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Elon Musk names space tourist to launch on BFR moon mission

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It's a risky investment 42-year-old Maezawa is willing to make for a shot at a lunar legacy. A Japanese businessman, Maezawa is the founder and chief executive of online fashion brand Zozotown . Musk said SpaceX would conduct several uncrewed test launches of the BFR. He stepped forward to do it. Originally, Maezawa had purchased from SpaceX a circumlunar voyage to be completed using the company's Crew Dragon atop SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket - which conducted its highly successful ... Read More »

Hurricane Florence: Dogs in cage during flood rescued in North Carolina

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Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The Lumber River overflows onto a stretch Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., September 18, 2018, following flooding from Hurricane Florence . "As the water recedes things will get better". An olive-green military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies. "The mother drove around the barricades on N.C. Read More »

Hurricane Florence death toll climbs as flooding spreads

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But the enormous rainfall from Hurricane Florence and its aftermath left clinics closed and hospitals isolated in flood-ravaged North Carolina. With the rain and winds headed north, some residents in North and SC started to return to their homes as the sun peeked through the clouds briefly for the first time in days. Read More »

Washington crews helping people in the path of Florence

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You can stop by our parking lot, Thursday and Friday to drop off a monetary donation from 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. "FDNY is so critical to Red Cross relief efforts, because these heroes have training and experience that allows them to go into frankly more risky situations", said Josh Lockwood, who heads the Red Cross in NY. Read More »

Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues

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Officials are planning to airlift food and water to Wilmington after the city of almost 120,000 people became cut off from the rest of North Carolina by rising flood water from Florence . "We have our dogs and our property, so we stay", 57-year-old Kenan Chance said. After blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore. Read More »

Typhoon Mangkhut kills 64 in Philippines Photogallery

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The national meteorological centre says southern China "will face a severe test caused by wind and rain" and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters. It comes as Typhoon Mangkhut's ferocious winds and rain pounded the gold-mining region on Saturday. "To prevent further danger to the lives of small-scale miners, I officially order [the] cease and desist of all illegal small-scale mining operations in the whole Cordillera Administrative Region", he said, adding that the ... Read More »

I-95 remains closed by Florence’s flooding

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Four road deaths in SC have been blamed on the storm, and two people died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator inside their home. Joseph Eudi looks at flood debris and storm damage from Hurricane Florence at a home on East Front Street in New Bern, N.C., September 15, 2018. Read More »

North Carolina's Florence flood disaster is growing

Parts of the Mid-Atlantic as far north as southern NY and New England are set to receive additional rainfall, and a few tornadoes are possible in the region stretching from northeastern SC to southern Pennsylvania on Monday. It going to take a lot of people like this coming down to help us to allow us to recover. Gov Cooper said he has been in touch with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who visited North Carolina on Monday. Read More »

Dozens feared trapped in Philippine landslide following Typhoon Mangkhut

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At that time, the center of the depression was around 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the Vietnam-China border with wind speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour. Authorities had issued their maximum alert, warning residents to stay indoors and away from windows to avoid flying debris. In Hong Kong , where a monumental cleanup operation was under way, the costs will be substantial, according to Swiss Re Institute. Read More »

Elon Musk names Japanese billionaire for around-the-moon space trip

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His mail-order music album business, Start Today, was his real breakthrough, though, and is now listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. I thought long and hard about how to be able to become the first private passenger to go to the Moon . 'He stepped forward, ' Musk added. 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 . Read More »

Elon Musk's SpaceX to name first passenger for moon voyage

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk outlined a somewhat different mission past year. SpaceX is certainly the only company on Earth with up-to-date institutional expertise on the operational reuse of orbital-class rockets, and building an entirely new launch vehicle on that unique experience certainly has a better chance than most at creating something truly extraordinary. Read More »

As Florence moves west, North Carolina prepares for recovery

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As much of North Carolina faces flooding for days, Gov. Cooper said the risk of more deaths is quite real. Two more people were killed in Lenoir County, NC. He urged against residents attempting to return home, warning that "all roads in the state are at risk of floods". Two Upper Cumberland Electric construction crews were sent to North Carolina to help with the expected electrical damage from the hurricane . Read More »

Mangkhut: Deadly super typhoon makes landfall in China

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Authorities in Hong Kong issued a signal 10 - the strongest possible storm warning - as the storm hit the busy financial centre. Bus, ferry and rail services were suspended and nearly 900 flights were cancelled at the city's airport, one of the world's busiest. Read More »

NASA blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss

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The preceding mission, ICESat, launched in 2003 and ended in 2009. NASA stated that this technique would end with 250 more measurements than the previous ICESat. CalPoly's DAVE satellite will try out a technology to dampen vibrations on spacecraft, two ELFIN satellites built at UCLA will study space weather, and the University of Central Florida's SurfSat will test materials created to protect spacecraft from electrical discharges. Read More »

Almost stalled, Florence besieges Carolinas with floodwaters

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday (September 15), then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. It blew ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. Mashable aptly notes that the real danger of the hurricane lies in the potential rainfall rather than the wind force. Read More »

