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Puerto Rican Officials Slam Trump for Claiming Response to Maria Was "Success"


A George Washington University report said last month that vast numbers of Puerto Ricans died as a direct result of the September 20 storm, far beyond the initial estimate of 64 deaths. As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over the administration's response to the Category 4 storm that smashed into the USA territory last September. Read More »

CLOSINGS: Several schools close ahead of Hurricane Florence


Hurricane Florence, which the National Weather Service warned is life-threatening, is now a Category 2 storm and made landfall in North Carolina Thursday. "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter . "I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse. Read More »

Hurricane Florence Looks Downright Terrifying From Space

On Wednesday, NASA shared a view of Hurricane Florence taken that morning from a high-definition camera outside the International Space Station (embedded below). "NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the eye of powerful Category 4 Hurricane Florence and found the storm over 400 miles in diameter and the capability to generate very heavy rainfall", NASA's most recent update , published September 12, reads. Read More »

Hurricane Florence begins battering the Carolinas

The storm, which is expected to be one of the biggest to ever hit North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Virginia, should be making landfall sometime this weekend. Folks in Charleston, South Carolina, who have chosen not to evacuate, are preparing for a nasty storm that could make landfall right in their backyard. Read More »

'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Is Barreling Toward the Carolinas

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's prediction, all of coastal North Carolina is at "high" risk of flash flooding, with "moderate" risk, even 30-50 miles inland. Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. Read More »

The ISS Captured This Mind-Boggling Video While Flying Over Hurricane Florence

Even with some weakening that's predicted just before it makes landfall, the storm "is expected to remain a risky major hurricane as it approaches the coastline", the hurricane center said. At 11am (1600 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 485 miles (785 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving in a northwest direction at 15 mph (24 kph). Read More »

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos create $2 billion fund to fight homelessness


He has also been criticized for not contributing his fortune to philanthropy like other billionaires have, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett. "He's a pretty wonderful neighbour, him and [his wife] MacKenzie", said Mary's Place director Marty Hartman. The foundation stepped up to help Seattle when the city worked to launch its universal pre-K program in 2014. Read More »

Hurricane Florence: Why mandatory evacuations don't always chase away everybody


The 1st effects were already being seen on barrier islands Monday as unsafe rip currents and seawater flowed over the state highway. Authorities also warned of life-threatening coastal storm surges and the potential for Florence to unleash prolonged torrential rains and widespread flooding across several states, especially if it lingers inland for several days. Read More »

NASA Releases Footage Of Hurricane Florence And Her 'Mike Tyson Punch'

Weather experts have warned the Category 4 hurricane is expected bring extreme storm surge and wind, and prolonged rain that could cause inland flooding, The News & Observer reported . National Hurricane Center now says tropical storm force winds "reasonable" for north Florida. In South Carolina and inland parts of North Carolina, 5 to 10 inches of rain could fall, with 20 inches possible in some areas. Read More »

People are having ‘hurricane parties’ to distract themselves from Florence


Florence is about 644 kilometres wide and it's winds have dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 165 km/h, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a Category 2 . North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches. "We're kind of at the mercy of the storm". Duke Energy estimated earlier this week that up to 3 million of its 4 million customers in North Carolina could lose power. Read More »

A.M. Update: Florence weakens slightly as approaches NC coast

FEMA officials wrote on Twitter people should not focus on the category of the storm - as of Thursday morning, Hurricane Florence was a Category 2 storm , indicating slower wind speeds - but rather should pay attention to the fact there will be extreme flooding in the Carolinas as a result. Read More »

East Coast Gasoline Prices Are Surging Ahead Of Hurricane Florence


Astronauts at the International Space Station, for example, struggled to fit the enormous storm into one frame. President Donald Trump declared states of emergency in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and evacuation orders were issued to around 1.7 million residents across the three states. Read More »

‘Storm of a lifetime’: Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas as residents flee


The agency is also warning people in the evacuation areas to leave stating that "This is not going to be a glancing blow". Coastal storm surge is expected to be as high as 13 feet, according to the National Hurricane Center . Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles. Many major roads and arteries have reversed traffic flow to help residents evacuate quickly. Read More »

