Hurricane Florence is churning toward the Eastern Seaboard, with the National Hurricane Center’s projected track showing the storm hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall Saturday morning. The track also has shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril. It is packing winds of 130 mph (215 kph) and enough moisture to dump feet of rain on the region.
Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12:
TROPICAL WEATHER —Communities along the Carolina coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monstrous storm could hesitate just offshore for days — punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared — before pushing inland over the weekend. 760 words, photos, video, interactive. Will be updated throughout the day.
TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. Updated throughout the day.
TROPICAL WEATHER-FORECASTING — The forecast for Hurricane Florence has taken a sharp left turn, and experts says more wrinkles could be in store. Forecasting Florence is proving tricky because of weather patterns on three sides that are slowing the enormous storm down and may nudge it to the north or south. 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
TROPICAL WEATHER-TRUMP — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the government is ready for massive Hurricane Florence and insisted that his administration’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico last year was an “underappreciated great job.” SENT: 690 words, photos, video.
TROPICAL WEATHER-ECONOMIC DAMAGE — Though it’s far from clear how much economic havoc Hurricane Florence will inflict on the mid-Atlantic region, the damage will not be easily or quickly overcome. 500 words, photos by 1 p.m.
TROPICAL WEATHER-RURAL TOWNS — James Howell Jr. lost big two years 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 to Princeville days later to learn that the two feet of standing water surrounding his home caused the insulation to mold, forcing a rebuild of his living room. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FLORENCE-STORIES FROM THE STORM — A look at how people are preparing, in vignettes. 800 words, photos, video by 5 p.m.
TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC WATERS — Hurricane Florence’s heavy rains could cause an environmental disaster in North Carolina, where waste from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites could wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. SENT: 880 words, photos.
ACC-MONITORING FLORENCE — Hurricane Florence has already had a significant impact on the week’s schedule in the Atlantic Coast Conference, forcing the cancellation, rescheduling or relocation of several games. 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
TROPICAL WEATHER-GULLAH GEECHEE — Members of the Gullah Geechee plan to ride out Hurricane Florence on St. Helena Island in South Carolina. 600 words, photos, by 5 p.m.
TROPICAL WEATHER-MILITARY BASES — Service members are leaving and some equipment is being relocated at military bases in Florence’s path. SENT: 600 words, photos
TROPICAL WEATHER-AMTRAK — Amtrak is modifying schedules, canceling trains. SENT: 90 words.
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