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Hurricane Sally could bring ‘historic’ flash flooding, up to 30 inches of rain

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Slow-moving Hurricane Sally was already dumping heavy rainfall over parts of the Gulf Coast Tuesday morning, hours before the storm was expected to bring an even greater deluge when it makes landfall as a Category 1 hurricane or strong tropical storm near Mobile, Alabama.

The National Hurricane Center warned of “extreme life-threatening” and “historic” flash flooding along the northern Gulf Coast. Power outages were expected before daybreak.

The storm on Tuesday afternoon was 85 miles south of Mobile, whipping up maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. Landfall was expected between Mobile and Gulf Shores, Alabama between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins.

The storm was only moving at 2 mph and wasn’t expected to speed up much before making landfall with lingering rainfall that could last up to two days. Some areas from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi could see up to 30 inches, according to the NHC. The center predicts water heights of 6 to 9 feet from Ocean Springs, Mississippi to Dauphin Island, Alabama, if peak surge coincides with high tide.

Image: Waves crash along a pier as Hurricane Sally approaches in Gulf Shores (Jonathan Bachman / Reuters)

“This is the real deal, and it deserves your attention,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves wrote on Twitter. “Be smart. Prepare for worst. Pray for the best.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday said New Orleans was no longer a direct target of Sally.

“Good news to report today as it relates to hurricane Sally, and that is that the track has continued to shift eastward,” he said. “That really has been the case, since Sunday morning when it looked like the Greater New Orleans metro area was in for a direct hit from Sally.”

The city of New Orleans said in a statement, “Significant impacts from Hurricane Sally are no longer anticipated in the local area.”

President Donald Trump tweeted late Monday that he was closely monitoring “extremely dangerous Hurricane Sally.” Trump urged residents to “be ready and listen to State and Local Leaders!” Earlier Monday, the president issued an emergency declaration for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, an action that authorizes federal emergency officials to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide emergency assistance to the affected areas.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey thanked the president “for approving our request so quickly.”

“We will continue closely monitoring the developments today, and I urge everyone in the coastal areas south of I-10 and in low-lying areas to take all precautions and heed advice from weather experts and local officials. Please stay vigilant, Alabama,” Ivey said.

“I urge you in the strongest way possible to evacuate and seek shelter as this storm makes landfall tonight,” she urged residents Tuesday.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson pointed out that the grounds were already saturated from weeks of rain, which would increase flooding. He said damage from wind “is going to be unbelievable” since the languid storm would essentially be parked over areas.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in the Panhandle’s westernmost counties, Escambia and Santa Rosa, as the hurricane’s outer bands began to lash the area.

Eric Gilmore, head of Escambia County’s Division of Emergency Management, said evacuations in Pensacola Beach and other low lying areas were voluntary for now.

“Do what you need to do now to get out of harm’s way,” he said at news conference on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re expecting 3 to 5 feet of storm surge now.”

Escambia was one of 13 counties newly covered by the governor’s expanding emergency declaration.

The Florida Department of Transportation closed Pensacola Bay Bridge, which connects Gulf Breeze to Pensacola, after a barge struck the crossing, according to state and local officials. State inspectors were expected to assess the damage when it’s safe to do so.

Sally has lots of company during what has become one of the busiest hurricane seasons in history — so busy that forecasters have almost run through the alphabet of names with 2 1/2 months still to go.

For only the second time on record, forecasters said, five tropical cyclones swirled simultaneously in the Atlantic basin at one point on Monday. The last time that happened was in 1971.

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Russia’s top space official tried to claim that the planet Venus belongs to the Kremlin

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An image of Venus and its thick clouds taken by NASA’s Mariner 10 mission during a planetary flyby maneuver on February 7 and 8, 1974.

  • The director-general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos claimed this week that Venus is a “Russian planet.”

  • “Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Tuesday. 

  • Rogozin also revealed the country’s plans to send its own mission to Venus, on top of an already-proposed joint venture with the United States called “Venera-D.” 

  • The top space officials comments come on the back of new research published this week, which found that Venus’ clouds could be harboring microbial life. 

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The head of the Russian space agency has staked the country’s claim on Venus, saying this week that it is a “Russian planet.”

Dmitry Rogozin, who is the director general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos, revealed that the country plans to send its own mission to Venus.

This would be on top of an already-proposed joint venture with the United States called “Venera-D” that would include sending an uncrewed space mission to the planet in either 2026 or 2031.

Speaking to reporters at an international helicopter exhibition in Moscow on Tuesday, Rogozin said: “Our country was the first and only one to successfully land on Venus. The spacecraft gathered information about the planet — it is like hell over there,” according to The Times.

“Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” he added, CNN reported.

Rogozin’s comments come days after new research suggested that a gas on Earth called phosphine had also been detected in the atmosphere of Venus, meaning the planet’s clouds could be harboring microbial life.

In the study, published in the journal Nature Astronomy on Monday, Cardiff University professor Jane Greaves and her team said that their discovery makes Venus a new area of interest.

“Our hoped-for impact in the planetary science community is to stimulate more research on Venus itself, research on the possibilities of life in Venus’ atmosphere, and even space missions focused to find signs of life or even life itself in the Venusian atmosphere,” Seager said, according to CNN.

Venus is the second furthest planet from the Sun and is considered one of the hottest in our solar system.

The planet’s atmosphere is made up almost entirely of carbon dioxide and is the second brightest object in the night sky, after the moon.

