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SpaceX announced past year that it planned to send two unidenified private citizens on an around-the-moon mission in late 2018. "No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972". Musk responded to questions from Twitter users following the announcement, saying that the rocket is still in development and has been "intentionally " created to resemble one seen in a classic comic book series, "The Adventures of Tintin".
  • 'It Wants to Get Stronger': NOAA Hurricane Hunter Flies into Florence

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    Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean as it threatens the US East Coast. Current forecasts call for Florence to be at least a Category 3 storm when it arrives at the Carolinas. With the storm churning across the Atlantic with 140 miles per hour winds, hurricane watches and warnings include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast.
  • More than 98,000 without power in U.S. Southeast as Florence approaches

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    Even if a house is elevated 10 feet, with that kind of storm surge, "there's a good chance there's going to be water inside of it", Needham said. Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said he hoped the effects of the storm would be limited. Scientists hypothesize that a warmer world will bring slower storms, so what we saw last year with Harvey - and now this year with Florence - could be a sign of those changes.
  • 1.5m Evacuated As Hurricane Florence Threatens Carolinas

    1.5m Evacuated As Hurricane Florence Threatens Carolinas

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    Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland in declaring states of emergency. " This is a real hurricane we have coming ", he said. The U.S. Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm. The vessels will get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek to avoid potential damage from winds and tidal surges, said Colonel Rob Manning, a ...
  • Watch live streaming video of Hurricane Florence rolling into North Carolina

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    Of those who left, more than 4,000 had sought housing at emergency shelters across the state. Like many other officials in the storm's path, South Carolina Gov. Scientists hypothesize that a warmer world will bring slower storms, so what we saw last year with Harvey - and now this year with Florence - could be a sign of those changes.
  • Read Jeff Bezos' full statement about his $2 billion Day One fund

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    The fund will issue annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing work to "move the needle" in providing hunger and shelter support to young families. Bezos's wealth has allowed him to pay for side ventures, including starting space exploration company Blue Origin and buying the Washington Post newspaper.
  • Hurricane Florence: Residents told to 'heed the warnings'

    Hurricane Florence: Residents told to 'heed the warnings'

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    Due to the storm's enormous size and power, it's been a recent - if not frightening - muse for astronaut photography . Shelves at a store in Raleigh, North Carolina, emptied of supplies as people stock up ahead of Hurricane Florence. Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the United States, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas.
  • Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

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    The National Weather Service said 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches. To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients - and Florence has them all. In Columbia , South Carolina , Barry Sparks, a 66-year-old retiree, was thinking of getting out after the path of the storm shifted to the south.
  • Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

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    It is poised to slow to a crawl there and then drift to the southwest , unloading disastrous amounts of rain. Federal officials begged residents to put together emergency kits and have a plan on where to go. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said.
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    Hurricane Florence from space: "A no-kidding nightmare"

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    NASA also recorded what it called "stark and sobering" video footage of Florence from the space station on Wednesday. . "Now a major hurricane with winds of 115 miles an hour and increasing, the National Hurricane Center says Florence's forecast track will take the system over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and Florence will approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.
  • $1 million pledged against Susan Collins if she backs Brett Kavanaugh

    $1 million pledged against Susan Collins if she backs Brett Kavanaugh

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    Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins, separately gave The New York Times copies of letters and voicemail messages being sent to the senator's offices that included threats. As well as his views on abortion , many people are also concerned about Mr Kavanaugh's desire to abolish gun control legislation and unravel the Affordable Care Act.
  • Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

    Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

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    In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (4 m), Florence could dump 15 to 25 inches (38 to 64 cm) of rain, with up to 35 inches (89 cm) in some spots, forecasters said. "I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said. "My home is all my wife and I have, materially speaking, a lifetime of stuff".
  • Map of North Carolina Showing Latest GFS, European Models

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    Cooper called the residents of his state "a hardy bunch" that have endured a multitude of past storms, but that "this storm is different". The very center of that bullseye may be Camp Lejeune, the sprawling Marine Corps training base, where authorities were opening emergency operation centers, staging equipment and urging families on the base to build survival kits with food and equipment needed to sustain themselves for 72 hours.
  • Carolinas brace for the worst as monstrous Hurricane Florence nears

    Carolinas brace for the worst as monstrous Hurricane Florence nears

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    Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances. Maps of Florence's route show its centre will most likely strike the southern coast of North Carolina. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm. But the fine weather was short-lived, with the opposite side of the hurricane's eyewall on the horizon.
  • SpaceX Aces Telstar 18V Satellite Launch, Lands Falcon 9 Booster At Sea

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    In case of delays, the launch event can even stretch for four hours. At 15,564 lbs, the satellite is the second heaviest communications satellite ever launched and is created to last about 15 years in orbit, Space .com reports. "We don't have a view but we hear recovery calling out, 'Falcon 9 has landed, '" Falcon 9 principal integration engineer John Insprucker said during the livestream.
  • Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival

    Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival

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    The storms are two of three hurricanes now spinning in the Atlantic. This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. The governors of Virginia, North Carolina and SC have all declared states of emergency. "You see how it's beginning to wrap around the center". This is the latest "cone of uncertainty", which shows an area where the center of the storm could go, when and how strong it might be at the given time.
  • Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4, heads toward Carolinas

    Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4, heads toward Carolinas

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    The storm is located 725 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands and about 1,515 miles south-southwest of the Azores, moving northwest at 12 mph. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130 miles per hour winds in 1954.
  • Hurricane Florence top winds dip to 130 miles per hour

    Hurricane Florence top winds dip to 130 miles per hour

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    A hurricane watch was in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina , to Virginia's southern border, with the first hurricane-force winds arriving late Thursday. Power and water outages could last for weeks. The storm is now between 500-600 miles wide and gaining strength. If a Category 5 hits the southeastern US, "a high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse", said the NHC.
  • Hawaii residents brace themselves as hurricane approaches

    Hawaii residents brace themselves as hurricane approaches

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    Gov. David Ige has declared a state of emergency . "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the service added. The eastern side of the island picked up almost 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) of rain in three hours, while there was light rain in other areas, Foster said.
  • Eye of Hurricane Olivia breaking apart

    Eye of Hurricane Olivia breaking apart

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    Hurricane Hector has returned to a Category 4 storm and picked-up speed as it moves towards Hawaii's Big Island. Even as a tropical storm, Lane cost the city about $1 million in overtime, Caldwell said. The storm's expected to continue tracking west-northwest through Saturday and enter the Central Pacific basin, which is where Hawaii is located, around that time, forecasters said.
  • Isaac now 3rd tropical storm swirling n eastern Atlantic

    Isaac now 3rd tropical storm swirling n eastern Atlantic

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    As of 11:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday , the National Hurricane Center reports that Florence is about 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) southeast of the Bahamas and 610 miles (985 kilometers) northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands. Their governors declared states of emergency Friday and Saturday. The Center reports that Florence will be a unsafe hurricane near the United States' southeastern coast by late next week as the risk of "direct impacts continues to increase".