Visitors flee as storm nears
Thousands of visitors abandoned their beach vacations as high surf from a weakening Tropical Storm Maria pushed through dunes and under homes Tuesday in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. More than 10,000 visitors were told to leave the North Carolina barrier islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke, but the evacuation orders didn’t apply to local residents. They are now resigning themselves to economic losses as well as more flood damage after repeated poundings by tropical weather.
Upset in GOP Senate race
Firebrand jurist Roy Moore won the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating an appointed incumbent backed by President Donald Trump and allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell. In an upset likely to rock the GOP establishment, Moore clinched victory over Sen. Luther Strange to take the GOP nomination for the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election. Throughout the campaign, Moore argued the election was an opportunity to send a message to the “elite Washington establishment.”
Trump issues new sanctions
President Donald Trump vowed to “fix the mess” over North Korea’s nuclear program but warned any U.S. military attack would be “devastating.” The tough talk came as Trump’s administration sought to turn up the economic pressure with new sanctions punishing North Korean banks and their workers. As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. was still hoping for a diplomatic resolution, Trump echoed the sentiment, declaring that a military strike was “not a preferred option.” Still, Trump said the United States was “totally prepared” to pursue that route if necessary.
GOP senator won’t run again
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee and a political force on financial issues, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election. The 65-year-old lawmaker recently had been encouraged by President Donald Trump to seek a third term. Corker has chaired the foreign relations panel, playing a significant role on Russia and Iran sanctions, and was considered a possible secretary of state in the Trump Cabinet.
Compiled from wire reports
National news briefs: U.S. beachgoers flee Maria