Hurricane Lorenzo, the juggernaut that is churning in the Atlantic Ocean isn’t a threat to land … for now

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 Brian Lada,AccuWeather

An intense hurricane is gaining strength over the Atlantic Ocean, but the storm is going largely unnoticed due to its remote location.

Hurricane Lorenzo, currently spinning over the central Atlantic, first became a hurricane on Wednesday, but by Thursday afternoon, it had rapidly intensified into a major Category 4 hurricane.

On Thursday evening, Lorenzo was packing maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, but AccuWeather Meteorologists believe that it could continue to strengthen and eventually become a Category 5 storm with winds exceeding 157 mph.

Although major hurricanes like Lorenzo are not rare in the Atlantic Basin, where it is located relative to its mighty force is very unusual.

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Storm reprieve: Tropical Storm Humberto steers clear of beleaguered Bahamas

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Residents, rescue teams and aid workers across the storm-battered northern Bahamas could breathe a sigh of relief Sunday when Tropical Storm Humberto, expected to soon reach hurricane status, steered wide of the beleaguered island nation.

The National Hurricane Center said Humberto was located well north of Great Abaco Island and was moving toward the north-northwest at about 7 mph.

The Florida coast also won an apparent reprieve, with forecasters predicting Humberto will turn sharply to the northeast early this week and well off the U.S. coast. Still, swells generated by Humberto will affect the U.S. coast from central Florida to North Carolina during the next few day with “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the Hurricane Center warned.

“Regardless of the exact track or development, Floridians along the East Coast should be prepared for heavy rain and potential flooding, have supplies ready and follow local media for updates,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

Humberto could threaten Bermuda on Wednesday or Thursday, AccuWeather said.

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A Tasty Haunted Mansion Is Inside the Haunted Mansion

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By Alysia Gray Painter

Those famous hinges of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, the ones that creak, are well-known to fans of the frightfully fun attraction.

And the “doorless chambers”?

Those spaces, too, are familiar to those who love the New Orleans Square destination.

The Halloweentime treats of Disneyland Resort are on the ghostly wind. What will you snack upon during the spooky spectacular? Haunt the Anaheim destination from Sept. 6-Oct. 31, 2019.

It is a rare instance, however, when the physical parts of the structure are transformed into something tasty, a spicy-sweet treat, a house that is made of fantasy, dreams, and, most essentially, gingerbread.

But that’s exactly what has happened inside the planet’s most celebrated spook house, thanks to the brand-new gingerbread house sitting in the middle of the Haunted Mansion’s phantom-filled ballroom.

If you know your Halloween Time traditions at Disneyland, you know there is always a themed gingerbread creation in the ballroom, one that often has look that pays homage to “Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas.” 

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Four missing after ship capsizes, burns near Georgia coast

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Rescue teams were searching for four crew members after a cargo ship caught fire and capsized Sunday off the Georgia coast, the Coast Guard said.

Twenty people were rescued from the Golden Ray, a 656-foot-long ship bound for Baltimore that was “listing heavily” in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, officials said.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston was notified by the Glynn County 911 dispatch that the ship had capsized. The Coast Guard “immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast” and sent ships and two helicopters to the scene.

The ship’s command and chief engineer were assisting authorities and salvage teams in stabilizing the ship so rescue efforts could continue, the Coast Guard said. Local first responders and towing groups also were aiding the effort.

The cause of the incident was under investigation, the Coast Guard said. It was not clear whether weather conditions played a role. Hurricane Dorian brushed past the Georgia coast last week but was centered off Canada on Sunday.

The port of Brunswick was closed to boat traffic, and there was an established emergency safety zone in the St. Simons Sound. Ships were not authorized within a half-mile of the Golden Ray.

The incident comes one week after a diving boat caught fire off California’s Santa Cruz Island, killing 34 people.

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These ultra-luxe tours can take you around the world in a private jet

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  • All-inclusive private jet trips can cost more than $100,000 per person.
  • These companies offer around-the-world tours and trips to far-flung locations like Antarctica.  
  • Perks of private jet tours include specialty guides, on-board chefs and dedicated luggage managers. 

