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Santee Cooper, a SC electric utility, is installing inflatable dams around a coal ash pond at the former Grainger Generating Station in Conway as the Waccamaw River rises, the company said . There are now 32 confirmed deaths in North Carolina, a statement released by Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday. "We never learn from any of these storms".
  • Millions face Florence floods after 'epic' rainfall in Carolinas

    Millions face Florence floods after 'epic' rainfall in Carolinas

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    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned against such behavior as roads became increasingly risky. "Those rivers are going to start to crest later today and Tuesday and maybe longer". 14, 2018. "We lost all of our cars last night", Heath told her viewers, "because the water was above the headlights, even on our SUVs". "It's just bad - winds are still really high".
  • Final Delta 2 Rocket Launches From Vandenberg Carrying $1B Ice Probe

    Final Delta 2 Rocket Launches From Vandenberg Carrying $1B Ice Probe

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    NASA is expected this month to launch its newest sentinel to monitor the melting poles, the $1 billion Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-2). EDT (6:02 a.m. PDT or 1302 GMT) from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California. The instrument basically works like a stopwatch: It shoots a laser down to Earth and times how long it takes for the light to hit the surface and come back.
  • California to launch its own climate satellite in response to Trump

    California to launch its own climate satellite in response to Trump

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    Zero fossil fuel energy, zero gas-guzzlers on the road, zero waste, zero Carbon dioxide emissions - dozens of cities, regions and companies made "zero" pledges on Thursday (Sept 13) at a global climate summit in San Francisco. His administration is also seeking to boost methane emissions and roll back California's strict vehicle emissions standards. This culminated with its inclusion in the Paris Agreement outcome where countries welcomed the efforts of these actors to scale up their ...
  • Hurricane Florence demise toll as much as 5; flooding continues

    Hurricane Florence demise toll as much as 5; flooding continues

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    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper described the hurricane as likely to "continue its violent grind for days" and described the severity of the downfalls as a "1,000 year event". ( CNN ) - A group of firefighters in Wilmington, North Carolina, knelt and prayed outside the home where a mother and her infant died when a tree fell Friday.
  • Wilmington cut off from North Carolina by Florence flooding

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    Long said more havoc lays ahead as the storm broadens its geographic scope over regions deeply saturated with water. "I'm concerned about the impact on crops and farms". The Defense Department said about 13,500 military personnel had been assigned to help relief efforts. As authorities rescued people by boat and even airlifted 50 stranded people in North Carolina, there were also reports of looting.
  • Duke shuts down Brunswick nuclear plant ahead of Hurricane Florence

    Duke shuts down Brunswick nuclear plant ahead of Hurricane Florence

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    More than 8,000 Duke workers in North and SC are already in the area, and 1,700 workers from Duke Energy Midwest and 1,200 from Duke Energy Florida will also be on hand. The two reactors at the site, which entered service in 1975 and 1977, are of similar design to some of the reactors damaged at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan after an natural disaster and tsunami in 2011.
  • Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

    Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

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    At least 150,000 people were without power in North Carolina early Friday with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to utility companies. Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm Thursday night, but it is still a major storm that will have a significant impact on North and SC and cause considerable damage to the region.
  • HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storm kills 3, downs trees and power lines across region

    HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storm kills 3, downs trees and power lines across region

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    Elsewhere hundreds more had to be rescued from rising waters, with some residents having to climb up to their roofs to escape danger. 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.
  • Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

    Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

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    But the storm is 500 to 600 miles wide and may stall over several states. Georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency on Wednesday for all Georgia counties as Hurricane Florence nears certain parts of the state. The image is from September 11, 2018. Some areas are expected to see between 20 and 30 inches of rain through early next week in the area shaded in purple in the second image above.
  • Hurricane Florence: Giant, slow-moving storm causes deluge as it makes landfall

