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A man rides a bicycle while holding an umbrella as rain from Tropical Storm Bertha flooded a few streets in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Matthew Fortner/The Post And Courier via AP)

Outbreak means new challenges for SC hurricane preparations

May. 31, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has already been affected by one named storm before the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, but state and county officials say this year's preparations have been a bit different thanks to the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak....

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency head Greg Michel answers reporters' questions during a governor's news conference outside the Governor's Mansion, regarding the current situation of COVID-19 and coronavirus in the state and discussing Mississippi's ongoing response to slow the spread, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi emergency leaders: Add masks to hurricane prep

May. 31, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Emergency management officials in Mississippi say that as coastal states face a double threat from hurricane season and the new coronavirus, people need to add masks and other personal protective gear to their severe weather preparation kits. Shelters will be open, with new guidance...

In Georgia, coronavirus throws hurricane plans into turmoil

May. 31, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Emergency officials in some Georgia coastal counties are nervously bracing for this year's hurricane season amid new dangers posed by the coronavirus to people who would require help evacuating. “If we have to evacuate, it’s going to be a nightmare,” said Ty Poppell,...

Virus adds new concerns to cities as hurricane season begins

May. 31, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As hurricane season begins and the pandemic continues, Virginia's largest city is facing the prospect of having fewer resources to respond to a major storm. Plummeting tax revenues are raising questions in Virginia Beach about how much funding would be available. Money would be needed...

Virus hurts North Carolina counties' hurricane readiness

May. 31, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

As hurricane season starts Monday, most of North Carolina's coastal counties are grappling with shortfalls or concerns about equipment and resources as they balance the dual threat of tropical weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. All 20 counties in the state's coastal management zone told The Associated Press that...

Coronavirus alters hurricane shelter plans

May. 31, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Shelters that open during dangerous hurricanes may look and operate differently this storm season, state emergency officials said, as the new coronavirus complicate response plans. Across the coastal United States, concerns over COVID-19 has added a new complication to response...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, an evacuee lies on a cot at an evacuation shelter for people with special needs, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School in Stuart, Fla. Local officials across the South are still scurrying to fix their hurricane evacuation and sheltering plans because of changes needed due to coronavirus and a cratering economy. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for virus

May. 31, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

Officials across the U.S. South are still scrambling to adjust their hurricane plans to the coronavirus. The big unknown: Where will people fleeing storms go? The Associated Press surveyed more than 70 counties and states from Texas to Virginia, with more than 60% of coastal counties saying as of late May that...

A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, lifts off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, May 30, 2020. For the first time in nearly a decade, astronauts blasted towards orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil, a first for a private company.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

'Back in the game': SpaceX ship blasts off with 2 astronauts

May. 30, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from home soil for the first...

Several days after Bertha, SC marks hurricane prep week

May. 30, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina may have been hit by surprise Tropical Storm Bertha several days ago, but the state's hurricane preparedness week is getting ready to start. Gov. Henry McMaster signed a proclamation declaring Sunday through next Saturday as South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week....

Historical society raising funds for flood-damaged museums

May. 30, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Historical Society of Michigan is working to raise funds through a GoFundMe campaign for museums damaged by flooding caused by heavy rains that preceded the failures of two dams in the Midland area. Money raised by the campaign will go toward preserving and restoring damaged...