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Unending disaster: Florence floods prompt new evacuations

Sep. 21, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it...

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

Sep. 21, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. After last weekend's high winds and rain that was measured in feet, followed by...

Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence

Sep. 21, 2018 12:10 AM EDT

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — With Florence's floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are finally getting a chance to take stock of the destruction from the wind and floodwaters. When rivers spilled from their banks this week, many were forced to...

The Latest: NFL's Panthers donating to help Florence victims

Sep. 20, 2018 9:04 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 9 p.m. The new owner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers has announced an initial package to aid Hurricane Florence disaster relief efforts in North and South Carolina. Owner David Tepper and Panthers Charities announced the donations in a news...

Florence-weary South Carolina could get more record flooding

Sep. 20, 2018 7:59 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in South Carolina. Roads were still clogged with people trying to make it back to where the...

'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...

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...

Price of saving road to Myrtle Beach: Flooding nearby town?

Sep. 18, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Two years ago, from Hurricane Matthew and in 1999, from Hurricane Floyd, floodwaters came close to entering Joe Holmes' house in South Carolina, but he dodged those bullets. Now, with Florence , he doesn't feel so lucky. He worries the Waccamaw River will make its way into his Conway...

Can apps like Waze steer you clear of disaster? Maybe not

Sep. 17, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

Navigation apps like Waze are trying to help motorists avoid hurricane flooding. But can people really rely on their smartphones to steer themselves out of a disaster zone? Amid heavy rain from Florence, some smartphone or in-car map directions in recent days have sent people in North Carolina onto flooded roads...

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...