Latest Tropical Storm Florence News

The Latest: NC tobacco farmers estimate big Florence losses

Sep. 19, 2018 1:22 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 12:45 p.m. As North Carolina's farmers evaluate their crop losses after Hurricane Florence, it looks like damage to tobacco fields and barns could be the most costly. The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina estimates 100 million to...

The Latest: Trump tours streets flood-ravaged from Florence

Sep. 19, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to the Carolinas to review Hurricane Florence damage (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump is touring a North Carolina neighborhood that sustained heavy flood damage during Hurricane Florence. Trump walked along a street...

Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits stricken area

Sep. 19, 2018 1:09 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet....

Trump: 'We will be 100 percent' with storm victims

Sep. 19, 2018 1:09 PM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that "America grieves for you" as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left behind in parts of North Carolina. After being...

Fire that killed couple, 86, shows Florence's broad reach

Sep. 19, 2018 12:42 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Florence knocked the power out Friday evening in a leafy, Fayetteville, North Carolina, subdivision, Mary Kennedy checked in with her elderly neighbors by phone to make sure they were OK. Carl and Patricia Flanagan told Kennedy they were fine and had gotten out lanterns and...

5 things for businesses to know about disaster recovery

Sep. 19, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners whose companies were hit by Hurricane Florence are embarking on an uncertain path to recovery. While these owners are still trying to assess the damage to their companies, and what they'll get from their insurers, they also need to reach out to customers, vendors...

'Up in the air': If displaced by storm, where to call home?

Sep. 19, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As the pounding rains from Hurricane Florence finally ended, Lutrice Garcia left the shelter where she had spent several nights on a cot and tried to head home. But floodwaters from overflowing Crooked Creek covered the road and an emergency responder told her water was seeping...

WHAT'S HAPPENING: What will life be like after Florence?

Sep. 19, 2018 3:41 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Thousands of people are still in shelters in North Carolina anxiously waiting to find out if they have a home to go back to. Heavy rains and swelling rivers are still a major concern as rising flood waters may affect communities barely touched by Florence. The storm is being blamed for at...

Feeling your pain: Presidents tread tricky disaster politics

Sep. 19, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The politics of natural disasters can be tricky for a president. Long before President Donald Trump tossed paper towels to storm-stricken Puerto Ricans and denied Hurricane Maria's official death toll, his predecessors struggled to steer the nation through life-and-death emergencies. To...

Florence's flooding claims 3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs

Sep. 19, 2018 12:31 AM EDT

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals...