Families who are hurricane victims get new homes in time for the holidays

Families who are hurricane victims get new homes in time for the holidays

By Gilbert Baez, WRAL reporter Fayetteville, N.C. — Christmas came early for two families forced from their homes by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Family members turned the keys and walked into their new homes at the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity dedication Friday. This is an exciting day for Sharron Thompson who just got keys to her new Habitat home. For the past three years, the mother of five has been moving from place to place after…

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WATCH: Hurricane Harvey Fuels This Artist’s Imaginative Sculptures

WATCH: Hurricane Harvey Fuels This Artist’s Imaginative Sculptures

[embedded content] The Houston Center For Contemporary Craft is currently featuring a series of intricate sculptures inspired by the data gathered from extreme weather events, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The installations are rich with colorful textures and were created using a variety of materials by Boston-based artist Nathalie Miebach.  The pieces incorporate everything from barometric pressure readings to actual tweets by Houstonians who were experiencing Harvey in real-time. Curator Kathryn Hall believes “The…

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Corpus Christi business, politicians urge windstorm insurers to reject 5% rate hike

Corpus Christi business, politicians urge windstorm insurers to reject 5% rate hike

CLOSE A year after Hurricane Harvey changed the landscape of the coast, residents and business owners rallied against a ten percent windstorm rate hike. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Windstorm insurance on homes in Texas could increase by 5 percent next week.  The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association’s Board of Directors will vote Tuesday on a recommended 5 percent rate hike.  Local politicians and business leaders are urging the public to attend the hearing, which will…

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Carolina Hurricanes spread cheer with sick patients, help students shop for Christmas

Carolina Hurricanes spread cheer with sick patients, help students shop for Christmas

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — The Hurricanes spread out around the Triangle on one of many community days the team does throughout the year. Some players got the chance to help students from the Durham Nativity School spend $500 in gifts for their families. The players each pitched in $250 and the Canes matched with another $250 per student. This is Sue. 2nd bought with lung cancer. Battling stage 3 and going through chemo today. She’s…

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Vivian Howard raises $41,000 for Ocracoke restaurants after Hurricane Dorian

Vivian Howard raises $41,000 for Ocracoke restaurants after Hurricane Dorian

By Jessica Patrick, WRAL digital journalist Ocracoke, N.C. — Kinston chef and PBS star Vivian Howard has started a T-shirt fundraiser to help restaurants on Ocracoke Island recover from Hurricane Dorian. Howard began selling shirts in September after Dorian ravaged Ocracoke, an island 26 miles off North Carolina’s coast. The storm skirted along the coast with winds of up to 105 mph before making landfall Sept. 6 around 9:30 a.m. at Cape Hatteras. Dorian brought…

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Carolina Hurricanes take students Christmas shopping

Carolina Hurricanes take students Christmas shopping

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Some Carolina Hurricanes players will meet up with Durham students to do a little Christmas shopping on Wednesday. The players will link up with kids from Durham Nativity School to help them buy gifts for their families. They’ll go to Target at North Hills in Raleigh. Other players will visit area hospitals to give out gifts and Hurricanes-related items to patients. They’ll also sign autographs. The Hurricanes fell to Boston 2-0 on…

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Bank of America gifts $200K to house families struggling since Hurricane Florence

Bank of America gifts $200K to house families struggling since Hurricane Florence

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s Giving Tuesday and Bank of America is writing a hefty check to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. The non-profit’s executive director, Steve Spain, says the $200,000 comes at the right time. Spain says this money will help jump start their new efficiency cottage program, which is geared towards helping families that lived in mobile homes severely damaged by Hurricane Florence. He adds this program is a smaller version of their…

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How Hurricane Harvey Unexpectedly Revitalized Houston Barbecue Company

How Hurricane Harvey Unexpectedly Revitalized Houston Barbecue Company

Joseph and Lucinda Flores took over Houston Barbecue Company in Houston’s Energy Corridor neighborhood in 2014. Joseph had close to twenty years of restaurant experience with the Pappas family, Olive Garden, Chili’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings. He’d never run a barbecue joint, but he still knew the pair of massive steel smokers in the pit room were special. “When we walked back there on the tour, I was like, ‘Wow. These are old school,’” Flores said….

