Hurricane Florence is churning toward the Eastern Seaboard as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph. The life-threatening storm could deluge states from the Carolinas to Ohio and Pennsylvania as it slows and then stalls over land. The eye is forecast to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday. Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 10 to 20 inches over much of North Carolina and Virginia, and even 30 inches in some places.
Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11:
TROPICAL WEATHER — More than 1 million people in three states were ordered to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a fearsome storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 130 mph winds and potentially ruinous rains. Spot coverage, with AP photos, video edits, live video. Package has moved and will be updated throughout the day with new approach by 3 p.m.
TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. Updated throughout the day.
TROPICAL WEATHER-SIMULATION — Just months ago, disaster planners simulated a Category 4 hurricane strike alarmingly similar to the real-word scenario now unfolding on the East Coast. 780 words, photos by 3 p.m.
TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC WATERS —Concerns are rising about the potential for devastating flooding from Hurricane Florence that could swamp hog farm waste lagoons, coal ash pits and industrial sites, creating a noxious witches’ brew that could wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.
TROPICAL WEATHER-BARRIER ISLANDS — As Hurricane Florence churns toward the East Coast with catastrophic power, the storm has become a reminder of how vulnerable North Carolina’s coast is. SENT: 720 words, photos.
TROPICAL WEATHER-HOW — How and why Florence is a potential worst-case scenario storm. 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS — Florence could hit with punch not seen in more than 60 years. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FLORENCE-COMPANY IMPACT — Hurricanes almost always set off an orchestrated dance on Wall Street before they make landfall, with shares of property and casualty insurance companies dumped in favor of companies that sell construction supplies or portable generators. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FBC-MONITORING FLORENCE. SENT: 160 words.
TROPICAL WEATHER-WILD HORSES: SENT: 360 words.
Photo coverage from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia. Additional photos expected. Member photos of storm prep and evacuations.
Broadcast and online edits available from Outer Banks, South Carolina, with additional video expected from other locations. Live video available from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina with additional lives expected.
Interactive hurricane tracker, graphic on Outer Banks, Interactive of all animal farms in North Carolina.