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As Hurricane Florence approaches, environmental disasters in North Carolina loom

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- Whipping winds and surging ocean waters won't be the only threats from Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall in North Carolina on Friday.

Rain and rising floodwaters could swamp coal ash basins and hog waste lagoons, washing the byproduct of the state's industries into rivers and lakes. Environmentalists...Read more

Tropical Storm Isaac's winds decrease as it moves through Caribbean

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tropical Storm Isaac's wind speeds have slowed to 40 mph as of Thursday afternoon, and the National Hurricane Center predicts that the storm will gradually weaken as it heads through the Eastern Caribbean in the coming hours.

All storm warnings and watches for Isaac were canceled in the hurricane center's 5 p.m. EDT ...Read more

'Time is running out' to leave South Carolina coast, governor says

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PINE RIDGE, S.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster did not mince words on Thursday, delivering a dire message mainly to those coastal residents who have chosen to remain in their homes despite repeated warnings to leave as Hurricane Florence creeps toward the coast.

"If you're going to leave ... you should leave now because time is running ...Read more

NC banned a study on sea-level rise. Could it mean more Hurricane Florence destruction?

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina legislators voted in 2012 to ban the use of a report that showed the ocean could rise as much as 39 inches by 2100.

Now, with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, and thousands evacuating from the coast, that decision is once again making national headlines and drawing criticism from those who say ...Read more

'We're on the wrong side of this thing,' North Carolina governor warns as destructive hurricane bears down

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WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The leading edge of Hurricane Florence began lashing the coast of the Carolinas Thursday as the weakened but widening storm edged closer to the southeastern U.S., bearing dangerous winds and drenching rains.

Florence's sustained winds fell to 110 mph overnight, dropping it back to a Category 2 storm. But the still-powerful ...Read more

Will snakes be in the flooded waterways after Hurricane Florence?

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Snakes are not the biggest threat during Hurricane Florence, but they will be out there.

Thad Bowman with Alligator Adventure said that the flooding following Florence will stem from snake habitats along water ways. This could potentially dislocate them into the flood waters.

He said people should not be out during the ...Read more

Carolinas start feeling Florence's impact as 'catastrophic' rain begins hammering coast

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The first "squally" rain bands of Hurricane Florence -- now a category 2 hurricane -- rolled across coastal North Carolina shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday, as predictions say the storm looks increasingly likely to hover over eastern South Carolina with the southern part of North Carolina in the storm's bull's eye.

FEMA said ...Read more

Editorial: Evacuating for a big hurricane — just do it

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As Hurricane Florence approached, the ever-present survival question remained for residents in her path: Evacuate, or not?

In Miami-Dade, some may be forgetting that sometimes it's best to flee from a storm. Maybe the horrific tale of the impact of 1992's Hurricane Andrew should be part of the yearly lesson plan in every Florida school, with a ...Read more

North Carolina may regret weakening its building codes in 2013

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WASHINGTON -- Five years ago, encouraged by home builders and an anti-regulatory zeal, lawmakers in North Carolina joined other states in weakening building code requirements.

It's a decision they may regret as Hurricane Florence takes aim at the Carolinas.

The Legislature in 2013 increased the amount of time between updates to its building ...Read more

Trump: Puerto Rico hurricane death toll inflated

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump warned those in Hurricane Florence's path of the storm's power, but then returned to attacking his foes and painting himself as the victim of an internal FBI scheme to damage him politically. And he essentially accused Puerto Rican officials and Democrats of lying about how many people died there after ...Read more

Hurricane Florence's outer bands reach Outer Banks of North Carolina with historic deluge still anticipated

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast, with tropical storm-force winds moving onshore of the Outer Banks of North Carolina as of the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. Thursday advisory.

As those outer bands reach land, the Category 2 hurricane is about 170 miles from Wilmington, N.C. and 220 miles off ...Read more

While N.C. coast braces for Florence, the bar that never closes has shut down

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ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. -- The Tackle Box Tavern is a small rectangle of a building that borders the sand here in Atlantic Beach. And in the 11 years since Janice Bynum has owned the place, it has never been closed for a full day, so long as she could remember.

"Christmas, Thanksgiving, everything," she said, with pride, thinking of how the tavern...Read more

Trying to protect seniors, the most vulnerable, from formidable foe Florence

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Perhaps no other population is as vulnerable during a hurricane as frail, older adults, especially those who are homebound or living in nursing homes. With Hurricane Florence predicted to slam the North Carolina coast Friday, health officials are already scrambling to keep older residents safe.

Seniors "are not only the most likely to die in ...Read more

Isaac holding steady as a tropical storm, but its future now less certain

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MIAMI -- After weakening Wednesday, Tropical Storm Isaac's future looks less certain as it crosses the Caribbean over the next week.

In a 5 p.m. EDT update, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm could continue to weaken over the next day or two as it faces hurricane-shredding wind shear and possibly even dissolve into a wave near...Read more

Georgia governor declares a state of emergency as Florence nears

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ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for all of Georgia on Wednesday as the latest projections showed Hurricane Florence taking a potential left turn toward the northern half of the state.

The governor's order came shortly after the latest National Hurricane Center update showed the storm edging toward the Carolinas -- and ...Read more

Flying over the next few days? Here's how Hurricane Florence may affect your plans

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As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas, airlines are encouraging customers traveling through areas in the path of the storm to reschedule travel and are limiting fares and waiving fees in some cities.

Florence is expected to approach the Carolina coast late Thursday or early Friday, and forecasters have warned it could bring ...Read more

'Disaster is at the doorstep,' NC governor warns as Florence bears down

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CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. -- The warnings were stark: Time's running out.

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, state and federal authorities Wednesday sharpened the urgency of appeals to the public to obey evacuation orders, secure homes and stock up on necessary supplies.

Projections indicated the monster storm would make ...Read more

Trump again defends Puerto Rico response as Hurricane Florence nears

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Hurricane Florence could prove "bigger than anticipated" as it barrels toward the Carolinas and sharply blamed a Puerto Rican mayor for the widely panned federal response to a storm there last year.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long on Tuesday warned Florence has "an opportunity of being a ...Read more

SC zoo begins to secure animals from Hurricane Florence

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Riverbanks Zoo began securing its more than 2,000 animals from Hurricane Florence on Tuesday, beginning with the birds.

"We started moving some of our birds indoors and we will continue (Wednesday) and Thursday," said zoo spokeswoman Susan O'Cain. "All of our animals will be in indoor spaces by the time Florence reaches land."...Read more

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