of just nine potentially risky storms now circling around the world. For the first time since since 2008, the Atlantic has for named storms simultaneously. Behind Isaac, Hurricane Helene is picking up strength, with twist paces of more than 105 miles per hour as of Monday afternoon. Given the lack of deep convection to sustain the cyclone, continual gradual weakening is expected. (more...)
SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon
- September 14, 2018

Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17'. SpaceX first floated the idea of sending private people around the moon in early 2017, saying two people had "paid a significant deposit" for the mission. "No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972". SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday. Instead, Musk claimed that SpaceX had turned its attention to the BFR after deeming it to be a better fit for tourist missions. (more...)
5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast 5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast
- September 14, 2018

Interested in Hurricane Florence? Others turned to social media and held live prayer sessions asking God to cause Hurricane Florence to lose strength. "Bad things can happen when you are talking about a storm this size". South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster added: "Time is running out". But not everyone has packed their bags. (more...)
More than 1 million people ordered to evacuate path of Hurricane Florence More than 1 million people ordered to evacuate path of Hurricane Florence
- September 14, 2018

It's now predicted to make landfall somewhere north of Wilmington, N.C., before its center heads inland toward the cities of Raleigh and Durham. Farther north into the Delmarva Peninsula, residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and NY and coastal and inland areas should also monitor the storm and prepare in case the forecast shifts to the north and east, officials said. (more...)
Jeff Bezos launches $2-billion fund to help homeless families, build preschools
- September 14, 2018

Bezos, whose stake in Amazon is worth about $160 billion USA, says that he'll call it the Bezos Day One Fund. It is a contrast to the long view that Bezos has preached at Amazon and Blue Origin, the space-travel technology company he has been funding with $1 billion a year through the sale of Amazon stock. (more...)
Trump declares administration ‘completely ready’ for Hurricane Florence Trump declares administration ‘completely ready’ for Hurricane Florence
- September 14, 2018

The storm fell to a Category 2 Wednesday night, but faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes. (more...)
ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up
- September 13, 2018

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph). Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe and newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land. The ground is saturated with water and unlikely able to withstand the heavy, persistent rains that are expected. (more...)
Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4 Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4
- September 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence , a powerful Category 4 storm, is less than 48 hours out from making landfall in the Carolinas. Florence is one of the strongest hurricanes on the eastern seaboard in decades, and will bring a triple threat of unsafe storm surge , flooding and hurricane-force winds in parts of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states. (more...)
Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2, still thought risky Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 2, still thought risky
- September 13, 2018

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm. The Charleston area is under a storm surge watch. Another, stronger high-pressure system to the north, forced Florence west and allowed it to head toward the Carolinas. (more...)
California aims to drop fossil fuels for electricity by 2045 California aims to drop fossil fuels for electricity by 2045
- September 13, 2018

President Donald Trump's pro-fossil fuel policies. California is the second USA state after Hawaii to commit to carbon-free energy. Gov. Jerry Brown, signs a copy of the environmental measure SB100 as the bill's author, state Sen. (more...)
Airlines begin canceling flights at RDU as Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas Airlines begin canceling flights at RDU as Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas
- September 13, 2018

Most of the area will likely endure winds near or just below Tropical Storm force Friday . As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril. You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas. "I went out to try and get all the extra things, they tell you to prepare for seven days with no power, so you got to think about having canned food, water, bread and that could not be found", she said. (more...)