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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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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'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 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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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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Hurricane season's last gasp? Forecasters tracking tropical disturbance

Hurricane season's last gasp? Forecasters tracking tropical disturbance

Only one week remains in the hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season. Only one week remains in the hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season, a season that began ahead of schedule and went on to generate more named storms than any other in history. All has been quiet in the Atlantic basin since Hurricane Iota charged into Nicaragua as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds on Nov. 16. But as is the case in such a prolific…

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Drought, hail and a Thanksgiving staple: extreme weather delivered a hit to cranberry farmers

Drought, hail and a Thanksgiving staple: extreme weather delivered a hit to cranberry farmers

Cranberry farmers across New England had their work cut out for them this year when weather put a damper on the harvest. Thanksgiving tables are not the same without one essential side dish, but cranberry farmers across New England had their work cut out for them this year when weather put a damper on the harvest. Cranberries grow in cool regions with warm summers, such as New England, Wisconsin, Washington, and Oregon. Wisconsin produces the…

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Tropical storms hitting the US are staying stronger after making landfall, new research shows

Tropical storms hitting the US are staying stronger after making landfall, new research shows

A new study says storms in the North Atlantic are staying stronger after making landfall. A new study says hurricanes in the North Atlantic are staying stronger after making landfall, which suggests these storms could cause greater destruction in areas farther from the coast in the future. The research, which was published Nov. 11 in the journal Nature, examined the rate that these storms “decay,” or weaken, by analyzing historical intensity data for storms that…

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How two powerful hurricanes in a row could impact Central America

How two powerful hurricanes in a row could impact Central America

In Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, the road to recovery from Hurricane Eta’s impacts has been a swamped mess. For a flooded region, more torrential rain in the forecast could present another round of deadly dangers. Nothing could be worse right now for the countries of Central America than a second punch from yet another major hurricane. In Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, the road to recovery from Hurricane Eta’s impacts has been a swamped mess. While…

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Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as monster Category 4 hurricane

Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as monster Category 4 hurricane

The most powerful hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall in Nicaragua on Monday night. The most powerful hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall in Nicaragua on Monday night and will now deal a catastrophic blow to Central America right on the heels of Hurricane Eta. Hurricane Iota made landfall along the coast of northeastern Nicaragua at 10:40 p.m. EST on Monday as a Category 4 hurricane. At the time,…

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Category 5 Hurricane Iota forecast to deliver catastrophic blow to Central America

Category 5 Hurricane Iota forecast to deliver catastrophic blow to Central America

Iota became the second-most intense hurricane to ever churn in the Atlantic basin in November on Monday morning. Iota became the second-most intense hurricane to ever churn in the Atlantic basin in November on Monday morning — second only to the 1932 Cuba hurricane, which packed winds of 175 mph. The extremely dangerous hurricane was heading westward toward hurricane-battered areas of Central America, which are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Eta’s…

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Names of 5 killed in Alexander County flooding released

Names of 5 killed in Alexander County flooding released

More than 30 people were rescued from the rising floodwaters Thursday, which left some houses and cars completely underwater. ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — Alexander County officials have released the names of the 5 victims killed in last week’s devasting flooding.  Along with the 5 killed, more than 30 people were rescued from the rising floodwaters Thursday, which left some houses and cars completely underwater.  Officials said the victims were located at various locations on the…

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Body of 1-year-old recovered after Alexander County flooding

Body of 1-year-old recovered after Alexander County flooding

Officials said five people were killed during Thursday’s flooding at the Hiddenite Family Campground, including a 1-year-old baby. At least 30 others were rescued. ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — The body of a 1-year-old boy who was missing since devastating flash flooding in Alexander County, North Carolina Thursday was recovered Friday afternoon, authorities confirmed. Five people were killed after the Hiddenite Family Campground flooded Thursday. More than 30 people were rescued from the rising floodwaters Thursday,…

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Body of one-year-old recovered after Alexander County flooding

Body of one-year-old recovered after Alexander County flooding

ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — The body of a one-year-old boy missing since devastating flash flooding in Alexander County, North Carolina Thursday was recovered Friday afternoon. Five people were killed after the Hiddenite Family Campground flooded Thursday. After more than 30 people were rescued from the rising floodwaters Thursday, the search for missing persons continued Friday. Earlier Friday morning, the Charlotte Fire Department, who has been among the agencies assisting with the efforts in Alexander County,…

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Tropical Storm Iota forms over the Caribbean

Tropical Storm Iota forms over the Caribbean

Tropical Storm Iota developed early Friday afternoon in the central Caribbean just hours after the system had become Tropical Depression 31. Tropical Storm Iota developed early Friday afternoon in the central Caribbean just hours after the system had become Tropical Depression 31. It could become the next hurricane -the 13th of the season – and just two shy of the record number of hurricanes to churn in the Atlantic in one season held by 2005….

