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Jerry Gray with his dog, Zoe, whom he also calls Sweetie and Hard Head. Zoe was the only pet his deceased wife, Hilda, would allow in their house. After losing his wife — and now his house — Gray says Zoe means everything to him. "If I lost her, forget it," he says. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Floodwaters From Florence Hit Elderly Hard

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John Gallagher in his truck in Fayetteville, N.C. "We've just been taking dispatch calls for swift water rescues, rescuing animals, missing persons," Gallagher said. Maddalena Richards/NPR hide caption

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The Cajun Navy: Heroes Or Hindrances In Hurricanes?

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Augustin Dieudomme looks toward the flooded entrance of his apartment complex near the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, N.C., on Tuesday, as the river continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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A house is surrounded by flood water in Lumberton, N.C., on Monday. Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Florence Death Toll Rises To 32 As Rivers Continue To Flood In N.C. And S.C.

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Jacob Harrelson and his wife, Beth, install protective plywood on a local business in anticipation of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C., on Wednesday. Phyllis B. Dooney for NPR hide caption

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Florence Making Landfall On Carolina Coast, Bringing Storm Surge, Heavy Rain

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Hurricane Florence will bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and South Carolina on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday. This satellite image was captured around 1:45 p.m. ET Wednesday. NOAA/STAR hide caption

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Are Hurricanes Getting Worse?

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Manure lagoons on hog farms like this one in eastern North Carolina flooded after Hurricane Floyd swept through in 1999, creating environmental and health concerns for nearby rivers. Farmers are worried that the scenario will repeat after Hurricane Florence hits this week. John Althouse/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hog Farmers Scramble to Drain Waste Pools Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

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Tropical Storm Florence is expected to approach the U.S. East Coast next week. Emergency officials have told residents to expect immediate threats of ocean swells, dangerous rip currents and coastal flooding. National Hurricane Center and NPR hide caption

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Researchers are using underwater microphones to help better understand the extensive array of animals living in oyster reefs. James Morrison/WUNC hide caption

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Darold Bowden, 43, of Linden, N.C., was arrested on Tuesday in connection with six cold-case rape investigations. Fayetteville Police Department hide caption

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A historical commission decided that Confederate monuments at the state Capitol building in Raleigh, including this one recognizing the North Carolina women of the Confederacy, will not be moved. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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