NHL postpones two additional Carolina Hurricanes games

NHL postpones two additional Carolina Hurricanes games

RALEIGH, NC (AP)–The NHL has postponed games for the Carolina Hurricanes through “at least” Saturday after five Hurricanes players have been placed on the league’s COVID-19 protocol list. The league announced the postponements Wednesday, a day before the Hurricanes were set to host the Florida Panthers in their home opener. The teams were scheduled to play again Saturday afternoon. Along with the postponements, the league said the Hurricanes’ training facilities have been closed and will…

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Ava Gardner Museum closes due to flood damage

Ava Gardner Museum closes due to flood damage

By Bryan Mims, WRAL reporter Smithfield, N.C. — Ava Gardner, one of the brightest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, was a North Carolina girl. She grew up among the tobacco farms of Johnston County. Smithfield celebrates its homegrown movie star with a museum downtown. The Ava Gardner Museum has managed to stay afloat during the pandemic — only to be shut down by a flood. On the silver screen, in that Golden Age, Ava Gardner…

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Hurricanes open with 3-0 win over rebuilding Red Wings

Hurricanes open with 3-0 win over rebuilding Red Wings

DETROIT — Nino Niederreiter scored early in the first period and Petr Mrazek had to make just 14 saves for a shutout, helping the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Ryan Ddzingel scored on a power play with 2:34 left and Andrei Svechnikov added an empty-net goal. Detroit goalie Thomas Greiss made only one save before he gave up a goal, but he stopped…

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How Flood Projects Can Do More Than Just Prevent Floods (Jan. 14, 2021)

How Flood Projects Can Do More Than Just Prevent Floods (Jan. 14, 2021)

Houston Matters begins at 9 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters. On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Pres. Trump has been impeached for a second time. We discuss Wednesday’s debate and vote in the House and what we heard from Houston-area Congressional representatives. Also this hour: How flood resilience projects can do more than just help prevent floods. Plus, we examine the oil and gas-related bills going before…

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Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West, according to study

Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West, according to study

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday. Even as pollution emissions declined from other sources including vehicle exhaust and power plants, the amount from fires increased sharply, said researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego. The findings underscore the growing public…

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Tornado causes damage, displaces families in Houston suburb

Tornado causes damage, displaces families in Houston suburb

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A tornado swept through a portion of a city in suburban Houston, displacing about 500 people from a damaged apartment complex, officials said Thursday. A strong storm swept through Texas City around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, causing heavy damage to a 129-unit apartment complex, said Tom Muñoz, Texas City’s emergency management coordinator. A nearby convenience store and two schools were also damaged. The schools canceled classes on Thursday. No injuries…

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EF-1 tornado strikes Texas City during Wednesday's severe weather

EF-1 tornado strikes Texas City during Wednesday's severe weather

TEXAS CITY, Texas — An EF-1 tornado hit Texas City Wednesday night after severe storms rolled through the area, according to the National Weather Service.  After conducting a survey this morning, NWS meteorologists have determined that the storm damage observed in Texas City yesterday evening was due to a tornado. The storm has been given a preliminary rating of EF-1. More information will be provided later today. #houwx #txwx — NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 7,…

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NWS confirms EF-1 tornado struck Texas City during Wednesday's severe weather

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado struck Texas City during Wednesday's severe weather

TEXAS CITY, Texas — A tornado hit Texas City Wednesday night after severe storms rolled through the area, according to the National Weather Service.  Meteorologists have given the tornado a preliminary rating of EF-1. After conducting a survey this morning, NWS meteorologists have determined that the storm damage observed in Texas City yesterday evening was due to a tornado. The storm has been given a preliminary rating of EF-1. More information will be provided later…

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Possible tornado damage in Texas City after severe storms; some schools cancel class

Possible tornado damage in Texas City after severe storms; some schools cancel class

TEXAS CITY, Texas — A possible tornado hit Texas City Wednesday night after severe storms rolled through the area. There was damage to the Brazos Urethane building on 6th Street North. The road was closed while crews moved debris. “Due to storm damage, Calvin Vincent Early Childhood and Kohfeldt Elementary will NOT have school today. There will be a delayed start (9 a.m.) for Blocker Middle School, Texas City High School and ITC. School is…

