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Hurricane Florence is producing waves as high as 83 feet
- September 14, 2018

People fleeing North and SC clogged coastal highways early Wednesday as Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 4 storm , bore down on the U.S. east coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that the slower storm could bring as much as 40 inches of rain in places. Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with retail tracking service GasBuddy, predicted shortages could occur at more than one in 10 petrol ... (more...)
SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon
- September 14, 2018

SpaceX declined an AFP request for more details, but said further information would follow Monday at an event lasting from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (0030 GMT to 0200 GMT). Boeing is also hard at work on its crew vehicle, with pioneering flights planned for 2019 as well. The journey will see SpaceX put its new reusable BFR rocket through its paces. (more...)
Hurricane Florence lashes USA east coast, triggers flood warnings Hurricane Florence lashes USA east coast, triggers flood warnings
- September 14, 2018

Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive. Forecasters are calling Hurricane Florence a "generational storm". As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril. The next concern for airlines is Tropical Storm Isaac, which threatens to hammer vacation destinations in the Caribbean, as Hurricanes Irma and Maria did past year. (more...)
Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 1 storm
- September 14, 2018

Its forward movement increased slightly to 6 miles per hour (9 kph). He said hurricane-force winds extend outward 80 miles from the centre of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 200 miles out. 'Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you'. But while the storm is predicted to pass near Wilmington , North Carolina, the majority of surge-related flooding will actually be to north near Pamlico Sound. (more...)
Stunning space photos show ‘nightmare’ Hurricane Florence swirling over the Atlantic
- September 14, 2018

Viewed through the wide-angle camera of the International Space Station which orbits at 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth, Hurricane Florence appears swirling above the Atlantic Ocean as it's moving west-northwest towards the North and SC. (more...)
Hurricane Florence lashes Carolinas with heavy rain, floods
- September 14, 2018

HO/AFP/Getty Images In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station. On Wednesday, Florence was downgraded twice from its peak as a Category 4 storm which causes "catastrophic damage". "This is a powerful storm that can kill", North Carolina Gov. (more...)
Hurricane Florence Grows in Size but Winds Weaken, Conditions Still Life-Threatening
- September 14, 2018

Shortly after the news that the storm has changed course to affect Georgia after landfall, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to motivate citizens of the state to prepare for the unsafe weather. Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina , David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. (more...)
Hurricane Florence latest forecast could still mean tropical impacts for Middle Georgia Hurricane Florence latest forecast could still mean tropical impacts for Middle Georgia
- September 14, 2018

The Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph is expected to produce 20 to 30 inches of rain in the coast North Carolina area, and 5 to 10 inches in western SC and northern North Carolina, per the National Weather Service . Forecasters expected some strengthening in the next 36 hours, as Florence marched west-northwest at 20kmh. "It's going to happen". Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along ... (more...)
'Threat becomes reality': Florence begins days of rain, wind 'Threat becomes reality': Florence begins days of rain, wind
- September 14, 2018

Latest reports have the center of Florence approaching the coasts of North and SC on Thursday. So far, it's estimate more than 1.7 million Americans have heeded the warnings about Hurricane Florence. 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. (more...)
Scientists in the Pacific Ocean discovered new sea creatures Scientists in the Pacific Ocean discovered new sea creatures
- September 14, 2018

People expect that deepest fish would be lonely and motionless. But although they lack giant teeth and a menacing frame they are highly adept at living where few other organisms can. The researchers used deep-water camera-trap, which was immersed to a depth of 7.5 thousand meters. Newcastle scientists and engineers worked for five years developing technology for the exploration of ultra-deep environments, like the Atacama Trench, which runs almost 3,700 miles along the west coast of ... (more...)
Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC
- September 14, 2018

Instead, the storm is now expected to make landfall over Wilmington, traveling south over Myrtle Beach between Friday and Saturday, and then traveling through SC and North Carolina to the Tennessee border through Sunday into Monday. "As we have been predicting, this hurricane is unpredictable", McMaster said at a news briefing updating the state's response to Florence on Wednesday. (more...)
Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm
- September 14, 2018

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Thursday evening and was moving west at only 6 miles per hour (9 km/h). "Especially for people that we've already told to evacuate". He also urged those outside of the evacuation zones to be prepared. At a press conference Thursday morning, officials stressed that Hurricane Florence's wind speed may have fallen, but the danger has not. (more...)
People Have Spotted Something Hilariously NSFW About Hurricane Florence
- September 14, 2018

Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Florence's forward motion had slowed and it was not expected to make landfall in the Carolinas until "some time Friday afternoon, Friday evening or Saturday morning". (more...)
Carolina coast braces for 'Mike Tyson punch' from Hurricane Florence
- September 14, 2018

This storm is heading toward North and SC late Thursday into Friday . Officials warned there was a chance of "life-threatening inundation from rising water" as the hurricane is due to hit land on Friday . "If you don't have a plan in place, you still have time to do something", Jones said. We're just on a heightened awareness at this point. "Don't panic, people just need to prepare, just in case". (more...)
Carolina Braces for Florence Storm Surge
- September 14, 2018

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds. (more...)
Ailing orca J50 declared dead by U.S. whale tracking researcher
- September 14, 2018

Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research said Thursday he believes the whale known as J50 "is gone". "Unless we do something about salmon recovery, we're just not going to have these whales in the future". Her family was seen Wednesday at the south end of Lopez Island, but J50 was not among them. "Unfortunately J50 has not been seen in several days of favorable conditions and repeated sightings of her pod and family group, including J16, her mother", the agency said in a news release. (more...)
Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'
- September 14, 2018

The effects of Hurricane Florence can already be felt along the coast of North Carolina as of 12 p.m. on September 13. "We expected it to strengthen and then as it approached the coast to weaken somewhat", Abrams says. Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying. (more...)
'Very dangerous' hurricane starts battering US East Coast 'Very dangerous' hurricane starts battering US East Coast
- September 14, 2018

According to the U.S. National Weather Service , there are 5.25 million residents in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places under tropical storm warnings or watches. "Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall expected". And even though meteorologists sort storms into categories by the strength of their winds, it's actually the storm surge that's most risky, as AccuWeather reported. (more...)
UN chief tells world leaders to 'break the paralysis' on climate change UN chief tells world leaders to 'break the paralysis' on climate change
- September 14, 2018

His remarks come a day after climate talks in Bangkok concluded without producing a final draft of rules to be presented at the UN's next round of climate negotiations - the COP24 conference - December 3 in Poland . Progress on that road is now stalled. Campaigners also flagged troubles at the flagship Green Climate Fund, which is meant to channel a large chunk of the money rich nations have pledged, but is struggling to replenish its coffers after the US government signalled it would not ... (more...)
States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms
- September 14, 2018

While most people, including President Donald Trump , grew concerned over its massive size - some people couldn't help themselves from commenting underneath the comical graphic. Florence is expected to make landfall between Thursday and Friday. The image circles some of the points where the most extreme weather is set to batter the world this week, giving a word of warning about the dangers they pose. (more...)
Toronto politicians to weigh steps as province revives bill to reduce council Toronto politicians to weigh steps as province revives bill to reduce council
- September 14, 2018

But Ford quickly announced he'd use the notwithstanding clause to override the ruling, and also said his government would appeal the decision. "We have hit a tipping point and both scenarios are becoming virtually impossible for us to carry out", she said. (more...)
Evacuations along Southeastern coast underway ahead of Florence Evacuations along Southeastern coast underway ahead of Florence
- September 14, 2018

Florence could bring a deadly coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said. It could be the most devastating to hit the region in three decades. Similar scenes were repeated up and down the US East Coast, from Virginia to Savannah, Georgia. Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators. (more...)
Nasa lists hazards of human spaceflight to Mars Nasa lists hazards of human spaceflight to Mars
- September 14, 2018

According to a recent article in the Washington Post , NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said that brand deals and rights sales might be on the horizon for the space agency: "Is it possible for NASA to offset some of its costs by selling the naming rights to its spacecraft or the naming rights to its rockets?" As early as now, NASA experts have already raised their skepticism over the idea of selling naming rights and having astronauts appear in commercials. (more...)
Hurricane Florence still a threat despite downgrade
- September 13, 2018

The Weather Channel 's forecast video shows the potential damage such surges could inflict on the southern states. The agency is also warning people in the evacuation areas to leave stating that "This is not going to be a glancing blow". (more...)
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos launches $2bn homeless fund Amazon boss Jeff Bezos launches $2bn homeless fund
- September 13, 2018

The "Bezos Day One Fund" will contribute to "existing nonprofits that help homeless families". Bezos, with an estimated fortune of more than $160 billion, is now the world's wealthiest man, according to Forbes. Amazon, meanwhile, has been criticized for years for largely taking a pass on the formal donation programs of corporate peers. It was, he added, the most comfortable he had been at a board meeting of his very big e-commerce company. (more...)