11-year-old violinist, cancer survivor plays national anthem for Hurricanes

11-year-old violinist, cancer survivor plays national anthem for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Tyler Butler-Figueroa didn’t have to pull any strings to perform the national anthem at the Carolina Hurricanes game Friday night. The 11-year-old solo violinist is performing at PNC Arena as a part of the Hockey Fights Cancer night. “It is very exciting and I’m not really nervous,” Tyler said. “I just block out everyone else, and I just think of the song.” Butler-Figueroa was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4. He…

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Audit Says State Windstorm Insurance Program is Failing… Again

Audit Says State Windstorm Insurance Program is Failing… Again

After Hurricane Harvey, the windstorm insurer of last resort for the Texas coast is “broke, in debt and facing a shrinking revenue pool.” Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm CST Since 1900, 43 hurricanes have hit the Texas coast. That’s a 36 percent chance of a hurricane every year. Revolution Messaging/Flickr In 2008, after hurricanes Ike and Dolly ravaged the Texas coast and caused more than $30 billion in property damage, the state’s quasi-governmental…

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Florence clean-up nearing $25M for City of Wilmington alone

Florence clean-up nearing $25M for City of Wilmington alone

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Wilmington started its construction and demolition debris pick-up from Hurricane Florence on Oct. 8, 2018. (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cleaning up from Hurricane Florence will cost the City of Wilmington about $25 million. At its meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Wilmington City Council will consider $2,919,416 more to cover the final estimated costs of debris removal and repairs to buildings caused by Florence. – Advertisement –…

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Still waiting to apply for FEMA funding after Hurricane Florence? Deadline is soon

Still waiting to apply for FEMA funding after Hurricane Florence? Deadline is soon

The deadline for South Carolina residents impacted by Hurricane Florence to apply for federal assistance is Wednesday, Dec. 5. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved assistance to nearly 5,000 applicants for $21.1 million statewide, including nearly $13.5 million in Horry County. The assistance is available for home damages sustained from the hurricane between Sept. 8 and Oct. 8. FEMA spokeswoman Cheria Brown noted that 2,749 applicants from Horry County have been denied as of…

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California floods recede after storms in wildfire burn areas

California floods recede after storms in wildfire burn areas

After fleeing a wildfire that came dangerously close to his Northern California home earlier this month, Dale Word evacuated again when flash floods inundated roads and trapped motorists and residents. Swift water teams used boats to make rescues at three homes and officials told people in about 100 vehicles to stay in place. The rain receded late Thursday afternoon, leaving a mess of sticky mud and debris. Downed trees and power poles littered the landscape….

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Mattresses and more delivered to North Chase Florence victims

Mattresses and more delivered to North Chase Florence victims

Wagner with Perfet Dreamer Sleep Shop delivering mattress aong Wynfield Drive. (Andrew James/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Many who call north New Hanover County home lost everything in their homes due to flooding after Florence. Just in time for Christmas one NorthChase neighbor, with a little help from his community, is making sure people have a way to sleep a little more soundly. – Advertisement – By no means is it a sleigh, but…

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'It was challenging:' Business owners still struggling to recover from Hurricane Florence

'It was challenging:' Business owners still struggling to recover from Hurricane Florence

By Candace Sweat, WRAL reporter Lillington, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved nearly $300 million in additional state spending to aid in Hurricane Florence recovery as local business owners asses what it will take for things to return to normal. Ilia Smirnov has a prime location for his restaurant and canoe rental business, right off the Cape Fear River. The location can also be the source of anxiety when a storm is…

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Cabi Gives Away Free Clothes for Florence Victims

Cabi Gives Away Free Clothes for Florence Victims

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Tracy Mullins and her company cabi, will distribute more than 3,000 new clothes, shoes and jewelry this Saturday to hurricane Florence victims. It will be held at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce December 1 at 11am. You must present proof of hurricane disaster help to receive free clothing. SHARE Facebook Twitter

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Bodycam footage shows California wildfire rescue of nurses

Bodycam footage shows California wildfire rescue of nurses

A Northern California sheriff’s office released harrowing body camera footage of a deputy who was nearly overrun by flames as he helped with evacuations the night the deadly Camp Fire swept through Paradise. Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Parmley was searching for a group of stranded nurses when he was forced to abandon his vehicle and continue the search on foot surrounded by flames. As smoke blackened the sky, Parmley activated his body camera thinking…

