NOAA predicts above average Atlantic hurricane season, releases storm names

NOAA predicts above average Atlantic hurricane season, releases storm names

For the seventh consecutive year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2022. The NOAA’s 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook predicts 14 to 21 named storms, meaning winds 39 mph or higher, with 14 being the average. “NOAA is predicting an above normal 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which would make this year the seventh consecutive above normal season,” NOAA Administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad said. “Specifically, there’s a 65%…

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NOAA predicts above-average hurricane season with 14-21 named storms

NOAA predicts above-average hurricane season with 14-21 named storms

Of those, six to 10 storms are forecast to be of hurricane strength, and a handful reach major hurricane status. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting yet another above-average hurricane season — the seventh consecutive year — heading into the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. Its announcement comes just days after the National Hurricane Center (NHC) started tracking what was the first area of disturbed tropical weather in the Gulf…

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NOAA releases 2022 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, predicts another above-average season

NOAA releases 2022 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, predicts another above-average season

May 24, 2022 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Following a very busy 2021 hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is calling for another active year. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, are predicting above-average hurricane activity this year — which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. NOAA’s outlook for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30, predicts a…

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Hundreds without power in Durham, Chapel Hill after downed trees, storm damage

Hundreds without power in Durham, Chapel Hill after downed trees, storm damage

By WRAL News Chapel Hill, N.C. — Hundreds of customers in Durham and Chapel Hill were without power Tuesday morning after severe storms with downpours and strong winds brought down trees Monday evening. Statewide, more than 4,000 were without power, according to Duke Energy’s outage map at 8 a.m. Residents on Tuesday were cleaning up after severe weather ripped through the Triangle, leaving some neighborhoods in shambles. Durham and parts of Orange County were some…

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Thousands still without power in Chapel Hill after downed trees, storm damage

Thousands still without power in Chapel Hill after downed trees, storm damage

By Julian Grace, WRAL anchor/reporter and Aaron Thomas, WRAL reporter More than 3,000 customers in the Chapel Hill area were without power Tuesday morning after severe storms with downpours and strong winds brought down trees Monday evening. Residents on Tuesday were cleaning up after severe weather ripped through the Triangle, leaving some neighborhoods in shambles. Durham and parts of Orange County were some of the hardest hit areas, with numerous trees down onto houses and…

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Thousands lose power after strong storms, flooding possible Tuesday

Thousands lose power after strong storms, flooding possible Tuesday

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — People in the Triangle woke up without power on Tuesday morning after another round of severe storms. The storms brought flooding rains, forced trees onto homes and a lightning strike could be to blame for a fire that left several people without a place to stay in Chapel Hill. People in the Grove Park neighborhood in Durham are going to be busy cleaning up Tuesday. Wind took off the tops of…

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Cleanup continues after severe weather moves through the region

Cleanup continues after severe weather moves through the region

A second round of storms moved through the area Monday evening, bringing damaging winds. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thousands of people were without power after strong storms moved through the Charlotte area Monday afternoon and evening. Power has since been restored for most of the area.   At least one possible tornado caused damage in the Reedy Creek neighborhood of east Charlotte. As the storm moved north and east, it continued to topple trees and powerlines as…

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Downed trees, power outages, flooding follow severe weather Monday

Downed trees, power outages, flooding follow severe weather Monday

Severe storms wreacked havoc as they made their way through central North Carolina on Monday afternoon. Wind damage and heavy rain pounded the Triangle, with reports of downed trees and power outages all across the area. Lawns and roads across central North Carolina were scattered with branches, limbs and even full trees. A tree on Hamilton Road, about a mile and a half away from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, snapped in…

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Strong storms push into central North Carolina bringing heavy rain, wind, possible tornados

Strong storms push into central North Carolina bringing heavy rain, wind, possible tornados

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A strong line of storms pushing east into central North Carolina are causing severe weather alerts to pop up around the region. Click here to view the latest weather alerts. A tornado warning was issued just before 3 p.m. for parts of Chatham, Lee and Moore counties. That warning lasts until 3:30 p.m. LIVE RADAR This line of storms is associated with a cold front moving into the area. This will…

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Tornado warning issued for Rowan, Stanly counties

