As Johnston County recovers from hurricane, students will get free meals for a month

As Johnston County recovers from hurricane, students will get free meals for a month

All Johnston County students will be eligible for free breakfast and lunch in October as part of the Presidential Declaration for Disaster, the school system announced Sunday. As a result of Hurricane Florence, the school system of 37,000 students was closed for almost a week. The storm also caused flooding on major highways in the county, including some parts of Interstates 40 and 95. The free meals are for all students, regardless of meal account…

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Hurricanes’ final preseason game has a regular-season feel

Hurricanes’ final preseason game has a regular-season feel

On to the real thing. The Carolina Hurricanes closed out an encouraging preseason schedule with an intense game against the Nashville Predators on Sunday at PNC Arena, losing 5-4 on Ryan Johansen’s goal at 21 seconds of OT. Justin Williams, Sebastian Aho and Calvin de Haan each scored even-strength goals, and Martin Necas had a third-period power play score for the Canes, who finished the preseason 5-0-1. Johansen scored twice and Craig Smith had two…

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Homes flooded but no flood insurance: Cross Creek residents struggle after Florence

Homes flooded but no flood insurance: Cross Creek residents struggle after Florence

47 Images Homes flooded but no flood insurance: Cross Creek residents struggle after Florence 43 Images Europe wins Ryder Cup over US 74 Images Photos: Two weeks later, cleanup underway in Carolina Beach and Wilmington 76 Images Wide Open Bluegrass fills downtown Raleigh with color, sound 45 Images Nas, Erykah Badu headline Art of Cool fest in Durham 59 Images Photos: Death toll surpasses 800 after Indonesia earthquake, tsunami 78 Images NC State downs Virginia…

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Spraying fleets deployed to fight post-hurricane mosquitoes

Spraying fleets deployed to fight post-hurricane mosquitoes

Local counties are being proactive to fight a significant increase in mosquito populations after Hurricane Florence. SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Just as April showers bring May flowers, hurricanes bring mosquitoes — and lots of them. Local communities are preparing for an onslaught of pesky, bloodsucking pests as stagnant floodwaters from Hurricane Florence breed increased populations. The threat is great enough the state has already identified 27 counties to split $4 million in emergency mosquito control funding….

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From sewage to Dioxin our polluted waterways

From sewage to Dioxin our polluted waterways

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – From leaking sewage to sludge pits full of dioxin and other chemicals Houston’s water is the focus of discussion. This week’s panel: Jessica Colon – Republican strategist, Nyanza Moore – progressive commentator and Houston attorney, Bob Price – Associate Editor Breitbart Texas,  Tony Diaz- Chicano educator and activist,  Tomaro Bell – Super Neighborhood leader, Bill King – businessman, columnist and former Kemah Mayor. Bayou City Waterkeeper Files Lawsuit against the City of…

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Abbott v. Valdez

Abbott v. Valdez

LEFT: Lupe Valdez on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty) RIGHT: Greg Abbott holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe shooting on May 24, 2018. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty) LEFT: Lupe Valdez on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty) RIGHT: Greg Abbott holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe shooting on May 24, 2018. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty) HOUSTON (FOX 26) – this…

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Hurricane Rosa heads for Baja, Southwestern US

Hurricane Rosa heads for Baja, Southwestern US

Hurricane Rosa was on a track Sunday to drench northwest Mexico and parts of the U.S. Southwest, prompting tropical storm warnings for the Baja California coast and flash-flood watches for parts of four U.S. states. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Rosa should still be at tropical storm force when it hits the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora state Monday with flooding rains. It’s then expected to move quickly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2…

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Chipotle donating proceeds to help Florence efforts

Chipotle donating proceeds to help Florence efforts

On Sunday, Sept. 30, 50 percent of each sale at North Carolina Chipotle restaurants will go directly to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund. 60 Chipotle restaurants in North Carolina will be taking part from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. The funds will help United Way meet storm-related needs and support recovery efforts through the affected regions. MORE HURRICANE FLORENCE COVERAGE (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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How you can help tiny SC town flooded once again, this time by Florence

How you can help tiny SC town flooded once again, this time by Florence

When Gov. Henry McMaster toured the flooded town of Nichols last weekend, he was looking at a disaster that wasn’t supposed to happen again. After the tiny Marion County town was flooded in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew, Nichols received a $1.5 million grant to reduce the impact of future floods, money that was supposed to help it avoid future calamities. “We were just fixing to get started” on a planned study to divert flood waters…

