Published 8:12 PM EDT Sep 11, 2018
Your questions about Hurricane Florence, answered
Ferocious Hurricane Florence marched relentlessly toward the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday, a massive storm threatening record rains and historic flooding as more than 1 million people flee the anticipated devastation. "This storm is a monster. It's big and it's vicious," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. "The time to hope Hurricane Florence away is gone." Here's what you need to know to prepare:
- Where is Florence right now? With winds up to 140 mph, the Category 4 storm was 785 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, pressing forward at 17 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. update. Follow along with our interactive storm tracker here.
- When will it make landfall? The first rain bands could reach the Carolinas and Virginia on Wednesday, forecasters said, while hurricane-force winds could reach the mainland by Thursday evening.
- How will my state be affected? From the Carolinas to Delaware, here's a state-by-state forecast.
- What's the biggest threat? Although the focus on where the storm will make landfall is drawing lots of attention, disastrous, deadly flooding from days of relentless rain could be the worst impact.
- Will my travel be affected? Yes, here's what to know if you're flying. And if you're driving to evacuate, know that gas shortages are popping up in North Carolina. Some stations in South Carolina and Virginia could also see a rush, too.
Woodward on Trump and 'Fear': Is it time to feel afraid?
There apparently is a robust market for Bob Woodward's new book. Even before its publication Tuesday, "Fear: Trump in the White House" was the No. 1 bestseller in the United States, thanks to pre-orders. The high interest "says people are worried," Woodward told USA TODAY. And they should be, he says: "I think people better wake up to the nature of the war on truth and its consequence." President Donald Trump certainly seems concerned. He's called the book "a joke." White House chief of staff John Kelly similarly denied Woodward's assertion that he called the president an "idiot." Woodward said Americans shouldn't put much stock in their statements, given the uproar "Fear" has caused. "That's just the Washington denial machine," he said. "I think people kind of get it."
On 9/11, Trump honors those who 'fought until the very end'
President Donald Trump chose an aggressive tone to pay tribute Tuesday to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In a speech in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Trump praised the passengers of United Flight 93 who charged the cockpit of their plane to stop hijackers from attacking Washington, D.C. "They attacked the enemy," Trump said on the field where the plane crashed 17 years ago. "They fought until the very end. And they stopped the forces of terror and defeated this wicked, horrible, evil plan." The ceremony came two days after the dedication of a new, 93-foot "Tower of Voices" featuring 40 wind chimes, one for each passenger on the doomed flight. "This field is now a monument to American defiance," Trump said. "This memorial is now a message to the world: America will never, ever submit to tyranny."
- In New York, families gathered at Ground Zero to remember their loved ones.
- Here are some of the most unforgettable images from 9/11.
Opioid epidemic hits home for reporter
Angela Kennecke has covered the opioid epidemic for years. Now, the investigative reporter is speaking out about one particular overdose victim: her daughter. In a report for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kennecke revealed that 21-year-old Emily Kennecke died from a fentanyl overdose in May. Angela said she had begun contacting addiction centers after Emily became fascinated with drug culture and started missing family events. On the day Emily died, Kennecke said she was working on letters as part of an intervention. Angela now wants to help other parents and addicts through sharing her story. "I just felt like I had an obligation to come forward and say this happened to me, this happened to my family, this could happen to you," she told USA TODAY. "This could happen to anyone."
- From USA TODAY's Bill Sternberg last week: The opioid crisis hits home. Mine.
How classy are you? Online calculator will tell you
Are you lower, middle or upper class? A new online tool from Pew Research Center will set you straight on your economic stratum. The interactive asks for your state, metropolitan area and household income to determine your "income tier." Where you live makes a difference: A couple with a household income of $100,000 in New York is considered middle class whereas the same couple making the same amount in El Paso, Texas, is considered in the upper income tier. Pew's calculator was released the same day the nonpartisan fact tank published an analysis suggesting middle class households are falling further behind the wealthy.
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