Brad Panovich Takes A Closer Look At Florence's Southerly Route

Brad Panovich Takes A Closer Look At Florence's Southerly Route

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is foreboding in his assessment Hurricane Florence. “This storm is a monster. It’s big and vicious. It’s an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane.” The path of Hurricane Florence has changed since Cooper made that statement Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center says it’s now expected to hit Wilmington and then veer west, taking it south of Charlotte. WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich told WFAE Morning Edition host Marshall Terry that the shift…

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All flights canceled at ILM; several flights at RD affected by Florence

All flights canceled at ILM; several flights at RD affected by Florence

Due to Hurricane Florence, flights at Wilmington International Airport stopped Wednesday. (Source: ILM) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Multiple flights in and out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) have been cancelled Thursday morning as Hurricane Florence approaches. All flights in and out of Wilmington International were cancelled Wednesday. For the latest on the status of flights out of RDU, click here. Copyright 2018 WECT. All rights reserved.

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Florence could slow down and pound, drench Southeastern NC

Florence could slow down and pound, drench Southeastern NC

Hurricane Florence could drop more than 20 inches of rain in places, bring 12-foot storm surge 11 p.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to churn toward the U.S. mainland with potentially highly destructive winds and enough rain to thoroughly drench and possibly flood much of Eastern North Carolina. But perhaps the most dangerous part of the storm is its future speed. “Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday,” stated the 11…

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How is Hurricane Florence likely to affect Charlotte?

How is Hurricane Florence likely to affect Charlotte?

This story was last updated at 11:30 p.m. Thursday ▪ Charlotte could see nearly 11 inches of rain, enough to cause flooding. Forecasters say the bulk of the rain will arrive starting late Friday, and go through the weekend. ▪ The region has a better than 60 percent chance of seeing tropical storm-force winds (39 mph or higher), according to the National Hurricane Center. ▪ Areas to the south and east of Charlotte could see…

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Strategic response team discusses Hurricane Florence plans

Strategic response team discusses Hurricane Florence plans

(Source: WECT) SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – They’re experts in dealing with natural disasters like hurricanes and they work alongside our first responders. Members of Strategic Response Partners arrived in Wilmington on Tuesday to talk about their work before, during and after Hurricane Florence.  The SRP team is going to businesses, like hospitals and nursing homes, and making sure those buildings are secure once the storm hits. Then they help first responders in assisting victims….

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Experts: Hurricane Florence could be a deadly storm

Experts: Hurricane Florence could be a deadly storm

Officials stress folks to evacuate because lives are much more important than property — or tempting Mother Nature SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Homes destroyed. Entire streets under water. Power outages through next week. Monster waves crashing ashore. And the overarching message from the experts: Hurricane Florence could be deadly. You can replace things, including your house, they said. You can’t replace people. “Right now, it’s time to get out of harm’s way,” said Tom Collins, emergency management…

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North Carolina Universities Cancel Classes, Close Residence Halls To Prepare For Florence

North Carolina Universities Cancel Classes, Close Residence Halls To Prepare For Florence

Updated 2 p.m. on Sept. 13 Universities around North Carolina have been making preparations ahead of Hurricane Florence, which has been upgraded to a Category 4 major hurricane with maximum possible wind speeds of up to 130 miles per hour.   As officials around the state have urged residents to be prepared, universities have done the same. East Carolina University canceled classes after noon on Tuesday and announced a mandatory evacuation notice for students. Residence…

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Florence kicks up gnarly waves for local surfers

Florence kicks up gnarly waves for local surfers

Wrightsville Beach saw a handful of surfers early Tuesday take advantage of Hurricane Florence’s influence WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH – Brendon Jacobsen beat the sun to the beach Tuesday morning. The local surfer had his board in the waters off Wrightsville Beach before 6 a.m., just as the sun started peaking on the horizon. This, he said, was the magic hour for catching the waves churned up by Hurricane Florence, still hundreds of miles off the coast….

