Florence makes landfall; police chief predicts ‘biblical proportion flood’

first_imgABC News(NEW BERN, N.C.) — Hurricane Florence is pummeling the North Carolina coastline, making landfall with life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds.“I see a biblical proportion flood event that’s going to occur,” Wilmington, North Carolina, Police Chief Ralph Evangelous told ABC News. “I see the beach communities being inundated with water, and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic in nature.”More than 372,000 customers in North Carolina are without power early Friday, as residents brace for the impact of the Category 1 storm. Here’s the latest:Catastrophic flooding is feared in much of the coastal Carolinas. Rainfall has already reached as much as 2 inches per hour in parts of eastern North Carolina.More than a foot of rain has already drenched Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.In Bayboro, North Carolina — one of the areas under evacuation — resident Kim Dunn stayed behind, and now she’s trapped in her truck surrounded by rising water, as her boyfriend and his cousin are stranded on a paddle boat less than a mile away.The water is as high as street signs, and “we have no way to get to them,” Dunn told ABC News Friday morning.“They’ve been out there for about six hours now, just screaming for help,” she said. “Only communication we have with them is just me flashing my lights to them, and I think they have a flashlight they’re flickering back to us.”Dunn — mother to a 10-month-old, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old — said she made a decision to stay behind as others evacuated.“We were trying to figure out if we had enough finances to get out, and if we were to get out, were we going to be able to get back home? So we made a decision to stay,” she said. “I don’t know how long it’s gonna be before the water actually starts to come into the apartment.”In nearby New Bern, where water levels reached 10 feet overnight, 150 people have requested rescue. Volunteers are using private boats to pitch in and help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said.The downtown area, at the confluence of two rivers, is mostly underwater.“You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU,” the city said on Twitter.The rainfall is forecast to reach 20 to 40 inches over the next several days.Storm surge could be as high as 11 feet in parts of North Carolina, prompting officials to closely watch the rise of rivers in the eastern part of the state. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999.  “Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday. “The heavy rains and high winds are likely to spread across North Carolina and linger for days.”“We will survive this, and we will endure,” he said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nadal on a roll

first_imgPARIS,  (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal had expected to be spending his days fishing off his home island of Mallorca by the time he reached the age of 32 and his good friend Richard Gasquet probably wishes he was. Instead, the Frenchman will be the latest player in Nadal’s firing line as the Spaniard, who celebrates his birthday next week, moves inexorably towards an 11th French Open title.Nadal romped into the third round on Thursday with a 6-2 6-1 6-1 defeat of the outclassed Argentine Guido Pella.Far from slowing down, he appears fitter and faster and is striking his forehand with frightening power. Poor Pella never stood a chance once he had squandered four break points in the opening game of the match.Nadal has now won 27 consecutive sets at Roland Garros, including last year’s charge to La Decima.On this form, it looks hard to make a case for him not clamping his jaws around the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy yet again and if Gasquet is to stop him he will have to improve on a head-to-head record which reads played 15, lost 15. It gets worse. The last 10 times the Frenchman has played against Nadal he has not even managed to win a set.“Ten years is a long time,” Gasquet said, recalling a conversation he had with his father after losing to the Spaniard in the semi-final of the Monte Carlo Masters in 2005, a few weeks before Nadal claimed his first French Open title.“I said, ‘He’s going to win and he might win a lot of Grand Slams, because he was incredible’. Maybe five or six, I didn’t think he would win 10 times.” Gasquet was rated as a future Grand Slam champion then.In all probability he will never win one major while Nadal already has 16. Yet the Spaniard could hardly have imagined he would still be ranked number one in the world 13 years after that clash and looking immovable on the Parisian clay.“You cannot predict the future. I just enjoy the things that are happening. At the age of 25, if you’d asked me when I’m 32 will I be here, I would say probably not,” he told reporters. “Probably I will be fishing or doing other things.“I am very happy to be where I am. Very happy to keep playing tennis at my age, because I heard all my career I will have a short career because of my style of game.”With rain showers predicted on Thursday, Nadal was in no mood for any overtime against Pella, dispatching his fellow left-hander with a barrage of brutal forehands on a warm and bouncy Court Suzanne Lenglen.Worryingly for the field, Nadal appears to be setting no limits on where his career might still go. “How do you know when you’ve reached your limit?” he said. “If you think you can’t improve because you have reached your limit, it’s not the right thing. You can improve small things, and small things at this level can lead to great things.“I don’t know where the limit is.”last_img read more

