Charlotte family says city's storm drains keep flooding their house, costing them thousands

Charlotte family says city's storm drains keep flooding their house, costing them thousands

A Myers Park couple is fed up after a storm drain that’s supposed to carry water away has caused their home to flood multiple times since Memorial Day. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Myers Park couple says Charlotte’s storm drain system is ruining their home, which they say has flooded at least five times since early April.  So, who’s going to pay for all of the damage?  It’s a problem that needs to be addressed and…

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Expect heavy rain, isolated flooding again today

Expect heavy rain, isolated flooding again today

By Peta Sheerwood, WRAL meteorologist Heavier showers and the possibility of thunderstorms return on Tuesday, when, for a second straight day, temperatures won’t get out of the 60s. Track rain with the DualDoppler5000. Conditions will also be breezy Tuesday, with winds from the northeast up to 30 mph. A chance of rain is in the forecast each day through Sunday, and temperatures will be well below normal until the weekend. According to WRAL meteorologist Peta…

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NC launches new homeowner program for victims of Hurricanes Florence and Matthew

NC launches new homeowner program for victims of Hurricanes Florence and Matthew

Assistance available to repair, rebuild and elevate damaged homes. The state on Monday opened a new program to help people repair and replace their homes that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Florence in 2018 or Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Gov. Roy Cooper said. The new Rebuild NC Homeowner Recovery Program program uses federal hurricane relief money and is available to people who owned and occupied their homes during either storm, the program’s website says….

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Heavy rain, minor flooding possible through Monday

Heavy rain, minor flooding possible through Monday

Rain is in the forecast each day this week, and temperatures will be well below-normal for mid-June. “We’re going to feel like we’re in Seattle the next several days,” WRAL meteorologist Peta Sheerwood said. “We’ll have to wait for the weekend before we see dry conditions.” Track rain with the DualDoppler5000. Monday will be one of the coolest and rainiest days of the week, with a high in the mid 60s in Raleigh. Rain will…

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5 dead in latest flooding in southern China rainstorms

5 dead in latest flooding in southern China rainstorms

BEIJING — Rainstorms have killed five more people in a southern Chinese region already reeling from heavy flooding over the past week. The government of Zunyi city, south of the metropolis of Chongqing, said Saturday that five people had died and eight others were missing after storms that began late Thursday night. A statement on the government’s website said at least 13,000 people had been evacuated, more than 2,000 homes damaged and multiple sections of…

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown announces opening date

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown announces opening date

It won’t be like previous summers! Guests can expect time-specific tickets, face masks and other COVID-related precautions. HOUSTON — Splashtown is back on track for its long-awaited return to Spring after the 2020 opening was delayed due to the coronavirus. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown announced Thursday the waterpark will open to the public July 3 with some COVID-19-related restrictions. Harbor Splashtown will host a preview event for members and season pass holders June 29…

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7 water rescues confirmed in Albemarle due to severe flooding

7 water rescues confirmed in Albemarle due to severe flooding

ALBEMARLE, N.C. — Seven water rescues happened late Thursday night in Albemarle as a result of severe flooding in the area.  According to Stanly County officials, the first water rescue call came in at around 9 p.m. Thursday.  Officials report that 24 roads within the city limits of Albemarle are currently closed due to flooding. Albemarle Fire Department, West Stanly Fire, and Stanly Co Rescue were all involved in the water rescues.  As of Thursday…

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Storms move through area, cause flooding, bring down trees

Storms move through area, cause flooding, bring down trees

Central North Carolina and the Triangle viewing area were hit hard in some locations by strong storms, wind and lightning Thursday evening. The end result was flooding in some low-lying areas, trees down and power outages. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Orange, Durham, Chatham and Wake counties that ran from around 7 p.m. until after 8:30 p.m. The line of storms extended as far west as Albemarle in Stanly County up through Asheboro,…

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown to open July 3

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown to open July 3

It won’t be like previous summers! Guests can expect time-specific tickets, face masks and other COVID-related precautions. HOUSTON — Splashtown is back on track for its long-awaited return to Spring, Texas after the opening was delayed due to the coronavirus. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown announced Thursday the waterpark will open to the public July 3 with some COVID-19-related restrictions. Harbor Splashtown will host a preview event for members and season pass holders June 29…

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'Know Your Zone': NC officials provide guidance as state prepares for 2020 hurricane season

'Know Your Zone': NC officials provide guidance as state prepares for 2020 hurricane season

