WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come. Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday. Forecasters say the days-long onslaught could leave a wide area submerged from both falling rain and rising sea water.
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Florence’s winds may have weakened, but this is still no “minor” storm. Water is a hurricane’s deadliest threat, and forecasters say Florence packs a catastrophic amount of it. Officials have been begging hold-outs in evacuation zones to seek shelter, including the police chief of a barrier island in Florence’s bull’s-eye who asked for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused warnings to leave.
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old man has died after a house exploded amid gas explosions north of Boston, sending a chimney crashing into his car. Officials have identified the victim as Leonel Rondon, of Lawrence. Gov. Charlie Baker says 10 other people were injured Thursday in a series of fires and explosions that authorities blame on over-pressurized natural gas lines.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party’s nomination for a third term. The two-term governor always led in the polls and heavily outspent his rival, a longtime activist and former “Sex and the City” star who had counted on a surge in liberal support.
NICHOLS, S.C. (AP) — Few places in South Carolina are more worried about the possibility of disastrous inland flooding from Hurricane Florence’s heavy rain than the town of Nichols. When Hurricane Matthew dumped a foot (30 centimeters) of rain on the area two years ago, the town 40 miles (65 kilometers) in from the coast lost almost 90 percent of its 261 homes. Mayor Lawson Battle says his town is better prepared this time, but he strongly recommended everyone get out because he can’t guarantee it won’t flood.