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Second Kavanaugh accuser: Who is Deborah Ramirez?

A second woman has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault that she alleges happened decades ago. 

Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker over the weekend that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while the two were freshmen at Yale University in the early 1980s.

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Ramirez’s allegations came a week after Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of another decades-old sexual attack where she claimed Kavanaugh, when he was in high school, attacked her in a bedroom during a party, groped her and tried to remove her clothing. 

>>Who is Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser? 

Ford, who is a psychology researcher and professor at Palo Alto University in California, and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify on Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Who is Ramirez and what does she say happened? Here’s what we know so far:

  • Ramirez is 53 and attended Yale University at the same time Kavanaugh did.
  • Ramirez says that on the night the alleged assault happened, Kavanaugh was one of a group of students, including herself, playing a drinking game in a dorm room at Lawrence Hall on Yale’s campus.
  • She said she and others at the party were intoxicated at the time.
  • She said she has recently remembered that she was on the floor, slurring her words when a student exposed himself.
  • She said she recalls seeing Kavanaugh pulling up his pants and laughing as she laid on the floor.
  • Ramirez said “her memories contained gaps” and that that was the reason she did not come forward before. She said initially, she "was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty.” She told the New Yorker that during the past week, she assess
  • ]ed her memories and now feels “confident enough” to make the allegations public.
  • Both Kavanaugh and the White House have denied the allegations.

>>Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court?

  • According to the New Yorker, the magazine was unable to identify any other witness who remembers seeing Kavanaugh at the party. One person, who was not identified and was not at the party, told the New Yorker he was "100 percent sure" that a person who told him about the incident the next day identified Kavanaugh as the student who exposed himself.
  • Several people at the party and six other classmates of Ramirez have signed a statement disputing Ramirez’s story.

 

Brett Kavanaugh nomination: When is the hearing? What happens next?

U.S Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who said he sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school are scheduled to testify on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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The attorneys for Christine Blassey Ford said their client has “committed to moving forward with an open hearing” where Ford is expected to testify about an alleged assault that took place more than 30 years ago.

>>New Yorker: Another woman alleges sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh during college years

Ford, 51, is a psychology researcher and professor at Palo Alto University in California. She claims that at a party in 1982 Kavanaugh locked the door to a room in a Maryland home where a party was being held, pinned her down on a bed and tried to remove her clothing.

>>Who is Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser? 

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

On Sunday, a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, 53, who attended Yale at the same time Kavanaugh did, said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when the two were students at Yale University.

Ramirez told The New Yorker that she was hesitant to come forward because of gaps in her memory she attributes to having been drunk when the alleged incident occurred. She said she took the last six days to make up her mind about coming forward with her story as Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh came to light.

The New Yorker has “not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party,” the story said. 

Kavanaugh and the White House have denied Ramirez’ allegations.

>>Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court?

The hearing on Ford’s allegation is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, after which the Judicial Committee will schedule a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. What weight does a positive Senate Judiciary Committee recommendation for Kavanaugh carry? Quite a bit.

Here’s what could happen with Kavanaugh’s nomination:

The committee generally chooses one of three options when it comes to making a recommendation to the full Senate on a person’s nomination. The committee can recommend the nomination be approved, recommend the nomination be rejected or make no recommendation on the nomination.

Historically, the recommendation from the committee – whether to approve or reject a nominee – has overwhelmingly been accepted by the full Senate. 

Since 1868, when the Senate’s rules were changed to require all nominations be referred to appropriate standing committees for recommendation, the Senate has: 

  • Confirmed 69 of 75 nominees to the Supreme Court who received a recommendation from the Judicial Committee that their nomination be approved.
  • Rejected five of seven nominees who received a recommendation that their nomination be rejected.

The committee could also decide to report the nomination to the Senate with no recommendation. Only four people have had their nominations reported to the Senate without recommendation – the latest being current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Three of those four, including Thomas, were confirmed by the Senate.

Finally, the committee could decide not to report a nomination at all, a rare occurrence. That action would prevent the full Senate from considering Kavanaugh’s nomination. However, a person whose nomination is not reported to the Senate can be re-nominated and again be considered for an appointment to the court.

Three of nine people whose nominations to the Supreme Court were not reported to the Senate have gone on to be re-nominated and their nominations confirmed – Stanley Matthews in 1881, John M. Harlan in 1954 and the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, in 2005. Roberts’ nomination as an associate justice was withdrawn and on the same day he was nominated to be the chief justice of the court. The first nomination as an associate justice was never reported to the Senate. The Judicial Committee reported a favorable recommendation to the Senate on Roberts’ second nomination, and Roberts was confirmed on a 78-22 vote.

What happens after the committee sends a recommendation to the full Senate?

Once the Senate receives a recommendation, debate on the nomination is scheduled. Both Republicans and Democrats have a chance to speak for or against the nominee.

Unlimited debate on Supreme Court nominees used to be allowed. To end debate, a cloture vote was taken. A cloture vote required three-fifths of the Senate (60 members) to vote to end debate. 

In April 2017, the rules of the Senate were changed to require a simple majority (51 votes) to end debate on a Supreme Court nomination. The process became known as the “nuclear option.”

When debate is ended, the full Senate will vote on the nomination. It will take a simple majority of the senators present – 51 if all the senators are there for the vote – to confirm a nominee.

Should there be a tie, the vice president will cast the deciding vote.

Hurricane Safety: What are hurricane categories and what do they mean?

The East Coast is no stranger to hurricanes and the destruction that follows. The Saffir-Simpson scale was developed to help determine damage and flooding before it strikes.  

What is a hurricane? 

A hurricane is a rotating low-pressure weather system that converts the energy of warm air into winds and waves. Hurricanes have “warm core” centers, meaning the center of the storm is warmer than the surrounding air. Warm ocean temperatures and wind patterns that spiral air inward are necessary for a hurricane to form.>>How to use the internet during the storm when your internet is down

The “eye” of the storm is produced as the warm air rises in the storm’s center and a center of low pressure is created. When the pressure in that area drops, more air is pulled in, creating a sort of heat-pump effect that causes the storm to repeat the process and grow in intensity. The storm will continue to do so until it’s supply of warm water is interrupted.

Thunderstorms spiral out from the eye and the water is pushed ahead of the storm, building what is called a "storm surge." The storm surge forms to the east of the eye.

>>What is a storm surge and why is it dangerous?

When a system has sustained winds of 39 mph, it is classified as a tropical depression. When the winds reach 39 mph or higher, the depression becomes a tropical storm and is given a name. 

At 74 mph, the system is a hurricane. 

What is the Saffir-Simpson scale and what does it have to do with hurricanes? 

The tropical system is assigned a category depending on its wind speed. Here are the categories, the wind speeds and what those winds will likely do once the system makes landfall:

>>What is the Saffir-Simpson scale; how does it work; is there a Category 6? 

Category 1 -- 74 to 95 mph: Very dangerous winds will produce some damage. Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to the roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days. 

Category 2 -- 96 to 110 mph: Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly-rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks. 

Category 3 -- 111-129 mph: Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes. Category 3 storms and above are considered major hurricanes. 

Category 4 -- 130-156 mph: Catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. 

Category 5 -- 157 mph or higher: Catastrophic damage will occur. A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and walls collapsing. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.  

Here is a video that shows the increasing level of damage in each category.

 

Hurricane Safety: Here’s a step-by-step guide to filing an insurance claim

A hurricane leaves a path of destruction and many are left trying to figure out how to begin the chore of cleaning up and repairing their property. 

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Insurance companies will send claims teams to the affected areas after the event so that customers can get the process of filing a claim started and get the money to repair their property in a timely manner. 

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to file an insurance claim following a hurricane or flood: 

1. It is important to file the claim with your insurer as soon as possible. Thousands of people will be filing claims, and you want to get yours as high as you can on the list. 

2. The Insurance Information Institute, an organization that provides information on insurance issues, suggests you make temporary repairs to your home if they are needed to protect it from further damage. Save the receipts for supplies so you can turn them in for reimbursement. 

3. Once you are able to speak to an insurer, you will need to ask these questions:

  • Is the damage you described covered under the terms of your policy?
  • How long do you have to file a claim?
  • How long will it take to process the claim?
  • Do you need estimates for repairs?

4. This step is very important: Once you make the claim, be sure to write down the claim number. Again, insurers will be dealing with thousands of people -- make it easy for them to communicate with you about your claim by having the claim number written down where you can find it.

5. When you speak to your insurer, record the day and time of the conversation and with whom you spoke. Take notes about what is said and if any monetary amounts are mentioned.

6. You need to be ready to provide an accurate description of damages to your insurer. If you can safely do it, walk around your home and make notes on what was damaged. 

7. After you contact them, your insurance company with send you a “proof of loss” form to complete or will send an adjuster – a person trained to assess the damage to property – to your home to get the information on your losses. To speed this process along, start gathering information about your property and the items that were lost or destroyed. A proof of loss form will ask you to describe the items damaged or destroyed, provide the approximate date of purchase and estimate the cost to repair it or replace it. If you happen to be able to produce receipts for items, that would be a help as well.

8. Another step you can take to document what was damaged is to photograph or videotape the damage. Be sure to point out structural damage in the photos or video.

9. Do not throw out damaged items. You want an adjuster to see them first.

10. If you are unable to live in your home and must stay elsewhere, keep all receipts for any living expenses – hotel rooms, food, and other costs of evacuation. Most homeowner policies that cover windstorm damage will cover those costs.

11. Be wary of anyone who comes to your door offering to do repairs or claiming to be insurance adjusters. 

12. If you have no insurance, you can register for federal disaster relief at DisasterAssistance.gov. You do that by downloading the FEMA mobile app or by calling 1-800-621-3362. 

Disaster assistance can help with temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses, including crisis counseling and legal assistance. Click here for more information on FEMA aid.

Water vs. wind: What is covered?

Hurricanes cause wind and water damage. Homeowners insurance covers these hazards in a different way. 

>>Does insurance cover hail damage to your car, house?

Homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage – including flooding that is caused by storm surge. You would have needed to have flood insurance to pay for damages caused by water beforehand. Structures or belongings that were damaged by flooding are covered only by flood insurance.

Wind damage is not covered in some coastal states. You would have had to purchase a separate windstorm policy in advance, which is a common thing in those coastal states. Both North Carolina and South Carolina are states where insurance companies can charge special deductibles for wind damage.

Damage to your car is generally covered by your automobile insurance.

Finally, be patient. It may take a while for someone to get to you and assess your damages.    

National Pepperoni Pizza Day 2018: Where to get freebies, deals on pizza

Thursday is National Pepperoni Pizza day, according to the folks who decide what “national day” it is, and that’s a good thing. 

It’s a good thing because you can score a deal on the most popular type of pizza sold in the United States. More than one-third of all pizza orders include pepperoni as a topping, and we eat around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperoni every year, according to the National Association of Pizza Operators.

If you are craving a slice today, here are a few deals you may want to consider.

(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.)

Cicis: Get a medium pepperoni pizza for takeout for $3.99 with a coupon. Limit three per order. You can also get a $5 large one-topping pizza using the MyCicis app

Domino’s: Get a large two-topping carryout pizza for $5.99 each through Sunday.

Papa John's: Use PAPATRACK and get 25 percent off a regular-priced pepperoni (or any other type) pizza.

