Hurricane Florence: More than 185,000 in North Carolina without power

Hurricane Florence: More than 185,000 in North Carolina without power

Thousands are without power in North Carolina as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached the coast.As of 3 a.m., Friday, 185,312 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. WATCH: Useful tips if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta Florence is expected to make landfall…

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The Latest: ‘Catastrophic’ flooding expected in Carolinas

The Latest: ‘Catastrophic’ flooding expected in Carolinas

The Associated Press WILMINGTON, N.C. The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 2 a.m. The National Hurricane Center says that “catastrophic” freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast. The storm’s intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 mph (135 kph) by nightfall. But that, combined with the storm’s slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Gov. Roy Cooper…

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Florence’s onslaught could cue disaster in North Carolina

Florence’s onslaught could cue disaster in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say conditions will only worsen as the hulking storm slogs inland. Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence’s leading edge whipped the Carolina coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas. The storm’s intensity…

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Florence will pose fatal threat for days

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Florence will pose fatal threat for days

Hurricane Florence’s winds may have weakened, but this is still no “minor” storm . Water is a hurricane’s deadliest threat, and forecasters say Florence packs a catastrophic amount of it. Officials have been begging hold-outs in evacuation zones to seek shelter, including a police chief on a barrier island in Florence’s bull’s-eye who asked for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused warnings to leave. BY THE NUMBERS —Big storm: about 400 miles…

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Hurricane Florence disrupts Friday flights at RDU

Hurricane Florence disrupts Friday flights at RDU

RDU (WTVD) — For Friday, RDU expects about half of its scheduled flights to be canceled because of effects from Hurricane Florence. This number could increase depending on the weather. MORE: Full coverage of Hurricane Florence Here is the latest information, but check with your airline before going to the airport, as your flight status could change quickly. Air Canada: No flights on Friday. Alaska: No flights on Friday. American: A few early flights on…

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List of area shelters, emergency operations centers open ahead of Hurricane Florence

List of area shelters, emergency operations centers open ahead of Hurricane Florence

More than 120 shelters across North Carolina are open as Hurricane Florence lashes the coast. FIND A FULL LIST OF AVAILABLE SHELTERS HERE. Residents who plan to evacuate should bring any personal items they may need like bedding, medications, hygiene items, and more. Downloading the ABC11 app is the best way to stay up-to-date on the latest conditions from Hurricane Florence. At most locations alcohol and firearms are forbidden. FULL HURRICANE FLORENCE COVERAGE This list…

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The latest: Category 1 Florence could still have 'devastating' impacts in parts of NC

The latest: Category 1 Florence could still have 'devastating' impacts in parts of NC

Raleigh, N.C. — Although Hurricane Florence has not yet made landfall, the storm is already pounding North Carolina’s coast with devastating winds and rain. The hurricane has slowed and should make landfall near Wilmington around 8 a.m., with most of the state feeling its effects throughout the weekend. Latest updates 1:16 a.m.: North Carolina officials are reporting that 169,411 customers are currently without power across North Carolina with the majority of outages reported in the…

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List of grocery stores closing due to hurricane

List of grocery stores closing due to hurricane

Multiple major grocery and big box stores in the WRAL viewing area have closed locations due to Hurricane Florence. Stores with announced closures include Walmart, Target, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Aldi, Carlie C’s, Publix, Lidl and more. Towns affected include Apex, Carrboro, Sanford, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Greenville, Fayetteville, Goldsboro and many more. Keep in mind that these lists of closures will change as the storm progresses. Check back on their websites to check when the…

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Richland, Lexington counties issued storm watches as hurricane closes in on landfall

Richland, Lexington counties issued storm watches as hurricane closes in on landfall

The 11 p.m. update on Hurricane Florence has placed most Midlands counties under a storm watch or warning, including Richland and Lexington counties, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. Both a tropical storm watch and a flash flood watch have been issued for Richland County and Lexington County, among many others in the area. That’s because Hurricane Florence, now a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds, is expected to move very slowly…

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The calm behind the scenes: TV weather team readies for Hurricane Florence

The calm behind the scenes: TV weather team readies for Hurricane Florence

For seasoned meteorologists, there’s calm before, during and after the storm. Even when the storm is a major hurricane heading their way. As the ABC11 weather team got ready to begin wall-to-wall coverage of the approaching Hurricane Florence Thursday afternoon, you might not guess it was anything other than a normal weekday afternoon. In a scene likely played out in competing newsrooms across the Triangle, the WTVD meteorologists chatted casually about graphics for their reports,…

