HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storm kills 3, downs trees and power lines across region

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storm kills 3, downs trees and power lines across region

Wilmington sees strongest wind gust since 1958 SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Hurricane Florence became a deadly storm Friday, claiming three lives in Hampstead and Wilmington as it roared into, and stalled over, the Wilmington region. Wilmington police confirmed Friday afternoon that a mother and infant were killed when a tree crashed through their home on Mercer Avenue. And a woman suffered a heart attack Friday and emergency responders were not able to get to her in…

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Hundreds rescued from flooding in historic NC city

Hundreds rescued from flooding in historic NC city

An ominous tweet appeared on a historic North Carolina community’s Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday. It came as rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn’t stop. And that’s when people found themselves trapped in their homes as the water rose. “WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU,” the tweet said. “You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU.” More than 360…

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Meet the ‘weather weenies’ — the volunteers behind the hurricane professionals

Meet the ‘weather weenies’ — the volunteers behind the hurricane professionals

Especially during extreme weather, television meteorologists get lots of attention. But behind every successful TV weather report there’s a quiet force of 20,000 dedicated amateurs. Meet the “weather weenies,” a group of volunteers who diligently empty their rain gauges and record the results each morning. They’re participating in the national Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, which goes by the acronym CoCoRaHS. The data these volunteers collect help fill in holes in the official…

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Meet the ‘weather weenies’ – the volunteers behind the hurricane professionals

Meet the ‘weather weenies’ – the volunteers behind the hurricane professionals

Especially during extreme weather, television meteorologists get lots of attention. But behind every successful TV weather report there’s a quiet force of 20,000 dedicated amateurs. Meet the “weather weenies,” a group of volunteers who diligently empty their rain gauges and record the results each morning. They’re participating in the national Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, which goes by the acronym CoCoRaHS. The data these volunteers collect help fill in holes in the official…

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Gaston County braces for flooding, Ashbrook HS…

Gaston County braces for flooding, Ashbrook HS…

GASTON COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – At a Friday conference call with FEMA, federal officials warned of widespread power outages, tree damage and “a lot of urban flooding issues.” “Heavy rain, flash flooding, still a major threat for the area,” FEMA told Gaston County officials. Eric Hendrix, the interim Gaston County emergency management coordinator and fire marshal, said they are “absolutely serious” about preparing. Hendrix warns it could take days for power to be…

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Duke leaves ahead of Florence, makes adjustments for Baylor

Duke leaves ahead of Florence, makes adjustments for Baylor

WACO, Texas — Duke has had to make a lot of adjustments while getting ready to play Baylor. Before leaving North Carolina a day early for Texas to get out ahead of Hurricane Florence, and changing their final preparations for Saturday’s game, the Blue Devils were already getting quarterback Quentin Harris ready for his first career start in place of injured Daniel Jones . They also will be without all-ACC cornerback Mark Gilbert, whose season…

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Facing flooding and roof collapse, NC shelter needs help to evacuate 123 animals

Facing flooding and roof collapse, NC shelter needs help to evacuate 123 animals

The Carteret County Humane Society was taking on water. Its roof was collapsing. The shelter needed immediate help to evacuate 123 dogs and cats along with three staff members, shelter manager Cassandra Tupaj told The News & Observer at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Cajun Navy said on Twitter Friday night that it had assisted in evacuating the animals and staff members and that the shelter was clear. Shelter manager Cassandra Tupaj could not immediately be…

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Facing flooding and roof collapse, NC shelter needs help evacuating 123 animals

Facing flooding and roof collapse, NC shelter needs help evacuating 123 animals

The Carteret County Human Society is taking on water. Its roof is collapsing. The shelter needs immediate help to evacuate 123 dogs and cats, shelter manager Cassandra Tupaj told The News & Observer at 7:30 p.m. Friday. “We need large vehicles that can get through water,” Tupaj said. “I was told that it’s passable with an F250 (truck).” The shelter also needs a place, like a large business nearby, that can temporarily hold the 43…

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Hurricane Florence: More than 771,000 power outages reported in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence: More than 771,000 power outages reported in North Carolina