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Hurricane Florence: Things you need to know

Hurricane Florence: Things you need to know

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning Tuesday morning for the entirety of the Carolina coast. Flood watchers have also been issued.  If you are inside the warning area, or a watch area you should put your preparation plan in place.  Here are some things you may need to know as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas. State of Emergency and Evacuations Many areas along the coast have issued voluntary or even mandatory evacuations…

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Florence: Things you need to know

Florence: Things you need to know

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – Hurricane Florence made landfall on Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14. The storm was predicted to linger in southeast North Carolina for several days, causing severe weather and flooding. Here are some things you may need to know as Hurricane Florence continues its assault on the region. State of Emergency and Evacuations A mandatory evacuation order was issued Saturday, Sept. 15 in Bladen County for residents living north of…

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Hurricane Florence: 'Life-Threatening' Storm Surge Watch Issued For Carolinas

Hurricane Florence: 'Life-Threatening' Storm Surge Watch Issued For Carolinas

WFAE’s Mark Rumsey spoke on Tuesday afternoon with WCNC-TV Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich about the projected path of Hurricane Florence, and how the storm might impact the Charlotte region. Updated: 6:30 a.m. The path of Hurricane Florence now appears to be south of Charlotte. WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich says that likely means more rain and increased threats of tornados. Meanwhile, Charlotte officials and hotels are busy preparing for the storm and the people who will…

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NCDOT works ahead of Hurricane Florence

NCDOT works ahead of Hurricane Florence

NCDOT crews preparing for Hurricane Florence. (source: NCDOT) Transportation officials getting equipment and gear ready as the storm grows closer. (source: NCDOT) Wilmington DOT maintenance engineer explains how transportation crews are making sure the roads are safe before, during and after the hurricane. (source: NCDOT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Officials with several departments with the state are working to prepare for Hurricane Florence, including transportation officials. According to a press release from NCDOT, employees are readying…

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NHRMC evacuates 'some patients who can travel' as Florence approaches

NHRMC evacuates 'some patients who can travel' as Florence approaches

New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), a level II trauma center hospital in Wilmington, NC, is transferring some patients as Hurricane Florence is set to strike. (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), a level II trauma center hospital in Wilmington, is transferring some patients as Hurricane Florence is set to strike. Patients are being transferred for their safety and to make sure there is enough staff working during the storm, said…

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Having a baby before a hurricane hits

Having a baby before a hurricane hits

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Having a baby is stressful enough, but having a baby during a hurricane? For most, it is unthinkable.  Paige Seitter, a Wilmington mother-to-be, is not due until Sept. 18, but she will be induced Tuesday morning ahead of Hurricane Florence.  Due to various medical conditions, Seitter and her team of doctors at New Hanover Regional Medical Center decided this was the best course of action.  A spokesperson for NHRMC said these…

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Getting prepared — the supplies you need for a hurricane

Getting prepared — the supplies you need for a hurricane

How to prepare before the storm hits:  Necessities Water. One gallon per person, per day — prepare for a minimum of three days. Battery-operated television or radio. Extra batteries Manual can opener Local maps Flashlights and waterproof matches Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger Toilet paper Baby supplies Cash (ATMs may not work after the storm) Rain gear/hat Bleach or water-purification tablets Soap and detergent Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for…

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Hurricane tips: Before, during and after the storm

Hurricane tips: Before, during and after the storm

Days before the storm  EQUIPMENT: Board up windows and glass doors, anchor loose yard objects or bring them inside and lock your doors. YOUR STUFF: Move furniture away from exposed doors and windows. Cover furniture, computers and electronics with plastic. Take photographs of your items in case you have to file a damage claim after the storm. YOUR LOCATION: Evacuate if told to do so. Map out your route using roads specified by local authorities….

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First Alert Forecast: dangerous Florence nearing Carolina coast

First Alert Forecast: dangerous Florence nearing Carolina coast

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence will produce major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings remain in place for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice.  A Hurricane Warning also remains in place for Bladen and Columbus counties until further…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence expected to make landfall Friday

First Alert Forecast: Florence expected to make landfall Friday

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence is producing major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Hurricane Warnings remain in place for all of southeastern North Carolina and Storm Surge Warnings are out for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice. TIMING: As Florence hovers off the…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach

First Alert Forecast: Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence is producing major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Hurricane Warnings remain in place for all of southeastern North Carolina and Storm Surge Warnings are out for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice. National Weather Service- issued…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence continues to rake across Southeastern North Carolina

First Alert Forecast: Florence continues to rake across Southeastern North Carolina

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence is producing major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Hurricane Warnings remain in place for all of southeastern North Carolina and Storm Surge Warnings are out for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice. National Weather Service-issued Flash…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence continues to rake across Southeastern North Carolina, now a tropical storm

First Alert Forecast: Florence continues to rake across Southeastern North Carolina, now a tropical storm

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence is producing major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Tropical Storm Warnings are in place for all of southeastern North Carolina and Storm Surge Warnings are out for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice. National Weather Service-issued Flash…

