Category: International news

Heavy flooding cuts off US coastal city

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, has been completely cut off from the rest of the state because of deepening flood waters. Officials say all roads in and out are now impassable and have warned evacuated residents to stay away. Reports describe the city, which has a population of about 120 000, as an island within the state. About 400 people there have been rescued from flood waters, and most of the city remains without power. The National Weather Service has warned of at least two further days of possible flash flooding in the area before conditions are...

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Typhoon Mangkhut: South China battered

A powerful storm which killed dozens of people in the Philippines is now making its way across southern China. Typhoon Mangkhut is one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades. Two people have been killed in the Chinese province of Guangdong, and according to state media, more than 2.5 million people have been evacuated in Guangdong and on Hainan Island. In Hong Kong, the storm wrecked buildings and shut down the city. The typhoon is now moving inland, and is expected to hit the Chinese regions of Guizhou, Chongqing and Yunnan later in the day....

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It’s my Brexit deal or no deal: UK PM

Theresa May has told the BBC that MPs will have a choice between her proposed deal with the EU or no deal at all. In an interview with Panorama, she is also critical of plans by Brexiteers to resolve the Irish border issue. But ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson claims the government’s failure to resolve the border question has led to a “constitutional abomination”. A BBC-commissioned survey indicates more people across the UK think the impact of Brexit will be negative. Speaking to the BBC’s Nick Robinson, Mrs May says that if Parliament does not ratify the Chequers plan “I...

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Typhoon Mangkhut hits China

A powerful storm, Typhoon Mangkhut, that has already killed at least 59 people in the Philippines has lashed China’s most populous province, bringing winds of up to 162 km/h. Guangdong is on its highest alert for the storm, which also hit Hong Kong, where it swayed skyscrapers and blew out windows. Most died in landslides caused by heavy rain. Mangkhut, considered the strongest storm of 2018, ploughed through the northern Philippines yestereday. More than 2.45 million people have been relocated, and authorities there issued their highest warning level, a red alert. In Hong Kong, authorities also issued their maximum...

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Life-threatening storm lashes US coast

Tens of thousands of homes are without power and sea water is sloshing through coastal streets as Hurricane Florence begins lashing the US East Coast. The hurricane is moving towards land with maximum sustained wind speeds of 150 km/h. It lost power as it approached North and South Carolina, but officials warn it could still kill “a lot of people” with risks of “catastrophic” flooding. Evacuation orders are in place for more than a million people. The governor of North Carolina, where Florence is expected to make landfall at noon local time on Friday, said surviving the storm would...

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