Pender County officials to update Florence rescue and recovery efforts

Pender County officials to update Florence rescue and recovery efforts

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100 die in Nigeria flooding as toll expected to rise

100 die in Nigeria flooding as toll expected to rise

Nigerian authorities say 100 people have died in flooding after heavy rains in recent days. A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency tells The Associated Press that the deaths have occurred in 10 states and that the toll could rise. The Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency say rising water levels will be higher than those recorded in 2012, when flooding killed 363 people and displaced over 2.1 million. The agencies…

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Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress

Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress

Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain. State officials have been monitoring dam safety in cooperation with local authorities and say there has been at least one dam breach so far, with no homes affected. But there have been several other locations of concern and false…

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Water will haunt Carolinas after Florence

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Water will haunt Carolinas after Florence

Like hurricanes Harvey and Katrina before it, Florence will be remembered for unleashing a staggering amount of water over a vast area. The flooding unfolded just as forecasters expected, but many residents in the Carolinas still seemed caught off guard as they were plucked off a vehicle’s roof or pulled by boat from their flooded homes. Whether they were just stubborn, short of resources to leave or believed they had already seen worse devastation, all…

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Flooding causes a hog lagoon to breach; others are at capacity

Flooding causes a hog lagoon to breach; others are at capacity

Hurricane Florence’s heavy rains last week, along with ongoing major flooding, has caused one small hog lagoon to breach and flooded four others, according to the N.C. Pork Council. In a statement Monday night, the Council said another seven are at capacity and appear to have overtopped. Still, the Council said after on-farm assessments and industry surveying, it did not believe there had been widespread impacts to 3,000 lagoons in the state that hold hog…

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Residents return to Pleasure Island after Florence

Residents return to Pleasure Island after Florence

A long line of cars extended down Carolina Beach Road from the Snows Cut Bridge Monday afternoon. (Source: WECT/Alex Giles) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – A long line of cars extended down Carolina Beach Road from the Snows Cut Bridge Monday afternoon. Dozens of people wanted to get across the bridge and check on their properties after a weekend of heavy wind and rain courtesy of Hurricane Florence. Law enforcement officers manned a checkpoint where…

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New York prepares for heavy rain from Florence remnants

New York prepares for heavy rain from Florence remnants

New York state’s Division of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management are activating to monitor the impacts of the remnants of Hurricane Florence as it moves into the state. Widespread heavy rain is expected through Tuesday in the southern half of the state, especially central New York, the Southern Tier, Capital Region and Mid-Hudson Valley. The Division of Homeland Security has sent swift water urban search and rescue teams to staging areas in Binghamton,…

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ABC11 Exclusive: Tour of Florence aftermath with U.S. Army's top officer

ABC11 Exclusive: Tour of Florence aftermath with U.S. Army's top officer

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley is at the top of the chain of the nearly 13,000 Army soldiers in North and South Carolina for rescue and recovery from Hurricane Florence. MORE: Full coverage of Florence On Monday, he invited ABC11 along for a tour of the hardest-hit areas south and east of the Triangle. “We are here for the long haul, and we’ll be here for whatever’s needed as long as it’s needed,”…

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Stuck in Charlotte after Hurricane Florence

Stuck in Charlotte after Hurricane Florence

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Many people fled from coastal cities in North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence. Now that the storm is gone, getting back to their homes seems impossible. The St. Juste’s family evacuated from Wilmington last week. They aren’t sure when they’ll be able to get back to the city, that at one point, state workers said was inaccessible by land to get into or out of. “We are concerned about…

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NC struggling to recover after historic flooding

NC struggling to recover after historic flooding

(AP/FOX 46) It’s not every day you see a boat riding down a street, but this is reality for people living up and down the North Carolina coast as historic flooding is overtaking several communities.   In Scotts Hill just outside of Wilmington, several people have been cut off, stuck for days without power or any way to get out.  “Never-ever seen it like this. I’ve been here for 18 years,” Kim Saffo said.  Her…

