LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Florence coverage tracks path through North Carolina

LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Florence coverage tracks path through North Carolina

Hurricane Florence weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum 90 mph winds late Thursday night as the still-dangerous storm battered the Carolina coast, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks. The slow-moving system is moving northwest at 6 mph, drenching coastal areas with heavy rain. ABC11 is providing live, nonstop coverage of Hurricane Florence. For regular programming go to 11.2. Click here for how to find 11.2 Scroll…

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Radar indicates 6 tornadoes in eastern NC as Hurricane Florence nears East Coast

Radar indicates 6 tornadoes in eastern NC as Hurricane Florence nears East Coast

Radar has shown a half-dozen tornadoes in eastern and southeastern North Carolina, the National Weather Service reported. Much of the Carolinas coast has been under a daylong tornado watch. Tornadoes can form in thunderstorms embedded within a Hurricane, according the National Hurricane Center. “Almost all tropical cyclones making landfall in the United States spawn at least one tornado, provided enough of the tropical cyclones circulation moves over land,” a report by the National Oceanic and…

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Closing in on landfall in Carolinas, Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 1 storm

Closing in on landfall in Carolinas, Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 1 storm

This story was updated at 1:15 a.m. ET It looks like Hurricane Florence is settling in for a longer-than-expected stay on the Carolinas coast. As of the 11 p.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence’s winds have slowed, bringing it down to a Category 1 hurricane. Its maximum sustained winds were recorded at 90 mph. In spite of that reduced strength, Florence is still considered a “life-threatening storm,” by the NHC. Florence is…

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Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

Early Thursday police block the Trask Drawbridge (Andrew James/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Emergency officials on Wrightsville Beach were able to assess the beginning impacts of Hurricane Florence before day turned to night Thursday. The bulk of the three media briefings held by police chief Dan House surrounded how they were still anticipating the serious and catastrophic storm surge as well as hurricane force winds. Fortunately for House, he says this storm should…

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Snow’s Cut Bridge closed as Florence rips through region

Snow’s Cut Bridge closed as Florence rips through region

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The bridge to Pleasure Island is closed. The Town of Carolina Beach said Snow’s Cut Bridge closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic at 10:30 p.m. Thursday because of weather conditions. A curfew remains in effect for Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. – Advertisement – Ahead of the storm, officials said the bridge would close when sustained winds reached 45 mph. Click here to find…

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Timeline: When and where will Florence be felt in the Triangle?

Timeline: When and where will Florence be felt in the Triangle?

By Jessica Patrick, WRAL.com editor As parts of North Carolina begin feeling the impacts of Hurricane Florence, who will see the worst of the storm and when? At 11 p.m., Florence was about 60 miles from Wilmington and moving toward landfall at 6 mph. The storm is projected to make landfall near Wilmington as a Category 1 hurricane Friday morning.  The coast North Carolina’s coastal communities were already experiencing strong winds and rain Thursday, hours before…

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York County prepares for hurricane conditions

York County prepares for hurricane conditions

YORK COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) – A week of preparation has led to this. “We got fuel in our cars and we’re ready to go. Cash on hand, and the lasts thing we’ll do is fill the bathtub with water in case we lose power,” said Jennifer Douglass who lives near the Catawba River’s bank. Officials relayed their final messages to York County residents. They say don’t go into flood waters, and don’t be…

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Some Wilmington locals stay put as Florence nears

Some Wilmington locals stay put as Florence nears

WILMINGTON, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Downtown Wilmington is clearing out as Hurricane Florence has begun to batter the coast with high winds, heavy rain, storm surge and flooding.  Most businesses are now closed, but a few locals are sticking around, ready to weather the storm.  “Then you’re sitting here and it’s like it’s a lot of hurry up and wait so we figure we’d hurry up and wait here at the local Irish Pub,”…

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New Bern TV station evacuates as Florence’s surge nears

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter GOESEast captured the sunrise over Hurricane Florence on Sept. 13, 2018 as the Category 2 storm continues to move closer to the coastline. (Photo: NOAA) MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) — A North Carolina TV news station has evacuated its building due to rising waters from Hurricane Florence. New Bern’s WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 posted on Facebook on Thursday night that employees had to abandon the studio for the “first time…

