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Hurricane damage is getting worse, but that's largely because there's more to damage

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In 1960, roughly 845,000 people lived in the 24 counties along the Carolina coast.

By 2000, the number was more than 1.5 million as the demand for beach living and ocean views continued to rise.

The coastal population today tops 2 million.

The development boom persisted despite warnings that global warming would continue to raise sea levels ...Read more

Facing heat for 2017, FEMA ramps up hurricane preparation for Florence

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WASHINGTON -- With questions still swirling about its response last year to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the Trump administration doesn't appear to have taken any chances in its preparations for Hurricane Florence, which made landfall early Friday morning on Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

It's deployed three times as many search and ...Read more

Hurricane Florence relief aid could be a battle in Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republican leaders are confident the government has enough disaster aid to help with Hurricane Florence relief. Some Democrats think more money will be needed.

That could trigger a political battle just weeks before the midterm elections.

Such a fight would force conservative Republicans, who routinely insist they'...Read more

As Florence makes landfall, 3 other tropical systems are churning in the Atlantic

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MIAMI -- As Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on the North Carolina coast, bringing sustained winds of 68 mph and a flooding storm surge, at least three other named storms are still churning in the Atlantic.

The enduring Tropical Storm Helene is picking up speed and accelerating northward at 23 mph with sustained winds of...Read more

Slow-moving Florence batters NC with heavy flooding, power outages

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hurricane Florence delivered a slow-motion assault to the coast of North Carolina early Friday, with catastrophic storm surge and torrential rains that will continue for days.

The storm made landfall at Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. But ...Read more

Hurricane Florence rainfall record? Meteorologist says he's not so sure

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- What looked like a state record for rainfall overnight in Atlantic Beach, N.C., may not be a record after all.

While a United States Geological Service rain gauge reported more than 30 inches of rain from Hurricane Florence in a 24-hour period, which would smash the North Carolina record, the National Weather Service has yet to...Read more

As Florence pounds Carolinas, can Red Cross 'handle these challenges'?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As Hurricane Florence barrels across the Carolinas, the American Red Cross is bracing for a major test and trying to avoid failures that have followed other storms.

The relief organization sets up shelters, provides meals and health services when natural disasters strike.

But the Red Cross has faced criticism in recent years...Read more

Amid Hurricane Florence, a makeshift band of strangers finds comfort in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The last transformer exploded before dawn, plunging the Comfort Suites hotel into total darkness. But when the dozens of guests woke to greet Hurricane Florence and its 90-mph gusts, Beth Bratz was already making coffee.

As general manager, she could have closed the three-story motel on Market Street. But most of her staff ...Read more

What to know about New Bern, NC, where hundreds are stranded by Hurricane Florence floods

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The eastern North Carolina coastal town of New Bern is facing emergency flooding from Hurricane Florence. On Friday, its location on a peninsula between two rivers joined forces with Hurricane Florence's east winds to create disaster in the Craven County town 115 miles southeast of the state capitol of Raleigh.

The Neuse and ...Read more

Raging Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

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WILMINGTON, N.C. -- North Carolina began suffering the brunt of Hurricane Florence's destructive power Friday morning as the storm made landfall along the coastline, sending ocean water surging over streets and into homes.

Rising waters have already tormented the town of New Bern, located where the Neuse River comes in from the Pamlico Sound ...Read more

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

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