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UNCW men's tennis team helping helping those affected by Hurricane Florence

UNCW men's tennis team helping helping those affected by Hurricane Florence

UNCW men’s tennis team helping helping those affected by Hurricane Florence (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The UNCW men’s tennis team isn’t on campus, but still trying to give back to those affected by Hurricane Florence. The Seahawks were answering phones at a Red Cross fundraiser at NBC affiliate WCNC in Charlotte. “We have been working the phones to help take donations for the Hurricanes Florence,” said UNCW freshman Dillon Gooch. The Seahawks stayed…

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Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 342,000 remain without power

Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 342,000 remain without power

As Tropical Storm Florence brings heavy, life-threatening floods, more than 389,000 are without power.As of 6:50 p.m., Monday, the statewide power outage total was 389,889. 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 power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una…

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Storm Stories: Carolina Beach resident says Florence beat Fran

Storm Stories: Carolina Beach resident says Florence beat Fran

A look at how local residents and emergency management officials fared during the storm CAROLINA BEACH — Ritchie Hertzel leaned against the back of a backup truck Monday, shirtless and tanned, with a beer in-hand and in-koozie. Hertzel spent Hurricane Florence at a one-story home at Hamlet Avenue and Fifth Street. He brought along some Budweiser, prepared to ride out the storm. When it brought some of its worst winds and rains to Carolina Beach, Hertzel…

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Fayetteville community stepping in to help after widespread flooding

Fayetteville community stepping in to help after widespread flooding

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — For many across Fayetteville, Monday was the first time since Hurricane Florence hit that they were able to see their homes. “We’ve actually tried to clean up some of the water, ” said Creek’s Edge resident Kevin Lewis. Lewis and his wife sought shelter at Seventy-First High School with many other families as flood waters consumed their home and caused extensive damage. Community groups have stepped in to help and Fayetteville…

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BIRDS-EYE VIEW: Aerial look at areas affected by Hurricane Florence

BIRDS-EYE VIEW: Aerial look at areas affected by Hurricane Florence

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As floodwater continues to rise in the wake of Hurricane Florence, many areas are inaccessible. That makes getting a true gauge of Florence’s impact difficult. This morning our ABC affiliate in Raleigh WTVD flew the coast from Topsail Island to Pleasure Island, including North Topsail Beach, Surf City, Topsail Beach, Figure Eight Island, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Wilmington. We asked them to check out Boiling Spring Lakes, which is inaccessible…

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Cajun Navy comes to NC to help Florence victims

Cajun Navy comes to NC to help Florence victims

WILMINGTON, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – The volunteer group known as the United Cajun Navy is in Eastern North Carolina doing what they do best and that’s rescuing people stranded by water. Men and women in the group turn their recreational boats into rescue vessels. So far, they estimate since Florence hit they have rescued more than 200 people. The need is still great. Even though the rain has stopped the flood waters continue to…

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Florence flooding taking a toll across Wilmington region

Florence flooding taking a toll across Wilmington region

Rivers reaching record levels; evacuations ongoing; supplies in short supply SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Floodwaters reached record-high levels in Brunswick and Pender counties Monday as rainfall at the coast combined with rains inland, now flowing to the coast, created moving rivers of water across much of the region. “It is probably going to be the most significant flooding event the southeastern part of the state has ever seen,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo Monday. The Northeast…

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A brief Florence bright spot: Double rainbow in Durham

A brief Florence bright spot: Double rainbow in Durham

Hurricane Florence and its remnants have battered North Carolina with wind, rain, massive flooding and destruction over the last few days. On Monday evening, however, it brought a brief moment of beauty. Suchita Shah Sata, a hospitalist and internal medicine doctor at Duke University Hospital, captured a picture of a double rainbow at the hospital in Durham. Sata snapped the photo at 6:27 p.m. and posted it on Twitter. “We all took a minute,” Sata…