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Florence begins days of rain, wind…

Florence begins days of rain, wind…

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 mph (155 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend. Tens of thousands were without power. Winds and rain were arriving later in South Carolina, and a…

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Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach brace for flooding as Hurricane Florence nears

Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach brace for flooding as Hurricane Florence nears

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WTVD) — The coastal towns of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach are prepared as they can be now that the outer bands of Hurricane Florence are hitting. Business owners in downtown Wilmington have closed and boarded up their storefronts and for good reasons. The water levels of the Cape Fear River are expected to rise and cause flooding. Wrightsville Beach has been closed since the mandatory evacuation went into effect 8 p.m. on Wednesday…

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She saved dozens of dogs from Florence, but needed help. People lined up to take them.

She saved dozens of dogs from Florence, but needed help. People lined up to take them.

Molly Goldston knew she wanted to save dogs from county animal shelters that, because of forthcoming Hurricane Florence, might have to euthanize them. So earlier this week her Wake Forest adoption center, Saving Grace, accepted about two dozen dogs from shelters around the state and amassed a total of 124 — dozens more than it houses in a typical week. Goldston didn’t know, however, how many of the dogs she’d be able to place in…

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Watching Florence

Watching Florence

While Florence is not as strong as it once was, it will still havemajor impacts on the local weather and across a large part of Northand South Carolina. The size of Florence has grown quite large withtropical storm-force winds cover a diameter of more than 450 miles.This immense storm is slowing and expected to just crawl once itreaches the southeast coast of North Carolina near Wilmington Fridaymorning. It will move west-southwest or southwest for a…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Wilmington-area road closures

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Wilmington-area road closures

By StarNews Staff Thursday Sep 13, 2018 at 4:10 PM Sep 13, 2018 at 8:24 PM Find out which roads are closed in the Wilmington area The following roads are closed due to impacts from Hurricane Florence: New Hanover County Canal Drive (Carolina Beach)Wilderness Road, from Stillwell Road to Yulan Drive1500 block Middle Sound Loop Road: tree blocking roadAll entrance roads to the University of North Carolina Wilmington are closed: Randall Drive; Racine Drive; Crews Drive; Hurst Drive; Rose Avenue at Riegel Road; and North…

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Hurricane Florence brings Chef Jose Andres’ relief group to NC. He’s ready to feed people.

Hurricane Florence brings Chef Jose Andres’ relief group to NC. He’s ready to feed people.

World Central Kitchen, the disaster relief group formed by famous chef Jose Andres, is already camped out and serving meals in North Carolina as Hurricane Florence approaches land. Volunteers with the international organization team up with local chefs and kitchens and distribute meals to shelters. Between Raleigh and Wilmington, the organization is prepared to serve 150,000 meals, executive director Nate Mook said in an interview. Mook said the sheer size of Hurricane Florence and its…

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Neuse River overflows, flooding New Bern as county leaders urge ‘shelter in place’

Neuse River overflows, flooding New Bern as county leaders urge ‘shelter in place’

Drowning rain and Neuse River flooding inundated roads in New Bern and greater Craven County on Thursday with conditions worsening into the night as Hurricane Florence hovered off the North Carolina coast. “We’re expecting conditions to continue to deteriorate,” said Amber Parker, the county’s human resources director, on Thursday afternoon. Before midnight, they had. A map sent out by the City of New Bern showed just how widespread the flooding had become. The North Carolina…

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Florence shows that Nature is sometimes uncooperative when Nature calls

Florence shows that Nature is sometimes uncooperative when Nature calls

Man has tearful reunion with dog 3 months after the pit bull was kidnapped Prak Dara and his girlfriend Kara Hills were reunited with their dog, Titan, on June 3 after he had been kidnapped from his home in Katy, Texas, three months prior. Titan was found almost 1,000 miles away in Greenville, SC thanks to his microchip.

