A truck tries to make its way to Wilmington on Sunday, Sept. 16 despite a road closure.
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Travel Remains Dangerous In Southeastern NC; Parts of I-95, I-40 Remain Under Water

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Travel remained dangerous Saturday in southeastern North Carolina, where the governor warned of "treacherous" floodwaters more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, and urged residents to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders.

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Updated at 3:55 a.m. ET on Monday

Tropical Depression Florence is continuing to bring relentless, torrential rain to much of the South. Florence has already set a record for rainfall in the state of North Carolina, and thousands have evacuated to shelters in North and South Carolina to ride out the storm.

More than 500,000 remain without electricity in North Carolina.

Updated at 9:41 p.m. ET

A vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court was at risk of delay on Sunday as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee from both parties said allegations of sexual assault from 35 years ago may require additional review.

East Carolina University

Universities around North Carolina closed and canceled classes last week ahead of Hurricane Florence. Florence was downgraded to a Tropical Depression Sunday, but many schools will remain closed out of caution.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy said rains from Hurricane Florence caused a release of storm water at the Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington. The company said some of that water “may have come into contact” with coal ash from a lined landfill at the site.

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David Johnson says he's ready for whatever Tropical Storm Florence brings to Chester, SC.

“Well we always have a preparedness in the house for all the emergency equipment," Johnson, 66, says between drags of a cigarette.  "I could probably supply half this town with what I have at my house.”


As Tropical Depression Florence bears down on the Carolinas, WFAE has compiled this information to help you prepare.

South Carolina officials faced criticism after they refused to evacuate inmates from prisons in areas of the state being affected by Hurricane Florence. More than 1,500 prisoners at the MacDougall and Ridgeland correctional institutions in Dorchester and Jasper counties are waiting out the storm in their cells.

Charlotte Douglas Airport is open Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, but mostly empty.
Steve Harrison

Charlotte Douglas Airport is open Friday, and plans to stay open all weekend, even as the remnants of Hurricane Florence brush past Charlotte.

American Red Cross spokesperson Jerri Jameson at Hurricane Florence shelter at East Mecklenburg High School
Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE

Officials at American Red Cross shelters set up to house people during Hurricane Florence are still busy registering local residents and those who evacuated from coastal areas. More than 360 people registered at the various area shelters by Thursday night, 55 at East Mecklenburg High School.


Friday, September 14, 2018

On Friday's Local News Roundup - Hurricane Florence heads toward the Carolina coast with wind, rain, flooding, evacuation all part of this 'monster' storm. We get the latest on the progress of Florence, and what forecasters and emergency preparedness officials believe will be its impact along the coast of both Carolinas and here in Charlotte. 


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