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Dorian, now a Category 1 storm, has taken aim at its latest target: North Carolina's coast. Elsewhere, Zimbabwe's longtime strongman has died.
Here's what we're watching today.
North Carolinians warned that Dorian 'won't be a brush-by'
Hurricane Dorian was still packing a powerful punch as it skimmed North Carolina's coast Friday morning, bringing fierce winds and a dangerous storm surge, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Residents were told to shelter in place Thursday, while more than a quarter-of-a-million homes and businesses were left without power on the
South Carolina coast in the storm’s wake.
"Get to safety and stay there," Gov. Roy Cooper said in a warning to North Carolinians. "This won't be a brush-by."
Track Dorian's progress as it moves up the East Coast
In the Bahamas, the
death toll of 30 people was expected to soar as rescue workers began to assess the devastation left behind by Dorian, the country's health minister warned late Thursday.
Meantime, despite being called out by meteorologists,
President Donald Trump on Thursday doubled down on his assertion that the storm was at one point headed for Alabama.
His insistence inspired a spate of satire on social media
under the hashtag #Sharpiegate. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's liberator turned brutal dictator, dies at 95
Robert Mugabe, the former president of Zimbabwe who became an African liberation hero after toppling white colonial rule but then led his country to the brink of starvation,
has died at the age of 95.
Mugabe was the world's oldest ruler when he resigned as Zimbabwe's president in November of 2017, following a military coup. He had ruled the country since 1980.
The liberation hero cast himself as a champion of racial reconciliation when he first came to power, but nearly four decades later critics denounced him as an autocrat willing to unleash death squads, rig elections and trash the economy.
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"I can write, I can draw, I can do everything you do with your hands. I can just do it with my feet."
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