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Governor Roy Cooper gives update on state preparations ahead of Hurricane Florence

Governor Roy Cooper gives update on state preparations ahead of Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — “Do not underestimate the storm.” That was the message from Governor Roy Cooper Thursday morning as state officials gave a briefing about Hurricane Florence at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. “Don’t relax, don’t get complacent” Governor Cooper said. “Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill.” Governor Cooper said there are about 108 shelters open in the state with more than 7,000 people staying in them and…

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Hurricane Florence slows as it smacks the Carolinas. It may make the danger last longer

Hurricane Florence slows as it smacks the Carolinas. It may make the danger last longer

This story was updated at 9:07 p.m. Eastern. Hurricane-force winds are approaching North Carolina as Category 2 Florence reaches the coast. The National Hurricane Center said sustained hurricane-force winds were hitting Cape Lookout as of 9 p.m. Thursday, and that hurricane conditions are spreading. The center of Florence — now 300 miles wide — will move over southern North Carolina later today, and is expected to make “a slow motion over eastern South Carolina” Friday…

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Hurricane Florence is almost here, but Waffle House is still cooking … mostly

Hurricane Florence is almost here, but Waffle House is still cooking … mostly

This story was updated at 8 p.m. Eastern. Hurricane Florence is starting to make its presence known in the Carolinas, but for now, Waffle House’s hash browns are mostly still sizzling and its eggs are still cracking. The restaurant chain, famous for staying open even through major disasters, seems to have kept the majority of its restaurants in operation as the storm approaches. However, at least a few reported closings throughout the Carolinas suggest Waffle…

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4 things about Hurricane Florence that sound like myths. But they’re true.

4 things about Hurricane Florence that sound like myths. But they’re true.

Plenty of myths about storms are floating around Hurricane Florence. If a “fact” sounds too incredible to be true, then it’s usually not. But there are exceptions. Brittany Bell, a meteorologist at ABC11 in Raleigh, helped us show that a few things that sound wrong about Hurricane Florence are actually right. True: Hurricane Florence is huge, as big as Michigan. Hurricane Florence may have downgraded to a category 2, but the storm is still massive….

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Florence who? Wilmington Waffle House cooks on

Florence who? Wilmington Waffle House cooks on

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It may be getting bad out there, but one place is not backing down. Waffle House in downtown Wilmington is buzzing with customers trying to get one last meal in before the hurricane. – Advertisement – The restaurant was packed with people Thursday afternoon, and servers have been brought in to work from locations all over the southeast. One server tells us she is one…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Damage will be heavy, long lasting

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Damage will be heavy, long lasting

Gov. Cooper: ‘We have days more to go;’ President Trump calls Wilmington mayor SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The Wilmington region should expect immediate and long-lasting impacts as Hurricane Florence roars through. “The first bands are upon us,” Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday evening. “We have days more to go.” The storm’s outer bands began hitting the Wilmington region, particularly coastal areas, Thursday afternoon, with the eye’s landfall expected Friday morning. Cooper said 30,000 people statewide were…

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Hurricane Florence videos: Storm surge and other impacts around North Carolina

Hurricane Florence videos: Storm surge and other impacts around North Carolina

List of area hurricane shelters, emergency operations centers POWER OUTAGE MAP: More than 166,000 in North Carolina affected VIDEO: Hurricane Florence causes significant damage before eye hits Useful tips if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después del huracán LIVE VIDEO: Continuing coverage as Hurricane Florence lashes NC coast

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Raleigh, parts of the Triangle now under a tropical storm warning

Raleigh, parts of the Triangle now under a tropical storm warning

The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Wake, Johnston, Chatham and Nash counties shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, as Hurricane Florence continues to come ashore along the southeastern coast. Durham and Orange counties were not covered by the warning, and that’s not likely to change, said James Morrow, a meteorologist at the weather service office in Raleigh. A tropical storm warning means that winds of 36 mph or higher are possible. But…

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Area hotels filled with Florence evacuees

Area hotels filled with Florence evacuees

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Hotels that stayed open in our area are full of coastal residents escaping the hurricane. Some are even completely full. Residents share how fearful they are of what is yet to come with Florence. Many are worried that they may not have a home to go back to. – Advertisement – “You know, it was a Category 4 for awhile, then a 3, and we…

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Pentagon: Slow-moving hurricane to make rescues challenging

Pentagon: Slow-moving hurricane to make rescues challenging

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Defense Department officials say the expected high winds and slow movement of Hurricane Florence as it comes ashore will make rescue efforts challenging in the flooded areas. – Advertisement – Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, head of U.S. Northern Command, says search and rescue is a top priority, but weather may prevent rescuers from getting in during the…

