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Haiti braces for impact as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward southwestern peninsula

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti –  The towns and villages of Haiti’s southwestern peninsula battened down as best they could early Tuesday for a nightlong lashing by life-threatening winds, rains and storm surge unleashed by powerful Hurricane Matthew. The dangerous Category 4 storm was also dropping heavy rains on other parts of Haiti, the hemisphere’s poorest country where

NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of strong geomagnetic storms

 Orbital Sciences Corp. scrubbed today’s launch of their Antares supply rocket to the International Space Station in response to an ongoing solar radiation storm, described below. A launch at 1:10 p.m. EST Thursday is possible if the storm subsides. [more] STORMY SPACE WEATHER: Giant sunspot AR1944 is directly facing Earth and crackling with solar flares.