Damaging wind gusts main threat during severe weather this afternoon

Damaging wind gusts main threat during severe weather this afternoon

There is another level 1 threat for severe weather on Tuesday. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the National Weather Service has much of central North Carolina under a Level 1, or marginal, risk for severe storms. Gardner said the biggest threat could be gusty winds as a storm system moves into the state from the northwest after 4 p.m. The first half of the day will be clear, but the chance for scattered storms…

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Level 1 threat for severe weather means gusty winds, storms again today

Level 1 threat for severe weather means gusty winds, storms again today

There is another level 1 threat for severe weather on Tuesday. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the National Weather Service has much of central North Carolina under a Level 1, or marginal, risk for severe storms. Gardner said the biggest threat could be gusty winds as a storm system moves into the state from the northwest. The first half of the day will be clear, but the chance for scattered storms will move in…

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Progress made on containing 2 western N. Carolina wildfires

Progress made on containing 2 western N. Carolina wildfires

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Federal and North Carolina firefighters have made progress containing two wildfires in western North Carolina, the U.S. Forest Service said on Sunday. The Camp Daniel Boone fire in Haywood County in the Pisgah National Forest covered about 70 acres as of Sunday afternoon and was two-thirds contained, according to a forest service news release. The Cals Creek fire, burning in the Nantahala National Forest in Macon County was about 90 acres but…

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Level 1 threat for severe weather means scattered storms, gusty winds for some

Level 1 threat for severe weather means scattered storms, gusty winds for some

The region is under a level 1 risk for severe weather on Monday, with scattered storms likely to move in after 4 p.m. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the storms should move through from the northwest to the southeast quickly and have the potential to produce strong, gusty winds. Before that, Monday will be a mostly dry day with cloudy skies and a high around 80 degrees in Raleigh. Isolated rain is possible, but…

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Crews work to control multi-acre wildfire in New Hanover County

Crews work to control multi-acre wildfire in New Hanover County

Fire in Porters Neck area on April 4, 2020. (Photo: Zach Lucas) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The NC Forest Service (NCFS) is still working to control a wildfire that ignited in the Porters Neck area Saturday afternoon. As of Sunday morning, NCFS ground crews say the fire is approximately 17 acres. – Advertisement – “There are fire lines around the full perimeter of the fire, and it has extinguished itself for the most…

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Four homes damaged during fire in Fuquay-Varina

Four homes damaged during fire in Fuquay-Varina

Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — Four residential units were damaged in a fire that happened Saturday in Fuquay-Varina. Officials said the fire happened at 611 Tilley St. Fire officials said the units were damaged beyond occupation. The call came in around 5:15 p.m., and crews from Fuquay-Varina Fire and Holly Springs Fire responded, putting out the fire in about 20 minutes. The Red Cross was assisting the families who were impacted. The cause of the fire is…

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‘This is almost like a spring hurricane’: COVID-19 restrictions dry up diving business

‘This is almost like a spring hurricane’: COVID-19 restrictions dry up diving business

Wrightsville Beach Diving is not currently taking any charters out to sea after a new order from New Hanover County closed marinas (photo: Sydney Bouchelle/WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County amended its state of emergency on Friday. The amendment closes all boat ramps and marinas, public and private. But, some business owners rely on the water to keep their business afloat. – Advertisement – “This is almost like a spring hurricane for…

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North Carolina, U.S. firefighters work to contain wildfires

North Carolina, U.S. firefighters work to contain wildfires

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Firefighters kept working on Saturday to slow the spread of western North Carolina wildfires that have spread due to high winds, the U.S. Forest Service said. A fire that began on private property Friday in Haywood County expanded to the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of Pisgah National Forest, covering 50 acres, the forest service said in a news release. Another fire covering 30 acres in Macon County also began on private property…

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Cold, pesky rain showers could increase flooding threat

Cold, pesky rain showers could increase flooding threat

AUSTIN, Texas — While the threat of severe weather has lowered, any additional rain could cause flooding. In addition, an already saturated soil means that the water will take some time to recede.   RELATED: Today’s Allergy Report Remaining unsettled over the weekend KVUE A shallow yet potent cold airmass is bringing some unseasonably below-normal temperatures. Most of Central Texas is experiencing temps in the mid to low 40s.  KVUE Showers are forecast to increase…

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Austin Pets Alive! Town Lake Animal Center experiences flooding

Austin Pets Alive! Town Lake Animal Center experiences flooding

AUSTIN, Texas — After a flood warning was issued in Travis and Hay’s counties for storms in the Austin area on Friday, Austin Pets Alive!‘s Town Lake Animal Center took on water. The organization posted a video on Twitter showing efforts to pump water out of the shelter as rain continued to pour down. The person in the video said outdated drainage systems of the 70-year-old facility have effectively turned the site into a “big…