Papa Murphy's: You can get a free Signature Pepperoni Pizza using the promo code FREEPEP. You must order another pizza online to get the free pepperoni pizza deal. 

Pizza Hut: Buy any large pizza Thursday and get one medium pepperoni pizza for $1 if you use the promo code PEPPERONI2018.

PT’s Taverns: Get a classic pepperoni flatbread for $8 on Thursday.

Round Table Pizza: Get 20 percent off a large or extra-large pepperoni pizza when you use the code PEPP. The offer runs through Tuesday.

Urban Bricks: Get an Urban Classic Pepperoni Pizza for $4 on Thursday.

YNot Italian: Get 20 percent off any pizza to celebrate National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Mention the code NPPE18 when ordering. 

 

Kavanaugh accusations echo the showdown between Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas

It is uncertain on Wednesday if a face-off between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexual assault when the two were teenagers will take place early next week.

If it does happen, it won’t be the first time a nominee to the Supreme Court will hear a woman say publicly that he acted inappropriately.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of trying to assault her when the two were at a party in the early 1980s. They were both in high school and Ford said Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk” on the night he allegedly groped her and tried to take off her clothes.

In 1991, a special hearing was convened by the Senate Judiciary after a woman accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in the workplace. 

Here’s what happened in the Thomas hearing.

A new nominee

On June 28, 1991, Justice Thurgood Marshall announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall, the first African-American to be appointed to the court, had served for 24 years and was in failing health.

Three days later, on July 1, President George W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas, a 43-year-old, African-American from Pin Point, Georgia, to replace Marshall. 

In the weeks that followed, Thomas’ nomination would become a point of contention with women’s groups railing against Thomas’ views on abortion, civil rights groups opposing his calls for the end of affirmative action and legal organizations upset over Thomas’ lack of experience – he had been a federal judge for just two years.

The confirmation process

Following Bush’s announcement, Thomas met with senators on the Judicial Committee, which was headed by Sen. Joe Biden, (D-Delaware). Thomas’ confirmation hearing began on Sept.10. 

During the hearings, Thomas was questioned about his view on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States. Thomas said he had not formulated an opinion on the case, sparking more protest. He was asked whether he thought the Constitution held that people had property rights and if he opposed affirmative action.

On Sept. 27, the Judiciary Committee held two votes. The first was on whether to forward his nomination to the full Senate with a recommendation of support. The vote on that motion ended in a 7-7 tie with Minnesota Sen. Herb Kohl being the only Democrat to vote for Thomas. The second vote was to send Thomas’ nomination to the full Senate without a recommendation – meaning the committee was neither supporting nor opposing the nomination. That vote passed.

Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, (D-Maine), set Oct. 8 as the date for a vote on Thomas’ confirmation.

Rumors of a bombshell to come

On Oct. 5, reports began to circulate about a confidential statement that had been made to the Judicial Committee on Sept. 23.

The story, set to be published that next day in Newsday, said that someone who had worked for Thomas at the Department of Education and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was claiming he had sexually harassed her. The information, the story would say, was leaked to several reporters. 

One of those reporters, NPR's Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg, would air the story about Anita Hill’s accusation on the same morning that Newsday’s story came out. She reported that she learned of Hill’s claims when she was given a leaked Judiciary Committee/FBI report.

According to the story, Hill, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma, told the committee that Thomas had repeatedly asked her out on dates, described his sexual interests to her and had insisted on describing to her the plots of pornographic movies he had seen. She also said Thomas had talked about lurid sexual situations and bragged about his own sexual prowess.

On Oct. 6, Hill held a press conference in Oklahoma accusing Thomas of harassment publicly. The Judiciary Committee decided on that day, two days before the scheduled Senate vote on Thomas’ nomination, to hold public hearings on Hill’s claims. 

A special hearing grabs the nation’s attention

On Oct. 11, an estimated 20 million people tuned their TV sets into the Judiciary Committee hearing to watch as Hill spelled out in sometimes graphic detail a story of continued sexually harassment by her then-boss, Thomas.

“During this period at the Department of Education, my working relationship with Judge Thomas was positive. I had a good deal of responsibility and independence. I thought he respected my work and that he trusted my judgment,” Hill said.

“After approximately three months of working there, he asked me to go out socially with him. What happened next, and telling the world about it, are the two most difficult things-experiences of my life.

…“I declined the invitation to go out socially with him and explained to him that I thought it would jeopardize at -what at the time I considered to be a very good working relationship. I had a normal social life with other men outside the office. I believed then, as now, that having a social relationship with a person who was supervising my work would be ill-advised. I was very uncomfortable with the idea and told him so.

“I thought that by saying no and explaining my reasons, my employer would abandon his social suggestions. However, to my regret, in the following few weeks, he continued to ask me out on several occasions.

“He pressed me to justify my reasons for saying no to him. These incidents took place in his office or mine. They were in the form of private conversations, which not-would not have been overheard by anyone else.”

Hill was asked if she was only trying to get revenge after being spurned by Thomas and questioned about claims she was delusional when it came to the accusations about Thomas. 

Thomas fires back at the committee

After Hill testified, Thomas appeared again before the committee. In his opening statement, after Biden had characterized the hearing as a chance to address “difficult matters,” Thomas said he wanted to appear before the committee to clear his name, then went on to call the hearing a “circus.” Thomas slammed committee members for even holding the hearing and likened it to a lynching.

“This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It's a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.”

The next two days, Saturday and Sunday, supporters of both Hill and Thomas testified before the committee.

The vote

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Senate confirmed Thomas on a vote of 52 to 48. Forty-one Republicans and 11 Democrats voted to confirm Thomas’ nomination. Forty-six Democrats and two Republicans voted against the nomination.

Five sitting senators took part in the full Senate vote in 1991 – Patrick Leahy, (D-Vermont), Orrin Hatch, (R-Utah), Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa), Richard Shelby, (R-Alabama), and Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky). Three of those senators – Leahy, Hatch and Grassley – were on the Judiciary Committee when Thomas’ hearings were taking place. All three are on the committee now, 27 years later.

What happened after the special hearing?

The Judiciary Committee did not change its recommendation to the full Senate, and Thomas was sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Oct. 23,1991. He continues to serve to this day. 

He addressed the hearing in an autobiography in 2007, “My Grandfather’s Son,” saying Hill was his "most traitorous adversary.” 

In his book, he wrote of Hill, “On Sunday morning, courtesy of Newsday, I met for the first time an Anita Hill who bore little resemblance to the woman who had worked for me at EEOC and the Education Department. Somewhere along the line, she had been transformed into a conservative, devoutly religious Reagan-administration employee. In fact, she was a left-winger who'd never expressed any religious sentiments whatsoever during the time I'd known her, and the only reason why she'd held a job in the Reagan administration was because I'd given it to her.”

Hill resumed teaching to the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she faced scorn from some university officials who tried to have her tenure revoked. She left the school five years later and took a position at the University of California, Berkeley in January 1997. She left Berkeley for a position at Brandeis University. 

In 2011, she also took a position with the law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. She is the chairman for the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Inclusion, and is on the board of directors for the National Women's Law Center, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in Boston. She is also on the board of trustees for Southern Vermont College and the board of governors for Tufts Medical Center. 

Hill has received numerous awards and honorary degrees.

In 1998, she wrote her autobiography, “Speaking Truth to Power.” In the book, she wrote about her testimony and addressed a question many had asked her at the time – why she had not come forward earlier.

“I assessed the situation and chose not to file a complaint,” Hill wrote. “I had every right to make that choice.  And until society is willing to accept the validity of claims of harassment, no matter how privileged or powerful the harasser, it is a choice women will continue to make.” 

A book written by David Brock in 1992 called “The Real Anita Hill” claimed that Hill was obsessed with Thomas and had lied during her testimony. Brock would later recant his statements and denounce the book as “character assassination.” He apologized to Hill. 

Hurricane safety: 15 tips that could save your life during a storm

Here are some safety tips emergency management and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are offering that could save your life during a hurricane:Evacuation

1. If you are ordered to evacuate, you need to evacuate. The best way to stay safe is to be away from the storm's landfall. The orders to evacuate are issued based on historical flood maps and the strength of the storm. 

2. A Category 5 hurricane will bring “catastrophic damage,” officials with the National Hurricane Center warn, adding that “a high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

3.  If you are in a mobile home, leave. Mobile homes will not survive a Category 5 hurricane.

4. Do not leave your pets at home, especially if they are outside.

If you stay

If you choose not to evacuate, or cannot leave, here are a few things you should do:

1. Get in a more secure room in your home – a closet or a bathroom without a window.

2. Stay on the bottom floor of your home unless water is rising.

3.  Do not go into your attic to escape rising water because you could get trapped. If you absolutely have to get in the attic to survive rising water, make sure you take an ax with you so you can cut a hole in the roof to escape.

4. If you are in an area that will flood, turn off electricity at the main breaker before water gets in your home to reduce the risk of electrocution.

5. Of course, do not try to go outside during the storm. Pieces of buildings, roofs, trees and other objects will be flying through the air.

6. Do not use candles as a light source – flashlights are what you need to use.

7. When you lose power, click here to see how you can use the internet.

During or after the storm

1. Do not use a generator during a storm.

2.  Never use portable generators inside a home, in your garage, in your basement or in a crawl space.

3. Generators produce carbon monoxide and if they are inside your house, your home can fill up with carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide will kill you if you breathe too much of it. If you are using a portable generator to power appliances in your home following the storm, make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm. Appliances should be plugged directly into a generator. Do not hook the generator to your household electrical system. You can hurt yourself and kill utility workers when they begin to reconnect electricity to homes.

4. Do not get anywhere near standing water. It could contain live electric wires. If you come in contact with it, you could be electrocuted. If you see wires on the ground after the storm, assume they are live.

 The 5 ‘p’s of evacuation

 Don’t’ go farther than you have to

National Cheeseburger Day 2018: Deals and freebies on burgers Tuesday

Tuesday is National Cheeseburger Day, and whether you like yours with “lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French-fried potatoes. Big kosher pickle and a cold draught beer,” or if your tastes are more simple, here are some deals on the American classic.

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(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.)

2nd and Charles: Get a free Bob’s Burgers cheeseburger at checkout as long as supplies last. The deal begins at 6 p.m.

BurgerFi – Buy one cheeseburger, get one for $1. 

IHOP: Buy an Ultimate Steakburger and get a free side of buttermilk pancakes or limited-time pumpkin spice pancakes. The deal is good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Johnny Rockets: Buy one, get one half off for all cheeseburgers on the menu. A bonus: Buy one, get one half off for all milkshakes on the menu.

McDonald’s: Order anything on the mobile app, and you get a free cheeseburger on Tuesday.

Miller's Ale House: Cheeseburgers are $5.99 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. when you show a Facebook post.

Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub: When you dine in, you can get a $5 cheeseburger with a choice of cheddar, Swiss or American cheese

Red Robin: Get a gourmet cheeseburger with bottomless steak fries for $5 all day. Valid for dine-in only and you must purchase a beverage. 

Ruby Tuesday: If you are a member of the So Connected Club, you can get a free burger with the purchase of an entree on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can join by clicking here.

Roy Rogers: Get two cheeseburgers for $5 on Tuesday.

Ted's Montana Grill: Get a cheeseburger and fries for $6. Dine-in only.

