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This odd indicator used by FEMA could predict how well South Carolina recovers from Hurricane Florence

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses the Waffle House Index as a metric of how well a community will recover after a storm.

“This is what FEMA uses to determine how quickly an area will recover from a natural disaster,” CNN’s Brook Baldwin said on Wednesday’s show. “[The Waffle House] is a southern staple. Check out the color-coded index. The store is open and offering a full menu, that’s green. Opened and serving a limited menu, that’s yellow. Red means it’s closed.”

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Pat Warner, director of public relations at the Waffle House chatted with Baldwin about how pivotal the index is. Warner said the index was created in 2004, and because people rely on the Waffle House throughout the year, they expect it to be opened after a storm.

“People come throughout the years after football games, after driving in the middle of the night to getting up early in the morning. So people rely on us being there all the time,” he said.

Warner said the restaurants along the Carolina coast impacted by Hurricane Florence are gathering resources, so they can open as soon as the storm is finished.

“We have to be there quickly with the generators, the food, and fuel to get the restaurants opened as quickly as possible. We have 250 restaurants, and we are monitoring resources so they can roll in right after the storm. It’s a big undertaking,” he said.

Watch the clip below via CNN.

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Trump is a vampire who feeds off his own followers — and no one deserved to be drained more than Jeff Sessions

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Former senator and disgraced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally come, at age 73, to what is almost certainly the end of the road for his villainous political career. On Tuesday night, the right-wing Republican who served as a U.S. senator from 1997 to 2017 lost in his comeback attempt, defeated in the Republican primary for his old seat by Tommy Tuberville, a man whose cartoonish name better suited his previous career as head football coach at Auburn. The runoff election between the two wasn't even close, with the Riverboat Gambler (a silly and self-serious nickname for Tuberville, especially when "The Tubz" was right there for the taking) taking more than 60% of the vote.

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Maverick's fighter jet helmet, Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber, Rocky's boxing gloves and an 11-foot "Alien" spaceship tipped to fetch half a million dollars will go up for auction in Los Angeles next month.

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‘Complete and utter moron’: Anti-mask Republican derided after he ‘dismantles himself’ amid grilling from CNN host

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Florida State Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) is facing a backlash online after appearing Wednesday on CNN to argue against mask mandates, which are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Sabatini told CNN host Brianna Keilar that mask mandates were a violation of Florida's constitution. "This is something government has never done before. We've never had government telling people what you have to do with your own face," he said.

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