Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people cut off from the rest of North Carolina by Florence’s still-rising floodwaters, as rescuers elsewhere used helicopters and boats to pull inland residents from homes swamped by swollen rivers. The deadly storm was still dumping rain and had top winds around 30 mph early Monday, but forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast, which also is in for a drenching of as much as 6 inches of rain.
Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:
MONDAY, SEPT. 17:
TROPICAL WEATHER- RISING RIVERS — Hurricane Florence has taken a deceptive turn as the days drag on. The violent winds that rattled shingles off houses and tore trees down have subsided. And the pounding rain has slowed to a pour, lulling many into believing they’ve already weathered the worst of it as North Carolina’s rivers quietly churn and continue to rise. Authorities are rushing to coax people out of their homes in the evacuation zones before the water rushes in. The mayor of Fayetteville presented the problem in the starkest of terms: Evacuate or notify your legal next of kin. 1,000 words, photos by 1 p.m.
TROPICAL WEATHER —Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people cut off from the rest of North Carolina by Florence’s still-rising floodwaters, as rescuers elsewhere used helicopters and boats to pull inland residents from homes swamped by swollen rivers. SENT: 1200 words, photos, video, interactive. Will be updated throughout the day.
TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — Will be updated throughout the day.
TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM — Snapshots of people struggling to cope. 00 words, photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING —A chunky text look at Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut. 800 words, photos, video. Will be updated.
TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES — The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 18. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated.
TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Flooded rivers from Florence’s driving rains have begun to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. SENT: 600 words, photos, will be updated.
TROPICAL WEATHER-DEATH TOLLS — it’s common for death tolls in natural disasters to escalate weeks and months later because of deaths indirectly caused by a storm. SENT: 950 words, photos.
Photo coverage from North Carolina, South Carolina. Additional photos expected.
Broadcast and online edits available from North Carolina and South Carolina. Additional video expected.
Florence flooding, North Carolina affected areas.