'Treacherous floodwaters remain,' Cooper says one week after Florence

'Treacherous floodwaters remain,' Cooper says one week after Florence

By Alfred Charles, WRAL.com managing editor Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday that North Carolina is still trying to recover from Florence, one week after the monster storm drenched parts of the coastline and southeastern parts of the state. “The storm itself is gone but its treacherous floodwaters remain,” Cooper said during the Saturday morning briefing. “If you live in southeastern North Carolina, don’t let your guard down.” As of Saturday, Cooper said:…

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1 dead, homes damaged as heavy rain continues to lash Texas

1 dead, homes damaged as heavy rain continues to lash Texas

Published 10:44 am CDT, Saturday, September 22, 2018 DALLAS (AP) — At least one person has died and emergency personnel have conducted numerous high-water rescues as rain continues to lash parts of Texas, causing damage to homes and instances of flash flooding. Authorities say a 23-year-old man drowned near the University of Texas at Arlington when floodwaters swept him away as he crossed a bridge. His body was recovered early Saturday. Dallas Fire-Rescue says as many…

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NC woman faces 13 charges after sheltering pets during Florence

NC woman faces 13 charges after sheltering pets during Florence

A Wayne County woman faces charges after authorities say she operated an illegal operation when sheltering animals during Florence. (Source: WNCN) WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) – A Wayne County woman faces charges after authorities say she operated an illegal operation when sheltering animals during Florence. Tammie Hedges took in 27 dogs and cats during Florence, housing them in a warehouse she was in the process of converting into a shelter.  On Monday, after the storm…

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‘Everything I looked at just made me cry,’ says Wilmington resident after Florence

‘Everything I looked at just made me cry,’ says Wilmington resident after Florence

‘Everything I looked at just made me cry,’ says Wilmington resident after Florence Sep 22, 2018 Betty Coleman, 71, has lived in Wilmington her entire life. Two trees fell on her trailer right before Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wilmington, and now she has to leave. By

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After Florence, what to know about your insurance coverage

After Florence, what to know about your insurance coverage

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, thousands of people in the Carolinas are still waiting to return to their homes. Those who have are assessing the damage. Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates insured wind and storm surge losses for Florence between $1.7 billion and $4.6 billion. The exact financial impact will become apparent over time as insurance claims roll in. For policy holders, it’s important to know what exactly is covered. Insurance industry experts…

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Florence sweeps away motel and family’s hard work, savings

Florence sweeps away motel and family’s hard work, savings

When the floodwaters from Florence receded, half the Starlite Motel was gone. A ragged lip of concrete edged parking spaces with no corresponding rooms, just a void of standing water and debris. The surge swept away personal belongings of the owner’s family — even his father’s wheelchair. And it wiped out the investment that three brothers from India had spent years working toward. “We put all our life savings in there,” co-owner Kishor Depani said…

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As West Grows, Water Use Declines Thanks To Better Toilets

As West Grows, Water Use Declines Thanks To Better Toilets

[embedded content] Throughout the western U.S., water conservation is in the toilet. And that’s a good thing. Since the 1990s, a strange phenomenon has played out in arid western urban areas. Populations are booming while overall water use is staying the same or going down. The trend is clear in Denver, Albuquerque, N.M., Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix: Cities are growing and using less water in the process. It’s impossible to give credit to…

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San Diego Rhino Finds A New Home In Tanzania

San Diego Rhino Finds A New Home In Tanzania

A rhinoceros born and raised in San Diego is getting used to a new home in Tanzania. The eastern black rhino is one of about 740 of the critically endangered animals left alive, and he recently completed a 68-hour journey to Africa. “That was quite the feat,” said Beverly “Beezie” Burden who works at the African reserve managed by the Singita Grumeti Fund. “It involved two trucks. Three different airplanes. Five countries. And I think…

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The Cajun Navy: Heroes Or Hindrances In Hurricanes?

The Cajun Navy: Heroes Or Hindrances In Hurricanes?

