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All Georgia counties under state of emergency alert

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Up to 8 inches of rain is expected locally. This comes after the forecasted westward shift of Hurricane Irma, which will bring hurricane force winds, rain, and potential flooding. "Treat all downed lines as if they were live power lines", Loeffler said. Savannah fine art photographer Dan Kaufman stops in the middle of almost deserted downtown Savannah, Ga., Sunday, Sept., 10, 2017 to take a photo of City Hall before winds from the outer bands of Hurricane Irma are forecast to impact the ... Read More »

Hurricane Irma Has Destroyed This Famous Airport

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Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing both St. Martin and Barbuda to rubble. While the landing strips appeared to be intact, the Dutch navy said the airport is "unreachable" for now. Read More »

Hurricane Irma leaves trail of destruction in French Caribbean

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PHILIPSBURG-Hurricane Irma has surpassed the islands of Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten. On the Dutch side of the island, one person died and several others were wounded, officials said. France, the Netherlands and Britain on Thursday sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma , with aid efforts complicated by damage to local airports and harbours. Read More »

Irma's so strong it left part of ocean waterless

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Basically, in the case of Irma, the power and the pressure have combined in such a way that the "bulge" effect is sucking the Atlantic ocean into its vortex. He said: "Obviously we've never had a storm like this come through here before, so we don't really know what to expect, but based on what we've seen on TV from Saint Martin and Barbuda, we're really hoping that it doesn't hit us that hard". Read More »

Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 3

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The hurricane was located 130 miles southeast of Tampico, Mexico , and 130 miles north of Veracruz , Mexico . It is quite unusual to find three tropical systems churning in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico at the same time. Even as Hurricane Irma threatens to leave a path of devastation from the Caribbean to Florida, two additional storms have formed in the region. On Sept. Read More »

Disaster Relief Bill Passes in Senate

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Under this plan, the House would pass the almost $8 billion Harvey relief bill on Wednesday. Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul announced he will file an amendment to the hurricane relief legislation in the U.S. If a funding bill is not passed by the end of the month, the federal government would go into a partial shutdown. Representative Mark Walker, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, RSC, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday saying he opposed attaching ... Read More »

Desmond Tutu pleads for the protection of Muslims in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi said the situation in Rakhine has been hard for many decades and so it was "a little unreasonable" to expect her administration, which has been in power for 18 months, to have resolved it already. The photographs sparked controversy on social media with many people who identified themselves as Myanmar Muslims saying they appeared staged. He calls on Suu Kyi to be courageous and resilient again to guide her people back to the path of righteousness. Read More »

Trump signs Congress bill on disaster aid, debt ceiling

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Jenna Fountain and her father Kevin carry a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017. Conservatives in Congress have voiced opposition to tying the relief package to legislation keeping the government running and increasing the borrowing capacity. Read More »

Five Former US Presidents Launch a Fundraising Campaign for Hurricane Harvey

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The state is of particular importance for Bush, who was governor there in the 1990s, and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, who lives part of the year in Houston . A second PSA addressing both hurricanes is launching this weekend. A narrator picks up, "donate to OneAmericaAppeal.org". The One America Appeal featuring five former presidents was nationally televised during the opening National Football League broadcast on NBC Thursday night. Read More »

Branson says Necker Island 'devastated'; promises help for BVI

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The storm has ploughed past the Dominican Republic toward Haiti after devastating a string of Caribbean islands and killing at least 10 people as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century continues on its path towards Florida. He later said that the team planned to relocate to the wine cellar, adding that little of the wine was likely to remain at the end of their stay. Read More »

Richard Branson Exotic Animals on Necker Island In Irma's Path

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The "potentially catastrophic" storm is churning along a path pointing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly hitting Florida over the weekend. "Virgin Unite has made a donation to the British Red Cross to support the hurricane relief efforts, and we are awaiting more information about how else we can best support". Read More »

South Korea: Deployment of THAAD missile defense system completed

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South Korean nuclear experts said Friday that traces of radioactive material were detected in the country five days after North Korea conducted its most recent nuclear test. Abe is due to meet Putin separately later in the day. It also said Macron had expressed France's "solidarity" with Japan. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China hopes North Korea will "see the situation clearly and come to the right judgment and choice", Wang said. Read More »

Abe in Vladivostok for talks with Putin, Moon on N. Korea

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On Saturday the Russian Foreign Ministry published videos of searches of Russian facilities in San Francisco and Washington noting that consulate materials were "under rummage by the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Former US president Barack Obama had earlier expelled a number of Russian diplomats. He said the United States was erroneously counting 155 Russian diplomats working at the United Nations headquarters in NY as being Russian diplomats on USA soil. Read More »

South Koreans doubt North Korea will start war

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Putin also reiterated Moscow's opposition to more sanctions against North Korea . Putin expressed concern that cutting off oil supplies would hurt regular North Koreans , Yoon said. The draft, seen by dpa on Wednesday, also includes a ban on the country's textile exports and the employment of North Korean workers overseas. China is a veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Read More »

House rushes to vote first billions for Harvey relief

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The bill, which passed 316-90 and was part of a deal struck between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders, now goes to the White House for the President's signature. The Senate bill then on Thursday added 7.4-billion-dollar in Community Development Block Grant funding for areas most affected by 2017 disasters. House Speaker Paul Ryan had called the three-month debt limit increase proposal "ridiculous" and "unworkable" just hours before the agreement was reached. Read More »

