Weekly Links: Hurricane Edition

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Weekly Links: Hurricane Edition

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Welcome to Weekly Links for 9-17-18, where we share some of the most interesting, unique and impactful stories of the previous week.

 

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a category 2 hurricane as it approaches the Carolina coast. The storm made landfall in North Carolina on Thursday evening. North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper ordered Hatteras Island to evacuate on Monday and Dare County on Tuesday. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered an evacuation of the entire South Carolina coastline, beginning at noon on Tuesday. Schools have begun closing in the affected areas as residents are fleeing the area. In some areas, the total amount of rainfall is predicted to be greater than 20 inches. Inland in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina, there have been warnings of catastrophic flooding, as Florence is suspected to stall once it reaches land. However, the storm is not forecasted to affect Florida aside from rougher seas as Florence passes by.

 

Ten people were taken to a hospital last Wednesday after many passengers reported feeling ill on an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York City. Emirates flight 203 was quarantined on its arrival to JFK airport. All of its passengers were screened by health officials, and the symptoms are believed to be the flu, as some passengers had come from the Saudi city of Mecca which is currently experiencing a flu outbreak.

 

France and the UK have come to an agreement over the right to fish scallops in the Bay of Seine, after French and UK fishing vessels clashed two weeks ago. The agreement states that both French and British fishermen will not be able to take scallops in the bay from May 15th to October 1st. Previously, British ships shorter than 15 meters were allowed to fish there all year round, but French fishermen complained that the British ships were taking too many scallops in this period of time to replenish the supply of scallops.

 

The UK has named two suspects in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia last March. The suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov, are believed to be working for the GRU, the Russian military intelligence arm, aand are accused to have used the deadly nerve agent Novichok, which was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s. The men have had European arrest warrants issued should they try to travel to the EU; however, no extradition request has been made to Russia, as Russia does not extradite its own nationals.