Hurricane Florence dumping ‘epic amounts of rainfall’ on Carolinas

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The storm was about 20 miles southwest of Columbia, SC, moving west at 8 mph with sustained winds of 35 mph at about 5 a.m. Sunday. On Sunday, Florence claimed a 14th victim, a man who drowned when a pickup truck flipped into a drainage ditch in SC, and a 15th, after a pickup truck veered off a road and struck an overpass support beam in SC. Read More »

’Super typhoon’ Mangkhut nears Hong Kong, China after slamming Philippines

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Ahead of the massive typhoon, almost half a million people had been evacuated from seven cities in China's Guangdong province, the gambling enclave of Macau closed casinos for the first time and the Hong Kong Observatory warned people to stay away from the Victoria Harbour landmark, where storm surges battered the sandbag-reinforced waterfront. Read More »

'The worst is yet to come,' officials warn as Florence batters America

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He added that "this storm has never been more risky than it is right now" in certain areas of the state. "The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said. Trogdon said the state was working with the Department of Defense and National Guard to see if they could get first responders through to Wilmington in high-water vehicles. Read More »

Flooding from Florence swamps neighborhoods

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Bion Stewart, leader of the Coast Guard's response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina , said in a statement. Referring to the storm now battering North and SC, he added that "if you take what's going on with [Hurricane] Florence, the deaths that are verified by the local county coroners are the ones that we take". Read More »

Ford's constitutional override to slash city council 'disappointing': LeBlanc

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I got along with all of them and I thought all of them were trying to do what was best for Toronto", Eggleton said. Whereas Toronto's council size is such an emergency the Constitution needs to be put aside so it can be fixed. The government's facing charter challenges over its suspension of a sex-education curriculum that teaches children the proper words for their private parts and acknowledges that there are same-sex marriages and trans people. Read More »

Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

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In Norfolk, Virginia, police were alerted to people dressed in fluorescent vests going door to door and telling residents that they had to leave their homes and businesses, The Associated Press reported Thursday. "Just because the wind speed came down, the intensity of this storm came down to a Cat 2, please do not let your guard down", warned Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Read More »

Trump OKs disaster relief for North Carolina

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Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. "Only communication we have with them is just me flashing my lights to them and I think they have a flashlight they're flickering back to us". "They've been out there for about six hours now just screaming for help", she said. Read More »

Russian Federation says air leak at space station caused by drill hole

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Russian Federation on Wednesday reacted angrily to a report that it suspects usa astronauts of deliberately drilling a hole on the International Space Station, one of the few remaining areas of cooperation between the countries. "Spreading rumors and speculation about what has happened on the ISS [International Space Station] does not help experts in their work and is seeking to undermine the camaraderie in the station's crew". Read More »

U.S. 'brute' of a storm turns deadly

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More than ten people have been killed by Florence and her impact as the remnants of the storm moved through the area Saturday. "WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2 a.m. There have been numerous calls for fallen trees, according to officials, however they are not aware of any others where people are trapped. Ken Graham, the NHC's director, warned the slow pace of the storm exacerbated its danger even to areas outside its immediate path. Read More »

Tropical Storm Isaac’s Winds Nearing Leeward Islands

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Isaac is forecast to gradually weaken over the next few days, and could degenerate into a tropical wave during that time. The hurricane is now moving north at around 20km/h, and was expected to slow down today, becoming a tropical storm . Read More »

Final Delta 2 launches ICESat-2

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NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will use laser pulses to measure the elevation of Earth's surface. Cloaked in pre-dawn darkness, the $1 billion, half-ton ICESat-2 launched aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force base in California at 6:02 am (1302 GMT). Read More »

Threat becomes reality: Florence begins days of rain, wind

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An intense wave, as well as heavy rains, will announce on Thursday on the coast of Las Carolinas, the arrival of Florence. The center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC in the hurricane warning area on Thursday night and Friday, the NHC added. Read More »

Tropical cyclones Florence and Mangkhut pose threats - Philippines

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Effective at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard Sector San Juan captain of the port set port condition X-ray for the USVI and Puerto Rico due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated by tropical storm Isaac that may arrive within 48 hours. Read More »

Florence pours on the rain amid fears of catastrophic floods

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area. The father was hospitalized with injuries. Then, once the remnants of the tempest reach the higher terrain of the southern Appalachians, flash floods, mudslides and debris flows. Read More »

Toronto city clerk says it's becoming 'virtually impossible' to hold municipal election

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The clause allows a government to have a law operate in spite of a right found in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Earlier on Thursday, the legislature was adjourned until Wednesday of next week. Supporters of Mr Ford's say his use of the clause is a justifiable response to what they see as judicial activism. It says that the elected representatives of the city "want to assure the people of Toronto that we understand and respect the critical role that city hall and local democracy ... Read More »

Could Hurricane Florence impact you? Meteorologists say yes

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She said the momentum the storm has generated on its long trip across the Atlantic won't go away just "because the winds decrease a couple miles an hour". The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of disaster response, has come under investigation over his use of government vehicles, Politico reported on Thursday. Read More »

Trump Calls Research Behind Hurricane Maria Deaths 'Magic' in Fresh Attack

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The team began working in February and published the results in August , estimating that 2,975 people had died between September 2017 and February 2018 from Hurricane Maria . She then added , "It's sad to me that a natural disaster has to get political, I don't think President Trump is exclusively to blame for what happened, Puerto Rico had a number of its own problems before Maria even hit, they were filing for bankruptcy". Read More »