Irina Shayk sports sexy black leather look on the runway amid Bradley Cooper split rumors

Irina Shayk is strutting off the rumors.

Shayk looked completely unfazed on the runway Thursday amid rumors that she and Bradley Cooper have broken up. The Russian model got to work at the CR runway x LUISAVIAROMA 90th Anniversary Show in Florence, Italy.

The 33-year-old sported multiple all-black ensembles on the catwalk, including a leather strapless dress with matching long leather gloves and Mary Jane pumps. She walked the runway both alone and beside supermodels Bella Hadid and Joan Smalls.

The runway show was Carine Roitfeld’s CR Runway concept with Italian luxury retailer LuisaViaRoma at the Piazzale Michelangelo esplanade.

Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid and Joan Smalls present a creation during the presentation of French fashion editor Carine Roitfeld's CR Runway concept with Italian luxury retailer LuisaViaRoma, on the Piazzale Michelangelo esplanade on June 13, 2019 within the Pitti Immagine Uomo fashion fair in Florence. (Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA, AFP/Getty Images)

This was the first time Shayk was spotted back at work since rumblings of a split with Cooper. The model stepped out at the airport and in sexy swimsuit photos without her engagement ring in the past week. 

FLORENCE, ITALY – JUNE 13: Irina Shayk walks the runway, wearing Ermanno Scervino, at the CR runway x LUISAVIAROMA 90th Anniversary Show during Pitti Immagine Uomo 96 on June 13, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for LuisaViaRoma) ORG XMIT: 775354650 ORIG FILE ID: 1155752078 (Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images for LuisaViaRoma)

Cooper ventured to a lounge at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles Monday night, according to TMZ and The Sun. Photographs shared by the website show Cooper dressed casually in sneakers and loose-fitting pants.

TMZ reports he “showed up at around 8:30 PM and was seen leaving about 2 hours later.”

Cooper and Shayk kept their romance mostly out of the spotlight after they started dating in 2015. In March 2017, they welcomed their first child, 2-year-old Lea de Seine Shayk Cooper.

This isn’t the first time rumors have swirled around the pair’s status.

Cooper’s steamy Oscars performance of “Shallow” with Lady Gaga in February sent Twitter into a frenzy. Gaga addressed her relationship with Cooper, however, calling him “a true friend.”

Contributing: Erin Jensen, Sara Moniuszko

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Trump turns 73: Ivanka, Eric wish their dad a happy birthday, share pics

President Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump, right, before speaking about tax reform at the Andeavor Mandan Refinery, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Mandan, N.D. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP)

Ivanka and Eric Trump are wishing their father, President Donald Trump, a happy birthday.

The first daughter, 37, took to Twitter Friday to celebrate her dad with a photo of him and her children, Arabella, 7 and Joseph, 5.

“Happy Birthday, Dad!” she captioned the photo with a cake emoji.

Trump turns 73 Friday.

Eric Trump, 35, also tweeted for his father’s 73rd birthday Friday.

“Happy birthday Dad. We all love you very much!” he tweeted with multiple photos, including one with his child, Eric, 1.

Happy Birthday, Dad! ?

The GOP Twitter account shared a birthday message to the president along with a photo of him.

Happy birthday Dad. We all love you very much!

“It’s President @realDonaldTrump’s BIRTHDAY!” the account wrote. “RT to wish our GREAT President a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”

The Senate Republicans account also shared a video with the message, “Happy Birthday, @realdonaldtrump!”

It’s President @realDonaldTrump’s BIRTHDAY!

RT to wish our GREAT President a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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North Carolina woman arrested after sheltering 27 dogs, cats abandoned during Florence

BLADENBORO, N.C. — A woman who took in more than two dozen dogs and cats during Hurricane Florence has been charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license. Tammie Hedges, founder of Crazy’s Claws N Paws animal rescue, was arrested Friday after 27 dogs and cats were confiscated from a temporary shelter. 