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Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2019: Here Are 10 Unputdownable Reads

Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2019: Here Are 10 Unputdownable Reads

My best books of the year list for 2019 is a mix of literary fiction and true crime and memoirs and essays. There are acclaimed authors here, as well as some brand new voices. The only thing that unites all these books is that, in my opinion, they are unputdownable. Copyright 2019 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air. TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. Our book critic Maureen Corrigan has put together…

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Hurricane season 2019 ends after 18 named storms, 6 hurricanes

Hurricane season 2019 ends after 18 named storms, 6 hurricanes

NEW ORLEANS — This 2019 hurricane season ended on Saturday, November 30. This season brought 18 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. Hurricane Dorian was the strongest storm of the season which devastated the Bahamas. The average numbers for an Atlantic season are 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted 10 to 17 named storms. It said five to nine of them would…

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Hurricane season has ended

Hurricane season has ended

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane season ended on November 30. The 2019 season was a busy one with 18 named storms. Six of those became hurricanes, and three were major hurricanes with Dorian being the strongest as a category 5 that devastated the Bahamas.  The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1. ► Track the tropics, live updates from Your Local Weather Experts delivered directly to you throughout the hurricane season by downloading the FREE…

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Technology to keep lights on could help prevent wildfires

Technology to keep lights on could help prevent wildfires

FILE – In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, workers bury utility lines in Paradise, Calif. A new technology being tested by California utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison, is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. less FILE – In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, workers bury utility lines in Paradise,…

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Above normal 2019 hurricane season officially over

Above normal 2019 hurricane season officially over

By Alfred Charles, WRAL.com managing editor Raleigh, N.C. — Hurricane season for 2019 is officially over and North Carolina — for the most part — was spared from widespread damage this time. The Atlantic hurricane season ended on Nov. 30, spawning 18 named storms and included six hurricanes of which three were “major,” according to a statement on the website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA forecasters predicted at the start of the…

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Hurricane season comes to an end

Hurricane season comes to an end

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane season ends today, November 30th. The 2019 season was a busy one with 18 named storms. Six of those became hurricanes and three were major hurricanes with Dorian being the strongest.  ► Track the tropics, live updates from Your Local Weather Experts delivered directly to you throughout the hurricane season by downloading the FREE WWL-TV News app now in the IOS App Store or Google Play. ‎Stay up-to-date with the latest…

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Cold front expected this afternoon; severe weather not likely

Cold front expected this afternoon; severe weather not likely

The next cold front is forecast to move through the Houston area late this afternoon. While we were monitoring the possibility of strong storms earlier this week, it appears as though that threat is minimal now at best.  KHOU The Storm Prediction Center has all but removed Houston from the threat of severe weather for Saturday and has shifted that ‘slight risk’ area further to the north and east.  They did leave a ‘marginal’ risk…

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Cold front expected this afternoon. Severe weather not likely.

Cold front expected this afternoon. Severe weather not likely.

The next cold front is forecast to move through the Houston area late this afternoon. While we were monitoring the possibility of strong storms earlier this week, it appears as though that threat is minimal now at best.  KHOU The Storm Prediction Center has all but removed Houston from the threat of severe weather for Saturday and has shifted that ‘slight risk’ area further to the north and east.  They did leave a ‘marginal’ risk…

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Residents return to damaged homes near burning TPC plant in Port Neches

Residents return to damaged homes near burning TPC plant in Port Neches

PORT NECHES, Texas — Jefferson County officials broke news everyone was waiting for days after the TPC plant fire began with a bang. “The evacuation order for the cities of Port Neches, Groves and Nederland, and the other areas named in the original evacuation order, is lifted,” said Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick. People who left their homes in a neighborhood across the street from the plant quickly came back. “There’s a back window that’s…

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River watchers already wary about 2020 spring flooding

River watchers already wary about 2020 spring flooding

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a year that has seen some of the worst flooding ever in parts of the Midwest, concern is already rising that the spring of 2020 may bring more high water to places that still haven’t fully recovered. Flooding ravaged much of the Missouri and Mississippi River basins and their tributaries earlier this year, reaching record levels and overwhelming levees in many places. Eight months later,…