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Tattered flag famous from Florence auctioned for Red Cross

Tattered flag famous from Florence auctioned for Red Cross

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter American Flag (Source: Pixaby/MGN) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A tattered U.S. flag that captured attention nationwide as it whipped in the wind on the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Florence is being auctioned to raise money for the American Red Cross. The flag was flying over a light station called Frying Pan Tower as Florence made its final approach earlier this month. – Advertisement – The tower’s owner, Richard…

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Galveston residents roll with punches when it comes to dealing with rain, flooding

Galveston residents roll with punches when it comes to dealing with rain, flooding

GALVESTON, Texas – The unusually wet September in Galveston proved to be challenging for those braving the rain to go outside on Saturday. To Galveston residents, water is no stranger. “I’ve seen a lot of rain. A lot of flooding,” said resident Jonathan Morales. “It’s nasty. It’s nasty! I would not do this for anyone but my daughter,” said Stephanie Burleson, who was trying to pick up her daughter from a cruise. Flash flood warnings…

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Viral sensation Frying Pan Tower flag up for auction after Florence

Viral sensation Frying Pan Tower flag up for auction after Florence

The American flag that survived Hurricane Florence live on camera while flying on Frying Pan Tower can now be yours. SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As Hurricane Florence made its final slow crawl toward the coast on Sept. 13, a live webcam and an American flag became unlikely weather gauges for hundreds of thousands of viewers across the world to get their first glimpse at the storm’s force. Flying over Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles off Brunswick County’s coast,…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Viral sensation Frying Pan Tower flag up for auction

The American flag that survived Hurricane Florence live on camera while flying on Frying Pan Tower can now be yours. SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As Hurricane Florence made its final slow crawl toward the coast on Sept. 13, a live webcam and an American flag became unlikely weather gauges for hundreds of thousands of viewers across the world to get their first glimpse at the storm’s force. Flying over Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles off Brunswick County’s coast,…

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Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez face off in Austin debate

Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez face off in Austin debate

LEFT: Lupe Valdez on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty) RIGHT: Greg Abbott holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe shooting on May 24, 2018. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty) LEFT: Lupe Valdez on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty) RIGHT: Greg Abbott holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe shooting on May 24, 2018. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty) AUSTIN, TEXAS – Democratic Candidate…

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There are at least 700 price-gouging cases from Florence so far. Here’s what to watch for.

There are at least 700 price-gouging cases from Florence so far. Here’s what to watch for.

A tree service company told a homeowner it would cost $4,000 to remove three trees after Hurricane Florence, but then the price soared to $7,000, and then again to $12,000, according to North Carolina officials. It’s one of the latest of more than 700 complaints of Hurricane Florence-related price gouging, according to the N.C. Justice Department. Most of the complaints have involved gas and water, office spokeswoman Laura Brewer told The News & Observer in…

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State extends vaccination deadline because of Florence

State extends vaccination deadline because of Florence

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter PHOTO: MGN PHOTO RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Florence, North Carolina health officials are giving families longer to obtain required school and daycare immunizations. The News & Observer reports an order this week by the state’s health director means all students have until Dec. 1 to provide the required documentation. Typically, students must show they have received the required vaccines by the 30th day of school….

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Foegele makes team as Carolina Hurricanes send right message

Foegele makes team as Carolina Hurricanes send right message

There’s still one game to go in the preseason, but the Carolina Hurricanes have their roster and there’s one surprise, a lot of positive reinforcement and still a few gambles that will, most likely, decide whether this season is a success or failure. Saturday’s cuts of Janne Kuokkanen and Saku Maenalanen, among others, established that Warren Foegele had upset the odds and won a spot on the roster, and deservedly so. He came into training…

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Florence will raise Roy Cooper’s profile, but that can be a double-edged sword

Florence will raise Roy Cooper’s profile, but that can be a double-edged sword

The move seems right out of the gubernatorial playbook. When the winds begin to blow, governors ditch their coats and ties for an emergency management shirt, giving them a quasi-military/police look. So it was with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, who has been appearing more regularly on TV than meteorologist Greg Fishel. In September, you could hardly turn on the TV without seeing Cooper, as he dealt with the unfolding tragedy of Hurricane Florence. He…