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Carolina Hurricanes furlough more than half of staff through June 7 amid coronavirus pandemic

Carolina Hurricanes furlough more than half of staff through June 7 amid coronavirus pandemic

RALEIGH (WTVD) — The Carolina Hurricanes announced Friday that it would be placing 55 percent of the staff on furlough effective immediately through June 7th. Those employees will now be encouraged to take advantage of the federal government’s stimulus package. RELATED: Hurricanes president, team owner deny reports of halting pay for full-time employees From the team’s statement: “Employees placed on furlough who are not eligible to collect 100% of their full base salaries via unemployment…

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Flash Flood Warning In Effect For Parts Of Austin And Travis County Until 7:30 P.M.

Flash Flood Warning In Effect For Parts Of Austin And Travis County Until 7:30 P.M.

A line of strong storms are moving through the Austin area Friday, as parts of Austin, southern Travis County and all of Hays County are under a flash flood warning until 7:30 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for southern Travis County, including Mustang Ridge, and parts of Caldwell and Hays Counties, including San Marcos and Lockhart, until 5:30 p.m. Travis, Caldwell and Hays counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8…

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Hurricanes place over half of full-time staff on furlough, implement plans to ‘make staff whole’

Hurricanes place over half of full-time staff on furlough, implement plans to ‘make staff whole’

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Friday that they were placing 55% of their staff on furlough. The Hurricanes shared plans to “make staff whole” by ensuring that staff who can’t collect unemployment after the furlough period will be compensated fully. All the staff placed on furlough will still receive healthcare benefits.

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Hurricanes place over half of full-time staff on furlough, implement plans to 'make staff whole'

Hurricanes place over half of full-time staff on furlough, implement plans to 'make staff whole'

By Lauren Brownlow, WRALSportsFan columnist/reporter The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Friday they would placing 55% of their full-time staff on furlough through June 7. The NHL has been on pause since March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The team and the PNC Arena staff were forced to shut down their offices on March 23 to ensure the team followed proper social distancing procedures. On March 17, the team announced that it would compensate its part-time…

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CSU predicts above average activity for 2020 hurricane season

CSU predicts above average activity for 2020 hurricane season

Hurricane Florence flooding (Photo: WCTI) (CBS News) — As the world battles the coronavirus crisis, researchers are warning of a potentially active Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, which kicks off June 1 through the end of November. For the 37th year in a row, Colorado State University (CSU) issued its hurricane season forecast Thursday — and the numbers appear significantly above normal. – Advertisement – Specifically, the team forecasts 16 named tropical systems; 12 is the average. Eight of those…

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Experts predict busier-than-average hurricane season

Experts predict busier-than-average hurricane season

HOUSTON — The tropical meteorologists at Colorado State University, headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach, has released their prediction for the upcoming 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and already it’s looking to be a busy one. Klotzbach and his team are calling for an above-average hurricane season totaling: 16 named storms 8 hurricanes 4 major hurricanes The average number of storms we see in a given year is 12.  Klotzbach says a couple of factors have lined…

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NWS: Severe thunderstorms Friday could bring large hail, damaging winds to San Antonio

NWS: Severe thunderstorms Friday could bring large hail, damaging winds to San Antonio

The San Antonio area could face severe thunderstorms on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The San Antonio area could face severe thunderstorms on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Photo: National Weather Service Photo: National Weather Service Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 The San Antonio area could face severe thunderstorms on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The San Antonio area could face severe thunderstorms…

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2020 Hurricane Season forecast to be active

2020 Hurricane Season forecast to be active

NEW ORLEANS — The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1st and predictions are already being made.  Colorado State University released their first forecast and call for an above-normal season. The forecast calls for 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes ( category 3 or higher). A normal season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.  Payton Malone Typically when we have an El Nino wind shear is stronger and…

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Warm Gulf, lack of El Nino mean active hurricane season, experts predict

Warm Gulf, lack of El Nino mean active hurricane season, experts predict

Matthew Cappucci, The Washington Post Published 12:19 pm CDT, Thursday, April 2, 2020 This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaching the Bahamas and Florida at 22:20UTC on August 31, 2019. This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaching the Bahamas and Florida at 22:20UTC on August 31, 2019. Photo: HO, Getty Photo: HO, Getty Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1…

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Double strike: Tornado, virus push Tennesseans to the limit