Tony Roma's: Get $2 off any burger if you are a member of the chain’s email club. Sign up here: www.tonyromas.com.

Wendy’s: Through the end of the month, you can get a free Dave’s single with your purchase when you download and use the Wendy's app.

White Castle: Get one free cheese slider with purchase of anything on the menu. 

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar: If you are a VIP member you can get a Plain & Simple Burger with the option of 8 different cheese toppings, for $5. Sign up here to be a VIP member.

 

Emmy Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated?

The 70th annual Emmy Awards program is set for Monday, with "Game of Thrones and "Saturday Night Live" leading the list of nominees.

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"Game of Thrones" garnered the most nominations, with 22, including one for best drama. "Westworld" and "Saturday Night Live" each have 21 nominations, while Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has 20.

 >>John Legend takes home Emmy, becomes first African-American man to earn EGOT

Here is all you need to know if you want to watch Monday’s ceremony honoring the best in television.

When is the Emmy Awards program?

The Emmys will be broadcast Monday.

What time?

It begins at 8 p.m. EDT.

What channel?

NBC is broadcasting the ceremony.

Can I watch the Emmys online? 

You can log in to your TV provider and stream it at NBC.com/live or via the NBC app, or you can watch it on Hulu’s live TV service.

Who is hosting?

Michael Che and Colin Jost, the co-hosts of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” will co-host the Emmys.

When does the red carpet show start?

The red carpet show begins at 6 p.m. EDT. It will be broadcast on E! and hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy.

Who is presenting?

Here is a list of some of the presenters for Monday’s ceremony:

  • Alec Baldwin 
  • Rachel Brosnahan 
  • Millie Bobby Brown 
  • Michael Douglas 
  • Tina Fey 
  • Kit Harington 
  • Taraji P. Henson 
  • Kate McKinnon 
  • Tracy Morgan 
  • Bob Odenkirk 
  • Sandra Oh 
  • Constance Wu 

Who is nominated?

Here are a few nominees for tonight’s awards (click here for the full list of nominees):

Drama Series

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“Game of Thrones”

“This Is Us”

“The Crown”

“The Americans”

“Stranger Things”

“Westworld”

Comedy Series 

“Atlanta” (FX)

“Barry” (HBO)

“Black-ish” (ABC)

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)

“GLOW” (Netflix)

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix) 

Limited Series 

“The Alienist”

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

“Genius: Picasso”

“Godless”

“Patrick Melrose”

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)

Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)

Ed Harris (“Westworld”)

Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)

Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Claire Foy (“The Crown”)

Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)

Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)

Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)

Bill Hader (“Barry”)

Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)

William H. Macy (“Shameless”)

Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)

Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)

Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)

Allison Janney (“Mom”)

Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)

Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)

Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)

Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)

John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)

Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Laura Dern (“The Tale”)

Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)

Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)

Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)

Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)

Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)

Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)

Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)

Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)

Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)

Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)

Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”)

Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)

Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)

Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”)

Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)

Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)

Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)

Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)

Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)

Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)

Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)

Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)

Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)

John Leguizamo (“Waco”)

Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)

Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)

Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

Merritt Wever (“Godless”)

Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (”Black Mirror”))

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Murray Abraham (“Homeland”)

Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”)

Matthew Goode (“The Crown”)

Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)

Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”)

Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis (“Scandal”)

Kelly Jenrette (”The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)

Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)

Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)

Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)

Donald Glover (“Saturday Night Live”)

Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)

Katt Williams (“Atlanta”)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 

Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)

Tiffany Haddish (“Saturday Night Live”)

Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)

Molly Shannon (“Will & Grace”)

Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”)

Reality Competition

“The Amazing Race”

“American Ninja Warrior”

“Project Runway”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”

Variety Sketch Series

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

“Portlandia” (IFC)

“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)

“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)

“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)

“I Love You, America” (Hulu)

Variety Talk Series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

“Late Late Show with James Corden

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Television Movie

 “Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)

“Flint” (Lifetime)

“Paterno” (HBO)

“The Tale” (HBO)

“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)

Structured Reality Program

 “Antiqes Roadshow” (PBS)

“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)

“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount)

“Queer Eye” (Netflix)

“Shark Tank” (ABC)

“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program

“Born This Way” (A&E)

“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)

“Intervention” (A&E)

“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)

“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program

Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)

Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”)

RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)

Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)

 

 

Florence live updates: Death toll climbs to 17 as rain, floods continue

Blowing winds, torrential rains, rising rivers: Florence is leaving a path of destruction as it batters the Carolinas.

The monster hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon and weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday.

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The deadly storm has killed at least 17 people in the Carolinas, including a woman and her baby when a tree fell on a home in Wilmington Friday morning after Florence made landfall around 7:15 a.m. A woman died from a heart attack in Pender County. Two men, both 78, died in Lenoir County. One was killed trying to plug in a generator, the other died when he was knocked over by the wind trying to check on his hunting dogs, according to news reports.

> To keep up with latest on how Florence will impact the Carolinas, download the WSOC weather app

The National Hurricane Center is warning that Florence, which has slowed to a crawl, will bring  “catastrophic” flooding to the Carolinas through the weekend.

Live updates:

Update 1:07 a.m. EDT Sept. 17

The live updates on this page have concluded. Please visit WSOCTV.com for the latest coverage of Florence’s aftermath in the Carolinas.

Update 11:05 p.m. EDT Sept. 16

Death toll rises to 17

The death toll from Hurricane Florence increased to 17 including a 3-month-old who died when a tree landed on a mobile home.

Kade Gill was on a couch with his parents around 12:45 p.m. when the tree landed on the home as the remnants of Florence continued to pummel the Carolinas.

"We was watching the trees in the back that's leaning, but I guess the whole time we were watching the wrong one," mother Tammy Gill said.

Update 1:35 p.m. EDT Sept. 16

Floodwaters cut off Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina, has been completely cut off by floodwaters, WRAL reported Sunday. Officials are seeking additional help from state law enforcement and the National Guard, the television station reported.

At a news conference Sunday, Woody White, chairman of board of commissioners in New Hanover County, said that Saturday night’s rain made roads into Wilmington impassable, WRAL said.

Update 12:13 p.m. EDT Sept. 16

Mandatory flood evacuations ordered

Officials in Pender County, North Carolina, issued mandatory evacuations for residents living near the Black River and the Northeast Cape Fear River, WECT reported.

“If you had flooding along the Northeast Cape Fear River during Hurricane Floyd, you need to evacuate now,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency manager. “If you had flooding during Hurricane Matthew, you need to evacuate.” 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted Sunday that the storm “has never been more dangerous than it is now. Many rivers are still rising, and are not expected to crest until later today or tomorrow.

“Be ready to head to higher ground if you need to evacuate,” Cooper tweeted.

Update 10:01 a.m. EDT Sept. 16

Death toll rises to 14

The death toll from Florence has risen to 14, officials told United Press International, while nearly 1 million are without power as waters continue to rise in the Carolinas.

The death toll included 11 in North Carolina and three in South Carolina, officials said.

Update 9:01 a.m. EDT Sept. 16

Collapse at North Carolina coal-ash landfill

Heavy rains caused by Florence eroded a coal-ash landfill and caused a slope to collapse at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast, the Herald-Sun of Durham reported.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said contaminated runoff from about 2,000 cubic yards of ash likely flowed into the cooling pond at the L. V. Sutton Power Station outside Wilmington.

Update 4:49 a.m. EDT Sept. 16

Florence has weakened to a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory. The report cautioned that “flash flooding and major river flooding will continue over a significant portion of the Carolinas.”

The storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, is about 20 miles southwest of Columbia, South Carolina. It is moving west at 8 mph.

Meanwhile, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted that there are more than 59,000 power outages across the state.

Update 2:17 a.m. EDT Sept. 16

Although Tropical Storm Florence is “likely to weaken to a depression very soon,” the National Hurricane Center cautioned in its 2 a.m. advisory that flash floods and river floods are expected to continue in the Carolinas.

The storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, is about 25 miles southeast of Columbia, South Carolina, and 70 miles west-southwest of Florence, South Carolina. It is moving west at 6 mph.

Update 9:35 p.m. EDT Sept. 15

Florence’s sustained winds dropped to 45 mph around 8 p.m. and the storm is about 65 miles south-southeast of Columbia, South Carolina’s capital, the National Hurricane Center said. 

The storm is expected to continue to dump excessive rain, threatening the area with flash floods and river flooding.

Heavy rains caused a slope collapse at a closed power station causing 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash to contaminate a nearby cooling pond. It is still unclear if a weir was open or whether any of the contaminated water may have flowed into the Cape Fear River.

The gray ash left after coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals including lead and arsenic. 

Update 6:51 p.m. EDT Sept. 15

Power has been restored to 637,000 customers, about half of the 1.1 million who are experiencing outages, Duke Energy said. 

The utility expects more outages as the storm continues to pummel the Carolinas.

Update 5:57 p.m. EDT Sept. 15

Three more people have died in North Carolina because of Florence, bringing the death toll up to 11. 

An 81-year-old man fell and hit his head Friday while packing to evacuate, the office of the Chief Medical Examiner told The Associated Press.

A husband and wife died in a house fire linked to the storm as well, officials said.

Update 3:37 p.m. EDT Sept. 15

More deaths reported in North Carolina

The Associated Press reports that two more deaths have been confirmed in North Carolina as a result of Tropical Storm Florence, bringing the death toll to at least seven in that state. One death has been reported in South Carolina.

Update 1:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 15

Death toll rises as catastrophic flooding continues across parts of Carolinas

The death toll rises, as the first storm-related death in South Carolina was confirmed Saturday afternoon. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division told CNN that a 61-year-old woman was killed when her car hit a fallen tree. Five storm-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina.

Dozens of rescues are underway across the region while the rain continues to fall.

Update 10:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 15

Heavy rain, catastrophic flooding continue across parts of Carolinas

The latest National Weather Service advisory said Tropical Storm Florence is moving slowly west and a slow westward motion is expected to continue through today. A turn toward the west-northwest and northwest is expected on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph, and the storm is expected to be downgraded to a depression by tonight. Florence is forecast to turn northward through the Ohio Valley by Monday.

Update 8:21 a.m. EDT Sept. 15

Tropical Storm Florence nearly stationary

Tropical Storm Florence’s forward speed has slowed even more as the storm continues to dump rain on the Carolinas. The National Hurricane Center’s intermediate advisory at 8 a.m. noted that the storm was moving west at 2 mph.

>> Photos: Tropical Storm Florence soaks Carolinas

The National Hurricane Center also said that the storm is still causing “catastrophic flooding in parts of South Carolina and North Carolina. Maximum sustained winds remain at 50 mph.

Update 5:14 a.m. EDT Sept. 15

Tropical Storm Florence weakens slightly, but flooding continues

According to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Florence has weakened in strength but remains dangerous because of flooding. The storm’s winds have decreased to 50 mph as it continues to move deeper into South Carolina.

>> Photos: Tropical Storm Florence soaks Carolinas

A storm surge warning remains in effect for the area from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to the Ocracoke Inlet in North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Update 2:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 15

Tropical Storm Florence enters South Carolina

According to the 2 a.m. intermediate advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Florence was traveling slowly into eastern South Carolina. The storm was located about 30 miles west of Myrtle Beach and 40 miles south-southeast of Florence.