Hedges told the News-Argus of Goldsboro that she felt she had to help the animals brought to her during the storm. 

“We were trying to help abandoned animals,” Hedges said. “A group of us got together to do something to help those animals. [That’s] why we opened our building to them, so they’d have a safe dry place to go until their owners returned to get them.”

  • North Carolina governor says floodwaters still “treacherous” after Florence

Hedges said she gave amoxicillin to some sick animals and also used a topical antibiotic ointment. She’s also charged with soliciting a donation of tramadol, a prescription painkiller sometimes used for dogs and cats. 

In a statement, Wayne County said animal control officers had “serious concern regarding the practice of veterinary medicine without a license and the presence of controlled substances.”

Frank Sauls, animal services manager for the county, told the News-Argus that “if we didn’t feel like anything was being done wrong, we would not have taken [the animals].”

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Butterball says Florence won’t affect Thanksgiving turkey supply

Hilarious stories from the Butterball turkey talk-line

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Butterball Inc., the turkey producer closely associated with Thanksgiving meals, says much of its North Carolina operations have been halted by Florence, the storm that has ravaged the eastern portion of the state this week.

But no holiday turkey shortages are expected because those birds come from the company’s Midwest operations, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

Though the company’s headquarters is based in Garner, N.C., only ground turkey, turkey bacon and turkey breasts are produced in its home state, the newspaper reported.

Butterball has several locations in North Carolina, plus others in Missouri and Arkansas, according to the company’s website.

The North Carolina operations got hammered by Florence, despite the company’s storm preparations, according to a company statement.

“Many of our North Carolina-based processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills have been impacted by the storm, and we continue to see flooding and power outages throughout the region,” the statement said.

“Many of our North Carolina-based processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills have been impacted by the storm, and we continue to see flooding and power outages throughout the region.”

“This has impacted much of our North Carolina operations. We began preparations for this storm last week and enacted our detailed hurricane preparedness checklist to ensure operations run as smoothly as possible.”

Each year around Thanksgiving, Butterball fields questions from customers about holiday turkey preparation through its Turkey Talk Line.

The No. 1 question: “How do I thaw a turkey?”

Many times the questions are hilarious – although the company uses the more neutral description, “memorable.”

One example: According to Butterball, an upset caller (and first-time Thanksgiving dinner host) once asked why her turkey wouldn’t stop sudsing up as she was rinsing it. Turns out she had used dish soap to clean the turkey.

Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this story.

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North Carolina governor warns “worst flooding yet” from Florence still to come

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The death toll from Florence rose Monday to at least 32 people and the governor of North Carolina warned residents the danger is not over as floodwaters continue to rise.

A break in the clouds couldn’t diminish the looming threat of overflowing rivers and lakes threatening to swallow whole communities. Brandon Plotnick came to have a look at an overflowing dam near Fayetteville.

“It’s fun to get out and everybody’s getting stir crazy being stuck in the house, but that’s a lot of water that has to go somewhere,” he said.

The city’s Cape Fear River is the biggest worry. As of Monday, it was up to 54 feet, and is expected to crest at 62 feet Tuesday. Parts of Fayetteville are already underwater, with the worst yet to come.

In the last 36 hours, CBS News has seen hundreds of rescues, evacuations and road closings up and down the swollen Lumber River. Pembroke police rescue commander Matthew Locklear said an ambulance flooded and they had to “evacuate ourselves.”

“This a monumental disaster for our state,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. “In many parts of North Carolina the danger is still immediate.”

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After Florence, North Carolina Jewish community is asking for help getting Kosher food for Yom Kippur

The Chabad of Wilmington is still planning to conduct Yom Kippur services, but officials are worried Wilmington, still vastly cut off from the rest of North Carolina by floodwaters, doesn’t have enough kosher food for its residents after the holiday ends.


In the wake of Hurricane Florence, a North Carolina synagogue said it plans to celebrate the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur as planned — but there might be one problem.

