After rare flash flood emergency, Florida prepares for more heavy rainfall in coming days

After rare flash flood emergency, Florida prepares for more heavy rainfall in coming days

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A tropical disturbance has brought a rare flash flood emergency to much of southern Florida as residents prepared to weather more heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday’s downpours and subsequent flooding blocked roads, floated vehicles and delayed the Florida Panthers on their way to Stanley Cup games in Canada against the Edmonton Oilers. The disorganized storm system was pushing across Florida from the Gulf of Mexico at roughly the…

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Centers flooding state leaders with calls pushing for child care funding

Centers flooding state leaders with calls pushing for child care funding

Pandemic funding made available to child care facilities ends on June 30. NORTH CAROLINA, USA — Child care workers across the state are literally calling on state leaders to invest in the child care industry, making 160 phone calls a day to NC State Senator Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore. Centers only have a few more weeks before money made available during the pandemic comes to an end and many are asking “Where’s…

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Colorado State University releases hurricane season forecast update, maintains it will be a busy one

Colorado State University releases hurricane season forecast update, maintains it will be a busy one

While the forecast is for an active season, that doesn’t mean one will come to the Texas Gulf Coast. HOUSTON — Colorado State University has released its June forecast update for what they believe will be a very busy Atlantic hurricane season. On Tuesday morning, they maintained their forecast that they issued back in April. They forecasted that we could see 23 named storms, 11 hurricanes with five becoming major hurricanes, listing an extremely warm…

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Leland Cultural Arts Center hosts 2024 Hurricane Expo

Leland Cultural Arts Center hosts 2024 Hurricane Expo

7 minutes ago LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The 2024 Hurricane Expo was held at the Leland Cultural Arts Center on Saturday.  The expo gave Cape Fear residents the chance to speak with experts and prepare for hurricane season. WWAY’s very own Chief Meteorologist Lee Haywood and Matthew Huddleston were at the event giving attendees advice on how to stay prepared. The event also hosted workshops, a public safety roundtable, and more.   For more information…

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More than 100 Ponder HS students clean up Ray Roberts Mariana weeks after tornado

More than 100 Ponder HS students clean up Ray Roberts Mariana weeks after tornado

Students helped pick up trash and debris left behind by the tornado. They even found pictures they hope to give back to the owners one day. SANGER, Texas — Lake Ray Roberts Mariana was one of the areas hit hard by the EF-3 tornado that ripped through parts of North Texas more than two weeks ago. Still, the damage is there. RV campers tipped over and pieces of foundation from buildings flung like paper. On…

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Tornadoes touch down across US, killing toddler in Michigan and injuring 5 in Maryland

Tornadoes touch down across US, killing toddler in Michigan and injuring 5 in Maryland

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A tornado killed a 2-year-old boy and injured his mother Wednesday when a tree fell on their house in suburban Detroit, while emergency workers in Maryland were responding to reports of collapsed structures with people trapped inside after a tornado there. Officials in Livonia, Michigan, said in a post on the city’s website that the quick-developing tornado struck several neighborhoods in the city on Wednesday afternoon. A massive tree was uprooted…

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Understanding the stages of hurricane development

Understanding the stages of hurricane development

From a storm’s first moment as a tropical disturbance, through its lifetime as storm and hurricane, knowing these terms will raise your Weather IQ. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — These are the terms you need to know this Atlantic Hurricane Season to understand the life cycle of a storm. Tropical disturbance This is simply an area of thunderstorms in the tropics that has “some” organization. It may be the result of a tropical wave. If this area…

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Green Swamp Wildfire: one year following the flames

Green Swamp Wildfire: one year following the flames

7 minutes ago SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — June 13 marks one year since a wildfire tore through nearly 16,000 acres of the Green Swamp Preserve. WWAY took a tour of that land on Tuesday, to see what the Green Swamp looks like now. Vegetation that was once covered in ash, is now showing signs of healthy new growth.  Last year’s Green Swamp fire started after a prescribed burn by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission got out…