Tornado warning issued for Rowan, Stanly counties

Storm damage has been reported near Reedy Creek Park in Charlotte following a severe storm. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings impacting Rowan and Stanly counties in North Carolina.  The severe thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado and damaging winds is moving northeast at 30 mph. At 2:15 p.m., a thunderstorm cabable of producing a tornado was moving north away from Misenheimer, New London, and Albemarle. RAH issues Tornado Warning…

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Tornado warning issued for Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly counties

Tornado warning issued for Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly counties

Storm damage has been reported near Reedy Creek Park in Charlotte following a severe storm. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings impacting Rowan and Stanly counties in North Carolina.  The severe thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado and damaging winds is moving northeast at 30 mph. At 2:15 p.m., a thunderstorm cabable of producing a tornado was moving north away from Misenheimer, New London, and Albemarle. RAH issues Tornado Warning…

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Tornado warning issued for Cabarrus, Stanly counties

Tornado warning issued for Cabarrus, Stanly counties

Storm damage has been reported near Reedy Creek Park in Charlotte following a severe storm. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings impacting Cabarrus and Stanly counties in North Carolina.  Two severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes and damaging winds are each moving northeast parallel to Interstate 85.  One storm will impact portions of Albemarle, Badin Lake, Eldorado, Badin, Fish Tales Marina, Finger, and Richfield.  RAH issues Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR…

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Tornado warning issued for Cabarrus County

Tornado warning issued for Cabarrus County

The Charlotte metro will likely see heavy rain with the threat of damaging winds and flash flooding across the Carolinas Monday afternoon. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A storm system will bring the threat of heavy rain, strong thunderstorms and flash flooding to the Charlotte area Monday afternoon and evening, chief meteorologist Brad Panovich said.  Panovich said the storm system that will move into the Carolinas formed over the Gulf of Mexico and at one point had…

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SEVERE WEATHER: How to share your photos with WCNC Charlotte's Weather Team

SEVERE WEATHER: How to share your photos with WCNC Charlotte's Weather Team

You can now share photos and videos of news spotted in your neighborhood right in the WCNC Charlotte app, through a new feature called “Near Me.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As severe weather hits the Carolinas, WCNC Charlotte wants to make it easy to share photos and videos you take so the news team can feature your content on-air and online.  A new feature in the WCNC Charlotte app, called “Near Me,” allows you to send tips, photos and…

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Here's how you can share your severe weather photos with WCNC Charlotte

Here's how you can share your severe weather photos with WCNC Charlotte

You can now share photos and videos of news spotted in your neighborhood right in the WCNC Charlotte app, through a new feature called “Near Me.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As severe weather hits the Carolinas, WCNC Charlotte wants to make it easy to share photos and videos you take so the news team can feature your content on-air and online.  A new feature in the WCNC Charlotte app, called “Near Me,” allows you to send tips, photos and…

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400 new gauges allow NCDOT to monitor flooding in real time on 15K bridges, 3K miles of roadway

400 new gauges allow NCDOT to monitor flooding in real time on 15K bridges, 3K miles of roadway

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A new flood warning system will help NC Department of Transportation monitor road flooding during the next big storm. The system allows NCDOT to monitor flood levels from 400 different gauges on area rivers and streams. Those gauges will help NCDOT more quickly respond to areas where flood waters are threatening bridges, roads or culverts. In addition to helping NCDOT and local emergency officials more quickly respond to dangerous problem areas,…

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Heavy rain floods parts of India, Bangladesh

Heavy rain floods parts of India, Bangladesh

By The Associated Press DHAKA, Bangladesh — Pre-monsoon deluges have flooded parts of India and Bangladesh, killing at least 24 people in recent weeks and sending 90,000 people into shelters, authorities said Monday. Both heavily populated nations in South Asia are prone to frequent floods and are considered major victims of climate change. The deaths have been reported since April 6 in India’s northeastern region, with Assam state continuing to experience floods. Those who have…

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Zibanejad leads Rangers to 3-1 win over Hurricanes in Game 3

Zibanejad leads Rangers to 3-1 win over Hurricanes in Game 3

NEW YORK — Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist, Igor Shesterkin stopped 43 shots, and the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Sunday in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series. Chris Kreider and Tyler Motte also scored as the Rangers cut their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven matchup. Game 4 is Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. It was just the Rangers’ second win against Carolina in the teams’…

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Police: Nearly all power restored in Gaylord after tornado

