Florida hospital damaged by Hurricane Irma to be demolished
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Workers are preparing a Florida hospital for demolition more than a year after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irma.
Florida Hospital Oceanside spokeswoman Lindsay Cashio tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that preparations have begun but the demolition won't be complete until summer.
Suicide raises Florence death toll to 41 in North Carolina
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 week. He died Oct. 22, more than a month after Florence made landfall on Sept. 14. He had also suffered losses from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Waccamaw River in S Carolina finally dips under flood stage
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — The Waccamaw River near the South Carolina coast has finally gone back into its banks after 29 days of flooding following Hurricane Florence.
The National Weather Service says the river level at Conway dipped below the flood stage of 11 feet (3.4 meters) just after midnight Sunday.
That Waccamaw River gauge has been over that level since early Sept. 16, two days after Florence made landfall in North Carolina, dumping more than 2 feet (61 centimeters) of rain in areas upstream.
South Dakota student fundraises after Hurricane Florence
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — People have seen images of the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Florence last month, leaving the Carolinas in a state of emergency.
As people from across the country watched the storm unfold, Mount Marty College (MMC) freshman Adam Yalch had to fight the desire to catch the first flight home to rejoin his family as they toughed out the storm in his hometown of Boiling Springs Lake, North Carolina.
Hurricane-walloped North Carolina votes again after Big 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For a Southern state regularly exposed to hurricanes, call it an election Florence-style.
In 2016, North Carolina voters cast their ballots just four weeks after Hurricane Matthew unleashed devastating floodwaters on the state's eastern half. This fall, they're voting about seven weeks after Hurricane Florence sent rivers wildly bursting their banks.
Cooper unveils $1.5B Florence aid package, seeks $750M now
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper asked state legislators Wednesday for $750 million toward a proposed long-term $1.5 billion Hurricane Florence recovery effort, with an early focus on housing, farms, business and schools.
The Democratic governor unveiled his request while providing new estimates for the scope of last month's storm, which dumped more than 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain in some areas of southeastern North Carolina and contributed to 40 deaths in the state.
Church in Nichols works to recover after flooding
NICHOLS, S.C. (AP) — Craig Graham spent part of a recent Saturday morning on his hands and knees behind the sanctuary in Nichols Baptist Church, taking up flooring that congregants had worked to place about 18 months ago after Hurricane Matthew.
Elsewhere in the church four dehumidifiers hummed, several fans ran and the voices of other volunteers rang out. On the church's front steps was a pile of carpet that had, until Hurricane Florence, been on the floor in the sanctuary.
Florence damage to N Carolina schools could exceed Matthew’s
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's public school officials expect damage from Hurricane Florence to well exceed school losses after Hurricane Matthew two years ago, a Department of Public Instruction official told the state's board of education Wednesday.
After Florence, North Carolina political unity to be tested
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As Hurricane Florence was thrashing North Carolina earlier this month, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's leadership amid the devastation won widespread praise, including some from Republican politicians who have been passing laws to undercut him ever since he was elected.
He offered encouragement and warnings to the public in daily news conferences, visited evacuees in shelters and traveled with Republican House Speaker Tim Moore in New Bern to view storm damage.
The Latest: Waste treatment plant disabled due to flooding
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence (all times local):
South Carolina state health and environmental officials say a wastewater treatment plant is not working due to flooding from Hurricane Florence and untreated wastewater is now being discharged into a tributary that feeds the Waccamaw River.
North Carolina editorial roundup
Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:
News & Record of Greensboro on voters' awareness of proposed amendments to the state constitution:
New Florence flooding forecasts are good news for S Carolina
BUCKSPORT, S.C. (AP) — The last community in the way of Hurricane Florence's floodwaters as they slowly flow to the sea got some good news Wednesday — the predictions aren't as dire as they once were.
And it appears the Waccamaw River won't top a lake of coal ash or the main highway to Myrtle Beach.
The Latest: Tropical Storm Kirk moving west across Atlantic
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence (all times local):
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the eastern Atlantic but does not currently pose any threat to land.
