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Hurricane Dorian unearths Civil War cannonballs on South Carolina beach

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Two Civil War cannonballs have been discovered on a South Carolina beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

A spokesman for the City of Folly Beach told Fox News that some seashell hunters spotted a suspicious item in the area of the old Coast Guard Base at the east end of Folly Beach. “It was reported to us as potentially older unexplored ordnance,” he explained, via email. “As per our policy, we notified the Charleston County EOD team who also responded and assisted with notifying the military EOD team.”

“It was determined to be a cannonball (one larger 8” shell and one 3” shell),” the spokesman added. “We were advised the military EOD team will handle disposing of the ordinance.”

Folly Beach is located on Folly Island, a barrier island near Charleston.

The cannonballs were found in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
(Rocky Burke, deputy director of public safety, City of Folly Beach)

During the Civil War, the area was occupied by Union troops from 1863, according to the city’s website.  The troops overcame “jungle-like foliage” to build roads, forts, an artillery battery, the city explains. “Eventually Folly Island had the capacity to hold up to 13,000 troops and their equipment,” the city says, adding that that island was used as a base for the battle to retake Fort Sumter.

This is not the first time that Civil War cannonballs have been found on a Folly Island beach. LiveScience reports that a pile of 16 corroded ordnances was uncovered as a result of Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Civil War sites and artifacts from the era regularly offer fresh glimpses into the bloody conflict. A Civil War-era gravestone linked to the infamous Quantrill’s Raid, for example, was recently discovered in a Kansas forest.

Union Forces were based in the area during the Civil War. (Rocky Burke, deputy director of public safety, City of Folly Beach​​​​​​​)

Earlier this year archaeologists in Delaware located the gravestone of a Civil War soldier that may provide a vital clue in uncovering a long-lost African-American cemetery.

Experts working at a property near Frankford, Sussex County, found the headstone bearing the name “C.S. Hall” and the details “Co. K, 32nd U.S.C.T.” This refers to Company K of the 32nd U.S. Colored Troops, which was a designation for African-American soldiers, according to Delaware’s Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

The site is known to the local community as containing the remains of African-Americans who lived in the area, officials say.

The cannonballs were spotted by seashell hunters. (Rocky Burke, deputy director of public safety, City of Folly Beach)

Other Civil War finds have also been made in recent years. Last year, for example, the remains of two Civil War soldiers were discovered in a surgeon’s burial pit at Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. Also in 2018, a vacationer on a North Carolina beach captured drone footage of Civil War-era shipwreck.

In 2017, forensic linguists said they have likely unraveled the mystery surrounding a famous Civil War-era letter, long believed to have been written by President Abraham Lincoln.

In 2015, the remains of a Confederate warship were raised from the Savannah River in Georgia. The following year, the wreck of a large iron-hulled Civil War-era steamer was discovered off the coast of North Carolina. The ship, which was found off Oak Island, N.C, was tentatively identified as the blockade runner Agnes E. Fry.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Hurricane Dorian downgraded to Category 2 as it moves ‘dangerously close’ to Florida

Hurricane Dorian was downgraded to a Category 2 storm Tuesday but continues to pack dangerous 110-mph sustained winds as it churns “dangerously close” to the Florida coastline, according to AccuWeather.

The monster storm that left at least five dead in the Bahamas — with the number expected to rise — is now 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, with tropical storm conditions forecast for the Florida shoreline as early as Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Millions have been ordered to evacuate along the Florida, Georgia, and Carolina shorelines, where governors issued states of emergency in anticipation of dangerous storm surges and tropic-force winds along coastal areas, AccuWeather said.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam followed suit on Monday, declaring a state of emergency in his state.

“Hurricane Dorian is a serious storm, and current predictions indicate it may affect parts of Virginia,” Northam said in a statement. “I encourage Virginians to take all necessary precautions to make sure they are prepared as well.”

The Miami-based hurricane center said the storm system will likely stay off shore as it moves up the east coast, but will cause dangerous storm surges and high winds along the U.S. shoreline.

