Dangerous brew: Ocean heat and La Nina combo likely mean more Atlantic hurricanes this summer

Dangerous brew: Ocean heat and La Nina combo likely mean more Atlantic hurricanes this summer

11 seconds ago With hurricane season beginning in just 26 days, Sunday began the start of Hurricane Preparedness Week. (Photo: WWAY) WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready for what nearly all the experts think will be one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, thanks to unprecedented ocean heat and a brewing La Nina. There’s an 85% chance that the Atlantic hurricane season that starts in June will be above average in storm activity, the…

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Whiteville resident recalls events from Tuesday nights tornado

Whiteville resident recalls events from Tuesday nights tornado

23 seconds ago COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornados touched down in Columbus and Bladen Counties Tuesday night. On Wednesday, WWAY spoke to one man whose property was damaged during the storm.  “We were right here, right in the middle of it,” Johnny Meares said.  Johnny Meares lives on Red Store Rd. in Whiteville. He was outside watching the tornado travel down his road when it changed direction and headed…

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WATCH: Video Shows Confirmed Tornado touches down in Columbus County

WATCH: Video Shows Confirmed Tornado touches down in Columbus County

16 seconds ago COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A confirmed tornado touched down in Columbus County tonight. The national weather service confirmed the tornado touched down at 8:06 P.M. and was located near Elkton, 7 miles north of Whiteville, moving east at 25 mph. The National Weather Service says four homes in Whiteville were damaged by high winds. This video was sent to us by Kadi Watts. Further south-west in Marion, South Carolina, a few…

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Southport hosts annual Hurricane Expo ahead of the 2024 season

Southport hosts annual Hurricane Expo ahead of the 2024 season

14 seconds ago (Photo: WWAY) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The City of Southport held its annual Hurricane Expo Monday evening at their community building. Members of the community turned out to hear from speakers — including WWAY meteorologist Matthew Huddleston — about hurricane preparedness. Numerous emergency service personnel and town officials answered questions and met with residents to help reassure them ahead of the 2024 hurricane season.

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Severe weather possible Friday afternoon across Cape Fear

Severe weather possible Friday afternoon across Cape Fear

12 minutes ago (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear has a chance for a few severe storms Friday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire region under a slight risk (level two out of five) for severe weather through the evening. A cold front will push through the area, leading to the storms. Once it moves offshore, the weekend will be much nicer with sunshine, lower humidity and cooler temperatures.

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Hurricanes make change in net: Kochetkov to start in Game 3 against Rangers

Hurricanes make change in net: Kochetkov to start in Game 3 against Rangers

5 minutes ago RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Pyotr Kochetkov is set to start in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 against the New York Rangers on Thursday night, as they make a change in net trailing the second-round series 2-0. Coach Rod Brind’Amour announced the decision roughly seven hours before puck drop, citing Frederik Andersen’s workload as the reason for the move. “Freddy’s played really well, but he’s also played a lot,” Brind’Amour…

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Hurricane Preparedness Week encourages residents to be ready for what could be an active season

Hurricane Preparedness Week encourages residents to be ready for what could be an active season

12 minutes ago SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY)– With the official start of hurricane season just 26 days away, Sunday marked the start of Hurricane Preparedness Week in North Carolina.  “Hurricane Preparedness Week is a time for everybody to think about the hurricane season that’s coming up, and for folks to get prepared,” said Meteorologist Bob Bright of the National Weather Service in Wilmington.   “We have been looking towards the 2024 Hurricane Season since, I would say,…

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Hurricane Preparedness Week beginning Sunday in North Carolina

Hurricane Preparedness Week beginning Sunday in North Carolina

7 minutes ago (Photo: MGN) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Season is just 29 days away. Ahead of what’s expected to be an active season, North Carolina is holding its annual Hurricane Preparedness Week beginning Sunday. Each day of the week has a different topic to focus on, preparing residents for the coming season: (Photo: NWS) The National Weather Service points out it only takes one storm to make 2024 a memorable season. For an…

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Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour says he feels ‘really good’ about reaching new contract with team

Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour says he feels ‘really good’ about reaching new contract with team

11 seconds ago RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said Thursday he feels “really good” that he will reach a new contract with the team, mirroring optimism from president and general manager Don Waddell a day earlier. Brind’Amour – considered by many the face of the franchise with his long-running ties here that include being the captain of the 2006 Stanley Cup winner – is in the final year of a deal reached in…

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9-year-old’s heroic act saves parents after Oklahoma tornado: ‘Please don’t die, I will be back’

9-year-old’s heroic act saves parents after Oklahoma tornado: ‘Please don’t die, I will be back’

22 seconds ago FILE of tornado (Photo: Pixabay / MGN) (CBS NEWS) — An Oklahoma couple now in the ICU with broken backs and necks has their 9-year-old hero son to thank after a tornado tossed their truck into trees. Fifteen tornadoes left a trail of destruction in Oklahoma over the weekend. At least four people were killed, dozens injured and many lost their homes, businesses and belongings. Wayne and Lindy Baker, along with their 9-year-old son…

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Tornadoes leave a trail of destruction in Oklahoma, communities begin to assess damage

Tornadoes leave a trail of destruction in Oklahoma, communities begin to assess damage

6 minutes ago (CBS NEWS) — Multiple tornadoes tore across Oklahoma on Saturday night, leaving a wide trail of destruction, leveling homes and buildings and knocking out power for tens of thousands of residents and businesses. At least four people were killed in the state, including a child. The region remained on high alert for severe weather after thunderstorms and tornadoes rolled through Friday and Saturday from Texas to the Great Lakes. About 106 tornadoes…

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Residents begin going through the rubble after tornadoes hammer parts of Nebraska and Iowa

Residents begin going through the rubble after tornadoes hammer parts of Nebraska and Iowa

12 minutes ago OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Residents began sifting through the rubble Saturday after a tornado plowed through suburban Omaha, Nebraska, demolishing homes and businesses as it moved for miles through farmland and into subdivisions, then slamming an Iowa town. The Friday night tornadoes wreaked havoc in the Midwest, causing a building to collapse with dozens of people inside and destroying and damaging hundreds of homes. There have been several injuries but no fatalities…

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Marking 15 years since 19,000 acre wildfire destroyed dozens of homes in Horry County

Marking 15 years since 19,000 acre wildfire destroyed dozens of homes in Horry County

11 minutes ago (Photo: Horry County Emergency Management) HORRY COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Monday marks 15 years since one of the most devastating fires in South Carolina history took place right across the border in Horry County. The blaze, known as the Highway 31 fire, burned more than 19,000 acres and destroyed 76 homes. Many other houses were damaged and thousands of people were forced to evacuate. “The best ways to reduce wildfire risk are…

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Forecasters calling for well-above-average Hurricane Season

Forecasters calling for well-above-average Hurricane Season

5 minutes ago (Photo: MGN) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s going to be an active Hurricane Season, according to researchers with Colorado State University. Forecasters released their annual preseason predictions Thursday morning. Colorado State is forecasting 23 named storms, 11 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes in 2024. The average is 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. “Current El Niño conditions are likely to transition to La Niña conditions this summer/fall, leading to…

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Low-end severe weather threat arriving to Cape Fear Wednesday

Low-end severe weather threat arriving to Cape Fear Wednesday

12 seconds ago (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear has a low-end severe weather threat early on Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center currently has all of the area under at least a marginal risk (level 1 out of 5) for strong storms, with a portion of Pender County under a slight risk (level 2 out of 5). The main threats appear to be from gusty winds and hail, but a quick spin-up…

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