Centers flooding state leaders with calls pushing for child care funding

Centers flooding state leaders with calls pushing for child care funding

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

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Understanding the stages of hurricane development

Understanding the stages of hurricane development

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

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

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

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

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Keeping your pets safe during hurricane season

Keeping your pets safe during hurricane season

There’s a lot to consider whether you’re bringing your pets with you or leaving them with a trusted person during severe weather. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Preparation is crucial when it comes to hurricane season. While you’re packing your emergency supplies and making your plan, don’t forget about prepping for your pets’ needs, too. The most important thing is to know where your pets would go if you had to leave your home quickly. Director of…

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Duke Energy explains power grid upgrades ahead of hurricane season

Duke Energy explains power grid upgrades ahead of hurricane season

The power company says they’re spending millions over the next 3-4 years on power grid upgrades. GREENSBORO, N.C. — We’re days away from the start of hurricane season, and while the Triad is about 200 miles from the coast, we still may feel impacts from certain storms. Duke Energy said they’re making upgrades to our power grid so it’s ready for when storms come.  Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks said the power company is spending $50…

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At least 15 dead after severe weather carves path of ruin across multiple states in the South

At least 15 dead after severe weather carves path of ruin across multiple states in the South

The storms obliterated homes and destroyed a truck stop where drivers took shelter during the latest deadly weather to strike the central U.S. VALLEY VIEW, Texas — Powerful storms killed at least 15 people, injured hundreds and left a wide trail of destruction Sunday across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas after obliterating homes and destroying a truck stop where dozens sought shelter in a restroom during the latest deadly weather to strike the central U.S. The…

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North Carolina to provide state-relief funds for Gaston Co. storm damage victims

North Carolina to provide state-relief funds for Gaston Co. storm damage victims

Storms on May 8 produced two tornadoes and destructive winds that toppled trees and powerlines. GASTONIA, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a new disaster declaration to help people after two EF1 tornadoes and severe weather wind damage in Gaston County earlier this month. The declaration will provide assistance for thousands of people affected by the severe storms of May 8.  “This state disaster declaration will help the people of Gaston County and…

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Weather IQ: This is why La Niña causes the most active hurricane seasons

Weather IQ: This is why La Niña causes the most active hurricane seasons

Historically, the La Niña phase of the ENSO cycle has produced the most active seasons on record. Here is why, and which historic years were driven by “the girl.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons in history all occurred during La Niña conditions. Let’s raise our Weather IQ about the climate pattern that translate to “the girl” and how this part of the ENSO cycle affects the number of hurricanes. What…

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This is likely to influence an above-average hurricane season

This is likely to influence an above-average hurricane season

Historically, the La Niña phase of the ENSO cycle has produced the most active seasons on record. Here is why, and which historic years were driven by “the girl.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons in history all occurred during La Niña conditions. Let’s raise our Weather IQ about the climate pattern that translate to “the girl” and how this part of the ENSO cycle affects the number of hurricanes. What…

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Weather IQ: Why La Niña causes the most active hurricane seasons?

Weather IQ: Why La Niña causes the most active hurricane seasons?

Historically, the La Niña phase of the ENSO cycle has produced the most active seasons on record. Here is why, and which historic years were driven by “the girl.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some of the most active Atlantic Hurricane Seasons on record had one thing in common… La Niña. Let’s raise our Weather IQ about “the girl” and how that part of the ENSO cycle affects the number of hurricanes. What is the Enso Cycle? The…

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Low risk of damaging winds, hail from Saturday storms

Low risk of damaging winds, hail from Saturday storms

While most of Saturday’s storms are not expected to be severe, there’s a low chance the storms could produce elevated threats. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The WCNC Charlotte Weather Team wants you to be Weather Aware on Saturday because of a low chance damaging winds or small-to-medium sized hail. Throughout the weekend, scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday, a few of the scattered storms…

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Carolina Hurricanes eliminated from playoffs with loss to New York Rangers

Carolina Hurricanes eliminated from playoffs with loss to New York Rangers

The Rangers will face either the Florida Panthers or Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final. RALEIGH, N.C. — Chris Kreider had a third-period hat trick to help the New York Rangers erase a two-goal deficit and beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 in Game 6 on Thursday night to advance to the Eastern Conference Final. Kreider single-handedly erased the Hurricanes’ 3-1 lead entering the final period. The go-ahead score came when he got position on…

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‘Somewhere around $5 million’ | Rock Hill officials see major storm damage costs

‘Somewhere around $5 million’ | Rock Hill officials see major storm damage costs

The York County Emergency Management says processing tree debris after the last storm will cost over $500,000. ROCK HILL, S.C. — York County officials say they are facing a huge bill after storm damage clean-up in Rock Hill. York County Emergency Management said the processing of tree debris just after the last storm is over $500,000 outside of the budget. “In some form or another, somewhere around $5 million dollars,” Chuck Haynes, the York County Emergency…

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Rock Hill storm damage costs are 'somewhere around $5 million.' That number doesn't include damage to personal property

Rock Hill storm damage costs are 'somewhere around $5 million.' That number doesn't include damage to personal property

The York County Emergency Management says processing tree debris after the last storm will cost over $500,000. ROCK HILL, S.C. — York County officials say they are facing a huge bill after storm damage clean-up in Rock Hill. York County Emergency Management said the processing of tree debris just after the last storm is over $500,000 outside of the budget. “In some form or another, somewhere around $5 million dollars,” Chuck Haynes, the York County Emergency…

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Rock Hill storm damage costs are 'somewhere around $5 million.' That number doesn't include damage to personal property

Rock Hill storm damage costs are 'somewhere around $5 million.' That number doesn't include damage to personal property

The York County Emergency Management says processing tree debris after the last storm will cost over $500,000. ROCK HILL, S.C. — York County officials say they are facing a huge bill after storm damage clean-up in Rock Hill. York County Emergency Management said the processing of tree debris just after the last storm is over $500,000 outside of the budget. “In some form or another, somewhere around $5 million dollars,” Chuck Haynes, the York County Emergency…

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