Hurricane Matthew has forced a state of emergency in Florida and South Carolina, as well as as eastern and central North Carolina and southeastern Georgia, with as many as 1.1 million ordered to evacuate the South Carolina coast.
"We don't do voluntary or mandatory. It is an evacuation," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said at a news conference on Tuesday, noting that officials will begin evacuation procedures for 1.1 million people at 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, unless the storm's course changes significantly.
"Our goal is to make sure you get 100 miles away from the coast." more >>
Category Four storm Hurricane Matthew has already taken lives and threatened thousands on the western tip of Haiti early Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rains and winds, and increasing its threat of affecting the Southeastern coast of the United States.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center has warned that the "catastrophic" and "life-threatening" conditions are already bearing down on Haiti, bringing up to 40 inches of rain and winds of 145 mph, which carry with them the potential of mudslides and flash floods.
Interim Haitian President Jocelerme Privert said that a number of people have already been killed by Matthew, though he did not reveal a specific number. more >>
Hurricane Matthew is threatening lives with flash floods and violent winds as it heads for Haiti, Jamaica and parts of Cuba, weather reports have said, though how it will affect the U.S. East Coast remains uncertain.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that the Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, is expected to cross over the southwestern tip of Haiti late Monday or early Tuesday, while the eastern tip of Cuba is bracing for impact on Tuesday afternoon.
Serge Barionette in the southern town of Gressier in Haiti said that the 40 inches of rain that could hit Haiti and cause massive mudslides might very well lead to a loss of life. more >>
Hurricane Matthew is moving north-northwestward as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane having winds of 155 miles per hour with Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path, but also posing a potential threat to Florida.
Matthew, which strengthened to a rare Category 5 late Friday evening before being downgraded to Category 4, was located around 345 miles south-southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as of early Sunday, according to Weather Channel.
The hurricane is expected to reach the eastern part of Jamaica Monday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. more >>
A random post on Facebook might have served as the catalyst for generating numerous news articles seeking to debunk the claim that Friday evening's black moon is a sign of the Apocalypse.
On Friday night in the Western hemisphere, a phenomenon known as a black moon is expected to appear for the first time since March 2014.
"On Sept. 30, sky-watchers in the Western Hemisphere may be tempted to add another lunar moniker to the list: a 'black moon,' popularly defined as the second new moon in a month. However, it's not exactly going to make for good sky-watching," reported National Geographic. more >>
For a climber, being "snow blind" on a mountain top is never a good thing, and being snow blind atop Mt. Everest, the tallest peak in the world, is as bad as it gets. But that's exactly what happened to Christian mountain climber Brian Dickinson who survived what is considered "the death zone" against all odds.
"[In] My struggle on Everest where I was blind and alone, I could have given up and became a permanent fixture on the mountain," Dickinson said in an interview with The Christian Post.
Snow blindness is a condition in which the surface of the eye, or cornea, is burned, which usually happens at high altitudes on highly reflective snow fields. After Dickinson's snow goggles cracked during a fall, his eyes were exposed, ultimately leading to his snow blindness. more >>