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Dutta, however, corroborated Rudra's statement saying the high air quality index was not exclusively due to bursting of firecrackers , but due to present weather conditions as well. Coal-based power stations in the Indian capital region were also shut down. In Uttar Pradesh, a cover of smog could be seen in capital Lucknow and all prominent cities.
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    It concludes that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current pace, coastal flooding could become intense and droughts severe by 2040. The landmark Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 by 195 nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), included the aim of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial ...
  • After the rain from Michael, we say goodbye to summer

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    He said he plans to visit storm-ravaged areas as soon as he can. Police officers spent the night patrolling the area to prevent looting and responding to calls for assistance, making do with damaged patrol cars eased across downed power lines and even small buildings flipped into the middle of streets.
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    Fast, furious: How Michael grew into a 155 mph monster

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    Some 120,000 people have been warned to evacuate along Florida's coast , where schools and state offices are to remain shut this week. A storm with that power hasn't struck the Florida Panhandle since Hurricane Dennis in 2005. On the forecast track, the core of Michael will move inland across the Florida Panhandle this afternoon, and across southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia tonight.
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    Category four hurricanes cause catastrophic wind damage and hold sustained winds speeds between 130 and 156 miles per hour. By early Tuesday, Michael's top sustained winds had risen some to 90 miles per hour (144 kph) as it headed north at 12 miles per hour (19 kph).
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    During a briefing Tuesday , Scott said the state's emergency response center is now active and includes a 24-hour response hotline. Because he owns two businesses in the area, Givens, who lives inland, said he was not evacuating. A fast and furious Hurricane Michael sped toward the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday with 120 miles per hour winds and a potential storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to get out or board up.
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    Following stage separation, Falcon 9's first stage returned to land at SpaceX's Landing Zone back at the base. People located in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties might even be able to hear a sonic boom from the launch, which could also create a "spectacular" light show, according to ABC 7 .
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    There's no specified launch window, and that could force SpaceX to move liftoff to October 11th if it has to scrub the launch on the 7th. The twilight launch created a spectacular sight in the night sky for spectators in Southern California, who took to Twitter to share their unbelievable photos.
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    As magical as space is, low Earth orbit is a risky place, and even the ISS isn't immune to dangers like cosmic radiation or micro-meteorite impacts. The Russian daily Kommersant reported that an investigation at home was probing the possibility that USA astronauts deliberately drilled the hole in order to get a sick colleague sent back home - something Russian officials later denied.