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WEATHER

Sunny to partly cloudy high near 90


LOCAL

 Westbound  I-55 / I-64 at the I-55/70/64 interchange is going to be fully closed throughout the weekend. The closure starts today at 8:00pm. construction is expected to wrap up by 5pm Sunday.


NATIONAL

The Eyewall Of Florence hits NC Coast - 

The eyewall of Hurricane Florence has landed on the North Carolina coast.

The Category 1 storm is still packing 90 mile an hour maximum winds as it marches toward landfall. Heavy rains and a ten-foot storm surge have been turning streets into streams for hours and scores of people are trapped by floodwaters.

A weather station in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina got more than a foot of rain in 24 hours and already nearly 300-thousand customers are without power. State officials say the number is likely to rise, and warned last night that strong winds and hurricane floodwaters could keep the power off for several days or longer.

A federal observation site at Cape Lookout, North Carolina reported sustained winds of 83-miles-per-hour Thursday night. Up to 40 inches of rain is expected in North Carolina, and storm surges could get as high as 13 feet. 

Source: ABC Raleigh


FEMA Chief Under Investigation 

While his federal agency is dealing with a storm., FEMA’s leader is having his own disaster.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for misusing his government resources on trips back to his home in North Carolina. The lead disaster official for Hurricane Florence said he will fully cooperate with the probe.

Long addressed the matter at a press briefing for Hurricane Florence yesterday. The Inspector General for the DHS took interest in the matter after one of the government vehicles was involved in an accident. Long says that if they made mistakes running the program then they will fully cooperate to make sure they are corrected.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is reportedly not happy about his too frequent trips home and allegedly talked with him about it. Some say she asked him to consider resigning.

Several current and former Trump administration officials have been called out for their questionable travel practices involving taxpayer money. 

Source: Politico


Dozens Of People Rescued From Florence Storm Surge In NC Town 

Several people didn’t heed evacuation orders in New Bern, North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence rescue efforts are in the North Carolina coastal town. Officials in New Bern say over 150 people have been rescued from surging floodwaters so far. A tweet from city officials urged flood victims to move up to the second floor or to the attic, and assured, "we are coming to get you."

A county spokeswoman says multiple residents have been rescued, and emergency crews are doing their best to reach areas that are just too dangerous because of extreme flooding, storm surges and high winds up to 50-miles-per-hour.

FEMA teams have been determining which cases were most severe and pulling those residents out first. Over 90 calls poured into 911 after storm surge waters overtook the town. The National Hurricane Center is reporting over ten-feet of floodwater in New Bern. 

Source: Fox News


Cynthia Nixon Concedes Governor’s Primary To Andrew Cuomo - 

Voters in New York are nominating Governor Andrew Cuomo to run for re-election this November.

Poll numbers had given the incumbent Cuomo a sizeable lead over challenger Cynthia Nixon in yesterday's primary, despite several controversies within the past week. Cuomo spent millions of dollars on television spots in recent weeks, while Nixon blasted his record as not progressive enough.

In Nixon’s concession speech last night at her campaign's election night headquarters in Brooklyn, Nixon said she pushed Governor Cuomo to the left on issues like marijuana, while holding him accountable for the broken subways. She says a blue wave is coming not just for Republicans, but Democrats who act like them.

Nixon poked fun at Cuomo's having spent millions on television campaign ads, saying he didn't under estimate her campaign, as evidenced by his spending. 

Source: New York Daily News


Lifestyle

Target Has A Job For You This Holiday Season - 

Target plans to hire 120-thousand seasonal workers this holiday season.

That's a 20-percent increase in seasonal hiring from last year. Target says it expects to receive more online orders this holiday season, and is doubling the number of temporary jobs to meet the rising demand for its order pickup and drive-up services.

All temporary workers hired by the store after this Sunday will start at 12-dollars an hour. Other benefits include a 10-percent discount on Target.com and 20-percent off wellness merchandise like fruits, vegetables and workout gear.

Target will hold hiring events at its stores nationwide in mid-October. 

Source: CNBC


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