(CNN) — If you’re fleeing Hurricane Florence and still don’t know where you’ll stay, there are people in surrounding states opening up their homes to evacuees. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.
1. Hurricane Florence
Florence inched ever closer to North Carolina’s coast this morning in a slow march that’ll continue to bring wind, rain and all sorts of destruction to the area. As of 4 a.m. ET, the Category 1 storm was about 30 miles from Wilmington, crawling at a snail-like 6 mph. Its winds were whipping at 90 mph. A storm surge 10 feet higher than normal was reported in Morehead City. There are reports of 150 people awaiting rescue in New Bern. Staff from a TV station there had to flee the studio due to rising floodwater. More than 180,000 homes and businesses have lost power in North Carolina so far. Landfall is expected later this morning.
• 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.
• Remember, it’s the water, not the winds, that’s deadliest.
• More than 1,300 flights have been canceled as Florence nears.
• And meet the “ride-out team” staying with the animals at the South Carolina Aquarium during the storm.
2. Super Typhoon Mangkhut
If Florence is a monster, then Super Typhoon Mangkhut is its bigger, stronger beast of an older sibling. Mangkhut will make landfall Saturday morning in the northern Philippines. Right now, it’s the equivalent of Category 5 hurricane, but that’s not a complete indicator of its power. At its peak Wednesday it was the strongest storm of 2018, with winds of 180 mph. More than 4 million people live in the storm’s projected path; thousands are being evacuated.
3. Massachusetts gas explosions
One person was killed and at least 25 people hurt after a series of gas explosions in three towns north of Boston sparked fires that burned dozens of homes. Fires popped up seemingly at random in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. “It looked like Armageddon,” one fire chief said. The blazes left 8,000 people unable to go home. There’s no official word on a cause yet, but a utility company had announced plans to upgrade natural gas lines in the area.
4. Paul Manafort
Looks like there may not be a second federal trial for Paul Manafort. The ex-Trump campaign chairman reportedly is close to a deal for a guilty plea with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. Jury selection in his trial, on charges related to his Ukrainian lobbying operation, was set to start next week. It’s not clear if the deal means Manafort will cooperate with the Russia probe. Manafort was found guilty last month on eight bank and tax fraud charges in Virginia.
5. New York primaries
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears to have easily beaten back a challenge from progressive activist and actress Cynthia Nixon. CNN projects Cuomo, seeking a third term, will defeat Nixon, of “Sex & the City” fame, in the Democratic primary and will face Republican Marc Molinaro in November. Meantime, New York City Public Advocate Tish James is projected to be the Democratic party’s nominee for state attorney general. James, who was endorsed by Cuomo, would become the first black woman elected to statewide office in New York, if she wins in November.
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