During hurricanes like Florence, many people find themselves trapped and needing rescue. Sometimes volunteers step in to help — but emergency managers say some may be creating problems of their own. This week while visiting eastern North Carolina, President Trump thanked the first responders who sometimes risk their own lives to help, mentioning traditional government officials like police officers and firefighters – and “our great Cajun Navy.” That group is one of several volunteer organizations…

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‘A lot of uncertainty’; NC sweet potato farmers anxious about what Florence did to this year’s crop

‘A lot of uncertainty’; NC sweet potato farmers anxious about what Florence did to this year’s crop

Dewey Scott was flying a drone to survey some of his family’s farm fields after Hurricane Florence this week when he saw that a small pond had spilled over into one of their sweet potato fields. Information like that will be useful when he’s able to harvest. Sweet potatoes don’t like being submerged, and Scott’s crews will skip places where water has stood for days. The problem for North Carolina’s sweet potato farmers is knowing…

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Houston is collecting donations for Hurricane Florence victims

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stops by the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday afternoon, where volunteers were collecting donations to send to victims of Hurricane Florence. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stops by the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday afternoon, where volunteers were collecting donations to send to victims of Hurricane Florence. Photo: Courtesy: Jeff Syptak (City Of Houston) / Courtesy: Jeff Syptak Mayor Sylvester Turner visited the George R. Brown Convention Center…

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Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence’s fury

Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water filling their yard to escape Hurricane Florence’s latest life-threatening punch to a town in the Carolinas. It was their second evacuation in a week. They were among 100 people rescued with helicopters, boats and high-wheeled military vehicles during a six-hour rescue operation in southeastern North Carolina’s Bladen County that lasted into Friday morning. Officials in North and South Carolina warn that the flooding danger is far…

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Florence damaged hundreds of SC roads and bridges. When will they be repaired?

Florence damaged hundreds of SC roads and bridges. When will they be repaired?

It will likely be at least a week before transportation officials in the Carolinas know exactly how badly Florence has damaged roads and bridges. But based on past storms, the repairs will likely take months and cost tens of millions of dollars. As of Friday, more than 840 roads in the Carolinas were still closed, including 169 in South Carolina and 656 in North Carolina. Among them are stretches of Interstate 40. Sections of Interstate…

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Hurricane relief: Durham students pitch in to help 'Operation Airdrop'

Hurricane relief: Durham students pitch in to help 'Operation Airdrop'

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — All week, volunteers have been dropping off donations at the General Aviation Terminal at Raleigh-Durham International Airport as a part of Operation Airdrop. The organization was founded last year after Hurricane Harvey to deliver relief supplies to hard-to-reach areas in need. On Friday third-graders from the Duke School took time out of their day to go to the airport to unload what they had gathered up. Much of the supplies are…

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Mexican officials declare flooding emergency in 3 states

Mexican officials declare flooding emergency in 3 states

Federal officials declared emergencies in three northern states Friday as heavy rains from a tropical depression caused flooding that killed at least three people. The Interior Department initially declared a state of emergency for 11 municipalities in Sinaloa state, where the deaths were reported. Later in the day, it extended the declaration to 11 municipalities in Sonora state, which borders the U.S. state of Arizona, and two in Durango states. Government officials issued a warning…

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Elderly couple pulled from flooded car after Florence washes out road in Columbus Co., NC

Elderly couple pulled from flooded car after Florence washes out road in Columbus Co., NC

A car is pulled from a flooded roadway in Columbus County on Thursday. (Source: Jeff Denton) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – An elderly couple drove their vehicle around a barricade on NC 87 in Columbus County on Thursday and had to be rescued from the sinking car. The man driving the car tried to “gun it,” according to Acme-Delco-Riegelwood Fire Chief Steve Camlin and when he did, the vehicle went straight into a flooded area….

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Elderly Couple pulled from flooded car after Florence washes out road Columbus Co., NC

Elderly Couple pulled from flooded car after Florence washes out road Columbus Co., NC

A car is pulled from a flooded roadway in Columbus County on Thursday. (Source: Jeff Denton) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – An elderly couple drove their vehicle around a barricade on NC 87 in Columbus County on Thursday and had to be rescued from the sinking car. The man driving the car tried to “gun it,” according to Acme-Delco-Riegelwood Fire Chief Steve Camlin and when he did, the vehicle went straight into a flooded area….

