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Governor Deal issues State of Emergency across Georgia

Florence was expected to bring very heavy storm surge , rain and flooding to the entire region on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Florence is now a Category 4 storm, with winds of at least 130 miles per hour. Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone to flee. "We are monitoring the track of the storm and so far the information I am getting is Athens can expect gusty winds and a moderate amount of rain", Burgess said. Read More »

Jeff Bezos launches $2-billion fund to help homeless families, build preschools


Amazon's Jeff Bezos attended a board meeting in pajamas to raise awareness about childhood cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in the USA between kids aged 4 and 14. Bezos's fortune comes mainly from his stake in Amazon, the diversified online firm which briefly hit $1 trillion in market value this month and is the second most valuable company after Apple. Read More »

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

The storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to the first-floor ceiling, the National Hurricane Center said . "Storm force winds extend 160 miles (260 km) from the center". Sustained winds slowed slightly to 125 miles per hour Tuesday afternoon, making it a Cat 3 storm. SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination. Read More »

Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds


By late Thursday into Friday, steering patterns in the atmosphere may completely break down causing the storm to stall just off the coast of southeast North Carolina and northeast SC. "We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said. "Been through it!" Belli said, referring to Hurricane Hugo, which caused widespread damage in SC in 1989. Read More »

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


Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding. Every now and then nature throws out a storm so massive we can only gaze upon it in humbling awe at its fearsome power. What damage will it cause? Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been directed to leave that if they don't do so, they are on their own. Read More »

Artificial intelligence has discovered 72 "signal aliens"


The dozens of new fast radio bursts came from FRB 121102, which is located in a dwarf galaxy about 3 billion light-years away. No one knows for sure what causes these radio emissions but theories abound - from highly magnetized neutron stars battling black holes to signs of alien life. Read More »

Hurricane Florence’s damage will be widespread no matter where it strikes


Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps. Inland winds could lead to spotty power outages, but more extended outages lasting possibly for weeks are expected at the coast. As of 11am EDT, Florence was centred about 145 miles (230 kilometres) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph). Read More »

California Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2045


Brown also signed an order that seeks to remove carbon from the air. He continued, "California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change ". "ESNA brings together the key decision makers who are demonstrating the game-changing role energy storage can play to achieve grid transformation". The bill was backed by both democrats and republicans just days after a statewide report indicated that California is at high-risk for the effects of ... Read More »

Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 2, still considered unsafe


Florence, now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 km/h), was previously expected to travel north, up the North Carolina coast, after making landfall, according to the statement. Currently, Hurricane Florence is poised to drop unto 40 inches of rain across the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states as it stalls on its way inland. Read More »

Watch NOAA hurricane hunters fly into the eye of Hurricane Florence

He told reporters at the White House: "We are sparing no expense". Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. "This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks". He said the federal government is ready to respond to the Category 4 storm. A Walmart in Mt. Read More »

States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms


Florence was downgraded Wednesday to a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. Preparations to evacuate the facility's residents had begun late last week, days before South Carolina Gov. Since Tuesday, forecasts have shifted the storm track towards the south and southwest after it reaches the coast, which could increase the storm's severity in coastal SC through Myrtle Beach and Charleston and even into parts of Georgia. Read More »

North Carolina Buckles Down for Hurricane Florence

Latonya Willis of Wilmington, N.C., holds her 17 month-old son Ayden with her other children Kaiden and Dailyn in tow Wednesday before heading out on an evacuation bus ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence . 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 »

'It Wants to Get Stronger': NOAA Hurricane Hunter Flies into Florence

As of 11 a.m., the Category 4 storm was centred 485 miles (785 kilometres) southeast of Wilmington , moving at 15 mph (24 kph) with the potential for 1 to 3 feet of rain in places - enough to touch off catastrophic flooding and an environmental disaster, too, if the water inundates the region's many industrial waste sites and hog manure ponds. Read More »

Jaw-dropping images of Hurricane Florence from space


European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted pictures taken 249 miles above the eye of the storm. A high-definition video camera outside the space station captured stark and sobering views of Hurricane Florence , a Category 4 storm . Read More »

Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Forecasts predict as much as 20 inches of rain in some places but one computer model warned there could be up to 45 inches, almost four feet. Coastal North Carolina could see 20 to 30 inches as well. No storm watches or warnings are in effect for Georgia, but forecasters warned that the monster storm could hesitate just offshore for days - punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared - before pushing inland over the weekend. Read More »

Millions on US East Coast brace for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence

Byard, the FEMA official, said "this storm is not going to be a glancing blow". North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that "disaster is at the doorstep", and "tens of thousands" of buildings may be flooded. Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the island in September 2017, the latter of which had its official death toll increased last month from 64 people dead to 2,975. Read More »

