Gov. John Bel Edwards said the storm was expected to strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane by the time it made landfall and urged residents in the state to finish preparations and evacuate to safe locations.
President Biden met with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House, where the leaders discussed how the U.S. and Israel planned to counter the influence of Iran and ensure that it could not develop nuclear weapons.
Though many witnesses reported seeing two blasts near Kabul's international airport, Maj. Gen. William Taylor of the Joint Staff said the Pentagon does not believe there was a second explosion near or at the Baron Hotel.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced new coronavirus restrictions, requiring all state residents ages 2 and older to wear masks indoors and all educators to be vaccinated or face regular testing as new infections surge in the state.
Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., head of the U.S. Central Command, said that evacuations would continue despite the two bombings that killed dozens and injured more than 100 outside the international airport in Kabul.
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