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Hurricane Florence Claims 18 Lives, Massive Flooding Threat Remains

A rescue in North Carolina (Image: CBS News video)



Hurricane Florence hit land over weekend, killing 18 and stranding hundreds more, with parts of North and South Carolina almost totally cut off by floodwaters. Authorities say the worst flooding is yet to come, as rain continues to fall and rivers rise. 

CNN reports, “The tropical depression will keep dumping rain over parts of North Carolina for the next few days, with numerous rivers expected to crest at major flood stage.”

When the storm is over, up to 40 inches could fall in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, with the remnants moving towards West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and parts of the northeast.

The city of Wilmington, NC has essentially become an island. “Flooding closed interstates and secondary roads, choking it off by land. The airport has been shuttered since Wednesday. It is not accessible by sea, with the Port of Wilmington on Cape Fear River closed,” The Washington Post reported

Supreme Court Nominee Accuser Comes Forward

The Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is surrounded by turmoil after a woman who has accused him of sexual assault decades ago came forward over the weekend.

Christine Blasey Ford told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh forced himself on her at a high school party in the early 1980s, a charge the nominee has denied. Democrats — and several Republicans — have called for the nomination hearings to be delayed while the matter is investigated.

First Massachusetts Shark Attack Fatality in 80 Years 

An engineering student who was engaged to be married was attacked and killed by a shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach, near Cape Cod, over the weekend. Arthur Medici, of Revere, Mass. was bitten while boogie boarding in the surf Saturday and died at a nearby hospital from his injuries.

According to an Associated Press report, “Medici was attacked around noon as he and a friend were boogie boarding. The friend dragged him ashore, and people on the beach attempted life-saving measures including CPR and applying tourniquets. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, where he was pronounced dead.”

It was the second shark attack in the Cape Cod area this summer. The first victim is still recovering from injures sustained in mid-August.

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Last But Not Least: NFL Player Retires. At halftime. Of a Game he was Playing in

Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis pulled himself out of a game yesterday against the Los Angeles Chargers and never returned.

The two-time Pro Bowl player made the decision to retire at halftime without sticking around for the rest of the team’s 31-20 loss. Or informing any of his teammates of his decision.

“This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL. But today on the field, reality hit me and hard. I shouldn’t be out there anymore,” he said in a statement.

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