Delta strengthens to Cat. 2, expected to hit Gulf Coast as major hurricane

Delta strengthens to Cat. 2, expected to hit Gulf Coast as major hurricane

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — Delta strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane on Tuesday, making it the ninth hurricane of the season. The storm is also the 25th named storm of the season. The storm is expected to intensify as it moves over warmer water and make landfall along the Gulf Coast as a major hurricane, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. When that happens, Delta will be the record 10th storm…

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Delta strengthens into hurricane as it moves toward Gulf of Mexico, could be first 'Greek name' hurricane to hit United States

Delta strengthens into hurricane as it moves toward Gulf of Mexico, could be first 'Greek name' hurricane to hit United States

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A newly formed tropical system in the Caribbean Sea strengthened into Hurricane Delta on Monday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Delta currently has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The forecast shows Delta moving into the Gulf of Mexico around Tuesday night or Wednesday. As of the 8 p.m. update, Hurricane Delta is moving 8 mph west-northwest. Delta…

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2020 Atlantic hurricane season already second most active in history

2020 Atlantic hurricane season already second most active in history

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is only three named storms away from becoming the most active hurricane season on record. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has brought twice the typical number of storms and is only three named storms away from becoming the most active hurricane season on record. With nearly two months left in the season, there is a high possibility it could happen. The hyperactive hurricane season has already exhausted the list of…

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Tropical Storm Gamma turns deadly as it inundates Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Tropical Storm Gamma turns deadly as it inundates Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Gamma lashed Mexico with inundating rain and damaging winds. The worst of Tropical Storm Gamma was in the rearview mirror on Monday as the storm continued to weaken off the northern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Yet, even in its weakened state, forecasters said it could produce some disruptive impacts through midweek. Over the weekend, Gamma lashed Mexico with inundating rain and damaging winds following its formation late Friday from Tropical Depression 25. According to…

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Tropical Storm Delta joins Gamma in busy hurricane season

Tropical Storm Delta joins Gamma in busy hurricane season

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Tropical storms Gamma and Delta (Photo: WWAY) MEXICO CITY (AP) — Deadly Tropical Storm Gamma has stalled just north of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, while a potentially more threatening Tropical Storm Delta has formed in the Caribbean. Forecasters say Delta will hit western Cuba and eventually the U.S. Gulf Coast, likely as a hurricane. – Advertisement – The track is widely uncertain five days out, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says…

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Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres

Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Deadly wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres this year, a new record for the number of acres burned in a single year. The previous record was two years ago when wildfires destroyed 1.67 million acres. – Advertisement – California fire officials said the state hit the fearsome milestone Sunday with about two months still left in the fire season. Lightning strikes in mid-August…

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Tropical Storm Delta forms, expected to bring rain to North Carolina

Tropical Storm Delta forms, expected to bring rain to North Carolina

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Raleigh, N.C. — Tropical Storm Delta formed Monday and could bring rain to North Carolina later this week. Tropical Depression 26 formed south of Jamaica on Sunday night. On Monday, it became a tropical storm. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the storm is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane over the next three days. Delta is expected to become a Cat. 1 hurricane on Wednesday and is likely to…

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Tropical Storm Delta forms in Caribbean Sea, forecast to strengthen into hurricane before hitting United States

Tropical Storm Delta forms in Caribbean Sea, forecast to strengthen into hurricane before hitting United States

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A newly formed tropical system in the Caribbean Sea strengthened into Tropical Storm Delta on Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Storm Delta currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, but those are expected to increase as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The forecast shows Delta moving into the Gulf of Mexico around Tuesday night or Wednesday. Around that same time, it is…

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Newly formed tropical system expected to become Hurricane Delta before hitting United States

Newly formed tropical system expected to become Hurricane Delta before hitting United States

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A newly formed tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea could hit Louisiana as a hurricane later this week, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Depression 26 formed Sunday night just south of Jamaica. It currently has sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. The system is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm later Monday. At that point, it would become Tropical Storm Delta. The forecast shows Delta moving into…