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Cold front moves into Houston bringing showers and possible tornadoes

Cold front moves into Houston bringing showers and possible tornadoes

A cold front on Saturday afternoon may bring a chance of severe weather. A cold front on Saturday afternoon may bring a chance of severe weather. Photo: National Weather Service Photo: National Weather Service Image 1 of / 50 Caption Close Image 1 of 50 A cold front on Saturday afternoon may bring a chance of severe weather. A cold front on Saturday afternoon may bring a chance of severe weather. Photo: National Weather Service…

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Severe weather threat this weekend for Houston

Severe weather threat this weekend for Houston

The next cold front is forecast to move through the Houston area Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. Yes, most of us get excited for the cooler temperatures behind a cold front, but this one comes with a severe weather threat.  KHOU The Storm Prediction Center says there is a “Slight Risk” for severe storms for our north and eastern counties. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be the primary threat. The cold front will be…

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Volunteers give struggling Ocracoke families a full plate for Thanksgiving after Hurricane Dorian

Volunteers give struggling Ocracoke families a full plate for Thanksgiving after Hurricane Dorian

OCRACOKE, N.C. (WTVD) — Months after Hurricane Dorian swept up the North Carolina coast, many families still have a lot on their plate. With the effects of the storm still lingering throughout the area, some still don’t have homes and are dealing with limited resources. That’s why it was important for those struggling to bounce back from the natural disaster to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving. They were able to thanks to a religious organization and…

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Fisheries And Fishermen Hard Hit By Decline Of Oysters On Gulf Coast

Fisheries And Fishermen Hard Hit By Decline Of Oysters On Gulf Coast

Typically, the week before Thanksgiving would mean a busy oyster shucking floor at Bon Secour Fisheries on the Alabama gulf coast. But this year just three shuckers are working to fill gallon tubs with oyster meat. There should be 20 more. “When there’s no oysters to shuck, they don’t have any work,” says Chris Nelson, vice president of Bon Secour Fisheries, a family-run seafood company that dates to 1892. Record flooding on the Mississippi River…

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Florist opens Nativity and Christmas Expo after recovering from major storm damage

Florist opens Nativity and Christmas Expo after recovering from major storm damage

COLUMBUS COUNTY (WWAY) — A holiday tradition in our area is making a big comeback this year. It is called the Tabor City Nativity and Christmas Expo. Hurricanes Matthew and Florence caused $20,000 worth of damages to the store. – Advertisement – Now, it is back in business. From the outside looking in, you’d never think there could be so many depictions of the birth of Jesus Christ. Owner Rodney Gore says he is proud…

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North Texas Couple Who Lost Home To Tornado Still Grateful At Thanksgiving: ‘Us Standing Here Is A Gift’

RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSFW.COM) – Susie and Rex Browne of Richardson lost their longtime home to last month’s tornado, but say they’re grateful this Thanksgiving. “I guess really even us standing here is a gift. We’re just thankful for every day. We just look at each other and just think we can’t be upset about it. We can’t worry about it. We’re just going to move on,” said Susie. But moving on hasn’t been so easy….

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Carolina Hurricanes deliver turkeys for Thanksgiving

Carolina Hurricanes deliver turkeys for Thanksgiving

By Richard Adkins, WRAL reporter Raleigh, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes delivered 1,050 turkeys to local families in time for Thanksgiving, according to Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. The team distributed turkeys to the following organizations: ·         Urban Ministries of Wake County ·         Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina ·         Raleigh Rescue Mission ·         Helping Hand Mission ·         Inter-Faith Food Shuttle ·        …

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Stephen F. Austin Defeats No. 1 Ranked Duke In Huge Upset

Stephen F. Austin Defeats No. 1 Ranked Duke In Huge Upset

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. AILSA CHANG, HOST: Last night, a college basketball game had an ending that seemed pulled straight from your favorite cheesy sports movie. Stephen F. Austin State University, the pride of Nacogdoches, Texas, and ranked 222nd in the nation, faced the top-ranked team, Duke. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Duke had not lost at home to a non-conference opponent in 150 games almost 20 years ago. So this was supposed…

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After Stephen F. Austin player beats Duke, donations spike to help family rebuild from Hurricane Dorian damage