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Possible tornado damage in Texas City after severe storms

Possible tornado damage in Texas City after severe storms

TEXAS CITY, Texas — A possible tornado hit Texas City Wednesday night after severe storms rolled through the area. There was damage to the Brazos Urethane building on 6th Street North. The road was closed while crews moved debris. Texas City ISD said due to storm damage, classes are canceled for Thursday at Kohfeldt and Calvin Vincent. District officials said power is out at Levi Fry, Roosevelt-Wilson Elementary and Blocker and is expected to be…

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Houston forecast: Slight risk of severe weather later today; Wintry weather for parts of Texas

We will get the first of two storm systems on Wednesday. The second arrives on Sunday. HOUSTON — We have enjoyed spring-like weather lately, but that all changes starting Wednesday. We will soon get a cold front for the second half of the day with a 70% rain chance and a wind shift to the northwest by late Wednesday evening. Some of those storms could pack a punch, as we have a concern for severe…

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Multiple homes damaged in massive Steele Creek fire; fundraisers set up to help displaced families

Multiple homes damaged in massive Steele Creek fire; fundraisers set up to help displaced families

Dozens of first responders were called Steele Creek’s Berewick neighborhood southwest Charlotte early Wednesday morning when multiple homes were on fire. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Multiple homes were badly damaged when a massive fire broke out in the Steele Creek area of Charlotte early Wednesday morning.  It happened around 3:30 a.m. in the Berewick neighborhood on Selkirkshire Road, which is about a mile from the Charlotte Premium Outlets. Dozens of firefighters, police officers and paramedics were…

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Houston weather: Flash Flood Watch, Tornado Watch as cold front sweeps through | View live radar

Houston weather: Flash Flood Watch, Tornado Watch as cold front sweeps through | View live radar

And the temperatures are about to plunge into the 30s and 40s as we ring in 2021. HOUSTON — The overnight hours were relatively calm weather-wise in Houston proper, but we can’t let our guard down yet. A Tornado Watch remains in effect for Chambers, Galveston and Liberty counties until 3 p.m. There is also a Flash Flood Watch for parts of the Houston area through 3 p.m. today. Much of the heavy rainfall overnight…

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Houston weather: Flash Flood Warning for Brazoria, Galveston counties as cold front sweeps through | View live radar

Houston weather: Flash Flood Warning for Brazoria, Galveston counties as cold front sweeps through | View live radar

And the temperatures are about to plunge into the 30s and 40s as we ring in 2021. HOUSTON — The overnight hours were relatively calm weather-wise in Houston proper, but we can’t let our guard down yet. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Brazoria and Galveston County until 1:45 p.m.   A Tornado Watch is in effect for Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris Counties until 3 p.m. today — especially for…

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New Year's Eve storms, possible tornados expected in South

New Year's Eve storms, possible tornados expected in South

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Severe storms capable of spinning up tornados are expected across the Deep South. Forecasters say the storms are expected to strike the region on Thursday — New Year’s Eve. The national Storm Prediction Center says the area most at risk of severe weather on Thursday includes parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and southeast Texas. The region at enhanced risk of severe weather includes more than 4 million people and the metropolitan areas…

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Heavy snow expected in Texas; storm could spawn tornadoes

Heavy snow expected in Texas; storm could spawn tornadoes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A winter storm moving across southwestern Texas on Wednesday could dump more than a foot (0.30 meters) of snow before moving eastward and possibly spawning tornadoes in parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on New Year’s Eve, according to weather forecasters. The storm produced what Grams said was a likely a brief tornado in Corsicana, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Dallas shortly before noon Wednesday. More than a…

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Multiple homes damaged in massive Steele Creek fire

Multiple homes damaged in massive Steele Creek fire

Dozens of first responders were called to the Selkirk neighborhood in southwest Charlotte early Wednesday morning when multiple homes were on fire. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dozens of first responders are still on the scene of a large fire that damaged multiple homes in Charlotte’s Steele Creek neighborhood early Wednesday morning.  It happened on Selkirshire Road, about a mile from the Charlotte Premium Outlets. Multiple Charlotte Fire, Medic and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police units were called to the…