With Wilmington, one of North Carolina’s largest cities, still mostly cut off by floodwaters from the hurricane, officials have begun distributing supplies and food to residents. But as the Chabad of Wilmington has already said it is prepared to open its doors to anyone who wants to pray and share in the upcoming holiday, it might not have enough kosher food for after the 24-hour fast ends Wednesday, The State newspaper reported.


Yom Kippur, meaning “Day of Atonement,” begins Tuesday evening and lasts until Wednesday.

Cars try to navigate a flooded road leading to Interstate 40 in Castle Hayne, North Carolina, after damage from Hurricane Florence cut off access to Wilmington.

 (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Other Jewish organizations are racing to figure out how to get kosher food to the beleaguered communities in time — including exploring the possibility of enlisting the help of military bases or the American Red Cross, according to

“We have a truckload of kosher food for the community, but no way to get it to them,” Rabbi Bentzion Groner, from Charlotte, told

“It will be days or weeks before trucks can resupply the city. And the shortages will continue to get worse,” Chana Lieblich, a co-director of the Chabad of Wilmington, told the news outlet.

There are about 3,000 Jewish residents in Wilmington, according to

Despite the shortage, the Chabad of Wilmington struck a more positive tone in a Facebook post.

“Yom Kippur is a time for reflection and renewal. A time to reconnect to G-d and start the year with a clean slate,” it said. “For those of us who have gone through the storm, who have to rebuild, clean up and move forward, we can certainly relate to the underlying theme that Yom Kippur represents.”

So far, crews have conducted about 700 rescues in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located. More than 60 percent of homes and businesses were without power, authorities said.

“At this time, things are moving as well as can be in the city,” Mayor Bill Saffo said, adding that he’s spoken with the governor about getting more fuel into the city.

At least 32 people have died in the U.S. as a result of Hurricane Florence, once a powerful Category 4 storm that has since been reduced to a rainy, windy mass of low pressure. That figure includes 25 fatalities in just North Carolina.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hurricane Florence spurs truck driver to rescue dozens of dogs, cats from floods on school bus

Florence's floodwaters race through Fayetteville, NC

Jeff Flock reports from a neighborhood under water and without power.

When Hurricane Florence set its sights on the Carolina coast last week, Tony Alsup decided it was time for him to head into the storm zone to help clear out animal shelters in its path.

The 51-year-old trucker from Tennessee has transformed an old school bus into an animal transport on wheels, with the words "EMERGENCY ANIMAL RESCUE SHELTER" on the side. In his first trip to South Carolina, Alsup was able to rescue 53 dogs and 11 cats, the Greenville News reported.

“I love it,” he told The Greenville News. “People don’t believe me, they say it’s got to be barking crazy. But no. They know I’m the Alpha dog and I’m not here to hurt them.”

In photos posted to Facebook, the group of dogs can be seen in kennels stacked to the roof hanging out in the back of the school bus awaiting their next stop.

Alsup also took a selfie with the bus full of kennels, writing "LET’S ROLL!!!"

"It’s all true – Tony swooped in at 4am Wednesday morning to pick up our ‘leftovers’ – the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm. The ones no one else will ever take. And he got them to safety," The Saint Frances Animal Center in Georgetown, S.C. said in a Facebook post. "Not the most conventional evacuation, but surely the one with the most heart.


After picking up the animals in four South Carolina towns, Alsup transported the group to a shelter in Alabama, where they will be spread out to other shelters across the country and hopefully be adopted.

“It’s so easy for people to adopt the small pets and the cuties and the cuddly,” he told the paper. “We take on the ones that deserve a chance even though they are big and a little ugly. But I love big dogs, and we find places for them.”


The 51-year-old has been involved in large-scale animal rescues using his bus since last year, when Hurricane Harvey inundated Texas with floodwaters and during Hurricane Irma. He felt compelled to help out after watching how shelters became overcrowded with lost or rescued animals.

“I thought, well what can I do?” he told the Washington Post. “I’ll just go buy a bus.”

