by | September 16, 2018 | 04:48

Long said at a press conference Thursday morning that he will "fully cooperate" in an investigation into his alleged misuse of government resources for travel, an issue that has roiled several other former Trump Cabinet secretaries. FEMA's James Joseph said even with all of its assets, there are limits to what it can do. Jessica Nalepa , FEMA director of external affairs, also responded to the investigation saying FEMA "fully cooperates with all investigations conducted by the DHS OIG".

by | September 16, 2018 | 00:08

The storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington , N.C., and moving northwest at about 16 mph. Florence is moving over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas today, and is expected to approach the coast of North Carolina or SC in the hurricane warning area on Friday .

by | September 16, 2018 | 00:01

Still, some residents ignored calls to evacuate. The slow-moving storm is still dumping colossal amounts of rain on North Carolina and parts of northern SC. Maximum sustained winds remained at 50 miles per hour (80 kph). "And we're not done yet", Graham said, adding that some hard-hit areas could get an additional 15 to 20 inches because the storm was moving so slowly.

by | September 15, 2018 | 23:34

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for. The storm is projected to shift northeast with an increase in forward speed in the coming days, forecasters said. For this hurricane season, the NOAA forecasting service and Britain's Met Office predict between 5 and 9 storms of Category 3 or stronger. Forecasters say catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over parts of North Carolina and SC ahead.

by | September 15, 2018 | 17:54

At 11:00 am (1600 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 485 miles (785 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving in a northwest direction at 15 mph (24 kph). Florence is now heading for ocean water that has surface temperatures of about 85 degrees, meaning it will most likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

by | September 15, 2018 | 13:32

In New Bern, where a curfew was in place, city authorities said hundreds of people had been rescued from homes inundated with water. There have been numerous calls for fallen trees, according to officials, however they are not aware of any others where people are trapped.

by | September 15, 2018 | 11:27

It is expected to move across parts of south-eastern North Carolina and eastern SC, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. But the change was probably temporary and didn't do anything to lessen the danger, said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

by | September 15, 2018 | 09:54

A tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico is still being monitored, but its chance of development in the coming days has decreased. The National Hurricane Center says the waves were measured by satellite. Top sustained winds are now about 65 miles per hour (100 kph) and the storm is moving to the west-southwest at 5 miles per hour (7 kph) - a track that is expected to continue through early Saturday.

by | September 15, 2018 | 09:31

Meanwhile, as scientists continue their debate, Hurricane Florence is set to cross seas a degree or more warmer than normal on its path to the USA east coast. The storm is now 845 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in preparation for Florence's arrival.

by | September 15, 2018 | 00:21

At the time, the storm carried winds of about 90 miles per hour (145 km/h), making it a Category 1 storm, but that ranking belies the hurricane's massive clouds and the downpour it is visiting on the coastline, with some areas already drenched in 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain .

by | September 14, 2018 | 22:25

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the United States, including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence.

by | September 14, 2018 | 20:41

In a step that commercialises space travel, United States private space firm SpaceX on Friday announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday. PDT). SpaceX is a key commercial partner to NASA, and is working on a crew ship that will make its first flight to the orbiting International Space Station next year, restoring access to space from USA soil for the first time since 2011, when the space shuttle program was retired after 30 years.

by | September 14, 2018 | 20:12

Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches was expected to affect Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands with isolated areas receiving up to 4 inches. This week is the expected peak of hurricane season, according to forecasters, so seeing these active storms churning through the Atlantic right now isn't fully unexpected.

by | September 14, 2018 | 19:00

And there's still the problem of deadly storm surge . The National Weather Service says almost 5 million people could witness at least 10 inches of rain as the slow-moving storm makes slow forward progress. Prisoners were affected, too. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from prisons and juvenile detention centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

by | September 14, 2018 | 09:30

Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post and space exploration company Blue Origin, became the world's wealthiest person this year, with an estimated net worth of $164 billion, according to Bloomberg . Many Twitter users agreed with that reasoning. "If billionaires like Bezos were properly taxed then we wouldn't need billionaires like Bezos to sweep in and "rescue" people failed by our underfunded systems," one wrote .

by | September 14, 2018 | 07:18

Storm surge and hurricane watches may be issued early Tuesday for portions of southeastern U.S. states, the NHC said. Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall early Friday in North Carolina, prompting evacuations from the Carolinas to Virginia.

by | September 13, 2018 | 23:58

The state will have to lean more heavily on wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power to reach its goal, as well as seek more ambitious battery build-outs and create incentives for dramatic changes in energy efficiency at the industrial, commercial, and residential levels.

by | September 13, 2018 | 23:12

North Carolina and SC have issued evacuations in their states as they prepare for the most powerful storm. "I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.

by | September 13, 2018 | 16:24

Forecasts project the center of Florence to make landfall around the South and North Carolina border on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane . Speaking in the Oval Office alongside Trump, FEMA administrator Brock Long said Hurricane Florence may be a "very devastating storm". The storm surge - often the most perilous risk to life posed by any hurricane - is expected to inundate areas along the coast with saltwater that's 9-13 feet deep, from Cape Fear, N.C., to Cape Lookout, N.C.

by | September 13, 2018 | 11:16

The Category 4 storm was expected to start hitting the North and SC coasts sometime Thursday or Friday , and should make landfall near Wilmington, N.C., early Saturday morning, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center .

by | September 13, 2018 | 04:56

The massive storm was captured on a high-definition camera from the International Space Station as it barreled across the Atlantic Ocean with its 130 miles per hour winds. An image taken by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Carolinas on September 12, 2018 . Florence is expected to remain a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall.

by | September 12, 2018 | 22:42

Tropical Storm watch: North of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia and Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. During the next day or so, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday night.

by | September 12, 2018 | 21:40

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by | September 12, 2018 | 09:14

The storm is moving west at 5 miles per hour. Officials in North Carolina are already bracing for impact. The governor held a press conference Sunday afternoon alongside state emergency response officials to update the state on the potential impacts Hurricane Florence can have on SC.

by | September 12, 2018 | 05:59

The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster". Florence is heading toward the southeastern US - with an unusual journey. On the latest track, Florence is projected to make landfall somewhere along the Carolina coastline late Thursday night into early Friday. But that's not all, there are two other disturbances out there as well.