Double strike: Tornado, virus push Tennesseans to the limit

By ADRIAN SAINZ and JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Jose Cojom’s house collapsed around his family in a tornado that struck after midnight, he knew his life was going to get much harder. But that was just the beginning. A few weeks later, the restaurant where he cooks closed its doors because of the coronavirus. Now, living in a rental apartment, Cojom’s family faces an uncertain future, unsure whether to rebuild or…

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Unprecedented Push To Educate Remotely Means Big Ask Of School Technology In Texas And Beyond

Unprecedented Push To Educate Remotely Means Big Ask Of School Technology In Texas And Beyond

When Gov. Greg Abbott closed schools on March 19 to slow the spread of COVID-19, he kicked off an unprecedented push to educate students remotely in Texas. Kenneth Thompson has been running nonstop for weeks, and he is tired. The Chief Information Technology officer for the San Antonio Independent School District is trying to put a device in each students’ hands — 4th through 12th grade.   “We’re doing in three weeks what we have planned…

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Father-son photo taken days before tornado destroys home

Father-son photo taken days before tornado destroys home

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter JONESBORO, AK (AP) — Three days after a photo posted on Facebook showed an Arkansas doctor looking through a glass door to see his 1-year-old son crawl for the first time, the family’s home was destroyed by a tornado. Alyssa Burks of Jonesboro posted the photo on Wednesday that shows her husband, Dr. Jared Burks, touching a glass door from the outside while their son, Zeke, touched it from…

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Severe weather likely this afternoon, Fayetteville could beat a heat record

Severe weather likely this afternoon, Fayetteville could beat a heat record

By Peta Sheerwood, WRAL meteorologist Raleigh, N.C. — Sunday will be another hot day, but a chance for rain and severe storms could move into the region by this afternoon. The storm system from the west could move into the Triangle by 4 p.m., bringing rain to the area. Counties north of the Triangle have a greater chance for severe weather and are under a level 1 risk for severe weather. Isolated hail and gusty…

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Arkansas tornado destroys home of doctor whose touching photo with 1-year-old son went viral

Arkansas tornado destroys home of doctor whose touching photo with 1-year-old son went viral

JONESBORO, Ark. — A powerful tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, injuring six people and destroying homes and businesses. Among those who lost their homes was a doctor whose touching photo with his son went viral recently. Dr. Jared Burks is a first-year resident on the front lines of fighting the coronavirus pandemic at a hospital in Arkansas. As his one-year-old son Zeke learns to crawl, Burks can only visit him separated by glass….

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Tornado tears through Arkansas college town, with 6 hurt

Tornado tears through Arkansas college town, with 6 hurt

JONESBORO, Ark. — A tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, leaving six people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro. The six people reported injured were taken to a local hospital with minor juries, Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said. The tornado did major damage at the Mall at Turtle Creek and Jonesboro Municipal Airport. Like much of the rest of the world, Jonesboro is working to fight…

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Roofs, walls and ceilings scattered after tornado hits Jonesboro, Arkansas

Roofs, walls and ceilings scattered after tornado hits Jonesboro, Arkansas

JONESBORO, Arkansas — Officials say a tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas and hurt three people in the college town of Jonesboro. Local media coverage showed buildings missing walls and with roofs ripped away Saturday. Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that three people hurt were hospitalized and that first responders were searching the area. Forecasters with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, warned that a severe weather outbreak was possible for…

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Life On The U.S.-Mexico Frontier Dramatically Altered By Partial Border Shutdown

Life On The U.S.-Mexico Frontier Dramatically Altered By Partial Border Shutdown

The streets of downtown Laredo, Texas, are deserted. For decades, this dense retail district has catered to Mexican shoppers coming across the bridge from Nuevo Laredo. But these days, stores like Cindy’s Electronics, Classic Perfumes, and Casa Raul Mens’ Clothes are shuttered. “Now our business has dropped 80 to 90%,” says Natividad Dominguez, leaning on a glass case full of empanadas, turnovers and donuts at Pano’s Bakery. “People would come across the bridge and pick…

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How Disaster-Tested H-E-B Navigates The Coronavirus Pandemic

How Disaster-Tested H-E-B Navigates The Coronavirus Pandemic

From Texas Standard: When it comes to disaster, no one beats Texas. Federal Emergency Management Agency records show that since 1953, Texas has filed more federal disaster declarations than any other state: a total of 355. And few Texas retailers have been as battle-tested by the state’s natural disaster history as H-E-B, the San Antonio-based grocery chain that began as a single store in 1905 and has grown to more than 300 stores in Texas…

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Texas Workforce Commission Says It Will 'Help Everyone That Needs Help' With Unemployment Benefits

Texas Workforce Commission Says It Will 'Help Everyone That Needs Help' With Unemployment Benefits

