Hurricane Florence

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Florence Killed 5.5K Pigs in NC, Spewed Manure

3.4M chickens and turkeys also perished

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence unleashed torrential rain, dangerous wind gusts, and now a new environmental hazard in North Carolina: the overflowing of its hog manure lagoons—and it's "nasty," per the New York Times . Many of North Carolina's nearly 10 million pigs are located on large-scale farms... More »

Female Detainees Drown After Van Swept Away in SC

2 deputies in vehicle survived

(Newser) - Two female mental health patients detained for medical transport drowned Tuesday night when a sheriff's department van was swept away in rising South Carolina flood waters, authorities say. Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff's office van was carrying two detainees and two deputies... More »

Anderson Cooper Calls Out Trump Jr. for 'Idiotic' Tweet

CNN host says president's son spread conspiracy theory about his hurricane coverage

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper is taking exception to criticism of his hurricane coverage and took 10 minutes of his show Monday to call out the most prominent of those accusing him of "fake news," the Hill reports. "I rarely respond to online conspiracy theorists," Cooper noted on Anderson ... More »

Where Hurricane Florence Stacks Up in Terms of Rainfall

It's not No. 1

(Newser) - Florence itself is finally out of the Carolinas, though flooding dangers are nowhere near done. Wilmington, NC, for example, remains essentially cut off from the rest of the state , though large military trucks and helicopters were able to provide some relief to those stuck in the city, which is normally... More »

FEMA Chief Brock Long Could Face Federal Charges

Investigators want to know if he misused taxpayer money

(Newser) - A probe into President Trump's FEMA chief has been referred to prosecutors. The Wall Street Journal reports that it's now up to them to decide whether federal criminal charges will be brought against Brock Long, who potentially broke "multiple laws" when he and two officials took... More »

Body of 1-Year-Old Swept Away in Flood Is Found

Police say mother drove around barricades on flooded road

(Newser) - A 1-year-old boy was killed Sunday night when he was swept away in Hurricane Florence's rushing flood waters. The mother of Kaiden Lee-Welch was driving near Charlotte, NC, and drove around barricades to attempt to get through a flooded section of road, the Union County Sheriff's Office said... More »

NC Has an Unwanted Island

Wilmington is temporarily cut off, needs airlifts of supplies amid flooding from Florence

(Newser) - With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers, the AP reports. The spreading disaster claimed additional... More »

SC Couple Died Running Generator Inside House

Death toll at 13, as National Hurricane Center warns of 'catastrophic' flooding

(Newser) - A South Carolina couple died not from the wrath of Florence, but rather from carbon monoxide poisoning after running a generator inside their home, reports the AP . Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said 63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion were found in a Loris home... More »

FEMA Chief Nearly Got Fired as Hurricane Brewed

Probe into Brock Long looks at travel expenses and other issues

(Newser) - With Hurricane Florence rolling in, FEMA Administrator Brock Long was close to getting fired—and still could be, the Wall Street Journal reports. Investigators working for the Department of Homeland Security inspector general have already warned the White House about Long taking a caravan of federal workers on his trips... More »

First Deaths Reported From Hurricane Florence

Mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their home in North Carolina

(Newser) - A mother and infant were killed Friday when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina, making them two of the first fatalities connected to Hurricane Florence, Fox News reports. In a tweet announcing the deaths, police also said that the father was taken to a hospital with... More »

Florence Barely Moving, and That's Bad News

Storm moving at 3mph, which means hours and hours of rain for the Carolinas

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90mph winds and terrifying storm surge Friday, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching, per the AP . More than 60 people had to be... More »

NC Ignored Scientists' Warning About Sea Levels

Law in 2012 ordered agencies to ignore scientific models, favor development

(Newser) - Back in 2012, a new law in North Carolina caused Stephen Colbert to do a double-take: "If your science gives you a result you don't like, pass a law saying the result is illegal," he said at the time. "Problem solved." That law is now... More »

As Florence Plows Into NC, Hundreds Rescued From 'Catastrophic' Floods

70 saved from hotel in danger of collapse

(Newser) - Newly downgraded to a Category 1 storm, Hurricane Florence was already wreaking havoc on North Carolina as the gigantic storm crept slowly ashore early Friday, with hundreds of people already rescued. The storm is packing winds of 90mph—much lower than once feared—and is moving at 6mph, reports NPR... More »

See What a Flood Surge of 9 Feet Looks Like

Thanks to augmented reality

(Newser) - The unwelcome Florence has almost arrived. The Category 2 hurricane is due to make landfall in North Carolina on Friday with devastating consequences , and the Washington Post reports that flooding already has begun. See the National Hurricane Center for the latest, including projections on rainfall and wind along the storm'... More »

Florence Warning: 'Do Not Focus on Wind Speed Category'

It's now a Category 2, but 'disaster is at the doorstep, and it's coming in'

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence has lost a bit of steam, but that doesn't mean the Carolinas are out of the woods. The BBC reports that wind speeds have come down to 110mph, reslotting the hurricane into the Category 2 category from a Category 3, per a National Hurricane Center advisory... More »

Hurricane Florence's Projected Path Makes 'Unusual' Shift

The storm may turn left

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence is still expected to make landfall in the Carolinas, but from there the path may be changing. USA Today reports the storm had been predicted to amble northward but may now instead slow and twist toward the left, putting South Carolina in greater jeopardy (see this map ).... More »

Florence's Quiet Potential Disaster: Hog Manure

NC farmers fear hurricane will overflow or collapse lagoons

(Newser) - Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound—vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid... More »

Trump Has Controversial Words About Hurricane Maria

As he warns about Hurricane Florence

(Newser) - With a powerful hurricane bearing down on the southeast coast , President Donald Trump on Tuesday turned attention back to the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, deeming it "incredibly successful" even though a recent federal report found that nearly 3,000 people... More »

Simulation Showed Category 4 Hurricane Devastating East Coast

Florence is Category 4, expected to strike the area shown in simulation

(Newser) - Just months ago, disaster planners simulated a Category 4 hurricane strike alarmingly similar to the real-word scenario now unfolding on a dangerously vulnerable stretch of the East Coast. A fictional "Hurricane Cora" barreled into southeast Virginia and up the Chesapeake Bay to strike Washington, DC, in the narrative created... More »

1M Ordered to Evacuate as Florence Approaches

Hurricane is 'very Harvey-esque'

(Newser) - "We're not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina," says Gov. Henry McMaster, who has ordered the mandatory evacuation of the state's entire coastline, effective noon Tuesday, as Hurricane Florence closes in. McMaster says lanes on four main roads leading from... More »

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