    Hurricane Florence: Giant, slow-moving storm causes deluge as it makes landfall

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    Two people in Wilmington were killed when a tree fell on their home", Cooper said. The father sustained injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for medical care. "I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. "In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", said Perry, who was trapped early Friday with three relatives.
  • Florence death toll rises to 5 amid massive deluge

    Florence death toll rises to 5 amid massive deluge

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    Along with this projection, NHC warned of "life-threatening" storm surges and floods throughout both North Carolina and SC. Officials say closures could last up to a week along Interstate 95 in North Carolina. The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.
  • Many US residents seek shelter from hurricane at Myrtle Beach resort

    Many US residents seek shelter from hurricane at Myrtle Beach resort

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    Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. Utility companies are predicting power outages that could reach between one-to-three million across both North and SC for days and possibly weeks. More rain could prove to be devastating. But past year, even with hurricanes Harvey , Irma and Maria, no one in the United States died of storm surge, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced.
  • Deadly Florence trudges inland in Carolinas with 'epic' rain, flooding

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    In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers. Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel. Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.
  • Trump declares disaster in 8 North Carolina counties

    Trump declares disaster in 8 North Carolina counties

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    That's Jay Barnes. He's a hurricane historian and has literally written the book on the history of North Carolina's hurricanes. In 2013, one of the most powerful storms on record, Typhoon Haiyan , killed 7,300 people and displaced more than 5 million when it swept across the islands of the central Philippines.
  • Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

    Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

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    East Run. A total of 3 storms have been spotted by the satellites as of September 13: Joyce, Isaac, and Helene. On Wednesday, at the moment of the US National Hurricane Center announcement, Hurricane Florence was at about 335 miles (540 kilometers) away off the US East Coast, more specifically, right at the southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • Hurricane Florence: Flight cancellations now at 1,645, more likely

    Hurricane Florence: Flight cancellations now at 1,645, more likely

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    At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency. "A slow motion across portions of eastern SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night". After making landfall in the lower Outer Banks of North Carolina , the storm is expected to make a shift to the left toward SC before trekking west and then north.
  • FEMA Chief Under Probe for Using Official Cars

    FEMA Chief Under Probe for Using Official Cars

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    Both FEMA and ICE are agencies managed by DHS. As Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, with tropical storm-force blasting the shoreline, the government's lead disaster official is under an internal investigation for his alleged misuse of government cars, POLITICO reports .
  • Insurers brace for another round of catastrophe losses from Hurricane Florence

    Insurers brace for another round of catastrophe losses from Hurricane Florence

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    The storm is now expected to make landfall in the lower Outer Banks of North Carolina early Friday morning or possibly stay in the ocean before making a shift to the left toward SC. Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less risky, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion.
  • Hurricane Florence Breaks North Carolina Rainfall Record

    Hurricane Florence Breaks North Carolina Rainfall Record

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    The viral video showed Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel in Wilmington, North Carolina, shifting his position to brace himself against the wind gusts coming at him. "Remember: Most storm deaths occur from drowning in fresh water, often in cars", he said. "Please be safe and be smart and use your common sense", Cooper added.
  • Tropical Storm Helene has Azores in sights

    Tropical Storm Helene has Azores in sights

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    In places, wind gusts could reach 70-80 miles per hour (112-128 km/h). As of Friday evening, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour as it moved to the south of Puerto Rico and the island of Hispaniola, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  • Hurricane Florence to 'bring Mike Tyson punch to Carolina coast'

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    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. Amanda Kinseth , reporter for WPDE ABC 15 News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina . The NHC said Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land.
  • Hurricane Florence turns deadly, unleashing torrential floods on Carolinas

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    In Pender County, officials said that a woman died of a heart attack Friday morning as emergency crews tried to reach her; they were delayed because of downed trees and debris in the road. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the New Bern authorities said on Twitter . Coastal water has risen 5-feet above sea level near Wilmington and 8-feet above sea level near New Bern according to recorders in tide buoys, which you can track here.
  • Ocean City Prepares for Impacts of Hurricane Florence

