Scattered showers, storms likely this afternoon; no severe weather threat in place

Scattered showers, storms likely this afternoon; no severe weather threat in place

By Aimee Wilmoth, WRAL meteorologist Raleigh, N.C. — Although there is no severe weather threat in place, there could be a strong storm or two before the sun sets tonight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be likely in the Triangle Friday afternoon and evening. Though there’s no threat in place, Friday’s storms could produce heavy rain, flooding, wind gusts and lightning. Even though it will be humid, the temperature will be noticeably cooler than what…

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Severe weather to jolt central US through the weekend

Severe weather to jolt central US through the weekend

Some storms could bring hail, tornadoes, local flash flooding and strong wind gusts. After just a few instances of severe thunderstorms over the past several days, meteorologists say that a much larger area of the country could endure volatile weather to end the week as well as during the weekend. The first episode of severe weather is likely to develop ahead of a cold front from western Manitoba in Canada southward through the central Dakotas…

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Hurricane forecast: 'One of the most active seasons on record'

Hurricane forecast: 'One of the most active seasons on record'

By Henry Fountain, New York Times Following a record number of Atlantic Ocean storms over the past two months, including five that struck the United States, government scientists on Thursday updated their forecast for the remainder of the hurricane season, saying it was likely to be extremely active. “It’s shaping up to be one of the most active seasons on record,” said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service. Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane…

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'That's our job': Raleigh firefighters detail harrowing rescue mission during Monday's hurricane and tornado

'That's our job': Raleigh firefighters detail harrowing rescue mission during Monday's hurricane and tornado

BERTIE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — As those heartbreaking images came in from Bertie County Tuesday morning following Hurricane Isaias and the deadly tornado it spawned, little was known about the heroism that had played out there overnight. One of those heroes is a firefighter at Raleigh Fire Station 14 — who returned home this week with a harrowing tale. PHOTOS: Hurricane Isaias brings damaging winds, rain to the Carolinas “As we approached that town, the…

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Hurricane rocks coastal Brunswick County town, governor says help is coming

Hurricane rocks coastal Brunswick County town, governor says help is coming

Governor Roy Cooper walked along Oak Island, surveying damage following Hurricane Isaias (photo: Sydney Bouchelle/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper paid a visit to the Town of Oak Island on Thursday to thank first responders and survey the damage. “$9.65 million worth of damage, but we are comforted by knowing you stand shoulder to shoulder with us,” Oak Island Town Manager David Kelly said. “That gives us hope.” – Advertisement…

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Cooper tours Oak Island, a town left without power or running water after Hurricane Isaias

Cooper tours Oak Island, a town left without power or running water after Hurricane Isaias

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (WTVD) — Heavy machinery is out on Oak Island removing sand from the streets, and crews are working to dig out utility boxes. The electricity is cut off at more than 2,500 households. Gov. Roy Cooper arrived on the island Thursday to see the efforts firsthand. “I don’t think any state in the country is better prepared or knows how to handle storms better than North Carolina,” he said. “It’s hard enough…

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In middle of whirlwind, 13-year-old solid as a rock for young brothers during Windsor tornado

In middle of whirlwind, 13-year-old solid as a rock for young brothers during Windsor tornado

By Bryan Mims, WRAL reporter Windsor, N.C. — Along Morning Road in Windsor, nobody could sleep early Tuesday as Hurricane Isaias blew across the region. Certainly not 13-year-old Zacahariah Hall and his two younger brothers. “We were watching TV, and then all the lights just went out, and I hard a big boom. And all of a sudden, our house started flipping. I was holding onto both my brothers. I was trying to grab and…

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Raleigh firefighters save elderly brothers trapped in tornado debris

Raleigh firefighters save elderly brothers trapped in tornado debris

BERTIE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — Two Raleigh firefighters are credited with helping save the lives of two elderly brothers trapped in debris after a tornado spawned by Hurricane Isaias. They were among nine Raleigh firefighters deployed to Williamston ahead of the storm and ended up responding to the devastation near Windsor in Bertie County where an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of up to 140 mph. “It looked like just bits and pieces,” Capt….

