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In fire zones in north and south California - where a total of at least 31 people have died - acrid smoke blanketed the sky for miles, the sun barely visible. The disaster, which started on November 8 and quickly spread across sections of the state, has already destroyed about 7,000 buildings and devastated more than 42,000 hectares of the western U.S.
  • SpaceX name FIRST PERSON it will take around the Moon

    SpaceX name FIRST PERSON it will take around the Moon

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    SpaceX is now prototyping the spaceship and other BFR hardware inside a 20,000-square-foot tent at the Port of Los Angeles - at least until a much bigger permanent facility is completed. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO framed the trip around the moon as an important part of the company's larger mission to colonize Mars . SpaceX plans to launch the first unmanned mission to Mars by 2022 - a goal Musk himself has described as "Ambitious", with a sight to putting the first humans on the ...
  • Japanese billionaire businessman is SpaceX's Moon tourist

    Japanese billionaire businessman is SpaceX's Moon tourist

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    Announced previous year, the BFR ship will sit 118 metres long - previously announced as 106 metres (347 feet) long - and Musk has said the ship will contain up to 40 cabins which will have enough space for 100 people. Musk noting that the entire BFR system will be tested in an uncrewed configuration before Maezawa and his fellow passengers embark on their voyage around the moon.
  • Hurricane Florence: Deadly storm leaves North Carolina homes destroyed

    Hurricane Florence: Deadly storm leaves North Carolina homes destroyed

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    Roy Cooper said. Five deaths have been linked to the storm and thousands of people have been staying in emergency shelters. Shell said she has one bedroom and a 20-by-40-foot sunroom she estimates could house up to 20 cots. Police said 150 to 200 residents have been rescued earlier on Friday and 150 or more were still awaiting rescue. Animal feeding operations above a certain size need to be "designed and operated to handle the rainfall and runoff from 25-year 24-hour storms", ...
  • Tropical Storm Helene expected to bring rain, wind gusts to Azores

    Tropical Storm Helene expected to bring rain, wind gusts to Azores

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    The Portuguese weather service said that wind gusts of up to 74 mph are possible by the weekend in the Azores, an island chain about 850 miles west of Portugal. He said the federal government and first responders are ready to assist, but that 'bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size'.
  • Gov. McMaster orders mandatory evacuations for SC coastal counties, reverses lanes

    Gov. McMaster orders mandatory evacuations for SC coastal counties, reverses lanes

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    As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast of the United States, the governors of North and SC have issued mandatory evacuation orders affecting tens of thousands of residents in coastal areas. More than a million people in the southeast United States faced mandatory evacuation orders. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated.
  • Brett Kavanaugh Committee Vote Delayed One Week

    Brett Kavanaugh Committee Vote Delayed One Week

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    It looks as though all Senate Republicans will vote to confirm, with Vice President Mike Pence available if needed as a backup. Susan Collins claim that a crowdfunding campaign created to influence her vote on the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh amounts to a "bribe", when it's really the kind of political speech that wealthy donors have been practicing legally for decades.
  • Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

    Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

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    While current conditions do not indicate a need to open shelters, there are evacuees moving through our community. "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime". "There are a lot of areas that have never seen flooding are going to experience it", Mr. Pfaff said. Hurricane experts expect the storm to slow its forward motion through today into Friday (Sept.
  • Time almost up: Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast

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    The storm could cause a life-threatening storm surge, essentially walls of water, ahead of landfall which is why FEMA warns that Wednesday is the last feasible day to evacuate areas vulnerable to the storm. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina .
  • Another hurricane is barreling toward Hawaii

    Another hurricane is barreling toward Hawaii

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    First, Hurricane Florence was last observed as a strong Category 1 storm with sustained wind speeds of 90 miles per hour and a minimum pressure of 974 millibars. This news about Hurricane Olivia comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought 3-4 feet of rainfall to parts of Hawaii. "The majority of inland flood fatalities occur in vehicles".
  • Tropical Storm Florence gaining strength

    Tropical Storm Florence gaining strength

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    The storm's minimum central continues to drop, now at 946 millibars. The Hurricane Center is forecasting a turn toward the west-northwest with a further decrease in forward speed expected later Thursday, followed by a turn toward the west by the weekend.
  • Storm prompts North Carolina State of Emergency

    Storm prompts North Carolina State of Emergency

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    Although she lost some of her punch before dawn Friday, Tropical Storm Florence is expected to regain her strength and push close to Bermuda and the East Coast - right on time for hurricane season. Meanwhile, two low pressure systems off the coast of Africa behind Florence also had high chances of developing into tropical storms, forecasters said.
  • Storm Gordon slings gusty wind, heavy rain at U.S. Gulf Coast

    Storm Gordon slings gusty wind, heavy rain at U.S. Gulf Coast

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    Hurricane Warnings and Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for parts of the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida coasts. It will reach the U.S. Kay Ivey . A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded by the rain. "Residents in those affected counties should also be prepared for tropical storm force winds and conditions that will favor isolated tornado threats not only along coastal counties but for South Mississippi ...
  • Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court

    Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court

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    Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, tried to block the proceedings in a dispute over Kavanaugh records withheld by the White House. "We're seeing a lot of table pounding this morning", Cruz said. "It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election". John McCain's seat, giving Republicans even more of a cushion.
  • Potential Tropical Cyclone Six has formed

    Potential Tropical Cyclone Six has formed

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    It is entering an area with less-than-stellar sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic, but low shear. Storms will end by this evening with some clearing overnight. It is not expected to be a threat to the USA coast. Regardless, forecasters expect the system to enhance our rain chances for the Labor Day weekend and into early next week.
  • Ernesto Now a Post-Tropical Cyclone, This Is the Last Advisory

    Ernesto Now a Post-Tropical Cyclone, This Is the Last Advisory

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    This was the case when Beryl reformed as a subtropical storm south of Bermuda in July. The system is no threat to the USA, forming in a similar place in the Central Atlantic Ocean as its predecessor Tropical Storm Debby. Such weather systems are unusual, but not unheard of in the general vicinity of Europe. As the drier air moves out by the weekend, tropical moisture is set to return.
  • Clean Wisconsin Statement on Trump's Plan to Replace Clean Power Plan

    Clean Wisconsin Statement on Trump's Plan to Replace Clean Power Plan

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    Legal challenges are already lining up, as the proposal awaits a 60-day comment period before it can be finalized. In that scenario, the Trump E.P.A. "We expect the EPA to give the states lots of time to come up with their plans ", said Liz Perera, the Sierra Club's climate policy director. Siderewicz also said coal plants in OH are "uneconomical" anyway.