    Ocean City Prepares for Impacts of Hurricane Florence

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    While Hurricane Florence pounds North Carolina, another tropical storm is on track to reach Britain early next week. A NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft will soon fly through the center of Isaac , and will provide a better assessment of the intensity of the tropical storm and the extent of its winds.
  • Warm weather returns to Montreal - hurricane Florence expected to strengthen

    Warm weather returns to Montreal - hurricane Florence expected to strengthen

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    While much of the focus ahead of Hurricane Florence has been on the coastal areas, weather experts are warning the Category 4 storm could bring catastrophic flooding and damaging winds to major cities well inland. It includes transporting supplies, equipment, fuel, or people to and from the areas hit by the storm. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.
  • ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

    ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

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    If you're anxious about flooding away from the coast, then the Southeast River Forecast Center is your go-to stop. Ballance called the rainfall "biblical", saying he's gotten reports from friends that his downtown seafood restaurant was flooded, just like the rest of the small city's historic downtown, and he's anxious about the hundreds of people who needed to be rescued overnight in the city.
  • Weakening winds from Hurricane Florence approach the Carolinas

    Weakening winds from Hurricane Florence approach the Carolinas

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    As of the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center , Florence was 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C. North Carolina and SC are bracing for the onslaught, which could bring storm surges as high as nine feet and rainfall of as much as 40 inches in some areas.
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip

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    If all goes well, this unnamed passenger will be the first person to visit the moon since NASA's Apollo mission in 1972. SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan. By the early 2020s, SpaceX hopes the BFR will replace all of its existing rockets and spacecraft. But Musk has broad ambitions for SpaceX and the BFR.
  • Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, launches $2 billion charitable fund to fight poverty

    Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, launches $2 billion charitable fund to fight poverty

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    The first will fund existing nonprofits and issue annual awards to organisations doing "compassionate, needle-moving work" to shelter and support the immediate needs of young families. According to the research firm eMarketer, Amazon's e-commerce revenue will grow more than 28 percent this year to reach $394 billion, and will account for 49 percent of USA online retail sales and almost five percent of all retail spending.
  • Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms - Storms Like Florence

    Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms - Storms Like Florence

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    The category 4 hurricane is expected to hit as an "extremely unsafe hurricane" NHC says, despite predictions of some weakening after the next 48 hours. Cooper already issued a state of emergency late last week. Florence is expected to bring heavy rain along the coast of the Carolinas, but several towns located inland are expected to see a lot of rain.
  • California mandates 100% clean energy by 2045

    California mandates 100% clean energy by 2045

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    Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that aims to eliminate fossil fuel use for electricity by 2045 and serves as a rebuke to USA withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. California is the most populous state to agree to such aggressive decarbonization and only the second state to formalize such a pledge in legislation, after Hawaii.
  • 'Monster' Hurricane Florence nears Carolina coast

    'Monster' Hurricane Florence nears Carolina coast

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    Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, risky surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes. Hurricane Helene and Subtropical Storm Joyce were off in the Atlantic, posing no threat. A hurricane warning was issued for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
  • West Point area could start to feel effects of Hurricane Florence Thursday

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    National Hurricane Center now says tropical storm force winds "reasonable" for north Florida. People who thought they were safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry along the Southeastern coast.
  • Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

    Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

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    ET by the National Hurricane Center , shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). Florence became a risky Category 3 hurricane Wednesday afternoon before it downgraded to a Category 2 Wednesday night with winds at 110mph. As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.
  • Hurricane Florence looks like a nightmarish monstrosity - ‘even from space’

    Hurricane Florence looks like a nightmarish monstrosity - ‘even from space’

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    Monday, according to NASA . "Gather prepared on the East Fly, right here's a no-kidding nightmare coming for you". NASA's Aqua satellite caught Hurricane Florence developing an eye Sunday as the storm ramped up its intensity. Florence is now a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 125mph, and is expected to strengthen before making landfall along the Carolina coast later this week.