RV business spikes after Hurricane Florence

RV business spikes after Hurricane Florence

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Rex and Sons RV in Wilmington has seen an increase in business after Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rex and Sons RV in Wilmington has seen an increase in business after Hurricane Florence. Operations Manager Travis Creech says after the storm, their rental RVs and trailers were completely booked. Creech says they have had families in and out, either renting trailers or buying ones to move into…

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Tornado Watch in effect east of Austin

Tornado Watch in effect east of Austin

The weather on Wednesday’s Halloween afternoon is certainly not expected to be a treat. A Tornado Watch is in effect for counties east of Austin until 10 p.m. They include Caldwell, Bastrop, Milam, Lee and Fayette.  A strong cold front will be sweeping through Central Texas early Wednesday evening and with it comes the chance for strong to severe thunderstorms. Additionally, a few tornado sightings can’t be ruled out. Parents of trick-or-treaters need to be alert…

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Tornado Watch Issued For Areas East Of Austin Tonight. Here Are 8 Ways To Stay Ahead Of The Weather

Tornado Watch Issued For Areas East Of Austin Tonight. Here Are 8 Ways To Stay Ahead Of The Weather

Severe weather is possible in Central Texas for this Halloween night. A tornado watch has been issued for counties east of Austin, including Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee and Fayette counties. To keep you up-to-date, we’ve collated a list of resources to turn to during severe weather. Google Crisis Map Google’s map can alert you to any weather-related warnings or watches in your area, as well as display public shelter locations. National Weather Service Radar And Emergency…

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Tornado watch for southeast Texas counties

Tornado watch for southeast Texas counties

A tornado warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday for the following southeast Texas counties: Anderson Angelina Austin Bastrop Bowie Brazoria Brazos Burleson Caldwell Camp Cass Chambers Cherokee Colorado Falls Fayette Fort Bend Franklin Freestone Galveston Gonzales Gregg Grimes Hardin Harris Harrison Henderson Houston Jasper Jefferson Lavaca Lee Leon Liberty Limestone Madison Marion Milam Montgomery Morris Nacogdoches Newton Orange Panola Polk Red River Robertson Rusk Sabine San Augustine San Jacinto Shelby Smith Titus Trinity Tyler Upshur…

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Tornado warning for 3 southeast Texas counties

Tornado warning for 3 southeast Texas counties

A tornado warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday for the following southeast Texas counties: ANDERSON ANGELINA AUSTIN BASTROP BOWIE BRAZORIA BRAZOS BURLESON CALDWELL CAMP CASS CHAMBERS CHEROKEE COLORADO FALLS FAYETTE FORT BEND FRANKLIN FREESTONE GALVESTON GONZALES GREGG GRIMES HARDIN HARRIS HARRISON HENDERSON HOUSTON JASPER JEFFERSONLAVACA LEE LEON LIBERTY LIMESTONE MADISON MARION MILAM MONTGOMERY MORRIS NACOGDOCHES NEWTON ORANGE PANOLA POLK RED RIVER ROBERTSON RUSK SABINE SAN AUGUSTINE SAN JACINTO SHELBY SMITH TITUS TRINITY TYLER UPSHUR VAN…

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Florence damage estimate in NC nearing $17B

Florence damage estimate in NC nearing $17B

By Matthew Burns, WRAL.com senior producer/politics editor Raleigh, N.C. — Hurricane Florence caused an estimated $16.7 billion in damage in North Carolina, up from initial estimates of $13 billion, state officials said Wednesday. The original figure was based on projections from aerial surveys of flood damage, officials said, while the updated figure is based on actual inspections on the ground. Damage to business, housing and agriculture accounts for about 80 percent of the total, according…

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Turkey displaced from Hurricane Florence runs 'afoul' in Fayetteville man's yard

Turkey displaced from Hurricane Florence runs 'afoul' in Fayetteville man's yard

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — Halloween is the time where many of us are on the lookout for the gouls and goblins but Robbie Page has been dealing with a pesky poultry-giest that’s been running afoul for weeks now. “You don’t normally see a hen by themselves,” said Page Page says the wild turkey trotted in during Hurricane Florence, likely separated from her flock during the floods. “She’s a survivor,” said Page The turkey took shelter…

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Hurricane Florence damages in North Carolina approach $17 billion

Hurricane Florence damages in North Carolina approach $17 billion

The state now estimates that Hurricane Florence did nearly $17 billion in damage to homes, businesses, farms and governments in North Carolina, and that as much as half of that may not be covered by private insurance or government aid. The state had initially estimated $13 billion in damages as a result of the storm, which made landfall the morning of Sept. 14 and dumped record amounts of rain during a six-day slog across the…

