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Female Detainees Drown After Van Swept Away in SC

2 deputies in vehicle survived

(Newser) - Two female mental health patients detained for medical transport drowned Tuesday night when a sheriff's department van was swept away in rising South Carolina flood waters, authorities say. Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff's office van was carrying two detainees and two deputies... More »

SC Couple Died Running Generator Inside House

Death toll at 13, as National Hurricane Center warns of 'catastrophic' flooding

(Newser) - A South Carolina couple died not from the wrath of Florence, but rather from carbon monoxide poisoning after running a generator inside their home, reports the AP . Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said 63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion were found in a Loris home... More »

Florence: 7 Dead, Nearly 1M in the Dark

By the numbers, it's pretty grim

(Newser) - How do you measure a disaster like Florence? In sum, the storm is turning out to be every bit as devastating as forecasters expected, and it's far from done, with trillions of gallons of rain in the forecast, hundreds of people needing rescue, nearly a million power outages and... More »

Florence Barely Moving, and That's Bad News

Storm moving at 3mph, which means hours and hours of rain for the Carolinas

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90mph winds and terrifying storm surge Friday, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching, per the AP . More than 60 people had to be... More »

See What a Flood Surge of 9 Feet Looks Like

Thanks to augmented reality

(Newser) - The unwelcome Florence has almost arrived. The Category 2 hurricane is due to make landfall in North Carolina on Friday with devastating consequences , and the Washington Post reports that flooding already has begun. See the National Hurricane Center for the latest, including projections on rainfall and wind along the storm'... More »

Florence Warning: 'Do Not Focus on Wind Speed Category'

It's now a Category 2, but 'disaster is at the doorstep, and it's coming in'

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence has lost a bit of steam, but that doesn't mean the Carolinas are out of the woods. The BBC reports that wind speeds have come down to 110mph, reslotting the hurricane into the Category 2 category from a Category 3, per a National Hurricane Center advisory... More »

Hurricane Florence's Projected Path Makes 'Unusual' Shift

The storm may turn left

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence is still expected to make landfall in the Carolinas, but from there the path may be changing. USA Today reports the storm had been predicted to amble northward but may now instead slow and twist toward the left, putting South Carolina in greater jeopardy (see this map ).... More »

Florence's Quiet Potential Disaster: Hog Manure

NC farmers fear hurricane will overflow or collapse lagoons

(Newser) - Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound—vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid... More »

1M Ordered to Evacuate as Florence Approaches

Hurricane is 'very Harvey-esque'

(Newser) - "We're not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina," says Gov. Henry McMaster, who has ordered the mandatory evacuation of the state's entire coastline, effective noon Tuesday, as Hurricane Florence closes in. McMaster says lanes on four main roads leading from... More »

East Coast, Here Comes Florence

Carolinas, Virginia bracing for hurricane later this week

(Newser) - Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, reports the AP . Florence crossed the 74mph threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane Sunday morning. Forecasters in the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Florence was expected... More »

States of Emergency Declared Ahead of Florence

This tropical storm is expected to get fierce by mid-week

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a hurricane late Saturday, weather forecasters say. The National Hurricane Center said Saturday the storm was expected to become a "major hurricane" by Tuesday as it passes between Bermuda and the Bahamas on... More »

Serial Killer Claims More Bodies Buried Near Interstate

Search failed to uncover more Todd Kohlhepp victims

(Newser) - One of South Carolina's most notorious serial killers claims to have buried two more bodies near an interstate—but a full day of searching Wednesday failed to find any remains. Police using cadaver dogs searched an area near Interstate 26 in southern Spartanburg County without success after receiving information... More »

Woman Dies Trying to Save Dog From Alligator in SC

Cassandra Cline, 45, was a Hilton Head resident

(Newser) - An extremely rare alligator attack claimed the life of a 45-year-old South Carolina woman Monday. The Island Packet reports Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island was walking her dog in a residential area of the private Sea Pines Resort she lived in around 9:30am when the attack occurred. "... More »

SC Company Laying Off All but 8 Workers Over Tariffs

Element Electronics says it's trying to get the products off the list

(Newser) - As the China-US tariff volley continues—China on Wednesday announced a 25% tariff on an additional $16 billion worth of US goods in retaliation for our similar move, reports CNBC —the consequences have become real for one South Carolina company. The State reports TV-maker Element Electronics is citing the... More »

Ex-GOP Leader Is Charged With a Sad, Strange Crime

Todd Kincannon, 37, is hospitalized after allegedly killing his mother's dog

(Newser) - The former head of South Carolina's Republican Party has continued his downward spiral by allegedly butchering his mother's dog and saying God told him to do it, the State reports. Police say Todd Kincannon, 37, choked and stabbed his mother's 10-year-old cattle/beagle mix at his parents' Greenville... More »

Trump: If SC Gov. Loses, It's a 'Major Defeat' for Me

'So please, get your asses out tomorrow and vote'

(Newser) - President Trump campaigned Monday for South Carolina's GOP governor, who is in a tense runoff election—but made the vote all about himself, too. Speaking of Gov. Henry McMaster, Trump told an overflow rally crowd in West Columbia: "If a horrible thing happened and we weren't lucky... More »

House Candidate Recovering After 2 More Surgeries

'She's a fighter'

(Newser) - South Carolina State Rep. Katie Arrington is in critical but stable condition after two major surgeries following a car crash Friday night, authorities say—and the Republican's associates say it would take a lot more than that to halt her bid for US Congress. Her campaign says she isn'... More »

Lawmaker Who Beat Mark Sanford Is Badly Injured

Katie Arrington is hospitalized in Charleston area

(Newser) - A South Carolina lawmaker who defeated US Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid has been seriously injured in a car wreck and will require weeks of recovery and more procedures, according to her spokesman, the AP reports. State Rep. Katie Arrington has undergone surgery for her injuries and was... More »

Sanford Loses GOP Primary After Trump Attack

President called him 'nothing but trouble'

(Newser) - Rep. Mark Sanford can now spend as much time as he wants hiking the Appalachian Trail : The congressman and South Carolina governor lost his Republican primary Tuesday, hours after a very critical tweet from President Trump, Politico reports. "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign... More »

Christmas Dud: Lottery Winners Won't Get Prizes

South Carolina lottery commission nullifies winning tickets that were dispensed in error

(Newser) - The Christmas miracle that wasn’t. Last year on Christmas Day, lottery dispensers at convenience stores and gas stations across South Carolina started doing something remarkable. For two hours they spewed out winning tickets of up to $500 like candy. Lottery officials quickly figured out the problem, and cashiers began... More »

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