The Soviet Union became the first country to successfully land a spacecraft on Venus in 1970. The Venera 7 was one of many probes to be sent to the planet and became the first to transmit data from there back to Earth.

Although it made a successful soft landing, it melted within seconds.

Its successor Venera 9 — also launched by the Russians  — took the first and only image of the Venusian surface from the ground-level perspective in 1975.

The country plans to send its own mission to Venus between 2021 and 2030, Rogozin said, according to CNN.

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Lili Reinhart Shares Her ”Unpopular Opinion” About Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s Reunion

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Lili Reinhart is not fangirling over Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s latest reunion.

The Riverdale star, who is notoriously private about her own dating life, wants fans to extend the same respect to the divorced actors.

Lili shared her thoughts on Twitter on Friday, Sept. 18, saying, “Unpopular opinion: can we just leave Jennifer and Brad alone? Stop analyzing their every move and facial expression whenever they’re involved in something together.”

She concluded, “Let them live their lives in peace.”

Brad and Jennifer—who were married from 2000 to 2005—reunited for Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live: A Virtual Table Read Of Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Thursday. The pair read the script from the 1982 film with Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Henry Golding, Jimmy Kimmel, Shia LaBeouf, John Legend and Sean Penn.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s Quotes About Each Other

The acting vets laughed when Jennifer, 51, and Brad, 56, performed the sexy pool scene, prompting Aniston to read aloud, “Hi, Brad. You know how cute I always thought you were. I think you’re so sexy. Will you come to me?”

We’re blushing, and so was Brad

Jennifer and Brad reunited earlier this year at the 2020 SAG Awards (yes, it seems like so long ago) and even shared a quick hug. Jen told Extra at the time, “We’ve all grown up together. We really have and it just feels like a really fun night to celebrate and cheer each other on and keep working.”

Lili recently split from her boyfriend and co-star Cole Sprouse after almost four years of dating. Cole announced, “Lili and I initially separated in January of this year, deciding to more permanently split in March.”

Both advocated for privacy during their relationship, and after the breakup, Lili called out media organizations for taking some of her quotes out of context.

The Chemical Hearts star and executive producer tweeted on Aug. 18, “Quotes taken from my most recent interview are not about a ‘breakup.’ They are about the depression I’ve felt over these last few months. Tired of people taking my words out of context and piecing together their own story for clickbait.”

She followed it up with another tweet reading, “I would never speak so candidly about something as personal as a breakup. That’s incredibly private. I was addressing my depression.”

Although Lili won’t be obsessing over the exes, Jen and Brad are set to virtually reunite again for the Emmys on Sunday. Brad is up for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for playing Dr. Anthony Fauci on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and Jen is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Apple’s The Morning Show.

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Goldman Says Options Market Pushing Election Risk to December

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(Bloomberg) — Option traders are tempering bets that volatility will spike in the stock market immediately after the U.S. election. Instead, they’re boosting wagers that price swings will stay elevated at least one month after the vote, according to strategists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Options on the S&P 500 pointed to a 2.8% move on Nov. 4, the day after the presidential vote, down from an implied 3.2% swing seen in August, according to the bank’s analysis. What’s also shifting is the curve in futures tied to the CBOE Volatility Index. Specifically, VIX’s November contracts, which refer to volatility during the month through Dec. 18, have jumped above October ones for the first time this year, a sign that traders are adding protections well beyond Election Day, said Goldman strategists led by Ben Snider.

“Option markets seem to have abandoned the view that volatility would rise strongly in the lead-up to the election, which had been priced in throughout much of 2020,” the strategists wrote in a note to clients. “Instead, currently markets are expecting volatility to jump at Election Day, and then remain high thereafter.”

The focus on extended volatility may mark a change in sentiment toward election risks. In early August, Binky Chadha, chief global strategist at Deutsche Bank, warned that options traders were too sanguine positioning for a steep post-election drop in the VIX.

Potential Delay

The latest shift in volatility pricing reflects the potential for delays in counting ballots and for results to be disputed, according to Goldman. A key date during the process is Dec. 8, known as a “safe harbor” deadline for when states have to resolve any controversies related to the appointment of their electors to the Electoral College, and six days before electors cast final votes on Dec. 14 to determine the outcome.

In 2000, the contested George Bush-Al Gore election results were decided on Dec. 12 after the Supreme Court ended a Florida vote recount ahead of the Electoral deadline. Republicans have floated a bill that seeks to extend the safe harbor and Electoral College meeting into January.

“The level of implied volatility sends a clear message: The election matters for equities, and the outcome is highly uncertain,” Snider said.

One industry — health care — appears particularly shielded from the turmoil. With developments in the race for Covid-19 vaccines at the top of investor’s minds, health care appears to be more buffered against broader market volatility than any other sector, save industrials, according to Goldman.

October VIX futures, which expire before Election Day but are priced off options that include Election Day, have less upside than the November future, they wrote, adding that November VIX optionality should be more valuable than October VIX options and recommends trades in VIX option calendars.

This is how Goldman suggests investors brace for the turmoil:

Sell VIX Oct. $27 puts and buy Nov. $27 puts for $1.05 per contract versus reference prices of the Oct. future of $30.40 and the Nov. future of $30.80For investors wanting to hedge, they recommend selling VIX Oct. $35 calls and buying Nov. $35 calls for $1.25 per contract

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