Police: Nearly all power restored in Gaylord after tornado

By The Associated Press GAYLORD, Mich. — Nearly all of the power lost following a deadly tornado that killed two people and flattened parts of a northern Michigan community has been restored, state police said Sunday. Police also said that everyone has been accounted for in Gaylord where Friday afternoon’s EF3 also left more than 40 people injured. Authorities had said Saturday that they were not able to account for one person. Cleanup continued Sunday…

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At least 2 dead, 44 injured after tornado strikes northern Michigan

At least 2 dead, 44 injured after tornado strikes northern Michigan

May 21, 2022 Credit: Michigan State Police / Twitter MICHIGAN (ABC NEWS) — Two people are dead, multiple people were injured and “heavy damage” reported after a destructive tornado tore through northern Michigan Friday afternoon, authorities said. The National Weather Service said the tornado has been given a preliminary rating of EF-3. Peak winds were estimated to be up to 140 mph. 6,500 homes are without power in Gaylord with some also without power in…

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Rare northern Michigan tornado kills 1, injures more than 40

Rare northern Michigan tornado kills 1, injures more than 40

By JOHN FLESHER and ED WHITE, Associated Press GAYLORD, Mich. — A rare northern Michigan tornado tore through a small community on Friday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 40 others as it flipped vehicles, tore roofs from buildings and downed trees and power lines. The twister hit Gaylord, a city of about 4,200 people roughly 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, at around 3:45 p.m. Mike Klepadlo, who owns the…

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Smith, Raanta, Hurricanes top Rangers for 2-0 series lead

Smith, Raanta, Hurricanes top Rangers for 2-0 series lead

RALEIGH, N.C. — Brendan Smith scored a shorthanded goal late in the second period while Antti Raanta finished with 21 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Friday night, taking a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series. Smith’s goal off a feed from Sebastian Aho marked his first postseason goal in nine years, and it was the difference in a tightly defended game by both teams with little…

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SC deputy convicted in death of 2 mental health patients during Hurricane Florence

SC deputy convicted in death of 2 mental health patients during Hurricane Florence

By Kristin Nelson, Patrick Lloyd and Michael Owens, WMBF News Conway, S.C. — A former South Carolina deputy has been convicted in the deaths of two mental health patients. Stephen Flood, an ex-deputy with Horry County, was found guilty Thursday on all counts, including two counts each of reckless homicide and two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Nicolette Green, from Myrtle Beach, and Wendy Newton, Shallote, North Carolina. Flood was transporting the…

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Storm damage: Roof ripped off Wilson County home, massive tree falls in Garner

Storm damage: Roof ripped off Wilson County home, massive tree falls in Garner

By Lora Lavigne, WRAL reporter Lucama, N.C. — Thousands of customers were without power in Wake and Wilson counties Friday morning, and strong winds ripped the roof off a Lucama home overnight. While not everyone experienced damage from overnight thunderstorms, areas east of Wake County are feeling the biggest impacts Friday morning. In Lucama, winds ripped the metal roof off a mobile home on Bass Road. Panels came off the home and blew across the…

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Cole's OT goal lift Hurricanes past Rangers for Game 1 win

Cole's OT goal lift Hurricanes past Rangers for Game 1 win

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ian Cole beat Igor Shesterkin at 3:12 of overtime to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night and take Game 1 of their second-round playoff series. The defenseman’s second career playoff goal capped a late comeback by the Hurricanes after they trailed most of the night. Sebastian Aho finally pushed one past Shesterkin in the final minutes of the third period to send the game into OT….

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After decades of neighborhood flooding, redesigned creek debuts in Charlotte's Hidden Valley

After decades of neighborhood flooding, redesigned creek debuts in Charlotte's Hidden Valley

A redesign at the headwaters of the Little Sugar Creek, along with a new garden, is intended to resolve an ongoing flooding problem in the neighborhood. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After years of neighborhood flooding, and a recent grant to seek a solution, a newly redesigned stream and wetlands have debuted in Charlotte’s Hidden Valley neighborhood.  Hidden Valley neighborhood is located in the northern part of Charlotte. It was developed in the early 1960s and suffered…

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'Mere coincidence': Brad Panovich explains why the sky is sometimes green before a tornado

'Mere coincidence': Brad Panovich explains why the sky is sometimes green before a tornado

Summer in the Carolinas means a greater threat of severe weather. Are there signs in the sky that indicate a tornado is imminent? CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As we move closer to summer, that means more severe storms across the Carolinas, but are there signs in the sky you can point to in order to know if severe weather’s on the way?  Everyone knows the famous scenes from “Twister” and “The Wizard of Oz” that showed…

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VERIFY: Does the sky turn green before a tornado?