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First Alert Forecast: Tropical Storm Florence bringing heavy rains, flooding, tornado threat

First Alert Forecast: Tropical Storm Florence bringing heavy rains, flooding, tornado threat

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m. Friday. The Dangerous storm is now a Tropical Storm, but its producing major, if not devastating rain, wind and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued A Tornado Watch is in effect for all of southeast North Carolina until 7 a.m. Saturday. Tropical…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence a tropical depression, moving away from Cape Fear

First Alert Forecast: Florence a tropical depression, moving away from Cape Fear

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m. Friday and now torrential downpours, heavy flooding and the threat of tornadoes are continuing to wreak havoc on the region. The storm is now a tropical depression and despite weakening, remains a threat we can’t ignore. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Flash Flood Warnings continue for…

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First Alert Forecast: storm chances linger as Florence exits

First Alert Forecast: storm chances linger as Florence exits

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m. Friday. The storm is now a tropical depression and should move northward away from the Carolinas in the coming days. In the not too distant future, a front will work in once Florence departs, bringing some much needed high pressure and by comparison, “good weather”. MONDAY AND TUESDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Lingering scattered showers and storms will be possible as Florence, whether it be a…

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First Alert Forecast: dry days ahead, massive river flooding continues

First Alert Forecast: dry days ahead, massive river flooding continues

Highest regional impacts following Florence remain freshwater flooding around area rivers and tributaries. Many are slowly rising, and are expected to crest in the coming days. (Source: WECT) Drier air finally sweeps into SE NC for Wednesday. (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The remnants of Florence are now over New England and the National Hurricane Center has discontinued advisories. Late tonight a front will sweep out the last of the tropical moisture over southeast…

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Shelter information for Hurricane Florence

Shelter information for Hurricane Florence

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – NEW HANOVER COUNTY Five shelters are accepting residents in New Hanover County as of Thursday morning, according to county officials: Trask Middle School (pet friendly) Eaton Elementary School Codington Elementary Johnson Pre-K Center (full)  Noble Middle School County officials also announced that Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem is open as a shelter. According to officials, Garner High School, Southeast Raleigh High School, and Knightdale High School shelters in Wake…

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UPDATED: Shelter information for Hurricane Florence

UPDATED: Shelter information for Hurricane Florence

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – Some shelters are having to close due to impacts from Florence. Please look below for the latest information as things may have changed. NEW HANOVER COUNTY Five shelters are accepting residents in New Hanover County as of Thursday morning, according to county officials: Trask Middle School (pet friendly) – taking on water, moving people to Eaton Elementary Eaton Elementary School Codington Elementary Johnson Pre-K Center (full)  Noble Middle School County…

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Cooper: 'Best defense is good preparation' for Florence

Cooper: 'Best defense is good preparation' for Florence

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper has asked the president for a disaster declaration ahead of Hurricane Florence’s landfall.  The now-Category 4 hurricane is forecast to come ashore along the North or South Carolina coast late Thursday into Friday.  “North Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes. We are a resilient state. Storms and heavy wind and rain can affect the entire state,” Cooper said.  Cooper arrived in Wilmington Monday afternoon and spoke with officials at…

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Evacuations, states of emergency issued as Hurricane Florence approaches

Evacuations, states of emergency issued as Hurricane Florence approaches

SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) – NEW HANOVER COUNTY New Hanover County recommends a voluntary evacuation for the whole county while Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach have mandatory evacuations. Residents and visitors should be in a safe location before 8 p.m. Wednesday. Trask Middle School is open as a shelter. This is a pet co-location shelter and cats and dogs are welcome. No exotic animals. Limited food service will be provided for those seeking shelter. A…

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Officials: prepare now for Hurricane Florence

Officials: prepare now for Hurricane Florence

It’s still unclear whether the storm will hit Southeastern North Carolina. SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — It’s looking more likely that Hurricane Florence could impact the East Coast, and state and local officials are urging coastal North Carolinians to get prepared. Florence strengthened to Category 1 hurricane Sunday morning, according to an 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. The storm, about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, is projected to make landfall early Friday morning somewhere…

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HURRICANE Q&A

HURRICANE Q&A

HURRICANE Q&A Q: What’s the difference between a hurricane warning and a hurricane watch? A: A warning is more serious than a watch. A hurricane watch means a hurricane may threaten the area within 48 hours. A hurricane warning means sustained winds of 74 mph or stronger will likely strike a specific coastal area within 36 hours. Q: Does a higher category number mean a worse storm? A: Yes. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale rates storms…