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Hurricane Florence: More than 166,000 in North Carolina without power

Hurricane Florence: More than 166,000 in North Carolina without power

Thousands are without power in North Carolina as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached the coast.As of 12:10 a.m. Friday, 166,065 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. WATCH: Useful tips if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta Florence is expected to make landfall…

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Storm surge from Hurricane Florence floods New Bern, North Carolina

Storm surge from Hurricane Florence floods New Bern, North Carolina

Storm surge from Hurricane Florence floods New Bern, North Carolina Sep 14, 2018 A storm surge from Hurricane Florence caused the Neuse River to overflow its banks and flooded parts of New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14. Wind, rain and waves from the Category 2 storm began to lash the North Carolina coastline on Thursday. By

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LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Florence coverage tracks path through North Carolina

LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Florence coverage tracks path through North Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach brace for flooding as Hurricane Florence nears

Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach brace for flooding as Hurricane Florence nears

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

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

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

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

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Watching Florence

Watching Florence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Florence shows that Nature is sometimes uncooperative when Nature calls

Florence shows that Nature is sometimes uncooperative when Nature calls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to watch (or listen to) Triangle TV meteorologists if you lose power in the hurricane

How to watch (or listen to) Triangle TV meteorologists if you lose power in the hurricane

If you lose power during Hurricane Florence, you can still stay tuned to local TV stations to hear the latest from the Triangle’s top meteorologists. Here’s how to watch the three local stations online, on mobile apps and streaming services — and how to listen to their broadcasts on the radio. WTVD ABC11 ▪ Whenever the news team is on the air, the station will be simulcasting on its website — abc11.com — and on…

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Hurricane Florence: Here are the top things you need to know Thursday in the Triangle

Hurricane Florence: Here are the top things you need to know Thursday in the Triangle

The Triangle will soon feel the impact of Hurricane Florence, despite its diminishing strength. This is the most important information you need to know on Thursday, the day before Hurricane Florence hits the Triangle: 1. Hurricane Florence began to affect North Carolina’s coast Thursday morning. The outer bands of Hurricane Florence began to hit North Carolina’s coast Thursday just before 6 a.m. Between Wednesday and Thursday, the hurricane downgraded from a Category 3 to a…

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Florence sends couple's wedding to city named Hurricane

Florence sends couple's wedding to city named Hurricane

HURRICANE, W.Va. — A couple who planned to marry on the Outer Banks in North Carolina has moved their wedding to another state to avoid an uninvited guest: Hurricane Florence. WCHS-TV reports months of planning were swept away as Florence approached, so Marsha Bradbury called the mayor of Hurricane, West Virginia, to see if he could help. Mayor Scott Edwards says this a rare exception as the city hasn’t allowed people to reserve City Hall…

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Evacuating for Hurricane Florence? Some NC shelters will welcome your pets

Evacuating for Hurricane Florence? Some NC shelters will welcome your pets

By Jake Seaton, WRAL.com digital product manager If you are evacuating your home to escape Hurricane Florence, or perhaps a loved one or friend from the eastern part of North Carolina is hoping to get out its path, you may be concerned about what to do about your fur family. Our pets are as much a part of our families as the humans who share our walls, so it’s understandable that you want to keep…

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Hurricane Florence Thursday live updates: Flooding threatens New Bern homes, residents

Hurricane Florence Thursday live updates: Flooding threatens New Bern homes, residents

As Hurricane Florence hurtles into the Carolinas and residents gear up for what’s now a Category 1 storm, our reporters and photojournalists are on the coast and around the region. Their Wednesday reports from the coast are here. You can follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/newsobserver/lists/hurricane-mcclatchy New Bern, NC: Rescues from floodwaters 2:43 a.m. Friday: Despite a mandatory evacuation ordered Tuesday, Craven County emergency crews reported rescuing multiple residents from Hurricane Florence floodwaters through the…

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Shelters fill fast with hurricane evacuees

Shelters fill fast with hurricane evacuees

By Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau chief Knightdale, N.C. — A shelter set up at Knightdale High School for people fleeing their homes in Dare and Carteret counties ahead of Hurricane Florence was already at capacity by Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Officials could expand the shelter beyond its 450-person limit, if needed later, but they were sending evacuees to other area shelters, such as at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School or Garner High School. Novan…