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Less than two weeks into the hurricane season, North Carolina is launching a new initiative to make sure you and your family are prepared for a severe storm amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Know Your Zone is the name of the campaign led by the NC Dept. of Public Safety and NC Emergency Management. RELATED: Storm Ready 2020: Preparing in a Pandemic The agencies are partnering with 20 coastal counties to encourage everyone…

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown is set to reopen June 29

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown is set to reopen June 29

By Sonia Ramirez, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle Published 4:18 pm CDT, Thursday, June 11, 2020 Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown will begin taking reservations beginning June 11. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown will begin taking reservations beginning June 11. Photo: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown Photo: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown Image 1 of / 6 Caption Close Image 1 of 6 Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown will begin taking reservations beginning June 11. Six Flags…

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Rain, storm chances increase this evening, flash floods possible along and east of I-95

Rain, storm chances increase this evening, flash floods possible along and east of I-95

By Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL meteorologist Central North Carolina is under a level 1 risk for severe weather Thursday, with showers and storms increasing in intensity through the evening. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall through midnight, with the greatest impact coming along and east of Interstate 95. The National Weather Service has posted a flash flood watch for a stretch of North and South Carolina that includes Raleigh, Fayetteville and Columbia, S.C. Track…

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Amid pandemic, NC Emergency Management adjusts playbook for hurricane season

Amid pandemic, NC Emergency Management adjusts playbook for hurricane season

It’s usually a good sign when the room is empty, but today it’s just a mirage. The dozens of unoccupied stations inside the Situation Room at North Carolina’s Emergency Operations instead reflect the new reality of remote management: public safety, transportation, health officials and National Guard officers coordinating the state’s response to global pandemic that’s killed more than 110,000 Americans. Now, a new front is opening against a familiar opponent, but fighting severe weather this…

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Chris Hohmann breaks down the 2020 Hurricane Season forecast

Chris Hohmann breaks down the 2020 Hurricane Season forecast

North Carolina has been hit by hurricanes for two years in a row and we’ve already had a tropical storm, Arthur, brush our coast this year. But what’s in store for the rest of the season? There’s no way to know if North Carolina will be struck again, but the forecast is for another active season in the Atlantic Basin. The National Hurricane centers is forecasting a total of 13-19 named storms-that’s tropical storm strength…

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Heavy rain, flash flood threat comes this afternoon, evening along and east of I-95

Heavy rain, flash flood threat comes this afternoon, evening along and east of I-95

By Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL meteorologist Central North Carolina is under a level 1 risk for severe weather Thursday, with showers and storms increasing in intensity through the afternoon and early evening. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall through midnight, with the greatest impact coming along and east of Interstate 95. Track the rain with the DualDoppler5000 Storms popped up before noon in the Sandhills, where thunder and lightning were reported near Dunn. “As…

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National Hurricane Center prepping for 2020 season amid COVID-19

National Hurricane Center prepping for 2020 season amid COVID-19

COVID-19 has been impacting all areas of life, and hurricane season is here amid a pandemic. This hurricane season is expected to be above average so it could get busy at the national hurricane center in Miami. But with so many places working on limited crews because of social distancing, some wonder if this will impact the number of forecasters eyeing the tropics. Ken Graham — director of the national hurricane center — says they…

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Preparing your hurricane kit during COVID-19

Preparing your hurricane kit during COVID-19

Since we are still dealing with COVID-19 during hurricane season your hurricane kit might look a little different this year. Some of the items you will need to stay safe and healthy are still in high demand –like hand sanitizer, soap and toilet paper. Since some of those items are hard to find, start making your kit now. It’s never too early to be prepared. The other addition you will need this year is a…

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Level 1 risk of severe weather on Thursday follows heavy showers on Wednesday

Wednesday was not only hot and muggy, it was also very wet toward the evening. At least one of those things will continue on Thursday. Raleigh and other parts of central North Carolina were hit by some showers on Wednesday, some of them heavy at times. The rain came after a very warm day “RDU had the first measurable rain in 10 days, five-hundreds of an inch of rain, and more to come (Thursday),” meteorologist…

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Hurricane training for EMS crews looks different during COVID-19

Hurricane training for EMS crews looks different during COVID-19

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — When a storm moves in, you have police and fire getting ready, and you have Emergency Medical Services. They are the folks who head out when someone needs medical help. And this whole COVID-19 situation is changing how they are training. “We are not getting into a classroom and compacted into a small area. That’s the smart and right thing to do right now,” said Jeffrey Hammerstein, the assistant chief…