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A week after Hurricane Eta's Central America rampage, victims still await rescue

A week after Hurricane Eta's Central America rampage, victims still await rescue

‘A lot of people are still on the top of their roofs waiting for the help to come.’ It’s been over a week since Hurricane Eta struck Central America with a deadly force rarely seen in the region. The damage reports and fatality totals were harrowing in the immediate aftermath, and millions of residents in countries such as Nicaragua and Guatemala are now facing equally daunting ongoing tragedies along the road to recovery. AccuWeather National…

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Gov. Cooper declares state of emergency as flooding threat continues

Gov. Cooper declares state of emergency as flooding threat continues

Three people were killed at a campground in Hiddenite, and a child died in a creek in Wake County. RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina is under a state of emergency after a day of deadly flash flooding, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday.  Eta’s tropical rain drenched the state on Thursday, and the flooding threat continues for central North Carolina and along rivers.  Three people were killed at a flooded campground in Hiddenite. A state search…

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Gov. Cooper declares State of Emergency due to widespread flooding

Gov. Cooper declares State of Emergency due to widespread flooding

Over 30 people were rescued from floodwaters at the Hiddenite Family Campground in Alexander County. Crews are still searching for a missing 1-year-old boy. ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — Four people are now confirmed dead, and a one-year-old boy remains missing, near an Alexander County campsite after heavy rain led to flash flooding across the Carolinas Thursday morning.  The body of a man was recovered Friday morning in Alexander County by Charlotte Fire Department crews assisting…

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'Seek higher ground': Voluntary evacuation order issued in northwest Charlotte due to flooding

'Seek higher ground': Voluntary evacuation order issued in northwest Charlotte due to flooding

Neighborhoods along the Catawba River in northwest Charlotte have been issued a voluntary evacuation order due to rising floodwaters. MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for neighborhoods in northwest Charlotte along the Catawba River as floodwaters are expected to threaten homes Friday.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management issued the voluntary evacuation order for Riverside Drive, Lake Drive, Beagle Club Road and Hart Road, effective 6:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13. The order comes…

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Woman crawls out of car window to escape flooding in west Charlotte

Woman crawls out of car window to escape flooding in west Charlotte

Emergency crews responded to more than a dozen water rescues in Mecklenburg County on Thursday. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte driver who was trying to get her car to higher ground when the waters raged behind her, climbed through her window to escape.  Cary, who didn’t want to give her last name, works in Wesley Heights off West Morehead Street.  She drove to work, parked her car on Bryant Street, and was inside her building…

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Charlotte flooding hits record levels and threat continues

Charlotte flooding hits record levels and threat continues

Little Sugar Creek surpassed the historic crest set during Hurricane Danny in 1997, and the water remains high. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The flood threat continues into Friday after record-breaking rainfall caused historic flooding in Charlotte and across the Carolinas Thursday. Waterways remain swollen as rainfall from across the region works its way downstream. Officially Charlotte recorded 4.80″ of rain Thursday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. While that alone was enough to shattered the daily record,…

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Charlotte charter school evacuated during flooding

Charlotte charter school evacuated during flooding

143 teachers and students safely made it out of the school. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte charter school was evacuated due to flooding on Thursday morning. According to authorities, 143 people were rescued from Corvian Community Elementary School on David Taylor Drive in the university area. At the point of the rescue, the parking lot was severely flooded, dozens of cars almost completely underwater. “I didn’t know that this could happen and that it could…

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Dozens rescued, homes evacuated due to flash flooding

Dozens rescued, homes evacuated due to flash flooding

Alexander County, which is about 60 miles northwest of uptown Charlotte, experienced torrential rainfall as heavy showers and thunderstorms moved across the region Thursday morning. The Conover Fire Department said emergency crews began responding to calls of trapped campers around 6 a.m. Initial reports indicated a group of 15-20 people were in need of rescue, but that number quickly grew as crews assessed the situation.  Floodwaters rose to the tops of several houses and fully…

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Flooding in North Carolina foothills covers buildings, cars