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Celebrity chef says scammer used name to solicit money for hurricane relief on Facebook

Celebrity chef says scammer used name to solicit money for hurricane relief on Facebook

Wilmington Chef Keith Rhodes says someone used his name to create a fake Facebook account and solicit money for hurricane relief. (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Disasters bring out the best, and in this case, the worst in people. Wilmington celebrity chef Keith Rhodes says someone used his name to solicit donations for hurricane relief by pretending to be him on Facebook was asking people to buy Amazon gift cards in order to help victims of…

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Chef says scammer used name to solicit money for hurricane relief on Facebook

Chef says scammer used name to solicit money for hurricane relief on Facebook

Wilmington Chef Keith Rhodes says someone used his name to create a fake Facebook account and solicit money for hurricane relief. (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Disasters bring out the best, and in this case, the worst in people. Wilmington celebrity chef Keith Rhodes says someone used his name to solicit donations for hurricane relief by pretending to be him on Facebook was asking people to buy Amazon gift cards in order to help victims of…

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Hurricanes top Caps 5-1 for third preseason victory

Hurricanes top Caps 5-1 for third preseason victory

The Carolina Hurricanes boosted their preseason record to 3-0 on Friday with a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals at PNC Arena. Valentin Zykov and Jaccob Slavin scored power-play goals and Jordan Martinook scored shorthanded for the Canes. Jordan Staal added an even-strength goal and Martin Necas a late empty-netter. Petr Mrazek started in net for Carolina and played the first two periods, facing just 10 shots before Alex Nedejkovic took over. Nicklas Backstrom had…

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Attorney general says 600 price gouging complaints have been made after hurricane

Attorney general says 600 price gouging complaints have been made after hurricane

Attorney General Josh Stein (Source: WECT) SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said Friday his office has received more than 600 complaints of price gouging since Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina. Stein spoke with WECT’s Jon Evans about price gouging in the wake of the storm and said while most of the incidents are concentrated in Southeastern NC counties, complaints have come in from all over the state.  “The vast…

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The Convoy of Care arrives in Fayetteville to offer relief to Florence victims

FAYETTEVILLE, NC. (WTVD) — Cumberland and surrounding counties are in full recovery mode to tor build the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence. The men and women in blue answered the call. “Entities from Sheriff’s department and associations from metropolitan Atlanta called and said we want to come help,” said Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins. “Cleaning items, hygiene products, baby diapers, and water. A lot of items you need for recovery.” The National Organization of Black…

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Fair Bluff hit hard by second hurricane in two years

Fair Bluff hit hard by second hurricane in two years

People living in Fair Bluff say Florence resurfaces all the bad memories from Matthew. (Source: Kolby Skidmore | WECT) By Nick Ochsner FAIR BLUFF, NC (WBTV) — The only way to get through Main Street in Fair Bluff on Thursday was in a boat. In a scene reminiscent of the weeks after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, three to four feet of water flowed over benches and past door handles of buildings along the town’s main…

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Confirmed tornado touchdown Sunday in New Hanover County

Confirmed tornado touchdown Sunday in New Hanover County

(Source: Pixabay) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in New Hanover County on Sunday. According to the NWS report, the tornado hit at 12:48 a.m. Sunday in Silver Lake. Around half a dozen pine and oak trees up to 14 inches in diameter were snapped or twisted on River Vista Drive. The estimated wind speed was 95 miles per hour. Copyright 2018 WECT. All rights reserved.

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The Latest: Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

The Latest: Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Authorities say the death toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence. A statement released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that state. The statement says a 46-year-old man in Brunswick County died when a tree he was cutting feel on him. Other deaths…

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Flash floods reported in Oklahoma, northern Texas

Flash floods reported in Oklahoma, northern Texas

Heavy, in some cases record-breaking rains have unleashed flash floods across parts of central and southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. So far, as much as 12.5 inches of rain had fallen Friday in southern Oklahoma. The 12.44 inches of rain registered between 6 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Friday in Fittstown, Oklahoma, about 75 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, was the most recorded in the 25 years since Oklahoma Climatological Survey’s Mesonet was established. The total…

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Target shooters sparked wildfires north and south of Reno

Target shooters sparked wildfires north and south of Reno

Federal officials confirmed Friday that target shooters started separate wildfires outside of Reno and they’re asking for the public’s help finding a red ATV seen leaving the area where the one broke out in the Washoe Valley. Neither of the fires, which were reported within an hour of each other around noon Thursday, caused any property damage or threatened structures. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said a red side-by-side utility terrain vehicle was seen…

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Lumber River expected to crest for the second time since Florence

