BC-Tropical Weather,ADVISORY

Hurricane Florence is beginning to impact the Eastern Seaboard, with the outer bands of wind and rain from the weakened by still lethal storm starting to lash North Carolina. Florence’s winds have dropped from a peak of 140 mph (225 kph) to 105 mph (165 kph) but forecasters warn that the widening storm — and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day — will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential downpours.

Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 13

TROPICAL WEATHER — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. SENT: 1000 words, photos, video, interactive. Will be updated throughout the day.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST. Updated throughout the day.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SHIFTING SANDS — As many North Carolina residents boarded up beachfront homes, they knew those houses not be there next week. The low-lying barrier islands hugging the Carolinas coast are experiencing some of the fastest rates of sea level rise observed anywhere in the world — nearly an inch a year. But Republican lawmakers backed by homebuilders and Relators passed a 2012 law saying projections of future sea-level rise can’t be weighed when permitting new development. That means billions invested in structures doomed to be swallowed by the sea, often leaving taxpayer holding the bill. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-EVACUATION DILEMMA — Mercedes O’Neill is a little scared to ride out Hurricane Florence in her home just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean with her boyfriend, her 6-year-old daughter, two cats and her new son, due Sept. 27. She thought hard about leaving. She is in a mandatory evacuation zone, but in South Carolina officials can’t force anyone to leave. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURGE — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence’s monstrous storm surge. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-ZOO ANIMALS — As 1.7 million people were urged to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Florence, workers at the North Carolina Zoo were trying to figure out what to do with 1,600 animals. SENT: 305 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TRUMP — President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” SENT: 1000 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM — Snapshots of a region awaiting the hurricane. SENT: 1400 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING: A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

ALSO:

TROPICAL WEATHER-WAITING FOR FLORENCE-PHOTO GALLERY: 300 words, photos, by 2 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CHICKENS IN HOME: SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-MILITARY: SENT: 130 words.

FBC-MONITORING FLORENCE: College football cancellations. 100 words, photo. Will be updated.

FBC-MONITORING FLORENCE-LIST: SENT: 300 words.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 14:

TROPICAL WEATHER-INLAND FLOODING — The residents of a tiny town in South Carolina who rebuilt after an inland flood from a hurricane destroyed 90 percent of the homes two years ago are uneasy as forecasters warn inland flooding from Hurricane Florence’s rain could be one of the most dangerous and devastating parts of the storm. Nichols Mayor Lawson Battle strongly urged residents to leave as a precaution. He thinks the town is better prepared, but he can’t guarantee anything if forecasts of a foot or more of rain come true. By Jeffrey Collins. 600 words, photos, video, by 1 a.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. 800 words, photos, video, by 1 a.m.

PHOTOS:

Photo coverage from North Carolina, South Carolina. Additional photos expected.

VIDEO:

Broadcast and online edits available from North Carolina and South Carolina, FEMA. Additional video expected.

INTERACTIVES:

Interactive hurricane tracker, Florence Precipitation Forecast, NC Outer Banks Demographic maps.

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