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'We're preparing for a hurricane:' NC hospitals at precipice as COVID-19 slams capacity

'We're preparing for a hurricane:' NC hospitals at precipice as COVID-19 slams capacity

CLAYTON, N.C. (WTVD) — Health administrators and physicians across North Carolina on Tuesday warned that hospitals are on the precipice of exceeding capacity as the holiday surge of COVID-19 pummels the state. “The issue is staffing,” Dr. Rodney McCaskill, Chief Medical Officer at UNC Hospital in Clayton, told ABC11. “There are not enough nurses or respiratory therapists for beds. The patients coming in are much sicker than what we saw before COVID, and COVID illness…

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Hurricanes, virus can't stop Louisiana couple's wedding

Hurricanes, virus can't stop Louisiana couple's wedding

GRAND LAKE La. (AP) — Most couples might have wondered whether the forces of nature were against them after moving their wedding three times because of the pandemic and two hurricanes that hit almost the exact same spot within weeks of one another. But Emily Kitfield and Taylor Pascale were even more determined than ever to tie the knot. And in a small ceremony Dec. 5 surrounded by close friends and family, Emily finally got…

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'Presents don’t matter, but family does' | Virginia family thankful after close call with Christmas Eve tornado

'Presents don’t matter, but family does' | Virginia family thankful after close call with Christmas Eve tornado

“By the time I got downstairs it was pretty much over… longest minute and a half of my life, that’s for sure,” Cary Glover said. SUFFOLK, Va. — Within a matter of minutes, it had already come and gone.  “It happened so fast, within a minute it was all over,” Morris Glover Jr. said, standing on the driveway of his Dutch Road home in Suffolk. The Glover family has lived in their Holland-area house for…

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Severe storms move out of the Triangle, flooding still possible

Severe storms move out of the Triangle, flooding still possible

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — Christmas Eve was a busy day of weather watches and warnings across central and eastern North Carolina. Wake county was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10 p.m. on Thursday night. Winds of up to 60 mph were possible as a band of storms bringing heavy rain and strong winds moved east. Much of the Triangle is also still under a flood advisory until midnight. Some areas…

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Tornado watch in effect for several NC counties until 10 p.m.

Tornado watch in effect for several NC counties until 10 p.m.

RALEIGH (WTVD) — As strong storms move through central North Carolina, several weather alerts are active. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings all along the I-95 Corridor. Tornado Warnings have expired but still some rotation is visible. We might see another isolated tornado in the next hour or so along this line. pic.twitter.com/RR5oz3dVvN — Brittany Bell (@BrittanyABC11) December 24, 2020 Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Edgecombe, Halifax and Nash until 5:45 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are in effect for…

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Severe thunderstorms march east across NC; tornadoes possible through 10 p.m.

Severe thunderstorms march east across NC; tornadoes possible through 10 p.m.

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle saw gusty winds and downpours through mid-day on Christmas Eve, while tornado warnings popped up to the south. Just after 4 p.m., nine counties were under severe weather alert warnings. Much of the eastern half of the state, including Wake and Johnston counties, is under a tornado watch – which means conditions are right for tornadoes to form – through 10 p.m. At 4 p.m.,…

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Tornado warnings along I-95, in Sandhills; severe thunderstorms march through central NC

Tornado warnings along I-95, in Sandhills; severe thunderstorms march through central NC

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle saw gusty winds and downpours through mid-day on Christmas Eve, while tornado warnings popped up to the south. Just after 4 p.m., nine counties were under severe weather alert warnings. Much of the eastern half of the state, including Wake and Johnston counties, is under a tornado watch – which means conditions are right for tornadoes to form – through 10 p.m. At 4 p.m.,…

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Tornado warnings issued for multiple counties as storm moves north