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ABC11 Together: Food donations take on extra meaning following Florence

ABC11 Together: Food donations take on extra meaning following Florence

As thousands of people continue to recover from Hurricane Florence, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s services are in high-demand. “We’ve had 22 of our 34 counties were federal disaster areas after Florence, so many many of those are still hurting,” explained Jennifer Caslin, who works with the Food Bank. Since the week following Hurricane Florence, they’ve provided more than 5.5 million pounds of food to storm victims. On top of that,…

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Darling finished with Hurricanes; a free agent signing gone wrong

Darling finished with Hurricanes; a free agent signing gone wrong

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — By all accounts, Scott Darling seems like a nice guy and his backstory is the kind of stuff that makes you pull a little harder for him to succeed. We’ll have to root for him elsewhere, because the Scott Darling experiment, barely 18 months old, is over in Raleigh. Darling was waived Thursday by the Hurricanes, who decided, with the help of all empirical evidence, that they’re far better off taking…

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$299M Hurricane Florence relief bill passes General Assembly

$299M Hurricane Florence relief bill passes General Assembly

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A bill approving a $299 million Hurricane Florence relief package passed the North Carolina General Assembly on Thursday. The bill unanimously passed the House, sending it to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk for final approval. “Once again, we had a historic natural disaster for this state, we have had a historic response in this state,” said senior House Appropriations Chairman Nelson Dollar, R-Wake. The bill includes some of the following: $25 million…

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Donations still needed months after Hurricane Florence

The waters of Florence have long since receded but help is still needed. The North Carolina Dogs and Cats Disaster Relief Center said they are dangerously low on supplies and as the holiday season gets closer, much is needed. “There is a tremendous need,” Barbara Leedy, with N.C. Dogs and Cats Disaster Relief said. “A lot of people lost their jobs. Lost their house. They had so much debt they had to ensure that they…

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If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now. The Hurricanes can’t save Scott Darling.

If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now. The Hurricanes can’t save Scott Darling.

The Scott Darling era isn’t necessarily over. He may very well go to Charlotte, rediscover his form, put together a run of solid games and return to the Carolina Hurricanes for his eighth or ninth (or whatever it is now) chance in net. It’s possible. But we can finally dispose of any notion that there’s a great goalie somewhere inside him, waiting to emerge under the right circumstances, who has been unjustly let down by…

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Gov. Cooper finalizes wish list, seeks $6.3 billion more from Congress for Hurricane Florence relief

Gov. Cooper finalizes wish list, seeks $6.3 billion more from Congress for Hurricane Florence relief

WASHINGTON (WTVD) — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is doubling down on his efforts to draw significant support from the federal government for hurricane relief and is requesting an additional $6.3 billion from Congress to help in the recovery. The formal request, submitted on Wednesday, follows a series of meetings on Capitol Hill with North Carolina’s congressional delegation and members of the Trump administration. “North Carolina has much work to do to build back stronger…

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Hurricanes place struggling goalie Scott Darling on waivers

Hurricanes place struggling goalie Scott Darling on waivers

The Scott Darling saga took another turn Thursday, as the Carolina Hurricanes placed the goalie on NHL waivers, general manager Don Waddell said. If Darling clears waivers at noon Friday, he will be assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Darling is in the second year of a four-year contract that pays him $4.15 million a year. The former Chicago Blackhawks backup goalie, obtained by Carolina in a 2017 trade, had a…

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Toy drive underway for victims of Hurricane Florence

Toy drive underway for victims of Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH (WTVD) — As many North Carolina families rebuild their lives from the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence, a new holiday toy drive is underway for children affected by the storm. North Carolina first lady Kristin Cooper and the State Capitol have teamed up with Toys for Tots to collect toys for kids impacted by Florence in the eastern part of the state. You can participate by donating new, unwrapped toys at any area drop-off…

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Heavy rain possible in California’s wildfire-burned areas

Heavy rain possible in California’s wildfire-burned areas

A storm moving into California on Thursday brought rain that threatened to unleash debris flows in wildfire burn areas and snow that could cause travel problems in the Sierra Nevada. A watershed emergency response team worked in the area of Paradise to identify spots that could be prone to flash floods and mudslides. Crews cleared drainage ways and removed burned trees that could topple, said Butte County spokeswoman Callie Lutz. The town of 27,000 has…

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Chef who fed hurricane victims in Wilmington up for Nobel Prize

