Volunteers from all over North Carolina have been  helping to rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence  in New Bern, North Carolina. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

As the flat-bottomed fishing boat crept into a swirling river that had once been Summer Haven Lane, Tray Tillman scanned the brown floodwaters and hal(...)

North Carolina governor, Roy Cooper: ‘To those in the storm’s path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place’ Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

Thousands of people were without power and hundreds had to be rescued on Friday as Hurricane Florence made landfall on the east coast of the United St(...)

Flood waters  in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. Photograph: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images

The US is bracing itself for its biggest hurricane so far this year. Heavy rains and winds began to lash the outer banks of North Carolina and the so(...)

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, US, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast. Photograph: AP Photo/Chuck Burton

The east coast of the United States is bracing for a major hurricane as Hurricane Florence gathered pace in the Atlantic Ocean. Satellite imagery on (...)

First lady Melania Trump,  accompanied by US vice-president Mike Pence, left, applauds as  Donald Trump speaks to employees at the FEMA headquarters on Wednesday in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Harnik /AP

After spending nearly a month out of the public eye, Melania Trump emerged from the White House on Wednesday, putting an end to at least a few of the (...)

Volunteers rescue horses at a stable during the ‘Lilac fire’ in Bonsall, California, on Thursday. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images

Firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structure(...)

Donald Trump walks past hurricane wreckage as he participates in a walking tour  in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The official death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has increased to 34 from 16, the US territory’s governor has said. Ricardo Rossello also (...)

Hundreds of people gather in an emergency shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida, September 8th, 2017, ahead of Hurricane Irma. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Florida has braced for one of the most violent storms on record, as Hurricane Irma barrelled through the Caribbean and Cuba on Friday, leaving a trail(...)

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans on 2005. Photograph:  Reuters/Michael Appleton/New York Daily News

A late August hurricane menacing the Gulf Coast. Residents plucked from rooftops. A convention centre repurposed as an emergency shelter. A test of a (...)

Kenneth Bryant and his wife, Jennifer Bryant, search through debris from Bryant’s Auto Sales in Katy, Texas after  Hurricane Harvey passed through. Photograph: Melissa Phillip /Houston Chronicle/AP

The Texan city of Houston will receive 2-3ft of additional rain in coming days, Mayor Sylvester Turner warned residents on Saturday as the most powerf(...)

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