• Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach
Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach

In a quiet lagoon in Greece , nearby residents were treated to their land wholly covered in arachnid silk. Although the event takes place every three to five years , an increase in the mosquito population - a staple in the spiders' diets - combined with this summer's hot and humid conditions are believed to have contributed to the extraordi...

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  • Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons
Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons

He rationed the feed he had on-hand as best he could, and used 250 gallons of diesel per day to keep his generators running. More than 86 inches of rain have fallen so far. Speaking in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump said SC is in for a "tough one" as flood waters keep rising. The supplies will go to residents of the eastern part of the state...

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  • Flooding on the Horizon for South Carolina, a Week After Florence
Flooding on the Horizon for South Carolina, a Week After Florence

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety said Thursday night that the 81-year-old was found in his vehicle submerged underwater off Carolina Church Road in Dillon. The closure affected all lanes of the Interstate at mile marker 175 - just northeast of Florence , S.C. There is no timetable for the road to be reopened.

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  • First private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests
First private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Maezawa said Monday that the SpaceX BFR rocket will make the trip in 2023. The reusable 118-meter (387-foot) rocket will have its own dedicated passenger ship. "Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon". He said SpaceX has updated the design for the BFR rocket for the third time in three years. SpaceX President and Chief Operating Offi...

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  • Hurricane Florence death toll climbs to 37; Donald Trump visits stricken area
Hurricane Florence death toll climbs to 37; Donald Trump visits stricken area

Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week. "Understand: There is a lot of water inland, and it is continuing to make its way downstream", county manager Chris Coudreit said. After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches of rain in the Northeast...

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  • Japanese billionaire to be first tourist to Moon: SpaceX
Japanese billionaire to be first tourist to Moon: SpaceX

Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire musician, fashion designer, art collector and entrepreneur , expects to take a group of artists with him into orbit within five years. While Musk has insisted that the spacecraft is safe, he warned Monday that there "are some chances things could go wrong". The Big Falcon Rocket is the most powerful rocket in h...

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  • Hurricane Florence Is Generating 83-Foot Waves in the Atlantic
Hurricane Florence Is Generating 83-Foot Waves in the Atlantic

The only route off North Carolina's Hatteras Island closed Thursday as Hurricane Florence approached. Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern SC...20 to 30 inches, isolated 40 inches. In a statement , the SCANA subsidiary predicted that the storm would "bring unsafe winds and the potential for heavy rain and flooding acro...

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  • Trump to visit hurricane-stricken North Carolina, death toll at 33
Trump to visit hurricane-stricken North Carolina, death toll at 33

The Coast Guard said it had 26 helicopters and 11 aircraft looking for people in trouble. The death toll from Hurricane Florence had increased to 32 people on Tuesday morning, as officials rushed to get relief to a North Carolina city still largely marooned from the rest of the state by flood water.

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  • Japanese billionaire businessman is SpaceX's Moon tourist
Japanese billionaire businessman is SpaceX's Moon tourist

He said Maezawa, founder of Japan's largest retail website and one the country's richest people, came to SpaceX with the idea for the flight. Maezawa referred to Earth's longtime love affair with the moon, Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", and Van Gogh "Starry Night", and other works of art that have been inspired by the moon, "our planet's c...

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  • Florence closes interstates in North Carolina
Florence closes interstates in North Carolina

Duke Energy said heavy rains caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station outside Wilmington late Saturday, but there was no indication contamination had drained into the nearby Cape Fear River. The company hasn't yet determined i whether any contamination may have flowed into the Cape Fear River. The river is for...

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  • California Governor's Climate Satellite Plan Has a 1970s Echo
California Governor's Climate Satellite Plan Has a 1970s Echo

California Governor Jerry Brown delivers his final state of the state address in Sacramento, California, U.S., January 25, 2018. "And therefore, we are taking action". This culminated with its inclusion in the Paris Agreement outcome where countries welcomed the efforts of these actors to scale up their climate actions and encouraged the regist...

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  • Rain and wind from Hurricane Florence begin lashing United States coast
Rain and wind from Hurricane Florence begin lashing United States coast

EDT Thursday. "We can't get a bucket truck out there when tropical storm winds are still blowing", she said. The centre of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast on Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, enough time to drop feet of rain, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

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  • SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon
SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. Mr Musk shelved a similar project to send two customers into. Musk said the billionaire will pay "a lot of money" for the lunar orbit but he declined to disclose the exact amount. In February, SpaceX launched the Falco...

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  • Hurricane Florence Prompts Mandatory Evacuations in Fayetteville, NC Area
Hurricane Florence Prompts Mandatory Evacuations in Fayetteville, NC Area

More than 900 water rescues have been reported in North Carolina alone, the governor's office said - but many more people need help. Florence has weakened into a tropical depression but flash flooding and major river flooding are expected to continue over significant portions of the Carolinas.

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  • Tropical Storm 'Florence' Leaves Five Dead, Communities Flooded in North, South Carolina
Tropical Storm 'Florence' Leaves Five Dead, Communities Flooded in North, South Carolina

At least four people were killed. The father was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment. "This is not the first hurricane to hit North Carolina ", said Curliss, who noted that many lagoons are at a low point across the state at this time of year.