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Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter (AP) — Hurricane season has already been busy this year, but forecasters say it should get even nastier soon. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday increased its forecast for the number of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes this year to far above normal. – Advertisement – Colorado State University, which pioneered hurricane season forecasting, is calling for twice the number of named storms and hurricanes this year…

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Expect one of the most active hurricane seasons in 20+ years, NOAA says

Expect one of the most active hurricane seasons in 20+ years, NOAA says

RALEIGH (WTVD) — NOAA is now calling for an “extremely active” hurricane season. The group released its annual August update to the 2020 hurricane season outlook that’s originally issued in May. NOAA said this is one of the most active season forecast that the agency has produced in their 22-year history of producing outlooks In May, NOAA called for an “above normal” hurricane season, including 13-19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, 3-6 major hurricanes. In the…

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Assessing the potential for tropical storms in the East Pacific next week

Assessing the potential for tropical storms in the East Pacific next week

Tropical storms and hurricanes have been absent from the East Pacific since Douglas dissipated on July 29. Although the tropics have been very active in the Atlantic Ocean so far this season, that has not been in the case in the Pacific. While tropical storms and hurricanes have been absent from the East Pacific since Douglas dissipated on July 29, meteorologists are monitoring an area to watch for development. With the tropical Atlantic likely to…

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Man reunited with dog he thought had died in California wildfire

Man reunited with dog he thought had died in California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (WTVD) — Greg Skeens thought he had lost his best friend. The Apple Fire burning in California separated Skeens from his Austrailian Cattle Dog named Buck. The fire started coming over the hill behind Skeens’ home. “It was one big orange flame all the way around the house, and I thought… I thought we were going to die.” The flames pushed right up to Skeens’ deck, but firefighters stood their ground and saved…

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One injured, five homes damaged in Ocean Isle Beach Fire

One injured, five homes damaged in Ocean Isle Beach Fire

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Multiple homes catch fire in Ocean Isle Beach (Photo: Horry County Fire Rescue) OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Crews responded to a fire involving several homes in Ocean Isle Beach early Thursday morning. Mayor Debbie says two homes are a total loss, and three others are damaged. She says one person was severely injured and has been airlifted to Chapel Hill. – Advertisement – Smith says the fire…

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U.N. says tens of thousands affected by floods in Sudan

U.N. says tens of thousands affected by floods in Sudan

CAIRO — Seasonal torrential rains have wreaked havoc on houses and infrastructure across Sudan, affecting more than 50,000 people, the United Nations said. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan said late Wednesday that 14 of Sudan’s 18 provinces have experienced flooding in recent days. North Darfur, White Nile, Sennar and Kassala states are the latest to report storms and flooding, the report said. In North Darfur, at least 600 internally…

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Frying Pan Tower auctioning off American flag to benefit those hit hardest by Hurricane Isaias

Frying Pan Tower auctioning off American flag to benefit those hit hardest by Hurricane Isaias

FRYING PAN TOWER, N.C. — The Frying Pan Tower is auctioning off Old Glory “Constance” to benefit those in the Oak Island and Southport area that was hit hardest by Hurricane Isaias. Old Glory “Constance” flew as Hurricane Isaias made landfall on North Carolina on Monday. At least seven people were killed as Isaias battered the East Coast. Out of those seven, two people were killed in Bertie County by an EF-3 tornado spawned by…

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Devastating hurricane damage leaves Oak Island with weeks of cleanup

Devastating hurricane damage leaves Oak Island with weeks of cleanup

Damage from Hurricane Isaias on August 5, 2020 in Oak Island. (Photo: WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Oak Island was one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Isaias on Monday. The storm cleanup may take weeks, according to town officials. – Advertisement – On Tuesday, the town ordered a mandatory evacuation for all residents and non-residents west of SE 40th Street on Beach Drive, Dolphin Drive, and Pelican Drive. The category one hurricane…

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Gov. Cooper to survey storm damage in Brunswick County on Thursday

Gov. Cooper to survey storm damage in Brunswick County on Thursday

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. Roy Cooper announces new executive order regarding retail stores on April 9, 2020 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to be in the Cape Fear on Thursday to survey damage left behind from Hurricane Isaias. According to the governor’s office, Gov. Cooper will be in Brunswick County to survey storm damage on Oak Island. – Advertisement – He is also expected to meet with…

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Severe weather possible Thursday, high temperatures possible for rest of week

Severe weather possible Thursday, high temperatures possible for rest of week

By Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL meteorologist Raleigh, N.C. — Storm chances are going up over the next few days. There will be a chance for storms Wednesday overnight. Thursday will bring another chance for severe weather. Potential damage will include heavy rain, damaging wind and localized flooding. Thursday morning will have a 40% chance of rain. It will then increarse to a 50% chance of rain in the afternoon, before dropping to a 30% chance for…

