12.11pm BST

Hurricane Sally is now a Category 1 storm, reports the Associated Press, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 kph). Despite this being a smaller hurricane than we’ve seen earlier this year, Stacy Stewart, a senior specialist with the National Hurricane Center, says portions of Alabama and the Florida panhandle could see “historic flooding.”

Residents in these areas “need to understand there is going to be extremely heavy rainfall, like what they may have never seen before,” Stewart said. “You don’t have to have a very powerful hurricane like a Category 3 hurricane to get significant storm surge.”

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It seems an age away, but prior to Trump’s explosive comments about playing down the impact of the coronavirus on the nation being reported as Bob Woodward promoted his new book, the president was heavily invested and devoting a lot of Twitter energy to trying to deny that he had disparaged American military war dead during a 2018 visit to France.

He returned to that theme at his Covid-19 restriction defying Nevada rally at the weekend, saying:

They have some sleazebag reporter from a third-rate magazine having some source quoting me saying, I won’t even use the term, but saying bad things. … We had 25 people that were witnesses that are on the record already that have said that never took place. It never took place — what they said.

The White House has collected the names of 25 people who claim to refute Goldberg’s reporting [for The Atlantic] on the cemetery decision. Trump called them “witnesses,” but that’s wrong. Eleven people on the list were not with Trump. They are mostly current administration officials serving at the pleasure of the president or communications aides, and so can offer only bromides.

Strikingly, two people who figure prominently in the article — then-White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. — have not commented. Their silence on this explosive story certainly is important in evaluating its accuracy. Both men would have the credibility to refute the story, so readers could consider their refusal to comment as some sort of confirmation.

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