Lumber River expected to crest for the second time since Florence

LUMBERTON, N.C. — Robeson County emergency officials are warning residents of an expected second crest of the Lumber River this weekend, just as some people are finally getting a chance to see the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. “It’s devastated. Ruined again,” said Tim Locklear, as he described his brother’s barber shop along West 5th Street. “Again” refers to Hurricane Matthew, which struck in October 2016, and put the shop out of commission for nearly…

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Daring nighttime rescue plucks 100 people, 33 animals from Florence flood waters

Daring nighttime rescue plucks 100 people, 33 animals from Florence flood waters

It was pitch dark when the levee broke along the Florence-swollen Cape Fear River, stranding 100 people and 33 animals. Helicopter crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and North Carolina National Guard flew in wearing night-vision goggles to find the people and animals, NC National Guard Brigadier General Todd Hunt said at a news conference Friday. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office tweeted a video of Hunt’s remarks. About 100 people and 33 animals were rescued in…

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‘Our moral obligation’: Inside Jose Andres’ kitchen that’s feeding Hurricane Florence victims

‘Our moral obligation’: Inside Jose Andres’ kitchen that’s feeding Hurricane Florence victims

Tuesday night, California chef Tim Kilcoyne took off for Onslow County to feed 800 firefighters the first hot meal they had eaten since Hurricane Florence slogged through North Carolina. The meal came courtesy of World Central Kitchen, a relief organization started by renowned chef Jose Andres that has fed millions of people in the wake of natural disasters since 2010. And for the past week, Kilcoyne has been running the Raleigh kitchen for the organization,…

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J. Cole helping Fayetteville recover from Florence; new date set for Dreamville Festival in Raleigh

J. Cole helping Fayetteville recover from Florence; new date set for Dreamville Festival in Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — J. Cole is helping his hometown of Fayetteville recover from Hurricane Florence’s flooding by raising money through his foundation to help families in crisis and by using his rescheduled Dreamville Festival as a benefit concert event. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App The Dreamville Foundation is planning to help Fayetteville families by setting-up hot-food stations throughout the city, helping with temporary housing for families and…

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Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Florence’s floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn’t believe the breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station poses a significant threat to nearby communities. Floodwaters breached several points overnight in the earthen dam at Sutton Lake, the plant’s 1,100-acre (445-hectare) reservoir. Lake…

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Trying to navigate hurricane recovery process, Goldsboro resident can't return home

Trying to navigate hurricane recovery process, Goldsboro resident can't return home

By Lena Tillett, WRAL anchor/reporter Goldsboro, N.C. — John Street in Goldsboro used to be bustling with families. Now there’s a condemned house in almost every direction. “It’s damage on top of damage now,” longtime Goldsboro resident Staris Morgan said. For 33 years, her home here was her haven — the site of family gatherings and holiday parties. For the past two years, it’s been her nightmare. “Look, it’s just terrible,” she said. “It’s just…

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For Latino community in Horry County, hurricane information isn’t always easy to find

For Latino community in Horry County, hurricane information isn’t always easy to find

Roberto Barriento Morales closed his popular Latino-foods store in Myrtle Beach for six days when he evacuated his home ahead of Hurricane Florence. He lost at least $15,000 by temporarily shutting down Tortilleria Hermanos on Socastee Boulevard, but he didn’t want to take any chances with the storm, he said. Morales said many Latino residents in Horry County, though, don’t heed emergency warnings about natural disasters. Now he’s urging those who live in flood-prone areas…

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Hornets owner Michael Jordan and team pack food boxes for Florence victims

Hornets owner Michael Jordan and team pack food boxes for Florence victims

Hornets owner Michael Jordan and team pack food boxes for Florence victims Sep 21, 2018 Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and the Hornets team loaded boxes with goods for Hurricane Florence victims Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina as part of Hurricane Florence relief efforts By

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When will it end? Florence’s floodwaters rising in Carolinas

When will it end? Florence’s floodwaters rising in Carolinas

By MEG KINNARD and JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that’s beginning to feel like it will never end. At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a…

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Hundreds of stray dogs that escaped Florence need homes

Hundreds of stray dogs that escaped Florence need homes

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WTVD) — Dogs from Eastern North Carolina that escaped the fury of Florence are in the Triangle and are ready for fur-ever homes.Saving Grace Animals for Adoption spent time prior to Hurricane Florence working with shelters on the coast to ensure stray animals had a safe place and future opportunity to be adopted. The dogs here were strays. Shelters needed to be cleared for fear of flooding or to make room for…