In a Saturday night update, the National Hurricane Center said Kirk was 425 miles (680 kilometers) south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving west at 16 mph (26 kph) with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65 kph).
When will it end? Florence’s floodwaters rising in Carolinas
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 will never end.
The Latest: Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence
The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence (all times local):
Authorities say the death toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence.
A statement released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that state. The statement says a 46-year-old man in Brunswick County died when a tree he was cutting fell on him. Other deaths have been reported earlier in South Carolina and Virginia.
Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence
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.
Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence
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 flee their homes in multiple inland cities. Now that waters are receding, property owners along its banks are picking through debris and figuring out what's left of their homes and livelihood.
- WRAL-TVGoldsboro woman flooded out by Matthew, Florence still searching for help to return homeMarch 14, 2019
- WRAL-TVRobeson couple moves into new home 29 months after Matthew flooded old oneMarch 5, 2019
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- The Florence Morning NewsMarion County Habitat for Humanity receives grant for disaster relief volunteer dormitoryJanuary 18, 2019
- WRAL-TVTwo hurricanes in two years: A small town community faces the long-term effects of natural disasterDecember 9, 2018
Florence-weary South Carolina could get more record flooding
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.
North Carolina editorial roundup
Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:
News & Record of Greensboro on an order from federal judges in the continuing congressional redistricting case:
There was the thought of leaping onto a desk and screaming "you tell 'em" when a three-judge federal panel delivered a stern comeuppance for lawyers representing the General Assembly in the ongoing congressional redistricting case.
‘Up in the air’: If displaced by storm, where to call home?
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 into the houses.
Clearing skies reveal Florence’s wrath in hard-hit counties
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 rivers. Here are snapshots from the counties hit the hardest:
Price of saving road to Myrtle Beach: Flooding nearby town?
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.
Can apps like Waze steer you clear of disaster? Maybe not
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 and others closed to traffic.
More wet misery, soggy messes as Florence floodwaters rise
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:
North, South Carolina cope with wet misery left by Florence
Florence's strong winds may be dropping, but heavy rain and floodwaters are bringing wet misery to much of North and South Carolina. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the powerful storm that made landfall as a hurricane on Friday:
HOPING IT DOESN'T GET WORSE
Police helped Debbie Covington's elderly parents leave their home in a low-lying neighborhood of Cheraw, South Carolina, early Sunday and shelter at Covington's house on higher ground next door.
As Florence moves west, North Carolina prepares for recovery
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina must withstand more torrential rains, gusty winds, and river flooding from Tropical Storm Florence next week, but emergency leaders are already working on the recovery.
Deluged by Hurricane Matthew, rural town waits for Florence
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more.
Nichole Worley studies the house across the street, abandoned and boarded up, and the creek just behind it that made it that way. It jumped its banks during Hurricane Matthew two years ago, which drowned her neighborhood, one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest counties in North Carolina.
Florence’s deluge testing South Carolina infrastructure
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina's infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015.
The devastating 2015 floods contributed to 19 deaths and crippled parts of the capital city, Columbia, for months. The state's infrastructure, weakened by years of neglect, crumbled under the strain of nearly 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain. Dams burst across the state. Roads washed out and bridges were compromised.
Hurricane Florence pummels Carolinas without respite
Millions of people in the path of Florence are hunkering down Friday as the monster storm pummels North and South Carolina, bringing catastrophic inundations and forceful, destructive winds. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the slow-grinding storm.
2 years after disastrous flood, Florence scares small town
NICHOLS, S.C. (AP) — One woman left town. Another prays her house might somehow be spared again. And one man will just wait and watch and hope the water doesn't rise.
Few places in South Carolina are more worried about the possibility of disastrous inland flooding from Hurricane Florence's heavy rain than Nichols. When Hurricane Matthew dumped a foot (30 centimeters) of rain on the area two years ago, the town 40 miles (65 kilometers) in from the coast lost almost 90 percent of its 261 homes.
The Latest: Florence downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local):
Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph).