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Bald Head Island escaped severe damage from hurricane, tornado

Bald Head Island escaped severe damage from hurricane, tornado

By Amanda Lamb, WRAL reporter Bald Head Island, N.C. — The remote nature of Bald Head Island – accessible only by boat – is part of its appeal for residents and visitors alike. But it also makes island life more precarious, especially after a storm like Hurricane Isaias. As the Category 1 hurricane roared ashore about 25 miles to the west at Ocean Isle Beach late Monday, it spun out a tornado that cut across…

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Hurricane Isaias brings unexpected windfall for Ocracoke Island

Hurricane Isaias brings unexpected windfall for Ocracoke Island

By Richard Adkins, WRAL photojournalist Ocracoke, N.C. — When the wind and rain of Hurricane Isaias brushed by Ocracoke Island, there was very little damage to homes and business. But the one thing that was destroyed was the island’s name. The Weather Channel made an error in a graphic, typing Corncrake instead of Ocracoke, and people on social media was more than happy to point out the mistake. “Hey, @weatherchannel it isn’t Corncrake Island. It…

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Lifelong Windsor resident heartbroken after 2 friends killed in Bertie County tornado

Lifelong Windsor resident heartbroken after 2 friends killed in Bertie County tornado

WINDSOR, N.C. (WTVD) — The loud hum of the generator drowns out the peace and quiet Charles Bond has always loved about his hometown. “I been living here so long. And I hate leaving here. I’ve enjoyed myself. Sitting on the porch by myself,” said Charles Bond, lifelong Windsor resident. But Bond says those days will soon be over. After dealing with storms in Windsor his entire life, Hurricane Isaias‘ wrath was the final straw…

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'Never seen anything like this:' National Weather Service confirms EF-3 tornado hit Bertie County, killing 2

'Never seen anything like this:' National Weather Service confirms EF-3 tornado hit Bertie County, killing 2

BERTIE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — Nothing looks the same. Nothing even looks familiar. “I ain’t never seen anything like this,” Steven Swain, a survivor of Monday night’s tornado brought on by Hurricane Isaias, told ABC11. “The only time I’ve seen it is on TV way off somewhere.” The storm hit land at Ocean Isle Beach on Monday night around 11 p.m. as a category 1 hurricane. By 6 a.m., it was out of North Carolina,…

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Weather Service: EF-3 tornado hit Windsor

Weather Service: EF-3 tornado hit Windsor

By Joe Fisher and Keely Arthur, WRAL reporters Windsor, N.C. — The National Weather Service said Wednesday that a Tuesday morning tornado that wiped out a Windsor neighborhood was an EF-3 storm with winds up to 145 mph. Sheriff John Holley said Randolph Harrell, 62, and Lethia Ann Edwards, 52, were killed in the storm. Holley couldn’t say how many people were injured. The tornado spun out of Hurricane Isaias at about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday…

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HURRICANE ISAIAS: Did North Carolina underestimate the storm?

HURRICANE ISAIAS: Did North Carolina underestimate the storm?

Isaias, which strengthened to a hurricane just before making landfall late Monday, hit Brunswick County on a full moon at high tide BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden knew his evacuation order was not going to be popular. Like many North Carolina beach towns, summer renters are the lifeblood of the local economy. But as Tropical Storm — later Hurricane — Isaias spun off the Florida coast with a potential path that could…

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Two men killed by lightning while cleaning up hurricane debris

Two men killed by lightning while cleaning up hurricane debris

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two people died after being struck by lightning in Wilmington Wednesday morning. According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers were called to 6205 N. Bradley Overlook shortly before noon in reference to two men who had been struck by lightning while cutting tree limbs in the yard. – Advertisement – The homeowner, Ralph Thomas Wallace, 77, and his friend, Saw Ni Keday Moo, 42, were…

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Isaias’ strength surprises residents, tourists as Brunswick continues hurricane cleanup

Isaias’ strength surprises residents, tourists as Brunswick continues hurricane cleanup

Oak Island, Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach bear brunt of storm damages, and limit access to worst parts of islands to make repairs Rick Anderson wasn’t particularly worried about Hurricane Isaias. He, his wife and his dog were at their Oak Island home Monday night. He started the sump pump when rain started to accumulate. “It was all going fine,” he said. “And then here comes Mother Nature.” He’s had his home on the…

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Governor visits as tornado-ravaged town begins recovery effort

