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US Daily Briefing: 'Our worst-case scenario'

14:21  27 september  2022
14:21  27 september  2022 Source:   usatoday.com

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Hurricane Ian aims at Florida

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One thing to know: Ian poses a nightmare weather scenario officials have feared for years for Tampa Bay, one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas.

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  • "Our worst-case scenario": Storm surge is historically the deadliest aspect of a hurricane. Experts say the geological makeup of Tampa Bay makes it especially vulnerable to that rapid increase in water levels that push inland.
  • Where is Ian now? Ian's center is expected to pass Cuba before entering the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. Follow USA TODAY's hurricane tracker to keep up to date.
  • Cruises disrupted. Football postponed. Ian has gripped everyday life across Florida. The state  is working to load 360 trailers with more than 2 million meals and more than 1 million gallons of water to prepare for distribution.
A boarded up house with © RICARDO ARDUENGO, AFP via Getty Images A boarded up house with "Go Away Ian" painted on the boarded up windows, is seen ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Ian in Indian Shores, 25 miles West of Tampa, Florida on September 26, 2022.

The first-ever planetary defense test

After 10 months flying in space, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – the world's first planetary defense technology demonstration – successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday, the agency's first attempt to move an asteroid in space. As a part of NASA's overall planetary defense strategy, DART's impact with the asteroid Dimorphos demonstrates a viable mitigation technique for protecting the planet from an Earth-bound asteroid or comet, if one were discovered. Read more

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NASA successfully crashes 'DART' into asteroid Dimorphos to test planetary defense © Provided by USA TODAY NASA successfully crashes 'DART' into asteroid Dimorphos to test planetary defense

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday will speak on two hot button issues that could pack a political punch six weeks before the midterm elections. His remarks at the White House will be delivered days after Medicare and Social Security got little attention in House Republicans’ rollout of the agenda they promise to pursue if voters give them control in November. The “Commitment to America” House Republicans announced last week promises to “save and strengthen Social Security and Medicare” without specifying how. House Democrats have proposed a bill that would increase Social Security benefits in various, mostly temporary ways and apply the payroll tax for the first time on wages above $400,000. Read more

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People gather outside the National Diet building to protest against the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on September 27, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. © Tomohiro Ohsumi, Getty Images People gather outside the National Diet building to protest against the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on September 27, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan.

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a man wearing a hat and sunglasses: Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, said weeks before the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, that his group was “armed, prepared to go in if the president calls us up.” © Susan Walsh, AP Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, said weeks before the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, that his group was “armed, prepared to go in if the president calls us up.”

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Will Smith's new film Emancipation SPLITS the Academy as some refuse to nominate the actor .
Actor Will Smith continues to receive backlash after he slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards in March. Smith is staring in a new Apple TV film that will be eligible for nomination in 2023.Smith, 54, plays the lead in the upcoming Apple TV drama that features Smith during the Civil War era as a runaway slave. The movie will be released in December, which makes it eligible to be nominated for the 95th Academy Award season.

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