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The hurricane has reached the coast of the Carolinas with storm surges up to 13 feet and rain amounting to more than 3 feet. While Florence has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, it's still so unsafe. Chelsey Griggs, of St. Paul, will soon fly to Raleigh, North Carolina to work in a shelter. For information about volunteering or making a donation, call 800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCross.org.
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    As Florence nears the east coast, meteorologists are focused on two key factors : ocean temperatures and wind sheer (the difference in speeds at the upper and lower parts of the storm). Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches. Around six o'clock this morning, the center of Isaac passed 150 miles to the north of Barbados.
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    The storm's potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons. As of the 5 PM advisory from the National Hurricane Center , Florence remains a very powerful category 4 hurricane. Hugo in 1989 was the one before that and was a Category 4 at landfall.
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    Lining up behind Florence, Isaac was about 1,230 miles (1,985 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands with top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph). Of the two other storms, which remain far from land, Isaac poses the most immediate risk. "NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane investigating Florence found that its winds had increased to 130 miles per hour late Monday morning", said The Weather Channel .
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    Isaac is located about 1,090 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, the NHC said in its latest update Monday. The storm is expected to bring 15 to 30 inches of rain. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could have top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said .
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    Kavanaugh also refused to say whether he thinks a president can pardon himself - or provide a pardon in exchange for a bribe or pardon someone on the understanding that the person wouldn't testify against the president. If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the court, which already had a conservative majority, further to the right. Pressed by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin , Kavanaugh defended a ruling he took part in that issued an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant, ...
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    His conservative record includes a dissenting opinion a year ago that would have denied immediate access to an abortion for an immigrant teenager in federal custody. Kavanaugh, in his statement Tuesday, gave a shout-out to Garland, "our superb chief judge". Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa gaveled in the first day of hearings on Tuesday morning.
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    Sky enthusiasts can also head to Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado which is hosting a Night Sky Festival during this time . The Perseids are dust and debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, AccuWeather explains . The Perseid meteor shower will peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet.
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    Watch live in the player above. Saturday marks the day we finally send a spacecraft to the sun. The answer lies in the same fact that keeps Earth from plunging into the Sun: Our planet is traveling very fast - about 67,000 miles per hour - nearly entirely sideways relative to the Sun.
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    SpaceX is first to conduct its test flight of spacecraft in a bid to meet NASA's requirement to transport USA astronauts to the International Space Station . Boeing's Ferguson was pilot on STS-116 on board Space Shuttle Atlantis as well as commander of STS-126 on Space Shuttle Endeavour and the final flight of the space shuttle program , STS-135 on board Atlantis.
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    The last closest approach was in 2003, when Mars was 34.6 million miles (55.7 million kilometers) from Earth "and the closest it had been in almost 60,000 years", said NASA . We are talking about a distance of 57.6 million kilometers. Close Approach is the point in Mars' orbit at which it comes closest to Earth. A celestial phenomenon of this sort is expected to occur again in the year 2287.
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    The term " blood moon " was popularised by Christian pastor John Hagee in 2013 following the release of the book Four Blood Moons , which highlighted a lunar sequence of four total eclipses that occurred in 2014/15. Dr Brown said: "As the entire eclipse will occur when the moon is fairly close to the horizon, the main thing to ensure is that you have a clear sightline to the south east".
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    A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. And the sunlight that does manage to pass through Earth's atmosphere and reach the moon makes the moon look red - because most of the blue light has been filtered out by Earth's atmosphere, NASA said.