Don't Be Fooled by Hurricane Florence Being 'Downgraded.' It's Still Very Dangerous


The storm, which is estimated to be 40 miles wide, with tropical winds extending for around 350 miles, is projected to strike somewhere the North Carolina-South Carolina border late Friday afternoon. EDT Sept. 13 as it neared the U.S. Eastern seaboard. Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate. Read More »

California to phase out fossil fuels for electricity by 2045


Brown said in a statement as he signed the law in Sacramento, " California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change". "The state's other power plants, like natural gas and nuclear, aren't as flexible as they need to be to handle those ups and downs". "Brown really launched the modern renewable energy industry when he was governor the first time", said Jim Williams, a professor of Energy Systems Management at the University of San Francisco ... Read More »

Evacuations in United States ahead of Hurricane Florence


Hurricane Florence has changed course, according to the latest weather models. Young said that Holiday Retirement - which owns Eagle Crest and several other facilities along the southeastern coast, from Savannah, Ga., to the Chesapeake Bay - is at an advantage because its facilities have been in the path of major storms many times in the past. Read More »

Hurricane Florence evacuations expand, with ‘disaster at doorstep’

Early Wednesday afternoon in North Carolina, the storm was centered 700 kilometers (435 miles) off the coast, moving at 26 kph (16 mph) towards the USA coastline. The latest GFS Model shows the storm approaching North Carolina, covering the state in precipitation over a fairly short amount of time. "Now it might be time for the exam", he said. Read More »

3 million could lose power when Hurricane Florence hits

Florence's nighttime winds were down to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast. I believe in preparation, ' Wright said. People who thought they were safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry ... Read More »

Hurricane Florence: NASA camera shows hurricane from space station


A series of zoomed-in, high-definition photographs, also released Wednesday by NASA, reveal the storm's menacing movement across the Atlantic. The eye of category 4 Hurricane Florence is "chilling, even from space", according to German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who posted this image to Twitter on September 12, 2018. Read More »

Hurricane Florence shifts south as Georgia and Carolinas hunker down

As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents. Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were ordered closed from Tuesday. And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC, whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties. Read More »

Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

Even with some weakening that's predicted just before it makes landfall , the storm "is expected to remain a unsafe major hurricane as it approaches the coastline", the hurricane center said . This system, when it gets to the coast, is only going to be moving about three miles per hour. As well, Global Affairs said Wednesday Canadians should avoid travelling to parts of the Caribbean, including Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique, because tropical storm Isaac is headed in that direction. Read More »

Hurricane Florence looking ‘bigger than anticipated’


On the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale Florence is a Category 4 , meaning it is capable of causing "catastrophic damage". The Category 4 cyclone is set to unleash fierce winds and massive waves as it makes landfall in North and SC and Virginia , early on Friday. Read More »

Hurricane Florence Tracker: Warnings Sent Out for North, South Carolina

The storm will likely dump between 20 and 30 inches (50 to 76 centimeters) of rain over its track, causing serious flooding. Unfortunately, the forecast is for the storm to stall out and drop a ton of rain in the Carolinas. The adults packed irreplaceable items such as photo albums and heirlooms while the children stuffed their favorite toys, blankets and books in their bags. Read More »

North Carolina Issues First-of-Kind State Evacuation Order Due to Hurricane


Governors in North and SC have declared states of emergency, and President Donald Trump has authorized federal funding and resources to assist with preparation for the storm. "Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, an evacuation order has been issued for coastal SC, including Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties, beginning at noon Tuesday, Sept. Read More »

Falcon 9 launches Telstar 18 Vantage satellite

Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed. The Telstar 18 Vantage is a hefty 15,564 pounds (7,060 kilograms), making it just slightly lighter than the Telstar 19V that was launched back in July , which was the heaviest communications satellite ever launched. Read More »

Atlantic Hurricane Season: From Zero to 2017 with Florence, More


The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a unsafe Category 4 storm. Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 miles per hour. Moving west-northwest near 17 miles per hour with a turn to the northwest expected on Wednesday, Helene is not expected to pose any threat to land. Read More »