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First responders share tips for staying safe in a hurricane (and when not to call 911)

First responders share tips for staying safe in a hurricane (and when not to call 911)

By Kelly Hinchcliffe, WRAL education reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Imagine being at home for five days straight with no power, no way to get anywhere in a car and no store nearby to get supplies. How would you prepare for that, and what supplies would you gather ahead of time? That’s what local emergency officials want you to imagine so you can prepare for Hurricane Florence. WRAL News interviewed local EMS and 911 center leaders…

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Nonprofit founded by Chef Jose Andres helping feed Wilmington during Florence

Nonprofit founded by Chef Jose Andres helping feed Wilmington during Florence

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – During the tense and trying days during and after Hurricane Florence, one group is looking to provide Wilmington with something that can raise any spirit: a hot meal. World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit founded by Chef Jose Andres, came to the area to provide free meals for first responders, shelters and anyone else that needs food during and after the storm. “We are fully up and running,” WCK Executive Director Nate…

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ICE won’t arrest or detain evacuees in the Carolinas escaping from Hurricane Florence

ICE won’t arrest or detain evacuees in the Carolinas escaping from Hurricane Florence

Immigrants in North Carolina and South Carolina shouldn’t worry about being arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as they evacuate their homes or at the emergency shelters, an ICE spokesperson said Wednesday. Bryan Cox, spokesperson for ICE in the southern region, said everyone should follow local evacuation orders during Hurricane Florence. “Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety,” Cox said in an email. “In consideration of these circumstances, there will be…

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Got flood insurance? Thousands of homeowners in Hurricane Florence’s path do not

Got flood insurance? Thousands of homeowners in Hurricane Florence’s path do not

Thousands of homeowners in inland North and South Carolina stand to be inundated by Hurricane Florence’s drenching over the next few days, but hardly any of them carry federal flood insurance, leaving them at risk of a devastating loss, with little prospect of help from the federal government. A McClatchy analysis of federal data shows that in the coastal counties, a relatively high percentage of households carry flood insurance policies, but the percentage drops off…

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Charlotte Braces for Hurricane Florence

Charlotte Braces for Hurricane Florence

As the city of Charlotte is bracing for Florence, the State and City Departments of Transportation are clearing up storm drains and preparing roads.  Extended rainfall and strong winds could mean disaster for state highways and local roads, N.C. Department of Transportation’s  Jen Thompson said. “The potential could be there for roads to flood,” Thompson said. “The potential is there for trees to fall across the roads, as well.” The Charlotte Department of Transportation regularly…

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Hurricane Florence storm surge closes NC 12, part of US 70

Hurricane Florence storm surge closes NC 12, part of US 70

The storm surge from Hurricane Florence has begun to make some highways impassable in Eastern North Carolina. N.C. 12 is closed on Hatteras Island, and parts of U.S. 70 are shut down between Beaufort and Atlantic, as floodwaters covered the pavement in numerous places, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. NCDOT said many secondary roads in Carteret County also are overtopped with water and that conditions were expected to get worse through the evening….

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I’m ready for Hurricane Florence. Now I’m worried about this kitten.

I’m ready for Hurricane Florence. Now I’m worried about this kitten.

This isn’t my first ride through a hurricane. I’m going to be fine. It’s this kitten that adopted me several weeks ago that I’m worried about. My neighbor moved to New Orleans a couple of months ago and left it behind. The poor baby doesn’t appear to have a feral bone in its body. Confused by the abandonment, my neighbor and I both tried to ignore the thing’s pitiful cries for food and comfort outside…

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After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea

After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carolina ringed with sandbags to offer some armor against the pounding surf. – Advertisement – A local handyman, he knew some of those houses might not be there next week. “When Fran came, it tore…

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Historic river flooding expected from Florence

Historic river flooding expected from Florence

Record flooding is likely by Tuesday along the Northeast Cape Fear River in Burgaw. (Source: WECT) Major flooding is likely by Sunday along the Lumber River in Lumberton. (Source: WECT) Moderate flooding is likely by Tuesday along the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown. (Source: WECT) Southeastern North Carolina is expected to get anywhere from 12 to 24 inches and locally higher amounts of rain over the next several days which will cause major to historic river flooding across…

