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Hurricane Florence

Oct 10, 2018

Court blocks tree removal company after price-gouging claim

A North Carolina judge is shutting down a tree-removal company temporarily after the state’s attorney general accused it of price gouging after Hurricane Florence. Multiple media organizations reported that the state Attorney General’s office secured a preliminary injunction Monday against A1 Tree & Storm Relief of Lexington. That means that business owner Alva Wilson Lewis [&helli[...]

Oct 3, 2018

NC order will let out-of-state attorneys aid Florence victims

The North Carolina Supreme Court has approved a temporary amendment to the rules of the North Carolina State Bar to let attorneys from other states register to provide pro bono assistance to residents of the state who were affected by Hurricane Florence. The services must be provided through a legal aid organization, and the temporary […]

Sep 27, 2018

US House approves $1.7 billion in disaster aid for Carolinas

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would provide $1.7 billion to help residents of the Carolinas and elsewhere recover from recent natural disasters. The aid was added to legislation to keep Federal Aviation Administration programs running beyond month’s end. The bill passed 398-23. Lawmakers describe the disaster aid as a down payment. They […]

Sep 24, 2018

Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise

Hurricane Florence is by no means done with the Carolinas, where some rivers are still rising and thousands of people were told to plan to leave their homes on Monday before rivers reach their crest. About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, were alerted to be prepared to evacuate potential flood zones […]

Sep 20, 2018

After Florence’s ferocity, exhaustion sets in on Wilmington

The sun rises blazing hot over Wilmington, and the line for ice is shorter than it was the day before. The lines across town for tarps and bottled water have dwindled, as well, and Brian Gray takes that as a hopeful sign that desperation is giving way to something else. Hurricane Florence had marooned this […]

Sep 20, 2018

How the NC legal community is helping after Florence

By the time that North Carolina Lawyers Weekly went to press Sept. 20, Hurricane Florence had dropped up to three feet of rain in parts of the state, leading to flooding with the potential for more on the way. The Cape Fear River has already risen to 25 feet above flood stage according to the […]

Sep 19, 2018

Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits stricken area

The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged North […]

Sep 19, 2018

3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals Tuesday, as major flooding is continuing after […]

Sep 17, 2018

Emergency crews throw supply lifeline to isolated Wilmington

Throwing a lifeline to a city surrounded by floodwaters, emergency crews delivered food and water to Wilmington on Monday as rescuers picked up more people stranded by Hurricane Florence and the storm’s remnants took aim at the densely populated Northeast. The death toll from Florence rose to at least 20, and crews elsewhere used helicopters […]

Sep 17, 2018

Florence flooding spreads as storm heads northeast

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 rivers. The deadly storm was still dumping rain and had top winds around 30 mph […]

Sep 12, 2018

US says transfer from FEMA funds won’t harm hurricane relief

Trump administration officials pushed back Wednesday against a Democratic senator’s claim that nearly $10 million from the government’s disaster relief agency was transferred to immigration enforcement. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s claim, which came as a monster hurricane barreled toward the Carolinas, was quickly branded by Homeland Security as “a sorry attempt to push a false agen[...]

Sep 12, 2018

‘Don’t play games with it’: Florence takes aim at Southeast

People who thought they were relatively safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry along the Southeastern coast. Closing in with terrifying winds of 125 mph (205 kph) and potentially catastrophic rain and […]

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