Accidents and disasters

People drive over a drawbridge in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., as they evacuate the area in advance of Hurricane Florence, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds up to 140 mph (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
September 11, 2018 - 4:56 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes Tuesday as about 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 140 mph (225 kph) winds and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2005, file photo, homes remain surrounded by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Some experts are concerned that Hurricane Florence could inflict damage comparable to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in a part of the country that is famously difficult to evacuate, months after disaster planners simulated a Category 4 Hurricane strike alarmingly similar to the real-word scenario now unfolding on a stretch of the East Coast. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool, File)
September 11, 2018 - 4:43 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — 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...
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Nick Hobbs, of Marine Warehouse Center, removes a customer's boat from the water in advance of Hurricane Florence in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds up to 140 mph (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
September 11, 2018 - 4:39 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The National Weather Service says more than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast. Another 4 million people are under a tropical storm watch. Assorted bad...
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CORRECTS DATE TO SEPT. 11, NOT 1 - This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, upper left, in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. At center is Tropical Storm Isaac and at right is Hurricane Helene. (NOAA via AP)
September 11, 2018 - 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients — and Florence has them all. Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm. Check. A wind pattern that allows a storm to get strong and stay strong. Check...
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Storefronts have wood paneling installed over windows, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in New Bern, N.C., as a precaution against storm damage from Hurricane Florence. (Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)
September 11, 2018 - 2:56 pm
Hurricane Florence has forced the cancellation of several Top 25 games this weekend, including No. 13 Virginia Tech's home game against East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia's trip to North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF's game at North Carolina. The Category 4 storm's approach led to a series of...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 1999, file photo, employees of Murphy Family Farms along with friends and neighbors, float a group of dead pigs down a flooded road on Rabon Maready's farm near Beulaville, N.C. The hogs drowned from the floodwaters of the NE Cape Fear River after heavy rains from Hurricane Floyd flooded the area. The heavy rain expected from Hurricane Florence could flood hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites in North Carolina, creating a noxious witches’ brew of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. (AP Photo/Alan Marler, File)
September 11, 2018 - 2:54 pm
The heavy rain expected from Hurricane Florence could flood hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites in North Carolina, creating a noxious witches' brew of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. Computer models predict more than 3 feet of rain in...
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This GOES East satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean as it threatens the U.S. East Coast, including Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina. Millions of Americans are preparing for what could be one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Mandatory evacuations begin at noon Tuesday, for parts of the Carolinas and Virginia (NOAA via AP)
September 11, 2018 - 2:51 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence's impact on college football (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The game between East Carolina and No. 13 Virginia Tech is now off the weekend schedule due to Hurricane Florence. The schools issued statements confirming Saturday's game wouldn't be...
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President Donald Trump talks about Hurricane Florence following a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 11, 2018 - 2:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...
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September 11, 2018 - 2:49 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Tropical Storm Olivia began dropping light rain on Maui and the Big Island on Tuesday as its outer rain bands approach the state. The storm could deposit 10 to 15 inches of rain on the islands, though some areas could get as much as 20 inches, Central Pacific Hurricane Center...
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September 11, 2018 - 1:01 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say the death toll from this summer's devastating forest fire near Athens has risen to 99, after a woman injured in the blaze died in hospital. The fire service said Tuesday that a total 16 people, including the latest victim, have succumbed to their burns...
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