Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:15 a.m. Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday and then a tropical depression on Sunday. Though weakened, it remained a dangerous, slow-moving storm drenching the Carolines with heavy rains.

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Cooper Proposes $1.5 Billion For Florence Relief

Oct 10, 2018
Governor Roy Cooper gave his proposed budget after an update on Hurricane Michael.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recommended $1.5 billion be set aside for Hurricane Florence relief and preparations for future weather-related events at a press conference today in Raleigh.

'Hope To Hopelessness:' Will Government Step Up After Second Storm?

Oct 10, 2018
AP Photo/Gerald Herber

Dianne Powell is living a recurring nightmare.

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew filled her brick house with rainwater up to her waist. The storm inundated her town, engulfing homes and highways and causing $4.8 billion worth of damage statewide.

She rebuilt. Then Hurricane Florence struck and swamped her home again.


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed two bills into law Wednesday to provide relief for those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Everything seemed okay when Elizabeth Coleman went to bed on Sunday, September 16. After evacuating three days prior to escape Hurricane Florence, her family of four and parents-in-law had just returned to their one-level, two-bedroom ranch home on Crusoe Island Road in Whiteville, N.C. It was, thankfully, undamaged.

The family had gone home after evacuating because they believed that the storm had passed and they had heard that the floodwater was receding. They thought it would be safe to return.

By 5 a.m., something was wrong.

The ballots for North Carolina’s upcoming election have had a number of delays as cases on amendments and party affiliation wound their way through the court. Just as ballots were finally on track to meet September's deadline for printing, Hurricane Florence came along. Now state leaders are trying to ensure those hit hard by the storm can still easily vote.  

A house was flooded in Columbus County.
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Complaints about mosquitoes are on the rise across North Carolina after Hurricane Florence. They're plentiful and in some cases a lot bigger than what we're used to. 

  Floodwaters from the Cape Fear River surround Duke Energy’s gas-fired Sutton plant on Sept. 22, 2018.  About a foot of water entered the plant, which has been shut down.
Duke Energy

Initial water tests by Duke Energy have found above-normal levels of arsenic and heavy metals in the Cape Fear River, downstream from the flooded cooling lake at Duke's Sutton plant near Wilmington. But the company says it's not harming water quality.

Florence: Evacuations Continue As North Carolina Rivers Rise

Sep 24, 2018
Flooding in the Pee Dee River region in South Carolina.

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Florence is by no means done swamping the Carolinas, where rivers remain high above flood stage and thousands of people were told to plan to leave their homes Monday.

When floodwaters from Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina's Lumberton area, some families were unable — or unwilling — to take their pets with them when they evacuated.

The flooding hit rapidly, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported, when temporary levees failed and sent water gushing into the surrounding area.

A truck tries to make its way to Wilmington on Sunday, Sept. 16 despite a road closure.
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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.