Dorian could also cause “a tornado or two are possible near the immediate east coast of Florida through tonight,” the center said.

The storm is the second most powerful Atlantic storm in modern history, lagging only behind Hurricane Allen in 1980.

Dorian hit the Bahamas with full force over the weekend, packing sustained winds of 185 mph and staggering gusts to 225 mph.

It left at least 5 people dead on the archipelago’s northwestern end, before settling over Grand Bahama Island for the better part of two days.

Government officials said more than 13,000 homes were destroyed by the storm, or roughly 45 percent of all the homes on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama.

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Hurricane Dorian – Attention-seeking stars and Instagrammers slammed for wildly inappropriate bikini and ‘belfie’ tributes to Bahamas dead – The Sun

ATTENTION-seeking Instagrammers have been blasted for their tone-deaf tributes to Hurricane Dorian victims featuring belfies and sexy bikini pictures.

The “disgraceful” posts were supposedly intended to send out “prayers” to the Bahamas – which has been devastated by the Category 5 storm.



At least five people are dead more than 13,000 have seen their homes destroyed by one of the biggest hurricanes to ever make landfall in the Atlantic.

But despite lives being ruined by Dorian, narcissistic social media users are using the disaster as an opportunity to post throwbacks to bikini pictures in a cynical bid to get likes, reports News.com.au.

In one post, an Instagram user posted a “beflie” picture of her bum in a red bikini along with the message: “Praying for the safety of this beautiful country #Bahamas”.

However, her picture has been met with a backlash with many users calling for her to delete with some calling it “disgraceful.”

One said: “This is disgusting, delete this.

A second wrote: “This is why I ignore that phrase in social media.”

Another post featured a woman posing seductively on rocks by the water wearing a purple bikini showing off her toned body along with the caption: “My thoughts and prayers go out to all my friends in the Bahamas.”




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Another shameless belfie picture was captioned: “SO sad to read in the news about #Bahamas one of the most beautiful beaches I visited and photographed, friendly people and happy.

“My heart goes out to the families that lost their homes Dorian left destruction, my heart is breaking to see. #prayforbahamas”.

Actress Sofia Vergara has also been slammed for posting about the deadly hurricane.

The Modern Family star posted a demure-looking photo of herself and a friend captioned: “Waiting for Dorian.”

However, some fans took exception to the post, with one writing: “‘I am a fan. But the waiting for Dorian comment was not funny.”

Another wrote: “That caption sounds insensitive. People are not gonna like it.”

But many users came to Sofia’s defence branding her critics “snowflakes” and accused them of overreacting.


Dorian is now the second strongest Atlantic storm in history as the 225mph killer edges towards Florida.

The category 5 monster made landfall in the Bahamas with devastating force on Sunday, reportedly killing a seven-year-old boy.

More deaths are feared from the mega-storm – which is now officially the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic, bar one.

On Sunday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds reached 185 mph, with gusts up to 225mph – tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall.

MONSTER STORM

That equalled the Labour Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were even named.

The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980 – which had sustained 190mph winds but didn't make landfall at that strength.

Darren Henfield, Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs said: “From all accounts, we have received catastrophic damage.

“We have reports of casualties. We have reports of bodies being seen.

“We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and see for ourselves.”












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Hurricane Dorian is now the second strongest Atlantic storm in HISTORY… as 225mph killer edges towards Florida

HURRICANE Dorian is now the second strongest Atlantic storm in history as the 225mph killer edges towards Florida.

The category 5 monster made landfall in the Bahamas with devastating force on Sunday, reportedly killing a seven-year-old boy.

More deaths are feared from the mega-storm – which is now officially the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic, bar one.

On Sunday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds reached 185 mph, with gusts up to 225mph – tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall.

That equalled the Labour Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were even named.

The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980 – which had sustained 190mph winds but didn't make landfall at that strength.

Darren Henfield, Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs said: “From all accounts, we have received catastrophic damage.

“We have reports of casualties. We have reports of bodies being seen.

“We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and see for ourselves.”