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WATCH: 2024 StormTrack 3 Hurricane Special preparing Cape Fear for active season

WATCH: 2024 StormTrack 3 Hurricane Special preparing Cape Fear for active season

6 minutes ago (Photo: NOAA) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The StormTrack 3 team of meteorologists spent the last several months putting together WWAY’s 2024 Hurricane Special. In case you missed it, you can watch the show in its entirety here: The 2024 hurricane season is expected to be very active. NOAA predicts 17-25 named storms, 8-13 hurricanes and 4-7 major hurricanes. Stay tuned to WWAY for the very latest tropical information all season long.

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‘Just start over’: Valley View residents rebuild after deadly North Texas tornado

‘Just start over’: Valley View residents rebuild after deadly North Texas tornado

Banding together The John Fortenberry Community Center at the heart of Valley View on South Lee Street has served as one of the home bases for disaster relief donations and aid. On Wednesday, volunteers in neon green mesh vests walked inside with arms full between stacks of toilet paper, bottled water, diapers and canned foods, taking inventory and unloading more donated materials from car trunks and truck beds outside. Valley View is continuing to receive…

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King Tide flooding expected through remainder of week in Carolina Beach

King Tide flooding expected through remainder of week in Carolina Beach

1 minute ago Previous King Tide flooding (Photo: WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Flooding from King Tides is possible the remainder of the week in Carolina Beach. Higher than normal tide levels will increase the flooding risk through June 7th. Areas most often affected include Canal Drive, Florida Avenue, Winner Avenue, Carolina Beach Avenue North, and other low-lying areas. Officials say some roads may be closed to traffic if flooding occurs. You’re asked to…

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Belmont Drive-In set to reopen after severe weather damages forced temporary closure

Belmont Drive-In set to reopen after severe weather damages forced temporary closure

The double-feature lineup for the weekend includes “The Lion King” followed by “The Mummy.” Admission is $25 per car, cash only.   “We are so blessed to see more nights under the stars with you and your families,” the drive-in shared on Facebook.  PODCASTS FROM WCNC CHARLOTTE: All of WCNC Charlotte’s podcasts are free and available for both streaming and download. You can listen now on Android, iPhone, Amazon, and other internet-connected devices. Join us…

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Firefighters find charred body while extinguishing wildfire in south Florida

Firefighters find charred body while extinguishing wildfire in south Florida

OSTEEN, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters found a charred body after dousing a brush fire in south Florida on Sunday, while fire crews elsewhere in the drought-stricken state battled wildfires that temporarily closed a highway and forced some residents to be evacuated from their homes. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue crews were extinguishing a blaze when they discovered the body, and officials said they couldn’t determine whether the person was male or female, WTVJ-TV reported. Firefighters said…

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Houston Emergency Operations Center remains on high alert after multiple rounds of severe weather

Houston Emergency Operations Center remains on high alert after multiple rounds of severe weather

“I’ve been doing this for a long time now,” Munoz said. “This is the first season that we’ve ever started off like this that I can recall. It is concerning.” HOUSTON — It’s been a nonstop month for the Houston Emergency Operations Center with all hands on deck. Multiple rounds of severe weather this month has the center on high alert and much busier than normal. “We started April 26, with the storm in the…

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‘A sense of renewal’: Caddo Mounds historic site reopens 5 years after tornado destroyed property

‘A sense of renewal’: Caddo Mounds historic site reopens 5 years after tornado destroyed property

The Caddo in Texas: ‘There were a lot of skirmishes’ When Mirabeau Lamar assumed the presidency of Texas in 1838, he made the removal of Indigenous communities one of top priorities. “The white man and the red man cannot dwell in harmony together,” Lamar said in his inaugural address. “Nature forbids it.” When Lamar took office, the nascent Republic of Texas was deep in debt and struggling to assert its autonomy as a new country. That…

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