Hurricane Florence came ashore in North Carolina with 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings, knocking out power and leaving hundreds of people trapped by rising waters. Forecasters said the onslaught on the coast would last for hours and hours because Florence had come almost to a dead halt at just 3 mph (6 kph) as of midday.

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


TROPICAL WEATHER —Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. SENT: 1000 words, photos, video, interactive. Will be updated throughout the day.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. Updated throughout the day.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES —Federal environmental officials are monitoring 40 Superfund toxic waste cleanup sites in the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland that could flood as Hurricane Florence continues to dump trillions of gallons of rain on the region. As the rivers crest in the coming days, there will also be a continued water contamination threat from hog farm waste lagoons and coal ash pits dotting the two states. 900 words, photos by 6 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CLIMATE CHANGE — Scientists see several climate change factors that likely are making Hurricane Florence worse, but caution that extensive peer-reviewed studies have not been done yet to indicate how much, if any, global warming affected the storm. Previous research has shown that the strongest hurricanes are getting wetter, more intense and intensifying faster due to human-caused warming. 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TRAPPED — City officials in one North Carolina community sent out an ominous tweet sometime around 2 a.m. Friday. It came as rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn't stop. And that's when people found themselves trapped in their homes as the water rose. SENT: 600 words, photo, video. Will be updated.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT'S HAPPENING: A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM — Snapshots of people struggling to cope with the slow-grinding storm. SENT: 380 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-INLAND FLOODING — The residents of a tiny town in South Carolina who rebuilt after an inland flood from a hurricane destroyed 90 percent of the homes two years ago are uneasy as forecasters warn inland flooding from Hurricane Florence's rain could be one of the most dangerous and devastating parts of the storm. Nichols Mayor Lawson Battle strongly urged residents to leave as a precaution. He thinks the town is better prepared, but he can't guarantee anything if forecasts of a foot or more of rain come true. SENT: 600 words, photos, video

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLEEING TO FLORIDA — During the typical southeastern U.S. hurricane, people are running from Florida. This time around, Florida is seeing people fleeing to the state. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-STATION EVACUATES — A North Carolina TV news station had to evacuate in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage because of rising waters hours before the storm made landfall Friday. SENT: 165 words


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, superfunds site graphic, precipitation graphic, updated storm track.