There’s luxury travel and then there’s super-luxury travel.

And by any measure, touring the world on a specially outfitted private jet with 15 to 50 like-minded passengers, all on the same financial playing field, falls into the “ultra-luxe” category.

For well-to-do, worldly travelers with destinations and experiences still on their bucket lists, joining a private jet tour is a popular way to efficiently explore the world in the lap of luxury. These all-inclusive trips can cost more than $100,000 per person. 

“But the level of care, the food and beverage offerings and the special amenities and white glove services are top of the line,” said Becky Powell, president of Protravel International. “What really makes these journeys special is the ability to visit many exotic and off-the-beaten track destinations, stay in unique high-end accommodations and have access to curated, insider experiences.”

Sound like your kind of travel? Here are some private jet journeys to consider.

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Myrtle Beach residents flock to see “the Jeep” after Hurricane Dorian

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – A maroon Jeep was apparently marooned Thursday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

The vehicle’s license plate appeared to have been removed, and the specific model of the car was not immediately known.

Police on the scene ordered observers to leave the area Thursday afternoon as high tide approached. No rescue attempt was visible, and there was no indication anyone was injured or missing.

Myrtle Beach Police Department Lt. Mark Jackson said a call about the car was received after 7 a.m. Thursday. He said there was no occupant on scene when police arrived, and he said he had no information on the vehicle’s owner or the circumstances of its apparent abandonment. 

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The story of Hotel Greene began with an empty piece of real estate in downtown Richmond, Virginia, a space nobody wanted to fill because it was cavernous, mostly underground, and had almost no natural light. It had originally been the restaurant of the John Marshall Hotel, briefly the largest hotel in the South, which had the distinction of opening the day after the stock market crash in 1929. The John Marshall was the kind of hotel that had three ballrooms and included among its guests Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor: the kind of hotel that was doomed to go out of business in the ’80s and be turned into apartments, but retain some awkward, unrentable spaces with decayed vestiges of its former glory. Inevitably, it’s rumored to be haunted.

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Florida airports reopen after Hurricane Dorian moves north

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Some airports in Florida are reopening as Hurrican Dorian moves north toward the Carolinas.

Palm Beach International Airport reopened Wednesday morning, with the first flight landing around 8 a.m., coming in from Atlanta.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reopened noon on Tuesday. However, while the airport itself has resumed operation, travelers have been reminded to check with their airlines about specific flights.

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Disney Cruise Lines denies stranding employees on Bahamian island during Hurricane Dorian

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Disney Cruise Line says it did not strand employees on a Bahamian island during Hurricane Dorian, blaming Twitter for false rumors.

Over the weekend, as the storm hit the Bahamas in what Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called “a historic tragedy,” claiming five lives on the Abaco Islands and flooding neighborhoods, outrage brewed on Twitter about conditions on the private island Castaway Cay. The Disney Cruise Lines port located 30 miles from Abaco is home to 60 full-time employees.

“My sister is stuck in the middle of a Cat 5 hurricane. We were told they would evacuate and they didn’t. Left them behind!! Why??,” Twitter user Meg Green wrote in a deleted-tweet, according to the Miami Times.

Later, she reportedly tweeted, “Remember that time [Disney Cruises] left 97 employees on a tiny island in a Catagory 5 hurricane? I do.”

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Woman Brings Miniature Support Horse on American Airlines Flight

 Gary Trock,TheBlast

The practice of bringing cuddly pets on airplanes as emotional support animals has taken a new turn after a woman brought her mini horse onboard a flight.

The incident went down last week, when Abrea Hensley was spotted at O’Hare International Airport with her service horse, Flirty.

Onlookers posted photos of Hensley and her horse all over social media, and even Barstool Sports posted a video, that has since amassed almost 2 million views.

Turns out, the horse has her own IG account with 8,000 followers, and posted about the flight — especially since the pilots even posed for a photo with Flirty.

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