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Tropical Depression 26 forms, likely to approach the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane later this week

Tropical Depression 26 forms, likely to approach the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane later this week

Tropical Depression 26 formed in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday night with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The system is expected to become Tropical Storm Delta on Monday and will likely approach the northern Gulf Coast later this week as a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Depression 26 is currently 75 miles south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica. The system itself moving west-northwest at 9 mph with maximum gusts of 45 mph. We…

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Tropical Storm Gamma leaves 6 dead in southern Mexico

Tropical Storm Gamma leaves 6 dead in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY — At least 6 people died and thousands were evacuated in southeastern Mexico after Tropical Storm Gamma lashed the Yucatan Peninsula’s resort-studded coast with near-hurricane force winds and drenched Tabasco and Chiapas states, authorities said Sunday. Mexico’s civil defense agency said in a statement that four of the deaths, including two children, were in Chiapas, where a landslide on a mountainous slope buried their home. The other two deaths were in Tabasco state,…

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Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres burned

Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres burned

SAN FRANCISCO — Deadly wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres this year – more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in the state. California fire officials said the state hit the astonishing milestone Sunday with about two months remaining in the fire season. The previous record was set two years ago when wildfires destroyed 1.67 million acres (2,609 square miles). Flames have scorched…

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Strong Tropical Storm Gamma drenches Cancun area of Mexico

Strong Tropical Storm Gamma drenches Cancun area of Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Gamma hit the resort-dotted coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula at near-hurricane force on Saturday, flooding streets, knocking down vulnerable buildings and stranding people trying to return from outlying islands. The storm came ashore near Tulum with maximum sustained winds of nearly 70 mph (110 kph) — 4 mph (9 kph short of hurricane force), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. By night, winds had dipped to 60…

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Mountain flooding kills 2 in Italy, traps dozens in France

Mountain flooding kills 2 in Italy, traps dozens in France

By SYLVIE CORBET and COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press PARIS — Italian firefighters rescued 25 people trapped on the French side of a high mountain pass by severe flooding that killed two people in Italy, while 15 were stuck in a train station for the night and eight more remained missing Saturday in France. A storm that moved overnight across southeastern France into northwestern Italy caused major flooding on both sides of the border, destroying bridges,…

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Tropical Storm Gamma weakens as it moves over Yucatan Peninsula

Tropical Storm Gamma weakens as it moves over Yucatan Peninsula

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Tropical Storm Gamma made its way through the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday. It gained strength over Saturday but was not expected to impact the United States. It is also likely to fall apart after hitting the Gulf of Mexico waters again, meteorologist Zach Maloch said. Gamma strengthened from a Tropical Depression to a Tropical Storm on Friday. As of Saturday’s 8 p.m. report from the National Hurricane Center, the storm…

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Tropical Storm Gamma gains strength as it moves over Yucatan Peninsula

Tropical Storm Gamma gains strength as it moves over Yucatan Peninsula

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Tropical Storm Gamma made its way through the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday. It could become a hurricane soon as it continues to gain strength. It strengthened from a Tropical Depression to a Tropical Storm on Friday. As of Saturday’s 5 p.m. report from the National Hurricane Center, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving northwest at 9 mph. To become classified as a hurricane, a…

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Tropical Depression 25 strengthens, becomes Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Depression 25 strengthens, becomes Tropical Storm Gamma

By WRAL Severe Weather Center Tropical Storm Gamma made its way through the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday morning. It strengthened from a Tropical Depression to a Tropical Storm on Friday. As of Saturday morning, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving at a speed of 9 mph. To become classified as a hurricane, a storm needs to have maximum sustained winds of 74 mph. The storm is bringing showers and…

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Tropical Depression 25 becomes Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Depression 25 becomes Tropical Storm Gamma

By WRAL Severe Weather Center & the Associated Press The 25th tropical system of the season that formed in the western Caribbean became Tropical Storm Gamma on Friday night. As of the 8 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Gamma had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was heading northwest at 9 mph. It was about 135 miles south southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. Officials said Friday night Gamma is heading for Mexico’s Yucatan…