Liberians Urged to Be Selfless

first_imgSelfless service to humanity deserves recognition to encourage many others to give themselves to the service of others, Brigadier General Rudolf F. Kolaco Sr., (rtd) told a large gathering of Liberians at the gowning and certificating ceremony on Saturday of US retired Joseph Jackie Brown in Brewerville, near Monrovia.BG Kolaco, director general of the National Bureau of Veterans Affairs, described Brown (rtd) as a veteran who distinguished himself with his unit with the United States forces in Iraq.“To become a veteran,” Director Kolaco said, “you must be a soldier with five distinguished characteristics which include being a follower, being faithful, familiar, a fighter and being efficient.” He reminded the audience, including a full house of the Governance Council of Liberia, family members and hundreds of residents of Brewerville, that Brown, while serving with his Unit in Iraq at a critical point came under attack, exposing his life and those of his American colleagues to danger.“With zeal and tenacity,” he said Brown used his training and holding on to a 50 Caliber sub-machine gun, was able to overcome the enemy and saved the lives of his colleagues, including his commander.He said a good soldier must be disciplined, and with brief reflection of himself during his service in the Armed Forces of Liberia, noted that a good soldier must grow with time.When Brown retired, he chose to return to his country, Liberia to make his contribution to the cause of justice and fair-play, he told the gathering who cheered him.“On behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and that of Defense Minister Brownie Samukai,” Director Kolaco told him, “we congratulate you and urge you to continue to do your best to help your people.”Earlier, Mrs. Musu K. Thompson, president of the National Governors Council said her members were there in their numbers to demonstrate their appreciation to Brown for his services to humanity, and for not forgetting about the country of his birth.“You can see that all the representatives of the 15 counties are here to honor you as our son,” she said. “For you to return to support your country means you love Liberia.”She said the Council decided to gown him and award a certificate of appreciation because he did not forget his family and country. She reminded the gathering that their presence was simply to honor a dutiful son who had returned to help rebuild their broken country.Responding, Brown in a solemn but confident voice narrated his eight years sojourn in the United States and his experiences in Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom launched by former US President George Bush against the regime of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003.Brown, 31, praised his parents for their support and called on Liberians to honor their parents, with particular emphasis on Liberian mothers. He spoke about the honor done him by President Bush, which resulted to the cancellation of Liberia’s US debts and the US sending American soldiers to Liberia to assist in the Ebola fight, as results of the sacrifices of Liberians who helped the United States in its role as global leader.Brown was the first Cybercrime Director at the Ministry of National Security and had rejected salary for the last five years, he said. He has an associate degree in computer information systems; bachelors in political science and masters in public administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal complete Debuchy swoop

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, July 17- Arsenal completed their swoop for France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United on Thursday in a deal reported to be worth around 15 million euros.Debuchy has been a long-term target for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners’ manager finally got his man as the right-back put pen to paper on a long-term contract. The 28-year-old, who was part of the French squad which reached the World Cup quarter-finals, is the ideal replacement for compatriot Bacary Sagna, who left Arsenal to join Premier League Manchester City on a free transfer last month.Debuchy, who is reported to have cost the Gunners around £12 million ($20.5 million, 15.1 million euros), becomes Arsenal’s second signing since the end of last season following the £30 million arrival of Chile winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.“We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal,” Wenger told the club’s website.“He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France.“He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I’m confident he will fit in very well with us.”Debuchy featured 46 times during an 18-month spell at Newcastle after spending the first nine years of his career with French side Lille.He helped Lille to a league and cup double in 2010-11.His performances also earned him his international debut against Albania in October 2011 and he now has 25 caps for France.Debuchy will join up with his new team-mates soon for pre-season preparations and is expected to make his debut at the Emirates Cup in the first weekend of August.He admitted playing in the Champions League was a major incentive to join Arsenal.“I’m very proud to be joining a great club like Arsenal and to wear its colours, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the whole world,” Debuchy said.“I’m looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger and to helping the team build on last season’s FA Cup success.“Playing again in the Champions League is a big excitement for me and I will do my best to help Arsenal compete for trophies.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more