Chef who fed hurricane victims in Wilmington up for Nobel Prize

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter A chef who came to Wilmington after Florence to feed hurricane victims has been nominated for a Nobel  Peace Prize. (Photo: World Central Kitchen) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A chef who came to Wilmington after Florence to feed hurricane victims has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. According to the Washington Post, ever since José Andrés and his small nonprofit group fed hungry Puerto Ricans following Hurricane Maria…

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Students donate to Florence victims

Students donate to Florence victims

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 Charlotte) – Students at Belmont Central Elementary are learning a lesson in counting money and the importance of giving it away to those in need.  “What I want you to do is sort these coins,” said Anita Delaney, a second grade teacher at Belmont Central. It’s all part of Nickels 4 Neighbors and is a district wide initiative. Each classroom has a collection jar that students have filled with pennies,…

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Programs to reimburse homeowners after Harvey

Programs to reimburse homeowners after Harvey

A new program is about to begin that will help homeowners struggling to recover after Hurricane Harvey who were not reimbursed or had to pay for repairs out of pocket. Applications for the Homeowner Reimbursement Program and the Homeowner Assistance Program will be available on December 3, 2018. The programs are being administered by the Texas General Land Office. Homeowners who need still need assistance with home repairs or rebuilding can apply for the Homeowner Assistance Program. Homeowners…

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Today marks 30 years since rare November F4 tornado touched down in Raleigh

Today marks 30 years since rare November F4 tornado touched down in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Wednesday is a somber anniversary marking 30 years since the Raleigh F4 touched down. The tornado touched down around 1 a.m. on Nov. 28, 1988, taking many by surprise. The twister claimed four lives including two children. It also left 157 people injured. The twister stayed on the ground for a total of 84 miles. It initially touched down in Wake County at Umstead State Park, where it reached its maximum…

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It's been 30 years since an EF-4 tornado ripped through Raleigh

It's been 30 years since an EF-4 tornado ripped through Raleigh

By Natalie Matthews, WRAL digital journalist Raleigh, N.C. — Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of a fatal overnight tornado in Raleigh. On November 28, 1988, a single deadly tornado touched down in Raleigh just after midnight. The tornado killed four people, including two children, in Raleigh and injured more than 150 people. The tornado reached maximum intensity of EF-4 strength in northwestern and northern parts of Raleigh and remained on the ground for 84 miles….

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North Carolina asks Congress for $8.8B in Florence recovery

North Carolina asks Congress for $8.8B in Florence recovery

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Residents of Stoney Creek Plantation are forced to throw away furniture and belongings damaged in Hurricane Florence floods. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor is asking Congress for more federal funding to recover from Hurricane Florence, saying the total $8.8 billion requested is comparable to the help Washington has provided for other disasters since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday asked congressional…

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Last round of Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund grants have been announced

Last round of Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund grants have been announced

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is disbursing the last round of grants to local flood victims. The fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett last year to help with disaster relief, whether it was an immediate medium or long-term need. Overall, more than $113 million will have been given out to help 190,000 households. The decisions were based on carefully selected nonprofit organizations. This latest round of $3 million…

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Destructive 2018 Atlantic hurricane season draws to an end

Destructive 2018 Atlantic hurricane season draws to an end

Hurricane Florence form the International Space Station. (Photo: Alexnander Gerst / NASA) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/NOAA) — The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Friday and will be remembered most for hurricanes Florence and Michael, which caused significant damage in the southeastern U.S. In total, the season produced 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes of which two were “major”. An average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. – Advertisement – “From…

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More frequent NC hurricanes are on the way. Here’s how we can get ready.

More frequent NC hurricanes are on the way. Here’s how we can get ready.

One of North Carolina’s most catastrophic hurricane seasons is coming to an end this week. While recovery continues for the most affected areas, we must also remember that this will happen again. We cannot predict exactly when or where future storms will hit, but we do know that climate change will make catastrophic storms more frequent and more damaging. Last month, North Carolina lawmakers approved $800 million for storm recovery. That money comes from taxpayers…

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A New Climate Assesment Says Texas Is Getting Hotter, Drier And More Flood-Prone.

A New Climate Assesment Says Texas Is Getting Hotter, Drier And More Flood-Prone.