VERIFY: Does the sky turn green before a tornado?

Summer in the Carolinas means a greater threat of severe weather. Are there signs in the sky that indicate a tornado is imminent? CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As we move closer to summer, that means more severe storms across the Carolinas, but are there signs in the sky you can point to in order to know if severe weather’s on the way?  Everyone knows the famous scenes from “Twister” and “The Wizard of Oz” that showed…

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Carolina Hurricanes restricting ticket sales to solidify home ice advantage

Carolina Hurricanes restricting ticket sales to solidify home ice advantage

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Carolina Hurricanes are serving up some controversy before round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins Wednesday night in Raleigh. The team is restricting ticket sales to games at PNC Arena, only to residents of the Carolinas and southern Virginia. That is determined by the credit card billing address. Orders outside the region will be canceled without notice, but refunds will be given. The policy is not unheard of and…

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Heavy rains trigger floods in northeast India, killing 11

Heavy rains trigger floods in northeast India, killing 11

By WASBIR HUSSAIN, Associated Press GAUHATI, India — At least 11 people have died in floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in India’s remote northeast region, officials said Tuesday. Several railway stations were closed because of floods, said Nazreen Ahmed, a senior official in Assam’s Dima Hasao district. She said nearly 200,000 people in the district were cut off from the rest of the state as roads and bridges were either blocked by landslides…

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Carolina Hurricanes to face New York Rangers in 2nd round of playoffs

Carolina Hurricanes to face New York Rangers in 2nd round of playoffs

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Carolina Hurricanes will face the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game one will be in Raleigh on Wednesday at PNC Arena. Game time is at 7 p.m. Game two is taking place on Friday with the puck dropping at 8 p.m. The series then moves to New York for games three and four. Game three is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and game four…

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'It's awesome': Record 19,513 fans pack PNC Arena for Hurricanes win Game 7 over Bruins

'It's awesome': Record 19,513 fans pack PNC Arena for Hurricanes win Game 7 over Bruins

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Loudest House in the NHL lived up to its billing Saturday afternoon, as 19,513 fans, the most ever for a Hurricanes home game, packed PNC Arena for the team’s pivotal Game 7. After a tightly-contested start, Carolina broke through with a Teuvo Teravainen goal with 1:24 minutes left in the first period, burying a pass from Jacob Slavin. To start the second, the Hurricanes failed to convert on a 4-minute…

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Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in game 7

Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in game 7

BOSTON, MA — The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in game seven. The Canes will move ahead to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs This is a breaking story. Check back for further game details shortly. -previous story- The players dream of it. The fans look forward to it. Game 7. And on Saturday, there will be three of them. The NHL is wrapping up the first round of the playoffs…

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Bruins back home, beat Hurricanes 5-2 to force 7th game

Bruins back home, beat Hurricanes 5-2 to force 7th game

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins earned themselves a seventh game with another dominating performance at home. The problem: The clincher will be at Carolina, where the Hurricanes have been just as unbeatable. “Everybody loves a Game 7,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said after the Bruins won 5-2 on Thursday night to even their first-round playoff series against Carolina at three games apiece. “We’d rather be at home, I’m not going to lie to you. “But…

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Hurricanes playoff games, other large-scale events could be behind surge in COVID cases in Wake County

Hurricanes playoff games, other large-scale events could be behind surge in COVID cases in Wake County

By Chelsea Donovan, WRAL reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Dozens of Carolina Hurricanes fans have taken to social media in an uproar, with many saying they caught COVID after attending last week’s playoff games, which were packed with at least 20,000 screaming fans. Masks are considered optional inside the PNC Arena. One woman posted on Twitter that she, her husband, and at least 12 other people came down with COVID after attending the game. Travis O’Neal,…

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Weather IQ: 3 severe weather clouds you need to know how to spot

Weather IQ: 3 severe weather clouds you need to know how to spot

Knowledge is one of the best things that can keep you safe during severe weather. These three clouds identify a strong to severe thunderstorm. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When it comes to severe weather, it is helpful to know what to look out for when the skies turn dark. The more we know when it comes to severe weather, the safer we will be.  Here are 3 clouds you need to know about to help you…