Track Hurricane Florence as it heads for the East Coast


Thankfully if they do, it's highly unlikely that the winds will be hurricane strength. The National Hurricane Center is predicting the storm will produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding". In addition, the National Hurricane Center said that it will likely issue watches for "life-threatening storm surge " across three states. But Hurricane Florence is not alone in the Atlantic Ocean. Read More »

Hurricane Florence Shifts Course, Threatening Georgia And Carolinas

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia , opening the way for federal aid. As of early Wednesday morning, Hurricane Florence had weakened slightly with sustained winds of 130mph, but this is of little effect as the track forecast now shows a unsafe stalling out near the coast, or just onshore by late Thursday or Friday morning. Read More »

Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean's plastic trash


The system is a giant U-shaped barrier that will float in the ocean, it is expected to trap some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup , stated: "I am incredibly grateful for the tremendous amount of support we have received over the past few years from people around the world, that has allowed us to develop, test, and launch a system with the potential to begin to mitigate this ecological disaster". Read More »

'Monster' Hurricane Florence to pummel U.S. Southeast for days

Even without the extreme wind speeds of a Category 5 storm, though, Hurricane Florence is likely to be a serious and life-threatening storm, Cline said . In addition to having Guardsmen in place before the arrival of Hurricane Florence, Soldiers are also being positioned throughout the state to handle recovery scenarios, like road clearing with engineering equipment and resources to assist citizens in returning to their homes once the hurricane has passed and the area is determined to be ... Read More »

Warner Announces Intention to Vote Against Kavanaugh


Rather, if she votes against Kavanaugh, the GoFundMe campaign will refund all the donations to those who contributed. In a few days, $800k+ has been raised to fund a challenger to @SenatorCollins in 2020 if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh. Read More »

'Monster' Hurricane Florence to pummel US Southeast for days


The latest rainfall potential map issued by the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center shows a portion of North Carolina receiving in excess of 20 inches of rain. Up to 35 inches of rain are to be expected in the aftermath of the hurricane, over parts of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states. "There's no water, there's no juices, there's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington. Read More »

These airlines are waiving fees before Hurricane Florence

By 8 a.m. Tuesday, Florence's eye was about 950 miles (1,530 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving west-northwest at 15 mph (24 kph). Forecast modeling indicates broad areas may receive 10 to 30 inches of rain, with higher localized totals of 30 to 40 inches over the next week or so. Read More »

Lions, tigers and shelter pets will ride out Hurricane Florence in place


Cooper and his counterparts in neighboring SC and Virginia ordered about 1 million people to evacuate coastal homes, including along the Outer Banks barrier islands. TRT World's Jay Gray reports from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Sustained winds were 130 miles per hour Tuesday morning, but it remains a Category 4 storm and is expected to intensify to near Category 5 status as it slows over very warm ocean water near North and SC. Read More »

Trump promises all-out response to Hurricane Florence

The storm may weaken slightly before making landfall , but it could still hit land as a Category 4 or strong Category 3 storm. At 2am local time on Wednesday the "monster" storm was centred 625 miles south east of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17mph. Read More »

Hurricane watches issued on East Coast ahead of Florence


Some petrol stations were running dry as customers filled up. At 2pm, the storm was centered 1360km southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 28kmh. Hurricane and storm watches were issued for the entire coast of North Carolina on Tuesday morning and for parts of the SC coast including Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington. Read More »

SC braces for Hurricane Florence


As Hurricane Florence-now upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane-appears headed toward the southeastern US, the governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency . Public schools and state agencies in 26 counties will also be closed Tuesday until further notice, authorities said. Tropical storm winds are forecast to hit the region sometime Thursday morning, with landfall occurring late Thursday night. Read More »

Hurricane Florence Expected to Become Major Hurricane Very Soon


Forecasters urged residents from SC to the mid-Atlantic to get ready - and not just for a direct blow against the coast. Florence could bring a deadly coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said . Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday night to ease load restrictions on farmers moving harvests from fields to market or storage. Residents along the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts should continue to prepare for a major hurricane landfall ... Read More »

SpaceX Just Launched its 16th Rocket of the Year

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. The Telstar 18 VANTAGE's coverage reaches across Asia all the way to Hawaii - in both C and Ku-bands - enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas. Read More »

Hurricane Florence Grows Stronger, Heads Toward US East Coast


East Coast. Some inland flooding is anticipated, but due to the recent dry spell, a repeat of 2016's Hurricane Matthew flooding is unlikely, unless the storm stalls over the coast and continues to feed off the warm ocean waters. Florence is a 140-mph, major Category 4 storm, moving to the west-northwest at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory . Read More »