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported. The storm is causing “catastrophic flooding” in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Update 12:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 15

Winds rising in South Carolina; rain totals swell in North Carolina

According to the National Weather Service in Charleston, South Carolina, winds have been rising as Tropical Storm Florence makes its way inland in the Carolinas. Just after midnight, 55 mph wind gusts were recorded at Fort Sumter in Charleston, while the Charleston Airport measured winds topping 53 mph.

Rain continues to soak the area hit by Florence on Thursday. Shortly after midnight Friday, the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead recorded 23.75 inches of rain at its office in Newport.

Update 11:00 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

Tropical Storm Florence weakening

Tropical storm Florence is weakening with maximum sustained winds now at 65 mph, according to the latest briefing from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm has picked up a little speed, increasing from 3 mph to 5 mph as it tracks south into South Carolina.

The center of the storm is 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.

The NHC is predicting Florence will weaken as it moves further inland over the next few days and will mostly become a tropical depression by Saturday night.

Update 10:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

Catastrophic flooding along coastal Carolinas

The center of Tropical Storm Florence has moved south into South Carolina. It is still bringing heavy rains and high winds to portions of the North Carolina coast, as well, as it slowly moves inland.

Emergency officials said catastrophic flooding is underway in some areas as rescue crews saved hundreds of people in North Carolina from rising waters Friday.

Power outages are increasing, with the latest numbers at almost 800,000 in North Carolina alone.

Tornado warnings are also posted as Florence continues to batter the region with torrential rains and gusty winds.

Update 9:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

Flash flood emergency

A flash flood emergency has been issued for counties along the North Carolina coast as Tropical Storm Florence continues it’s slow push inland.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City, North Carolina, has recorded more than 23 inches of rain and it’s still coming down.

Update 8:02 p.m. EDT Sept .14

Latest from National Hurricane Center 

Tropical Storm Florence has remained mostly unchanged since the NHC’s last update.

The storm has sustained winds of 70 mph with higher gusts and is still moving west at 3 mph.

Florence is located about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Storm surge and tropical storm warnings are posted along the coast from Myrtle Beach north to Cape Hatteras.

Update 7:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

Flood waters rising

Flood waters are inundating North Carolina beach towns, rising past mail boxes and covering streets and bridges.

Roads are impassable in many areas along the coast.

The mayor of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Brenda Bethune, told CNN her town has withstood the storm very well, but she’s worried about the next several days.

“We have 5 major rivers that surround us and we have only one major road into Myrtle Beach. All the roads are going to be impacted by flooding in the next few days,” she said.

Bethune said the anticipated flooding could cause problems for weeks, including food and gas shortages.

Update 6:50 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

Power outages increasing

The number of power outages across coastal North and South Carolina is climbing as Tropical Storm Florence downs trees and utility poles during a slow motion move inland.

In North Carolina, emergency officials said more than 725,000 residents are now without electricity due to the storm.

In South Carolina, more than 103,000 are in the dark as Florence dumps torrential amounts of rain on the region.

The National Hurricane Center is still predicting up to 40 inches of rain could fall in some areas of the Carolinas as Florence inches inland over the next couple days.

“Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South Carolina (could see ) an additional 20 to 25 inches of rain, with isolated storm totals of 30 to 40 inches. This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding,” according to the NHC’s latest storm update.

Update 6:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

Federal search and rescue teams assist

Federal search and rescue teams are part of the emergency response underway as Tropical Storm Florence churns through the Carolinas.

President Donald Trump said more than 1,100 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue personnel are helping state and local teams in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia

“The teams came from all over the country this week, traveling long distances with equipment & K-9 partners to arrive before the storm,” Trump tweeted Friday afternoon.

Update 5:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

300 plus flood rescues

Emergency crews are helping stranded residents get to safer ground.

At least 300 people were rescued from rising flood waters in New Bern, North Carolina, and more are still waiting for help, according to the state’s Emergency Management agency.

Rescue crews used boats to rescue more people Friday along a rising river and helped 60 others escape from a cinderblock motel that collapsed from the force of the pummeling winds and whipping downpours, according to The Associated Press.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper again issued a warning about the storm . 

We’re still in the thick of the storm, and if it hasn’t reached you yet, it IS coming,” he said. 

He also tried to reassure residents,.

“We have help from NC and several other states, as well as our federal partners,” Cooper said Friday afternoon.

Update 4:50 p.m. EDT Sept 14

Hurricane Florence now a tropical storm

Hurricane Florence is weakening and has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the system still has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

It has also slowed down significantly to just 3 mph and is dumping large amounts of rain on parts of eastern North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center

The storm is centered about 50 miles southwest of Wilmington and is moving in a westerly direction, the NHC reported.

Update 4:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

NC governor issues new warning 

As the 400-mile-wide Hurricane Florence unleashes a brutal deluge of wind and water on North Carolina, the state’s governor issued a new warning Friday.

“This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days. Be alert,” Gov. Roy Cooper said at a noon press conference.

He also warned those experiencing the brunt of Florence not to go outside.

“To those in the storm path, if you can hear me – please stay sheltered in place. Do NOT go out into this storm,” he said.

Forecasters are warning about the potential for massive flooding as Florence crawls at just 6 mph inland after making landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning.

Update 4:18 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

Flash flood warnings posted in N.C.

Flash flood warnings are posted across a wide swath of eastern North Carolina as Hurricane Florence dumps near record amounts of rain in some areas of the state. The warnings extend all the way from the coast as far inland as metro Raleigh.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington is warning the Cape Fear River has reached an all-time high of over 8 feet.

Update 3 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

Guardsmen ask for help

National Guardsmen working in Lumberton, North Carolina, have asked neighbors to help sandbag along a train trestle, filling a gap in a levee.  

Update at 2:46 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

Two killed in Wilmington

A woman and her child were killed and her husband severely injured when a tree fell on their home near Wilmington, North Carolina. They are believed to be the first two fatalities of the hurricane.

Update at 2:33 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

He looks familiar

This man is making a viral comeback with his rant against the rage of Florence.

Update at 2 p.m. EDT Sept. 14

NHC’s latest  update

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence continues to move slowly through the Carolinas at a slow crawl of 5 mph.

Maximum sustained winds remained at 75 mph. The storm is moving west as of the 2 p.m. report.

Update at 1 pm. EDT Sept. 14

A sign of weakening

Hurricane Florence is weakening as it moves further inland, according to the National Hurricane Center. Top sustained winds are now 75 mph, the NHC’s 1 p.m. report says.

Update at 12:19 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Rainfall numbers going up

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has turned back toward the west. “An erratic motion between westward and west-southwestward is likely today,” the NHC said.

Rainfall totals are beginning to grow. Here are some Hurricane Florence rainfall reports received so far:

18.53 inches in Oriental, North Carolina14.07 inches in Surf City, North Carolina13.81 inches in Morehead City, North Carolina13.07 inches in Jacksonville, North Carolina

Update 11:40 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

A 1-minute history of Florence

How did Florence get to where it is today? Check out this video.

Update 11:18 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

More scenes of damage in North Carolina

Update 11:06 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Virginia evacuation orders lifted

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has lifted evacuation orders for Zone A of Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. The National Hurricane Center has lifted tropical storm warnings for the Virginia coast.

Update  10:37 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Will a ‘jog’ take Florence back out to sea 

Florence seems to be tracking toward the south, at least slightly. That could put the storm back over open water, allowing some strengthening and bringing more rain to the area. 

Update 10:27 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Some scenes from North Carolina

Update 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 14NHC's 10 a.m. update on Florence

The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Florence is wobbling southwestward near the coast of southeastern North Carolina. According to a 10 a.m. update from the NHC, sustained winds are at 85 mph with one gust near Wilmington being registered at 76 mph. The storm is still moving slowly at 6 mph.

Update 9:39 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

If you’re stranded, don’t go into the attic

From the National Weather service:

Update 9:17 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

The president tweets

Update 9 a.m. EDT Sept. 14NHC's 9 a.m. update on Florence

From the National Hurricane Center’s 9 a.m. update: “The eye of Hurricane Florence wobbling slowly southeastward near the coast of southeastern North Carolina.”

Florence’s sustained winds are now at 85 mph and the storm is moving at 6 mph. 

Update 8:55 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Track remains steady

The National Hurricane Center reports that Florence is expected to move south and west across South Carolina through Saturday. The forecasters say the storm will then turn north back into North Carolina. Florence is expected to cross the Columbia, S.C. area on Saturday. 

Update 8:33 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

The Cajun Navy is on the way

The Cajun Navy, a volunteer search, rescue and recovery group, is on the way to the Carolinas with boats to help get people stranded in their flooded homes.

"We have the resources ... to go and help these people and help save lives and just make it a little bit easier for everybody," Jordan Bloodsworth, a Cajun Navy member, told "Fox & Friends" Friday morning

Update 8:17 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Power outages continue

Reports of additional power outages are coming in as the storm continues moving west, albeit very slowly. 

According to the National Hurricane Center, 45 minutes after Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, winds remain at 90 mph. The storm is moving west at 6 mph.

Update 7:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Florence officially makes landfall

From the National Hurricane Center: Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15 a.m. with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph.

Update 7:40 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Rescue efforts continue

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw says she knows of no fatalities in the city as officials continue rescue efforts for at least 150 people trapped in their homes as the Neuse River rises. 

Update 7:15 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Power outages spreading

More than 430,000 homes are now without power in the Carolinas. The North Carolina Emergency Management Agency is reporting 340, 264 power outages statewide. South Carolina has 96,720 customers without power.

Update 6:50 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Help on the way to New Bern

Around 150 people remain trapped in New Bern, North Carolina, as the Neuse River floods. According to city officials, two Federal Emergency Management Agency teams are working on the way to help.  

Update 6:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Towns are flooding

The National Hurricane Center said Emerald Isle, North Carolina, was seeing 6.3 feet of inundation as Florence  continues to move onshore. Emerald Isle is about 84 miles  north of Wilmington. 

Update 6:26 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Hundreds of thousands without power

Hurricane Florence knocked out power to more than 300,000 homes in North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management.

Update 5:53 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

People trapped in New Bern

Around 150 people are trapped in their homes in New Bern, North Carolina, according to city officials, as water is rising in that area. 

Peggy Perry, who is trapped in her home there, told CNN, “In a matter of seconds my house was flooded up to the waist. And we’re stuck in the attic. There’s four of us.

We’ve been up here for like three or four hours. There’s a little window here that we might have to break up (to get out).”

Update 5:35 a.m. EDT Sept. 14

Florence making landfall

The National Hurricane Center says Florence is making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane near Wilmington, North Carolina. Florence was moving west-northwest near 6 mph as the eyewall came ashore.

According to the NHC, a turn toward the west “at a slow forward speed is expected today, followed by a slow west-southwestward motion tonight and Saturday.”The center of Florence is then forecast to move inland across the Carolinas then northward through the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

Update 4:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 14: The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory that Hurricane Florence was about to make landfall. CNN reported that landfall was taking place at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. 

>> Related: Photos: Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas

At 5 a.m. the storm continued to move slowly, with a top forward speed of 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds remain at 90 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Update 4:07 a.m. EDT Sept. 14: The eyewall of Hurricane Florence is beginning to reach the North Carolina coast, the National Hurricane Center reported. At 4 a.m.  the eye of the Category 1 storm was located 30 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Maximum sustained winds are still 90 mph.

