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  • We are ready but this is going to be one of the biggest ones to ever hit our country.

  • The wall of water is still underneath this storm.

  • You may be in danger.

  • This is a big storm.

  • Yes. I`m worried about this. I`m worried about the flooding.

  • Make the mandatory evacuations very seriously.

  • It`s probably not going to be survivable out here.

  • It`s unpredictable really. We need to get out of here.

  • You expect up to 3 million will be out of power.

  • They`re trying to send the signal there is nothing left to stay for. Disaster`s at the

  • doorstep and it`s coming in.

  • Specifically the doorstep of the U.S. Southeast as Hurricane Florence approached on Thursday.

  • It is not the only storm

  • swirling in the world. In the Western Pacific Super Typhoon Mangkhut is baring down on part

  • of the Philippines. Mangkhut had already caused damage

  • on the U.S. Island of Guam where this video came from and as the week went on it strengthened

  • as the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. The most

  • powerful classification in terms of wind speed and the Northern Philippines was bracing for

  • a direct hit. More than 4 million people are in it`s

  • direct path as it approaches the Island of Luzon.

  • In the U.S., government forecasters expect Hurricane Florence to officially make landfall

  • when the center of it`s eye passes over land on Friday

  • afternoon at the earliest. The storm weakened a little yesterday to Category 2 status with

  • maximum sustained winds speeds of between 96 and 110

  • miles per hour but Florence is also a big storm with hurricane force winds covering

  • an area of more than 15,000 square miles. And North Carolina`s

  • governor said it`s storm surge, the rise in seawater that a hurricane pushes ashore could

  • be between 9 and 13 feet. Ahead of the storm CNN`s

  • John Berman was in part of North Carolina to discuss how the storm surge could effect

  • the area.

  • Days and days at this I have to tell you I am just feeling the first wind gusts that

  • feel like they mean business.

  • Here on Oak Island there`s a mandatory evacuation order, some 8,000 people live here I was just

  • told by the mayor about 500 remain. Why have they

  • been told to leave? So much fear over storm surge. This dune that I`m standing on right

  • now, it can withstand a 3 foot storm surge. Higher than

  • that the water will flow over it. Beyond that, I want you to take a look at these houses,

  • some of them are on stilts.

  • Yes. They are built up high to withstand some storm surge but there`s Alli Hedges, my producer.

  • She`s 5`3" with her arm raised that`s maybe 7 feet

  • max. The storm surge here could be 9 feet tall which means the waters will wash right

  • into these houses and even on stilts. Some of those stilts will

  • not be able to withstand the power of the storm surge that is expected up and down the

  • Carolina coast.

  • To make matters worse, Hurricane Florence is moving slowly. One meteorologist says it

  • could dump 10 trillion gallons of rainfall on

  • North Carolina alone. What could that do to rivers that are already flooding?

  • You can see that this is a curb. We`re on a road. I don`t know if you can see how high

  • up this water is already behind me here.

  • This is a park, a public park. There are swing sets that are now starting to go under water

  • here and we have not experienced the bulk of the rain

  • that we are supposed to get. If you come out here, this is the reason why. Look out there.

  • That is the Neuse River. It kind of converges in Craven

  • County with the Pamlico Sound which creates this perfect storm if you will for severe

  • flooding in the Craven County area.

  • Newbern, North Carolina, Harlow, North Carolina, Moorehead City, North Carolina. If I can get

  • my photographer Mark Depin (ph) over this way

  • actually right here and you can start to see some of the boats and the docks are going

  • under water right now as well. I mean, I`m almost 6 feet

  • tall and this is already up to my knees of water and we`re waiting for the rain to start

  • setting in. The worst part of all about all of this for

  • people here in Newbern is the fact that they`re worried about the back end, that dirty back

  • end of the hurricane but also because this Neuse River

  • spills back into the ocean. All of the flooding that happens inland that Hurricane Florence

  • is going to bring into all of this water here, into the

  • inland part of North Carolina. The flood they`re worried about. This water here is going to

  • come back out and likely re-flood the area at the

  • end of the hurricane. Once most people have gone away. So they`re worried about a double

  • effect here.

