NCDOT completes tornado cleanup in Brunswick County

NCDOT completes tornado cleanup in Brunswick County

NCDOT and contract crews cleared tornado debris from the Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood. (Photo: NCDOT) OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation and a North Carolina contract company have completed cleanup from a tornado in Brunswick County last month. The tornado damaged much of the Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood and surrounding area on Feb. 15. Crews spent 14 days, including one weekend, removing debris from the private neighborhood and…

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Tornado causes damage in Alabama; more twisters forecast

Severe weather in Alabama (Photo credit: Ashley Gann/WIAT, CBS News) ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities in a city south of Birmingham are reporting major damage from a tornado. Strong storms were hitting the city of Pelham and other parts of the state Thursday. – Advertisement – The National Weather Service issued multiple tornado warnings for Alabama and surrounding states. No injuries have been reported thus far but forecasters said conditions were ripe for “long-track strong tornadoes.”…

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One month after deadly tornado struck Brunswick County, Red Cross continues to help

One month after deadly tornado struck Brunswick County, Red Cross continues to help

Damage left behind in the Ocean Ridge Plantation community following the EF-3 tornado on February 15, 2021 (Photo: Sydney Bouchelle/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —Disaster relief response teams are still offering their services to those impacted by the deadly EF-3 tornado that touched down in Brunswick County, more than a month ago. The storm killed three people, and damaged homes in the Ocean Ridge Plantation community, and across Highway 17 on Old Shallotte Road, and…

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Alabama woman survived tornado while clinging to tree outside her home

Alabama woman survived tornado while clinging to tree outside her home

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBMA) — Jennifer Patterson was sitting inside her manufactured home Wednesday afternoon when she saw the tornado on her television screen crossing into Tuscaloosa County. Minutes later she would come face-to-face with the tornado, surviving thanks to a tree and a split-second decision. “I watched James Spann and when he said it’s coming into Moundville and if you’re in that polygon he said…be ready,” Patterson recalled, “I picked my purse up come to…

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Alliance of Southeastern NC mayors and commissioners requesting funding from legislature to prevent flooding

Alliance of Southeastern NC mayors and commissioners requesting funding from legislature to prevent flooding

Flooding from Hurricane Florence washed out part of Old Fayetteville Road near North Brunswick High School in Leland on Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Eastern NC Recovery and Resilience Alliance leadership shared six legislative priorities on Thursday for the NC General Assembly to consider as it allocates funding and shapes policy to help the region better prepare for, respond to, and recover from flood events. Fund an actionable Flood…

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WMO Hurricane Committee retires 4 tropical cyclone names, ends the use of Greek alphabet

WMO Hurricane Committee retires 4 tropical cyclone names, ends the use of Greek alphabet

Hurricane Dorian – Atlantic Ocean near Savannah, GA on Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo: NOAA) NORTH CAROLINA (WWAY) — The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee has retired Dorian (2019) and Laura, Eta, and Iota (2020) from the rotating lists of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the death and destruction they caused. It also decided that the Greek alphabet will not be used in the future because it creates a distraction from the communication of hazard…

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Holden Beach awarded nearly $15.5M to renourish beaches damaged by Hurricane Dorian

Holden Beach awarded nearly $15.5M to renourish beaches damaged by Hurricane Dorian

Dune erosion following Hurricane Dorian in 2019. (Photo: Tanner Barth / WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The State of North Carolina and FEMA have approved more than $15.4 million to help the Town of Holden Beach restore sand and vegetation on the shoreline damaged by Hurricane Dorian in 2019. Funds for the project cover restoration of 555,000 cubic yards of beach sand and stabilization of 80,000 square yards of dune vegetation. FEMA’s share for…

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Schools change learning schedule due to threat of severe weather on Thursday

Schools change learning schedule due to threat of severe weather on Thursday

Classroom (Photo: ZUMA / MGN) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Due to the threat of severe weather, schools in the Cape Fear are changing their learning plans for Thursday. Bladen County Schools will transition to remote-only learning for students on Thursday. The school district says teachers and staff will need to contact their immediate supervisor for work options as weather permits. Students are instructed to log-in to their Google classroom to complete their attendance and…

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Take a look inside schools’ approach to statewide tornado drill

Take a look inside schools’ approach to statewide tornado drill

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Students participate in a tornado drill at Belville Elementary School on March 10, 2021. (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. Wednesday’s focus is tornadoes and how to stay safe when one hits. Schools across the area taking part in tornado drills. – Advertisement – Belville Elementary School is just one of several schools conducting drills. They are usually done in the hallway,…

