Trump's tariffs will make recovery from Hurricane Florence more expensive

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WASHINGTON -- The tariffs President Donald Trump has slapped on imports from China, Canada and other countries -- as well as new tariffs he is expected to announce late Monday -- are almost certain to make it more expensive for homeowners in the Carolinas to rebuild and refurnish their after Hurricane Florence.

While prices naturally rise after...Read more

At hurricane shelter, a poet writes about storm's destruction, about whether to go or stay

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A part-time poet, a homeless truck driver and a mom and her kids running from the storm -- all were among the residents Sunday at a Red Cross shelter set up inside West Mecklenburg High School.

With Hurricane Florence still assaulting Charlotte, the school's gym had been turned into what one of the temporary neighbors called ...Read more

Florence death toll rises to 19, including three young children, Carolinas officials say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The death toll blamed on Hurricane Florence stands at 13 in North Carolina and 6 in South Carolina, including two bodies recovered Monday morning in Union County, N.C.

The dead include people who drowned, were electrocuted, crushed by trees, "thrown by the wind" and carbon monoxide poisoning, media outlets and government ...Read more

Commentary: I drove through the hurricane. Don't be like me.

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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Driving into Rockingham, N.C., with rain flying sideways, traffic stopped dead and my phone beeping flash-flood warnings, I knew I'd made a terrible mistake.

I tried to drive through Hurricane Florence, and now I was stuck.

Before you call me stupid, let me explain.

As a reporter, I've slogged through Hurricanes Fran, ...Read more

Florence's toll: Baby killed by tree, rescue workers search for 1-year-old swept away

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rescue workers in Union County, N.C., planned to resume their search Monday morning for a 1-year-old boy who was swept away in floodwaters on Sunday.

In Dallas, N.C., an infant boy was the first person killed by the storm in the Charlotte area. The 3-month-old died after a large pine tree fell on his mobile home Sunday ...Read more

Editorial: Hit by Florence or not, North Carolina's national parks need help

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As Hurricane Florence churns across the Carolinas, the attention has rightly been on the coast and affected inland areas including Charlotte and Columbia.

But the storm is also expected to dump on another area that has already weathered shifting sands for decades, and needs help. Western North Carolina was bracing for flooding and landslides ...Read more

Q&A: When a Category None tops a Category 5 monster

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- As Hurricane Florence surged toward land last week, meteorologists and emergency agencies took notice. The storm was a Category 4 hurricane, the second-strongest type, and it was drawing a bead on the Carolina coast.

By the time it made landfall on Friday, however, Florence had been downgraded to Category 1 -- and it wasn'...Read more

For the poor, Florence dredges up recent pains

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- As the mandatory evacuation deadline for her neighborhood in Fayetteville neared Sunday, Patricia McGirt scanned her small apartment near the rising Cape Fear River one last time.

McGirt had already put clothes in plastic white trash bags. She lifted her most prized possession, her father's framed poem of "Jesus' Grocery ...Read more

South Carolina officials clash over flood barrier

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CONWAY, S.C. -- With the handful of rivers encircling this beach gateway about to flood, South Carolina officials made a controversial decision.

They ordered state transportation workers and National Guard troops to erect a protective barrier along U.S. 501, the main route into Myrtle Beach and other tourist towns.

Local officials condemned ...Read more

Florence weakens as it moves inland, but all that water has to go somewhere — and that's the problem

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Florence weakened into a tropical depression Sunday morning as it slogged inland over the mid-Atlantic states, but the slow-moving storm, which has killed at least 15 people, remains a major threat to the region's millions of waterlogged residents.

The biggest problem now for residents in Virginia and the Carolinas isn't ...Read more

Remnants of Florence continue to wreak havoc across the Carolinas

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As remnants of Florence continued to batter the Carolinas Sunday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that "the risk to life is rising with the angry waters."

Rivers continued to rise as much of eastern North Carolina remained flooded and the danger of flash floods spread throughout the state. The National Weather Service warned of possible ...Read more

Knocked sideways by Florence, New Bern rushes to get back on its feet

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NEW BERN, N.C.--All through the night as Hurricane Florence began hammering this city near the North Carolina coast, Paul Canady's phone buzzed and beeped with messages from members of Christ Episcopal Church, where he serves as rector.

A collapsed tree leaned against a nearby house where a woman and her husband live. A family huddled in their ...Read more

14 dead from Florence, nearly 1 million without power as storm batters Carolinas

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At least 14 people have died in North and South Carolina as a result of Florence, now a slow-moving tropical storm that continues to pound the states with heavy rains and catastrophic flooding.

The storm is moving at 2 mph across eastern South Carolina, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 8 p.m. update. The center of the storm is ...Read more

Knocked sideways by Florence, New Bern rushes to get back on its feet

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NEW BERN, N.C. -- All through the night as Hurricane Florence began hammering this city near the North Carolina coast, Paul Canady's phone buzzed and beeped with messages from members of Christ Episcopal Church, where he serves as rector.

A collapsed tree leaned against a nearby house where a husband and wife live. A family huddled in their ...Read more

For President Trump, his response to Hurricane Florence will be under the microscope

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Even before Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, President Donald Trump was kicking up a storm of controversy.

Outraged over criticism of his handling of Hurricane Maria last year in Puerto Rico, he falsely blamed Democrats for inflating the death toll to 3,000. Discounting an academic study produced by George Washington ...Read more

Florence moves deeper into North Carolina and the worst may still be to come

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Darkness and danger spread across North Carolina Saturday, as Tropical Storm Florence blasted an ever-widening swath of the state with torrential rain and dangerous wind.

Five people in North Carolina and one in South Carolina had died from storm-related incidents as of Saturday, and N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said others deaths remained under ...Read more

Typhoon kills 13 in Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines -- At least 13 people were killed in landslides and floods caused by Typhoon Mangkhut, which pummeled the northern Philippines for 20 hours Saturday before moving toward southern China, officials said.

More than 4 million people were left without electricity as Mangkhut, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year...Read more

Hurricane Isaac has 'dissipated'; 2 other storms remain in Atlantic

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Isaac came to life -- and the nation's attention -- on Sept. 7 as a depression far out in the Atlantic. The system grew into a named tropical storm Sept. 8 and flared up to a Category 1 hurricane the next day, becoming the fifth named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season. It lost its hurricane status by Monday evening.

Since then, Isaac has ...Read more

Florence causes catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas, threatening tobacco and hog farms

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Florence's catastrophic flooding could result in as much as $20 billion in damage.

As much as 2 feet of rain has fallen across portions of southeastern North Carolina, submerging coastal cities, ravaging tobacco crops in the fields and threatening the state's large and environmentally precarious hog industry.

"This is a massive storm that has ...Read more

'Survivor, a kitten, joins man awaiting rescue from Florence

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NEW BERN, N.C. –– From his seat on the back of a small jon boat, Robert Simmons Jr. surveyed the floodwater in his neighborhood in northwest New Bern. The water, which spilled over from the Neuse River during Hurricane Florence, turned streets into canals, divided by rooftops.

It was waist deep on some of those streets, and deeper still on ...Read more