The National Hurricane Center says Florence is now lashing the North Carolina coast with hurricane -force winds and a life-threatening storm surge. It says the threat of freshwater flooding will increase in coming hours and days from the storm's heavy rains.
Slaves’ descendants have long history of enduring hurricanes
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the television in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials.
The Latest: Florence now a Category 2 storm, still dangerous
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local):
Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm.
As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles (455 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was moving northwest at 17 mph (28 kph). Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 mph (175 kph).
Senate approves 1st spending bill to avert partial shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a major hurricane menaces the East Coast, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections.
Unique Gullah communities have ridden out many hurricanes
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the TV in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials.
Florence poses a new threat for rural, struggling towns
PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — James Howell Jr. lost big two years ago when Hurricane Matthew swelled the Tar River, less than a half-mile from his home. Finally persuaded it was too dangerous to stay, he returned two days later to discover that 2 feet of standing water had turned his insulation moldy, forcing a rebuild of his living room.
Town recovering from Hurricane Matthew gets money to hire 3
FAIR BLUFF, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina town still trying to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago is getting money to hire three employees to help its efforts.
Officials from the state Department of Public Safety said in a news release the town of Fair Bluff will soon hire a project manager, a land use planner and a police officer. Legislators included the money in the state budget after Gov. Roy Cooper proposed the expenditure.
North Carolina Hurricane Matthew aid applications go mobile
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Victims of Hurricane Matthew will be able to apply for aid to repair their homes during the first of several planned mobile outreach events held by North Carolina emergency management officials.
The event will be held Sept. 10-12 in Greenville. Officials recommend that people should call 211 ahead of time to schedule an appointment at Sheppard Memorial Library, Carver Branch.
North Carolina editorial roundup
Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:
The Charlotte Observer on American workers:
... It's practically a rite of late summer, the Labor Day Editorial. You probably know how it goes.
GOP legislators pile on Cooper over Matthew, pipeline deal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina showcased their frustration Wednesday with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper administration's handling of Hurricane Matthew relief and expressed scorn for his side agreement involving a proposed natural gas pipeline.
GOP leaders used the General Assembly's chief government oversight committee to give party colleagues the platform to sound off on slow-moving housing funds nearly two years after Matthew struck the state.
Georgia island’s storm prep includes $300,000 for sandbags
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The island that's home to Georgia's largest public beach is setting aside $300,000 to buy sandbags the next time a hurricane or other big storm threatens the coast.
WTOC-TV reports the city council on Tybee Island approved keeping the money in reserve until an emergency is declared. Then city officials can order sand to be trucked in within 24 hours.
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — It was Father's Day when Larry Monk got the frantic call from his sister: Their father's burial vault was missing from its place in the cemetery.
Monk soon learned that wasn't all. It had been gone for nearly two years, and the family only learned about it when another sister went to put flowers on the grave.
PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is promising people in southern North Carolina he will do all he can to make sure they recover from flooding from Hurricane Matthew.
Cooper spoke Saturday at the last day of the 50th annual Lumbee Homecoming at UNC-Pembroke. The Native American tribe is headquartered in Robeson County.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Some homeowners are suing a North Carolina city to get dams that were compromised by Hurricane Matthew repaired.
The Fayetteville Observer reported residents from four neighborhoods say the city should rebuild the dams even though they are privately owned.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than two decades of hurricanes have ravaged North Carolina's shores, leaving lasting negative effects beyond the devastation of the storms themselves.
The storm names themselves evoke memories of boarded up windows, swamped bridges, flooded homes and what seemed at times a never-ending debris cleanup. People displaced by 2016's Hurricane Matthew are still waiting for aid.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators want to set aside another $60 million to help Hurricane Matthew victims build stronger homes or locate to higher ground, as well as for the state to prepare for the next storm.
Senate and House Republicans announced Friday state budget adjustments being voted on next week would include the amount going into a disaster relief reserve. This is on top of $300 million for state disaster relief funded since Matthew in late 2016.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's emergency management chief acknowledged Monday a laborious process for homeowners seeking federal funds for repairs due to Hurricane Matthew and is looking for improvements looking to the next storm.