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Coastal region now in Florence's cone of uncertainty

Coastal region now in Florence's cone of uncertainty

The tropical storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane late Saturday or early Sunday. WILMINGTON — At 11 a.m. Saturday, Southeastern North Carolina officially entered the cone of uncertainty for Tropical Storm Florence, which is on a track headed for the East Coast. By 5 p.m., the track for the tropical storm, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Saturday night or Sunday, had shifted slightly north, bringing its potential trajectory closer to the region. With the…

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3rd hurricane of season in Atlantic predicted by Sunday

3rd hurricane of season in Atlantic predicted by Sunday

Friday Aug 31, 2018 at 8:20 AM Potential Tropical Cyclone 6 is forecast to strengthen to Tropical Storm Florence on Friday and then a hurricane by Sunday morning. The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 6, which is forecast to strengthen to Tropical Storm Florence and then a hurricane by Sunday. It would be the third hurricane of the 2018 season, following Beryl and Chris. The potential tropical cyclone is in the far eastern Atlantic, about…

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Slow-moving storm drenches Ogden, floods roads

Slow-moving storm drenches Ogden, floods roads

By Cammie Bellamy StarNews Staff Wednesday Aug 15, 2018 at 5:04 PM Aug 15, 2018 at 6:10 PM Bright Leaf Road at Wendover Lane among streets closed due to high water NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Several roads in the Ogden and Middle Sound areas of New Hanover County are flooded after a brief but heavy storm Wednesday afternoon. New Hanover County emergency dispatchers said as of 4:45 p.m., police were closing Bright Leaf Road at Wendover Lane, behind Big Lots, due to standing water. Flooding…

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'Life threatening' currents, waves from Tropical Storm Chris off Carolina coast

'Life threatening' currents, waves from Tropical Storm Chris off Carolina coast

Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue said they rescued about 20 people from the ocean on Sunday. Tropical Storm Chris is stalled off the coast of the Carolinas, gathering strength to become a hurricane but not expected to make landfall. No hurricane or storm watches or warnings were posted Monday morning, but forecasters said Sunday that Chris will bring “life threatening” rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the East Coast. Minor beach erosion and ocean overwash…

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Tropical Storm Chris expected to strengthen, spare NC coast

Tropical Storm Chris expected to strengthen, spare NC coast

By Cammie Bellamy StarNews Staff Sunday Jul 8, 2018 at 5:57 PM Jul 8, 2018 at 7:47 PM The National Hurricane Center forecast the storm could become a hurricane Monday. N.C. COAST — Tropical Storm Chris is expected to strengthen to a hurricane Monday off the North Carolina coast, but is unlikely to cause problems on land. As of Sunday evening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Chris, which grew from a tropical depression to a tropical storm Sunday, was sitting 180 miles southeast of…

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NWS issues Tornado Warning for Pender and Sampson Counties until 11:45 am .

NWS issues Tornado Warning for Pender and Sampson Counties until 11:45 am .

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Tornado Warning for Pender and Sampson Counties until 11:45 a.m. If you are in the warned area, please take shelter immediately in an interior room and cover and protect your head. Stay tuned to WECT on air and online for the latest weather developments. Download the WECT Weather app in the Apple App or Google Play store for interactive radar, hour-by-hour forecasts and…

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NWS issues Tornado Warning for New Hanover County

NWS issues Tornado Warning for New Hanover County

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NWS issues Tornado Warning for Columbus and Bladen Counties

NWS issues Tornado Warning for Columbus and Bladen Counties

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Tornado Warning for Columbus and Bladen Counties. If you are in the warned area, please take shelter immediately in an interior room and cover and protect your head. Stay tuned to WECT on air and online for the latest weather developments. Download the WECT Weather app in the Apple App or Google Play store for interactive radar, hour-by-hour forecasts and watches and…

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NEWS NOW: Mobile medical care available in Wilmington for hurricane victims

NEWS NOW: Mobile medical care available in Wilmington for hurricane victims

(Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The UnitedHealth Group has set up a mobile clinic in Wilmington to help Hurricane Florence victims and Anita Bachmann, the CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s Community Plan North Carolina, will discuss the medical care the clinic provides with WECT’s Ashlea Kosikowski on News Now at 4:30 p.m.   >>Desktop users can see News Now at the top of this story. Mobile users can watch it here.<< Located at the Dreams Center at 901…

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NEWS NOW: Insurance camps can help hurricane victims file claims

NEWS NOW: Insurance camps can help hurricane victims file claims

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