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Accused Florence police killer opts out of preliminary hearing

Accused Florence police killer opts out of preliminary hearing

The man accused of killing two law enforcement officers in Florence County and wounding five others asked to be “excused” from a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. Fred Hopkins Jr., 74, told Magistrate Mia Weaver of Marlboro County that his rights were violated and he objected to the hearing because it wasn’t held within the 10 days required by law, 12th Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements said. Preliminary hearings are intended to establish probable cause for an…

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Damage From Hurricane Florence Totals $17 Billion

Damage From Hurricane Florence Totals $17 Billion

A new estimate from the Office of State Budget and Management shows that Hurricane Florence caused close to $17 billion in damage when it made landfall in September, up from the original $13 billion estimate. The storm, which saw tropical storm-force winds up to 99 miles per hour in some areas of the state, left hundreds of thousands of people without power. In the six weeks since, more than 130,000 have registered with FEMA for…

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Severe weather (again) causes high school football games to be rescheduled

Severe weather (again) causes high school football games to be rescheduled

In what has turned out to become a recurring theme across the Triangle, several teams have decided to move up their football games a day early because of the threat of severe weather. Storms are expected to make their way across the area, with winds topping out between 35-45 miles per hour. There is a 70 percent chance of rain on Friday. Here is a list of games that have already been rescheduled to Thursday…

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State says Florence caused $17 billion in damage in North Carolina

State says Florence caused $17 billion in damage in North Carolina

Flooding from Hurricane Florence flooded out several homes in Stoney Creek Plantation in Leland. (Photo: Matt Bennett) RALEIGH, NC (Press Release) — The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management has released an updated damage estimate from Hurricane Florence showing that the storm caused nearly $17 billion in damage, up from a previous estimate of $13 billion. The updated figure is based on new data from the North Carolina Department of Insurance and damage…

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Fine dining and hockey? Carolina Hurricanes embrace the foodie era with chef series.

Fine dining and hockey? Carolina Hurricanes embrace the foodie era with chef series.

The food at Carolina Hurricanes games already surpasses the nacho and corndog expectations for concessions. Hello, prime rib sandwich carved to order. But this is a new level. This season, the Hurricanes will host a monthly chef series during six home games, appealing to the intersection of foodies and hockey fans. Dubbed the All Star Chef Series, the dinners have drawn some of North Carolina’s top culinary talent, including James Beard nominees and owners of…

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Trick-or-treaters could face severe weather this Halloween

Trick-or-treaters could face severe weather this Halloween

Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Trick-or-treaters could face severe weather this Halloween Back to Gallery Spooky weather is in the forecast this Halloween, with trick-or-treaters expected to encounter severe thunderstorms later tonight. Kids might have their best shot at raking in the candy before 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The highest…

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Plenty of blame to go around as Hurricanes lose in Darling’s debut

Plenty of blame to go around as Hurricanes lose in Darling’s debut

Scott Darling wasn’t the reason the Carolina Hurricanes lost, even if he admitted he’d like the first goal back and maybe could have done more to stop the second. From where he was last year, that’s progress. There was a lot to like in the goalie’s injury-delayed debut and just as much that was concerning. Still, Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins can be a building block for Darling, if not for the team,…

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National hotline receives hundreds of fraud reports in the wake of Hurricane Florence

National hotline receives hundreds of fraud reports in the wake of Hurricane Florence

By Debra Morgan, WRAL anchor/reporter Hundreds of people are calling a national hotline to complain about being scammed as they rebuild after the recent hurricanes. A public service announcement recently released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in eastern North Carolina aims to help people know where to turn if they think they are victims of fraud during a national disaster. As of Tuesday morning, the National Center for Disaster Fraud has received 380 complaints, including…

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Marchand, Bruins stop Hurricanes 3-2

Marchand, Bruins stop Hurricanes 3-2

Brad Marchand scored the tying and go-ahead goals and the Boston Bruins continued their dominance of the Carolina Hurricanes with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night. Marchand scored the tying goal with 18 seconds left in the second period and the eventual game-winner just over five minutes into the third period as Boston improved to 11-0-5 in its last 16 meetings with Carolina. The Hurricanes haven’t beaten the Bruins in regulation since April 2013. David…

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Suspect in Florence shooting that killed two officers, to be in court on Halloween, cops say