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Florence flooding puts dams, many high hazard, to the test

Florence flooding puts dams, many high hazard, to the test

Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain. State officials have been monitoring dam safety in cooperation with local authorities and say there has been at least one dam breach so far, with no homes affected. But there have been several other locations of concern and false…

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Houston helps victims of Florence

Houston helps victims of Florence

University of Houston Athletics spent Monday collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Florence. They plan to start day two of their hurricane supply drive at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and they’re throwing in free tickets to Saturday’s football game for people who make donations Tuesday. The football team has parked its H-Town Takeover equipment trailer at the southwest corner of TDECU Stadium on Scott Street, and they’re inviting members of the community to swing by and drop…

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Wilmington assesses damage from Florence's floodwaters

Wilmington assesses damage from Florence's floodwaters

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WTVD) — The sun is out in New Hanover County and crews continue to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App The New Chase Development got hit hard during Florence. The strong wind gusts brought massive trees down on houses. Residents also have to deal with major flooding. Now that the water has receded, homeowners are assessing the damage. Shannon Lanier had…

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Hurricane Florence updates: 32 dead, including 25 dead in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence updates: 32 dead, including 25 dead in North Carolina

Thirty-two people have died as a result of Florence with 25 of those deaths in North Carolina, the Associated Press reports. On Sunday night, the body of a 1-year-old was found in Union County. His mother had escaped her car with him after the vehicle was washed away by floodwaters, but then she lost her grip and the boy was swept away, authorities said. Governor Roy Cooper confirmed all the North Carolina deaths in a…

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Hurricane Florence leaves highway impassable by car

Hurricane Florence leaves highway impassable by car

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office uses an air boat to travel on flooded Highway 17. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, (WWAY) —  Flooding caused by Hurricane Florence is continuing to devastate areas across the Cape Fear Region, with some areas cut off from the rest of the state. Parts of Highway 17 are impassable by car, essentially turning areas like Bolivia or Boiling Spring Lakes into islands. – Advertisement – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is…

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Serious flooding, damage in south Charlotte…

Serious flooding, damage in south Charlotte…

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Cleanup efforts are now underway in south Charlotte after Florence pummeled parts of the area.  South Charlotte took the brunt of the storm in Mecklenburg County. The storm caused streets to flood and trees to topple over.  “They showed me the damage and I was like ‘wow’,” one young neighbor in Myers Park told FOX 46. Florence dumped nearly eight inches of rain across the Queen City– enough for…

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Hurricane Florence updates: 31 dead, including 24 dead in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence updates: 31 dead, including 24 dead in North Carolina

Thirty-one people have died as a result of Florence with 24 of those deaths in North Carolina, the Associated Press reports. On Sunday night, the body of a 1-year-old was found in Union County. His mother had escaped her car with him after the vehicle was washed away by floodwaters, but then she lost her grip and the boy was swept away, authorities said. Governor Roy Cooper confirmed all the North Carolina deaths in a…

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Storm damage devastates community

Storm damage devastates community

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of people have been rescued in Brunswick County over the last few days. Some areas are worse than others, and in the areas hit the hardest, it is absolute devastation. From flooding, to essentially no access in or out of the town, the damage has left some residents feeling hopeless. – Advertisement – Then, a dam breach tore through a major road in Boiling Spring Lakes and leaves it…

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Even after hurricane, companies can fire employees who can't make it to work

Even after hurricane, companies can fire employees who can't make it to work

Raleigh, N.C. — After hearing from a woman who said she lost her power in Hurricane Florence but was still fired for not showing up for a shift at the restaurant where she worked, 5 on Your Side checked on state regulations regarding such moves. Because North Carolina is an at-will employment state, private-sector employees can be fired for any reason – or no reason at all, according to the state Department of Labor. The…

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Crumbling road swallows up truck, car in hurricane-battered SC county

