'I can't afford to leave my home': evacuating too costly for some in path of Hurricane Florence

For the poorest residents of the city of Myrtle Beach, the storm is a reminder of the city’s economic and racial inequality

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Defiant residents rush to prepare as Florence barrels towards Carolina coast

With Florence looming in the Atlantic, the city’s residents are defiant, stubborn, and asking for divine intervention to get through yet another Carolina hurricane

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Hurricane Florence: over 1m ordered to evacuate in Virginia and Carolinas

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