The agency that handles Texas’ unemployment benefits system says the situation unfolding because of the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything it has ever dealt with before. On a normal day, one of the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers gets around 13,000 calls. But on March 22 alone, one of the centers received 100,000 calls, Executive Director Ed Serna said during a Facebook Live video Wednesday.  RELATED | COVID-19 Is Costing People Their Jobs. Here’s How…

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3.3 Million File For Unemployment Claims, Shattering Records

3.3 Million File For Unemployment Claims, Shattering Records

Updated at 10:51 a.m. ET A record 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country. The Labor Department’s report for the week ended March 21 was one of the first official indicators of how many people have suddenly been forced out of work nationally. In the prior report, for the week ended March 14, initial claims totaled 282,000. “This marks the highest level of…

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Hurricanes president, team owner deny reports of halting pay for full-time employees

Hurricanes president, team owner deny reports of halting pay for full-time employees

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — It was just last week that the Carolina Hurricanes announced a plan to provide some income to part-time PNC arena employees throughout the pandemic. Today, the News and Observer reported that full-time employees of the Hurricanes would cease being paid starting next week. The Hurricane’s team owner, Tom Dundon, denies those claims. “This is not something that’s really come up yet so I don’t know what happens in the future but…

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WEATHER MINDS CLASSROOM: Severe Weather 101

WEATHER MINDS CLASSROOM: Severe Weather 101

SAN ANTONIO — Severe weather can occur often in South Texas, especially during the spring months. When severe weather threatens the area, it is important to know what risks a storm can bring and what you should do to stay safe. One of the most important things to know is where you are located on a map, so when a watch or warning is put into place, you can identify if you are at risk….

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AccuWeather: 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecast calls for 'above-normal' tropical activity

AccuWeather: 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecast calls for 'above-normal' tropical activity

Though coronavirus is in the spotlight right now, it would be handy to remember that we are nearly two months out from the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. On top of last year’s hectic hurricane season, forecasters are anticipating another busy year. Hurricane season starts on June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, AccuWeather’s meteorologists believe the Atlantic basin will see 14 to 18 tropical storms during this upcoming season. Of those storms, seven to nine…

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AccuWeather predicts above-normal Atlantic hurricane season

AccuWeather predicts above-normal Atlantic hurricane season

Meteorologists with AccuWeather are predicting an above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic basin in 2020. The AccuWeather hurricane team, led by meteorologist Dan Kottlowksi, said 14 to 18 tropical storms are expected during the 2020 season, which starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Seven to nine of those storms are expected to become hurricanes, and two to four could strengthen into major hurricanes. “It’s going to be an above-normal season,” Kottlowski said in a…

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State awards more than $22M to coastal towns for Hurricane Florence recovery

State awards more than $22M to coastal towns for Hurricane Florence recovery

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The state Division of Water Resources has awarded $22 million to 13 coastal towns and counties to help with recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence. “Coastal communities are still in the rebuilding and recovery phase more than a year after Hurricane Florence left its devastating impact,” said Michael Regan, Secretary of the N.C. Department…

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How Three Corners Of Texas Are Faring Amid Pandemic

How Three Corners Of Texas Are Faring Amid Pandemic

From Texas Standard: As of Monday morning, there is no statewide shelter-in-place order in Texas like the ones in New York and California. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order last week requiring bars and gyms to close and restaurants to limit service to takeout orders. But he said expanding that to shelter in place would be up to local officials. Abbott is also looking to grow the state’s supply of safety equipment for…

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FEMA's Fight Against Disinformation, From National Lockdown Rumors To Stockpiling

FEMA's Fight Against Disinformation, From National Lockdown Rumors To Stockpiling

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is trying to knock down a series of rumors and falsehoods that have been spreading along with the coronavirus pandemic. It launched a page on its website called Coronavirus Rumor Control to fight the misinformation, as officials work to assure the public there is, in fact, no “national quarantine,” nor has FEMA has deployed “military assets.” “No, FEMA does not have military assets,” the site notes. Acting DHS Secretary Chad…

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How Hurricane Harvey Prepared Houston for the Coronavirus

How Hurricane Harvey Prepared Houston for the Coronavirus

Businesses shuttered. People trapped in their homes. Normal life grinding to a halt. Neighbors helping neighbors, knowing that help may not be coming.  To Houstonians like me, this is all starting to feel very familiar. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey dumped 1.2 trillion gallons of water on Harris County over the course of just four days, turning highways into rivers, parks into lakes, and downtown skyscrapers into moated citadels surrounded by fetid brown slurry. Around…

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