Latest Tropical Storm Florence News

The Latest: Lawyer: Doors blocked, locked when women drowned

Nov. 8, 2018 12:33 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on state Senate hearings into the drowning of two mental health patients during Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11:15 a.m. An attorney for the family of one of the two South Carolina mental health patients who drowned in the back of a police van says one door was...

Suicide raises Florence death toll to 41 in North Carolina

Nov. 5, 2018 3:36 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's official death toll from Hurricane Florence is now 41, after a man whose home was damaged by two hurricanes in the past three years took his own life. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner added the 69-year-old Robeson County man to the Florence death count last...

Akron faces South Carolina Dec. 1 for storm canceled game

Nov. 2, 2018 1:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina will play Akron at home on Dec. 1 to make up for its September contest cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. The Gamecocks announced the addition Friday. South Carolina was scheduled to face Marshall on Sept. 15, but called the game off in midweek as the one-time...

2 dead as storms fray nerves in hurricane-tossed Gulf Coast

Nov. 1, 2018 7:23 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — At least two people were dead after powerful storms blew through the Gulf Coast region Thursday, jangling the nerves of people whose lives were ripped apart by Hurricane Michael less than a month ago. At least 12 tornadoes had been confirmed by Thursday night in Louisiana,...

Officials: Damage from Florence in North Carolina at $17B

Oct. 31, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials now say the damage in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence has approached $17 billion, an increase from a previous estimate. The Office of State Budget and Management said in a news release the latest figure is based on new data from the N.C. Department of Insurance....

Mother charged after 1-year-old son died in hurricane

Oct. 29, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

MONROE, N.C. (AP) — The mother of a 1-year-old who was swept into floodwaters created by Hurricane Florence has been charged in the boy's death. The Union County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page 20-year-old Dazia Ideah Lee of Charlotte is charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving on a...

Governor aims for cut in North Carolina greenhouse gases

Oct. 29, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

CARY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor says he's trying to lessen the force of erratic and powerful storms like Hurricane Florence by ordering state agencies to work at cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday he wants state agencies that he controls to prioritize electric...

Concert will raise money for Hurricane Florence victims

Oct. 29, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A concert is set in South Carolina next month to raise money for Hurricane Florence victims. The 10-hour Hurricane Florence Benefit Concert is set Nov. 11 at the TicketReturn.com Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor league baseball team. Performers scheduled to appear...

How a 2-star Army general took charge of a broken city

Oct. 28, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Mark McQueen's sand-colored combat boots have walked the ground during many disasters. Afghanistan. Iraq. Florida's Panama City. The two-star general had no sooner retired from the Army and started his job as city manager for this Gulf Coast community when it was slammed by a...

Deputies fired after driving van into floodwaters, killing 2

Oct. 24, 2018 8:45 PM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff's office has fired two deputies who drove a transport van into floodwaters, resulting in the death of two mental-health patients. The Horry County Sheriff's Office announced the decision Wednesday as part of an investigation into the actions of deputies Stephen...