More than half a million customers are without power in North Carolina as Tropical Storm Florence brings heavy, life-threatening floods to the coast.As of 6:15 p.m., Friday, 771,657 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus Craven, Duplin, New Hanover, Robeson, Sampson, Wake, Wayne, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. RELATED: What to do if you lose…

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FOX 26 Digital News Brief for Sept. 14, 2018

FOX 26 Digital News Brief for Sept. 14, 2018

Florence has been downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, but its impact is far from finshed and has already claimed the lives of four people. More than 700,000 people are without power. Floodwaters are slowly receding in Galveston on Friday night after heavy rains flooded roadways. Some residents were unable to leave their homes. Texas A&M University at Galveston canceled classes on Friday because of flooding. Classes will resume on Monday as scheduled. Texas Governor…

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What are the biggest pollution threats as Florence sweeps through SC?

What are the biggest pollution threats as Florence sweeps through SC?

As Hurricane Florence hits South Carolina, government officials and environmental groups are watching a string of contaminated sites that threaten to leak harmful pollutants if heavy rains continue through the weekend. The biggest worry is that rain will swell rivers so high that they will flood waste sites or that rain will wash toxins off contaminated land into rivers or lakes. Sites being watched include a hazardous waste dump near Lake Marion, hog lagoons in…

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Hurricane Florence claims lives of 4, including a mother and baby

Hurricane Florence claims lives of 4, including a mother and baby

Four deaths have been confirmed as a result of Hurricane Florence, now a tropical storm.A mother and infant were killed after a tree fell on their Wilmington home as Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment, the Associated Press reported. A third death happened in Kinston, Lenoir County officials said, when a 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a home Friday morning when he attempted to connect…

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At least 5 dead, 640,000 without power as Florence’s toll mounts on Carolinas

At least 5 dead, 640,000 without power as Florence’s toll mounts on Carolinas

With one grueling day behind them, the Carolinas on Friday grappled with rising water and cascading misery from a deadly and agonizingly slow-moving Tropical Storm Florence expected to linger through the weekend. In Myrtle Beach, rescuers discovered a dead mother and her baby, two of at least five deaths blamed on the storm, after spending much of the day trying to cut through debris and a towering tree that crashed through their roof. The Cajun…

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Hurricane Florence: More than 726,000 power outages reported in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence: More than 726,000 power outages reported in North Carolina

More than half a million customers are without power in North Carolina as Tropical Storm Florence brings heavy, life-threatening floods to the coast.As of 6:15 p.m., Friday, 726,500 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus Craven, Duplin, New Hanover, Robeson, Sampson, Wake, Wayne, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. RELATED: What to do if you lose…

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High tides from Hurricane Florence break state records along NC coast, NOAA says

High tides from Hurricane Florence break state records along NC coast, NOAA says

National Hurricane Center predictions that Hurricane Florence would “pile up water” along the North Carolina coast came true on Friday, when the storm broke multiple tide records, some dating back more than six decades. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tide gauge in Wrightsville Beach reached 4.11 feet above high tide on Friday, breaking a record set by Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 by more than a foot, NOAA officials said. That’s more than 4 feet…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storms kills 3, downs trees and power lines across region

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storms kills 3, downs trees and power lines across region

Wilmington sees strongest wind gust since 1958 SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Hurricane Florence became a deadly storm Friday, claiming three lives in Hampstead and Wilmington as it roared into, and stalled over, the Wilmington region. Wilmington police confirmed Friday afternoon that a mother and infant were killed when a tree crashed through their home on Mercer Avenue. And a woman suffered a heart attack Friday and emergency responders were not able to get to her in…

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Strangers help evacuate woman, 7 dogs in hurricane

Strangers help evacuate woman, 7 dogs in hurricane

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (KTVU) – A group of strangers from around the country came together to help a help a woman who was planning to “hunker down” with her seven dogs in Hurricane Florence.  As Christine Meinhold spoke on CNN about how she didn’t have a working car and was unable to evacuate from Myrtle Beach, people around the country became concerned.  Meinhold told CNN that she was responsible for her seven rescue dogs and refused to abandon…