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Fans return to PNC Arena after more than a year as Hurricanes win

Fans return to PNC Arena after more than a year as Hurricanes win

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo: Ed Clemente / MGN) RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Hurricanes scored three times in the third period on their way to a 5-2 win over Detroit Thursday. The victory sent the first crowd at PNC Arena in more than a year home happy. – Advertisement – Filip Zadina had the visiting Red Wings ahead a little more than midway through the first period,…

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911 calls reveal harrowing moments following violent, deadly tornado in Brunswick County

One of the Ocean Ridge Plantation homes destroyed by a tornado. (Photo: Sydney Bouchelle/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — More than two weeks after a deadly EF-3 tornado tore through southern Brunswick County clean-up continues. 911 calls have been released detailing the moments after the twister raged through a neighborhood. – Advertisement – Five of the many calls that were made to dispatch that night describe the scary moments for victims, especially those in the…

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Biden issues NC disaster declaration for November floods

Biden issues NC disaster declaration for November floods

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Flooding in western NC on Nov. 12, 2020. (Photo: WSOC) RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina state government and local governments in nearly 20 counties can receive financial help from Washington following heavy rains and flooding in November now that President Joe Biden has issued a disaster declaration. The White House announced on Thursday the declaration for the damage caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Eta. – Advertisement – The…

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NCDOT to help clear debris from Brunswick County tornado next week

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Damage from EF-3 tornado in the Ocean Ridge Plantation community on Feb. 17, 2021. (Photo: WWAY) OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Transportation will help its neighbors with clearing debris from the tornado that came through Brunswick County last month. Starting Monday morning, department and contract crews will begin pickup of vegetation, like tree limbs, in the Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood and areas nearby. Residents should place…

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Ocean Ridge group continues to look for quilts scattered by deadly tornado

Ocean Ridge group continues to look for quilts scattered by deadly tornado

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Quilt (Photo: Celeste Smith/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A local quilting club is still looking to locate quilts scattered by the deadly EF-3 tornado that touched down 2 weeks ago. 28 quilts made by the Ocean Ridge Quilting Club were being stored at the home of Phyliss O’Connor, who was killed in the storm.  So far, nine have been returned. – Advertisement – Quilting groups in North and South Carolina…

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Hurricanes complete the two game sweep of the Florida Panthers

Hurricanes complete the two game sweep of the Florida Panthers

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Martin Necas scored 1:59 into overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Monday night. Brett Pesce and Vincent Trochek also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their second straight at Florida. Alex Nedeljkovic had a career-high 44 saves. Frank Vatrano and Eetu Loustarinen scored in the third period to give Florida the lead, and Chris Driedger finished with 24 saves. The Panthers have…

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Gov. Cooper signs State of Emergency following Brunswick County tornado

Gov. Cooper signs State of Emergency following Brunswick County tornado

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper has signed a State of Emergency following the tornado that struck near Ocean Isle Beach in Brunswick County on Feb. 15. “The tornado caused significant damage, even demolishing some homes. I heard harrowing stories from survivors who were glad to be alive. The state will marshal all available resources to help people recover,” Gov. Cooper wrote in a release. – Advertisement – While…

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Hurricanes blanked by the Lightning on the road

Hurricanes blanked by the Lightning on the road

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Ross Colton scored in his NHL debut and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night. Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow also scored, and Alex Killorn had two assists in the third of four straight games between the teams. Vasilevskiy had his 22nd career shutout and first since March 2020 against Montreal. Alex Nedeljkovic made 25…

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One week since deadly tornado struck Brunswick County, community continues to rebuild

One week since deadly tornado struck Brunswick County, community continues to rebuild

BRUNSWICK COUNTY (WWAY) — It’s been a week since a twister ripped through Brunswick County, and recovery efforts are still ongoing. Neighbors in the community are sharing their stories from the night an EF-3 tornado ripped through their neighborhood, killing three people and injuring ten. “One minute after I woke up, it all happened”, says 11-year-old Julissa Lujano. Her family’s home was damaged by the tornado. “My mom and dad were like yelling ‘everyone go…

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Chick-fil-A in Leland to donate portion of sales Wednesday to tornado victims