Suspect in Florence shooting that killed two officers, to be in court on Halloween, cops say

The suspect in the Florence shooting where two law enforcement officers died and five more were killed will appear in court on Wednesday. Frederick T. Hopkins Jr. will have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Halloween morning, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The 74-year-old Hopkins has been charged with with five counts of attempted murder and two counts of murder, The State reported after his charges were amended Oct. 23, following the death…

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Skies stay clear for Halloween, but severe weather is possible before the weekend

Skies stay clear for Halloween, but severe weather is possible before the weekend

By Janine Bowen, WRAL.com editor Raleigh, N.C. — The skies will be clear for trick-or-treaters on Wednesday, but strong storms are possible by the end of the week. Wednesday and Thursday will be warmer than usual before a line of storms that are expected to bring severe weather to the Southern Plains move into North Carolina. The rain that moves in would stick around through Friday and, although WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said it’s too…

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Return of Raffa's Waterfront Grill after Harvey

Return of Raffa's Waterfront Grill after Harvey

KINGWOOD, Texas (FOX 26) – Tony Raffa lost his Kingwood establishment, Raffa’s Waterfront Grill, on August 28, 2017, as a result of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. After fourteen months of rebuilding, Raffa’s Waterfront Grill reopened on Oct. 17, 2018. Chef Martin Reczek demonstrates to FOX 26 News segment contributor and food talk radio show host Cleverley Stone how to prepare the Raffa’s Waterfront Grill signature Pasta Carbonara with pappardelle, pancetta, bacon jam, sous vide egg and shaved parmesan. Raffa also describes…

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Raffa's Waterfront Grill after Hurricane Harvey

Raffa's Waterfront Grill after Hurricane Harvey

KINGWOOD, Texas (FOX 26) – Hurricane Harvey flooded Raffa’s Waterfront Grill on Aug. 28, 2017. It took owner Tony Raffa almost 14 months to rebuild and reopen the restaurant, but on Oct. 17, 2018, the Kingwood-based restaurant reopened for business. Raffa describes the process of the restaurant’s return and chef Martin Reczek demonstrates to FOX 26 News segment contributor and food talk radio show host Cleverley Stone how to prepare the signature Raffa’s Waterfront Grill Grilled Brie with rosemary spiked…

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Pender Schools to make up 10 days missed after Florence

Pender Schools to make up 10 days missed after Florence

Hurricane Florence kept Pender schools closed for up to 30 days PENDER COUNTY — Pender County Schools students will spend an extra week in school next June to help make up for time lost due to Hurricane Florence. Tuesday evening, the Pender County Board of Education approved a new 2018-19 calendar for the district. The approved plan makes up 10 missed days of school for most Pender students, and seven missed or lost work-days for…

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Attorney Weighs In On Charges Filed Against Mom Whose Son Died In Florence

Attorney Weighs In On Charges Filed Against Mom Whose Son Died In Florence

Authorities in Union County have filed criminal charges against the mother of a 1-year-old boy who drowned last month in floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence.  The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Dazia Lee, 20, of Charlotte is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and driving on a closed (or unopened) highway. Lee told news outlets that she saw barricades near a flooded bridge on Highway 218, but also saw other people drive across the bridge.  In a…

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Party held for homeless baby born in wake of hurricane

Party held for homeless baby born in wake of hurricane

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The family of a baby who spent his first night out of the hospital in a Walmart parking lot after Hurricane Michael just got a surprise baby shower. The happy event happened at a Walmart near the store where the family hunkered down in those dark days following the Category 4 storm. Wilmer Capps, his wife Lorrainda Smith and their baby Luke were surprised on Tuesday after they were told to…

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Hurricane victims — with their pets — scramble to find housing as shelter closes

Hurricane victims — with their pets — scramble to find housing as shelter closes

Daniel Brandt found himself huddling inside an Econo Lodge Tuesday with his cats Snowball and Miss Pretty — bound to a wheelchair and technically homeless six weeks after Hurricane Florence. He took up these temporary digs on Monday after the Red Cross shelter closed in Morehead City, sending him and roughly 20 storm victims scrambling for housing. He felt grateful for a short-term roof over his head, but he stood no closer to home than…

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Avett Brothers’ hurricane relief concert will help the place they once called home

Avett Brothers’ hurricane relief concert will help the place they once called home

