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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