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Hurricanes get closer to opening night roster

Hurricanes get closer to opening night roster

The Carolina Hurricanes trimmed their training camp roster to 23 on Saturday, sending eight players to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Rookie forwards Warren Foegele, Martin Necas and Valentin Zykov remain on the Canes roster. Andrei Svechnikov, the Canes’ first-round draft pick this year, also remains in camp. Those assigned to the Checkers were: forwards Janne Kuokkanen, Nicolas Roy and Saku Maenalanen; defensemen Roland McKeown and Michal Cajkovsky, and goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. Forwards Patrick…

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Indo-American Charity Foundation Celebrating 30…

Indo-American Charity Foundation Celebrating 30…

Houston, TEXAS – The Indo-American Charity Foundation is celebrating 30 years in Houston! The organization addresses the needs in the areas of education, family, general welfare and healthcare in the Houston area. Their motto is “We live here, we give here.” Last year, they gave $200,000 towards Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. FOX 26’s Rashi Vats will be emceeing their 30th Indo American Charity Gala on October 6th, 2018. She spoke with…

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Nat'l Weather Service: Florence was unique in many respects

Nat'l Weather Service: Florence was unique in many respects

‘It didn’t just defy a model, it defied history’ WILMINGTON — If history was any indication, Hurricane Florence should have never reached the Cape Fear region. Two weeks after the devastating storm, meteorologists and climatologists are still studying Florence to understand what made it such a unique storm that left forecasters to rely on other resources to predict it approach. “It didn’t just defy a model, it defied history,” said Steven Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist with the…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Leland starts picking up the pieces

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Leland starts picking up the pieces

Officials warn that storm recovery will be a long process LELAND — Entire neighborhoods decimated. Residents without homes or basic supplies. Washed out roads that limit accessibility. It’s a scene being played out in many North Carolina towns but one that Leland hasn’t experienced before. Nevertheless, the town is doing its best to meet residents’ needs for both short- and long-term recovery from Florence’s ravages. “We’ve made a good start but have a long way…

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Mike Anthony: Hurricanes’ ‘Whalers Night’ money grab does not change past or impact future in Hartford

Mike Anthony: Hurricanes’ ‘Whalers Night’ money grab does not change past or impact future in Hartford

Cue “Brass Bonanza,” Thursday’s press release out of Raleigh began. Cute. The Carolina Hurricanes, what became of Hartford’s 1997 hockey nightmare, announced plans to wear Whalers uniforms for two games against the Bruins during the 2018-19 season. The team’s official website celebrated use of Hartford’s history, and some would argue Hartford’s heartbreak, for monetary gain by calling for the playing of Hartford’s song. “Click here to secure your seats,” the press release ended. It was…

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TS Kirk causes power outages, heavy flooding in Caribbean

TS Kirk causes power outages, heavy flooding in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Kirk caused power outages and heavy flooding across the eastern Caribbean and forced flight cancellations, officials said Friday. Authorities in Barbados said they helped rescue several people from a flooded home, while school was cancelled in the nearby islands of St. Lucia, Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Meteorologists said that up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain fell in some parts of Martinique, Dominica and Barbados as they warned of flash floods and…

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Many NC homeowners find insurance won't cover Matthew, Florence 'double hit'

Many NC homeowners find insurance won't cover Matthew, Florence 'double hit'

By Cullen Browder, WRAL anchor/reporter Goldsboro, N.C. — Two so-called “500-year storms” have hit North Carolina in less than two years, and Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence have created unprecedented complications for homeowners. Homeowner’s insurance and flood insurance often aren’t nearly enough to cover the damage from the two storms. Matthew caused substantial flood damage to Staris Morgan’s Goldsboro home in 2016. Her homeowner’s insurance didn’t cover the water damage, and her flood insurance paid…

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StarNews moves operations to downtown Wilmington after Florence

StarNews moves operations to downtown Wilmington after Florence

By Hunter Ingram StarNews Staff Friday Sep 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM The StarNews staff is moving into offices on 1st and 2nd floors of the Harrelson Building. WILMINGTON – Displaced during Hurricane Florence, the StarNews began moving this past week into new temporary offices in the heart of downtown. The newspaper’s home since 1970 at 1003 South 17th St. suffered significant damage during the storm and its aftermath. Since then, the reporting and editorial staffs have found temporary work spaces at the Hampton…