After his trip to South Carolina, he has since headed back into the storm zone. In a series of videos posted to Facebook, Alsup said that he was headed towards the Lumberton area of North Carolina where a dam could possibly collapse after being overtopped by floodwaters spawned by Florence.

"Pray for those people in Lumberton that that dam doesn’t collapse, but we’re trying to get people and pets out of the way before this thing breaks," he said. "It’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t be somebody who thinks its better to be lucky than safe, just get out of the way."

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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Hurricane Florence: Royal Caribbean ship delays return to Baltimore to avoid storm

Passengers on a Baltimore-based cruise ship are getting their vacations extended by three days thanks to Hurricane Florence.

In a Thursday afternoon tweet, Royal Caribbean chief meteorologist James Van Fleet said the line’s Grandeur of the Seas won’t return to Baltimore until late Sunday — more than three days behind schedule — as it steers clear of the storm. 

The 2,446-passenger ship initially had been due back in the city early Thursday. 

Grandeur has spent the last two days hiding out from the storm in Port Canaveral, Fla., more than 800 miles south of Baltimore. 

The delayed return to Baltimore is just the latest change for passengers on Grandeur. The ship initially was scheduled to cruise to Bermuda this week but switched its destination to the Bahamas and Florida as Florence approached. 

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Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall ‘very soon’; eyewall onshore

90 mph winds batter Morehead City

Griff Jenkins reports from Morehead City, North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence — weakened, but still powerful — inched closer to land Friday morning, battering the Carolina coast with 60 mph winds and heavy rains that officials fear could cause catastrophic flooding.

The dangerous Category 1 hurricane was about 10 miles east of Wilmington, N.C., and about 80 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 6 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said.

Emerald Isle, N.C. recorded 6.3 feet of storm surge "inundation," according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 5.5 foot surge of water near Morehead City was also recorded, the National Weather Service reported. 

Authorities in the coastal city of New Bern, N.C., were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Florence’s storm surge.

"Don't relax, don't get complacent. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. Today the threat becomes a reality."

State officials were bracing for the worst. A tattered American flag seen flying on a live surf camera at Frying Pan Tower in North Carolina was evidence of the strong wind gusts pounding the coast.

A sign at the Harbour View Inn in Chareston, South Carolina.

 (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Even though Florence’s winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 140 mph earlier in the week, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper maintained his warning. 

"Don’t relax, don’t get complacent. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. Today the threat becomes a reality," Cooper said. 

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

Florence was moving west-northwest near 6 mph with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, the update said.

Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina on Thursday as Hurricane Florence approaches the area.

 (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina later tonight, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Friday," the update said. "A slow motion across portions of eastern and central South Carolina is forecast Friday night through Saturday night."

The storm is likely to bring significant rain to the Carolinas, where some places could see upwards of 20 inches, the update said. This is expected to cause "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding."

North Carolina has more than 372,000 power outages across the state as of early Friday morning, officials said. 

The hurricane agency said a mix of storm surge and tides could result in flooding from rising water levels. Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, N.C., could see as much as 7 to 11 feet of water, according to the update.

Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina wrote “open” on their boarded up windows.

 (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Storm surge and hurricane warnings were in effect for South Santee River, S.C., through to Duck, N.C., as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds in North Carolina, the agency said.

"The worst of the storm is not yet here but these are early warnings of the days to come," Cooper said. "Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience." 

Cooper requested additional federal disaster assistance in anticipation of what his office called "historic major damage" across the state.

As the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 people were in shelters. 

Areas from Edisto Beach to South Santee River in South Carolina were under both a storm surge and hurricane watch, while areas located north of Duck, N.C., to the state’s border with Virginia were under a storm surge watch, according to the NHC update.

Schools and businesses as far south as Georgia were closed, about 1,200 flights and counting were canceled, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out.

If you’re getting ready for Florence, you can read about steps to prepare for the storm here and find emergency contacts here. 

