The strongest hurricane in almost 50 years to reach landfall in U.S. history was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made its way into Georgia this morning, with high winds and a storm surge that forecasters still fear could hit 13 feet.
Hurricane Michael hit Mexico Beach, in the Florida panhandle, shortly before 2 P.M. Wednesday with 155-mile-an-hour winds. At least two people have been killed. Earlier, authorities who had urged people to evacuate expressed surprise at the number who decided to stick it out.
"You waited too long," Florida Governor. Rick Scott said. "If you're along the coast you've got to hunker down."
The storm comes just days after the federal government approved $1.68 billion in recovery funds for the last big hurricane, Florence, which hit the Carolinas last month. Michael is expected to reach South Carolina within hours.
Here's what else I'm reading today:
Want happier employees? Treat them like this
A new study by Korean and Canadian researchers says workers whose supervisors act more like "partners" than "bosses" wind up reporting higher levels of happiness in every part of their lives. (Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post)
How a rejected 'Shark Tank' entrepreneur became a Shark
All the investors on Shark Tank passed on Jamie Siminoff's company, which grew into Ring and was acquired by Amazon for $1 billion eight months ago.
He talks with Inc. about what it was like to return to Shark Tank--this time, as a shark. (Minda Zetlin, Inc.com)
Amazon's new $15-an-hour minimum, take two
Amazon got great press for announcing it would increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Then came the bad news that it was removing other bonuses, which meant some workers might actually lose money on the deal.
Here's Amazon's revised plan, under which the company says everyone will make more money--one way or another. (Bill Murphy Jr., Inc.com)
Do not mess with Kylie Jenner
Back in February, near-billionaire Kylie Jenner, then 20, tweeted her disappointment about Snapchat's new design. The social media company's stock immediately dropped 7 percent.
Since then, it's kept falling, to the tune of $13 billion in lost market cap. Obviously Jenner's response isn't the only factor here, but it shows how much influence some "influencers" really have. (Ethel Jiang, Business Insider)
It's 2018. Do you own your dot-com?
Three years ago, an activist bought the domain name brettkavanuagh.com, apparently along with other names associated with potential conservative Supreme Court nominees. Now it points to a clearinghouse for victims of sexual assault, with the headline, "We Believe Survivors."
No matter how you feel about Brett Kavanaugh, consider this your reminder to capture your business's domain name and all related social media handles. (Elly Belle, Teen Vogue)