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Hurricane Florence: The skinny on a big, fat storm

Hurricane Florence: The skinny on a big, fat storm

A roundup of news concerning Hurricane Florence’s assault on the Carolinas. How much rain? How many without power? Where’s the most damage so far? And what about the zoos? It’s about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast. Forecasters say “it cannot be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will…

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Hurricane Florence: How you can help the victims

Hurricane Florence: How you can help the victims

Hurricane Florence is pummeling the Carolinas with strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous tidal surges, destroying buildings and lives. The Red Cross is providing safe shelter and comfort for evacuees across six states. More than 20,000 people sought refuge in more than 200 Red Cross and community shelters Thursday night to escape the storm’s wrath. HOW YOU CAN HELP Red Cross:The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide disaster relief. You can help people…

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In an especially active hurricane season, could we run out of names?

In an especially active hurricane season, could we run out of names?

Every year, storms pop up during hurricane season and all of a sudden we have a Katrina, Sandy or Wilma threatening to wreak havoc on us. After all the years of recorded named storms, one has to wonder: What happens when we run out of names? Well, it’s kind of a twofold question. And the answer is, we (kind of) don’t. Stay with me. For starters — and a brief insight as to why we…

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Most of SC is under a flash flood watch. Do you know what that means?

Most of SC is under a flash flood watch. Do you know what that means?

As Hurricane Florence continues to move inland through South Carolina, most of the state has been placed under a flash flood watch by the National Weather Service. There are specific areas in S.C. that have been issued flood warnings, but there is a difference between that and flash flooding. “Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry,” according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory. A flash flood is “the most dangerous…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storms kills 3, downs trees and powerlines across region

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Storms kills 3, downs trees and powerlines across region

Wilmington sees strongest wind gust since 1958 SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Hurricane Florence became a deadly storm Friday, claiming three lives in Hampstead and Wilmington as it roared into, and stalled over, the Wilmington region.Wilmington police confirmed Friday afternoon that a mother and infant were killed when a tree crashed through their home on Mercer Avenue. And a woman suffered a heart attack Friday and emergency responders were not able to get to her in time,…

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Section of Carolina Beach Fishing Pier appears to be destroyed by Florence

Section of Carolina Beach Fishing Pier appears to be destroyed by Florence

A section of the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier appears to have been destroyed by Hurricane Florence. (Source: WECT) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier appears to have been significantly damaged as Hurricane Florence slammed the New Hanover County shoreline throughout Friday. Some of the pier’s broken pillars could be seen jetting out from the ocean water as the rough waves continued to hammer the Pleasure Island landmark. The pier was initially built in 1946…

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The Outer Banks’ wild horse herd survived Hurricane Florence. Here’s how they did it.

The Outer Banks’ wild horse herd survived Hurricane Florence. Here’s how they did it.

North Carolina’s wild horse herd has weathered Florence’s fury. “They are survivors,” herd manager Meg Puckett told The News & Observer on Friday. Ahead of the storm, then a powerful Category 4, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF), a nonprofit which manages the herd, posted on Facebook that the wild mustangs that make the Outer Banks their home would manage just fine without help, even in the face of heavy rain and hurricane-force winds. A…

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As Hurricane Florence disrupts college football schedules, players adjust their plans

The East Carolina football team headed to Orlando, Fla., earlier this week to get out of the path of Hurricane Florence and be closer to its Sept. 22 opponent, Central Florida. Duke’s football team left for Texas on Thursday, a day earlier than planned, for its Saturday game at Baylor. Other local teams – North Carolina, N.C. State, North Carolina Central – canceled or postponed their weekend games due to Florence, a deadly storm that…

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Facing heat for 2017, FEMA ramps up hurricane prep for Florence

Facing heat for 2017, FEMA ramps up hurricane prep for Florence

With questions still swirling about its response last year to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the Trump administration doesn’t appear to have taken any chances in its preparations for Hurricane Florence, which made landfall early Friday morning on Wrighstville Beach in North Carolina. It’s deployed three times as many search and rescue teams to the areas in Florence’s path as it had by the day Hurricane Harvey first made landfall off the Texas coast in…