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Hurricanes dominate Bruins, move 1 game shy of advancing in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Hurricanes dominate Bruins, move 1 game shy of advancing in Stanley Cup Playoffs

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a dismantling of the Boston Bruins. The Canes returned to Raleigh after dropping the last two games in Boston. The power of home ice seemed to be just what the doctor ordered for Carolina. On offense and defense, the Hurricanes looks completely dominant on all aspects of the game. The team took an early 2-0…

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DEQ accepting applications for $18 Million to restore beaches from coastal storm damage

DEQ accepting applications for $18 Million to restore beaches from coastal storm damage

May 10, 2022 RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting project applications from local governments for coastal storm damage mitigation projects. According to the department, $18 million has been allocated to the Division of Water Resources’ Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund. Funding may only be used for costs associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes, and other projects to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to the ocean beaches and…

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EF-1 tornado aftermath: Rockingham County rallies to clean up debris and damage

EF-1 tornado aftermath: Rockingham County rallies to clean up debris and damage

Clean-up will take days, even weeks following the tornado that ripped through parts of Rockingham County on Friday. ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — The clean-up continues after an EF-1 tornado struck Rockingham County Friday night. Damage is extensive around the county. The efforts to clear debris is an all-hands-on-deck situation. There are still no reports of any injuries according to the sheriff and community members are coming together to help those in need. “We have had…

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Community rallies to clean up after EF-1 tornado hits Rockingham County

Community rallies to clean up after EF-1 tornado hits Rockingham County

Clean-up will take days, even weeks following the tornado that ripped through parts of Rockingham County on Friday. ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — The clean-up continues after an EF-1 tornado struck Rockingham County Friday night. Damage is extensive around the county. The efforts to clear debris is an all-hands-on-deck situation. There are still no reports of any injuries according to the sheriff and community members are coming together to help those in need. “We have had…

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Hurricane season starts June 1, but 1st named storm could come sooner

Hurricane season starts June 1, but 1st named storm could come sooner

By Mike Maze, WRAL meteorologist Is the 2022 hurricane season going to be off to an early start just like it has over the past seven years? The odds are in favor that. Even though hurricane season officially begins on June 1, we could see our first named storm this month. We already have our eyes on two weak systems, one off the southeast coast and another weak wave off the coast of Africa. The National…

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Brunswick County officials hold hurricane conference to prepare for this season

Brunswick County officials hold hurricane conference to prepare for this season

May 9, 2022 BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The 2022 hurricane season officially begins in just over 3 weeks on June 1st, but local officials say now is the time to begin preparing. A hurricane conference was held today at Brunswick Community College in Brunswick County, discussing ways residents can stay safe this year. “You can tell the communities that plan ahead and those that do not,” Commissioner Randy Thompson said. Thompson says past hurricanes have…

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New Mexico residents brace for extreme wildfire conditions

New Mexico residents brace for extreme wildfire conditions

By CEDAR ATTANASIO and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LAS VEGAS, N.M. — With the worst of the thick wildfire smoke having blown out of town, residents of this small northern New Mexico city tried to recapture a sense of normalcy Saturday as their rural neighbors hunkered down amid predictions of extreme fire conditions. Shops and restaurants reopened, the historic center was no longer just populated by firefighters, but there was a widely felt sense of…

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Report: Tornado in Rockingham Co. leaves severe damage

Report: Tornado in Rockingham Co. leaves severe damage

First responders found downed trees, blocked roadways, powerlines down, and trees on houses. ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A tornado ripped through Rockingham County Friday. County officials said a tornado warning went into effect around 7:20 p.m. Communications got the first calls about damage about 22 minutes later. Saturday afternoon, the depths of the destruction left behind were clear on Sunset View Road. Trees and power lines were snapped like twigs. Neighbors were taking stock of…

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EF1 tornado tears through Orange County, severe weather pelts central NC

EF1 tornado tears through Orange County, severe weather pelts central NC

By Cory Dinkel, WRAL multiplatform producer and Leslie Moreno, WRAL multimedia journalist Mebane, N.C. — Severe storms, including an EF1 tornado in Orange County, caused damage Friday evening across central North Carolina. Three buildings in Orange County sustained damage from heavy winds that could have been the result of a tornado, according to Orange County leaders. While it is not a confirmed tornado by the NWS, Orange County Emergency Services Director Kirby Saunders said several…

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