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The Latest: Death toll rises in North Carolina to 27

Sep. 18, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence's lingering impact (all times local): 5:15 p.m. North Carolina officials say their state's death toll from Florence has risen to 27. Sonja Bennett-Bellamy, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety, said Tuesday that a 46-year-old woman was killed in...

Facebook tool helps charities find evacuees who need help

Sep. 18, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a disaster like Hurricane Florence , when emergency responders need to pinpoint trouble spots where people need to be rescued, other relief agencies that offer long-term help need to know where evacuees fled to escape the danger. Some of those charities are using a disaster mapping...

NOT REAL NEWS: Anderson Cooper didn't fake flood broadcast

Sep. 18, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

Several online sites have shared photos of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, falsely claiming the images prove he faked the wrath of Hurricane Florence on air. The claims were made after Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, tweeted a photo of Cooper in waist-deep flood waters, while his camera crew stood a few feet...

'Nightmare that won't end': Storm evacuees can't return yet

Sep. 18, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials Tuesday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return...

Puerto Rico sues insurance companies amid unresolved claims

Sep. 18, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government is suing insurance companies that officials say have not responded quickly enough to claims filed after Hurricane Maria hit nearly a year ago. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Tuesday that the lawsuits aim to prevent companies from dropping claims because...

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...

1.7 million chickens drown as NC rivers swollen by Florence

Sep. 18, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

About 1.7 million chickens have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped at least 60 farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to a major poultry producer. Sanderson Farms said Tuesday the losses occurred at independent farms that supply its...

Trump to visit North Carolina to survey Florence impact

Sep. 18, 2018 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will travel to North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the impact of Hurricane Florence. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday confirmed Trump's travel plans to North Carolina, which bore the brunt of the powerful storm. Days after the hurricane rolled...

Feds: Man stole hurricane victim's IDs as part of $8M scam

Sep. 18, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man is accused of stealing hurricane victim's identities as part what the Secret Service describes as an $8 million effort to scam a Federal Emergency Management Agency program. News outlets reported Tuesday that 30-year-old Tare Stanley Okirika is accused of registering unique...

Virginia man killed in flash flood from Florence remnants

Sep. 18, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man was killed Tuesday after his pickup truck was overtaken by rushing water during a flash flood caused by the remnants of Hurricane Florence. Virginia State Police said the pickup was found upside down and submerged in water that had flooded Route 607 in Louisa early...