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RIVER FLOODING: Florence to rewrite records

RIVER FLOODING: Florence to rewrite records

Florence looks to rewrite the record books in terms of flooding in the Lower Cape Fear Region. (Source: WECT) Rainfall of one to two and locally three feet from Hurricane Florence will bring extensive, long-lasting, and in some cases record-setting river flooding across southeastern North Carolina. As feared, flooding will occur in some areas that have never had flooding before.   HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE LARGER, WELL-MODELED RIVERS… WE KNOW LESS ABOUT…

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RIVER FLOODING: Florence rewriting records

RIVER FLOODING: Florence rewriting records

Rainfall of one to two and locally three feet from Hurricane Florence continues to bring extensive, long-lasting, and in some cases record-setting river flooding across southeastern North Carolina. As feared, flooding is occurring in some areas that have never had flooding before.   HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE LARGER, WELL-MODELED RIVERS… WE KNOW LESS ABOUT THE MANY SMALLER RIVERS AND STREAMS, BUT… rainfall tallies and other storm-related and pre-existing conditions suggest flooding will assume…

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More than 181,000 in NC without power as massive storm Florence nears land

More than 181,000 in NC without power as massive storm Florence nears land

Hurricane Florence wasn’t expected to make landfall until Friday morning, but residents in coastal areas were already losing power as fierce gusts lashed the eastern edge of North Carolina. More than 181,000 residents and businesses, mostly in eastern counties, were without power as of 11:30 p.m., according to online updates from Duke Energy, the N.C. Electric Cooperatives and smaller utility companies. The surge in power outages along the coast was the result of gusts coming…

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Hurricane Florence: Save and print these emergency numbers

Hurricane Florence: Save and print these emergency numbers

Here’s where to go for help during Hurricane Florence: ▪ To report a power outage or a power line problem, call Duke Energy at 800-POWER-ON (800-419-6356). Espanol: 866-4APAGON ▪ To request help from the fire department, police or MEDIC, dial 911. Also call 911 if you find a tree or limb blocking a street. ▪ If you smell natural gas or have a natural gas emergency, call Piedmont Natural Gas at 800-752-7504. ▪ To call…

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Hurricane shelters — New Hanover adds a shelter Wednesday

Hurricane shelters — New Hanover adds a shelter Wednesday

A list of shelters and phone numbers for help in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties during Hurricane Florence. NOTE: Some shelters may not have cots or beds. Residents should take cots, air mattresses or sleeping bags if they have them as well as other needed supplies. And don’t forget your medications! NEW HANOVER COUNTY All beach town residents are under mandatory evacuation orders, and residents who live in low-lying areas where flooding and storm…

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Want to help Hurricane Florence victims? Here are groups seeking donations.

Want to help Hurricane Florence victims? Here are groups seeking donations.

Hurricane Florence is expected to cause flooding and power outages across the Carolinas. Charities are seeking financial donations and volunteers to help with the aftermath of the storm. Some organizations are listed on Charity Navigator. You can also find groups vetted by the Better Business Bureau at give.org. The BBB advises not to donate to unfamiliar organizations without getting more information. BBB also urges donors to watch out for charities that sound alike: Take extra…

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'Tree Hill,' 'Dome' actors share support for Wilmington ahead of Florence

'Tree Hill,' 'Dome' actors share support for Wilmington ahead of Florence

Actors from locally filmed series like ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘Under the Dome’ shared their support for the region on social media WILMINGTON – The Port City has seen many famous residents over the years as film and TV projects shot in the region and some of them have taken to social media to share their thoughts of the region as Hurricane Florence approaches. Most of the viral support came from the cast of The…

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Diabetes patients need extra hurricane preps

Diabetes patients need extra hurricane preps

NEW YORK (FOX5NY) – The frantic rush to prepare for a natural disaster is stressful for everyone but people with diabetes have an extra worry – protecting climate sensitive insulin and blood monitoring equipment. For people who are evacuees or are in an emergency situation, the CDC says it is of prime importance to identify yourself as a person with diabetes and any related conditions, so you can obtain appropriate care. It is also important…

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