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Few Wells Are Tested For Contamination After Massive Flooding From Hurricanes Florence And Michael

By Rebecca Beitsch Hundreds of thousands of homes in the Southeast may have had their wells inundated by record-level floodwater resulting from major hurricanes this year, yet only a fraction have been tested for harmful contaminants. That’s because North and South Carolina, Florida and Georgia — like most other states — don’t require routine testing […]

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North Carolina Has A Massive Mosquito Problem After Hurricane Florence

Some of the largest known mosquitoes in the world are creating a buzz across parts of North Carolina, and residents have Hurricane Florence to thank for it. An outbreak of blood-sucking mosquitoes called Psorophora ciliata, or “gallinippers,” which can grow three times larger than regular mosquitos, is being reported in parts of the state flooded by […]

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For These Florence Survivors, The Threat Of Drug Relapse Was Scarier Than Any Floodwaters

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. ― Randolph Alcorn was almost in tears. The 30-year-old had come from Louisiana for a contract job fixing power lines damaged by Hurricane Florence. After 16-hour days in the elements, he said he’d been soaking wet, from rain or sweat or both, from the day he arrived in North Carolina. But what really […]

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Hurricanes Are A Relapse Danger For Drug Users, But Experts Have A Plan For Florence

In Wilmington, North Carolina, Robert Childs went to Home Depot to get supplies to board up the windows on his home before he fled the city for Atlanta in advance of Hurricane Florence.  “During the storm, everything gets disrupted,” said Childs, a drug policy consultant at the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition. “It’s about getting everyone to […]

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Hurricane Florence Evacuation Orders Come With Tough Choices For Medical Facilities

Hurricane Florence is approaching the southeastern coast of the U.S. with wind speeds of about 120 miles per hour. It’s expected to cause “life-threatening” storm surges and heavy rainfall for the Carolinas once it reaches shore on late Thursday and Friday, the National Hurricane Center reported Wednesday. Officials in the Carolinas strongly urged millions of people […]