Hurricane Michael: deadly storm hits Carolinas after ‘obliterating’ Florida coast – live updates | US news

11.53am EDT11:53 The Guardian’s Jamiles Lartey, who weathered the storm in Marianna, Florida, has re-established contact and will be filing a dispatch on the ground shortly. Jamiles Lartey (@JamilesLartey) Hey all thanks for your concerns and well wishes. I’m safe here in Marianna– Towers are back online, no doubt thanks to the folks I met …

South Carolina shooting: one officer killed and six injured in Florence county | US news

Seven law enforcement officers were shot, one fatally, in a confrontation Wednesday with a suspect who held children hostage in a South Carolina home, authorities said. The suspect was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff. The gunfire erupted in an upscale neighborhood of Florence, a city of about 37,000 people still reeling from heavy …

‘Worst yet to come’: 16 dead as North Carolina faces Florence flooding | World news

As the death toll from Florence rose and hundreds were rescued from their flooded homes, North Carolina slid into the next stage of the disaster: catastrophic flooding. On Saturday Mitch Colvin, mayor of Fayetteville, told reporters: “The worst is yet to come.” On Sunday, the death toll in North and South Carolina rose to 16; …

Hurricane Florence: more than 1m ordered to evacuate in South Carolina and Virginia | World news

More than a million people living along the coastlines of South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate their homes on Tuesday, as parts of America’s mid-Atlantic coast brace for what could be the most powerful storm to ever hit the region. Hurricane Florence is expected to bring potentially catastrophic winds, flooding and storm …

Katie Arrington: Republican congressional hopeful seriously hurt in car crash | US news

Katie Arrington, a South Carolina lawmaker who defeated US representative Mark Sanford in a Republican primary this month, has been seriously injured in a car crash in which one person was killed. A spokesman for Arrington, Michael Mule, told news outlets the state representative from Summerville had undergone surgery and was recovering in a Charleston-area …