State braces for Irma's impact

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The storm had become in one sense the strongest on record: No previous hurricane had such strong winds for so long. Isolated tornadoes are possible, the Weather Service said. His declaration allows the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in 30 counties in the state. Read More »

Trump calls for a tax reform 'speed-up' in light of Hurricane Irma

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An ethics group has called him out for wearing a campaign hat, both in red and in white, in official photos released by the White House. Should President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach estate become flooded as a result of Hurricane Irma's impending presence in Florida, the damage will be covered under the National Flood Insurance Program . Read More »

FEMA: Irma won't impact Harvey response in Houston

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Florida and Georgia are hunkered down ahead of Irma's arrival, and neighboring states in the Southeast are keeping a watchful eye on the huge hurricane . Irma is moving west and could hit Florida and move northwest during the weekend. That concern is based on the simple fact my daughter lives in Florida, a short distance north of Miami , and as the days went by weather predictions showed her home right in the path of the approaching storm. Read More »

Tropical Storm Jose expected to become hurricane

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As of Wednesday evening, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting that the centerline of the Category 5 storm will travel over Miami, then up the east coast of Florida . Irma's core slammed Barbuda early Wednesday before moving over St. Martin and Anguilla and parts of the British Virgin Islands. People across the USA haven't asked the search engine when the hurricane season is over at such a high rate since Hurricane Matthew struck the U.S.in 2016. Read More »

Trump tweets about DACA decision, says not to worry

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President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012 to allow children brought to the USA illegally to remain in the country, provided they don't have a criminal record. "It's outrageous, it's not right... As attorney general for the state of Washington , I have a hammer, it's the law". He added that Trump's decision to end DACA was "cruel and unlawful". Read More »

Amari Cooper scores insane TD following failed Titans onside kick

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Tennessee would respond with a well-orchestrated drive of its own on the next possession. No matter. He pumped a 52-yard field goal through the uprights to close the first half. He also had a catch for 16 yards. The pressure was turned up at the end of the game, when Tavecchio was called on once again for a kick, and he pulled through, giving the Raiders the ten point lead that sealed Tennessee's fate. Read More »

DPRK warns US, Japan, South Korea against seeking additional sanctions

Trump said it would be a "very sad" day for North Korea if the USA takes military action against the isolated nation. Or would it have to abandon nuclear weapons? ZTE, once the scourge of the U.S. mainland, according to some experts. Trump and Turnbull "confirmed that their two countries will intensify joint efforts to denuclearize North Korea ". Read More »

Sanctions can not deter us: N. Korea

Putin falsely claimed that Russian Federation conducts no significant trade with North Korea, when in fact Russian Federation supplies a great deal of North Korea's fuel, imports slave labor from them, and increased its trade with them by an estimated 73 percent in the first few months of 2017. Read More »

Locals stranded in hurricane ravaged Sint Maarten finally headed home

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The hurricane took a particularly heavy toll on the French-Dutch island of Saint Martin, which left much of the tiny island's infrastructure in shambles after Irma made landfall there on Wednesday, packing winds of up to 185mph. Some 230 Dutch troops are already on the island, and another 100 will arrive by Monday. French authorities have counted at least eight dead on the French side of the island. Read More »

Military action against North Korea appears 'too horrific': United Nations chief

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North Korea claimed "perfect success" in an underground test of what it called a hydrogen bomb - potentially vastly more destructive than an atomic bomb. The most recent measures, imposed last month following Pyongyang's July firing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the USA mainland into range, zeroed in on the economy. Read More »

Air freshener causes auto to explode in B&Q vehicle park

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Speaking after the explosion, Sharon said "I put the air freshener in the backseat, lit a cigarette, turned the engine on then bang". "The whole auto park is covered in bits of vehicle". Police and firefighters were seen at the B&Q auto park inspecting the vehicle as the person was treated at the scene. Temporary assistant divisional officer of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Justin Benson-Ryal, said: "Incidents like this are extremely rare". Read More »

Rohingya insurgents declare temporary ceasefire amid humanitarian crisis

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The group "strongly urges the Burmese [Myanmar] government to reciprocate this humanitarian pause", the statement added. Myanmar, which has previously labelled ARSA as "terrorists", appeared to reject the overture. "If we have to move from here, where will we go?" Burma's government says 30,000 non-Rohingya have also been displaced by the conflict. The mission will leave on Saturday to review the situation in refugee camps. Read More »

Putin does not recognise North Korea's nuclear status

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Abe agreed that Seoul and Tokyo should convince China and Russian Federation so that the UN Security Council can adopt tougher sanctions against the North. Putin believes in the possibility of solving the question of the Korean peninsula. Putin however said that sanctions against North Korea were "useless and ineffective". Read More »

Farah wins fourth North Run title

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Kenya's Mary Keitany won the elite women's with the third fastest time in its history. "The previous times I have taken part were wonderful". Briton Simon Lawson came first in the men's wheelchair race, with Swiss athlete Manuela Shar winning the women's. Read More »

Kentucky Guardsmen deploy for Hurricane Irma response operations

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Last week, the 177th fighter wing from Egg Harbor Township announced on its Facebook page that eight Army National Guard members and four Air National Guard members trained in medevac and hoist-rescue operations were deployed to Texas. As Hurricane Irma gets close to the Florida coast, NY is deploying a team of rescue specialists to prepare for the worst. "Our personnel are here to serve", Col. Read More »