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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...

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...

'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...

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...

Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC

Sep. 18, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina. So when the former NBA star watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence to his hometown and surrounding area, he acted quickly to help. The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner...

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....

Florence flooding puts dams, many high hazard, to the test

Sep. 17, 2018 8:41 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 officials have been monitoring dam safety in cooperation with local authorities and say...

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...