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Robeson County family thankful for NC Baptist Men, who are helping rebuild home destroyed by Hurricane Florence

Robeson County family thankful for NC Baptist Men, who are helping rebuild home destroyed by Hurricane Florence

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — The sound of rain is soothing enough to put the busiest minds to rest but, thanks to Hurricane Florence, the pitter-patter sounds now keep Beverly Dawson awake at night. “All the time. And I worry about two things. I worry about the fact there’s a good possibility that we could lose this house eventually because the river is so close,” Beverly Dawson explained. During Florence, the Lumber River nearly swallowed…

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Here's what Ocracoke Island looks like 9 months after catastrophic flooding

Here's what Ocracoke Island looks like 9 months after catastrophic flooding

OCRACOKE, N.C. (WTVD) — We traveled to Ocracoke. It was ground zero when Hurricane Dorian hit in September. And for those who rode out the storm on the island, it was pretty scary. “One minute we felt dry and thought, ‘oh, we are going to maybe skate by on this one.’ Then, within minutes, we had a surge of water,” said Ann Warner, the owner of the well-known restaurant, Howard’s Pub. She says when the…

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Financially strapped NCDOT has 'a lot of concern' about weathering hurricane season

Financially strapped NCDOT has 'a lot of concern' about weathering hurricane season

Hurricanes bring lashing winds and pounding rain. The combined cocktail can cripple communities. Roads are washed out and neighborhoods swallowed. It takes millions of dollars to fix Mother Nature’s destruction and the NCDOT is going into this hurricane season underwater itself, facing deep financial problems. “We have a lot of concern on that,” said NCDOT Chief Engineer Tim Little. The agency is facing a long list of financial problems. The coronavirus crisis is crushing the…

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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson ‘Stunned’ By FEMA’s Denial Of Disaster Declaration For Tornado Damage

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – FEMA on Wednesday denied the state’s appeal for a major disaster declaration for the damage caused by the October 20-21, 2019 storms that struck North Texas, including the EF-3 tornado that tore through North Dallas. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson sent letters last week to Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to bring their attention to the impasse with FEMA. Mayor Johnson issued the following statement about the denial: “I am stunned by…

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Nearly 200 in Pender County still not back in their homes after Hurricane Florence

Nearly 200 in Pender County still not back in their homes after Hurricane Florence

PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — Hurricane Florence might have been two years ago but the drawn out recovery process for some makes it feel like the storm was just yesterday. ABC11 visited Pender County where 70 percent of the county was under water and nearly 200 people are still not back in their homes. Ronald Darden was prepared to rebuild on his own. “Long slow process of doing it myself,” Darden sighed. He’s done farming…

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COVID-19 a double whammy for coastal businesses still recovering from two hurricanes

COVID-19 a double whammy for coastal businesses still recovering from two hurricanes

We know the coronavirus crisis has dealt a devastating blow to small businesses here in the Triangle, but it really added salt to the wound for so many restaurants and resorts in our favorite coastal communities as many of them still trying to get back on track after two major hurricanes in two years. The doors are back open here for businesses along the North Carolina coast, but it’s far from business as usual. Jeff…

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Texas is prone to flooding. Here's how one agency says you can be part of the solution

Texas is prone to flooding. Here's how one agency says you can be part of the solution

CLOSE The seawall in downtown Corpus Christi is part of a system that was built after hurricanes did major damage downtown. It helps protect downtown. Wochit Hurricane Harvey three years ago caused about $125 billion of damage, mostly from flooding.  The state’s average floodplain map at that time was 13 years old.  “So, imagine trying to help a community address current flooding events with technology data information systems that are more antiquated than the original iPhone,”…

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Ozone Action Day Ahead As Temperatures Reach Triple Digits

Ozone Action Day Ahead As Temperatures Reach Triple Digits

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is issuing an Ozone Action Day for the San Antonio area today, as temperatures climb to the 100s. According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Cristobal is creating a dry and stable atmosphere above South Texas as it continues its northward trek across the Gulf of Mexico. That means no cloud cover and plenty of hot sun — prime conditions for ozone formation. Ground-level ozone is a respiratory…

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Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall in southeast Louisiana

Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall in southeast Louisiana

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA (ABC News) — Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall in Southeast Louisiana Sunday evening. The National Hurricane Center announced that the center of the storm made landfall at 6 p.m. ET along the coast of southeast Louisiana between the mouth of the Mississippi River and Grand Isle. Maximum sustained winds neared 50 mph. – Advertisement – Throughout Sunday, the storm brought bands of heavy rain and storm surge…

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High winds, rain as tropical storm makes Louisiana landfall

High winds, rain as tropical storm makes Louisiana landfall

By GERALD HERBERT and KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall Sunday on the Louisiana coast, packing 50 mph winds and spinning dangerous weather as far east as northern Florida, where it spawned a tornado that uprooted trees and downed power lines. The lopsided storm moved ashore between the mouth of the Mississippi River and the barrier island resort community of Grand Isle, which had been evacuated a day earlier….

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TROPICAL UPDATE: Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall in Louisiana

TROPICAL UPDATE: Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall in Louisiana

HOUSTON, Texas — Cristobal officially made landfall today in Southeast Louisiana just after 5:00pm central. Some of the greatest impacts from the storm have actually been felt in Florida, as the large but asymmetric storm has had the worst of it’s storms well east of the center of circulation. The impact in Texas will remain minimal, with the primary change being a westerly wind-shift that will lead to a 100 degree or greater Heat Index…

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High winds and rain as Tropical Storm Cristobal nears US Gulf Coast

High winds and rain as Tropical Storm Cristobal nears US Gulf Coast

Gerald Herbert and Kevin Mcgill, Associated Press Updated 4:50 pm CDT, Sunday, June 7, 2020 Rudy Horvath walks out of his home, a boathouse in the West End section of New Orleans, as it takes on water a from storm surge in Lake Pontchartrain in advance of Tropical Storm Cristobal, Sunday, June 7, 2020. less Rudy Horvath walks out of his home, a boathouse in the West End section of New Orleans, as it takes on…

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Watch Live: Tropical Storm Cristobal bearing down on the Louisiana Gulf coast

Watch Live: Tropical Storm Cristobal bearing down on the Louisiana Gulf coast

While the heaviest rain appears to remain east of Louisiana in Mississippi, several parishes have issued evacuation orders for flood-prone areas. WWLTV is streaming live weather coverage from Louisiana right now in the video player on this page HOUSTON — It appears the Texas coast will be spared from any major impacts from Tropical Storm Cristobal, which is expected to make landfall today. Our neighbors to the east in Louisiana and Mississippi will get the…

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Watch Live: Tropical Storm Cristobal is making landfall along the Gulf Coast today

Watch Live: Tropical Storm Cristobal is making landfall along the Gulf Coast today

While the heaviest rain appears to remain east of Louisiana in Mississippi, several parishes have issued evacuation orders for flood-prone areas. WWLTV is streaming live weather coverage from Louisiana right now in the video player on this page HOUSTON — It appears the Texas coast will be spared from any major impacts from Tropical Storm Cristobal, which is expected to make landfall on Sunday. Our neighbors to the east in Louisiana and Mississippi will get…

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Tropical Storm Cristobal draws nearer to US Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Cristobal draws nearer to US Gulf Coast

Updated 2:31 am CDT, Sunday, June 7, 2020 Crews from the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East close the Bayou Road flood gate in St. Bernard Parish, La. Saturday, June 6, 2020, ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal. A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast early Saturday, bringing with it the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate) less Crews from…

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Cristobal prompts Tropical Storm Warnings along the Gulf Coast

Cristobal prompts Tropical Storm Warnings along the Gulf Coast

Cristobal is the earliest third-named storm on record for the Atlantic basin. Author: Jason Mikell, Hunter Williams (KVUE), Mariel Ruiz Published: 9:46 AM CDT June 1, 2020 Updated: 8:01 PM CDT June 6, 2020 AUSTIN, Texas — Tropical Storm Cristobal remains a disorganized tropical system as of the Saturday evening updates from the National Hurricane Center.  The center of Cristobal continues to move northward at about 12 miles per hour, but the outer most bands…

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Tropical Storm Cristobal Progressing Toward US Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Cristobal Progressing Toward US Gulf Coast

(CBSDFW.COM) – Cristobal remains a moderately strong tropical storm with max sustained winds at 50 mph Saturday afternoon. The storm is moving north at 12 mph through the central Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast late Sunday, and then progress northward across Arkansas and Missouri Monday into Tuesday, weakening as it moves over land. The impacts to North Texas are expected to be minimal. Some of our eastern…

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