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WATCH: Dogs, cats rescued in Jacksonville during Hurricane Florence

WATCH: Dogs, cats rescued in Jacksonville during Hurricane Florence

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — On Friday, dogs and cats in Jacksonville, North Carolina, were rescued from flooded homes and brought to safety. RELATED: Shelter animals evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence Live video showed dogs being removed from a boat in the flood waters of Hurricane Florence. Later, the same rescue team saved cats who were stranded near a flooded home. The hurricane made landfall just before 7:30 Friday morning Category 1 storm. (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV….

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New Friendships, Resiliency Reign In Hurricane Shelter

New Friendships, Resiliency Reign In Hurricane Shelter

American Red Cross Shelters in Charlotte are still registering people at local high schools to wait out Hurricane Florence. Officials at American Red Cross shelters set up to house people during Hurricane Florence are still busy registering local residents and those who evacuated from coastal areas. More than 360 people registered at the various area shelters by Thursday night, 55 at East Mecklenburg High School. The East Mecklenburg High shelter is one of 12 that…

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Sharks In The Water? FEMA Tries To Fight 'Fake News' As Florence Hits

Sharks In The Water? FEMA Tries To Fight 'Fake News' As Florence Hits

FEMA is rolling out a new tool as it begins to deal with now-tropical storm Florence. It’s a rumor-control web page. Unfounded rumors — what might be called “fake news” — have been a problem in coping with recent disasters, according to Gary Webb, a professor and chair of Emergency Management and Disaster Science at the University of North Texas. “Disasters do create a great deal of uncertainty, confusion and anxiety,” Webb said, “and, as…

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Michael Jordan, Hornets to help with Hurricane Florence relief efforts

Michael Jordan, Hornets to help with Hurricane Florence relief efforts

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Michael Jordan, a native North Carolinian, is joining with the Charlotte Hornets and the NBA family to provide “necessary and immediate relief and support to those affected by Hurricane Florence.” Jordan is working with a number of community organizations such as the American Red Cross, Second Harvest Food Bank, and United Way. RELATED: Live Hurricane Florence coverage: Mother, infant among storm-related deaths Jordan released this statement regarding the hurricane. It’s truly…

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Florence downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm, at least 5 dead in North Carolina

Florence downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm, at least 5 dead in North Carolina

This story was updated at 5 p.m. ET Florence was downgraded from a category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update. The storm dropped to sustained winds of 70 mph. A category 1 hurricane must have winds of at least 74 mph. The “erratic” storm made landfall Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, as North Carolina first responders and the governor reported the first four deaths associated with…

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Florence downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm, at least 4 dead in North Carolina

Florence downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm, at least 4 dead in North Carolina

Florence was downgraded from a category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update. The storm dropped to sustained winds of 70 mph. A category 1 hurricane must have winds of at least 74 mph. The “erratic” storm made landfall Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, as North Carolina first responders and the governor reported the first four deaths associated with the storm. Wilmington police reported that a tree…

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NC State’s Kevin Keatts calls on coaching community to assist in Hurricane Florence recovery

NC State’s Kevin Keatts calls on coaching community to assist in Hurricane Florence recovery

NC State university is currently evaluating the best course of action by which to follow through on Keatts’ directive, weighing options that include both collecting donations themselves as an athletic department or through directing people in the NCSU community and department to one particular charity.

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NC State's Kevin Keatts calls on coaching community to assist in Hurricane Florence recovery

NC State's Kevin Keatts calls on coaching community to assist in Hurricane Florence recovery

By Kyle Morton, HighSchoolOT Multimedia Sports Journalist NC State men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts offered support for the communities being heavily affected by Hurricane Florence via Twitter Friday, promising to share details on how he and his program will help those affected “later.” The second-year coach of the Wolfpack came to Raleigh in the spring of 2017 immediately from UNC Wilmington, where he coached from 2014-2017. He emphasized the importance of the coast to him…