Florence’s maximum sustained winds will continue to decrease, but flooding will be a major concern for the western areas of North Carolina and South Carolina, including the Appalachian Mountains. Forecasters believe heavy rains will continue in the mountains until Wednesday. 

Update 3:21 a.m. EDT Sept. 14: Hurricane Florence has begun pounding the North Carolina coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. At 3 a.m., the center of Hurricane Florence was located 35 miles east of Wilmington. Maximum sustained winds remain at 90 mph.

An observation site at Cape Lookout reported sustained winds of 75 mph. At Fort Macon, winds were 74 mph with gusts to 99 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The storm continues to move west-northwest at 6 mph.

About 150 people are awaiting rescue in the New Bern area from flooding, WNCT reported.

Update 2:41 a.m. EDT Sept. 14: A flash flood warning for Washington, North Carolina and most of Craven County was issued by the National Weather Service, WCTI reported. Other parts of eastern North Carolina remain under a flash flood watch, including River Bend, Havelock, Morehead City and Vanceboro, the National Weather Service reported.

Update  2:01 a.m. EDT Sept 14:  There has been little change in the strength and movement of Hurricane Florence, according to the 2 a.m. intermediate advisory by the National Hurricane Center. The storm remains a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 90 mph and moving west-northwest at 6 mph. Storm surge for the storm is projected to be approximately 9 to 10 feet along the coast of North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.

Update 1:13 a.m. EDT Sept. 14: The eye of Hurricane Florence continues to creep toward the North Carolina coast. Winds continue to increase as the storm prepares to make landfall.  The storm surge is beginning to reach the waterfront in Morehead City, North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.

A weather station in Atlantic Beach recorded 12.73 inches of rain over the past 24 hours, CNN reported.

Update  12:16 a.m. EDT Sept 14:  The National Weather Service is reporting that “life-threatening” storm surge is occurring in parts of eastern North Carolina.

Update  11 p.m. EDT Sept 13: Hurricane Florence has weakened to a Category 1 storm as it continues lashing the Carolinas, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Florence is still a powerful storm with sustained winds of 90 mph and even higher gusts, but it’s only moving at a slow crawl of 6 mph, according to the NHC.

The storm is producing a “life-threatening” storm surge in parts of eastern North Carolina and conditions could worsen even more as storm conditions continue into Friday night.

The NHC predicted Florence won’t begin moving inland significantly until possibly as late as Saturday.

Update 9:50 p.m. EDT Sept 13: Thousands of people in North Carolina are without power as Hurricane Florence batters the coast with high winds and driving rain.

North Carolina Emergency Management officials said so far there are more than 102,000 outages in the coastal counties  of Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Onslow and Pamlico.

Southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina could see nonstop rain for the next 24 to 36 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

>> Related: Hurricane Florence: Duke Energy says 75% of Carolina customers could lose power

Flooding is already underway in coastal North Carolina and it’s not just beach towns that are in danger of flooding. Experts and emergency officials have warned about the potential for major flooding along the state’s rivers as Florence blows ashore. 

The NHC saaid parts of coastal North and South Carolina could see as much as 40 inches of rain by the time this storm is over.

Update 8:30 p.m. EDT Sept 13: Once Hurricane Florence makes landfall, the storm is expected to stall over the North and South Carolina coastline creating a huge flooding danger as rains continue for several days, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Update 8:00 p.m. EDT Sept 13: Hurricane Florence’s winds speeds have dropped to 100 mph again, but the Category 2 hurricane is still a monster storm as it moves at just 5 mph toward land. 

According to the National Hurricane Center, Florence is located about 85 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, which is already experiencing gusting winds and pelting rains.

The storm will make landfall over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina late Thursday, the NHC said in its latest update.

As flooding continues along the North Carolina coast, winds from Florence have already knocked out power to thousands of residents and the eyewall of the storm is still hours away from making landfall.

Update 6:50 p.m. EDT Sept 13: Hurricane Florence’s wind speeds have increased to 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, as the storm’s out bands sweep ashore.

As Florence slowly moves toward the coast, the hurricane’s powerful winds have already pushed enough water onto the North Carolina coast to cause flooding in small towns along the shore.

Update 6:15 p.m. EDT Sept 13: Hurricane Florence is already having an impact along the North Carolina coast and the storm’s outer bands have barely arrived.

WGHP-TV is reporting storm damage in Atlantic beach after winds blew the roof off a structure near the shore.

Update 5:50 p.m. EDT Sept. 13: Officials along the North Carolina coast in towns like New Bern are warning residents if they haven’t already evacuated, they need to take shelter and stay where they are as Hurricane Florence barrels ashore.

“At this time City of New Bern officials are encouraging all residents to shelter in place due to Hurricane Florence.. Residents are asked to heed all warnings given by officials,” New Bern police officials said on Twitter.

Update 5:00 p.m. EDT Sept. 13: Hurricane Florence is battering North Carolina as the storms’s outer bands lash the coast.

The Category 2 hurricane has slowed to a crawl and is moving at just 5 mph with winds clocked at 100 mph, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

Update 4:30 p.m. EDT Sept 13: The outer bands of Hurricane Florence are sweeping ashore in coastal North Carolina with wind speeds clocked at 105 mph and even higher gusts.

Here’s a live look at Florence from a livecam off the coast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, as the storm barrels ashore.

The camera is attached to a tower 34 miles off the coast on what what was once a Coast Guard station.

Update 4 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

Wilmington seeing Florence’s effects

Update 3:24 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

River flooding

Update 2:54 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

Power outages growing

As of 2:45 p.m., nearly 17,000 customers in North Carolina are experiencing power outages. Most outages are in Carteret, Craven and Pender counties. 

Update 2:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

From the governor of North Carolina

Update 1:55 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

The 2 p.m. NHC update on Florence

At 2 p.m., Florence was 110 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 165 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is moving northwest at 10 mph and has sustained winds of 105 mph.

Update 1:33 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

Water coming in; winds picking up

Scenes from North Carolina as Florence heads for a landfall in the state:

Update 1:21 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

Here are the times most places on the coast will likely see their highest water levels from Florence:

 

Update 1:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

1 p.m. update from NHC

At 1 p.m., Florence was 115 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 175 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is moving northwest at 10 mph and has sustained winds of 105 mph.

Update 12:59 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

More Delta flights canceled

Delta Airlines has canceled 150 flights over two days as Hurricane Florence moves west. Customers can change the dates for the canceled flights, 80 on Thursday and 70 on Friday, by going to Delta.com, or by using the Fly Delta Mobile App.   

Update 12:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

Gust at near hurricane-force strength being seen now

A NOAA reporting station at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, has reported a sustained wind of 55 mph with a gust of 70 mph. Ocracoke, North Carolina, reported a sustained wind of 50 mph and a gust to 52 mph within the last hour. 

At noon, Florence was 130 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 185 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The storm is moving northwest at 10 mph and has sustained winds of 105 mph.

Update 12:23 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

Winds are picking up

Winds on Harkers Island, North Carolina, are gusting and have taken down tree limbs.

Update 12:14 p.m. EDT Sept. 13

Energy outages are starting

Duke Energy is reporting that 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area and Northwest Brunswick area (near Wilmington, North Carolina) are without power. 

Update 11:31 a.m. EDT Sept.13

Price gouging law is in effect

North Carolina will be prosecuting anyone who engages in price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Florence, according to Attorney General Josh Stein.

“My office is here to protect North Carolinians from scams and frauds,” Stein said. “That is true all the time – but especially during severe weather. It is against the law to charge an excessive price during a state of emergency. If you see a business taking advantage of this storm, either before or after it hits, please let my office know so we can hold them accountable.”

Price gouging, or charging too much for goods and services during a time of crisis, is punishable by fines of up to $5,000 for each violation. 

Report potential price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.

Update 11 a.m. EDT Sept. 13

11 a.m. update on Florence from the NHC

According to the NHC, at 11 a.m. Florence was about 145 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, or 195 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with sustained winds at 105 mph. Florence is moving northwest at 10 mph. The storm’s winds have decreased by 5 mph and the speed has slowed by 5 mph.

Update 10:50 a.m. EDT Sept. 13

Rain bans are onshore in the Carolinas

Here is a look at the radar out of Morehead City, North Carolina.

Update 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 13

The storm is very big

Keep in mind that while Hurricane Florence has been downgraded from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2 storm, the size of the storm has grown.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the hurricane’s center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles from the center.

Update 9:06 a.m. EDT Sept. 13

It’s not all about the category

Hurricane Florence is a Category 2 storm at the moment, but residents of the Carolinas should remember that a storm’s category only represents the strength of its winds. Along with the storm’s winds come rain, storm surge and the chance for tornadoes. This graphic shows the potential impacts of Florence.

Update 8:26 a.m. EDT Sept. 13

Rainfall totals could reach 40 inches in some areas

Rainfall from Florence will be extremely heavy along the Carolinas and into Virginia, according to the National Hurricane Center. Here is what the NHC is forecasting:

Coastal North Carolina into northeast South Carolina: 20 to 30 inches, with isolated totals up to 40 inches. South Carolina and North Carolina into southwest Virginia: 6 to 12 inches, with isolated totals up to 24 inches.

Update 8 a.m. EDT Sept. 13

National Hurricane Center advisory

At 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence is 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, or 220 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Maximum sustained winds are 110 mph with gusts up to 130 mph. The storm is moving northwest at 12 mph.

Update 6:52 a.m. EDT Sept. 13

Florence nears the Carolina coast

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached the North Carolina coast, and forecasters say the storm, which is expected to slow to a crawl, will make landfall late Thursday into Friday.

The NHC is warning residents that because Florence is slowing down storm surge will happen over the course of several high tides.

Here are the latest storm-surge inundation forecasts if the eye of the storm should arrive at high tide:

Cape Fear, North Carolina, to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay Rivers: 9 to 13 feet North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Fear, North Carolina: 6 to 9 feet Cape Lookout, North Carolina, to Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina: 6 to 9 feet South Santee River, South Carolina, to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: 4 to 6 feet Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina, to Salvo, North Carolina: 4 to 6 feet Salvo, North Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border: 2 to 4 feet Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the South Santee River, South Carolina: 2 to 4 feet

Update 4:58 a.m. EDT Sept. 13: Hurricane Florence remains a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory

The storm is about 205 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 250 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the advisory said. It is moving northwest at 15 mph.

Update 1:56 a.m. EDT Sept. 13: Hurricane Florence remains a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 a.m. advisory

The storm is about 280 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 325 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the advisory said. It is moving northwest at 17 mph.

Update 11:05 p.m. EDT Sept. 12: Hurricane Florence has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane with wind speeds of 110 mph, down from 115 mph three hours ago, according the National Hurricane Center.

Florence is about 280 miles east south east of Wilmington, North Carolina, and is picking up a little speed, now moving at 17 mph.

Storm surge warnings are posted along parts of the North and South Carolina coast.

“A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,” according to the NHC.

Some areas could see a storm surge between 9 and 13 feet, according to the latest NHC update.

Update 8:50 p.m. EDT Sept. 12: Hurricane Florence is a monster storm. All you have to do is check out the photos from space of the Category 3 hurricane to verify it.

NASA is sharing photos of the storm taken from the International Space Station and the camera lens almost isn’t big enough to encompass the entire hurricane.