After Stephen F. Austin player beats Duke, donations spike to help family rebuild from Hurricane Dorian damage

The biggest winner in the aftermath of Stephen F. Austin’s shocking upset of No. 1 Duke might be the fundraising effort for the family of the player who hit the game-winning layup. A two-month old GoFundMe page set up to help guard Nathan Bain’s family rebuild from Hurricane Dorian damage had raised $46,186 , and counting, at 11:50 a.m. EST Wednesday – a massive spike from the roughly $2,000 it had raised before Tuesday night’s…

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Rain may douse California wildfire threatening homes

Rain may douse California wildfire threatening homes

By STEFANIE DAZIO and JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press GOLETA, Calif. — Firefighters are hoping rainy weather will douse a wildfire that threatens thousands of homes in the coastal foothills north of Los Angeles. The wind-whipped fire that erupted Monday raged through tinder-dry brushy canyons in the same area where a 1990 blaze destroyed more than 400 homes. No homes had burned as of Tuesday night but about 2,400 homes and other buildings in the Goleta…

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Flooding Texas Airwaves With $3 Million in Ad Spending

Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Flooding Texas Airwaves With $3 Million in Ad Spending

Twitter / @MikeBloomberg If it seems you can’t get away from seeing Michael Bloomberg’s mug on your television, that’s because he’s spending a lot of money to make sure you known he’s joined the presidential race. On Monday, the former New York mayor launched a flurry of television spots in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, Harlingen-Weslaco and Houston. More than $3 million of the Democratic hopeful’s ad buys are in the Lone Star…

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After WWII, Mutton Fell Out Of Favor In The U.S. Can It Make A Comeback?

After WWII, Mutton Fell Out Of Favor In The U.S. Can It Make A Comeback?

When D’Abruzzo opened its first food kiosk in New York City’s Bryant Park a few years ago, I dashed over to taste the Italian mountainous region’s trademark mutton arrosticini and capture photographic proof of its existence in America, as this is not a dish often seen on our shores. Thanks to D’Abruzzo, hundreds, maybe thousands, of Americans would be able to sample the region’s savory, salted, grilled sheep-meat-on-a-stick that is cooked with passion in Abruzzo,…

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PHOTOS: Wild cows returned home after hurricane

PHOTOS: Wild cows returned home after hurricane

CAPE LOOKOUT, NC (AP) — A trio of castaway wild cows have returned home after being found on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where they apparently washed up after swimming for miles to escape Hurricane Dorian‘s storm surge. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the cows were returned to their native stomping grounds on Friday after a two-day operation. 1 of 5 Wranglers capture one of the three wild cows on North Core Banks prior…

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Additional $1.3 million approved for Brunswick County post Florence

Additional $1.3 million approved for Brunswick County post Florence

Jackson Fuller @StarNewsVarsity Monday Nov 25, 2019 at 12:46 PM The money from FEMA is designed to reimburse Brunswick County for public safety activities following the 2018 hurricane. DURHAM – FEMA and the state of North Carolina are granting nearly $1.3 million to reimburse Brunswick County for public safety activities following Hurricane Florence. FEMA previously approved more than $12.5 million for Brunswick County Hurricane Florence-related expenses. This funding brings the total to more than $13.8 million. Funds for this project…

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Death toll rises to 65 in Kenya flooding over weekend

Death toll rises to 65 in Kenya flooding over weekend

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya — Heavy rains in Kenya unleashed a deluge that killed five people overnight in the Rift Valley, raising the death toll from weekend flooding to 65, officials said Monday. The five were returning home after attending a wedding in Tanzania when their car was washed away, said Daudi Loronyokwe, a police chief in Kajiado Central community. The victims included three children, he said. Governor John Lonyang’apuo said between…

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Wild Cows Roaming Outer Banks Returned Home After Hurricane

Wild Cows Roaming Outer Banks Returned Home After Hurricane

CAPE LOOKOUT — A trio of castaway wild cows have returned home after being found on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where they apparently washed up after swimming for miles to escape Hurricane Dorian ’s storm surge. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the cows were returned to their native stomping grounds on Friday after a two-day operation. Officials think the stranded cows swam up to five miles during the September storm before being found near Cape Lookout…

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