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Zoe Szathmary and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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Florence and the coastal dilemma: How long will it hover?

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. Hurricane Florence is coming closer and getting stronger on a path to squat over North and South Carolina for days, surging over the coast, dumping feet of water deep inland and causing floods from the sea to the Appalachian Mountains and back again. (NASA via AP)

WASHINGTON –  Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land the murkier its future gets.

Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever increasing accuracy where it will hit and who will get walloped. But not Florence.

That’s because the weather systems that push and pull a storm disappear as Florence nears land around the border between North and South Carolina. The storm is expected to slow down, stall and then perhaps wander just off the Carolina shore as it nears the coast Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

"This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective," University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said. "We’ve just never seen anything like this. … This is just a strange bird."

Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people — now including some in Georgia — in more ways with a giant dose of uncertainty on top. The more it stalls, the more it rains. The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimeters) of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches (100 centimeters). And the more it hovers just off shore — a distinct possibility — the more potentially deadly storm surge it pushes on-shore.

"For a meandering storm, the biggest concern — as we saw with Harvey — is the huge amount rainfall," said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center.

"It certainly is a challenge forecasting precise impacts when its exact track won’t be known until a day in advance," Landsea said.

And there’s "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometers) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said.

The wide storm weakened to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday and forecasters expect it to weaken further as it nears the shore.

The storm has pretty much followed the forecast track through now, but the issue will be Thursday or Friday as it nears the coast and the steering currents collapse.

"It’s going to coming roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say ‘I’m not sure I really want to do this and I’ll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland,’" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground.

Steering currents — around clear weather high-pressure systems and stormy low-pressure systems — redirect hurricanes, with the clear weather systems acting as walls that storms have to go around. And forecasts show those currents just not giving the storm any sense direction in a day or so.

Masters said there’s a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems — one off the coast and one over Michigan — and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.

Computer simulations — especially the often star-performing European model — push the storm further south, even into South Carolina and Georgia. The hurricane center also adjusted its projected track but stayed north of what most computer models were showing to prove some continuity with past forecasts.

Private meteorologist Ryan Maue of in an email called the overnight European computer simulation "another model run for the ages. So many weird/outlandish solutions — but that’s what happens when the steering currents collapse."

The European computer model has Florence veering before landfall and hovering for a couple days off the coast.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge. he rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area."

And if Florence weren’t enough, other storms out there are threatening people. Tropical Storm Olivia is approaching the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands. Hurricane Helene is threatening no one in the Atlantic.


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Hurricane Florence prompts Waffle House to activate storm center

Residents facing quadruple threat from Hurricane Florence

Southeast coastline facing winds, storm surge, flooding and extended rainfall; Griff Jenkins reports from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina on the evacuations.

As Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm, drives toward the East Coast, Waffle House is monitoring the impending dangerous weather by activating its storm center.

The popular Georgia-based diner chain renowned for its 365-day 24-hour service has an emergency routine that’s so well-regarded, the Federal Emergency Management Agency unofficially uses the restaurants’ status as an indicator for the severity of a natural disaster.

After several Waffle House locations closed or were serving only a limited menu in 2004 when Hurricane Charley hit Florida, FEMA officials noted the severity of the storm damage based on the fact that the chain never closes.

“If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad. That’s where you go to work,” then FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said.

When a storm strikes, local officials will put out a call to the nearest Waffle House and find out what’s on the menu. The “Waffle House Index” has three, color-coded levels: green means the restaurant is open and serving a full menu; yellow indicates the menu has been scaled back and there may be water but no power; and red indicates the restaurant is completely shut down—and the area is likely in need of serious assistance.

The restaurant tweeted a photo Wednesday of employees at the corporate office in Norcross siting around a table monitoring the storm’s path as they determine if any locations will need to close.

Waffle House’s Vice President of Culture Pat Warner told Fox News in 2016 that while the chain does everything in its power to stay open, their “number one priority is the safety of our staff on the ground and our customers.”

