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Wal-Mart pledges $10M for hurricane relief

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Wal-Mart announced Monday it was “committing up to $10 million in additional support for 2017 U.S. hurricane relief efforts,” bringing its total this year to $30 million, the retailer said. “We know our associates and customers make the difference. And once again, when needed the most, they are stepping up to help in a major way,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “This is about neighbors helping neighbors and we…

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AT&T offering free coverage through Sept. 17 for Hurricane Irma

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Ahead of a “potentially catastrophic” impact from Hurricane Irma, AT&T is offering ways for customers to stay safe and connected through the storm expected to touch South Florida sometime this weekend.

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Airbnb expands free rental program for Irma evacuees, relief workers

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Airbnb, the giant vacation rental home marketing company, announced it is activating a disaster response program to provide free housing to Hurricane Irma evacuees and relief workers.

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Pressure measure ranks Irma in strongest storms

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Hurricane Irma became tied for the seventh strongest storm to make landfall in U.S. history by a key measurement of atmospheric pressure. Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key at 9:10 a.m. with a minimum central pressure of 929 millibars. Atmospheric pressure is one of the major measurements meteorologists use to describe storms. The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.

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Nowhere will be safe: Can scary words save public from Irma?

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Catastrophic, life-threatening, extremely dangerous. Scary? Forecasters hope so. The National Weather Service are using as fearful words as they can, on purpose, to warn people about Hurricane Irma and shock them into action, just as they did last month for Hurricane Harvey. “Words like catastrophic, get out, life-threatening, hopefully it will sink in,” said National Hurricane Center spokesman and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen. The weather office on the Florida Keys may have done him one better. “(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)THIS IS AS REAL AS…

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Irma chases retirees from Florida paradise; return uncertain

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For hundreds of Northern retirees, paradise looks like the pastel-colored mobile homes just off A1A, the highway that runs the length of Florida’s eastern coast. The Atlantic Ocean is just across the road, and the beach is flat and wide and firm – perfect for morning strolls and so different from their former homes in places like New York, New Jersey and Wisconsin. In the evenings, the residents sometimes drive their golf carts to the bank of the Halifax River…

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Blake Dowling: Staying powered during Irma

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On Friday, I was chatting with the ABC 27 WTXL team about Irma, and what you should do about your mobile devices in case of a power outage. For the best experience, get a generator, and keep everything charged up 24/7.

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