Hurricane Florence was a catastrophe for Eastern North Carolina, and recovery is going to take years. The Avett Brothers are chipping in with a hurricane-relief show on Nov. 13 at East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum in Greenville. While the group is from Concord, Greenville is Scott Avett’s old stomping grounds from his time at ECU, where he earned an art degree while playing in bands. Proceeds will go to organizations contributing to Hurricane Relief efforts,…

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No shave November fundraiser to support officers displaced from Florence

No shave November fundraiser to support officers displaced from Florence

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Surf City Police Officers participate in No Shave November in November, 2017 (Photo: Surf City Police Department) SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — In Surf City later this week, you may notice some of the police officers with a little more hair on their faces. It is time for the Surf City Police Department’s annual no shave November fundraiser. – Advertisement – This year, the money raised will go to…

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WEATHER ALERT: Tornado watch issued for southeast Texas until 10 pm

WEATHER ALERT: Tornado watch issued for southeast Texas until 10 pm

HOUSTON – Forecasters warned of severe thunderstorms as a front moves through southeast Texas on Halloween night. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 10 p.m. for all of the Houston region. Forecasters said a few tornadoes are possible with storms that develop, as well as ping-pong-ball-sized hail and winds of 70 mph. The front begins arriving in the northern counties at about 9 p.m. with the bulk of the rain hitting the city…

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Mother charged after 1-year-old son died in hurricane

Mother charged after 1-year-old son died in hurricane

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter MONROE, N.C. (AP) – The mother of a 1-year-old who was swept into floodwaters created by Hurricane Florence has been charged in the boy’s death. The Union County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page 20-year-old Dazia Ideah Lee of Charlotte is charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving on a closed or unopened highway. – Advertisement – Lee told news outlets she wasn’t from the area and was unfamiliar…

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Coastal neighborhood forced to cancel Halloween due to Florence

Coastal neighborhood forced to cancel Halloween due to Florence

Supply, N.C. — A neighborhood has canceled trick or treating this Halloween. Lisa Hildebrand, secretary of the Lakes of Lockwood property owners association, said hundreds of trick-or-treaters typically flock to the Supply neighborhood because it is safe and well lit. After a community meeting, neighbors agreed the sinkholes pose too large a risk to allow children to trick or treat there this year. “We just don’t want any children hurt,” Hildebrand said. “We have regrets…

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Belville town leaders update storm damage relief efforts at open forum

Belville town leaders update storm damage relief efforts at open forum

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter BELVILLE, NC (WWAY)  – The town of Belville is slowly beginning the process to get back to normal. They gave neighbors a chance tonight to voice their concerns of what went right and wrong during Florence. Belville is expected to spend a quarter million dollars in debris clean up. – Advertisement – A significant victim of storm damage was the Riverwalk which remains closed. Town Mayor Mike Allen gave neighbors…

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Charlotte mom charged in death of son after driving through barricade during Hurricane Florence

Charlotte mom charged in death of son after driving through barricade during Hurricane Florence

By Natalie Matthews, WRAL.com editor Union County, North Carolina — A Charlotte mom has been charged in the death of her 1-year-old son after she allegedly drove around a barricade before her car was overcome with floodwaters during Hurricane Florence, authorities said. HELPFUL LINKS: Videos, images by city Get help, give help | Lives claimed by Florence Dazia Ideah Lee, 20, faces one count of involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a…

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Flooded cars back on the road

Flooded cars back on the road

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and other storms, is creating a new problem across the country. A new CARFAX report suggests hundreds of thousands of vehicles, once stuck in flood waters, are now back on the road. Some estimates suggest almost a million Texas vehicles were damaged by Harvey. Many were totaled, by insurance companies, and sold for scrap and parts. Others were cleaned and repaired. Texas law allows flood cars to be resold, as long…

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Think modern wildfires are bad? Fires once burned up to 36 times more of the West, study says

Think modern wildfires are bad? Fires once burned up to 36 times more of the West, study says

Wildfires tearing through the Western U.S. in recent years have burned whole communities to the ground, claimed countless lives and busted government firefighting budgets. The destruction looks and feels unprecedented — and compared to the last several decades, today’s fires are extremely destructive and expansive, according to satellite data and other measures cited by Utah State University researchers. But in a new study published by the American Geophysical Union journal Earth’s Future, those researchers argue…

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'It's time for action': Citing Hurricane Florence, Gov. Cooper orders new measures to fight climate change

'It's time for action': Citing Hurricane Florence, Gov. Cooper orders new measures to fight climate change