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Abbott, Valdez clash on arming teachers, Hurricane Harvey, border security

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez will meet in a televised debate Friday. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez will meet in a televised debate Friday. Photo: The Editorial Board / Associated Press Photo: The Editorial Board / Associated Press Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez will meet in a televised debate…

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Wilmington business owners ready for tourists to return following Florence

Wilmington business owners ready for tourists to return following Florence

Wrightsville Beach, N.C. — September is usually a busy time for tourism along the coast, but this year Hurricane Florence changed that. The Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors’ Bureau said Friday that businesses are finally opening up again, and owners are hopeful the tourists will soon come back. Audrey Longtin, owner of the Workshop Coffee Shop in Wrightsville Beach, said her shop was closed for eight days following Florence. “We’re just trying to do…

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Troubleshooter: Watch out for Hurricane Florence flooded vehicles for sale

Troubleshooter: Watch out for Hurricane Florence flooded vehicles for sale

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, insurance companies have already declared thousands of vehicles salvaged because of excessive flooding. While many will get a flooded title, not all will. For a vehicle to be deemed flooded by the insurance company, according to the North Carolina DMV, the car has been partially or completely submerged in water, and the body, engine, and transmission is damaged. Flood-damaged Cars that are uninsured, however, can easily be cleaned up…

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High schoolers haul donations to flooding victims in Warsaw

High schoolers haul donations to flooding victims in Warsaw

By Mandy Mitchell Warsaw, N.C. — Field trips are meant to teach — outside of a classroom — to give a real world experience. Friday was one memorable field trip for students from Athens Drive High School in Raleigh. “Just on the bus ride, seeing the wreckage that people had put outside their house — that shows the devastation that happened, the stuff they are having to clear out because their possessions were destroyed,” said…

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Special report: Florence brought relentless rain, epic flooding and an uncertain future to NC

Special report: Florence brought relentless rain, epic flooding and an uncertain future to NC

Editor’s note: This article appears in a special section on Hurricane Florence in the print edition of The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun on Sunday, Sept. 30. If you’re not a subscriber, the section will be available in papers in local stores. Hurricane Florence was just a giant gray tumbleweed on the weather radar screen for two weeks, menacing to the Carolinas but somewhat abstract, until midday on Thursday, Sept. 13. That’s when the…

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NC school students have longer to get vaccines because of Hurricane Florence

NC school students have longer to get vaccines because of Hurricane Florence

State health officials have suspended immunization requirements for all students entering North Carolina schools and all children entering daycare to allow families to deal with disruptions caused by Hurricane Florence. Under state law, all students attending pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, community college and public or private university for the first time must show they have received required immunizations by their 30th day of school. But under an order this week by State Health Director Dr….

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Man dies from infected cut he got while clearing Florence debris

Man dies from infected cut he got while clearing Florence debris

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RALEIGH, NC (WFMY) — Hurricane Florence has claimed the lives of 48 people in three states — 37 of them in North Carolina. State officials say an 85-year-old man died Tuesday in New Hanover County. He was clearing storm debris from his home when he received a cut and his wound became infected. – Advertisement – Gov. Roy Cooper says the majority of deaths related to the storm have…

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Key historic battlefield under hurricane floodwater in NC, damage still a mystery

Key historic battlefield under hurricane floodwater in NC, damage still a mystery

A battlefield dedicated to the first Patriot victory of the American Revolution remains flooded and indefinitely closed two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall, according to the National Park Service. Moores Creek National Battlefield in North Carolina was under 10 feet of water at the height of the storm and “much of the park remains flooded,” said a National Park Service update released Thursday. Among photos posted by the park service on Facebook is one…

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New Hanover complaint leads to 1st Florence price-gouging suit

New Hanover complaint leads to 1st Florence price-gouging suit

A tree removal service was the cause of Friday’s action WILMINGTON — A New Hanover County complaint has resulted in the first Hurricane Florence-related price-gouging action taken by the N.C. Attorney General’s office. According to the complaint, A1 Tree and Storm Damage Relief — which also does business as Big Al and Sons Tree Service — visited a New Hanover County home, quoted the resident a price of $4,000 for three trees, later quoted $7,000…