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Jewelry chain Kendra Scott to donate online proceeds to diaper bank after Florence devastation

Jewelry chain Kendra Scott to donate online proceeds to diaper bank after Florence devastation

On September 23rd, the Texas-based jewelry chain Kendra Scott will donate 50 percent of all online proceeds from a 24-hour period to the North Carolina and South Carolina diaper banks to support Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Donations will help provide basic necessities, such as diapers, formula, and more to families affected by the natural disaster. “Our hearts are with those who have been impacted by Hurricane Florence,” says CEO, Philanthropist, and Designer Kendra Scott. “As…

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New Hanover County sets up hurricane recovery donations hub

New Hanover County sets up hurricane recovery donations hub

A woman with her child receives free diapers and shower gel on Sept. 7 in Manati, Puerto Rico. (Source: The Associated Press) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – New Hanover County has set up a donations hub to make it easier for individuals and organizations to assist with hurricane recovery efforts. Information on how to volunteer and where to donate supplies can be found at EmergencyNHC.com or by calling 910-798-7337. The call center will be…

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Panthers defensive end and NC native Julius Peppers donates $100K to hurricane relief

Panthers defensive end and NC native Julius Peppers donates $100K to hurricane relief

As someone who grew up in eastern North Carolina, Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers knows firsthand the devastation a natural disaster can cause. And while Peppers was still young when Hurricane Hugo rolled through in 1989, he knows how damaging a storm can be. So last weekend, even as the Panthers traveled to Atlanta to face the Falcons, Peppers kept his eye on how Hurricane Florence was impacting not only Charlotte, but also the…

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J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival is back on, and it will benefit hurricane victims

J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival is back on, and it will benefit hurricane victims

J. Cole’s inaugural Dreamville Festival, a major multi-act concert, has a new date. The new date is April 6, 2019, at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park, organizers said Friday, and it will benefit hurricane victims in the Carolinas. Cole will headline the festival, as he had planned to when it was supposed to debut Saturday, Sept. 15, as the first major concert at Dix Park. The lineup of performers will be announced at a later date….

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Dam breached; coal ash leaks feared

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Dam breached; coal ash leaks feared

Floodwaters force Duke power plant at Sutton Lake to shut down; coal ash could escape into the Cape Fear River NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Environmental groups and regulators scrambled Friday after the earthen dam at Sutton Lake breached in several areas, with water from the Cape Fear River also tipping into an on-site basin used to store coal ash. “In real basic terms, it means that the river and the lake and the 1971 coal…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storm lingers offshore as flooding continues

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storm lingers offshore as flooding continues

Florence’s remnants are now in the Atlantic, and they have a chance of becoming another tropical storm WILMINGTON — It’s the storm that just won’t die. A week after Hurricane Florence pummeled the region with wind and rain, the remnants of the storm haven’t dissipated and now have a slim chance to reform for a second go at the Cape Fear coast. The National Hurricane Center is still monitoring the storm as it moves out…

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As hurricane floodwaters surged, NC cemetery needed a way to stop coffins from rising

As hurricane floodwaters surged, NC cemetery needed a way to stop coffins from rising

Hurricane floodwaters have been sucking coffins out of the ground at Goldsboro’s Elmwood Cemetery for more than 20 years, so city officials decided to try something new as Hurricane Florence neared the coast Friday. Their solution involved sandbags: Not to keep the flood water out, but to keep the coffins down. More than 1,200 sandbags were piled atop 200 graves “prone to displacement,” Goldsboro cemetery director Timothy Irving told North Carolina Health News. It worked,…

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Hurricanes reduce training camp roster to 39 players

Hurricanes reduce training camp roster to 39 players

The Carolina Hurricanes have reduced their roster to 39 players in preseason training camp, assigning eight players Friday to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. The players assigned were forwards Steven Lorentz, Cliff Pu, Aleksi Saarela and Spencer Smallman; defensemen Josiah Didier, Michael Fora and Josh Wesley, and goaltender Jeremy Helvig. The Checkers’ training camp begins Monday at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. Among the players invited to the Checkers camp is Trevor Owens, a Raleigh…

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