CARY, N.C. (WTVD) — Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order on Monday taking aim at the effects of climate change, and vowing to “kickstart” a statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “A strong clean energy economy combats climate change while creating good jobs and a healthy environment,” Cooper asserted at a news conference on the SAS Software Campus in Cary. “With historic storms lashing our state, we must combat climate change, make our…

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Mother charged with involuntary manslaughter after son drowned in Hurricane Florence

Mother charged with involuntary manslaughter after son drowned in Hurricane Florence

The mother of a 1-year-old who drowned during Hurricane Florence has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, the Union County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday. Dazia Ideah Lee, 20, was served with a summons for a November court date, the sheriff’s office said. She has also been charged with driving on a closed or unopened highway. Lee was driving with her son, Kaiden Lee Welch, in wet weather on the night of Sept. 16, when Union County…

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Mom charged in son's drowning death after driving around barricade during Hurricane Florence

Mom charged in son's drowning death after driving around barricade during Hurricane Florence

UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — A mother in Union County has been charged in the drowning death of her 1-year-old son after she drove around a barricaded road during Hurricane Florence and her child was swept away in floodwaters. Dazia Ideah Lee, 20, of Charlotte has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor driving on a closed or unopened highway. Union County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Underwood said Lee and her child, Kaiden Lee-Welch, were…

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Floodwaters swept away a school bus

Floodwaters swept away a school bus

LEANDER, TX (Fox 26Houston/Storyful – Floodwater in Leander, Texas, swept away a school bus with a child and driver aboard on October 16.  First responders pulled the driver and a 12-year-old student, the sole passenger, from the bus after it was washed from the road and became lodged in a creek. The driver of the bus was later fired by the school district and arrested by police. The student on the bus was treated by…

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Highway nears reopening more than a month after Florence

Highway nears reopening more than a month after Florence

PENDER CO., N.C. (WTVD) — More than a month after Hurricane Florence devastated North Carolina, a major highway remains closed. Water from Florence turned US-421 near Wilmington into more of a river than a road. In addition to covering the pavement, the flood water caused significant damage to the area. North Carolina Department of Transportation is building a temporary bridge that will allow traffic to once again use US-421. Crews hope to open the temporary…

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Texas Saw A Decrease In Severe Weather In 2018, Despite Heavy Rains And Flooding

Texas Saw A Decrease In Severe Weather In 2018, Despite Heavy Rains And Flooding

As the winter season draws nearer, many Texans have noticed the sudden rain, flooding and chilly weather that’s hit our state. Ironically, there were fewer severe-weather events in Texas this year – something that Texas A&M University’s newspaper, The Battallion, captured in a recent headline. Texas A&M atmospheric sciences professor and State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon confirms that it’s true: This year, the number of tornadoes and hurricanes in Texas has fallen well below the average. “This…

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These dogs survived Hurricane Florence but were shot before returning to SC, cops say

These dogs survived Hurricane Florence but were shot before returning to SC, cops say

As Hurricane Florence charged toward the Carolinas in September, people and pets were evacuated in an effort to save their lives. Two of the dogs that safely escaped the deadly storm were supposed to return to South Carolina, but they never made it back. Whiskey and Humphrey were killed. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office said the dogs were shot and killed after they got into a fight with another dog on Oct. 19, the Knoxville…

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Texas Has A $31 Billion Hurricane Infrastructure Plan. When It Will Be Built Is ‘Anyone’s Guess.’

Texas’ Gulf Coast is home to one in every four Texans, and 30 percent of the American oil-refining industry is based there, too – that’s the remind Land Commissioner George P. Bush gave reporters late last week as he and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a sweeping new plan to protect Houston and the Gulf Coast from hurricane storm surges. It’s a multi-billion dollar project that will develop new infrastructure on a massive…

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What caused fish kills after Hurricane Florence

What caused fish kills after Hurricane Florence

Officials plan to survey, restock rivers After Madi Polera investigated fish kills in the wake of Hurricane Florence, her car and clothes retained the overpowering stench of dead aquatic life for days. “It just hangs out in your senses for days, and it’s death,” said Polera, Cape Fear River Watch’s assistant project manager. “So you really try to get out as quickly as you can, get the photos that we needed, get the data that…

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Hurricane Oscar gains strength but still not threat to land

Hurricane Oscar gains strength but still not threat to land

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Satellite image of Hurricane Oscar on Oct. 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Oscar has gained a little strength, but forecasters say the storm is curving away from land over the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Oscar was centered Monday morning about 620 miles southeast of Bermuda, with top sustained winds of about 80 mph. – Advertisement – The storm was moving to the…

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