Update 8:15 p.m. EDT Sept. 12: Hurricane Florence is weakening ever so slightly with wind speeds down to 115 mph, according to the latest update form the National Hurricane Center, but the storm is still a powerful Category 3 hurricane.

The NHC is predicting Florence will remain “an extremely dangerous major hurricane” when it makes landfall late Thursday or early Friday.

>> Related: Here’s what to do if your car is swept away by floodwaters

Hurricane-force winds extend outward from the center of the storm up to 70 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend even further at 195 miles from its center.

Update 6:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 12: Once Hurricane Florence makes landfall, the storm could linger along the coast for as long as a day before slowly moving inland, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center.

“This brings a number of dangerous hazards. Obviously the wind, but most importantly the storm surge, which is one of the deadliest hazards of hurricanes, and the inland rainfall associated with this event” David Novak, the director of the Weather Prediction Center, said Wednesday afternoon.

“These hazards are deadly. In fact, over half of hurricane deaths are associated with water, both surge and rainfall, and that is our major concern with Hurricane Florence,” Novak said.

Tropical storm-strength winds are expected to begin lashing the Carolina coastlines beginning Thursday morning.

Southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina could see up to 2 feet of rain when Florence comes ashore, Novak said.

>> Related: Hurricane Florence: Only 3 Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall in the Carolinas

He also said few people have seen this much rain and that it’s really only comparable to Hurricane Floyd, which hit eastern North Carolina in 1999 and caused widespread flooding over a period of weeks, killing 57 people and leaving behind damages of more than $6 billion dollars.

Update 5 p.m. EDT Sept. 12: More than 10 million people are under a hurricane warning or watch throughout the Carolinas and Georgia, according to The Associated Press.

The NHC is also predicting Florence will bring up to 13-foot storm surges and as much as 40 inches of rain in some areas as it slows once it makes landfall.

>>What is the Saffir-Simpson scale; how does it work; is there a Category 6?

The storm’s winds have dropped to 120 mph and it is  moving in a northwesterly direction at 16 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in it’s latest update.

Update  4:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 12: Storm surge warnings are now posted for parts of the North and South Carolina coastal region as Hurricane Florence bares down on the eastern seaboard.

The National Hurricane Center has warned that Florence is expected to bring “life-threatening” storm surge when it slams into the Carolinas over the next few days.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster , during an afternoon press conference Wednesday, called the storm’s path “unpredictable” and urged people in the state’s evacuation zones to take the storm warnings seriously.

Thousands of people in North and South Carolina, and parts of coastal Georgia and Virginia, are evacuating as the powerful hurricane churns toward shore.

Update 3:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 12: 

Duke Energy looking at between 1-3 million without power Duke Energy, which serves 4 million customers in North and South Carolina, says it expects between 1 million and 3 million customers will lose power because of Hurricane Florence. 

More than 20,000 power workers from Duke and from other utility companies in other states are stationed around the region awaiting the storm’s landfall.

Update 2:54 p.m. EDT Sept. 12:

What will 25 inches of rain do?

Update 2:22 p.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Pet rumor debunked

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is debunking a rumor that emergency shelters and hotels are required by law to allow those who evacuate to bring their pets. 

FEMA points out that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires hotels and shelters to accept service animals, not personal pets. FEMA offers this link on evacuating with pets. 

Update 2 p.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Florence is now a Category 3 – still a major hurricane

Here’s what we know after the 2 p.m. update from the NHC:Florence is 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, or 470 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Sustained winds have dropped to 125. Florence is moving at 16 mph.

Florence's predicted southward turn off of North Carolina on Friday means more of the coastline will be affected – some areas getting hurricane-force winds for more than 24 hours. Hurricane force winds are winds that are greater than 74 mph. In Wilmington, N.C. the storm surge will be between 9 and 13 feet.

Update 1:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Florence from space

Update 1:05 p.m. EDT Sept. 12:

An ‘odd’ hurricane

Weather Channel meteorologist Greg Postel told USA Today that Florence’s track change is not what he would expect to see from such a storm. Postel said Florence will likely "stall near the coast and then parallel southwestward toward Georgia," instead of quickly heading inland.

Update 12:44 p.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Deal declares an emergency

Following the change in the forecast for Florence earlier Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for all counties in the state.

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Flying into the eye

Here’s what it looks like when you fly into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane.

Update 12:05 p.m. EDT Sept. 12:

‘A Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast’

The Carolinas will be receiving the full brunt of Hurricane Florence in the next 48 hours, according to Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “This is not going to be a glancing blow,” he said. “This is not going to be one of those storms that hit and move out to sea. This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast.” 

The National Hurricane Center is continuing to warn coastal residents of “life-threatening storm surges.” A storm surge is water pushed inland from landfalling hurricanes. The NHC says some surges can be up upwards of 9 feet.

Update 11:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 12:

What’s the track now?

According to the 11 a.m. NHC update, on the current forecast track, “… the center of Florence is expected to be near the coasts of southern North Carolina and northern South Carolina in 48 to 72 hours and then drift westward to west-southwestward in weak steering flow.

Update 11 a.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Update on Florence from the NHC

The 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center puts Florence about 485 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C., or 520 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, S.C., with sustained winds remaining at 130 mph. Florence is moving northwest at 15 mph. The storm has slowed its forward motion a bit.

Update 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Presidential warning

President Donald Trump is warning Georgia residents to be on watch saying, “Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting the Great State of Georgia.

Update 9:48 a.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Evacuations

Click here for WSOC’s updating list of mandatory and voluntary evacuations in North Carolina.

Update 8:48 a.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Change in steering currents

The NHC says the currents that are guiding Florence will collapse as the storm nears the coast, making it more difficult to predict where the storm will end up. As of Wednesday, the NHC is predicting a landfall in southeast North Carolina. This is a bit south of Tuesday’s predicted landfall. 

“Models are indicating that the steering currents will collapse by Friday when Florence is approaching the southeast U.S. coast,” according to the NHC update. “The weak steering currents are expected to continue through the weekend, which makes the forecast track on days 3-5 quite uncertain.”

Update 8 a.m. EDT Sept. 12:

From the NHC

According to the NHC, at 8 a.m. Florence was about 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, N.C. with winds at 130 mph. It was moving west-northwest at 17 mph. 

Update 7:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 12:

Here’s what we know early Wednesday from the NHC’s 5 a.m. report:

  • Florence was centered more than 500 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving west-northwestward.
  • Florence remains a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds
  • Landfall looks to be late Thursday into Friday
  • Tropical-storm-force winds should arrive at the coast as soon as Thursday morning.
  • Florence is causing rip currents up and down the East Coast as far south as Florida.

Here’s what Hurricane Florence looks like from a satellite.

 

Hurricane Florence: Here’s how you can help

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina Friday, bringing 90 mph winds, towering storm surges and the promise of up to 40 inches of rain in some areas.

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While the storm is still moving through the Carolinas, charitable organizations are gathering resources and asking for help. 

If you want to help, there are a few things you should do first.

>>Hurricane Florence: Verizon Wireless, other companies offer free service to those impacted by storm 

First, you may want to go to Charity Navigator, the website that ranks charitable organizations for they effectiveness in using donated money. Check out the ratings for organizations you are interested in.

 

You can also read Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines before you send money, clothes or anything else. 

>> Related: Hurricane Florence: Duke Energy says 75% of Carolina customers could lose power

Here are some of the organizations with programs that aim to help those affected by Florence:   

To donate to general funds:

Americares

American Red Cross

American Kidney Fund

Brother's Brother Foundation

GlobalGiving – A crowdfunding group that supports grassroots charity organizations. For Florence, it’s Hurricane Florence relief fund.

GoFundMe – Look for pages to go up soon asking for help as the storm leaves the area.

Habitat for Humanity

Harvest Hope Food Bank

North Carolina Community Foundation

The Red Cross – You can give $10 by texting “FLORENCE” to 90999

Samaritan's Purse 

To help animals:

Charleston Animal Society

American Humane – The group helps animals at risk because of the storm.

To help children:

Diaper Bank of North Carolina

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

ForKids

Save the Children

South Carolina Diaper Bank 

For the disabled:

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children

Portlight Strategies – The organization helps older adults and people with disabilities. (If anyone needs assistance from Portlight, call 1-800-626-4959. 

To donate blood:

Try these organizations if you want to donate blood: AABBAmerica's Blood CentersAmerican Red CrossArmed Services Blood Program.

For the military:

For current or former military members, the Army Emergency ReliefAir Force Aid Society and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society have resources available.  

Team Rubicon – A group of veterans who help in national disasters.

Hurricane Florence: Download these apps for finding gas, hotel rooms, help

Hurricane Florence intensified into a Category 4 around midday on Monday and continues to strengthen on a path to the East Coast of the United States.

>>Tracking Hurricane Florence: Live updates from the Carolinas

On Monday, the National Hurricane Center is warning that Florence is likely to strengthen to 150 mph just before landfall later this week.

>>What is the Saffir-Simpson scale, how does it work; is there a Category 6?

Authorities are telling residents of the areas likely to be affected that they should begin making preparations for either staying or plans for leaving as Florence approaches.

Here are some website links and apps to help with finding shelter, getting gas and keeping in touch with family and friends.

Evacuation routesNorth Carolina: Here is a link to evacuation routes in North Carolina. The map shows the routes – both state and national highways – from coastal areas to Interstate 95. Interstate 95 is in the center of the state and runs north and south.

Interstate 40 runs from the coastal area of North Carolina near Wilmington across the state where it intersects with I-95.

Virginia: Hurricane evacuation routes are shown on page 9 of this PDF. It includes routes for those who live on the Peninsula, those who live south of I-264 and those who live on the Eastern Shore.

If you are looking for information needed when evacuating before a storm, here is a list of apps and websites that may help.

Georgia: Here is the link to maps for hurricane evacuation in Georgia.

Links to state and county emergency management agencies

Emergency management agencies can provide updated information on watches and warnings along with locations of shelters and other help. Here are the links for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Georgia: Click here for the Georgia Emergency Management Department.

North Carolina: Click here for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Click here for each North Carolina county’s emergency management agency website. Many of the county EMA sites have links to shelters.

South Carolina: Click here for the South Carolina Emergency Management Department.

Virginia: Click here for the Virginia Emergency Management Department.

Another way to find shelter

Another way to find shelters once they have opened is to text the word “SHELTER” and a zip code to 4FEMA (43362).

For example, for the Wilmington, N.C. area you would text to 43362: SHELTER 28401 (Wilmington’s zip code).

Hotels that accept pets

If you are evacuating with your pet, click here to find hotels that allow pets.

Here are some helpful links and apps that you should download in advance of the storm.

Airports

To check on the status of airports, click here.

Gas

For gas availability, click here at GasBuddy.

Wi-Fi

For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, click here at Xfinity.

Traffic

For traffic slowdowns or wrecks, road closures and other real-time traffic issues, go to Waze.

Hotel information

To find a hotel room, see expedia.com.More on weather

For live weather coverage in the Carolinas, get the WSOC weather app.

If you need more information about weather, public alerts, shelters, forecasts and more, go to Google.org’s crisis maps.

If you need a money transfer or storm tracking apps, try the "Stay Safe After the Hurricane” collection.

>>How to use the internet during a storm when your internet is down

Miscellaneous

Other hurricane apps are available from a collection at the Google Play store.

