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*Thunderstorms today the high is 75

LOCAL

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NATIONAL

Surprising Hurricane Michael Is Now A Cat 4 - 

In a move forecasters didn’t expect, an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane is barreling toward the Florida Panhandle.

The National Hurricane Center, this morning, says Hurricane Michael has maximum sustained winds of 140 miles an hour and is less than 140 miles south-southwest of Panama City. Forecasters are warning of life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall along the northeastern Gulf coast.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and the National Weather Service are warning that the monster storm will bring catastrophic conditions and for people to get out now. Michael is expected to make landfall between three and six p.m. today.

If you’re wondering why the storm hadn’t been talked about for days, it’s because the storm only developed over the weekend. 

Source: USA Today


Sears May File Bankruptcy This Week - 

An iconic store may be close to extinction.

Sears Holdings could be filing for bankruptcy this week. Reports say that the company is preparing a bankruptcy bid to deal with its debt. The company has a 134-million payment due on Monday. CEO Eddie Lampert is working on a proposal to restructure the department store chain's debt by selling off its Kenmore appliance brand and other assets.

Sears needs to generate more than a billion-dollars a year in sales to remain open in an age where people now shop online and don't go to many of the malls where Sears stores are located. Shares in Sears have fallen more than 80 percent this year to trade at 57 cents per share.

Analysts blame the company’s problems on not investing in its stores or employees over the years, making it unable to compete with the likes of Walmart or Amazon. In it’s glory years, Sears was the “go to” store for everything you can imagine. 

Source: CNBC

Law Enforcement Sweep Uncovers Dozens Of Missing Children - 

Authorities representing several law enforcement agencies conducted a sweep in Michigan and recovered 123 children who had been reported missing.

The effort was called "Operation MISafeKid" and was held on September 26th according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The sweep was aimed at finding victims of sex trafficking, as well as missing kids, and was the first of its kind in Wayne County.

During the sweep, officers got info about two missing children in Texas and one in Minnesota. The U.S. Marshals Service says “The message to the missing children and their families that we wish to convey is that we will never stop looking for you.”

Officials say three of the children found were victims of sex trafficking and one teen was homeless and not eaten for three days.

 Source: U.S. Marshals Service


Despite New Disaster Law FL Nursing Homes Still Don’t Have Generators 

Despite a Florida state law being passed after deaths last year, many nursing homes in the path of Hurricane Michael apparently do not have generators.

Governor Rick Scott is warning them to prepare now so they can avoid a similar situation to last year's Hurricane Irma, where 14 residents in a nursing home died in Hollywood because of a power outage. The state passed a law mandating nursing homes have functioning generators and they were to be installed by June 1st, but half of the 412 facilities in the counties threatened by Hurricane Michael did not meet that deadline and were granted extensions.

Governor Scott made it very clear in his comments. "If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient. Take care of them. That means you need to make sure that you have back up generation power or you shouldn't be taking care of the patients."

The facilities say the demand for supplies and the labor to install them is causing the delay. It takes up to 24 weeks for an install by professionals due to wait lists.

Source: CBS News


Lifestyle

*The longest commercial flight in the world is starting. Singapore Airlines is offering service from Singapore to Newark Airport in New Jersey three times a week. Flight time? 19 hours.

*97% percent say they give in to cravings at least once during the holidays and 26 percent say they give in to it all season. 


SPORTS

*The Blues take on the Calgary Flames tomorrow night!


MLB PLAYOFFS: Red Sox Outlast Yankees to Advance

The Boston Red Sox outlasted the New York Yankees on Tuesday night with a 4-3 win in Game 4 of the American League Division Series to advance to the American League Championship Series.

They'll face the defending champion Houston Astros in Game 1 on Saturday night in Boston.

Tuesday was quite a different story from Monday night's 16-1 massacre. The Red Sox had a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but the Yankees wouldn't roll over. Boston closer Craig Kimbrel nearly imploded, giving up three walks and a hit for two runs, but Boston finally closed the door with a great play on slow grounder to third, but the play was close so the Yankees challenged the call, which momentarily delayed the Red Sox's celebration. (MLB.com)

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