“We’re a 24-hour restaurant, so oddly enough shutting down is a big deal for us,” Warner said. “When it comes to making the final decision, we let our operations team on the ground, like individual restaurant managers, make the final decision based on local conditions. But our job [as corporate officials] is to give them all the support they need to stay open.”

The company has a fleet of response units, complete with Waffle House-branded trucks and vans, that transport generators, communication technology and other items that can help local stores reboot quickly during most emergency situations.

The company’s emergency response plan was set up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed seven Waffle House restaurants and forced 100 more to close in 2005. Since then, Warner says the company has invested heavily in its emergency response technology and deployment systems. When a major storm is in the forecast, Waffle House vehicles—known as “jump teams” or “go teams”– are deployed from headquarters to the edge of emergency zones so they can come in as soon as the worst of the storm is over and begin necessary repairs or provide assistance.

“A lot of times, especially after a big storm, we’re the only ones still open because we’ve got generators,” said Warner. “Right after storms, business is brisk. We have a lot of people come in and are only able to get their first hot meal at a Waffle House."

Fox News’ Michelle Gant and Garrett Tenney contributed to this report.

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Hurricane Florence barrels toward US as South Carolina orders evacuation of entire coast

South Carolina to evacuate entire coast ahead of Florence

Hurricane Florence rapidly intensified into a potentially catastrophic category 4 storm on Monday; Adam Klotz tracks the storm from the Fox Extreme Weather Center.

South Carolina residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coast as the state prepares for Hurricane Florence to make landfall later this week.

Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday mandated that, beginning Tuesday, eight counties along the coast — Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper — evacuate by no later than noon.

An estimated 1 million people are expected to evacuate South Carolina’s coast.

President Trump tweeted that the storms brewing in the Atlantic Ocean "are very dangerous," and that his administration "encourage[s] anyone in the path of these storms to prepare themselves and to heed the warnings of State and Local officials."

"The Federal Government is closely monitoring and ready to assist," the president added. "We are with you!"

South Carolina’s Department of Public Safety said they’re "planning for a large-scale evacuation" as Florence, currently sustaining 140 mph winds as a Category 4 hurricane, is forecast to make landfall on the Carolina coast late Thursday.

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast.

 (NASA via AP)

The National Hurricane Center said during an earlier advisory on Monday that Florence has quickly intensified and could be potentially catastrophic.

The storm, as of the Miami-based center’s 5 p.m. advisory, is about 525 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and about 1,170 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

McMaster on Saturday declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, and requested a federal declaration from Trump.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper — who issued a state of emergency last week — said Monday that the state is in the "bull’s-eye" of the storm, and also requested federal disaster declaration from Trump for resources to be prepared when Florence hits. 

"The storm is still far away from the U.S. coast, but warm ocean waters will allow it to maintain its Category 4 strength, and winds are likely to climb to 150 mph."

Visitors and residents on Hatteras Island were ordered to evacuate, effective at noon on Monday. Officials in Dare County ordered a mandatory evacuation for people in other areas as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.

In the past 150 years, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane — Hazel, which struck the state with 130 mph winds in 1954.

Hours after the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of potential "signficant rain and inland flooding later this week," Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered evacuations "the lowest-lying areas of Coastal Virginia and the Eastern Shore," effective at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also declared a state of emergency, as officials "are preparing for any possible outcome, including the potential of historic, catastrophic, and life-threatening flooding in Maryland."

Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said that while Florence "is still far away from the U.S. coast, warm ocean waters will allow it to maintain its Category 4 strength, and winds are likely to climb to 150 mph."

The "main threats" the storm poses include "dangerous storm surge, strong winds, and possible flooding."

Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic by noon on Monday.

Hurricane Isaac was expected to lose strength as it reaches the Caribbean, and Helene, much farther out to sea, may veer northward into the open ocean as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hurricane Florence Is Becoming ‘Life Threatening’ As It Bears Down On East Coast, Carolinas

The storm could be a Category 4 by the time it reaches the Carolinas.