 

But the people of the Caribbean nation received no respite today as the storm continued to pummel the islands after slowing to almost a complete stop.

Deadly Dorian hovered over the country, shredding roofs, hurling cars and forcing rescue crews to halt their searches to seek cover.

The system crawled along Grand Bahama Island at just 1mph, as it creeps towards the US mainland.

Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, warned locals: “We need you to bunker down.

“It's going to be another 10-12 hours that we're going to be bombarded with this.”

Officials revealed they were getting desperate calls for help but rescuers can’t go out themselves in the violent weather.

Thompson said: “They are ready to get into those areas as soon as the weather subsides.”

As many as 13,000 homes have been severely damaged or destroyed, according to a statement from the Red Cross.






The storm is now heading straight for Florida, sparking fears for thousands of holidaymakers.

Dorian is due to strike Orlando on Wednesday morning and skirt up the Florida coast, according to current predictions.

Most theme parks there including Disney were this weekend still operating normally, but are monitoring the storm's path.

Around 1.5million people have been evacuated from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida as the monster storm approaches.

Residents were pictured stocking up on emergency supplies like food, water and batteries, while others boarded up homes and businesses to protect them as best they could.

More than 1,000 flights within, into, or out of the US have also been cancelled today, according to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.

As Dorian bears down, pilots from the US Air Force have taken incredible photos of the eerily calm conditions inside the eye of the hurricane.

One image shows a phenomenon known as the “stadium effect” in the centre of the storm, which makes the clouds around the eye rise up on all sides until it looks like a giant sports arena.

Winds in the wall of clouds closest to the middle are the strongest – at a massive 225mph in the case of category 5 Dorian.

But in the centre the sky above is clear and the air is eerily still, creating the illusion that the storm has passed.




















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‘Killer’ Hurricane Dorian will devastate Bahamas and Miami THIS WEEKEND

A TERRIFYING 130mph cyclone will devastate the Bahamas and Miami this weekend after strengthening to a "life threatening" category 4 storm.

Hurricane Dorian has been described as an "absolute monster" by Donald Trump who has cancelled a trip to Poland over the storm crisis.


Dorian is gathering pace crossing the warm Atlantic and is expected to bring apocalyptic winds when it eventually makes landfall in the US.

Forecasters predict the hurricane will quickly strengthen to a catastrophic Category 4 when it hits the mainland.

It's due to smash into central Florida by Labor Day Monday – a US bank holiday when the Sunshine State will be packed with tourists.

The eye of Dorian is expected to hit the east and north of Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas later today – where warnings are already in place.

Florida's governor has now extended a state of emergency to cover all of the state, including multiple tourist destinations.

Ron DeSantis took the step as authorities cancelled some commercial flights, planned precautions at rocket launch sites along the Space Coast.

He also put 2,500 National Guard troops on alert.

No evacuations have been ordered as yet but many are expected ahead of Monday.

'CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE'

Spurred on by warm late-summer waters, Dorian is predicted to pack winds topping 130mph, warned the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC).

That would make it a Category 4 storm, the second-strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale which measures hurricane intensity.

"There is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida east coast late this weekend or early next week, although it is too soon to determine where the highest storm surge will occur," the NHC said.

"Residents should have their hurricane plan in place, know if they are in a hurricane evacuation zone, and listen to advice given by local emergency officials."

Dorian is likely to make landfall on Florida's eastern coast before lingering over central Florida on Tuesday.

However, tropical storm-force winds could begin in parts of Florida as early as Saturday evening, weather experts warn.


"All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts," said governor DeSantis.

"As it increases strength, this storm has the potential to severely damage homes, businesses and buildings, which is why all Floridians should remain vigilant.

"Do not wait until it is too late to make a plan."

NASA footage – taken from the International Space Station on Thursday – shows the vortex gaining in power just north of Puerto Rico.

Dorian was packing maximum sustained winds of 85mph on Thursday morning some 220 miles north-northwest of San Juan, and about 370 miles east of the Bahamas.

