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The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Sep. 20, 2018 4:05 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days...

The Latest: Ferry services resuming in North Carolina

Sep. 19, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 7:20 p.m. North Carolina transportation officials say ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes. In addition, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday two state ferries arrived in Southport late...

Correction: Tropical Weather-Disaster Maps story

Sep. 19, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Sept. 18 about Facebook disaster maps, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of Facebook's public policy research manager and the last name of Direct Relief's director of research and analysis. Their names are Laura McGorman and Andrew Schroeder, not...

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....

'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...

The Latest: 2 die in rising flood waters that overtook a van

Sep. 18, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence's lingering impact (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Two people have died after a van was overtaken by rising flood waters in South Carolina. Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson tells The Associated Press that two women drowned at around 6 p.m. Tuesday when a...

Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress

Sep. 18, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain. State and local officials have been monitoring dam safety and say there have been at least two...

North Carolina residents consider fleeing as rivers rise

Sep. 18, 2018 12:42 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The river seethed a quarter-mile away, bulging from its banks, so the patrol cars circled the neighborhood three times. "Get out now," a voice boomed from a bullhorn. "This is an emergency." Waheeda Reese and her 14-year-old daughter, Anissa, were inside watching news reports...

In Carolinas, a question as the rivers rise: Stay or go?

Sep. 17, 2018 9:05 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The river seethed a quarter-mile away, bulging from its banks, so the patrol cars circled the neighborhood three times. "Get out now," a voice boomed from a bullhorn. "This is an emergency." Waheeda Reese and her 14-year-old daughter, Anissa, were inside watching news reports...

The Latest: North Carolina governor visits hard-hit New Bern

Sep. 17, 2018 8:57 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence (all times local): 8 p.m. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the city of New Bern is a strong and resilient community and will make it through the devastating flooding that damaged riverfront buildings and mangled homes and sailboats....