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'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...

Clearing skies reveal Florence's wrath in hard-hit counties

Sep. 18, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

The sun is finally shining over parts of the Carolinas, but the clearing skies are only revealing the extent of Florence's wrath . Though the hurricane packed 90 mph (145 kph) winds as it came ashore, the amount of water Florence pushed ashore and dropped inland has swamped vast areas still vulnerable to rising...

Price of saving road to Myrtle Beach: Flooding nearby town?

Sep. 18, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Two years ago, from Hurricane Matthew and in 1999, from Hurricane Floyd, floodwaters came close to entering Joe Holmes' house in South Carolina, but he dodged those bullets. Now, with Florence , he doesn't feel so lucky. He worries the Waccamaw River will make its way into his Conway...

Can apps like Waze steer you clear of disaster? Maybe not

Sep. 17, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

Navigation apps like Waze are trying to help motorists avoid hurricane flooding. But can people really rely on their smartphones to steer themselves out of a disaster zone? Amid heavy rain from Florence, some smartphone or in-car map directions in recent days have sent people in North Carolina onto flooded roads...

More wet misery, soggy messes as Florence floodwaters rise

Sep. 17, 2018 1:18 PM EDT

Many residents of the Carolinas have seen hurricane flooding before, but they say they haven't seen anything like the deluge Florence has dropped over both states since making landfall late last week. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the flooding while rivers were still rising: WORSE THAN...

North, South Carolina cope with wet misery left by Florence

Sep. 16, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

Florence's strong winds may be dropping, but heavy rain and floodwaters are bringing wet misery to much of North and South Carolina. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the powerful storm that made landfall as a hurricane on Friday: HOPING IT DOESN'T GET WORSE Police helped Debbie...

The Latest: Florence forecast to bring on new river flooding

Sep. 15, 2018 10:56 PM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Florence (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Florence are producing flash flooding and major river flooding in the southeastern part of North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center says excessive amounts of rain are being...

As Florence moves west, North Carolina prepares for recovery

Sep. 15, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina must withstand more torrential rains, gusty winds, and river flooding from Tropical Storm Florence next week, but emergency leaders are already working on the recovery. Nonprofit groups are preparing to serve tens of thousands of meals daily in the most-damaged areas,...

Deluged by Hurricane Matthew, rural town waits for Florence

Sep. 15, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more. Nichole Worley studies the house across the street, abandoned and boarded up, and the creek just behind it that made it that way. It...

Florence's deluge testing South Carolina infrastructure

Sep. 15, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina's infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. The devastating 2015 floods contributed to 19 deaths and crippled parts of the capital city, Columbia, for months. The state's infrastructure, weakened by years...