  • 10 Second Trivia. What do Macaw`s, parakeets and lovebirds have in common? Are they all

  • native to India, Cockatoos, easily tamed, or

  • parrots. The one thing on this list that all of these birds have in common is that they`re

  • parrots.

  • One species, the Spix`s macaw, a native of Brazil, recently enjoyed 15 minutes of fame

  • after a character based on the bird starred in the movie`s

  • Rio and Rio II. Bad news for blue though. A study released this week by the conservation

  • group Birdlife International found that the Spix`s macaw

  • is now extinct in the wild. To be clear, this doesn`t mean the species has gone the way

  • of the Dodo. The report says that dozens of Spix`s macaws are

  • still alive in captivity but as far as spotting one in it`s natural habitat goes, researchers

  • say you can`t do it.

  • And they blame deforestation, the clearing of forest or trees for the birds disappearance.

  • Deforestation is common in Brazil as areas are cleared for

  • farmland, pasture land and logging but it`s also endangered a wide range of plant and

  • animal species there apparently including the Spix`s macaw.

  • There are breeding programs that keep this rare parrot species around for people to see.

  • A retired American pilot recently donated his pressure suit, flight helmet and boots

  • to an education center in Kansas. Though you might be thinking

  • what kind of pilot who`s not an astronaut would need that kind of equipment? The answer

  • is the kind who fly this. An airplane that was

  • literally faster than a speeding bullet and that could fly as high as 16 miles above the

  • Earth.

  • All these later this airplane is still, as far as the record books go, the fastest airplane.

  • Development began in the late

  • 1950`s and the airplane first flew in the early 1960`s. This airplane in particular

  • to me is awesome because it is the world`s absolute speed record

  • holder. On July 28th of 1976 this airplane was piloted to a speed of 2,193 miles per

  • hour. The M1 Rifle of World War II fame, which had a muzzle

  • velocity of about 2,800 feet per second. Our SR-71would have blasted by that bullet at

  • 400 feet per second which is a speed that`s just hard to

  • comprehend but this airplane carried two people and could take off and land under it`s own

  • power.

  • It could be refueled in flight although it had to slow down for that. They carried cameras

  • and other sensors that allowed it to provide, you know,

  • important intelligence and so it`s just a really amazing airplane and this was 1950`s,

  • 1960`s technology. This was long before the computer design

  • capabilities that we have today.

  • The SR-71 was retired because it was very expensive to operate and by the 1990`s it

  • had been flying for going on 30 years.

  • When the SR-71`s retired, certainly the United States lost a capability. Yes there were satellites.

  • There was the U-2. There

  • were aircraft like the Global Hawk but there is nothing like having an airplane with the

  • capabilities of the SR-71 that could fly so high and so

  • fast that it`s still a world record holder today. Still captures people`s interest, curiosity.

  • It`s called the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition. And it`s the

  • reason why for three days in the late summer,

  • the Californian city of San Diego is known as "Sand Diego". World master sand sculptors

  • come in from all over the world to do this. The sculptures

  • are made out of pouring sand because it`s apparently easier to work with than beach

  • sand and some of the sculptures weigh more than 10 tons each.

  • $60,000 in prize money is at stake. Could you call them "sand dollars"? Takes more than

  • a "grain" of talent to earn it and it takes more than an

  • hourglass with some serious quartz movement to sculpture a work that "rocks". All of them

  • make waves even if they`re ultimately a "wash". I`m

  • Carl Azuz and Fridays are awesome. Next week we are going to start our coverage of the

  • upcoming U.S. mid-term elections so please come on back then.

We are ready but this is going to be one of the biggest ones to ever hit our country.

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