Resident: I'm taking a life-threatening risk

A resident of Carolina Beach, North Carolina tells CNN's Kaylee Hartung he feels a sense of responsibility to ride out Hurricane Florence.

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 2:03 AM
Updated: Sep 14, 2018 2:16 AM

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1. Hurricane Florence

After days of waiting, it's here. Devastating winds and rain from Florence hit the Carolinas today. The Category 2 hurricane now has maximum sustained winds of 110 mph and is about 200 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. At this point, it looks like Florence's center will be somewhere over the Carolina coasts late tonight or tomorrow. And as it moves inland, people in Georgia, Virginia and Maryland need to stay alert. The big concern remains that Florence will stall, pounding the region with nonstop rain, catastrophic winds and potentially deadly flooding for days. One of five huge threats is storm surge, possibly as high as 13 feet. And there are six nuclear power plants in Florence's projected path -- but not everyone thinks they can withstand it.

• You can track the storm here, click here for live updates and download our hurricane checklist for what to do before, during and after landfall.

• If you're in the storm's path and have a weak phone connection, use CNN Lite, which has text-only top stories (also in Spanish). And if you've lost your internet connection, you can still get offline chats and push alerts, if you download these apps now.

• Waived fees. Free lodging. Free phone service. Here are all the ways businesses are helping hurricane evacuees.

• And here's how you can follow the hurricane on CNN. Plus, sign up for our email alerts.

2. Catholic Church

The escalating clergy sex abuse scandal that's raging within the church prompts Pope Francis to call an unprecedented meeting. The Pope will meet the presidents of the Catholic bishops conferences from around the world in February at the Vatican. Francis has come under withering criticism for his handling of the crisis (and his poll numbers have nosedived). A meeting between the Pope and leaders of the US church on the crisis is set for today.

3. Election integrity

President Trump signed an executive order that intends to punish foreign entities for meddling in US elections. The order lets the director of national intelligence identify groups responsible for election interference and direct the Treasury Department to apply sanctions. This order aims to hit more than just the Russians. But Democrats and Republicans criticized it as insufficient and want to see mandatory sanctions instead.

4. California shooting

Six people, including the suspect, are dead after a man opened fire at multiple places in Bakersfield. Police say the gunman killed his wife and two other people at a trucking business, then fled to a nearby home, where he shot and killed two more people. The gunman hijacked a vehicle and took off, only to pull over when he was confronted by a deputy. The gunman then killed himself.

5. Cancer

By the end of this century, cancer will be the No. 1 killer in the world. That depressing news comes in a new report from the World Health Organization. Almost 10 million people will die from cancer this year, and there will be 18 million new cases. About one in five men and one in six women will develop cancer in their lifetimes. And cancer is "rapidly growing," the report says, because the world population is growing, and more people means more cancer. Also, the global population is aging, and cancer risks grow as we age.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"His life is in danger. We think that he was poisoned."

The Twitter account of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, which said one of its members had been hospitalized. The band is one of the fiercest critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been accused in the past of poisoning his political opponents.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Dancing with the 'stars'

A Maxim cover girl, a Disney channel "zombie" and some dude from "Bachelor in Paradise." These are stars? OK. Anyway, they'll all compete on "DWTS."

Rightful owner

The Nazis stole the Renoir masterpiece from a Jewish art collector during the war. Now, it's been returned to his granddaughter.

Music makers

Congrats to Drake and Cardi B for grabbing the most nominations for the upcoming American Music Awards.

Floating bubbles

You, too, can pop the bubbly among the stars, now that a special space champagne has been created for zero-gravity celebrations

'The cape is still in his closet'

Social media had an epic meltdown after word got out that Henry Cavill may be done playing Superman, but his manager told us all to chill.

TODAY'S NUMBER

20,000

The number of pallets of bottled water brought in by FEMA but left untouched in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the result of what one official called "distribution issues"

AND FINALLY

Sweet song

The top part of this newsletter was more than a little rough. So, let's end it with something sweet: a little girl singing "You Are My Sunshine" to a sleeping cat. (Click to view.)

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497790

Reported Deaths: 9917
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34102530
DeSoto31839398
Hinds31837622
Jackson24314377
Rankin21881388
Lee15427234
Madison14525279
Jones13772241
Forrest13412250
Lauderdale11937314
Lowndes10934185
Lamar10470135
Pearl River9431237
Lafayette8454138
Hancock7697126
Washington7365156
Oktibbeha7111129
Monroe6727174
Warren6642176
Pontotoc6609101
Neshoba6606205
Panola6460131
Marshall6386132
Bolivar6266145
Union596094
Pike5784152
Alcorn5633101
Lincoln5417134
George491879
Scott470998
Tippah465381
Prentiss464181
Leflore4627143
Itawamba4596104
Adams4570119
Tate4546109
Copiah445191
Simpson4421116
Wayne438572
Yazoo438586
Covington427394
Marion4216107
Sunflower4215104
Coahoma4115104
Leake407787
Newton380879
Grenada3692108
Stone358464
Tishomingo356391
Attala330289
Jasper328265
Winston313191
Clay306375
Chickasaw296767
Clarke290694
Calhoun277945
Holmes266987
Smith262550
Yalobusha232647
Tallahatchie225251
Walthall217763
Greene215548
Lawrence211140
Perry204755
Amite203954
Webster201645
Noxubee185340
Montgomery179056
Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167438
Tunica158639
Benton147438
Kemper141241
Choctaw133026
Claiborne131237
Humphreys129038
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104539
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 812694

Reported Deaths: 15142
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1139601904
Mobile721751321
Madison51923685
Shelby37240339
Baldwin37044538
Tuscaloosa34902599
Montgomery33919719
Lee23122240
Calhoun22125469
Morgan20620370
Etowah19739496
Marshall18238298
Houston17288405
St. Clair15897337
Cullman15297290
Limestone15178198
Elmore15038284
Lauderdale14125294
Talladega13692271
DeKalb12554258
Walker11069364
Blount10081174
Autauga9883146
Jackson9776177
Coffee9176188
Dale8856180
Colbert8781200
Tallapoosa7032195
Escambia6725127
Covington6672179
Chilton6580160
Russell624758
Franklin5927105
Chambers5558142
Marion4952126
Dallas4854199
Clarke472681
Pike4716105
Geneva4558126
Winston4461101
Lawrence4252117
Bibb421686
Barbour355374
Marengo333989
Monroe329962
Randolph324763
Butler323994
Pickens313581
Henry310565
Hale308787
Cherokee299457
Fayette290579
Washington250851
Cleburne245958
Crenshaw243375
Clay239767
Macon230662
Lamar215446
Conecuh185351
Coosa177738
Lowndes173161
Wilcox167038
Bullock151744
Perry138040
Sumter131138
Greene125544
Choctaw86627
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A cold front passing through our area overnight will bring into our area some of the coolest temperatures of the season so far. We will see most of the highs this weekend only in the upper 60s to lower 70s. While overnight lows will drop off down into the 40s Saturday night.
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