Friday, while millions of Americans recovered at home from Turkey-induced torpors, the Trump administration released a report on climate change that forecasts a grim future for Texas.  The National Climate Assessment found the state could face thousands of deaths and billions in property damage as a result of climate patterns linked to greenhouse gas emissions. The report from the United States Global Change Research Program discusses climate change not as threats existing on the horizon…

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Northeast Australia faces unprecedented wildfire danger

Northeast Australia faces unprecedented wildfire danger

Officials say large swaths of northeast Australia are enduring unprecedented fire danger, with 138 wildfires across Queensland state forcing schools to be closed and thousands of homes to be evacuated. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the fire danger on Wednesday was rated catastrophic in areas of central Queensland, the first time the highest danger rating has been applied to the state. She says 34 schools have been closed in the most threatened regions. Queensland Fire…

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McElhinney makes 48 saves, Hurricanes beat Canadiens 2-1

McElhinney makes 48 saves, Hurricanes beat Canadiens 2-1

Curtis McElhinney stopped 48 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Canadiens 2-1 on Tuesday night in Shea Weber’s return from injury for Montreal. Victor Rask and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for the Hurricanes, who have won four of five. McElhinney, who’s emerging as the top goaltender in Carolina, made 21 saves in the third period alone for his fourth straight victory. Phillip Danault scored for the Canadiens, who extended their losing streak to five…

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Hurricanes move homeowner's holidays from Lumberton to Rocky Mount

Hurricanes move homeowner's holidays from Lumberton to Rocky Mount

By Gilbert Baez, WRAL reporter Lumberton, N.C. — Lumberton homeowner Susan Hayes would have set up her Christmas tree beside her fireplace this year. But her home was destroyed by Hurricanes Florence and Matthew, so her tree will be set up two hours away in Rocky Mount. Two years ago, Hurricane Matthew brought 8 inches of water into her home on Tartan Road and chased Hayes to higher ground. Two months ago, Hurricane Florence dumped…

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California resident meets firefighter who saved her home from wildfire

California resident meets firefighter who saved her home from wildfire

OAK PARK, Calif. — An Oak Park homeowner watched helplessly through her security camera as flames from the Woolsey Fire began to envelop her house – until a heroic firefighter jumped into action. Courtney McClain kept an eye on her home by watching footage from her Ring camera through her phone. VIDEO: Woman drives through flames to flee wildfire in MalibuAs flames surrounded her house, she spotted a firefighter, braving his way through the inferno…

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Fight over wildfire prevention threatens to upend federal farm aid

Fight over wildfire prevention threatens to upend federal farm aid

An increasingly fierce debate about how to prevent deadly wildfires in California is threatening to endanger crucial crop insurance for farmers in Kansas and Missouri. In the wake of wildfires that killed at least 88 people this month, President Donald Trump’s administration is pressuring Congress to include provisions in the farm policy bill that would roll back regulations on forest-thinning projects — a move the administration says would save lives and property. “We cannot waste…

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VIDEO: Gender reveal party leads to 73-square-mile wildfire

VIDEO: Gender reveal party leads to 73-square-mile wildfire

TUCSON, AZ (AP) — A wildfire in southern Arizona started when an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent shot at a target to reveal a baby’s gender. The 2017 fire near Green Valley burned 73 square miles of state and federal land. The damage and firefighting costs topped $8 million. – Advertisement – A video released Monday by the U.S. Forest Service shows the target explode after being hit with gunfire, sending a blue substance into…

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Here’s how a gender reveal party stunt ignited a massive Arizona wildfire

Here’s how a gender reveal party stunt ignited a massive Arizona wildfire

Dennis Dickey found out that he is expecting a boy, but the way he decided to get that information is going to cost him. The U.S. Forest Service released video Tuesday of the explosive stunt that ignited the deadly Sawmill wildfire in Arizona last year. Dickey has admitted in court that his gender reveal party was not just the spark, but the booming explosion that caused the fire to erupt in April 2017, according to…

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VIDEO: Gender reveal party leads to 73-square-mile wildfire in Arizona

VIDEO: Gender reveal party leads to 73-square-mile wildfire in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — A wildfire in southern Arizona started when an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent shot at a target to reveal a baby’s gender. The 2017 fire near Green Valley burned 73 square miles (190 square kilometers) of state and federal land. The damage and firefighting costs topped $8 million. A video released Monday by the U.S. Forest Service shows the target explode after being hit with gunfire, sending a blue substance into the…

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Are you a hurricane victim in need of help? Here are ways to get resources