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Tropical Depression 25 forms in the Caribbean, likely to become Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Depression 25 forms in the Caribbean, likely to become Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Depression 25 formed in the northwest Caribbean Friday morning with sustained winds of 35 mph. The government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico from Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche and a Tropical Storm Watch south of Punta Herrero to Puerto Costa Maya and west of Cabo Catoche to Dzilam. The tropical depression could develop into a tropical storm as the system moves northwestward near the north…

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California milestone: 4 million acres burned in wildfires

California milestone: 4 million acres burned in wildfires

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Glass fire in Napa County, CA (Photo: CBS News) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Expected powerful winds didn’t materialize, allowing fire crews a chance to make some gains against a blaze in California’s wine country. But fire officials say winds of up to 30 mph (48 kph) are forecast to push through the hills of Napa and Sonoma counties into Saturday. – Advertisement – The Glass Fire, which exploded in size earlier…

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Boy sends Baby Yoda doll to help firefighters battle wildfires

Boy sends Baby Yoda doll to help firefighters battle wildfires

A team of firefighters in Oregon has a new member with Jedi powers helping them battle the ongoing fires. The force is with them thanks to 5-year-old Carver, who has a heart of gold. Carver, a young Star Wars fan, sent the Baby Yoda doll to the crews as part of a donation drive. According to WMTW, the 5-year-old wanted to help once he learned about the wildfires in his state. Part of his donation…

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4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ SAN FRANCISCO — Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in Northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. Officials said wind-whipped flames led two firefighters to deploy the emergency fire shelters they carry. The firefighters were assigned to the Glasser fire burning in wine country north of San Francisco Sunday when gusty off-shore winds fanned the fire, prompting them to deploy their fire shelters after flames overwhelmed them….

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Dog rescued from Northern California wildfire rides co-pilot with firefighters

Dog rescued from Northern California wildfire rides co-pilot with firefighters

SAN FRANCISCO — A friendly pup rescued from the Zogg Fire in Shasta County, California hopped right into the truck of a local CAL FIRE crew. Firefighters say the dog came out of one of the homes they were protecting, just west of Redding, and joined the efforts for the rest of the night. Fire crews gave the dog some water and and say he’s been with them since. According to the Haven Humane Society…

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Metallica to donate $250k to West Coast wildfire relief

Metallica to donate $250k to West Coast wildfire relief

SAN FRANCISCO — The band Metallica tweeted Tuesday that they plan to donate $250,000 to aid in West Coast fire relief efforts as a part of their #MetallicaGivesBack campaign in which they participate in and donate to various charity events. “This is the fourth consecutive year, dating back to the formation of the foundation, that All Within My Hands has activated to support fire relief: the critical local services component of our mission. This year,…

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Hot, dry conditions stoke devastating California wildfires

Hot, dry conditions stoke devastating California wildfires

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flames are devouring swaths of brush and trees in Northern California amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. High winds that spread new fires this week in the Napa and Sonoma wine country and in far northern California have been reduced to breezes but vegetation is still ripe for burning in high temperatures amid very low humidity. – Advertisement – The National Weather Service says Wednesday that the…

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Emerging East Pacific tropical storm to avoid Mexico, Hawaii

Emerging East Pacific tropical storm to avoid Mexico, Hawaii

Tropical Depression 18-E formed early Tuesday morning as it was spinning 670 miles south of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Although tropical activity in the Eastern Pacific has been taking a back seat compared to the Atlantic’s record pace, the basin has been active periodically and this week will be no exception. Tropical Depression 18-E formed early Tuesday morning as it was spinning 670 miles south of the southern tip of…

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Church members putting faith into action providing relief for Gulf Coast hurricane victims

Church members putting faith into action providing relief for Gulf Coast hurricane victims

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Several members of a New Hanover County church have returned home after spending several days in the Gulf Coast assisting residents impacted by Hurricane Laura. Last week, 10 members of Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church made the 15-hour trip to Alexandria, Louisiana, where they assisted 14 homeowners in need of help removing trees brought down by the powerful storm. They also assisted in putting tarps on three damaged roofs….