Hurricane Florence could become a devastating, “life-threatening” Category 4 storm before it hits the East Coast of the United States in a few days, AccuWeather is reporting.

States of emergency have already been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia as the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season heads this way. According to USA Today, the storm is expected to lash Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday before turning north and bearing down on the Carolinas.

“Florence is forecast to become a major hurricane this morning, and is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.”

Even though the storm is days out from landfall, already things are getting treacherous in the waters off the East Coast. That’s because, as AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, a hurricane can stir up rough seas hundreds of miles out.

Already North Carolina’s Outer Banks has put out red “No Swimming” flags, as dangerous waves and riptides are being stirred up.

“The surf may be especially hazardous, since most lifeguards are not on duty past Labor Day.”

Meanwhile, small craft are advised to stay in port until further notice.

Once Florence does make landfall, things are likely to get much worse.

The storm could bring storm surges as high as 16 feet. What’s worse, the storm could very well stall for as much as 48 hours after it makes landfall, bringing near-cataclysmic rainfall – 20 inches or more – to an area already soaked from flooding, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossi.

“This is very scary rain event potentially setting up this week. Florence could dump a foot of rain in places that cannot handle it, making for a very scary flooding situation in some areas.”

Meanwhile, according to Forbes, secondary and tertiary effects of the storm could also bedevil the area.

“With a storm of this magnitude, numerous impacts from storm surge, rainfall, potential tornadoes, and falling trees will have broad reach.”

Until Florence, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season had been almost deceptively quiet. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the season had passed with little more than a couple of minor blips until just over a week ago, when a metaphorical “switch” was “flipped.” That is to say, the weather conditions – specifically, hurricane-destroying wind shear – that had kept the hurricane season at bay all started to reverse. At the time, the storm system that would eventually come to be named “Florence” was little more than an area of storm-like activity out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Hurricane Florence – State of emergency in three US states as 'major hurricane' rages towards east coast

Florence crossed the 74mph threshold from tropical storm to hurricane on Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85mph.

Drawing energy from the warm water, it could be a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130mph or more by Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

People up and down the south east coast have been warned to get their emergency kits ready, map out escape routes and fill sandbags as the governors of North and South Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency.

Red flags flying on beaches warned swimmers to stay out of waters already roiled by the distant storm, and cruise ships and Navy vessels were being steered out of harm's way.

The Miami-based hurricane agency said that it is too early to know what path the storm will take but that it could roll ashore in the Carolinas by Friday.

Forecasters urged residents from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to get ready and not just for a direct blow against the coast.

They warned that Florence could slow or stall after coming ashore, with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said: "Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore."

The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster."

In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents.

Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

Hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators.

Ryan Deeck, grocery department manager at a Walmart, told The Sun News: "Literally, they are filling buggies full of water, shopping carts full of water.

"They're coming in and buying water and plates, and that's about all they're buying."

North Carolina officials started getting bulldozers and chain saws ready.

Across the south east, people were urged to put together emergency supply kits, prepare their homes and research evacuation routes.

The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia out to sea.

Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line re-routed its cruise ships.

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Black Panther's Florence Kasumba: Fighting her way to the top

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Charlotte wasn’t the only show-stealer! Prince Harry’s god-daughter Florence van Cutsem wins hearts – seven years after her cousin Grace looked a little less pleased to be at William and Kate’s big day Grace van Cutsem scowled as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kissed in 2011  Now her cousin Florence has won hearts at t
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Florence And The Machine Confirm Intimate US & UK Shows

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There had been doubt over whether The Little Drummer Girl could be filmed on an ancient site near Athens. And after an access ban to the 2,500-year-old Temple of Poseidon was reversed it seems the cast didn’t waste any time getting down to work. Filming the new BBC spy drama on Friday, Alexander Skarsgard, 41, and Flo….

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