Hello, you're watching BBC World News with me Tim Wilcox, the headlines.
Hurricane Florence is battering parts of the US East Coast with destructive winds and dangerous storm surges up to three meters in some places.
Officials are warning of the dangers of catastrophic flooding as the eye of the storm nears.
In the Philippines, typhoon Mangkhut is approaching at winds of more than 250 kilometres an hour.
It's assumed to make landfall in the North over the weekend.
Hundreds of thousands of people are being evacuated.
One person has died and several others have been injured in a series of gas explosions.
Its frozen over pressurized gas line broke causing dozens of homes to burst into flames.