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BC-Tropical Weather,ADVISORY

September 16, 2018

Florence continued to crawl westward Sunday, dumping more than 30 inches of rain in spots since Friday, and fears of historic flooding grew. Tens of thousands were ordered evacuated from communities along the state’s steadily rising rivers and the death toll climbed to 15.

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

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16:

TROPICAL WEATHER —Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the storm’s death toll climbed to 15. SENT: 1400 words, photos, video, interactive. Will be updated throughout the day.

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

TROPICAL WEATHER-WILMINGTON — Damage from Hurricane Florence left a North Carolina city popular with tourists cut off Sunday from road access, leaving authorities planning how to get food and water there by air and water. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM — Snapshots of people struggling to cope. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING —A chunky text look at Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut. 800 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES — The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 15, including 10 in North Carolina and five in South Carolina. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast, Duke Energy says. SENT: 730 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLOOD INSURANCE — The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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. SENT: 600 words, photos.

MONDAY, SEPT. 17:

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 Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut. 800 words, photos, video, by 1 a.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-DEATH TOLLS — it’s common for death tolls in natural disasters to escalate weeks and months later because of deaths indirectly caused by a storm. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 1 a.m.

PHOTOS:

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

VIDEO:

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

INTERACTIVES:

Interactive hurricane tracker, precipitation graphic.

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