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Strong to severe storms and isolated flooding likely Tuesday

Strong to severe storms and isolated flooding likely Tuesday

By WRAL Weather Raleigh, N.C. — Strong to severe storms and isolated flooding are likely Tuesday before a pattern of cooler fall air sets in for the first days of October. Some showers are possible southeast of Raleigh throughout Tuesday morning, but the Triangle will see mostly fog and drizzle. By Tuesday evening, storm chances increase. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, strong storms could move in as early as 6 or 7 p.m. “You…

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Risk for flash flooding, severe storms this week before cool weather moves in

Risk for flash flooding, severe storms this week before cool weather moves in

By WRAL Weather Raleigh, N.C. — Thunderstorms and isolated flooding are likely for the next few days before a pattern of cooler fall air sets in for the rest of the work week. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, there is a 30% chance for rain and storms by late Monday afternoon, and highs will be in the low 80s. On Tuesday, the viewing area is under a Level 1 threat for severe weather, with…

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Heat wave forecast for wildfire-scarred West

Heat wave forecast for wildfire-scarred West

A heat dome will bring days of record-challenging temperatures to portions of the West this week. A heat dome will bring days of record-challenging temperatures to portions of the West this week, exactly the opposite of what the wildfire-stricken region needs. The latest outlook from the United States Drought Monitor shows that 92% of the western United States is suffering from some extent of dryness, with over 50% in the severe to exceptional drought category….

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California wildfires burn down buildings, prompt evacuations

California wildfires burn down buildings, prompt evacuations

NAPA COUNTY, CA. — Several buildings were set ablaze in Napa County, California on Sunday, as crews battled wildfires in the area. A mandatory evacuation was issued for some residents around St. Helena. Some structures were reduced to their foundations by the fires, which were spreading fast through the county known for its vineyards. Firefighters used aircraft to drop fire retardant and water over the flames, and the U.S. Forest Service announced on Friday that…

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Severe weather, flash flooding risks this week

Severe weather, flash flooding risks this week

By WRAL Weather Raleigh, N.C. — A cold-front moving into the region will bring heavy rain and even the potential for severe storms this week. ​Excessive rainfall could onset flooding across the viewing area Tuesday. Monday is going to be warmer than usual, with a high of 82 degrees. Then on Wednesday temperatures are back down again to 72 degrees, which is below the regular temperature for this time of year. Monday morning will start…

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Tornado warning, severe storms impact areas south and east of the Triangle

Tornado warning, severe storms impact areas south and east of the Triangle

Raleigh, N.C. — As part of the rain, storms and flash floods forecast for parts of NC this evening as the remnants of Beta pass over, a Tornado Warning was issued for Robeson County until 6:45 p.m. and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, and Moore counties until 7:15 p.m. Remnants from Beta will bring pockets of rain to us all evening on Friday. As of Friday afternoon, the Triangle…

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Eyewitness video shows apparent tornado on shore in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Eyewitness video shows apparent tornado on shore in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Frightening eyewitness video shows the moments an apparent tornado tore across the beach Friday afternoon in South Carolina. Footage from multiple angles shows beach umbrellas and other debris tossed through the air as the cell moved down the beach. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department said in a tweet that it happened around 74th Avenue N, adding that “there may be debris and other damage in the area.” They included photos of…

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Several road signs remain damaged nearly two months after Hurricane Isaias

Several road signs remain damaged nearly two months after Hurricane Isaias

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may have noticed some road signs are still down across the Cape Fear since Hurricane Isaias. Most of the impacted signs are fixed quickly, but a few have been damaged for months. – Advertisement – NCDOT says they repair the most important road signs first, and get to the others when they can. According to NCDOT division traffic engineer Jessi Leonard, the process relies heavily on…

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Confirmed tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach right along shore

Confirmed tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach right along shore