Are you a hurricane victim in need of help? Here are ways to get resources

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For anyone who was impacted by Hurricane Florence and still needs help receiving services, now is your chance to apply before it’s too late. Monday was the first of three “Services for Survivors” events to help Hurricane Florence victims. – Advertisement – The events are being held to help those in the Cape Fear region who are still looking to receive services to rebuild after the storm. Monday night’s event was…

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Starting over in Charlotte after Hurricane Florence, mom and son need help at Christmas

Starting over in Charlotte after Hurricane Florence, mom and son need help at Christmas

Krystal Stokes was hoping for the best when Hurricane Florence hit her hometown of Wilmington in September. She and her 8-year-old son, Krystian, packed a few things and left their first-floor apartment to ride out the storm with her sister, who lives in a nearby second-floor apartment. And when it came time to go back to their apartment, Krystal and Krystian found it had been flooded. Krystal, a certified nursing assistant at a group home,…

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Lame-duck session addressing voter ID, Florence, boards

Lame-duck session addressing voter ID, Florence, boards

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter General Assembly (Photo: WTVD) RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly is coming back to approve voter ID details, consider more Hurricane Florence spending and address legal fights with Gov. Roy Cooper over state boards and commissions. The legislature prepared to reconvene at midday Tuesday, three weeks since an Election Day in which Democrats won over a dozen legislative seats and broke the Republicans’ veto-proof majorities come…

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Wildfire razes vast tracts of northeast Australia

Wildfire razes vast tracts of northeast Australia

Authorities say a wildfire has destroyed at least four homes, forced the evacuation of hundreds of others and razed 20,000 hectares (49,000 acres) of farmland and woodland in heatwave conditions in northeast Australia. Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said Tuesday that police have been knocking on doors of homes in the small rural communities of Baffle Creek, Deepwater, Oyster Creek and Rules Beach in Queensland state to advise residents to evacuate but some are refusing….

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NC attorney general: Beware of scams targeting Hurricane Florence victims

NC attorney general: Beware of scams targeting Hurricane Florence victims

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — Hundreds of North Carolina families who were hit hard by Hurricane Florence say they have been victimized again by home repair and debris removal rip-offs. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said his office is investigating 850 price gouging complaints related to Hurricane Florence. Stein visited Fayetteville on Monday to warn residents in the hurricane zone to beware of scams related to price gouging, home repairs, tree removal, donating to charities…

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Hurricane Florence victims: Here’s how to get a free Christmas tree

Hurricane Florence victims: Here’s how to get a free Christmas tree

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Christmas Ornaments (Photo: USMC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Salvation Army and King of Christmas have partnered together to provide new, artificial Christmas trees for residents of Cape Fear who were impacted by Hurricane Florence. The two organization will distribute 500 trees, while supplies last, on Wednesday, December 5, from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Christmas Center located at 6840 North Market Street. – Advertisement…

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AG: Don't fall victim to post-hurricane scams

AG: Don't fall victim to post-hurricane scams

Fayetteville, N.C. — Hurricane Florence impacted people in 34 of the state’s 100 counties. On Monday, the North Carolina Attorney General said those affected could become victims again – of post-hurricane scams. FEMA and other agencies have given home and business owners millions of dollars to help them with repairs. So far, Attorney General Josh Stein said there have been 850 complaints related to price gouging, including home repairs and tree removals. Of those, 30…

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Federal Report: Hurricane Harvey Was A Climate Change Harbinger

Federal Report: Hurricane Harvey Was A Climate Change Harbinger

Car submerged in water near Cypress Creek in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 Texas should brace for more — and worse — Hurricane Harveys, according to a major scientific report made public on Friday by the Trump administration. Based on the research of hundreds of government and academic scientists, including several in Texas, the 1,656-page appraisal warns that Harvey and other recent extreme weather events are harbingers of climate change. Absent swift action to slash…

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Lumberton organization seeks support for continued shelter for Florence victims

Lumberton organization seeks support for continued shelter for Florence victims

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WTVD) — One Lumberton organization is calling on the community to help after families displaced by Hurricane Florence, and living in motels, are now in jeopardy of becoming homeless. “Everyday is like D-Day for people living in motels,” said Randy Lewis of Christian Outreach Center. This is why Connie Blackman has kept her U-Haul trailer packed with her belongings. There’s not much room for them inside her tiny motel room at Motel 6….

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