More severe weather forecast in Midwest as Iowa residents clean up tornado damage

More severe weather forecast in Midwest as Iowa residents clean up tornado damage

GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Storms downed trees and power lines in Iowa early Friday, days after a destructive tornado ripped apart more than 100 homes in one small town, took the lives of four residents and injured at least 35 more. The National Weather Service’s Quad Cities office in Davenport Iowa, warned Friday morning that people should be ready to shift plans and expect the rapid onset of thunderstorms as a fast-moving line of storms…

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Preparing food for hurricane season: Essential food and water strategies for emergencies

Preparing food for hurricane season: Essential food and water strategies for emergencies

As you prepare for hurricane season, keep in mind the basics – food and water. A hurricane’s high winds can knock out power, even as far inland as the Triangle. So, it makes sense to have a supply of non-perishable food and fresh water on hand. Here’s what you need to know to prepare food before, during and after a hurricane passes or dissipates. Prepare food and water before hurricane hits Stock up on food…

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Hurricane season 2024: NOAA forecast is highest number of storms ever predicted

Hurricane season 2024: NOAA forecast is highest number of storms ever predicted

Prepare for a busy hurricane season. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) issued a forecast on Thursday that says there is an 85 percent chance of more named storms, more hurricanes and more major hurricanes than the average. NOAA 2024 hurricane forecast The forecast, for is the greatest number ever predicted by NOAA in a May outlook. The forecast for a busy season is in line with forecasts from North Carolina State and Colorado…

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Hurricane survival kit: How to keep your family safe when a hurricane hits

Hurricane survival kit: How to keep your family safe when a hurricane hits

Hurricanes are powerful storms that can cause significant damage. Having a hurricane survival kit prepared can help you and your family stay safe and comfortable if a hurricane hits. Putting together a hurricane “survival kit”? Here are three-day and 14-day checklists of items you’ll want to include. Be sure to check out the WRAL video of some items you might not be aware you will need if you’re without food, clean water or electricity. Three-day…

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How sewage floods at home turned into nightmares for Raleigh families

How sewage floods at home turned into nightmares for Raleigh families

From the pictures, it looks like someone scattered potting soil all over Katherine Bryant and Paul Sullivan’s home and sprayed water over it. But the reality is sewage overflowed from the drains in their home, saturating their carpet, destroying their wood floors and clogging their HVAC system. “In those original pictures you saw that black river, this is exactly where it was,” said Bryant as she pointed out her now restored master bedroom and bathroom….

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Tornado damage reported in southern NC after Tuesday's severe storms

Tornado damage reported in southern NC after Tuesday's severe storms

The National Weather Service has confirmed several tornadoes in southern North Carolina on Tuesday. According to the Wilmington NWS: EF-0 tornado damage was found in Columbus County near Red Store Road and Old Lumberton Road EF-0 tornado damage was found in Bladen County near Baldwin-Elkins Road and N.C. Highway 211 EF-1 tornado damage (90 mph) was found in the city of Marion A tornado was confirmed in Robeson County between Pembroke and Red Springs Additionally,…

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Residents begin clean up after storms, apparent tornado roll through NC Tuesday

Residents begin clean up after storms, apparent tornado roll through NC Tuesday

Storms Tuesday moved through central North Carolina and produced heavy rain and tornado warnings. Heavy rain hit Wake County and surrounding counties, causing crashes and backing up traffic for several hours in Cumberland County. Wake County was under a flash flood warning during the storms, with some areas reporting at least two inches of rain and minor street flooding. One accident brought U.S. 64 near the Walnut Street exit to a standstill. The weather also…

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NC State researchers find increased fecal contamination in coastal waters due to sunny day flooding

NC State researchers find increased fecal contamination in coastal waters due to sunny day flooding

High tide on your next beach trip might wash up fecal bacteria. A new NC State study examined how “sunny day flooding” is impacting water quality at the coast. Sunny day flooding, also called high tide flooding or nuisance flooding, happens on clear days with no rain when high tides overflow inland. Researchers say the frequency and severity of tidal flooding is increasing on North Carolina’s coast due to land sinking, groundwater drilling, changes in…

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Why leaders are urging NC residents to start hurricane prep now

Why leaders are urging NC residents to start hurricane prep now

Hurricane season runs from June to November, with the most hurricanes occurring in August, September and October. Leaders are encouraging residents to start preparing now, before a storm strikes. Forecasters expect a busy hurricane season this year, fueled by climate change making extreme weather more frequent and severe. Warmer oceans provide more energy for hurricanes to form and strengthen, making them more powerful. Also, changes in atmospheric conditions can make storms more likely to form…

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One person killed during severe weather Wednesday in Gaston County

One person killed during severe weather Wednesday in Gaston County

One person was killed Wednesday as stomrs rolled through southwestern North Carolina. According to the Gaston County Emergency Management and Fire Services, first responders responded to multiple calls and a tree fell on a car. The New Hope Fire Department was able to get one person out of the car, but one person died. Gaston County EMS said in total they responded to over 1200 service related calls related to weather. Severe weather rolled through…

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What is storm surge? Rising water and flooding the most deadly parts of a hurricane

What is storm surge? Rising water and flooding the most deadly parts of a hurricane

What is storm surge, and how serious is it? You’ve heard WRAL meteorologists discuss storm surge and the damage high water levels can cause, especially during major hurricanes. As it turns out, storm surge can be the most deadly part of a hurricane. What is storm surge? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines storm surge as the rise in seawater level caused solely by a storm. When combined with normal tides, storm surge…

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Turn around, don't drown: Water on roads a killer during hurricane season

Turn around, don't drown: Water on roads a killer during hurricane season

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has a life-saving message: “Turn Around; Don’t Drown.” This slogan is especially important after a hurricane, when floodwaters linger long after the wind and waves subside. The deceptive calm that follows a storm often tempts residents to venture out and assess the damage. However, most hurricane deaths and injuries happen inland, when people attempt to drive through flooded roads. Even a shallow amount of water can be dangerous. Dirty…

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Two Fayetteville homes damaged in fire near Ramsey Street

Two Fayetteville homes damaged in fire near Ramsey Street

Two Fayetteville homes were damaged in a fire early Wednesday morning. Around 3 a.m., the Fayetteville Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at on Mary Street near Ramsey Street. When fire crews arrived, flames could be seen coming from a single-story home. The fire department said a second home was also affected by the fire. Crews are currently working to bring both fires under control. The fire department said the home that…

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Two Fayetteville homes damaged in fire

Two Fayetteville homes damaged in fire

Two Fayetteville homes were damaged in a fire early Wednesday morning. Around 3 a.m., the Fayetteville Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at on Mary Street near Ramsey Street. When fire crews arrived, flames could be seen coming from a single-story home. The fire department said a second home was also affected by the fire. Crews are currently working to bring both fires under control. The fire department said the home that…

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