Flooding in North Carolina foothills covers buildings, cars

The Charlotte area saw historic rainfall that caused flash flooding, widespread power outages and damaged property. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A line of strong storms brought record rainfall, flash flooding and widespread power outages to the Charlotte, North Carolina region Thursday morning as the Carolinas deal with a second day of torrential rain. Multiple emergency crews in several counties responded to swift-water rescues, including Iredell and Alexander counties. In Alexander County, more than a dozen first…

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Buildings, cars underwater during historic flooding in NC foothills

Buildings, cars underwater during historic flooding in NC foothills

The Charlotte area saw historic rainfall that caused flash flooding, widespread power outages and dozens of cars and buildings underwater. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A line of strong storms brought record rainfall, flash flooding and widespread power outages to the Charlotte, North Carolina region Thursday morning as the Carolinas deal with a second day of torrential rain. Multiple emergency crews in several counties responded to swift water rescues, including Iredell and Alexander counties. In Alexander County,…

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Charlotte flooding hits record levels and still rising

Charlotte flooding hits record levels and still rising

Little Sugar Creek has surpassed the historic crest set in 1997, and the water is still rising. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Flood waters in Charlotte are reaching historic levels as more than four inches of rain fell across Mecklenburg County, swelling rivers, creeks and streams. The rainfall totals and resulted flooding is setting new records. Little Sugar Creek near Midtown Park has reached a depth of 15.2 feet and is climbing. That observation, recorded by instrumentation…

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Dozens rescued, homes evacuated and underwater due to flash flooding

Dozens rescued, homes evacuated and underwater due to flash flooding

At least 30 people were rescued from rising floodwaters at the Hiddenite Family Campground in Alexander County Thursday when heavy rains drenched the Carolinas. ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — More than 30 people were rescued from rising floodwaters at the Hiddenite Family Campground in Alexander County, North Carolina Thursday due to heavy rains that drenched the Carolinas.  Alexander County, which is about 60 miles northwest of uptown Charlotte, experienced torrential rainfall as heavy showers and thunderstorms…

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Flash flooding, historic rainfall leaves widespread damage, thousands of power outages across Carolinas

Flash flooding, historic rainfall leaves widespread damage, thousands of power outages across Carolinas

A line of heavy showers caused flash flooding in western North Carolina, including multiple swift water rescues and power outages in the foothills. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A line of strong storms brought record rainfall, flash flooding and widespread power outages to the Charlotte, North Carolina region Thursday morning as the Carolinas deal with a second day of torrential rain. Multiple emergency crews in several counties responded to swift water rescues, including Iredell and Alexander counties….

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Historic flooding inundates Charlotte

Historic flooding inundates Charlotte

Little Sugar Creek has surpassed the historic crest set in 1997, and the water is still rising. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Flood waters in Charlotte are reaching historic levels as more than four inches of rain fell across Mecklenburg County, swelling rivers, creeks and streams. The rainfall totals and resulted flooding is setting new records. Little Sugar Creek near Midtown Park has reached a depth of 15.2 feet and is climbing. That observation, recorded by instrumentation…

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Historic flooding rises in Charlotte

Historic flooding rises in Charlotte

Little Sugar Creek has surpassed the historic crest set in 1997. The water is still rising. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Flood waters in Charlotte are reaching historic levels as more than four inches of rain fall across Mecklenburg County swelling rivers, creeks and streams. Little Sugar Creek near Midtown Park has reach a depth of 15.2 feet and climbing. That observation, recorded by instrumentation near Atrium Health’s Carolina Medical Center, indicates the water level has passed…

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Widespread flash flooding from heavy rains washes out roads, leaves thousands without power in North Carolina

Widespread flash flooding from heavy rains washes out roads, leaves thousands without power in North Carolina

A line of heavy showers caused flash flooding in western North Carolina, including multiple swift water rescues and power outages in the foothills. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A line of strong storms brought record rainfall, flash flooding and widespread power outages to the Charlotte, North Carolina region Thursday morning as the Carolinas deal with a second day of torrential rain. Multiple emergency crews in several counties responded to swift water rescues, including Iredell and Alexander counties….

