Mark Zuckerberg testifying to Congress last month. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A Facebook staffer told British lawmakers that CEO Mark Zuckerberg "has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the U.K. at the present time" — but added the company takes its inquiry into fake news seriously.

The big picture: Damian Collins, the member of Parliament who chairs the panel, said in a statement it might be willing to hear Zuckerberg testify via a "video link, if that would be the only way to do this during the period of our inquiry."

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Florida braces for potential hurricane as Tropical Storm Isaias nears

Two men put shutters over the windows of their business in Stuart, Florida, as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches on Saturday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

As Tropical Storm Isaias neared Florida's east coast Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) urged communities to "remain vigilant and be prepared for heavy rain, strong winds and potential flooding."

The state of play: With the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warning that Isaias was expected to "regain hurricane strength" overnight, Florida evacuation orders were issued for the barrier islands and for those in mobile homes near the coast, effective 8 a.m. ET Sunday. North Carolina evacuations for Holden and Ocean Isle beaches and Hatteras and Ocracoke islands began Saturday evening.

In photos: Thousands ordered to evacuate as Southern California fire grows

A 747 Supertanker makes a retardant drop on a ridge at the Apple fire near Banning, California, on Saturday. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Southern California officials ordered multiple mandatory evacuations as a growing wildfire burned across some 12,000 acres on Saturday, per CalFire.

The big picture: Some 7,800 people were under evacuation orders after the Apple fire in Riverside County, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, "doubled in size" Saturday, reports KTLA, citing local officials. Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the blaze, but Riverside County Fire Department said in a statement Saturday night none of it had been contained.