Tornado warnings issued for multiple counties as storm moves north

RALEIGH (WTVD) — As strong storms move through central North Carolina, several severe weather alerts are active. A Tornado Warning has been issued for Sampson, Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties until 4:30 p.m. A Tornado Warning has been issued for Cumberland, Sampson, Edgecombe, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties until 4:30 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Franklin, Johnston and Wake until 4:15 p.m. A Tornado Warning has been issued for Johnston,…

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Tornado warning issued for Cumberland, Sampson counties

Tornado warning issued for Cumberland, Sampson counties

RALEIGH (WTVD) — As strong storms move through central North Carolina, several severe weather alerts are active. A Tornado Warning has been issued for Cumberland, Sampson, Edgecombe, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties until 4:30 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Franklin, Johnston and Wake until 4:15 p.m. A Tornado Warning has been issued for Johnston, Sampson and Wayne counties until 4:00 p.m. A Tornado Warning is in effect for Johnston and…

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Tornado warnings in effect; severe thunderstorms march through central NC

Tornado warnings in effect; severe thunderstorms march through central NC

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle saw gusty winds and downpours through mid-day on Christmas Eve, while tornado warnings popped up to the south. Much of the eastern half of the state, including Wake and Johnston counties, is under a tornado watch – which means conditions are right for tornadoes to form – through 10 p.m. Just before 3 p.m., a warning was issued, meaning tornado conditions were detected by radar,…

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Tornado warnings issued for parts of Johnston, Wayne counties

Tornado warnings issued for parts of Johnston, Wayne counties

RALEIGH (WTVD) — As strong storms move through central North Carolina, several severe weather alerts are active. Tornado Warning is in effect for Johnston; Wayne counties until 4:00 p.m. A Tornado Warning is in effect for parts of Sampson, Wayne and Johnston counties until 3:15 p.m. Another Tornado Warning is in effect for parts of Sampson County until 3:30 p.m. A Tornado Watch has been issued for Cumberland, Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Nash,…

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Tornado warnings in effect; dangerous storms spotted near Clinton, headed towards Goldsboro

Tornado warnings in effect; dangerous storms spotted near Clinton, headed towards Goldsboro

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle saw gusty winds and downpours through mid-day on Christmas Eve, while tornado warnings popped up to the south. Much of the eastern half of the state, including Wake and Johnston counties, is under a tornado watch – which means conditions are right for tornadoes to form – through 10 p.m. Just before 3 p.m., a warning was issued, meaning tornado conditions were detected by radar,…

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Tornado Watch issued for eastern counties in central NC

Tornado Watch issued for eastern counties in central NC

RALEIGH (WTVD) — A tornado watch has been issued for Cumberland, Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Nash, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wake, Warren, Wayne and Wilson counties until 10 p.m. Thursday evening. Mother Nature is putting some coal in our stockings with this Christmas Eve forecast. We will see a significant system swing through this afternoon and evening. Ahead of it, the warm air will surge into North Carolina and we get temps that are…

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NC braces for threat of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes on Christmas Eve

NC braces for threat of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes on Christmas Eve

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle is preparing for the possibility of severe storms, gusty winds and even a tornado threat for Christmas Eve. “Damaging wind gusts and tornadoes will be possible from 2 to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve,” said WRAL meteorologist Peta Sheerwood. On Thursday, the Triangle is under a Level 2 risk for severe weather, and counties east of Raleigh, including the coast, are under a Level 3…

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2 months after hurricanes, Louisiana residents still hurting

2 months after hurricanes, Louisiana residents still hurting

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — As southwest Louisiana recovers from the back-to-back hurricanes that hammered the region this year, signs of progress compete with lingering evidence of mass destruction. The fallen trees that carpeted neighborhoods have mostly been chopped up and hauled away, but the roofs they devoured are still covered in blue tarps. Piles of debris still line the roads. Brandy Monticello is thankful for the progress. She and her wife no longer have…

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Severe weather possible on Christmas Eve in Charlotte