Crumbling road swallows up truck, car in hurricane-battered SC county

People who live on a lonely stretch of road near Chesterfield were shaking their heads Monday after a tractor-trailer loaded with soft drinks crashed through a gaping hole in the pavement and hurtled into a rain-swollen creek. It was one of two wrecks that occurred on a two-mile stretch of S.C. 145 north of Chesterfield about 6 a.m. Monday. In both cases, vehicles wrecked when sections of the asphalt highway collapsed in the aftermath of…

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Record-breaking flooding in North Carolina prolongs the agony from Florence

Record-breaking flooding in North Carolina prolongs the agony from Florence

Towns and counties around the state are preparing for more havoc from river flooding, days after Hurricane Florence dissipated and swirled away from the coast. “For many parts of North Carolina, the danger is still immediate,” Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday morning. “Flood waters are rising as rivers crest, and they will be for days.” The Black, Little, Cape Fear, Lumber and Neuse rivers are “inundated,” Cooper said. Thirteen more will reach moderate or major…

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NC town’s Jewish residents weathered floods but need kosher food for holiday

NC town’s Jewish residents weathered floods but need kosher food for holiday

When Hurricane Florence made landfall last Friday, it came ashore a few miles from Wilmington, N.C. Many chose to evacuate in anticipation of the deadly storm, but there were a good deal of residents who decided to stay. That included many of the city’s 3,000 Jewish residents, according to chabad.org. While they weathered the storm, they are now faced with a new dilemma. Yom Kippur, one of the Jewish high holy days, is fast approaching….

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Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 389,000 remain without power

Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 389,000 remain without power

As Tropical Storm Florence brings heavy, life-threatening floods, more than 389,000 are without power.As of 6:50 p.m., Monday, the statewide power outage total was 389,889. 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 power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una…

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Florence: How to help in the Triangle, and not fall for a scam

Florence: How to help in the Triangle, and not fall for a scam

As flooding continues and thousands of North Carolinians are displaced from their homes because of Hurricane Florence, people are looking for ways to help. With food, money and volunteer time, there are many ways to offer relief to those affected by the storm. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office reported Monday that 2,600 people and 300 animals had been rescued from flooded areas and more than 15,000 people had sought refuge in shelters. On Monday, 23 truckloads…

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Florence, Pitt, a 12th game. Highlights from UNC coach Larry Fedora’s press conference.

Florence, Pitt, a 12th game. Highlights from UNC coach Larry Fedora’s press conference.

For North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora, Monday’s weekly press conference was about more than just football. This time it was about Hurricane Florence and its affect on his player’s hometowns and other teams and UNC’s efforts to help victims. Fedora spent most of the press conference talking about the deadly storm that made landfall at Wilmington on Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane. “To be honest with you, we’re more worried about what’s going…

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Florence coverage: Gov. Cooper says NC still in 'crisis' as floodwaters rise

Florence coverage: Gov. Cooper says NC still in 'crisis' as floodwaters rise

“The crisis in North Carolina continues,” Governor Roy Cooper said during a news conference Monday. “Catastrophic flooding and tornadoes are still claiming lives and property. My most important message is first: For many parts of North Carolina, the danger is still immediate.” ABC11 Together and the American Red Cross are teaming up on Tuesday, September 18, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a Hurricane Florence Relief Drive. Cumberland County officials said Monday afternoon that…

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Union County Feels The Devastation Of Florence

Union County Feels The Devastation Of Florence

As the wind and rain from Florence subsides, the damage to communities impacted by its path is still becoming apparent. Union County residents felt the devastation, from flooded roads and stranded vehicles to closed schools. And now, from two fatalities. One of the storm’s causalities was a one-year-old boy.  As of Monday afternoon some are still without power in Union County and numerous roads are closed either due to flooding or downed trees. Schools won’t…

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Union County Feels The Devasation Of Florence

