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BC-Tropical Weather,ADVISORY

September 15, 2018

A day after Florence blew ashore in North Carolina with 90 mph (145 kph) winds, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and other rescue crews used helicopters, boats and heavy-duty vehicles to reach scores of people trapped on rooftops or otherwise caught in the floodwaters. More than 2 feet of rain had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on, with forecasters saying there could be an additional 1½ feet by the end of the weekend. Authorities confirmed that at least seven people have died in North Carolina and South Carolina as a result of the storm.

Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:


TROPICAL WEATHER —Thousands of people living near North Carolina’s rising rivers were ordered evacuated Saturday as hurricane-turned-tropical storm Florence practically parked itself over land and poured on the rain Saturday, raising fears that the state could be in for the most destructive flooding in its history. SENT: 1000 words, photos, video, interactive. Will be updated throughout the day.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — Will be updated throughout the day.

TROPICAL WEATHER-ANOTHER BEATING — A rural town, battered by the collapse of its blue-collar economy and then by Hurricane Matthew, might also bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence as the river that cuts through the middle of town continues to rise through the weekend. Residents of Lumberton, North Carolina, some of them still rebuilding after the devastating 2016 flood, are watching the rain and wondering how much more their community can take. SENT: 1300 words, photos with ABRIDGED.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Florence and Mangkhut are battering two countries on opposite sides of the globe. Florence is characterized by its water and sloth, Mangkhut by ferocious winds and blazing speed. 750 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-OUTER BANKS — Many residents who evacuated North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence made their way Saturday back onto the barrier islands, which were spared from the worst of the storm’s wrath. SENT: 600 words, photos

TROPICAL WEATHER-SOUTH CAROLINA INFRASTRUCTURE — Torrential rains from Hurricane Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SPORTS — No. 2 Clemson and Georgia Southern got a sunny sky, mild breezes and plenty of tailgaters for the only major conference football game being played Saturday in the Carolinas and Virginia because of Florence, now a tropical storm. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES — The death toll attributed to Florence stands at seven Saturday, six in North Carolina and one in South Carolina. Authorities say some other fatalities were unrelated. SENT: 200 words, photos. Will be updated

TROPICAL WEATHER-NORTH CAROLINA-RECOVERY — While North Carolina must withstand more torrential rains and gusty winds, followed by historic river flooding next week from Tropical Storm Florence, emergency leaders are already asking — and acting on — this question: How will the people recover? 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m.





TROPICAL WEATHER — Mainbar on latest developments. Will be updated throughout the day.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — Will be updated throughout the day.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. 800 words, photos, video, by 1 a.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE SUPPLIERS — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe’s. And many other hardware and building supply outlets. Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms like Hurricane Florence all year. 600 words, photos, by 1 a.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLOOD INSURANCE — After nearly a decade of declines, the number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise. Yet, as Hurricane Florence may make painfully clear, far too many residents in regions vulnerable to flooding remain unprotected. By Ken Sweet and Meghan Hoyer. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos, by 9 a.m.


Photo coverage from North Carolina, South Carolina. Additional photos expected.


Broadcast and online edits available from North Carolina and South Carolina, FEMA. Additional video expected.


Interactive hurricane tracker, precipitation graphic.

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