TRUMP TRIP SCRAPPED

In an address to the nation last night, President Trump warned: "It really began to form, and form big.

"Now, it's looking like it could be an absolute monster."

Earlier, Trump cancelled the planned visit to Poland this weekend so he could remain in the US to monitor the storm's impact.

He is sending Vice President Mike Pence in his place as he wants to make sure federal resources are properly directed at the arriving storm.

In the tweeted video from the White House rose garden, Trump added that food and water supplies were hurriedly being shipped to Florida.

And he said of the impending storm: "It does seem almost certain that its hitting dead centre and that's not good.

"The winds seem to be building at a tremendous rate.

"It looks like the winds are going to be unbelievably high."



Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands managed to avoid the brunt of the hurricane this week – with only light damage and flooding reported.

But the increasingly menacing-looking storm system will draw energy from the warm open waters as it closes in, forecasters say.

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy warned: "If it makes landfall as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, that's a big deal."

No immediate mass evacuations have yet been ordered as the exact path of the storm remained unclear.

Local governments along Florida's east coast yesterday began distributing sandbags while shoppers rushed to stock up on supplies.

Supermarket shelves were cleared and motorists topped up their tanks and filled petrol cans – sparking shortages in some areas.

DANGER FLOODS

Dorian is expected to pick up steam as it pushes out into warm waters with favourable winds.

Forecasters said the coastal areas of southeast Florida could be deluged with up to 15 inches of rain in some places triggering life-threatening floods.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also declared a state of emergency ahead for 12 counties closest to the state's 100 miles of coastline on Thursday.

He signed an executive order that will free up state resources for emergency preparations and response and also prohibit price gouging for goods and services such as gasoline.

The 500-mile cone of uncertainty indicates that the hurricane could be affect anywhere from coastal southern Georgia to the Florida keys.

Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian have now began rerouting their cruise ships ahead of the looking weather front..

Major airlines began allowing travellers to change their reservations without a fee.

A Rolling Stones concert Saturday at the Hard Rock Stadium near Miami was moved up to Friday night.

The hurricane season typically peaks between mid-August and late October.

One of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US was on Labor Day 1935.

The unnamed Category 5 hurricane crashed ashore along Florida's Gulf Coast on September 2 – killing more than 400 people.








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St. Vincent to Adapt ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ With Female Lead


The 34-year-old musician is set to direct the big-screen version of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel of the same name with a female in the lead role.

Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent is bringing “The Picture of Dorian Gray” to the big screen. According to a new report from Variety, the 34-year-old musician has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel of the same name for Lionsgate.

While the novel tells the story of a hedonistic young man who stays young while his portrait ages, this big-screen version will cast a woman as the title character, the site reports. St. Vincent will direct from a script written by David Birke, who most recently wrote Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle”.

St. Vincent is best known for her Grammy Award-winning career as a singer-songwriter. She made her directorial debut with “The Birthday Party”, a short film which was included as part of the female-driven “XX” horror anthology. She also co-wrote and scored the short film.

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” was the only novel Wilde ever published. The plot reads, “As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world.”

The novel has been adapted a number of times, including Albert Lawin’s 1945 film adaptation starring Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders and Angela Lansbury. The made-for-TV film in 1961 starred Jeremy Brett as the title character, with Dennis Price, John Bailey and Jill Ireland co-starring.

The 1973 made-for-TV film had Shane Briant taking on the titular role, co-starring Charles Aidman, Nigel Davenport and Vanessa Howard. In the 1976 film adaptation, Peter Firth portrayed Dorian Gray, while Jeremy Brett starred as Basil Hallward, John Gielgud played Henry Wotton, and Judi Bowker took the role of Sibyl Vane.

In 2004, another film adaptation was released, starring Josh Duhamel, Ranier Judd, Brandon Waugh and Darby Stanchfiel. English filmmaker Oliver Parker-directed film “Dorian Gray” starring Ben Barnes was released in 2009. Additionally, the character appeared on recent TV series “Penny Dreadful”.

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