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State of Emergency in Catawba County as storms cause flash flooding, water rescues and power outages

State of Emergency in Catawba County as storms cause flash flooding, water rescues and power outages

A line of heavy showers caused flash flooding in western North Carolina, including multiple swift water rescues and power outages in the foothills. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials in Catawba County issued a State of Emergency Thursday as a line of strong storms brought heavy rain, causing flash flooding, power outages and multiple swift water rescues to the Carolinas.  A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday in Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln,…

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Flash Flood Warning issued as rain moves through Charlotte area

Flash Flood Warning issued as rain moves through Charlotte area

Heavy rain is expected at times with some areas potentially seeing four inches of rain. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking heavy rain moving through the Charlotte area going into Thursday.  A Flash Flood Watch was issued on Wednesday and is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday for much of the area.  WCNC Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich said you can expect the worst of the rain through around noon on…

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Eta strengthens into a Category 1 hurricane

Eta strengthens into a Category 1 hurricane

Eta restrengthened into a hurricane Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico. Eta restrengthened into a hurricane Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico, less than 200 miles south of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The Category 1 storm had been growing stronger throughout the overnight hours and forecasters now expect it to make a second landfall in the state only days after striking the Florida Keys. Hurricane watches, tropical storm warnings and storm…

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Hurricanes stay stronger longer after landfall than in past, study says

Hurricanes stay stronger longer after landfall than in past, study says

Scientists say a warming world means inland areas become more vulnerable to storms that just won’t quit. Hurricanes are keeping their staying power longer once they make landfall, spreading more inland destruction, according to a new study. Warmer ocean waters from climate change are likely making hurricanes lose power more slowly after landfall, because they act as a reserve fuel tank for moisture, the study found. With Hurricane Eta threatening Florida and the Gulf Coast…

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Flash Flood Warning issued as rain moves through Charlotte area Wednesday and Thursday

Flash Flood Warning issued as rain moves through Charlotte area Wednesday and Thursday

Heavy rain is expected at times with some areas potentially seeing four inches of rain over the next 24 hours. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The First Warn Storm Team is tracking heavy rain moving through the Charlotte area over the next 24 – 48 hours.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for much of the area.  Severe weather issues include a few gusty winds and potential flooding in some areas. Thunderstorms are…

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FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch in effect for parts of the area.

FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch in effect for parts of the area.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tonight Periods of heavy rain move in after 1am with record-breaking warm low temperatures in the upper 60s.  Rain is likely Wednesday, heavy at times. Highs will be in the low to mid-70s.   Rain is likely again Thursday with a chance of thunderstorms. High temperatures will again be in the low to mid-70s.  The average high is in the mid-60s this time of the year. Tropics:  Tropical Storm Eta is just…

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Thousands still without power following fast-moving Tropical Storm Zeta

Thousands still without power following fast-moving Tropical Storm Zeta

Fallen trees could be spotted all across the area in the aftermath of Zeta and now begins the clean-up. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s going to be a long night for thousands of local families as downed trees and powerlines are still causing power outages across the Charlotte-area.   Tropical Storm Zeta’s powerful winds raced through North Carolina and South Carolina today, cutting power to more than 500,000 Duke Energy customers at the height of the…

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Iredell-Statesville Schools go virtual due to storm damage

Iredell-Statesville Schools go virtual due to storm damage

One tree went crashing down through the roof of a postal worker’s vehicle. It was left in ruins. IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — In Statesville, debris, downed power lines, and trees were uprooted as severe weather swept across the Carolinas. “A lot of these trees they’re not broken off, they’re just coming up out of the roots,” resident, Eddie Johnson said.  Iredell-Statesville Schools will now move to remote after damage and outages to schools. Friday, October,…

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Tropical Storm Zeta arrives in the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Zeta arrives in the Carolinas

Gusty, tropical storm-force winds are toppling trees and bringing down powerlines. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thousands are without power in the Carolinas as Tropical Storm Zeta brings gusty winds to the region Thursday. Additionally, the storm brings a threat of heavy rains, localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect Charlotte, across Mecklenburg County, and for counties all along the I-85 corridor. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical-storm-force winds over greater than…

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Tropical Storm Zeta to bring heavy rain, strong winds to Charlotte area

Tropical Storm Zeta to bring heavy rain, strong winds to Charlotte area

Zeta will bring the threat of damaging winds, flash flooding and even isolated tornadoes to the Carolinas Thursday morning. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to bring heavy rain, high winds and the threat of flash flooding to the Carolinas Thursday morning.  A Tropical Storm Warning was expanded in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Wednesday ahead of the storm. The warning, which had already been issued earlier Thursday for western parts of North Carolina…

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