Union County Feels The Devasation Of Florence

As the wind and rain from Florence subsides, the damage to communities impacted by its path is still becoming apparent. Union County residents felt the devastation, from flooded roads and stranded vehicles to closed schools. And now, from two fatalities. One of storm’s causalities was a one-year-old boy.  As of Monday afternoon some are still without power in Union County and numerous roads are closed either due to flooding or downed trees. Schools won’t resume…

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Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 406,000 remain without power

Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 406,000 remain without power

As Tropical Storm Florence brings heavy, life-threatening floods, more than 406,000 are without power.As of 6 p.m., Monday, the statewide power outage total was 406,677. 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 power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una…

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Search-and-rescue teams worked round the clock during Florence

Search-and-rescue teams worked round the clock during Florence

Coast Guard rescue swimmer investigates truck in dangerous flooding Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jordon Shevlin, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Atlantic City, NJ., gets battered and buffeted to investigate a truck caught in dangerous flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 16, 2018.

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Some university campuses in NC struggle to reopen after Florence

Some university campuses in NC struggle to reopen after Florence

UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Pembroke are still assessing damage and haven’t set a date for students to return after Hurricane Florence. Many public university campuses, including N.C. A&T, N.C. Central, N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro and Winston-Salem State, were closed Monday but said they would reopen for classes on Tuesday. Several were already operating normally. Others will resume instruction later this week. East Carolina University plans to start classes Wednesday, with dorms opening on Tuesday. Appalachian…

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Florence is gone but on the power stricken “island” of Wilmington, ice is like frozen gold

Florence is gone but on the power stricken “island” of Wilmington, ice is like frozen gold

Coast Guard rescue swimmer investigates truck in dangerous flooding Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jordon Shevlin, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Atlantic City, NJ., gets battered and buffeted to investigate a truck caught in dangerous flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 16, 2018.

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WWE star says family’s NC home is ‘under water’ after Hurricane Florence

WWE star says family’s NC home is ‘under water’ after Hurricane Florence

WWE wrestling star Scott Dawson says his family’s eastern North Carolina home is “under water,” in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Dawson said in a tweet Monday that the storm has also created havoc in his hometown of Whiteville, in Columbus County. “My family’s home under water. Conditions are only getting worse there. My heart aches for my hometown,” he said in a tweet, including a link to the Red Cross. “Please help any way…

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Waffle House sending reinforcements to restaurants impacted by Hurricane Florence

Waffle House sending reinforcements to restaurants impacted by Hurricane Florence

WILMINGTON, NC — Workers with the restaurant chain Waffle House are being brought in from around the country to help keep the company’s locations up and running in areas affected by Florence. Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer was picking up a team at the Wilmington, North Carolina, airport on Monday. Ehmer spoke to The Associated Press by phone. SEE ALSO: How Waffle House works with FEMA during a disaster like Hurricane Florence Ehmer says about…

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Chapel Hill sees flooding from Florence remnants

Chapel Hill sees flooding from Florence remnants

By Kathy Hanrahan, Out and About editor Chapel Hill, N.C. — After significant rain over the past four days, parts of Chapel Hill flooded on Monday. “The rains fell fast this morning which caused the flood waters to rise at an astounding rate,” Emergency Management Coordinator Vencelin Harris said Monday. “It’s possible we could see similar situations this afternoon and evening with more rain in the forecast. We’re asking you to stay tuned to your…

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Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 422,000 remain without power

Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 422,000 remain without power

As Tropical Storm Florence brings heavy, life-threatening floods, more than 422,000 are without power.As of 5 p.m., Monday, the statewide power outage total was 422,065. 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 power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una…

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Battle-Tested Houstonians Help Hurricane Victims in The Carolinas

Battle-Tested Houstonians Help Hurricane Victims in The Carolinas

Axelrad Beer Garden is accepting supply donations for victims of Hurricane Florence. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/304455/304453″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/304454/304453″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> Houstonians can certainly sympathize with the Carolinas, which are ravaged by Hurricane Florence. They went through it just a year ago. Some are tapping into…

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