Zello: This app became popular during Hurricane Irma last year. Zello can convert your phone into a sort of walkie-talkie or two-way radio. You must have a WiFi connection to use it. You can instantly send voice messages or photos.

Red Cross Apps: There are several apps hosted by the Red Cross including first aid apps for humans and pets. A Red Cross app also downloads information to your phone so you can access it even when cellphone towers are down.

Facebook Safety Check: You can mark yourself safe on this Facebook app to let family and friends know you are OK. You can also check on your family and friends.

ICE Standard: The ICE Medical App lets you put your emergency medical contact Information on a smartphone. 

Nextdoor: Nextdoor connects you with people in your neighborhood.

Life360: If you are evacuating, this app can let family and friends know where you are. Life360 will track your movements and automatically send texts to those you chose to share that information with. 

Hurricane Florence: If you live in the Carolinas or Virginia, do this by the end of Monday

The National Hurricane Center on Monday warned that Hurricane Florence is likely to be a major hurricane as it nears the coast of North Carolina later this week.

>>Tracking Hurricane Florence: Live updates from the Carolinas

Florence, forecasters said, could be a Category 3 or Category 4 storm with winds in excess of 140 miles per hour when it makes landfall later this week.  

>>What is the Saffir-Simpson scale, how does it work; is there a Category 6? 

Federal and state emergency management agencies are advising those living in coastal areas from north Georgia and the Carolinas to Virginia to be aware and make preparations for a probable landfall somewhere in those areas. 

Here are some of the preparations you should complete as soon as possible if you live along the coast of Georgia, the Carolinas or Virginia and some information from a Ready.gov publication that includes a checklist of what to do in advance of the storm: 

Basic preparedness tips (Complete these Monday) 

1. Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information. 

Georgia: Click here for the Georgia Emergency Management Department. 

North Carolina: Click here for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. 

South Carolina: Click here for the South Carolina Emergency Management Department. 

Virginia: Click here for the Virginia Emergency Management Department. 

2. Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate. 

3. If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads. 

4. Make a family emergency communication plan. 

5. Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.” 

Preparing your home 

1. Hurricane winds will cause trees and branches to fall, if you can, trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe. 

2. Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property. Clear your yard of unsecured items such as lawn chairs.

>>Why you should never use a generator during a storm 

3. Consider buying a portable generator. Generators can be deadly if used incorrectly. Remember to keep generators and other alternative power sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture. That means you cannot use a generator during a storm. 

What does 'hurricane watch' mean and what should I do if one is issued? 

A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions (high winds, storm surge) are possible within the next 48 hours. 

Steps to take 

1. Review your evacuation route(s) and listen to local officials.

2.  Review the items in your disaster supply kit; and add items to meet the household needs for children, parents, individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs or pets.

What does 'hurricane warning' mean and what should I do if one is issued? 

A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hrs. 

Steps to take 

1. Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given. Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media. 

2. Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist below, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location. 

What to do when hurricane is 36 hours from arriving 

1. Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

2. Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash and first aid supplies.

3. Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded. 

4. Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead. 

5. Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes. 

What to do when hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving 

1. Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions. 

2. Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks) and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building. 

3.  Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8-inch exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. 

What to do when hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving 

1. Turn on your TV/radio or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. 

2. Charge your cellphone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power. 

>>How to use the internet during a storm when your internet is down 

What to do when hurricane is 6 hours from arriving 

1. If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are. It is too late to safely evacuate. You run the risk of being caught in traffic on a roadway when the storm makes landfall. 

2. Close storm shutters and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you. 

3. Turn on your TV/radio or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

4. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.

>>How a coin, frozen cup of water could keep you from getting sick

After the hurricane 

1. Listen to local officials for updates and instructions. 

2. Check in with family and friends by texting or using social media. 

3. Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. 

4. Watch out for debris and downed power lines. 

5. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 1 foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away. 

6. Avoid floodwater, as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away. 

7. Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim. 

8. Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm. 

9. Never plug your generator directly into your home outlet. That’s known as “backfeeding” and puts people at risk of electrocution -- especially utility workers trying to reconnect electric power after the storm.

 

 

Who is George Papadopoulos, first to be sentenced in Russian investigation?

George Papadopoulos, who briefly served as a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, will be sentenced Friday for lying to the FBI.

Papadopoulos, 31, pleaded guilty Oct. 5, 2017, to lying about connections to people he understood were connected to the Russian government. Prosecutors say Papadopoulos had hoped to broker deals between the campaign and Russian officials.

>> Mueller investigation: Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleads guilty

Papadopoulos was arrested at Washington Dulles International Airport on July 27, 2017, and arraigned the next day, charged with lying to the FBI, among other charges.

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Papadopoulos’ guilty plea in October 2017 was part of a plea bargain with prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

>> More on Robert Mueller's investigation

Who is Papadopoulos? Here are some things we know about him.

  • He was born in Chicago on Aug. 19, 1987. He graduated from Niles West High School and then went on to get a degree from DePaul University in Chicago in 2009. He studied international political economy and then earned a master’s degree in security studies at the University of London, according to his LinkedIn page. His dissertation “focused on the deleterious effects of low governance and state capacity levels in the Middle East,” according to his page.
  • He worked as a research associate for the Hudson Institute from 2011-2015. The Hudson Institute is a “(t)hink tank and research center dedicated to nonpartisan analysis of U.S. and international economic, security, and political issues,” according to its website.
  • Papadopoulos was an oil and gas consultant for Energy Stream in London from September 2015 to December 2015.
  • He joined Ben Carson’s presidential campaign as an adviser in November 2015 and stayed with the campaign until February 2016.

>> Paul Manafort guilty on 8 charges in bank fraud, conspiracy trial; mistrial declared on 10 counts 

  • He was the director of the Centre For International Energy and Natural Resources Law & Security in London from February 2016 to April 2016.
  • According to court records, Papadopoulos was recruited to join Trump's campaign in March 2016 by Sam Clovis, who was the national co-chairman of the campaign. He joined Trump’s campaign in April 2016 and stayed until January 2017.
  • When he left Trump’s campaign, he became an independent oil, gas and policy consultant.
  • According to his LinkedIn page, his "commercial work has been published in prominent think tanks in Washington, D.C., the Cypriot and the Israeli press." On the page, he claims to have written "policy and energy reports for Cambridge University" and says he is a "(c)urrent member of the International Presidential Business Advisory Council" in Cyprus. Papadopoulos also says he has a "(s)trong background in business, energy, policy and finance.”
  • He speaks Arabic, French and Greek.
  • Trump, in a 2016 interview with The Washington Post, called Papadopoulos an “excellent guy.”

>> Mueller investigation: Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleads guilty

  • In October 2017, after Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said his role in the campaign was “extremely limited. It was a volunteer position.” 

Here are the officials who deny writing the New York Times op-ed; first lady’s response

As of noon Thursday, eight members of President Donald Trump’s administration have denied they were the author of an anonymous op-ed that was published in the New York Times Wednesday. 

The piece blasts Trump for his “amorality,” and claims that “anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”

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It goes on to say Trump “engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”

Various members of the president’s cabinet have denied writing the op-ed, and the first lady, Melania Trump, has called out the person saying, “If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves.

First lady Melania Trump

Vice President Mike Pence

"The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds," tweeted Jarrod Agen, Pence’s communications director. "The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts."

James Mattis, secretary of defense

"It was not his op-ed," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said.

Mike Pompeo, secretary of state 

Secretary Mike Pompeo, on a trip to India, criticized the Times for publishing the op-ed.

“If it's accurate, they should not have chosen to take a disgruntled, deceptive bad actor's word for anything and put it in their newspaper,” Pompeo said Thursday, adding: “I come from a place where if you're not in a position to execute the commander's intent, you have a singular option, that is to leave.”

“It’s not mine,” he said.

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security 

Tyler Houlton, press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement Thursday, “Secretary Nielsen is focused on leading the men and women of DHS and protecting the homeland — not writing anonymous & false opinion pieces for the New York Times. These types of political attacks are beneath the Secretary and the Department's mission.”

Dan Coats, director of national intelligence

“From the beginning of our tenure, we have insisted that the entire IC remain focused on our mission to provide the President and policymakers with the best intelligence possible,” he said in a statement, referencing the intelligence community. … Speculation that The New York Times op-ed was written by me or my principal deputy (Sue Gordon) is patently false. We did not.”

Steve Mnuchin, secretary of the Treasury

“It is laughable to think this could come from the secretary,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s aide Tony Sayegh says. Sayegh tweeted, “Steve Mnuchin is honored to serve @POTUS & the American people. He feels it was irresponsible for @nytimes to print this anonymous piece. Now, dignified public servants are forced to deny being the source. It is laughable to think this could come from the Secretary.” 

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations

Haley was asked by CNN as she was entering the UN Security Council chamber if she was the author of the op-ed. “No,” was her answer. 

Mick Mulvaney, White House budget director

“Director Mulvaney did not write the op-ed,” Mulvaney’s spokeswoman said. 

Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development

When asked if Carson wrote the piece, a spokesman for Carson said, “Aha, no.”

Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services

A spokesman for Azar said, "No, Secretary Azar did not write the op-ed.”

Wilber Ross, secretary of commerce

“I did not write and am thoroughly appalled by this op-ed. I couldn’t be prouder of our work at Commerce and of @POTUS.

Rick Perry, secretary of energy

“I am not the author of the New York Times op-ed, nor do I agree with its characterizations. Hiding behind anonymity and smearing the president of the United States does not make you an "unsung hero", it makes you a coward, unworthy of serving this nation.

Finally, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that if someone wants to know the identity of the “anonymous coward” who wrote the op-ed, they should call the New York Times opinion desk and included that phone number.

Who wrote The New York Times op-ed about Trump? Here’s what the media, social media think

In a Washington that seems to thrive on daily political missile attacks, a scathing op-ed piece published by The New York Times Wednesday may well be the mother of all bombs when it comes to Donald Trump’s White House.

The piece, written by an anonymous author, blasts Trump for his “amorality,” and claims that “anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”

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According to the piece, he or she, along with others in the White House, has "vowed to thwart parts of [the president's] agenda and his worst inclinations."

It goes on to say Trump “engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”

>>Jamie Dupree: President Trump defends record, rebukes author of anonymous op-ed

Trump, for his part, called the author “gutless,” and told the Times that it should reveal the person’s name for “national security purposes.”

A Times op-ed page editor, Jim Dao, said in an interview with CNN Wednesday, that the author had reached out to the Times through a “go-between” to float the idea of running the op-ed. Dao said he had not spoken to the person directly, and did not say how “senior” in the Trump administration the op-ed’s author is.

A tweet late Wednesday night from Bloomberg senior national political reporter Jennifer Jacobs questioned just how “senior’ the author of the piece is, saying, “Several sources now saying they have doubts the anonymous senior admin official works in the West Wing — more probably works elsewhere, in one of the departments.”

No matter the person’s position in the administration, speculation about who wrote the piece – from media outlets and those on social media – has run the gamut from Vice President Mike Pence to Defense Secretary James Mattis to Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway.

As of Thursday morning, here is a look at who the media, social media and even odds-makers think maybe the author.

CNN offered a list of 13 suspects that includes the soon to be ex-White House counsel Don McGahn, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Conway, the president’s daughter Ivanka, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and even his wife, Melania.

