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Where to Call Home When Displaced by a Storm

As the pounding rains from Hurricane Florence finally ended, Lutrice Garcia left the shelter where she had spent several nights on a cot and tried to head home. But floodwaters from overflowing Crooked Creek covered the road and an emergency …

State Farm Gets OK for Long Range Drone Flights to Assess Hurricane Damage

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently granted a waiver to State Farm to allow the insurer the ability to inspect damage caused by Hurricane Florence. The approval, received just last week, allows State Farm to operate drones on longer range …

Hurricane Florence Insured Losses Could Reach $4.6B

Hurricane Florence’s winds and storm surge caused $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion in insured losses along the U.S. Southeast coast, according to an estimate from Verisk Analytics Inc.’s catastrophe risk modeler AIR Worldwide. That doesn’t include the impact of record …

Plan to Save Road Could Flood South Carolina Town’s Homes

Two years ago, from Hurricane Matthew and in 1999, from Hurricane Floyd, floodwaters came close to entering Joe Holmes’ house in South Carolina, but he dodged those bullets. Now, with Florence, he doesn’t feel so lucky. He worries the Waccamaw …

Hurricane Rating System Fails to Account for Deadly Rain

When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florence from a powerful Category 4 storm to a Category 2 and then a Category 1, Wayne Mills figured he could stick it out. He regrets it. The Neuse River, normally 150 feet away, lapped near …

Apps Like Waze May Not Steer Drivers Away From Disaster

Navigation apps like Waze are trying to help motorists avoid hurricane flooding. But can people really rely on their smartphones to steer themselves out of a disaster zone? Amid heavy rain from Florence, some smartphone or in-car map directions in …

Assessing the Potential Impact of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence may be just the first of several major storms to make landfall in the U.S. during hurricane season in 2018, but it’s impact will be significant. As of noon on Saturday, more than 30 inches of rain had …

Florence Flooding Concerns Worry N.C.’s Neighboring States

With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes swamped by swollen …

Warmer Temps Make Hurricanes Wetter, More Intense

A warmer world makes for nastier hurricanes. They are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster. Their storm surges are more destructive because climate change has already made the seas rise. And lately, the storms seem to be stalling more …

Data Mapping: Florence Could Disrupt Supply Chains Beyond Mid-Atlantic Region

The areas projected to be affected the most by Hurricane Florence—counties that have been asked to evacuate prior to landfall—are less populated than the areas affected by the 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Nate and Maria. Some urban areas directly impacted …