At least 23 people died in the aftermath of storm Florence battering U.S. East Coast since last week, the authorities said Monday. "As of this morning, North Carolina has 17 confirmed deaths due to this storm," the state's governor Roy Cooper said on Monday. Another six deaths have been reported in South Carolina. More than 1,100 North Carolina roads remained closed on Monday, the state's Department of Transportation said. In South Carolina, the authorities reported more than 150 road closures related to high floodwaters on Monday. Some 460,000 people in North Carolina and 10,000 in South Carolina were without power. Many schools remained closed or had delayed opening times across the two states. There are currently more than 14,000 evacuees in shelters in North Carolina, according to Cooper, who also warned that for many towns in the state, especially in the eastern part, "the danger is still immediate". Moody's Analytics has initially estimated the cost of Hurricane Florence's … [Read more...] about At least 23 die from storm Florence in U.S. East Coast
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The U.S. Navy has formally re-established its 2nd Fleet as a result of a renewed focus on the North Atlantic Ocean, where the Russian military has been operating with increasing frequency in a way not seen since the Cold War. The mostly organizational change announced on August 24 revives an Admiral-level command to oversee American warships as they deploy between the U.S. East Coast and the Barents Sea, off of the coasts of Norway and Russia. The revived fleet reflects a major shift in U.S. military strategy recently from focusing on terrorism in the Middle East -- where the Islamic State extremist group last year was largely defeated -- to growing U.S. competition with both Russia and China. "We're not looking for a fight," Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said aboard the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia, where the 2nd Fleet will be based. "But the best way to avoid a fight is develop the most powerful and deadly and competitive Navy … [Read more...] about U.S. Revives Navy Fleet To Counter Russian Presence In North Atlantic
MIAMI -- Atlantic Ocean beachgoers should be wary of heavy surf and life-threatening rip-currents this week as Hurricane Chris swirls off the U.S. East Coast, say forecasters. At 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Miami said Chris was centered about 440 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It was headed northeast at 22 mph, on track to brush past Canada's easternmost province and then hit Iceland this weekend. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect. Chris strengthened from a tropical storm into a hurricane on Tuesday. It became the second named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, marking the earliest formation of a season's second hurricane since 2005, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters expect Chris to weaken to a strong post-tropical cyclone on Thursday. … [Read more...] about Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore as it swirls off East Coast
Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 4:49 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 Tropical Storm Chris, now spinning off the Carolina coast, is forecast to become a hurricane later Tuesday before racing off into the Atlantic Ocean. Other than churning up some rough seas along the East Coast, Chris poses no direct threat to the U.S. However, it could clip Newfoundland, Canada, later in the week. As of 11 a.m. ET, the center of Chris was located 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and was moving to the northeast at 70 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Although there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, ocean swells from the storm "could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," along the U.S. East Coast over the next few days, the hurricane center warned. Beachgoers in New England may also notice an uptick in surf activity as the storm passes by, according to AccuWeather. Chris could make landfall as a post-tropical storm later in the week … [Read more...] about Tropical Storm Chris set to become hurricane off East Coast with life-threatening surf, rip currents
Announcing fresh sanctions against Russia this week, the U.S. Treasury Department accused Moscow of "tracking undersea communications cables" and imposed punitive measures on a St. Petersburg firm that it says provided underwater diving equipment to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). The announcement followed warnings by U.S. and other Western officials about Russian activities in recent years near undersea cables that serve as conduits for nearly all global telecommunications data. "We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don't believe we have ever seen," U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon, the commander of NATO's submarine forces, told The Washington Post in December. Britain's military chief, Sir Stuart Peach, said in December that Russia could pose a major threat to NATO by attacking undersea cables critical for international trade and the Internet. He warned that economies could be hit "immediately and potentially … [Read more...] about Explainer: How Vulnerable Are Undersea Cables That U.S. Says Russia Is Tracking?