USA Today quoted former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s book "Unhinged: An insider's account of the Trump White House” as also suggesting that the op-ed’s author could be someone in the president’s family. 

"Rest assured that there is an army of people who oppose him and his policies," the former reality TV star writes in her book. "They are working silently and tirelessly to make sure he does not cause harm to the republic. Many in this silent army are in his party, his administration, and even in his own family." 

On Wednesday, Manigault-Newman tweeted another clue, suggesting it was one of four people in the West Wing: John DeStefano, an assistant to the president, Bill Stepien, White House political director, Nick Ayers, chief of staff to vice president Mike Pence, and Andrew Bremberg, an assistant to the president. 

Nick Ayers was leading the poll early Thursday morning.

The conservative Weekly Standard offered a list of four likely authors of the op-ed, all senior White House officials: Larry Kudlow, chairman of the National Economic Council, Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Coats and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The article pointed out that Kudlow had struggled since recently coming to the administration, and that he had used a phrase that appears in the op-ed that includes the words “first principles” in a book he wrote in 1998.

“If we stick with what I call first principles, which is morality and ethics, some spiritual guideline which was present at the creation with the founders . . . then this country is unstoppable,” Kudlow wrote.

The Weekly Standard article also suggests Coats would try to get back at Trump after he spoke dismissively of him and the intelligence community following the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin. 

The more liberal Huffington Post pointed to the word “lodestar” as a clue to the author’s identity and suggests the op-ed was written by Vice President Mike Pence.

The author singles out the late Arizona Sen. John McCain as “a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue.” Pence has been known to use the word which means “a star that leads or guides” or a person who “serves as an inspiration.”

 >>What does 'lodestar' mean? Term trends amid New York Times op-ed speculation

If this Twitter mashup from BuzzFeed is any indication, Pence is particularly fond of the word. 

If you are a betting person, oddsmakers are already lining up with their picks for who wrote the op-ed.

“What tipped us off was ‘lodestar,’ MyBookie head oddsmaker David Strauss told the New York Post of his bet that Pence was the one who wrote the piece.

“When you search members of the administration (who have used that word) only one name comes up – and that name is Mike Pence. He’s used in multiple speeches this year,” Strauss told the New York Post.

Pence was listed at 2-to-3 odds on MyBookie. 

What is the 25th Amendment and how does it work?

An op-ed written by an anonymous, senior member of the Trump Administration and published by the New York Times outlines alleged efforts that have been made by members of the administration to temper Donald Trump’s erratic behavior and “misguided impulses.”

Throughout the op-ed, the writer describes an unstable, indecisive Trump, who ignores the country’s ties to our allies, and who often changes his mind on policy deicisons within days. 

The writer says there are people in place who are putting the country first. 

“It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room,” the author writes. “We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.” 

One of the avenues considered by some members of Donald Trump’s leadership team, according to the author, was invoking the 25th Amendment. However, they decided against that when they realized it would set off a Constitutional crisis. 

The 25th Amendment outlines the presidential line of succession, or who becomes president should the president become disabled, resign or be removed from office. 

The clause has never been invoked in the 50 years since the amendment was adopted on Feb. 10, 1967. 

This is not the first time the 25th Amendment has made the news in relation to Trump’s presidency. 

In July 2017, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, introduced a bill to establish an independent commission on presidential capacity.

The bill would allow Congress to “guarantee the security of the nation and effectiveness of government when serious concerns have been raised about the president’s ability to execute the responsibilities of the office.”

Raskin referenced the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution in the bill, which asks for the creation of a congressional body “to determine presidential fitness.”

The interest in the amendment started soon after the presidential election in November and first spiked in February 2017, around the time that Michael Flynn was fired as national security adviser.

A story from Business Insider suggests the increased interest rests with those who oppose the president and have discovered the fourth clause of the document. They see it as a way to remove President Donald Trump from office.

That clause states, “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”

In short, the clause means that Vice President Mike Pence along with 13 of the 24 members of the Cabinet could decide the president is unable to do his job and remove him from office. In that case, Pence would become president. 

A president can fight such a move by a vice president and send the decision on removal to a vote in Congress.

So, what would happen if President Trump were to resign, become disabled or be removed from office? Who would become president? Here’s the line of succession for the presidency of the United States.

1. Vice President 2. Speaker of the House of Representatives 3. President pro tempore of the Senate 4. Secretary of State 5. Secretary of the Treasury 6. Secretary of Defense 7. Attorney General 8. Secretary of the Interior 9. Secretary of Agriculture 10. Secretary of Commerce 11. Secretary of Labor 12. Secretary of Health and Human Services 13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 14. Secretary of Transportation (Currently Elaine Choa, who is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, and cannot become president.)15. Secretary of Energy 16. Secretary of Education 17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs 18. Secretary of Homeland Security 

Did a woman sitting behind Brett Kavanaugh give a white-power hand signal?

Some social media users are asking if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s former law clerk flashed a white-power symbol during the first day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Some on Twitter were accusing Zina Bash of briefly making what they called a white-power sign by making an “OK” sign. The other three fingers, some say, make the “w” signal that stands for “white.”

Zina Bash, who clerked for Judge Kavanaugh and also worked in the Trump administration as a special assistant on regulatory reform and legal and immigration policy, now works as a senior counsel for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Her husband, John Bash, is the United States attorney for Western Texas. John Bash defended his wife with a series of tweets late Tuesday calling the comments about a white supremacy symbol repulsive.

“Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves,” John Bash wrote. “We weren’t even familiar with the hateful symbol being attributed to her for the random way she rested her hand during a long hearing.”

Zina Bash’s name began trending on social media Tuesday afternoon after several Twitter personalities accused her of making the symbol.  

Actor Tom Arnold called out Zina Bash’s husband, saying, “straight up gave the White Power sign to camera today for Steven Miller & her buds watching #KavanaughConfirmation on tv.”

The Washington Post reported that Mark Pitcavage, a researcher who studies extremism, “shared the feelings of many when he dismissed the controversy in a statement on Twitter.”

“Out of all the things you should be legitimately concerned about regarding the Senate confirmation hearings in Washington, DC, today for Judge Kavanaugh,” he wrote, “handshakes and handsigns ought not be among them. Actual serious constitutional issues are at stake.”  

Who is Jon Kyl, the man who will fill John McCain’s Senate seat?

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has named former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the U.S. Senate seat left open by the death of Sen. John McCain.

Kyl, who served in the Senate for 18 years, will fly later Tuesday to Washington, D.C. Kyl retired from the Senate in January of 2013 and was at one point in his career the second-highest ranking Republican senator when he served as Senate minority whip.

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He has been in Washington recently, leading President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, through the confirmation process. Kavanaugh’s first day of hearings began Tuesday morning. 

According to The Arizona Republic, Kyl has agreed to serve through the end of the year. If he decides not to return after the first of the year, Ducey would have to appoint another replacement.

In a tweet, McCain's widow, Cindy, said that "Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona.”

Kyl was first elected to the Senate in 1995. He was a member of the U.S. House for 12 years prior to his election to the Senate.

According to the New York Times, Kyl, 76, has indicated he would be willing to consider remaining in the Senate until 2020, when a special election will be held to fill McCain’s unexpired term. He said he would not run for the seat after that time.

The Times also reported that Kyl, who has been a lobbyist at the firm of Covington & Burling, would announce he is cutting ties with his clients there as he returns to the Senate.

According to the company’s website, Kyl “advises companies on domestic and international policies that influence U.S. and multi-national businesses and assists corporate clients on tax, healthcare, defense, national security and intellectual property matters among others.

Doug Cole, a veteran Republican consultant and former McCain aide, told The Associated Press that Kyl was a good pick.

“I think McCain would be very happy with the pick. Honors his legacy while putting some major horsepower for Arizona in the seat, at least for now,” Cole said.

Kyl sat on the Senate Finance Committee and was the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. He also chaired the Senate Republican Policy Committee and the Senate Republican Conference.

He is married and has two children.

Brett Kavanaugh hearing: What time, what channel, who is on the committee?

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

The hearings, which are scheduled for up to four days, will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET. each day beginning Tuesday.

>>Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court?

According to the Judiciary Committee schedule, 30 hours have been carved out for testimony this week to examine the record of the man who was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

>>LIVE BLOG: Supreme Court hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh, nominated by Trump on July 9, once clerked for Kennedy.

Here’s what you need to know about this week’s hearings.

What happens on Tuesday?

Kavanaugh will be introduced by Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and lawyer Lisa Blatt who describes herself as a “liberal feminist lawyer:”

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Kavanaugh, 53, worked with both Portman and Rice in the George W. Bush White House.

Kavanaugh will give an opening statement then the 21 senators on the committee will give statements as well.

What happens on Wednesday?

On Wednesday, the question-and-answer session begins. Each senator will be recognized to speak, beginning with the Republican chairman of the committee then the ranking Democrat. The questioning will then alternate by party and order of seniority from that point on.

What happens on Thursday?

On Thursday, the questioning will likely be done with and the day will be spent listening to witnesses who will speak either for or against Kavanaugh’s nomination. John Dean, the former White House counsel who testified against President Richard Nixon in the 1970s, is among those who will testify.

Who else will testify this week?

These people will be testifying either for or against Kavanaugh’s nomination.

  • Paul T. Moxley, chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary
  • John R. Tarpley, principal evaluator, American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary
  • Luke McCloud, a former law clerk for Kavanaugh
  • Louisa Garry, a teacher at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY
  • Theodore B. Olson, former solicitor general of the United States
  • Colleen E. Roh Sinzdak, a former student of Kavanaugh’s
  • Akhil Amar, professor of law and political science at Yale Law School
  • Rep. Cedric Richmond, (D-Louisiana), chairman, Congressional Black Caucus
  • Rochelle Garza, an attorney
  • Elizabeth Weintraub, advocacy specialist, Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Alicia Baker 
  • Melissa Murray, professor of law, New York University School of Law
  • A.J. Kramer, a federal public defender for the District of Columbia
  • Rebecca Taibleson, assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Maureen E. Mahoney, former deputy solicitor general of the United States
  • Kenneth Christmas, executive vice president, business and legal affairs, Marvista Entertainment
  • Aalayah Eastmond
  • Jackson Corbin
  • Hunter LaChance
  • Melissa Smith, a social studies teacher at U.S. Grant Public High School in Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Monica Mastal, a real estate agent
  • Paul Clement, former solicitor general
  • Adam White, professor and executive director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the 
  • Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
  • Jennifer Mascott, assistant professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
  • Rebecca Ingber, associate professor of law at the Boston University School of Law
  • Lisa Heinzerling, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Peter Shane, professor of law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University

What time do the hearings start?

The hearings are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, if needed. There is no set time for them to end, but they could go on for nine to 10 hours a day.

What channel are the hearings on?

C-SPAN and C-SPAN3 will broadcast the hearings from gavel-to-gavel. Fox News is also broadcasting the hearings live.

Are the hearings live streamed?

Yes. You can watch the hearing on the Judiciary Committee website here.

Who are the members on the Judiciary Committee?

The members of the committee who will be questioning Kavanaugh and voting on a recommendation to send his nomination to the full Senate are:

Republicans: 

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah)Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) Sen. Michael S. Lee (R-Utah)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska)Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona)Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina)Sen. John Kennedy (R-Louisiana)

Democrats

Ranking Member Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-California)Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Delaware)Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut)Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California)

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