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A tornado touched down in Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon, local officials there confirm. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department published a photo of a thin tornado right along the shoreline of one of the state and nation’s most popular tourist destination. Other photos posted on Twitter and other social media platforms confirm that the funnel.  The twister apparently struck around 3:25 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The fire department said…

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Tornado Warning expires for Chesterfield County, South Carolina

Tornado Warning expires for Chesterfield County, South Carolina

A thunderstorm capable of producing A tornado was near McBee, South Carolina. MCBEE, S.C. — A tornado warning for Chesterfield County, South Carolina was allowed to expire at 4:30 p.m. Shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service had issued a Tornado Warning for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The warning was prompted by a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado that was located near Bethune and moving northeast at 20 mph towards McBee….

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Tornado Warning issued for Chesterfield County, South Carolina

Tornado Warning issued for Chesterfield County, South Carolina

A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is near McBee, South Carolina. MCBEE, S.C. — The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. At 3:56 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Cassatt, or 13 miles northwest of Bishopville, moving northeast at 20 mph. The warning is in effect until 4:30 p.m. The tornado warning also includes a portion of Kershaw County, South Carolina….

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Flash flooding possible Friday during widespread, all-day rain

Flash flooding possible Friday during widespread, all-day rain

Raleigh, N.C. — Remnants from Beta will bring all-day rain to North Carolina on Friday, and much of the viewing area is under a risk for flash flooding. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, scattered showers are likely for the morning commute, then scattered showers and storms will stay with us on and off throughout the entire day. The heaviest rain will fall in the late afternoon. While some thunderstorms will be possible, severe weather…

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What records have been broken so far this hurricane season?

What records have been broken so far this hurricane season?

While this isn’t the most active hurricane season on record yet, it’s on pace to become it. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been busy to say the least. Sometimes it feels like every week there’s a new record people are saying has been broken.  But exactly what records has it broken? And what is it on pace for? WHAT WE FOUND Currently, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is not the most active season on…

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Local church helps Hurricane Laura victims

Local church helps Hurricane Laura victims

Louisiana during Hurricane Laura (WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church headed to Alexandria, Louisiana yesterday to help Hurricane Laura victims. Pastor John McIntyre gathered together ten church volunteers and today they’ve been hard at work, cutting down trees and removing debris. – Advertisement – So far they’ve helped several homeowners and local business owners get back on their feet. When a tree fell on her insurance business, Bridgette Jackson says she…

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Rain, some flooding expected from Beta's remnants

Rain, some flooding expected from Beta's remnants

Raleigh, N.C. — Remnants from Beta will bring rain to much of North Carolina late Thursday and most of Friday. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Thursday will be a mostly cloudy day with scattered, light rain. The chance for rain rises from 20% Thursday afternoon to 50% by Thursday night as tropical moisture moves into our area. Our rain chances will increase Friday as the core of Beta’s remnants will move into central North Carolina….

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Warming Atlantic gives hurricanes more energy

Warming Atlantic gives hurricanes more energy

By Aimee Wilmoth, WRAL meteorologist The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is already the second most active on record with 68 days left to go. We have already had to use the Greek alphabet for names as we have exhausted all of the other names. The only other year we have done this is 2005. That was a record-breaking year with 31 tropical or subtropical cyclones and 27 named storms. 2020 is outpacing 2005. Beta became…

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Tropical Storm Beta stalls along Texas coast, brings floods

Tropical Storm Beta stalls along Texas coast, brings floods

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Beta stalled out Tuesday along the Texas coast, flooding streets in Houston and Galveston hours after making landfall amid an unusually busy hurricane season. The storm made landfall late Monday just north of Port O’Connor, Texas, and has the distinction of being the first time a storm named for a Greek letter made landfall in the continental United States. Forecasters ran out of traditional storm…

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Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall, becoming first Greek letter named storm to hit continental USA

Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall, becoming first Greek letter named storm to hit continental USA

HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Beta made landfall on the upper Texas coast Monday night. Early Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beta was 35 miles north northwest of the city with maximum winds of 40 mph. Beta is the ninth named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. this year. That tied a record set in 1916, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. Beta is the first Greek letter named…

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