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  • Duke starts to shut N.C. Brunswick nuclear plant ahead of Florence
Duke starts to shut N.C. Brunswick nuclear plant ahead of Florence

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant, located four miles from the coast in Southport, is being shut down as Hurricane Florence moves onshore. Bobby Brown, 50, with his granddaughter Lyric, 1, during a power outage in Florence, South Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

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  • Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas
Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas

In Leland, a low-lying city north of Wilmington, homes and local businesses were engulfed by water. "We've ridden out a couple of them, but this one anxious us", Barfield said, explaining the history of her circa 1906 home. "Help is on the way", said Mayor Outlaw. In 2013, one of the most powerful storms on record, Typhoon Haiyan, killed 7,300 ...

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  • Hurricane Florence tracker: Storm may bring unprecedented flooding, historical rainfall
Hurricane Florence tracker: Storm may bring unprecedented flooding, historical rainfall

Florence was about 550 miles off shore Wednesday morning and is expected to bring rain, wind and a massive storm surge to the Carolinas by Thursday. "There's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington. Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across easter...

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  • Hurricane Florence Hits Outer Banks Home on Stilts With Storm Surge
Hurricane Florence Hits Outer Banks Home on Stilts With Storm Surge

Heavy rainfall began after dark. "I just don't want to leave and take a chance and not be able to get back in", Green said . For the Columbia area, state and city officials warned of the likelihood of flash flooding. Rural electric cooperatives reported more than 325,000 customers who have lost power, mostly clustered in the southeastern par...

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  • Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad
Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and into Friday , it will still be an "extremely risky major hurricane" when it makes landfall. He says the time to flee Hurricane Florence is now. As of Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), about 1.7 million people in North and S...

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  • Tropical Storm Florence crawls inland as it batters North and SC
Tropical Storm Florence crawls inland as it batters North and SC

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm as it moved further inland in the days ahead. McMaster had ordered residents in most of the state's coastal counties to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival. It further provides assistance to individuals for rent payments for emergency lodging, home repairs, payments to cover unemployment...

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  • NASA Satellite Finds Winds Tearing Tropical Depression Isaac Apart
NASA Satellite Finds Winds Tearing Tropical Depression Isaac Apart

Tropical depressions are organized systems but with sustained wind speeds less than 39 miles per hour. "These violent storms form over the ocean, often beginning as a tropical wave - a low pressure area that moves through the moisture-rich tropics, possibly enhancing shower and thunderstorm activity", the agency explains.

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  • Threat becomes reality as Hurricane Florence closes in
Threat becomes reality as Hurricane Florence closes in

Enough rain could fall to break North Carolina's record for a tropical storm - 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations at the Weather Service's national prediction center.

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  • Astronauts Capture Haunting Video of Hurricane Florence Making Landfall From Space
Astronauts Capture Haunting Video of Hurricane Florence Making Landfall From Space

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 3.4 metres of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 0.9 metres of rain, touching off severe flooding . The deaths came as the storm was turning through the southeast part of the state, dumping more than 20 inches of rain in...

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  • Tropical Depression Isaac drenches Puerto Rico, sparks power outages
Tropical Depression Isaac drenches Puerto Rico, sparks power outages

As Graham says, "just because you have a landfall to your south doesn't mean you're out of the woods, because the winds are huge around this system". - Tropical Storm Florence continued crawling slowly across SC late Friday as life-threatening storm surges and strong winds were expected to continue overnight, amid a rising inland flood threat.

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  • Storm could slow down, pound Southeastern NC
Storm could slow down, pound Southeastern NC

Our prayers and thoughts go to our friends, family and loyal readership in that part of our coverage area. Three of them - Harvey, Irma and Maria - were major hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands.

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  • NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall
NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall

One forecast from weather-tracking website Weathermodels.com predicts that over the next week, the Carolinas could see as much as 11 trillion gallons of rain. "I about jumped out of my skin", he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday morning. As of 7:30 a.m. EST, 402,974 residents were experiencing power outages, according ...

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  • Hurricane Florence starts flooding parts of the Carolinas
Hurricane Florence starts flooding parts of the Carolinas

The monster storm - which briefly flirted with category five status on its march across the Atlantic - was located roughly 170 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina as of 8:00 a.m. The company is also lifting speed caps restrictions for first responders in Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, according to a st...

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  • SpaceX: Announcement coming Monday about private passengers flying on BFR to Moon
SpaceX: Announcement coming Monday about private passengers flying on BFR to Moon

SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket ( BFR ), a massive launch vehicle that is being created to carry people into deep space. Why it matters: One lucky passenger, presumably of Japanese descent, will board SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle for an unforgettable trip around the Moon.

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  • TS Isaac less organised; Governments call off Storm Warnings, Watches
TS Isaac less organised; Governments call off Storm Warnings, Watches

APP USERS , tap here to see the forecast track. The storm has become less organized over the eastern Caribbean with the latest advisory, as it continues on a westward path. All watches and warnings that had been issued on neighboring islands were canceled Thursday. Isaac weakened into a tropical storm Monday and by Tuesday recorded maximum sust...

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