Governor visits as tornado-ravaged town begins recovery effort

By Joe Fisher and Keely Arthur, WRAL reporters Windsor, N.C. — Bertie County officials on Wednesday identified the two people killed in a Tuesday morning tornado that wiped out a Windsor neighborhood. Sheriff John Holley said Randolph Harrell, 62, and Lethia Ann Edwards, 52, were killed in the storm. Holley couldn’t say how many people were injured. Gov. Roy Cooper visited Windsor on Wednesday morning to assess the damage and get an update on the…

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Tropical storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 7

Tropical storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 7

WINDSOR, N.C. — At least seven people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias battered the U.S. East Coast with rain and fierce winds after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina. Millions of people were without power on Wednesday after felled trees downed power lines. The sound of generators and chainsaws punctuated the sunrise in New Jersey, where more than 1 million homes and businesses were without electricity. NJ Transit train service remained suspended…

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Volunteers needed: Samaritan's Purse cleaning up after Bertie County tornado

Volunteers needed: Samaritan's Purse cleaning up after Bertie County tornado

By Joe Fisher, WRAL reporter Windsor, N.C. — Samaritan’s Purse is cleaning up the neighborhood where a deadly tornado hit, and an organizer says they’re in dire need of volunteers. At least 10 homes were destroyed and two people were killed early Tuesday morning when a tornado hit a community on Morning Road in the town of Windsor. On Wednesday, Alyssa Benson from the Boone-based Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse said 10 volunteers were there to…

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'We all hurt': Bertie County neighbors react to Isaias tornado deaths

'We all hurt': Bertie County neighbors react to Isaias tornado deaths

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Windsor, N.C. — Neighbors are mourning after two people were killed in a tornado that hit a neighborhood in Bertie County early Tuesday. Sheriff John Holley said the damage from the tornado, which was spawned by Tropical Storm Isaias, was the worst he’s seen in the 38 years he has worked at the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s bad,” Holley told WRAL News. “It doesn’t look real. It looks like…

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BRUNSWICK: Isaias makes landfall near Ocean Isle; reports of fires, tornado; 40,000 without power

BRUNSWICK: Isaias makes landfall near Ocean Isle; reports of fires, tornado; 40,000 without power

Along with tonadoes, another big concern for Brunswick was storm surge, especially in low-lying areas near the ocean. BOLIVIA — Isaias regained strength late Monday and plowed into Brunswick County, making landfall at 11:10 p.m. as a fast-moving Category 1 hurricane, leaving thousands without power, trees blocking roads and multiple reports of tornadoes across the county. Isaias came ashore near Ocean Isle Beach with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Just before midnight, the Brunswick…

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BRUNSWICK: Isaias makes landfall near Ocean Isle; reports of fires, flooding; 40,000 without power

BRUNSWICK: Isaias makes landfall near Ocean Isle; reports of fires, flooding; 40,000 without power

Along with tonadoes, another big concern for Brunswick was storm surge, especially in low-lying areas near the ocean. BOLIVIA — Isaias regained strength late Monday and plowed into Brunswick County, making landfall at 11:10 p.m. as a fast-moving Category 1 hurricane, leaving thousands without power, trees blocking roads and multiple reports of tornadoes across the county. Isaias came ashore near Ocean Isle Beach with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Just before midnight, the Brunswick…

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BRUNSWICK: Isaias makes landfall near Ocean Isle; reports of fires, flooding; more than 38,000 without power

BRUNSWICK: Isaias makes landfall near Ocean Isle; reports of fires, flooding; more than 38,000 without power

Along with tonadoes, another big concern for Brunswick was storm surge, especially in low-lying areas near the ocean. BOLIVIA — Isaias regained strength late Monday and plowed into Brunswick County, making landfall at 11:10 p.m. as a fast-moving Category 1 hurricane, leaving thousands without power, trees blocking roads and multiple reports of tornadoes across the county. Isaias came ashore near Ocean Isle Beach with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Just before midnight, the Brunswick…

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BRUNSWICK: Isaias makes landfall near Ocean Isle; reports of fires, flooding; more than 28,000 without power

BRUNSWICK: Isaias makes landfall near Ocean Isle; reports of fires, flooding; more than 28,000 without power

Along with tonadoes, another big concern for Brunswick was storm surge, especially in low-lying areas near the ocean. BOLIVIA — Isaias regained strength late Monday and plowed into Brunswick County, making landfall at 11:10 p.m. as a fast-moving Category 1 hurricane, leaving thousands without power, trees blocking roads and multiple reports of tornadoes across the county. Isaias came ashore near Ocean Isle Beach with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Just before midnight, the Brunswick…