Chick-fil-A in Leland to donate portion of sales Wednesday to tornado victims

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Chick-fil-A (Photo: Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Chick-fil-A in Leland will be hosting a fundraiser Wednesday evening for those impacted by last week’s deadly tornado. The location at Leland Town Center, located 3571 Leland Town Center Drive, will be donating 20% of their sales between 5-8 p.m. to help with recovery efforts. – Advertisement – The Facebook event page states the money will be used…

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Recovery continues one week after deadly tornado

Recovery continues one week after deadly tornado

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Monday night marks one week since a deadly tornado ripped through Brunswick County, and recovery efforts continue. James Jarvis, executive director of the Cape Fear Area American Red Cross says the organization is maintaining a presence in Brunswick County, continuing to focus on tornado victims. – Advertisement – “We dispatched our disaster mental health teams into the field over the weekend,” Jarvis said. “We met with 15 families in the…

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Wilmington reimbursed nearly $634,000 in Hurricane Florence repairs

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Wilmington started its construction and demolition debris pick-up from Hurricane Florence on Oct. 8, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington has been reimbursed $633,433.37 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for work related to Hurricane Florence. One payment is for debris removal in the amount of $400,428.39 and the other is for emergency protective measures in the amount of $233,004.98. – Advertisement – Estimated damages from…

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Still a lot of flooding on roads, says Pender County Emergency Management

Still a lot of flooding on roads, says Pender County Emergency Management

Pender County (Photo: Pender County) PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WWAY) — Pender County Emergency Management urges motorists to stay alert to flooded roadways. “We will continue to monitor roads within Pender County to keep our citizens informed,” Carson Smith, Interim Emergency Manager, said. “We urge motorists if they see swift-moving water on the roadways to turn around, don’t drown.” – Advertisement – Smith said, based upon the weather forecast, some areas in Pender County will experience…

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Pender County Emergency Management lists roads currently affected by flooding

Pender County Emergency Management lists roads currently affected by flooding

Pender County (Photo: Pender County) PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WWAY) — Pender County Emergency Management urges motorists to stay alert to flooded roadways. “We will continue to monitor roads within Pender County to keep our citizens informed,” Carson Smith, Interim Emergency Manager, said. “We urge motorists if they see swift-moving water on the roadways to turn around, don’t drown.” – Advertisement – Smith said, based upon the weather forecast, some areas in Pender County will experience…

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Volunteers help tornado victims recover

Volunteers help tornado victims recover

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Volunteers serve meals to tornado victims (photo: Peyton Furtado) BRUNSWICK COUNTY (WWAY) — In the Ocean Ridge Plantation Community, volunteers gave out free food to neighbors and men and women working to clear debris. After the storm damaged more than 60 of the 800 houses there, neighbors united to help those in need. They served 300-400 people just for lunch, providing a light dinner as well. – Advertisement – Susan Kemmer…

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Ocean Ridge group searches for quilts scattered by tornado from victim’s home

Ocean Ridge group searches for quilts scattered by tornado from victim’s home

Quilt (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Following a deadly tornado in Brunswick County earlier this week, communities are joining together to return what’s lost. A quilting club in the Ocean Ridge plantation is asking for help finding quilts that were in a home destroyed by the twister. – Advertisement – The club stitched multiple quilts with love with hopes to soon donate them to a charity and help provide comfort and warmth to…

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Married couple, substitute teacher named as victims in violent Brunswick County tornado

Married couple, substitute teacher named as victims in violent Brunswick County tornado

Phyllis and Rich O’Connor and Barry Glick (Photo: Beth Kelsey / BCS) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We are learning more about the victims who died during the EF-3 tornado that hit Brunswick County late Monday night. Neighbors and family members are remembering Phyllis and Rich O’Connor who lived in the Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach. The married couple was killed in the tornado. – Advertisement – Phyllis’ niece says they will never…

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Ocean Isle Beach restaurant collects donations for tornado victims

Ocean Isle Beach restaurant collects donations for tornado victims

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Early Tuesday morning USAR Task Force 11 assisted Brunswick County with search for victims following tornadoes that touched down over night (Photo: Matt Davis/New Hanover Co. Fire Rescue) OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach is inviting you to donate to help tornado victims in Ocean Ridge Plantation.  Pelican’s Perch Bar and Grill is accepting gift certificates and gift cards for local business like grocery stores…

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Red Cross offers mental health assistance for tornado victims

