In the wake of storms like Hurricane Florence, officials are spending a fortune rebuilding vulnerable beaches, devastating ecosystems in the process.
News audiences were rarely informed about the contribution of human-caused climate disruption to the devastating storm, according to a recent study.
Nearly half of the state's counties are shutting down polling places, and poorer, rural areas are likely to be the most affected.
Exposure to the contaminant, which contains arsenic, mercury and lead, has serious long-term health consequences.
Rainwater dumped by Hurricane Florence is moving to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.
"We have two hurricanes," says the Rev. William Barber about the recent storm. "The hurricane of poverty and lack of health care and lack of living wages that existed prior to the storm, and then we have the storm."
Duke Energy issues an emergency alert at the retired coal-fired Sutton power plant.
As the president helps volunteers at a church in the hard-hit town of New Bern, N.C., that state's governor warns evacuees not to return home because the flooding will get worse in places.
More than 5,000 hogs die as North Carolina farms are swamped. In a related development, release of waste pit contents poses an environmental threat.
Food and water are delivered to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 mostly cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters, as helicopter and boat crews pull people from swamped homes.