Severe weather possible on Christmas Eve in Charlotte

A line of storms will produce heavy rain, strong winds and bring the threat of flash flooding to the Charlotte, North Carolina region on Christmas Eve. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolinas are preparing for a stormy Christmas Eve as a weather system will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the Charlotte area Thursday afternoon.  First Warn Forecaster Larry Sprinkle said there will be scattered showers across the area Christmas Eve morning before the heavier precipitation…

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Strong to severe storms and tornadoes possible Christmas Eve

Strong to severe storms and tornadoes possible Christmas Eve

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — To top off 2020, the Triangle could see severe weather, isolated tornados and damaging winds on Christmas Eve. The Triangle is under a Level 1 risk for storms and counties east of Raleigh are under a Level 2 risk for severe storms on Thursday. The greatest threat for our area is damaging wind gusts during the storms. The Triangle could see some “supercells,” or rotating thunderstorms on…

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Severe storms, damaging winds possible Christmas Eve

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — To top off 2020, the Triangle could see severe weather, isolated tornados and damaging winds on Christmas Eve. The Triangle is under a Level 1 risk for storms and counties east of Raleigh are under a Level 2 risk for severe storms on Thursday. There will be a strong jet stream coming in, which means there will be a great deal of wind in the atmosphere. The…

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Carolina Hurricanes arena sustained damages after water leak

Carolina Hurricanes arena sustained damages after water leak

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo: Ed Clemente / MGN) RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The home of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes sustained $250,000 in damages after a water leak was discovered in the room where video replays are controlled for the overhead scoreboard. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports some team employees returned to PNC Arena in Raleigh earlier this month to find the leak in the CanesVision…

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NC curfew poses bigger problem for Waffle House than hurricanes

NC curfew poses bigger problem for Waffle House than hurricanes

By Lora Lavigne, WRAL Durham reporter Durham, N.C. — Known for staying open through hurricanes to serve “good food fast,” overnight business at Waffle House has been very slow since North Carolina imposed a nightly curfew last week to curb the spread of coronavirus. People are allowed to get food during the 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew, but Fred Anton, senior vice president of restaurant operations for Waffle House, said he’s already seen a drop in…

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NC Gov. Cooper signs disaster declaration after deadly North Carolina flooding

NC Gov. Cooper signs disaster declaration after deadly North Carolina flooding

Homeowners and small businesses still recovering from Eta’s devastating flooding are eligible for low-interest federal loans to rebuild and replace property. RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper signed a state disaster declaration for Alexander County and the surrounding areas of western North Carolina after heavy rains caused deadly floods and catastrophic damage in November, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. “The tragic consequences of this storm left loved ones grieving, families without homes, and damaged communities,”…

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NC Gov. Cooper signs disaster declaration deadly North Carolina flooding

NC Gov. Cooper signs disaster declaration deadly North Carolina flooding

Homeowners and small businesses still recovering from Eta’s devastating flooding are eligible for low-interest federal loans to rebuild and replace property. RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper signed a state disaster declaration for Alexander County and the surrounding areas of western North Carolina after heavy rains caused deadly floods and catastrophic damage in November, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. “The tragic consequences of this storm left loved ones grieving, families without homes, and damaged communities,”…

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Damaged by Hurricane Florence, Boiling Spring Lakes Motel reopens

Damaged by Hurricane Florence, Boiling Spring Lakes Motel reopens

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY)–Stephanie Bodmer and her husband Robert Gosnell have brought an iconic landmark in Brunswick County back to life. The couple purchased the Boiling Spring Lakes Motel in December of 2018. In September of 2018, the motel was flooded with over a foot of water in Hurricane Florence. Nearly two years later the ‘Mom and Pop’ motel has opened their doors, something Bodmer’s late father would be proud of. “He always asked…

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Wilmington replants trees in areas hit hard by Hurricane Florence

Wilmington replants trees in areas hit hard by Hurricane Florence

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Contractors were out in Wilmington on Friday planting trees in areas hit hard by Hurricane Florence.  The city says they are planting 285 trees, which are wind resistant, predominantly large-canopied trees of different sizes that best fit available spaces. Funding for the trees comes from charges paid by developers that cut down trees rather than save or replant them, or fines paid for illegally cutting down trees without a permit, according to…

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