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In low-lying towns, residents decide whether to face Florence head on

In low-lying towns, residents decide whether to face Florence head on

By Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter There is a reason a Carteret County town is called Sea Level. To get there, you travel a road that rides only a little higher than the water on both sides. The land is low, so many homes are raised high. Franklin Salter, 80, said Wednesday that he and his wife are staying for Hurricane Florence. He has some idea what he is up against. He remembers past storms, like…

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Outer Banks man to Florence: “Kiss my grits”

Outer Banks man to Florence: “Kiss my grits”

By Ken Smith, WRAL anchor/reporter A handful of residents still in the Outer Banks on Wednesday pride themselves on being resilient in the face of any storm, including Hurricane Florence. Jim Rose, owner of Sand Spur Ocean Cottages, is taking the few days of downtime this week to get his cottages ready for the end-of-summer season. He put up a sign some will understand instantly: “Kiss my grits.” The line comes from the 1970s sitcom…

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Time to evacuate and hunker down: NC coast preps for Florence

Time to evacuate and hunker down: NC coast preps for Florence

Raleigh, N.C. — As mandatory evacuations are in place for Beaufort, Dare, Pamlico and Tyrrell county beaches (Atlantic, Indian, Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, Ocracoke, Carolina, Kure, Wrightsville, Topsail, Currituck Outer Banks, Oak Island and Holden), most people are heeding the warning and getting out in advance of Hurricane Florence. During a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper said there are 750,000 to 1 million people under evacuation orders. “If you aren’t under…

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Along Neuse, residents hope Florence flooding stays at bay

Along Neuse, residents hope Florence flooding stays at bay

By Bryan Mims, WRAL reporter Hurricane Florence comes less than two years after the historic flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Areas across the state, like Goldsboro, are still recovering. Along the Neuse River, people are praying for the water to stay at bay. Brenda Sigmon knows a hurricane can roil that river right into her mom’s living room. It happened before, and she fears it will happen again. And if it does, she said, “I have…

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List of shelters in greater Triangle where you can stay during Hurricane Florence

List of shelters in greater Triangle where you can stay during Hurricane Florence

Updated Sept. 15, 9:45 a.m. Groups offering shelter may email metroeds@newsobserver.com. Wake County ▪ 1 p.m. at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest ▪ 2:30 p.m. at Middle Creek High School, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex ▪ 4 p.m. at Sanderson High School, 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh Wake County reported Wednesday night that the following shelters, previously opened, are now full. ▪ Shelter for New Hanover County residents (priority) at Southeast Raleigh…

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After Hurricane Matthew damage, Robeson prepares for Florence

After Hurricane Matthew damage, Robeson prepares for Florence

By Rosalia Fodera, WRAL reporter Lumberton, N.C. — The floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 flooded Lumberton’s water plant backup generator and the control room. On Wednesday, crews were working to protect the water plant with a berm and sandbags. People who live in the areas that were hit hard by those floodwaters said they’re not taking any chances with Hurricane Florence coming. Linda Brewer Norris’ home was damaged by Hurricane Matthew. After spending thousands…

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2K evacuees, 1,500 emergency responders: DOT prepares for Florence

2K evacuees, 1,500 emergency responders: DOT prepares for Florence

By Janine Bowen, WRAL.com editor Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation on Tuesday was helping to evacuate coastal residents and preparing emergency supplies ahead of Hurricane Florence’s arrival. According to the DOT, more than 2,100 people and 1,074 vehicles had been evacuated from Ocracoke Island, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter. Following the final ferry departure Wednesday morning, all operations have been suspended and ferries will be secured until weather conditions improve. Although…

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What should I do when a hurricane approaches?

What should I do when a hurricane approaches?

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 supply kit Start with an easy to carry, watertight container – a large, plastic trash can will do, or you can line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple…

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Clear yard before hurricane's winds make lawn furniture into projectiles

Clear yard before hurricane's winds make lawn furniture into projectiles

By Monica Laliberte, WRAL executive producer/consumer reporter In the hours you have before the rain and winds move in, homeowners can take steps to limit any damage Hurricane Florence might do. Check the trees in your yard. Prune dead branches that are weak enough to break off when the wind picks up. Clear debris from storm drains, and do a quick check of your rain gutters. Any clogs there will back up onto your property,…

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