Breakfast Buzz: Hurricane Matthew Weakens


Hurricane Matthew has arrived in the U.S. That story tops this morning’s Breakfast Buzz.

The hurricane is now officially a category three storm. The first band of rain from the storm arrived in the Sunshine State on Thursday. The center of Matthew’s projected path shifted slightly east late Thursday, heading away from shore. However, the National Hurricane Center says it could still possibly make landfall Friday morning. Two million people along the east coast were warned to evacuate. Nearly 4,000 flights were canceled. President Obama has already declared a state of emergency for Florida and South Carolina.

If you’ll be using a hand truck to move any large items this weekend, there’s a recall you need to be aware of. Gleason is recalling about 120,000 Milwaukee-branded hand trucks. The wheel’s plastic rims can break when they are over-inflated, posing laceration and injury hazards. The firm has received five reports of injuries, including lacerations to the face, hand and wrist. Home Depot and Lowe’s sold the hand trucks in their stores nationwide and on their websites from August 2007 through April 2010. Consumers should not use them and contact Gleason for replacement wheels.

Two retail giants say they will stop selling a controversial Halloween costume. Walmart and Amazon vowed to remove a “tranny granny” outfit from their websites. It includes a dress, headscarf and padding for the breasts and rear-end. The costume sparked some outrage online, with many saying it’s offensive to the transgender community. On Walmart and Amazon, the costume was reportedly listed by a third-party vendor named Rasta Imposta. According to the news site LGBT Nation, Walmart says the costume violates its terms of service for third-party retailers. It’s still available from several other online retailers.

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