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Search our map to see if your neighborhood is at risk of Florence flooding this weekend

Search our map to see if your neighborhood is at risk of Florence flooding this weekend

Heavy rain is expected to bring weekend flooding to Charlotte, and it’s the city’s oldest neighborhoods that could face the highest risks. More than 2,400 properties sit in areas that the city’s storm water experts consider at the “highest risk” of flooding. Many of these properties are in floodplains that border waterways and that make a massive ring around uptown. Tim Trautman, the city’s storm water engineering and mitigation program manager, said there are floodplains…

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President Trump plans to visit Florence-impacted areas next week

President Trump plans to visit Florence-impacted areas next week

President Donald Trump is planning to visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week, though his exact plans are not yet finalized. “The President is expected to travel to areas affected by the storm early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts. We will keep you posted when we have details,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday. Hurricane Florence is bringing…

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‘It’s very disturbing.’ Hurricane Florence evacuees worry about impact on the NC coast.

‘It’s very disturbing.’ Hurricane Florence evacuees worry about impact on the NC coast.

Thousands of North Carolina storm evacuees are physically safe from the effects of Hurricane Florence, but their hearts and minds are focused on what’s happening to their homes and possessions under assault on the coast. Many coastal residents heeded the evacuation orders and fled in advance of the arrival of Florence, with some ending up in the more than 200 emergency shelters set up statewide. At the emergency shelter at Garner High School, evacuees kept…

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Florence Sunday flood watch: Here’s when NC’s rivers will set flood records

Florence Sunday flood watch: Here’s when NC’s rivers will set flood records

Several rivers in North Carolina overflowed Sunday morning as Florence continued to dump rain across the southeastern part of the state and into South Carolina. None of the major rivers in the Triangle — Crabtree, Marsh, Swift or Walnut creeks — were on the verge of flooding, according to the The National Weather Service’s reports early Sunday. Crabtree Creek at Old Wake Forest Road, for example, had fallen to 9.48 feet after hitting 11.6 feet…

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Hurricane Florence flood watch: NC rivers to approach record-setting heights

Hurricane Florence flood watch: NC rivers to approach record-setting heights

As Hurricane Florence makes its way over the Carolinas, dumping rain that in some places is being measured in feet rather than inches, the flooding danger presented by overflowing rivers grows greater. The worst flooding will likely start Saturday night or Sunday morning, according to predictions from the National Weather Service, and will continue for at least several days. The Triangle will not be as affected as much of eastern North Carolina. “Life threatening, catastrophic…

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Mother, baby dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

Mother, baby dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Hurricane Florence rolled ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, killing at least two people and trapping hundreds more in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel. Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water. Others could only wait and hope someone would…

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Looting already starts as Hurricane Florence arrives

Looting already starts as Hurricane Florence arrives

With Hurricane Florence hitting land in North Carolina on Friday, it didn’t take long for one problem always associated with hurricanes to start: looting. In North Carolina, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office announced on its Facebook page that people were arrested late Thursday night and early Friday morning for breaking and entering. WWAY-TV reports four people were taken into custody in attempted thefts at abandoned buildings and in vehicles. Sadly, while down on the list…

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Hurricane Florence: Search map of potentially deadly Mecklenburg County dams

Hurricane Florence: Search map of potentially deadly Mecklenburg County dams

As Hurricane Florence rumbled across the Atlantic Ocean last week, a group of North Carolina officials left an annual dam safety conference in Seattle to begin monitoring the roughly 5,700 dams across the state. They reached out to dam owners, asking that they check the integrity of their structures and lower water levels if need be. Now a group of state dam safety officials are huddled in the emergency operation center in Raleigh. They’re in…

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University of Houston athletics to hold Hurricane Florence supply drive

University of Houston athletics to hold Hurricane Florence supply drive

HOUSTON – The University of Houston athletics department is hosting a supply drive to help those in need after Hurricane Florence. The donations will be accepted Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A truck will be loaded at the southwest corner of TDECU Stadium, and once the drive is over, the truck will leave for the East Coast. Anyone who wants to donate is asked to drive into Lot 12A on the south side…

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