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NC reporting more than 54,000 power outages across NC after Hurricane Isaias makes landfall

NC reporting more than 54,000 power outages across NC after Hurricane Isaias makes landfall

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The state is reporting more than 54,000 power outages across North Carolina at around Tuesday at 11:00 p.m. as Hurricane Isaias made landfall one day prior. Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach around 11 p.m. Monday as a Category 1 storm. The bulk of the outages were in the southeast portion of the state in New Hanover County. New Hanover had 73,526 outages as of 10 a.m. Brunswick County had…

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Carolina Hurricanes sweep New York Rangers, advance to next round of NHL playoffs

Carolina Hurricanes sweep New York Rangers, advance to next round of NHL playoffs

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NC reporting more than 65,000 power outages across NC after Hurricane Isaias makes landfall

NC reporting more than 65,000 power outages across NC after Hurricane Isaias makes landfall

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The state is reporting more than 65,000 power outages across North Carolina at around Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. as Hurricane Isaias made landfall hours prior. Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach around 11 p.m. as a Category 1 storm. The bulk of the outages were in the southeast portion of the state in New Hanover County. New Hanover had 73,526 outages as of 10 a.m. Brunswick County had more than…

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Tornado spawned by Isaias kills two, obliterates Bertie County neighborhood

Tornado spawned by Isaias kills two, obliterates Bertie County neighborhood

By Adam Owens, Leslie Moreno and Keely Arthur, WRAL reporters Windsor, N.C. — Two people were killed after a tornado hit a neighborhood in Bertie County early Tuesday. Sheriff John Holley said the damage from the tornado, which was spawned by Tropical Storm Isaias, was the worst he’s seen in the 38 years he has worked at the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s bad,” Holley told WRAL News. “It doesn’t look real. It looks like…

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NC reporting more than 88,000 power outages across NC after Hurricane Isaias makes landfall

NC reporting more than 88,000 power outages across NC after Hurricane Isaias makes landfall

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The state is reporting more than 88,000 power outages across North Carolina at around Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. as Hurricane Isaias made landfall hours prior. Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach around 11 p.m. as a Category 1 storm. The bulk of the outages were in the southeast portion of the state in New Hanover County. New Hanover had 73,526 outages as of 10 a.m. Brunswick County had more than…

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National Weather Service confirms at least 2 tornadoes in Brunswick Co.

National Weather Service confirms at least 2 tornadoes in Brunswick Co.

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bald Head Island Isaias during Isaias on August 3, 2020 (Photo: Village of Bald Head Island) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The National Weather Service has confirmed at least two tornadoes touched down in Brunswick County as Hurricane Isaias passed through the Cape Fear. According to the National Weather Service, a tornado moved on shore over Bald Head Island and then, continued inland over Southport as an EF1. –…

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EF1 tornado causes damage after touching down near Belville

EF1 tornado causes damage after touching down near Belville

A tree fell on a home in Brunswick County on Monday following a tornado inside Hurricane Isaias. (Photo: Tanner Barth, WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY)–The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF1 tornado hit parts of Belville and Leland on Monday night. The tornado formed in an outer band of Hurricane Isaias, snapping approximately 100 trees and damaging homes. We spoke with residents in the community that say they heard the typical sound of…

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NC reporting more than 119,000 power outages across NC after Hurricane Isaias makes landfall

NC reporting more than 119,000 power outages across NC after Hurricane Isaias makes landfall

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The state is reporting more than 119,000 power outages across North Carolina at around Tuesday at 6:20 p.m. as Hurricane Isaias made landfall hours prior. Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach around 11 p.m. as a Category 1 storm. The bulk of the outages were in the southeast portion of the state in New Hanover County. New Hanover had 73,526 outages as of 10 a.m. Brunswick County had more than…

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Tornado spawned by Isaias kills two, obliterates Bertie neighborhood

Tornado spawned by Isaias kills two, obliterates Bertie neighborhood

By Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter, & Leslie Moreno, WRAL reporter Windsor, N.C. — Two people were killed after a tornado hit a neighborhood in Bertie County early Tuesday. Sheriff John Holley said the damage from the tornado, which was spawned by Tropical Storm Isaias, was the worst he’s seen in the 38 years he has worked at the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s bad,” Holley told WRAL News. “It doesn’t look real. It looks like…

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