Hurricane Florence News

Guest Post: Post-Disaster Readiness: The Psychology of Downed Trees

We are grateful for friend of the Academy, Christopher J. Boggs, CPCU, ARM, ALCM, LPCS, AAI, APA, CWCA, CRIS, AINS, Executive Director, Big “I” Virtual University who provided this very personal post. Thanks, Chris. If you’ve ever experienced a hurricane …

Florence Crop Damage to Farms in the Carolinas Could Cost Billions

Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. After last weekend’s high winds and rain that …

Remnants of Florence Spawned Six Tornadoes in Virginia

The National Weather Service has confirmed that the remnants of Hurricane Florence spawned a total of six tornadoes in Virginia earlier this week. Five of the tornadoes on Monday were spread across the Richmond metro area. A sixth tornado hit …

Florence Death Toll Climbs to 37; Trump Visits Stricken Area

The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two mental health patients who drowned when a sheriff’s van was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home …

West Virginia Spared Worst of Florence Rains, Floods

Worried West Virginians got a reprieve when forecasts of potential devastating floods didn’t come to fruition from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. The storm brought 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) of rain in most parts of the …

After Spate of Typhoons & Hurricanes, World’s Oceans May Take a Breather

With the remnants of Hurricane Florence wringing out heavy rain through the Appalachians and New England this week, and Typhoon Mangkhut winding down in southern China, it looks like the world’s oceans may take a breather. There are few significant …

After Florence Floods, Uninsured Awaken to Painful Reality

Flood insurance was far from Stephanie Walker’s mind in 2015 when she moved her family into a home in Fayetteville in central North Carolina, nearly 200 miles (320 km) from the coast. The next year, a creek at the end …

North Carolina Sets Up Insurance Camps, Victim Assistance Centers With FEMA, NFIP

Consumer assistance centers and insurance camps have been set up in areas of North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence, according to a statement from North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. “We are going in to flood-ravaged areas to assist people …

Duke Restores Power to 1.2 Million in Carolinas as Florence Heads North

Duke Energy Corp., the biggest utility in the Carolinas, has faced a three-front war as it battles back against the wet and dangerously wild effects of Hurricane Florence. The company restored power to almost 80 percent of customers who went …

Hydroelectric Dams Operating at Peak to Manage Florence’s Floods

Florence’s driving rains are forcing hydroelectric dam operators to run generators at full tilt and open flood gates that haven’t been used in more than 20 years. The Tennessee Valley Authority — which operates dams in Tennessee, Georgia and other …