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Dorian Leaves Bahamas
At least seven people have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian left the islands in shambles. The slow-moving hurricane made landfall as a historic Category 5 storm, slowing to a crawl and pounding the Bahamas for nearly 48 hours with 185 mph winds and dropping up to 35 inches of rain in some locations (see photos). Storm surges over 23 feet triggered widespread flooding - at one point nearly 60% of Grand Bahama island was underwater. Officials have called the situation a humanitarian crisis, warning the death toll is likely to rise considerably as search and rescue efforts continue. The system, now a Category 2, has turned northwest and is expected to crawl up the US East Coast beginning with Florida, bringing wind and precipitation to coastal cities but largely staying off the land (see trajectory).
These before-and-after satellite images capture the absolute devastation brought down on Grand Bahama island.
California Boat Fire.
Officials suspended the search for victims of a deadly boat fire off the California coast that left 34 people dead on Monday. One of the state's worst maritime disasters, the catastrophe began early Labor Day when a fire broke out on a commercial scuba diving vessel anchored off the coast of Santa Cruz Island (hear haunting distress call). According to reports some of the boat's crew saw the fire and jumped overboard first - five of the six crew present were recovered by a nearby fishing boat, while all 33 passengers were believed to be asleep below deck when the fire broke out. The disaster raised a number of questions about the licensing and regulations governing boat inspections, considering the vessel - named the Conception - had passed a Coast Guard checkup as recently as February.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost his parliamentary majority yesterday as long-time conservative Phillip Lee switched parties, joining the Liberal Democrats. Lee, who otherwise has little in common with his new colleagues, cited Johnson's threats to have the country leave the European Union even if a deal is not in place to guide the exit (known as a "no-deal Brexit"). With a looming deadline of October 31st, the stunning move raises the pressure on Johnson - the new majority moved to hold a vote to delay any Brexit another three months to assemble a deal. Johnson countered that he would call new general elections and prevent anyone who voted against his plan from running as a conservative. Two-thirds of Parliament would have to agree to new elections - an unlikely scenario given the shift in power. The news followed the release of details from "Operation Yellowhammer", the code name for the UK's no-deal Brexit contingency plan. Use these handy flowcharts to decipher what might happen next.
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