Jacksonville, South Carolina Brace For Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew is continuing to work its way up the Florida coast, now packing winds of 115 miles an hour. South Florida is getting some breathing room as the major impact of Hurricane Matthew is felt further north. Officials are now focusing on Jacksonville, which is near the Georgia border. South Carolina is bracing for the storm, which could make landfall there tomorrow. Governor Nikki Haley says 310-thousand people have evacuated so far, and time is running out for people in the affected area to get out. She says there are 66 shelters open and all still have room available.
Obama: Matthew Remains Very Dangerous Storm
President Obama warns that Hurricane Matthew remains a very dangerous storm. After getting a briefing from FEMA and homeland security officials this morning, the President cited growing concerns about storm surges. He urged people in the storm’s path to heed the warnings of local officials and get out if necessary. Obama said property can be rebuilt but lives cannot be replaced. The hurricane is battering Florida with strong winds, storm surges and non-stop rain. Over 300-thousand people are without power.
Stakes Rising For 2nd Presidential Debate, Sunday Night
Some political experts see Sunday’s presidential debate as make or break time for Donald Trump. The Republican nominee is under growing pressure as Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers continue to climb since their first debate. Pundits say Trump’s public dispute with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado didn’t help. The upcoming debate will be a town hall-style format. Half the questions will come from undecided voters in the audience. The debate will be moderated by ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
DC Raises Unemployment Benefits
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city’s jobless will receive more money. Residents eligible for unemployment benefits will get up to $425 a week for up to 26 weeks. That’s an increase from 359-dollars, which was set in 2005. The district did offer the lowest benefits in the region before the increase.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.