Red Cross offers mental health assistance for tornado victims

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering assistance to those impacted by the Brunswick County tornado (Photo: Sydney Bouchelle/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —The Red Cross is offering mental health services for victims of the tornado. Red Cross Disaster Mental Health workers have been reaching out to victims, speaking with them about their experiences after encountering the tornado. – Advertisement – Victims will be able to seek…

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Brunswick County Schools to operate on 2-hour delay Friday due to flooding

Brunswick County Schools to operate on 2-hour delay Friday due to flooding

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Due to the threat of dangerous road conditions and potential flooding, Brunswick County Schools will be operating on a 2-hour delay on Friday. All staff and students, both in-person and remote, will operate on the 2-hour delay. – Advertisement – “This will give more time to access the conditions of travel for all parties in daylight conditions and ensure the safety of…

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Remote-only learning on Friday for Bladen County Schools over flooding concerns

Remote-only learning on Friday for Bladen County Schools over flooding concerns

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Flooding (Photo: Pixabay) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County Schools says students and teachers will have remote-learning only on Friday due to the continued threat of flooding. All other Bladen County schools’ staff and employees will have the option to telework from home. – Advertisement – “Students will need to complete their attendance and classwork assignments from home; attendance will be checked and grades will be assigned, even with remote-only…

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Sheriff’s office hands out donated supplies to Brunswick County tornado victims

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Lowe’s Home Improvement donates supplies to Brunswick County tornado victims on Feb. 18, 2021. (Photo: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Lowe’s Home Improvement has made a big donation to help those in Brunswick County impacted by this week’s deadly tornado. They donated a “tremendous amount of supplies for the tornado victims in our county,” according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Lowe’s Home Improvement donates supplies to…

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Severe weather causes delay in COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Severe weather causes delay in COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Bladen County Hospital on Dec. 16, 2020. (Photo: WWAY) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been notified by the federal government of continued delays in some shipments and deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine this week due to severe weather. Both first and second dose shipments have been impacted. – Advertisement – The department is working with the Centers for Disease…

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Storm victims lean on faith as they begin recovering from violent tornado

Storm victims lean on faith as they begin recovering from violent tornado

Homes damaged by tornado on Feb. 16, 2021. (Photo: Sydney Bouchelle/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An EF-3 tornado tore through southern Brunswick County late Monday night, killing three and injuring 10 people. Brunswick County Emergency Management says it’s going to be a long process to recover from this devastating storm. WWAY’s Sydney Bouchelle spoke with some who are going through that process and how they are leaning on their faith to get them through…

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“I thought this was it, we’re dying”: Ocean Ridge Plantation residents describe tornado experience

“I thought this was it, we’re dying”: Ocean Ridge Plantation residents describe tornado experience

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Following Gov. Roy Cooper’s visit to the devastated Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood, some residents are sharing what they experienced during the tornado Monday night. Residents Bruce and Dee Stolba surveyed the community-wide damage for the first time on Wednesday, still shaken up by the ordeal. – Advertisement – “I really don’t want to see too much damage because it’s just too depressing,” Dee Stolba said. The two were in…

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Brunswick County declares state of emergency in wake of violent tornado

Brunswick County declares state of emergency in wake of violent tornado

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Aerial shots of clean-up inside Ocean Ridge Plantation (Photo: CBS) OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Chairman Randy Thompson declared a state of emergency in the wake of a deadly tornado near Ocean Isle Beach. It went into effective Wednesday afternoon. – Advertisement – This comes “in response to the loss of life, injuries, and properties damaged by the tornado that impacted the Ocean Isle Beach area early Tuesday morning.”…

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Gov. Cooper seeking improved warning system after deadly tornado

Gov. Cooper seeking improved warning system after deadly tornado

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY/AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the state must learn from the tornado that struck the community of Ocean Isle Beach with little or no warning, leaving three people dead and 10 injured. The Democratic governor toured the damages Wednesday and promised to rush state resources to help people rebuild. – Advertisement – Gov. Roy Cooper surveying tornado damage in the Ocean Ridge Plantation community on Feb. 17, 2021. (Photo: WWAY)…

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Family lucky to be alive after tornado sends trees crashing into their home

Family lucky to be alive after tornado sends trees crashing into their home

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An EF-3 tornado ripped through Brunswick County Monday night, killing at least three people and injuring 10 in the Ocean Ridge Plantation Neighborhood. Just down the road, one family is lucky to be alive after the tornado knocked multiple trees on their home. Mike Dispirito says he and his wife were asleep in their home on Bliss Road when their grandson was woken up by the storm and came into…

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