• Tropical Storm Kirk moves westward over Atlantic

    Tropical Storm Kirk moves westward over Atlantic

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    The National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two. The storm was centered about 645 miles southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. "The global models show a notable increase in westerly shear when Kirk reaches the eastern Caribbean Sea in about 4 days, and that should cause weakening and possibly even dissipation by the end of the forecast period".
  • Small North Carolina Town Is Latest to Feel Florence's Fury

    Small North Carolina Town Is Latest to Feel Florence's Fury

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    McMaster on Thursday estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion U.S., characterizing it in a letter to state congress members as the worst disaster in the state's modern history. In Bladen County, North Carolina, about 100 people and 33 animals were rescued "in a risky operation in the middle of the night" after a dam burst, Cooper said in another post.
  • Florence flooding continues in North Carolina with another river expected to crest

    Florence flooding continues in North Carolina with another river expected to crest

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    The river's overflow also turned Interstate 40 in Pender County into a river, which state Department of Transportation officials say serves as a reminder of how risky traveling in the area can be. The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people are "in harm's way". Local officials say the president is also expected to visit flooded areas near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina .
  • Tropical Storm Florence brings catastrophic flooding to Carolinas

    Tropical Storm Florence brings catastrophic flooding to Carolinas

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    In Leland, a low-lying city north of Wilmington, homes and local businesses were engulfed by water. "Our roads are flooded", he said. The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s and was briefly the state capital, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.
  • Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

    Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

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    MA will not feel too much of an impact from the chaotic storm down south, according to the National Weather Service: "The only impacts in southern New England from Hurricane Florence will be high surf and risky rip currents especially on the south coast through Friday".
  • Hurricane Florence Approaches US East Coast

    Hurricane Florence Approaches US East Coast

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    It's about 90 miles northeast of Wrightsville Beach, where Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. September 14. Video posted on Twitter showed a meteorologist telling viewers about the evacuation before walking off-screen. Maximum sustained winds remain near 90 miles per hour (150 kph) with higher gusts. "We have crews sheltered in place at this time, waiting for the storm's passage", said Capt.
  • Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm

    Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Power outages were reported across Puerto Rico Friday morning as Tropical Depression Isaac dropped rain across the USA territory. This rainfall may cause risky flash flooding. Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding.
  • Amazon's Jeff Bezos to start $2 billion charitable fund

    Amazon's Jeff Bezos to start $2 billion charitable fund

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    Philanthropy experts called Bezos' approach direct and pragmatic, but said its success would depend largely on how the money was allocated and how willing the billionaire was to make changes along the way. The Washington Posts top editor has said that Mr. Bezos has no involvement in its news coverage. Launched in 1994 as an online bookseller, Amazon has become a retail powerhouse operating globally, and has expanded into streaming video, music, cloud computing and other segments, and past ...
  • Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT’S HAPPENING

    Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT’S HAPPENING

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    As of Thursday at 5 a.m., forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2. Florence could do more than $170bn (£130bn) of damage and affect almost 759,000 homes and businesses, says analytics firm CoreLogic. "We have a duty to everybody here in the city and we take that very seriously", Vest said.
  • Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

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    Hurricane Florence , the monster Category 3 storm taking aim at the North and SC coastline, is expected to make landfall by the end of this week and bring with it devastating wind, rain and storm surge. The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Wednesday at 185 km per hour, down from a peak of 225 km per hour a day earlier before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of wind strength.
  • HURRICANE CENTER: Florence may become threat to US East Coast

    HURRICANE CENTER: Florence may become threat to US East Coast

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    As Tropical Storm Florence continued making its way toward the East Coast, North Carolina's governor issued a state of emergency . Forecasters in the Baltimore region say any impacts here remain unclear. A more pressing concern locally this weekend will be potential coastal flooding in Flagler and St. Johns counties, the National Weather Service said.
  • Florida child killed by falling tree as Gordon strikes land

    Florida child killed by falling tree as Gordon strikes land

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    The storm made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said , with a maximum sustained wind speed of 70 miles per hour. Rain was still falling but the lights were on at a Waffle House restaurant in Mobile, where factory worker Jerome Richardson said he lost power at 9 p.m.as the storm passed overhead.
  • Emergency on US Gulf Coast as Storm Gordon nears

    Emergency on US Gulf Coast as Storm Gordon nears

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    Forecasters say they still expect Tropical Storm Gordon to become a hurricane before making landfall somewhere along or near the MS coast. Also, it warns that coastal flooding may be an issue later this week. According to Micheal Brennan, chief of the National Hurricane Centre's hurricane specialist unit, the dry air over the gulf and wind shear have kept Gordon from picking up more strength.