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Don’t fear the Taxman when making your Hurricane Florence donation

Don’t fear the Taxman when making your Hurricane Florence donation

Sean Eames, CPA W. Greene, PLLC WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence brought more than just floods of water, it also brought floods of donations. The next consideration for many donors is determining if their kindness needs to be reported to the IRS.  Those receiving aid also wonder if they will be taxed on their gifts. – Advertisement – Sean Eames, a CPA at W. Greene, PLLC, says you can only claim your donations if…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Governor says housing remains top priority

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Governor says housing remains top priority

During Wilmington visit, Cooper said many people need temporary shelter WILMINGTON — During a visit Friday meant to highlight that downtown Wilmington businesses were open two weeks after Hurricane Florence hit the region, Gov. Roy Cooper said finding housing for people affected by the storm remains his administration’s highest priority. “We’ve got to find places for people to live,” Cooper said. “There are some people who right now can’t even get back to their homes…

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Columbia and Houston, both ravaged by flooding, team up to help Florence victims

Columbia and Houston, both ravaged by flooding, team up to help Florence victims

Two cities that know too well what disaster feels like — and, too, how it feels to get a helping hand — are shipping trucks of supplies to the victims of Hurricane Florence. Columbia and Houston are teaming up to send more than 60,000 pounds of goods and supplies — from water and dog food to diapers and generators — to the Georgetown, S.C., area, where flooding caused by Florence has lasted for two weeks….

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Florence damaged thousands of homes. Now, some wonder: Where will they live?

Florence damaged thousands of homes. Now, some wonder: Where will they live?

Katelen Harvey and Roy Gregg thought they had escaped the destruction of former Hurricane Florence unscathed, when a falling tree crashed through the roof of the modest, brick house they were renting in east Charlotte. While the couple and their 22-month-old daughter were not hurt, the storm has left them homeless. Thousands of homes and structures were damaged during the storm, according to the American Red Cross, leaving many without permanent housing. More than 1,900…

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They survived Florence. Now victims ask: Where will we live?

They survived Florence. Now victims ask: Where will we live?

Katelen Harvey and Roy Gregg thought they had escaped the destruction of former Hurricane Florence unscathed, when a falling tree crashed through the roof of the modest, brick house they were renting in east Charlotte. While the couple and their 22-month-old daughter were not hurt, the storm has left them homeless. Thousands of homes and structures were damaged during the storm, according to the American Red Cross, leaving many without permanent housing. More than 1,900…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Federal aid a 'first package'

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Federal aid a 'first package'

Rouzer: Federal funds would allow state flexibility to respond to Florence damage SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — A bill that would provide $1.6 billion in emergency federal funds for North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence is just the first step in what will be a long-term federal response, said U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, R-N.C. “This is the first package among more to come,” Rouzer said in a phone call from his Washington office after the…

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Wilmington faces emotional, mental toll from Florence

Wilmington faces emotional, mental toll from Florence

Mental health experts working throughout region after the storm Many watched horrified as pictures and videos of Hurricane Florence’s wrath trickled out of Southeastern North Carolina. Chadwick Roberts saw the destruction happen in real time, from inside his doomed home. With rains and wind lashing the house as tornado warnings blew up his phone one night, Roberts got out of bed to walk to the bathroom. At that moment, a tree cut diagonally through his one-story, 85-year-old…

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Hurricane Florence: Officials urge NC residents to stay out of coastal waters

Hurricane Florence: Officials urge NC residents to stay out of coastal waters

Officials with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the state of North Carolina are advising people to stay out of coastal waters for the time being. Large amounts of polluted runoff are still flowing into coastal waterways all along areas of our coast that were hit by heavy rains from Hurricane Florence. Health officials and others are warning the public to stay out of the water until testing can be conducted to determine if it…

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Weather is a character in the stories we tell. Hurricane Florence was an unwelcome one.

Weather is a character in the stories we tell. Hurricane Florence was an unwelcome one.

From the time we are old enough to feel the wind against our cheeks, we’re told how this invisible force shapes our world. A gentle breeze over time can reshape a dune as large as Jockey’s Ridge and a Category 5 hurricane could flatten it. I grew up on stories about wind. Hurricane Hazel, though I wasn’t born at the time, ripped up houses as far as two hours inland where we lived. My grandmother’s…

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