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AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, MD

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 919-510-8937, 202-641-9660, 410-837-8315, 804-643-6646 or metro@ap.org. AP-Mid-Atlantic News Editor Steve McMillan can be reached at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING,

TROPICAL WEATHER-SHIFTING SANDS

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. — Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carolina ringed with sandbags to offer some armor against the pounding surf. By Michael Biesecker and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURGE

WASHINGTON — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence’s monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren’t walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a hurricane’s winds pushing relentlessly on the shore, they are more like domes of high water that form as the ocean spreads inland. The high water has destructive waves on top, and it comes in addition to normal tides. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL STORM-FLEEING TO FLORIDA

ORLANDO, Fla. — With Hurricane Florence barreling toward their home near Wilmington, North Carolina, Allison Hales Jordan and her husband boarded up their house, packed up their car and headed to Walt Disney World in Florida with their two teenage children. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-PUERTO RICO

WASHINGTON — As Hurricane Florence bore down on the U.S. on Thursday, President Donald Trump angrily churned up the devastating storm of a year earlier, disputing the official death count from Hurricane Maria and falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him “look as bad as possible.” By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,190 words, photos, video, audio.

IN BRIEF:

— CHARLOTTE BUSINESS GROUPS: Two major North Carolina business groups are merging to promote economic development and job growth in their region.

— ALCOHOL-GUNS-HIGH SCHOOL: Police say a student has been caught at a North Carolina high school with guns, knives, ammunition and beer.

VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— FENTANYL SALE-SENTENCING: A Virginia man arrested after he tried to sell more than a pound of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to a police informant has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

— DOG ATTACK: A Virginia woman who was with her children when she was attacked by an English bull terrier and dragged to the ground is suing the dog’s owner for $600,000.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

— FUNERAL-FATAL SHOOTING: Maryland police say a man who was shot to death at a funeral was attending a service for his younger brother when he was killed.

— FATAL WRECK: Police say an off-duty Delaware police officer is the person who sparked a fatal highway crash that killed one person.

— IN-HOME NURSES: Some families and placement agencies in Maryland say they struggle to find and place in-home nurses as the state underpays them.

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